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Summary: 23 Feb 2015 - 27 Feb 2015


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Russia launches digital cartography satellite
27 Feb 2015 - Rocket: Soyuz 2-1A; Payload: Bars-M No.1L [Kosmos 2503(?)]; Date: 27 February 2015, 1101 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The governmental spacecraft was accurately placed on the target orbit. This was the second Soyuz family mission in 2015. >>>

TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSAT arrives in Cape Canaveral
26 Feb 2015 - The TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSAT telecommunications satellite was shipped from Thales Alenia Space's Cannes plant on 23 February 2015, arriving at the Cape Canaveral launch site in Florida on 26 February. Built by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor, on behalf of the Turkmenistan Ministry of Communications, the satellite will be orbited in March 2015 by a SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher. >>>

NASA's MMS spacecraft prepare for 13 March (UTC) launch
26 Feb 2015 - Final preparations are underway for the launch of NASA's quartet of Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft, which constitute the first space mission dedicated to the study of magnetic reconnection. This fundamental process occurs throughout the universe where magnetic fields connect and disconnect with an explosive release of energy. >>>

SES announces two launch agreements with SpaceX
25 Feb 2015 - SES announced an agreement with SpaceX to launch two new satellites in 2017 - SES-14 and SES-16/ GovSat - using the Falcon 9 rocket. >>>

Khrunichev and Gazprom Space Systems to expand strategic co-operation
25 Feb 2015 - Khrunichev Space Center (Khrunichev) and OAO Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) have signed a number of documents envisaging expanded strategic co-operation between the two companies, starting with the launch of Yamal 601. >>>

Aerojet Rocketdyne to research next-gen green propellants
25 Feb 2015 - Aerojet Rocketdyne was awarded a contract to research and develop environmentally sustainable monopropellants and gas generators for rocket and missile propulsion and Divert Attitude Control Systems. >>>

Successful launch of cryogenic liquid experiment
23 Feb 2015 - For the first time in Europe, an experiment studying the behaviour of liquid hydrogen in microgravity was carried out in space, the Swedish Space Corporation said. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New ISA Pathfinder propulsion and science modules to begin final testing
27 Feb 2015 - LISA Pathfinder's propulsion and science modules are leaving the UK for the last time. Airbus Defence and Space will ship the two modules to IABG (Industrie Anlagen Betriebs Gesellschaft), near Munich in Germany, for final system level testing. The spacecraft is scheduled to be launched later this year by a European Vega rocket from Kourou, French Guiana. >>>

Eutelsat 115 West B pre-launch details
26 Feb 2015 - Eutelsat 115 West B, the first all-electric satellite for Eutelsat Communications is scheduled for launch by SpaceX using the Falcon 9 rocket on 1 March between 03.49 and 04.34 UTC. Built by Boeing Defense and Space, Eutelsat's latest satellite arrived in Cape Canaveral on 25 January. >>>

MDA to provide communication payload equipment for Turkish satellite
26 Feb 2015 - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. announced that it has signed a contract valued in excess of C$29 million with Aselsan Electronic Industries Inc. (Aselsan), to provide Ku-Band payload equipment for a communications satellite subsystem. >>>

AstroMesh reflector successfully deploys for NASA's SMAP
26 Feb 2015 - The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory successfully deployed the mesh reflector and boom aboard the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) spacecraft, a key milestone on its mission to provide global measurements of soil moisture. >>>

Ekspress-AM7 delivered to Baikonur
24 Feb 2015 - The Ekspress-AM7 satellite was delivered to Baikonur last week. The launch of a Proton-M/Briz-M with the Ekspress-AM7 satellite on board is scheduled for 19 March 2015. >>>

Sentinel-2A completes tests
24 Feb 2015 - After six months of intensive testing, the first Sentinel-2 satellite developed and built by Airbus Defence and Space for the European Space Agency (ESA) is getting ready for its mission in space. >>>

Thor 7 arrives safely in French Guiana
23 Feb 2015 - Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) announced that its Thor 7 satellite has arrived safely at the Guiana Spaceport in Kourou. Thor 7 is now set to start its final preparations before its launch by Arianespace, scheduled for mid-April 2015. >>>

ADS, TAS in billion dollar deal with UAE
23 Feb 2015 - An official in the United Arab Emirates says the Gulf federation has reached a deal valued at just over US$1 billion to buy two satellites and ground control stations from European manufacturers Airbus and Thales. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

New DigitalGlobe, Inc. results 2014
27 Feb 2015 - DigitalGlobe, Inc. reported financial results for the full year and quarter ending 31 December 2014. >>>

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. results 2014
26 Feb 2015 - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ending 31 December 2014. >>>

Telesat Holdings Inc. results 2014
26 Feb 2015 - Telesat Holdings Inc. announced its financial results for the three month and one year periods ending 31 December 2014. >>>

Iridium Communications Inc. results 2014
26 Feb 2015 - Iridium Communications Inc. reported financial results for the fourth quarter of 2014. >>>

DigitalGlobe announces availability of 30 cm satellite imagery
25 Feb 2015 - DigitalGlobe, Inc. announced the full availability of 30 cm satellite imagery products for all customers. Imagery of this resolution was previously only available from aerial platforms. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

EDRS confirms services for Copernicus in co-operation with EC
25 Feb 2015 - Following the recent decision confirming the ESA/Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) partnership on the European Data Relay System (EDRS), agreement has been reached with the European Commission (EC) for the provision of EDRS services to the European Union Copernicus programme. >>>

Harris completes IT infrastructure for GOES-R ground segment
25 Feb 2015 - Harris Corporation has completed the computer hardware delivery, installation and integration supporting the operational systems of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R) Series Program ground segment at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facilities in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. >>>


 RESEARCH Up 

NSR predicts more growth for satellite manufacturing, launching
24 Feb 2015 - NSR's Satellite Manufacturing and Launch Services, 5th Edition, report projects that over 1,800 satellites with a mass of more than 50 kilograms will be ordered and launched over the next decade, generating US$300 billion across global markets. Satellites launched by entirely new commercial and national operators will complement replacement and expansion missions from traditional players, sustaining the market above US$26 billion per year. >>>


 NAMES Up 

DISH Network President and CEO Joseph P. Clayton to retire
23 Feb 2015 - DISH Network Corporation announced that President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph P. Clayton will retire from his position effective 31 March 2015. >>>

 

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