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Sentinel-3B arrives at Plesetsk Cosmodrome
19 Mar 2018  The Sentinel-3B satellite was shipped from Thales Alenia Space's Cannes plant last week.
China launches another imaging satellite
18 Mar 2018  Rocket: Chang Zheng 2D; Payload: Land Survey Satellite 4 (Ludikancha Weixing 4, LKW-4); Date: 17 March 2018, 0710 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre, China. China's main space contractor CASC confirmed that launch had been successfully towards a 500 km altitude Sun-synchronous orbit less than an hour after lift-off.
Air Force awards launch services contracts to SpaceX and ULA
15 Mar 2018  The U.S. Air Force announced the award of two Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) launch service contracts.
DigitalGlobe selects SpaceX to launch WorldView Legion satellites
14 Mar 2018  DigitalGlobe said that the initial block of the company's multi-satellite WorldView Legion constellation will be launched by two flight-proven Falcon 9 rockets in 2021.
ILS announces Proton Medium launch assignments
14 Mar 2018  ILS announced multiple launch assignments for Proton Medium launches that will include the use of both the 4.35 meter and the new 5.2 meter payload fairing. The missions will take place beginning in late 2019 from Pad 24 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.


GovSat-1 satellite goes operational
19 Mar 2018  GovSat-1 has entered operational service, to provide secure communications to governmental and institutional users. GovSat-1 is the first satellite of GovSat, a public private partnership between the Government of Luxembourg and satellite operator SES.
Aerojet Rocketdyne ships Starliner re-entry thrusters
18 Mar 2018  Aerojet Rocketdyne recently completed delivery of all of the crew module engines for Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner spacecraft.
CASIC plans space-based Internet with 80 satellites
18 Mar 2018  The Fourth Academy of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), the main contractor for the Chinese space programme, officially unveiled a new subordinate entity to build space-based Internet services using 80 small satellites.
Airbus launches photonics payload technology project - OPTIMA
15 Mar 2018  Airbus has launched the OPTIMA project, which will deliver a proof of concept demonstrator for the use of photonic payloads in telecommunications satellites.
Landsat 9 completes CDR
15 Mar 2018  Orbital ATK has been given approval to begin building the NASA Landsat 9 spacecraft after completing a comprehensive design review of the mission. Landsat 9, a land surface mapping satellite, will collect space-based images and data that serve as valuable resources for researchers in areas that include agriculture, land use mapping, and disaster relief. Orbital ATK is designing and manufacturing the satellite, integrating two government-furnished instruments, and supporting launch, early orbit operations and on-orbit check-out of the observatory.
TAS ships instrument for EarthCARE satellite mission
15 Mar 2018  Thales Alenia Space has shipped the broadband radiometer (BBR), a scientific instrument for the European Space Agency's Earth Cloud Aerosol and Radiation Explorer (EarthCARE) satellite mission. Designed and built by Thales Alenia Space in the United Kingdom, it was shipped to satellite prime contractor Airbus integration centre in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Deep Space Industries to provide satellite propulsion for Astro Digital
14 Mar 2018  Deep Space Industries announced that it has signed a contract with Astro Digital to provide several Comet water-based satellite propulsion systems. Comet is a simple electrothermal propulsion system that can be customised for nearly any small satellite application.

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