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Summary: 17 Apr 2014 - 23 Apr 2014


 FAILURES Up 

Amazonas 4A problem permanent; other satellites not affected
22 Apr 2014 - According to satellite maker Orbital Sciences Corp., the capacity of the recently launched Amazonas 4A will likely be permanently reduced owing to a power subsystem failure detected during in-orbit testing. The company does not expect a similar failure to occur aboard other satellites. >>>


 LAUNCHES Up 

Final Vega checkout to begin
21 Apr 2014 - The third Vega has completed its build-up at the spaceport in French Guiana, allowing final checkout to begin ahead of this lightweight launcher's mission with the DZZ-HR Earth observation satellite scheduled for 28 April. >>>

Falcon 9 lifts off on CRS-3 mission
18 Apr 2014 - Rocket: Falcon 9 v1.1; Payload: Dragon; Date: 18 April 2014, 1925 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The launch of the third SpaceX commercial resupply services mission (CRS-3) sent the Dragon space freighter on a course to rendezvous with the station on Sunday, 20 April. >>>

Soyuz-U launches imaging satellite for Egypt
17 Apr 2014 - Rocket: Soyuz-U; Payload: EgyptSat-2; Date: 16 April, 1620 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The imaging satellite was put into an elliptical orbit with apogee altitude of 720 km, perigee altitude of 440 km and inclination of 51,6°, and at 1752 UTC the equipment of the ground segment of the space system assumed control of the satellite. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New Next GLONASS launch planned for June
23 Apr 2014 - Russia's GLONASS has resumed normal operations after suffering an outage earlier this month, the Central Research Institute of Machine Building (TsNIIMash) said in a statement. >>>

New Ball Aerospace moving ahead on TEMPO & GEMS sensors
23 Apr 2014 - Two Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. air quality sensors are on their way to providing future environmental monitoring to support the quality of life on Earth. >>>

Dragon berthed to station
21 Apr 2014 - The Dragon supply ship arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday morning for its third commercial resupply mission to the orbiting lab. >>>

NASA completes LADEE mission with impact on moon's surface
18 Apr 2014 - Ground controllers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, have confirmed that NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 0430 an 0522 UTC on 18 April.- >>>

SUVI installed on GOES-R weather satellite
18 Apr 2014 - Lockheed Martin has delivered a new solar analysis payload that will help scientists measure and forecast space weather, which can damage satellites, electrical grids and communications systems on Earth. >>>

Sky Perfect JSAT orders two SSL satellites
17 Apr 2014 - Space Systems/Loral (SSL) announced that it was selected to provide two communications satellites to Sky Perfect JSAT. The satellites, JCSAT-15 and JCSAT-16 will be used by Sky Perfect JSAT to meet the growing demand for telecommunications infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region. >>>

Ekspress-AT1 and AT2 successfully pass in-orbit testing
17 Apr 2014 - The two telecommunications satellites, Ekspress-AT1 and Ekspress-AT2, both designed and constructed by ISS-Reshetnev Company, have completed the key milestone of in-orbit testing. >>>


 LAW & ORDER Up 

Energia president under suspicion of abuse of authority
17 Apr 2014 - President of Russian Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia Vitaly Lopota is suspected of office abuse, according to Vladimir Markin, spokesman of the Russian Investigative Committee. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

New The Boeing Company (Defense, Space & Security) results Q1 2014
23 Apr 2014 - The Boeing Company reported first-quarter financial results. >>>

Lockheed Martin Corporation (Space Systems) results Q1 2014
22 Apr 2014 - Lockheed Martin Corporation reported financial results for the first quarter 2014. >>>

Orbital Sciences Corp. results Q1 2014
17 Apr 2014 - Orbital Sciences Corporation reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2014. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

New Hughes to use high-throughput capacity on Eutelsat 65 West A
23 Apr 2014 - Eutelsat do Brasil, the Brazilian affiliate of Eutelsat Communications announced that they have concluded a 15-year contract with Hughes Network Systems do Brasil (Hughes), an EchoStar company, for the entire Ka-band capacity connected to the Brazilian service area on the Eutelsat 65 West A satellite. >>>

 

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