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Summary: 15 Jul 2014 - 21 Jul 2014


 FAILURES Up 

Yamal-201 declared total loss
16 Jul 2014 - The Russian communication satellite Yamal-201 could not be recovered after a malfunction in June and was declared a total loss. >>>


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Recoverable science satellite launched from Baikonur
21 Jul 2014 - Rocket: Soyuz 2-1a; Payload: Foton M4; Date: 19 July 2014, 2050 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The spacecraft, which carries biological and other experiments, was accurately placed on the target orbit. This was the twelfth Soyuz family mission in 2014. >>>

New Heavy-lift Angara 5 shipped to Plesetsk Cosmodrome
21 Jul 2014 - Preparations are in full swing for the launch of Angara 5 heavy-lift launch vehicle, marking the next testing phase of the new Angara Space Rocket Complex (SRC). >>>

New Delay of the day: Arianespace Flight VA219/ATV 5
21 Jul 2014 - In order to proceed with complementary verifications on the Ariane 5 ES launch system, Arianespace has decided to delay the VA219 launch for a few days. >>>

NASA begins engine test project for Space Launch System rocket
18 Jul 2014 - Engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. They installed an RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at the agency's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. >>>

Arianespace to launch Sentinel-1B observation satellite
17 Jul 2014 - The European Space Agency (ESA) and Arianespace announced that they have signed a launch contract for the second radar satellite in the Sentinel-1 mission, Sentinel-1B, part of Copernicus, a joint European Union and European Space Agency (ESA) environmental monitoring programme. >>>

Delta IV to launch AFSPC-4 on 23/24 July
16 Jul 2014 - A Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) will launch the AFSPC-4 mission for the U.S Air Force on 23/24 July between 2200 and 0200 UTC from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. >>>

Work commences on experimental spaceplane (XS-1) designs
15 Jul 2014 - The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded prime contracts for Phase 1 of its XS-1 programme, which aims to develop a fully-reusable unmanned vehicle that would provide aircraft-like access to space and deploy small satellites to orbit using expendable upper stages. >>>

Proton to return to flight at the end of September
15 Jul 2014 - The first launch of a Proton-M carrier rocket after the May crash is expected to be carried out on 28 September 2014, Roskosmos First Deputy Director Alexander Ivanov was quoted as saying. >>>

Spaceflight, NanoRacks launch additional Planet Labs flock
15 Jul 2014 - Spaceflight Inc. and NanoRacks announced that an additional 28 Planet Labs Dove CubeSats are en route to the International Space Station on the Orbital Sciences Cygnus Orb-2 Mission. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New First flight main mission antennas completed for Iridium NEXT
21 Jul 2014 - Iridium Communications Inc. announced the completion of the first five flight main mission antennas (MMAs) for the Iridium NEXT constellation. >>>

SSL selected to study asteroid retrieval for NASA
18 Jul 2014 - Space Systems/Loral (SSL) announced that it was one of the companies selected by NASA to study system concepts and key technologies for NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission. >>>

RUAG camera bound for the ISS
18 Jul 2014 - The European space freighter "Georges Lemaître" is ready for its trip to the International Space Station ISS. An Ariane 5 rocket is scheduled to carry the ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) into space on 25 July. RUAG supplied not only numerous assemblies for this, the last of the five European ATVs, but also a camera that will record the freighter's re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. >>>

Airbus DS to build SES-12
17 Jul 2014 - SES S.A. and Airbus Defence and Space announced that SES has selected Airbus Defence and Space to build a new hybrid communications satellite, SES-12, to serve the fast growing DTH, Data, Mobility and Government markets in Asia. >>>

GOES-R magnetometer ready for spacecraft integration
17 Jul 2014 - The Magnetometer instrument that will fly on NOAA's GOES-R satellite when it is launched in early 2016 has completed the development and testing phase and is ready to be integrated with the spacecraft. >>>

SNC establishes contact with all six Orbcomm Generation 2 satellites
17 Jul 2014 - Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has commenced the on-orbit checkout phase for six Orbcomm Generation 2 (OG2) satellites, establishing communication with each satellite as planned. >>>

Aerojet Rocketdyne tests 1-N thruster for GPIM
17 Jul 2014 - Aerojet Rocketdyne has successfully completed a hot-fire test on its flight-representative 1 Newton (1N) thruster at the company's specially designated green propellant facility in Redmond, Washington. >>>

MDA begins flight phase of asteroid mission
17 Jul 2014 - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. has received a follow-on contract for C$6.6 million from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission. The total contract value to-date is C$25 million. >>>

Cygnus arrives at ISS
16 Jul 2014 - Orbital's Cygnus spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and approach manoeuvres with the International Space Station (ISS) and was grappled and berthed with the station by the Expedition 40 astronaut crew earlier this morning. >>>

SST-US gets U.S. Air Force hosted payload contract
16 Jul 2014 - Surrey Satellite Technology US LLC (SST-US) has been awarded a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract under the Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) programme from the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Contracting Directorate. >>>

SENER and ESA reach an agreement for Proba 3 mission
16 Jul 2014 - Engineering and technology group SENER has reached an agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the prime contractor role on phases C/D and E1 of the Proba-3 space mission. >>>

LuxSpace signs contract with ESA for two micro satellites
16 Jul 2014 - OHB subsidiary LuxSpace has signed a contract with ESA for the manufacturing of two micro satellites. >>>

Aniara selects Dauria Aerospace to build small GEO Ku-band satellites
15 Jul 2014 - Dauria Aerospace, a multinational aerospace company providing global satellite-based remote sensing information and telecommunication services, announced it has been tapped by India-based satellite communication services provider Aniara to design and build two new generation small Ku-band geostationary satellites. >>>

New Horizons marks a 'year out' with a successful course correction
15 Jul 2014 - New Horizons performed a slight course correction yesterday, a short manoeuvre designed to correct the spacecraft's arrival time - a year from now - at the precisely intended aim point at Pluto. >>>

Airbus Defence and Space delivers satellite digital processor to NEC
15 Jul 2014 - Airbus Defence and Space has delivered the first ground-breaking Generation 3 digital processor to NEC Corporation (Japan) for a telecommunications satellite. The second processor is targeted to be delivered in September 2014. >>>

ABS and Arabsat sign agreement on ABS-3A at 3° West
15 Jul 2014 - ABS and Arab Satellite Communication Organisation (Arabsat) announced that they have signed a strategic commercial agreement for a multi-transponder lifetime Ku-band payload on the new ABS-3A satellite planned for launch in late 2014/early 2015. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

Orbital Sciences Corporation results Q2 2014
17 Jul 2014 - Orbital Sciences Corporation reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2014. >>>

Avascent acquires space & telecommunications division of Futron
16 Jul 2014 - Avascent has acquired the satellite, space, and telecommunications businesses of Futron Corporation, a provider of market analytics and consulting services to corporate and government clients around the world. >>>

Northrop Grumman breaks ground on space assembly and test facility
15 Jul 2014 - Northrop Grumman Corporation officially broke ground on a new US$20 million Maryland Space Assembly and Test (M-SAT) facility on the back of its Baltimore campus adjacent to Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

Liquid Telecom steps up resources on Eutelsat satellites
18 Jul 2014 - Liquid Telecom, a data, voice and IP provider in Africa, is stepping up resources leased from Eutelsat Communications to meet increasing demand for IP connectivity from a broad portfolio of clients that include national parks, out of town offices and remote mining and exploration companies. >>>

Airbus DS signs new agreement with Inmarsat
17 Jul 2014 - Airbus Defense and Space has expanded its strategic agreement with Inmarsat on Global Xpress high-speed broadband with a new agreement extending reselling of the ultra-fast broadband service to the U.S. government market. >>>


 RESEARCH Up 

New Demand for satellite capacity to play catch up with supply - report
21 Jul 2014 - NSR's Global Satellite Capacity Supply & Demand, 11th Edition report, projects new supply of over 3,000 new transponders and 2+ Tbps of HTS capacity fuelled by risk-taking from key operators will far outstrip demand growth over the next decade. >>>

New Not enough launchers for nano/microsatellites - report
21 Jul 2014 - SpaceWorks has released its annual assessment "Global Launch Vehicle Market Assessment, A study of launch services for nano/microsatellites in 2013." The reports aims to capture the growing number of future nano/microsatellite missions requiring a launch. >>>

 

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