July 2020

News on key developments at SupremeSAT, and general news on the Space and Satellite industry from across the web

Proton M launches two satellites in 18+ hour mission – Satellite News Digest

Rocket: Proton M/Briz M; Payload: Ekspress-80, Ekspress-103; Date: 30 July 2020, 2125 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The Briz M upper stage released Ekspress-80 — riding in the upper position in the dual-satellite stack — at 1524 UTC on 31 July, followed by the deployment of Ekspress-103 17 minutes later. http://www.sat-nd.com/archive/?id=2020073101

U.S. Mars mission lift off – Satellite News Digest

Rocket: Atlas V 541/Centaur; Payload: Mars 2020 (Perseverance rover and Ingenuity Mars helicopter); Date: 30 July 2020, 1150 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The Atlas V’s Centaur upper stage initially placed the Mars 2020 spacecraft into a parking orbit around Earth. The engine fired for a second time and the spacecraft…