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Summary: 24 Jul 2014 - 30 Jul 2014


 FAILURES Up 

Galileo test satellite fails
25 Jul 2014 - One of the four Galileo In-Orbit Validation (IOV) satellites has apparently permanently failed for reasons yet unknown. The problem is not expected to affect the launch of the Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites currently scheduled for next month. >>>

Russia loses control of Foton-M4 satellite
24 Jul 2014 - Russia's Progress space firm confirmed that the recently launched Foton-M4 satellite was not responding to commands from the ground to start its onboard engine and lift it to a higher orbit. >>>


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Final ATV launch sets new European record
30 Jul 2014 - Rocket: Ariane 5 ES; Payload: ATV 5 "Georges Lemaître"; Date: 29 July, 2347:38 UTC; Launch site: Kourou, French Guiana. Ariane 5 delivered a record payload performance in successfully lofting this fifth and final ATV spacecraft for the European Space Agency (ESA), which resupplies the International Space Station (ISS). >>>

Delta IV launches GSO spy satellites
29 Jul 2014 - Rocket: Delta IV Medium-plus (4,2); Payload: two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites, Automated Navigation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space (ANGELS); Date: 28 July 2014, 2328 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. >>>

Rocket Lab announces new rocket
29 Jul 2014 - Rocket Lab announced its plan for the creation of Electron, a lightweight, cost-effective rocket, making it easier for companies to launch small satellites into orbit. >>>

Ariane 5 is cleared for its fifth and final ATV mission
28 Jul 2014 - Arianespace's heavy-lift Ariane 5 workhorse has been given the go-ahead for Flight VA219 - a record mission carrying Europe's last Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV). >>>

Delta IV/AFSPC-4 launch scrubbed again
28 Jul 2014 - The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV carrying the AFSPC-4 mission was scrubbed on 25 July due to a violation of multiple weather criteria. >>>

AFSPC-4 launch delayed again
25 Jul 2014 - The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV carrying the AFSPC-4 mission was scrubbed on 24 July due to a violation of multiple weather criteria. >>>

Progress M-24M has docked with the International Space Station
24 Jul 2014 - The Russian logistics spacecraft Progress M-24M has docked with the International Space Station (ISS). >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New Gaia begins science phase but has some problems
30 Jul 2014 - ESA's billion-star surveyor, Gaia, is now ready to begin its five-year science phase, but the commissioning also uncovered some unexpected anomalies. >>>

New Venus Express to operate a few more months in new orbit
30 Jul 2014 - ESA's Venus Express spacecraft has climbed to a new orbit following its aerobraking experiment, and will now resume observations of the planet for at least a few more months. >>>

NEC and Mexican Space Agency collaborate in satellite development
29 Jul 2014 - NEC Corporation and the Mexican Space Agency (AEM), under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of advanced satellites. >>>

SMC awards first-of-its-kind hosted payload solutions contract
29 Jul 2014 - The U.S. Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center awarded an indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract under the Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) programme on 10 July. >>>

Communication with Foton-M4 restored
28 Jul 2014 - Communication with the Russian Foton-M4 biosatellite has been restored, Roskosmos said. >>>

China to build, launch another EO satellite for Venezuela
25 Jul 2014 - The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has signed an agreement with Venezuela for in-orbit delivery of a second remote sensing satellite for the country, the company said. >>>

Eutelsat America Corp. eligible to provide Hosted Payload Services to U.S. Government
25 Jul 2014 - Eutelsat America Corp., the U.S. affiliate of Eutelsat Communications has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force to support the deployment of future U.S. Government payloads (hosted payloads) on its satellites. >>>

Lockheed Martin selected for USAF's satellite hosted payload initiative
24 Jul 2014 - Lockheed Martin has been competitively selected for the U.S. Air Force's Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) initiative, which is aimed at integrating some government payloads - electronics and sensors packages designed for specific missions - on commercial satellites. >>>

Arabsat selects GMV satellite monitoring and control products
24 Jul 2014 - GMV has been awarded a contract by Arabsat to provide a complete Satellite Control Center (SCC) for its existing and upcoming fleet of satellites. >>>

Russia plans new early warning satellite
24 Jul 2014 - After years of delay, Russia plans to deploy this year the first satellite of its new constellation replacing the space component of the early warning system, Russian media reported. It will also double as an emergency communication satellite. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

Rockwell Collins sells military ground-based satellite communications portfolio
28 Jul 2014 - Rockwell Collins, Inc. announced it has completed the sale of its satellite communications business. The business, which designs, manufactures and services ground-based satellite communication systems primarily for military customers, will be renamed DataPath, Inc. >>>

SES S.A. results H1 2014
25 Jul 2014 - SES S.A. reported financial results for the first half of 2014. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

New SES unveils new satellite operations centre
30 Jul 2014 - SES announced it is now controlling nearly half of its growing fleet from a new satellite operations centre at its commercial sales and satellite engineering office in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. >>>

New MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat strike multi-transponder agreement
30 Jul 2014 - Eutelsat Communications and MultiChoice Africa have inked a far-reaching agreement that will ensure the continuing expansion of the DStv pay-TV platform over the coming 15 years. >>>

Boeing resells Inmarsat-5 satellite bandwidth to U.S. Government
29 Jul 2014 - In a first-of-its-kind arrangement for the company, Boeing is providing a U.S. government customer with military Ka-band satellite communications service from a commercial satellite. >>>

SES receives approval from GSA to sell O3b services
28 Jul 2014 - Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) received General Services Administration (GSA) approval to offer O3b services on their GSA Schedule. This allows SES GS to be the first distribution partner to offer O3b capability directly to the U.S. Government. >>>


 RESEARCH Up 

Bandwidth demand for maritime markets to exceed 160 transponders - report
28 Jul 2014 - NSR's Commercial Mobility via Satellite, 10th Edition report finds the maritime market will dominate demand for FSS satellite capacity in large part due to cruise ships, offshore platforms and merchant maritime customers. >>>

 

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