October 2018

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

Soyuz failure update, launch schedule – Satellite News Digest

Roskosmos executive director Sergey Krikalev confirmed that the failure of a Soyuz FG on 11 October was indeed caused by a collision between the first and second stages after separation. In related news, three more Soyuz launches are planned before the next crewed mission, tentatively scheduled for 3 December. The Soyuz failure reportedly has also…

Aerojet completes Orion RCS tests – Satellite News Digest

Aerojet Rocketdyne recently completed qualification testing for the enhanced reaction control thruster system for NASA’s Orion crew vehicle, helping to clear the way for the Lockheed Martin-built spacecraft’s second test flight, and first mission to cislunar space, called Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1). http://www.sat-nd.com/archive/?id=2018103002

NASA retires Kepler space telescope – Satellite News Digest

NASA’s Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel needed for further science operations. NASA has decided to retire the spacecraft within its current, safe orbit, away from Earth. Kepler leaves a legacy of more than 2,600 planet discoveries from outside our solar system. http://www.sat-nd.com/archive/?id=2018103003

Kratos to build Ka-band gateways for Sky Perfect JSAT – Satellite News Digest

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. has been awarded a contract by Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation (SJC) to design and build gateways for SJC’s new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) network. The JCSAT-18 HTS satellite, launching in 2019, will deliver broadband and mobile communication services to Asia Pacific and Eastern Russia. http://www.sat-nd.com/archive/?id=2018103005