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Summary: 15 Sep 2014 - 19 Sep 2014


 FAILURES Up 

Did a Russian spy satellite 'explode' over the U.S.?
15 Sep 2014 - Reports about an ageing Russian spy satellite that failed and "exploded" over the U.S. appear to be exaggerated. Nonetheless, something likely did go wrong. >>>


 LAUNCHES Up 

New CNES presents even cheaper Ariane 6
19 Sep 2014 - CNES has unveiled a revised proposal for the Ariane 6 rocket. The agency said the overhauled plans for the Ariane 6 resulted in a "simple design with great payload capacity," able to take between five and 10 tonnes into orbit. >>>

New NASA's ISS-RapidScat to launch aboard SpaceX rocket
19 Sep 2014 - The launch of NASA's International Space Station Rapid Scatterometer, or ISS-RapidScat, on board the fourth SpaceX commercial resupply services mission is scheduled for 0614 UTC on 20 September. The instrument will monitor ocean winds from its perch on the space station. It will track hurricanes and storms, and provide a better understanding of Earth's climate. >>>

Atlas V launches super-secret satellite
17 Sep 2014 - Rocket: Atlas V 401; Payload: CLIO; Date: 17 September 2014, 0010 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. Following separation from the rocket into the target orbit on 0302 UTC, initial contact with the satellite was confirmed at 0308 UTC. >>>

ULA, Blue Origin to develop new U.S. rocket engine
17 Sep 2014 - United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Blue Origin, LLC, a privately-funded aerospace company owned by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, announced that they have entered into an agreement to jointly fund development of the new BE-4 rocket engine by Blue Origin. >>>

Boeing, SpaceX to carry astronauts to ISS
16 Sep 2014 - NASA has selected Boeing and SpaceX to transport U.S. crews to and from the space station using their CST-100 and Crew Dragon spacecraft, respectively, with a goal of ending the United States' sole reliance on Russia in 2017. >>>

Launch date set for fourth SpaceX cargo mission to ISS
15 Sep 2014 - The fourth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Saturday, 20 September from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. >>>

ISDLA-1 arrives for dual-payload Ariane 5 mission in October
15 Sep 2014 - Payload preparations for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 flight are moving into their full pace with delivery of the mission's other passenger - ISDLA-1 - to French Guiana, where it joins the ARSAT-1 satellite that arrived earlier this month. >>>

ULA to support Air Force RFI for new national engine
15 Sep 2014 - United Launch Alliance (ULA) said it will support the United States Air Force's Request for Information (RFI) for a new national engine and that it is finalising details related to developing its own next generation, first-stage American engine with a U.S. aerospace partner. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

MOM less that a week away from reaching orbit around Mars
18 Sep 2014 - India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft will enter Martian orbit on 24 September for scientific exploration of the red planet after a 300-day voyage through inter-planetary space. >>>

GOES-R System Module and Core Module mated
18 Sep 2014 - The GOES-R Satellite System Module and Core Module subassemblies were successfully mated and now form the GOES-R spacecraft. This is an important milestone in the development of the satellite, as it merges together the elements that form both the "brain" and the "body" of the satellite that will be launched in early 2016. >>>

NASA Mars spacecraft ready for orbit insertion
17 Sep 2014 - NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is nearing its scheduled 22 September (UTC) insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 707 million km. >>>

Dawn exits safe mode
17 Sep 2014 - The Dawn spacecraft has resumed normal ion thrusting after the thrusting unexpectedly stopped and the spacecraft entered safe mode on 11 September. That anomaly occurred shortly before a planned communication with NASA's Deep Space Network that morning. The spacecraft was not performing any special activities at the time. >>>

DMSP-19 weather satellite receives operational acceptance
16 Sep 2014 - The newest Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellite, built by Lockheed Martin, was accepted for operations by U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) on 19 August. This acceptance formally adds DMSP Flight-19 to the existing DMSP constellation. The satellite constellation provides weather data and forecasting information to civilian and military users. >>>

NASA Awards Cross-track Infrared Sounder Instrument for JPSS-2
16 Sep 2014 - NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Exelis, Inc., Geospatial Systems, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, for the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) Instrument for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission. >>>

Galileo satellites - status update
16 Sep 2014 - The fifth and sixth Galileo satellites have been in a safe state since 28 August, fully under control from ESA's centre in Darmstadt, Germany, despite having been released on 22 August into lower and elliptical orbits instead of the expected circular orbits. >>>

Orbcomm launches commercial service for first six OG2 satellites
15 Sep 2014 - Orbcomm Inc. announced that it has launched commercial service for its first six next generation OG2 satellites. >>>

Opportunity flash-memory reformat successful
15 Sep 2014 - NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's Flash file system was successfully reformatted on Sol 3773 (4 September 2014). >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

Airbus DS continues transformation with portfolio optimisation
16 Sep 2014 - After a detailed and comprehensive portfolio assessment, Airbus Defence and Space has defined Space (Launchers & Satellites), Military Aircraft, Missiles and related Systems and Services as its future core businesses. These are the areas in which the Division will further invest to strengthen its leading position. >>>

EDC provides Hispasat with €123 million to purchase a satellite from MDA
15 Sep 2014 - Export Development Canada (EDC) announced financing of €123 million to Hispasat for the construction of a satellite by Canada's MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd (MDA), and its SSL subsidiary. >>>

DataPath brand returns to satellite communications industry
15 Sep 2014 - DataPath, Inc., a provider of remote communications solutions to the government, broadcast, and industrial operations markets announced that is re-launching a brand long-known to the satellite industry. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

New MDA to supply Ka band terminal for Columbus module
19 Sep 2014 - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. announced that its UK subsidiary has received authorisation to proceed from the European Space Agency (ESA) for the development and construction of a Ka band Data Relay terminal flight model for use on the ESA Columbus module of the International Space Station (ISS). >>>

CMMB Vision to acquire new satellite capacity
17 Sep 2014 - CMMB Vision Holdings Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, announced that the company has partnered with an affiliated U.S.-based company and entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to acquire capacity on two new satellites that will provide mobile multimedia services to China and other Asian markets. >>>

Globalstar completes demo of dual-link space-based ADS-B
16 Sep 2014 - Globalstar, Inc. and its partner, ADS-B Technologies, LLC have announced the completion of the latest public flight demonstration showcasing their Space-Based ADS-B Link Augmentation System (ALAS). >>>

Nilesat inks multi-transponder contracts with Eutelsat on Eutelsat 8 West B
15 Sep 2014 - Eutelsat Communications announced that Nilesat has taken a long-term lease for multiple transponders on the Eutelsat 8 West B satellite to be launched in mid-2015. >>>

 

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