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Summary: 18 Nov 2014 - 24 Nov 2014


 LAUNCHES Up 

New New crew launched to ISS
24 Nov 2014 - Rocket: Soyuz-FG; Payload: Soyuz TMA-15M; Date: 23 November 2014, 2101 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The Soyuz TMA-15M manned transport spacecraft was accurately placed on the target orbit and has meanwhile docked with the ISS. >>>

New Proton M/Astra 2G rolled out to launch pad
24 Nov 2014 - Following the State Review Board's decision, the Proton M/Astra 2G integrated launch vehicle (ILV) was rolled out to Launch Complex. The ILV is now installed on its launch pad. >>>

New First Ariane 5 to be launched in 2015 begins build-up
24 Nov 2014 - As Arianespace prepares to close out a busy year of mission activity, the initial Ariane 5 for launch in 2015 already is beginning to take shape at the Spaceport in Kourou. >>>

Seconds flight of China's Kuaizhou rocket
21 Nov 2014 - Rocket: Kuaizhou; Payload: Kuaizhou II; Date: 21 November 2014, 0637 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellite will be used to monitor natural disasters and provide disaster-relief information, Xinhua news agency said. >>>

Vega VV04 launch of IXV rescheduled
21 Nov 2014 - Based on joint work by ESA and CNES, the date for the IXV mission to be launched by Vega has been set for 11 February 2015. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New MAVEN out of safehold mode
24 Nov 2014 - After ground testing and careful review over two days, MAVEN was successfully brought out of Safehold Mode the afternoon of Friday, 21 November. The spacecraft is operating nominally in Earth-Point Mode with high-rate communications. >>>

RedEye 3D prints functional antenna arrays for COSMIC-2 satellites
21 Nov 2014 - RedEye, a Stratasys company and provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing services, has partnered with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to 3D print 30 antenna array supports for the FORMOSAT-7 Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC-2) satellite mission. >>>

NASA's SMAP to use Northrop Grumman's AstroMesh reflector
21 Nov 2014 - Intended to effortlessly spin on-orbit at nearly 15 revolutions per minute collecting data, Northrop Grumman's lightweight mesh reflector has been successfully installed on NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) spacecraft and delivered to Vandenberg Air Force Base in preparation for launch in January 2015. >>>

Ball Aerospace avionics and antenna hardware for Orion test flight
21 Nov 2014 - Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. said it is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on 4 December. >>>

MAVEN in safehold mode
21 Nov 2014 - NASA's MAVEN Mars orbiter went into safehold mode on Wednesday, 19 November. Safehold was triggered by a timing conflict between commands. >>>

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). >>>

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. >>>

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). >>>


 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 Integrated baseline review for second phase of EPS-CAPS completed
24 Nov 2014 - Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully conducted the integrated baseline review (IBR) of the production, deployment and initial sustainment phase for the Enhanced Polar System (EPS) Control and Planning Segment (CAPS). >>>

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. >>>

 

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