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Summary: 14 Nov 2014 - 20 Nov 2014


 LAUNCHES Up 

New China on satellite launch spree
20 Nov 2014 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 2D; Payload: Yaogan Weixing 24; Date: 20 November 2014, 0712 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. The launch, which had not been announced in advance, reportedly was successful. >>>

New NASA awards launch services contract for ICON
20 Nov 2014 - NASA has selected Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Virginia, to provide launch services for the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) mission. >>>

New XCOR Aerospace announces latest milestone in ULA programme
20 Nov 2014 - XCOR Aerospace announced it has completed the latest test series for the liquid hydrogen engine it is developing for United Launch Alliance (ULA). This is an important milestone in the long-running LH2 (liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen) programme. It is also a step toward running the engine in a fully closed cycle mode. >>>

Integration of Proton M Ascent Unit for Astra 2G launch completed
18 Nov 2014 - Ground operations are in full swing at Baikonur to process the Proton M integrated launch vehicle for the launch of the European communications satellite, Astra-2G. >>>

ViaSat-2 reportedly to be lofted by Falcon Heavy
18 Nov 2014 - ViaSat has reportedly decided to launch its ViaSat-2 satellite aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket in 2016. >>>

Another Chinese surprise launch
17 Nov 2014 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 2C; Payload: Yaogan-23; Date: 14 November 2014, 1853 UTC; Launch site: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China. State media said the launch, which had not been previously announced, was successful. >>>

Ariane 5 rolls out to Final Assembly Building
17 Nov 2014 - Arianespace's sixth Ariane 5 for launch in 2014 is now ready to receive its two satellite passengers after this workhorse vehicle was moved to the Spaceport's Final Assembly Building in French Guiana. >>>

NASA Commercial Crew partners continue system advancements
17 Nov 2014 - NASA said its industry partners continue to complete development milestones under agreements with the agency's Commercial Crew Program. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New SSL discloses customer
20 Nov 2014 - Space Systems/Loral (SSL) announced that the contract award previously reported was for the Indonesian satellite operator, PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN). >>>

New DSCOVR mission passes major milestones
20 Nov 2014 - The upcoming Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), a satellite designed to monitor and warn of harmful solar activity that could impact Earth, recently cleared two major reviews and remains on track to launch 23 January 2015. >>>

New Ten space science missions extended by ESA
20 Nov 2014 - During its meeting at the European Space Astronomy Centre, near Madrid, on 19 November, the SPC gave the green light for the flotilla of spacecraft to continue their key scientific endeavours for at least another two years. >>>

Rosetta continues into full science phase
19 Nov 2014 - With the Philae lander's mission complete, Rosetta will now continue its own exploration, orbiting Comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko during the coming year as it approaches the Sun. >>>

Northrop Grumman awarded ATMS contract for JPSS
19 Nov 2014 - Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a US$121 million contract by NASA to build and deliver the third Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) for NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS). >>>

ESA commissions ADS as prime contractor for Orion service module
17 Nov 2014 - Airbus Defence and Space has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the development and construction of the service module for Orion, the future U.S. human space capsule. The contract is worth around €390 million. The service module will provide propulsion, power supply, thermal control and the central elements of the life support system of the capsule. >>>

Next NASA Mars mission reaches milestone
17 Nov 2014 - NASA's InSight mission has begun the assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) phase of its development, on track for a March 2016 launch to Mars. The lander, its aeroshell and cruise stage are being assembled by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver. >>>

New Raytheon hyperspectral sensors for HySpecIQ satellites
17 Nov 2014 - Two new commercial satellites will carry sensor payloads developed by Raytheon to deliver images of unprecedented depth and detail, the company said. >>>

Rescue attempt at the end of Philae's primary mission
14 Nov 2014 - Europe's Philae lander was busily conducting experiments on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko with just hours of onboard battery life left. It is estimated that the probe will have gathered at least 70 to 80% of the scientific data expected during the mission's primary phase, possibly up to 90%, before running out of power. An attempt to move the lander into a more favourable position was at least technically successful. Whether it will prolong the lander's life remains to be seen. >>>

Astra 2G pre-launch details
14 Nov 2014 - The final day of fuelling of the Astra 2G spacecraft was completed on schedule today in Baikonur. Joint operations are on schedule to begin tomorrow to support the ILS Proton launch of SES's Astra 2G on 27 November at 2124 UTC. This will be the 400th Proton launch since its first flight in 1965 and the 7th Proton mission this year. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

ATK and Orbital continue to support plans for merger
18 Nov 2014 - Alliant Techsystems Inc. ("ATK") and Orbital Sciences Corporation announced that the two companies have set 27 January 2015 as the new date for their separate, special stockholder meetings in connection with the proposed transaction to spin off ATK's Sporting Group business and immediately thereafter, merge ATK's Aerospace and Defense Groups with Orbital. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

New Alcatel-Lucent partners Inmarsat on EU-wide aviation network
20 Nov 2014 - Alcatel-Lucent is joining Inmarsat as a technology partner for the development of the first fully integrated aviation telecommunications network across the European Union (EU). The network is scheduled to enter commercial service by the end of 2016. >>>

Direct broadcast reception site completed in Miami
19 Nov 2014 - The Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) recently installed a direct readout ground station at the NOAA Atlantic Oceanic and Meteorological Lab (AOML) in Miami, which will now receive data from polar orbiting weather satellites as they pass overhead. >>>

Eutelsat and Spacecom create unified neighbourhood at 16-17° east
19 Nov 2014 - Eutelsat Communications and Spacecom announced the signature of a partnership agreement that will drive expansion of digital entertainment services at one of Africa's fastest-growing video neighbourhoods. >>>

New European sites for MEO search and rescue satellite reception
17 Nov 2014 - The ground network for Galileo's search and rescue service has now passed a major exam. These stations sit on Spitsbergen in the Norwegian Arctic, Maspalomas on the largest island of Spain's Canary Islands, and Larnaca on the island nation of Cyprus, forming a triangle enclosing Europe. The three are coordinated and overseen from a control centre in Toulouse, France. >>>

 

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