August 2016

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

Update: China’s quantum satellite in orbit – Satellite News Digest

The Quantum Communication Satellite of China Academy of Science was successfully launched by a Chang Zheng 2D launch vehicle. In this mission, China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) also launched a piggyback Spanish 6U Cubesat designed and manufactured by the NanoSat Lab at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, which was released from the…

Ixion to study conversion of rocket upper stages into habitats – Satellite News Digest

NASA has selected the Ixion Initiative Team, comprised of NanoRacks, Space Systems Loral and United Launch Alliance to participate in the Agency’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships-2 ("NextSTEP-2") programme. The Ixion Team will conduct a comprehensive feasibility study evaluating the conversion of rocket upper stages into habitats.

China’s quantum satellite in orbit – Satellite News Digest

Rocket: Chang Zheng 2D; Payload: Quantum Space Satellite (QSS) [Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS)] "Micius"; Date: 15 August 2016, 1740 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Space Center, China. The experimental satellite was deployed into a Sun-synchronous circular orbit with an altitude of 600 km.

Falcon 9 launches JCSAT-16 – Satellite News Digest

Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: JCSAT-16; Date: 14 August 2016, 0526 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. After its deployment into geostationary transfer orbit, the satellite is performing post-launch manoeuvres according to plan.