October 2020

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

Arianespace’s next smallsat mission fully booked – Satellite News Digest

Arianespace announced that new shared payload opportunities to low Earth orbit (LEO) have been opened with its Vega launcher’s Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS). For the next launch opportunity – Vega Flight VV18, targeted for the first quarter of 2021 – five companies already have signed contracts for payload slots, thereby fully booking the capacity…

China launches Gaofen 13 – Satellite News Digest

Rocket: Chang Zheng 3B; Payload: Gaofen 13; Date: 11 October 2020, 1657 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The spacecraft entered its predetermined geostationary transfer orbit and deployed its solar arrays. http://www.sat-nd.com/archive/?id=2020101100

Delay of the day I: SpaceX Crew-1 launch – Satellite News Digest

Launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station is now targeted for no sooner than early-to-mid November, providing additional time for SpaceX to complete hardware testing and data reviews as the company evaluates off-nominal behaviour of Falcon 9 first stage engine gas generators observed during a recent non-NASA mission launch attempt. http://www.sat-nd.com/archive/?id=2020101102