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Summary: 27 Aug 2014 - 02 Sep 2014


 FAILURES Up 

'Software error' blamed for botched Galileo launch
28 Aug 2014 - Operations continue smoothly for the Galileo spacecraft recently launched into wrong orbit. Both satellites now have both sets of their solar arrays fully deployed and generating power. Meanwhile, Russian newspaper Izvestia reported that the failure was likely caused by software errors in the Fregat upper-stage. >>>


 LAUNCHES Up 

Russian military to abandon Rokot launcher
29 Aug 2014 - The Russian Defense Ministry has decided to stop using the Rokot launcher from 2016 because of its reliance on imported parts and will switch to the Soyuz and Angara carriers, Aerospace Defense Forces commander Lt. Gen. Alexander Golovko said. >>>

Optus 10 is readied for launch on Arianespace's next heavy-lift mission
29 Aug 2014 - Preparations continue to move ahead for Arianespace's Ariane 5 Flight VA218, as the Optus 10 spacecraft has undergone its fit-check and fuelling for a dual-passenger mission targeted for 11 September from French Guiana. >>>

NASA engineers wrapping up acoustic testing for Space Launch System
29 Aug 2014 - Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, are wrapping up acoustic testing on a 5-percent scale model of NASA's Space Launch System. The 28 August test, the 34th in the series, will help NASA engineers understand how loud the SLS vehicle will be during lift-off. >>>

Next Angara test scheduled for December
28 Aug 2014 - Russia's space defence force started tests of the newest heavy-class Angara A5 rocket. >>>

Inaugural SLS flight delayed to 2018
27 Aug 2014 - NASA officials announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) and approved the programme's progression from formulation to development, something no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the agency built the space shuttle. However, the vehicle's first flight has been delayed. >>>

NASA completes successful tests on composite cryotank
27 Aug 2014 - NASA has completed a complex series of tests on one of the largest composite cryogenic fuel tanks ever manufactured, bringing the aerospace industry much closer to designing, building, and flying lightweight, composite tanks on rockets. >>>

Delay of the day: Falcon 9/AsiaSat 6 [Update]
27 Aug 2014 - SpaceX has decided to postpone the flight of AsiaSat 6 by at least a week, the company said in a statement. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New GPS IIR(-M) satellites reach 200 years of combined operational life
02 Sep 2014 - The U.S. Air Force's fleet of Global Positioning System (GPS) Block IIR and IIR-M satellites, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, have reached 200 collective years of operational life. >>>

Sentinel-2A testing continues
01 Sep 2014 - The Sentinel-2A satellite has been given its solar wing and started a strenuous six-month test campaign to make sure that it is fit for launch next April. >>>

Ekspress-A2 moved to 145 degrees East slot
01 Sep 2014 - On 29 August 2014, specialists from RSCC Orbital Constellation Operation Service, Ground Control and Automated Monitoring and Measuring System completed the move of Ekspress-A2 to the 145 degrees East slot. >>>

EUMETSAT co-operates with U.S. on Space Situational Awareness
29 Aug 2014 - In the context of the Initial Joint Polar System it shares with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), EUMETSAT has entered into a Space Situational Awareness data-sharing agreement with the U.S. Strategic Command to protect its satellites against collision with space debris. >>>

Yamal-401 satellite completed
28 Aug 2014 - ISS-Reshetnev Company has finished building the telecommunications satellite Yamal-401. >>>

Iridium NEXT System Control Segment, LEOP Center completed
27 Aug 2014 - Iridium Communications Inc. announced the successful upgrade of its System Control Segment (SCS) and completion of its Launch and Early Operations (LEOP) control centre for Iridium NEXT. >>>

EIAST satellite manufacture facility to be completed in coming months
27 Aug 2014 - The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) has announced that works entailing the construction of its primary facility for the manufacture of satellites were on schedule and expected to be completed in the next few months. >>>


 PLATFORMS Up 

Airbus DS tests Zephyr 7 pseudo satellite
29 Aug 2014 - Airbus Defence and Space announced that the Zephyr 7 High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) has just completed its most demanding mission to date and thus set a new benchmark in persistent, year-round operations for this class of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

Merger of OHB System AG and Erwin Kayser-Threde GmbH completed
01 Sep 2014 - OHB System AG, Bremen, and Erwin Kayser-Threde GmbH, Munich, have now merged under the name of OHB System AG. However, the Kayser-Threde logo will continue to be used for process control technology activities. >>>

Inmarsat provides update on Cooperation Agreement with LightSquared
29 Aug 2014 - Inmarsat announced that it has received payment of a Phase 2 quarterly payment from LightSquared. This payment was received within the 60 day contractual cure period triggered by a notice of default issued to LightSquared on 2 July 2014. >>>


 ANNIVERSARIES Up 

Russia's RSCC and Eutelsat mark 20 years of co-operation
27 Aug 2014 - It is 20 years since Russia's Minister of Communications, Vladimir Bulgak, signed the agreement marking the Russian Federation's membership of the Eutelsat organisation. >>>

 

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