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Summary: 24 Oct 2014 - 30 Oct 2014


 FAILURES Up 

New Initial damage assessment at MARS
30 Oct 2014 - The Wallops Incident Response Team has completed an initial assessment of Wallops Island, Virginia, following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science Corp.'s Antares rocket shortly after lift-off on 28 October from Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. >>>

Investigation into Antares explosion begins
29 Oct 2014 - Orbital Sciences Corp. said it has formed an anomaly investigation board, which will work in close coordination with all appropriate government agencies, to determine the cause of yesterday's explosion of an Antares rocket shortly after lift-off. Twenty-four hours after the incident, there's still little details as to what went wrong. >>>

Antares rocket explodes after lift-off, no injuries
28 Oct 2014 - An Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus transporter to the ISS on the commercial Orb-3 resupply mission exploded about six seconds after lift-off on 28 October, 2222 UTC from Wallops Flight Facility, USA. >>>


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Russia launches seventh Meridian satellite
30 Oct 2014 - Rocket: Soyuz 2.1a; Payload: Meridian 7 (Meridian No. 17L); Date: 30 October 2014, 0143 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The governmental spacecraft was accurately placed on the target orbit of 968 km x 39,750 km x 62.8 degrees. >>>

New Russia to launch 70 Proton rockets by 2020
30 Oct 2014 - Russia plans to launch about 70 Proton space rockets by 2020 from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the head of Russia's federal space agency said. >>>

New ESA, USSTRATCOM to exchange more data
30 Oct 2014 - ESA has signed an agreement with the U.S. Strategic Command to improve data exchange between the organisations for supporting missions. >>>

New Russian cargo vessel docks with ISS after successful launch
29 Oct 2014 - Rocket: Soyuz 2-1A; Payload: Progress M-25M; Date: 29 October 2014, 0709 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The Russian cargo transport vehicle docked to the International Space Station about six hours after lift-off. >>>

GPS IIF-8 launched
29 Oct 2014 - Rocket: Atlas V; Payload: GPS IIF-8; Date: 29 October 2014, 1721 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The spacecraft was released into its planned orbit three hours and 24 minutes after launch. >>>

Arianespace signs contract with ELV for ten Vega launchers
29 Oct 2014 - Stéphane Israël, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, and Pierluigi Pirrelli, Chief Executive of ELV (European Launch Vehicle), have signed a contract confirming Arianespace's order of ten Vega launch vehicles from the Italian manufacturer. >>>

Europe's Astra 2G satellite delivered to Baikonur for Proton launch
29 Oct 2014 - Astra 2G, a telecommunications satellite manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space on orders from satellite communications operator SES, has been delivered from Toulouse, France, to the Baikonur Cosmodrome for pre-launch ground processing. >>>

Emergency landing for satellite en route to Baikonur
28 Oct 2014 - A plane carrying a European satellite [apparently Astra 2G] on the way to the Baikonur cosmodrome has made an emergency landing at the airport of Ulyanovsk in Russia, a spokesperson for the Volga Investigative Committee on Transport >>>

Yamal 401 satellite delivered to Baikonur
28 Oct 2014 - The Yamal 401 telecommunications spacecraft was delivered to the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard a cargo plane. >>>

Next GPS satellite ready for launch
28 Oct 2014 - The U.S. Air Force is scheduled to launch the eighth Boeing-built Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle, on 29 October. The launch window opens at 1721 UTC and will remain open for 18 minutes. >>>

Chinese Chang Zheng 2C launches Shijian-11 satellite
27 Oct 2014 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 2C; Payload: Shijian 11-08; Date: 27 October 2014, 0659 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. State media said the launch was successful. >>>

Delay of the day: Antares/Cygnus
27 Oct 2014 - The commercial resupply launch of a Cygnus cargo craft aboard an Antares rocket from Wallops Launch Facility to the ISS has been scrubbed. >>>

GSAT-16 is delivered to French Guiana for next Ariane 5 launch
27 Oct 2014 - Both satellite passengers for Arianespace's sixth Ariane 5 mission of 2014 are now in French Guiana, marking a new milestone as preparations continue ahead of this heavy-lift flight scheduled for early December. >>>

Dragon lands in Pacific Ocean
27 Oct 2014 - SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down on Saturday, 25 October in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 480 km west of Baja California, returning 1,470 kg of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station (ISS). >>>

Progress M-24M undocks from ISS
27 Oct 2014 - Russia's Progress M-24M cargo resupply spacecraft has undocked from the International Space Station (ISS), the Mission Control Center (MCC) said. >>>

Delay of the day: Vega/IXV
24 Oct 2014 - Within the scope of its preparations for the VV04 mission, the European Space Agency (ESA), in conjunction with French space agency CNES, has decided to carry out additional flight trajectory analyses for the scheduled Vega launch of IXV. >>>

First Angara 5 flight tentatively set for 25 December
24 Oct 2014 - The first launch of the heavy class rocket Angara-A5 is scheduled for 25 December, the deputy general designer of the Khrunichev Space Center, Yuri Bakhvalov was quoted as saying. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

SSL selected to provide communications satellite
29 Oct 2014 - Space Systems/Loral (SSL) announced that it was selected to provide a communications satellite to an undisclosed customer. >>>

Ekspress-AM6 scheduled to be commissioned in July 2015
28 Oct 2014 - Russian Satellite Communications Company said in a brief statement that it will take the recently launched Ekspress-AM6 seven months to become operational, almost twice the time originally expected. >>>

China's test vehicle starts trip back to Earth
28 Oct 2014 - China's experimental spacecraft, designed to fly around the moon and back to Earth, entered lunar orbit on Monday and is making necessary preparations for its trip back home. >>>

Update: Latest Proton launch only partially successful
27 Oct 2014 - The recently launched Ekspress AM6 has in fact been deployed into a lower-than-planned orbit following an underperformance of the launcher's Briz M upper stage. >>>

3rd of 4 planned manoeuvres extends MESSENGER operations
27 Oct 2014 - MESSENGER mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory conducted the third of four manoeuvres to raise the spacecraft's minimum altitude sufficiently to extend orbital operations and delay the probe's inevitable impact onto Mercury's surface until early next spring. >>>


 LAW & ORDER Up 

Copernicus operations secured until 2021
28 Oct 2014 - The European Commission and ESA have signed an Agreement of over €3 billion to manage and implement the Copernicus 'space component' between 2014 and 2021. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

New Intelsat S.A. results Q3 2014
30 Oct 2014 - Intelsat S.A. reported financial results for the third quarter 2014. >>>

New Eutelsat Communications S.A. revenues Q1 FY 2014-2015
30 Oct 2014 - Eutelsat Communications reported revenues for the first quarter ending 30 September 2014. >>>

New Telesat Holdings Inc. results Q3 2014
30 Oct 2014 - Telesat Holdings Inc. announced its financial results for the three month period ending 30 September 2014. >>>

New Iridium Communications Inc. results Q3 2014
30 Oct 2014 - Iridium Communications Inc. reported financial results for the third quarter of 2014. >>>

New ATK (Aerospace Group) results Q2 FY 2015
30 Oct 2014 - ATK reported operating results for the second quarter of its Fiscal Year 2015, which ended on 28 September 2014. >>>

New Lockheed Martin opens Commercial Space headquarters
30 Oct 2014 - Lockheed Martin has opened the company's Commercial Space headquarters in Denver, Colorado. >>>

Chinese billionaire plans own satellite constellation
28 Oct 2014 - Chinese Tycoon Wang Jing has unveiled plans to develop a constellation of satellites aimed at providing low-cost mobile communication services across China, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported. >>>

SES and Es'hailSat sign consultancy agreement
27 Oct 2014 - SES TechCom, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES S.A. and Es'hailSat, The Qatar Satellite Company registered in the State of Qatar, announced the signing of a comprehensive consultancy service agreement. >>>

New Airbus DS integration centre for space propulsion systems
24 Oct 2014 - Airbus Defence and Space has begun operations at its new integration centre for satellite propulsion components and sub-systems in Lampoldshausen. More than €2.5 million have been invested in the new building, increasing the available production area from approximately 2,500 to 3,100 square metres. The new centre enables the integration of larger components and systems. >>>

 

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