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Summary: 26 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2016


 LAUNCHES Up 

New U.S. Air Force releases final STP-3 launch services RFP
30 Sep 2016 - The U.S. Air Force released a Request for Proposal for an Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Launch Service supporting the Space Test Program (STP) 3 mission scheduled to launch in June 2019. >>>

New RemoveDebris mission confirms launch in 2017 using the ISS
30 Sep 2016 - Surrey Space Centre and NanoRacks announced the RemoveDebris mission will be deployed into low-Earth orbit from the International Space Station (ISS) using the NanoRacks Kaber Satellite Deployment System (Kaber). >>>

Sky Muster II, GSAT-18 integrated for upcoming Ariane 5 launch
28 Sep 2016 - The Ariane 5 for Arianespace's eighth mission of 2016 is now fully assembled following this week's integration of its two satellite passengers at the Spaceport in French Guiana. >>>

ULA, USAF sign Agreement to certify new Vulcan Centaur rocket
28 Sep 2016 - United Launch Alliance (ULA) and the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to begin the certification process for the company's new Vulcan Centaur launch vehicle. >>>

SNC announces first UN space mission
27 Sep 2016 - Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and have announced details of the first-ever United Nations space mission. >>>

NanoRacks announces 6U and 12U CubeSats for ISS deployment
27 Sep 2016 - NanoRacks announced that starting early 2017, customers will be able to utilise the International Space Station a new CubeSat deployer that accommodates additional industry standards. >>>

PSLV completes first multi-orbit mission
26 Sep 2016 - Rocket: PSLV-C35; Payload: SCATSAT-1, seven secondary payloads; Date: 26 September 2016, 0344 UTC; Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, India. This PSLV mission was the longest of the PSLV missions conducted till date and was successfully completed in 2 hours 15 minutes and 33 seconds after lift-off. >>>

Delay of the day: SBIRS-GEO 3 loses launch slot, slips to 2017
26 Sep 2016 - The Air Force and Lockheed Martin teams successfully completed planned pre-fuelling testing and inspections of the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO) Flight-3 Satellite currently located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. >>>

Firefly Space Systems completes combustor full mission duty cycle test
26 Sep 2016 - Firefly Space Systems, a developer of dedicated launch vehicles for the small satellite market, announced that it has successfully completed over 50 hot fire tests of its combustor, including multiple full mission duty cycle ("MDC") tests. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New Rosetta ends its mission by slowly crash landing on a comet
30 Sep 2016 - ESA's Rosetta mission has concluded as planned, with the controlled impact onto the comet it had been investigating for more than two years. Confirmation of the end of the mission arrived at ESA's control centre in Darmstadt, Germany at 11:19 UTC with the loss of Rosetta's signal upon impact. >>>

New Sky Muster II, GSAT-18 pre-launch details
30 Sep 2016 - Arianespace's next Ariane 5 flight has been authorised for lift-off on 4 October following a launch readiness review, which was conducted at the Spaceport in French Guiana. >>>

Contract for GPS III satellites 9 and 10
29 Sep 2016 - The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin US$395 million in contract options for the production of the ninth and tenth Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellite. >>>

First payload agreement signed for new Bartolomeo platform on ISS
29 Sep 2016 - Airbus Defence and Space and Neumann Space, an Australian Space technology company, have signed the very first agreement for a hosted payload aboard the new Bartolomeo platform of the International Space Station (ISS). >>>

4th ABI complete and ready for weather satellite integration
28 Sep 2016 - Harris Corporation's fourth Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) has completed a pre-ship review with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA. >>>

e2v wins contract to supply image sensors for weather satellites
28 Sep 2016 - e2v has been awarded a contract by Leonardo-Finmeccanica for the supply of customised Charge Coupled Device (CCD) image sensors for their Multi-viewing, Multi-channel, Multi-polarisation Imager (3MI), an instrument for a series of weather and climate monitoring satellites. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

S7 Group to acquire Sea Launch
27 Sep 2016 - Russian private aviation holding company S7 Group announced that it has signed an agreement with Sea Launch Group to acquire the assets of the Sea Launch complex. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

Inmarsat strengthens strategic partnership with Türksat
27 Sep 2016 - Inmarsat has formally unveiled its strategic partnership with Turkish state-owned regional satellite operator Türksat. >>>

 

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