Summary: 25 Aug 2014 - 29 Aug 2014


'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. >>>

Galileo satellites under control
26 Aug 2014 - ESA said that work at the agency's ESOC control centre continues relentlessly on the two Galileo satellites which ended up in a wrong orbit after launch aboard a Soyuz/Fregat. >>>

Galileo launch failure: Arianespace names independent inquiry commission
25 Aug 2014 - Following the major anomaly that occurred on 22 August 2014 during the Soyuz ST mission carrying two satellites in the Galileo constellation, Arianespace announced, in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission, the appointment of an independent inquiry commission. Meanwhile, attention has reportedly focused on the Fregat upper stage's attitude control thrusters. >>>

SpaceX test rocket failure delays AsiaSat 6 launch
25 Aug 2014 - A SpaceX test rocket suffered an anomaly shortly after launch on a test flight in Texas last Friday, triggering its automatic termination system, the company said in a statement. The incident will also affect the upcoming launch of AsiaSat 6 aboard a Falcon 9. >>>


New 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. >>>

New 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. >>>

New 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. >>>

Delay of the day: Falcon 9/AsiaSat 6
26 Aug 2014 - SpaceX has indefinitely delayed the launch of AsiaSat 6 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, previously scheduled for 27 August, 0450 UTC. >>>

Eurocryospace's new manufacturing plant symbolically opens its gates
25 Aug 2014 - Airbus Defense and Space are building a new manufacturing plant in Bremen for the European Space Agency (ESA) with a total area of just over 4,000 m² to integrate and equip the upper stage tanks of the future European launchers. >>>


New 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. >>>

Lockheed Martin, Electro Optic Systems to establish space debris tracking site
26 Aug 2014 - Under a new strategic co-operation agreement, Lockheed Martin and Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd are developing a new space object tracking site in Western Australia that will paint a more detailed picture of space debris for both government and commercial customers. >>>


New 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). >>>


New 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. >>>

Lockheed Martin completes acquisition of Astrotech Space Operations
25 Aug 2014 - Lockheed Martin has completed the acquisition of the assets of the Astrotech Space Operations business of Astrotech Corporation. >>>


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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