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Summary: 22 Jun 2016 - 28 Jun 2016


 LAUNCHES Up 

New NASA's Space Launch System booster completes second ground test
28 Jun 2016 - A booster for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), successfully fired up Tuesday for its second qualification ground test at Orbital ATK's test facilities in Promontory, Utah. This was the last full-scale test for the booster before SLS's first uncrewed test flight with NASA's Orion spacecraft in late 2018. >>>

New Dedicated Dream Chaser mission for UN Member States
28 Jun 2016 - The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together to provide affordable opportunities for United Nations Member States to conduct experiments in space. >>>

New Spacecraft Soyuz MS mated to adapter section
28 Jun 2016 - Specialists from RSC Energia (a part of State Corporation Roskosmos) working at the Baikonur launch site have successfully completed operations to mate a manned transportation spacecraft of the new series Soyuz MS to the adapter section. >>>

China successfully tests new launch site, new rocket
27 Jun 2016 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 7/YZ-1A; Payload: a reentry module of a multi-function spacecraft, five secondary payloads; Date: 25 June 2016, 1200 UTC; Launch site: Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, China. The rocket placed its payload in a 200 km x 394 km orbit 603 seconds after blast-off. >>>

Sky and Space Global to launch nanosatellites aboard LauncherOne
27 Jun 2016 - Sky and Space Global Ltd has signed a Letter of Intent to purchase launches for up to 200 nano-satellites on Virgin Galactic's orbital launch vehicle, LauncherOne. >>>

Fifth MUOS satellite lofted by Atlas V
24 Jun 2016 - Rocket: Atlas V; Payload: MUOS-5 [MUOS SV-3]; Date: 24 June 2016, 1430 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The military communications satellite was successfully deployed into geostationary transfer orbit. >>>

Sustainable Innovations wins NASA contract to purify helium
24 Jun 2016 - Sustainable Innovations received a contract from NASA to supply a commercial-scale system to recycle helium, a resource that is in scarce supply. Ongoing rocket test operations at NASA Stennis Space Center (SSC) result in valuable helium gas being vented to the atmosphere, in addition to the substantial quantity of hydrogen gas that is flared upon completion of a rocket test cycle. >>>

India's PSLV launches Cartosat-2C and 19 co-passengers
22 Jun 2016 - Rocket: PSLV-C34; Payload: Cartosat-2C, 19 co-passenger satellites, one of them carrying a subsatellite; Date: 22 June 2016, 0356 UTC; Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India. The payload was successfully deployed into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). >>>

Next SpaceX cargo launch no earlier than 18 July
22 Jun 2016 - The next SpaceX commercial cargo resupply services mission for NASA to the International Space Station now is targeted for launch no earlier than 0445 UTC on 18 July. >>>

Chang Zheng 7 maiden launch next week
22 Jun 2016 - China plans to launch its new generation Chang Zheng-7 carrier rocket between 25 and 29 June (local time) from a new launch centre in south China, according to the manned space engineering office. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New ARGOS receivers for METOP Second Generation
28 Jun 2016 - EUMETSAT and CNES have signed an agreement on ARGOS receivers to fly on METOP-SG satellites. >>>

Raytheon completes milestone for next-generation GPS controls
27 Jun 2016 - Raytheon said it has achieved another test milestone in its development of the U.S. Air Force's Global Positioning System Next Generation Operational Control System, or GPS OCX. >>>

Boeing plans giant satellite constellation
24 Jun 2016 - Boeing Co. has applied for a license from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to launch and operate a network of thousands of satellites. >>>

SpaceVR selects Pumpkin as prime to build Overview 1
24 Jun 2016 - SpaceVR, a venture-funded startup developing the world's first virtual reality hardware and software platform enabling users to experience space firsthand using any mobile, desktop, or virtual reality device, has selected Pumpkin Space Systems Inc. (Pumpkin) as its prime contractor to build SpaceVR's Overview 1 CubeSat bus hardware and space flight software. >>>

NASA extends Hubble Space Telescope science operations contract
23 Jun 2016 - NASA is contractually extending science operations for its Hubble Space Telescope an additional five years. The agency awarded a sole source contract extension to the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy for continued Hubble science operations support at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. >>>

Lockheed Martin receives SBIRS contract modification
23 Jun 2016 - Lockheed Martin Space Systems has been awarded a US$25.2 million U.S. Air Force contract modification for work on the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate's Space Based Infra-Red Systems programme. >>>

Orbital ATK completes 2nd cargo resupply mission of 2016
22 Jun 2016 - Orbital ATK, Inc. announced the successful completion of its second cargo delivery mission in 2016 to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services-1 (CRS-1) contract. >>>

Sentinel-1 satellites combine radar vision
22 Jun 2016 - The twin Sentinel-1 satellites have - for the first time - combined to show their capability for revealing even small deformations in Earth's surface. >>>

WorldView-1 completes shift to afternoon orbit
22 Jun 2016 - DigitalGlobe, Inc. announced its WorldView-1 satellite has completed a planned 18-month-long transition from a morning orbit to an afternoon orbit, improving customers' ability to detect, see, and understand change that occurs on our planet within a single day. >>>

Russia to publish catalogue disclosing U.S. military satellites
22 Jun 2016 - Russia will publicly release its own database of Earth orbiting satellites, Viktor Shilin, head of the Russian delegation at the 59th session of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, told the Russian newspaper Izvestia. >>>


 LAW & ORDER Up 

ASL likely to get EC approval for Arianespace takeover - report
24 Jun 2016 - Airbus Safran Launchers SAS will reportedly win European Union approval as soon as next month to take over launch-service provider Arianespace SA. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

Eutelsat: new strategic priorities and financial objectives
27 Jun 2016 - In a context of slowing industry-wide momentum, Eutelsat Communications announced a review of its strategic priorities and financial objectives. >>>

Aerojet Rocketdyne realigns Space and Defense Organisations
27 Jun 2016 - Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. announced a significant reorganisation, consolidating the company's six business units into two - Space and Defense. >>>


 RESEARCH Up 

Space Foundation: global space economy at US$323 billion in 2015
22 Jun 2016 - The Space Foundation has released the findings of its publication "The Space Report 2016: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity." >>>

 

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