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Summary: 20 Sep 2016 - 26 Sep 2016


 FAILURES Up 

Breach in cryogenic helium system may have caused Falcon 9 fireball
23 Sep 2016 - A large breach in the cryogenic helium system of the second stage liquid oxygen tank is suspected to have caused the loss of a Falcon 9 rocket with the Amos 6 satellite on board. >>>


 LAUNCHES Up 

New PSLV completes first multi-orbit mission
26 Sep 2016 - Rocket: PSLV-C35; Payload: SCATSAT-1, seven secondary payloads; Date: 26 September 2016, 0344 UTC; Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, India. This PSLV mission was the longest of the PSLV missions conducted till date and was successfully completed in 2 hours 15 minutes and 33 seconds after lift-off. >>>

New Delay of the day: SBIRS-GEO 3 loses launch slot, slips to 2017
26 Sep 2016 - The Air Force and Lockheed Martin teams successfully completed planned pre-fuelling testing and inspections of the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO) Flight-3 Satellite currently located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. >>>

New Firefly Space Systems completes combustor full mission duty cycle test
26 Sep 2016 - Firefly Space Systems, a developer of dedicated launch vehicles for the small satellite market, announced that it has successfully completed over 50 hot fire tests of its combustor, including multiple full mission duty cycle ("MDC") tests. >>>

Atlas V to launch WorldView-4 early October
23 Sep 2016 - The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V carrying the WorldView-4 satellite for DigitalGlobe will occur no earlier than early October. >>>

Damaged cable delays Soyuz MS-02 launch
22 Sep 2016 - The technical malfunction that led to the postponement of the Soyuz MS-02 manned spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS), has been detected and will be fixed, Vladimir Solntsev, the director general of the space rocket corporation Energia said. >>>

First Indian multi-satellite launch into different orbits
21 Sep 2016 - India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its thirty-seventh flight (PSLV-C35), will launch the 377 kg SCATSAT-1 for ocean and weather related studies and seven co-passenger satellites into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). Co-passenger satellites are from Algeria, Canada and USA as well as two satellites from Indian Universities/Academic Institute. >>>

Ariane 5 on track for next month's mission
21 Sep 2016 - Pre-flight activities for Arianespace's upcoming Ariane 5 mission are ramping up at the Spaceport in French Guiana, with launcher and payload preparations advancing in parallel for lift-off on 4 October (UTC). >>>

Next Antares launch tentatively set for mid-October
21 Sep 2016 - Orbital ATK is targeting a five-day launch window of 10-14 October 2016 (UTC) for the Antares OA-5 launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Virginia. A more specific date will be identified upon completion of final operational milestones and technical reviews. >>>

TsENKI, Roskosmos sign contracts to modernise Baikonur
21 Sep 2016 - Russia's Center for Operation of Space Ground-Based Infrastructure (TsENKI) and Roskosmos state corporation have concluded three contracts worth some RUB1.8 billion (US$28 million) to modernise the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan. >>>

Ariane 5 booster fires up for tests
20 Sep 2016 - A recent test firing of Ariane 5's solid-propellant booster demonstrated the motor's capabilities and qualified improvements in design. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

Meteosat-8 ready to boost observations over the Indian Ocean
23 Sep 2016 - The potential to better observe the weather and climate over the Indian Ocean has received a major boost with the arrival this week of EUMETSAT's Meteosat-8 satellite in its new position of 41.5° East. >>>

SMC exercises contract options to procure two additional GPS III satellites
22 Sep 2016 - The U.S. Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center awarded a contract option to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company to procure two additional Global Positioning System III satellites. >>>

Ofek 11 reportedly operational
22 Sep 2016 - Israel's new Ofek 11 spy satellite is finally operational and taking high-quality pictures after suffering technical difficulties during its launch earlier this month, defence officials said. >>>

Airbus expands its German satellite building facility
22 Sep 2016 - Airbus Defence and Space is continuing to future-proof its site at Friedrichshafen, Germany, with the construction of a new Integrated Technology Centre (ITC). At the heart of the four-storey centre with a basement and a footprint of around 4,200 m² will be a large central clean room for the development and construction of satellites. >>>

SNC and Solar Junction Corporation launch new solar array technology
21 Sep 2016 - Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Solar Junction Corporation (Solar Junction) are launching a new technology that will increase the efficiency of spacecraft solar array production and operation and lower the overall cost, the companies said. >>>

Airbus DS, DLR sign METimage contract
20 Sep 2016 - Airbus Defence and Space has been commissioned by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) to develop and build three flight units of the METimage weather instruments. The partners have signed the € 291 million contract in Berlin. >>>

JPL seeks robotic spacecraft development for asteroid redirect mission
20 Sep 2016 - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has issued a request for proposal (RFP) seeking design, development and build of the robotic spacecraft that will capture a multi-ton asteroid boulder from deep space during the first segment of the agency's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). The RFP is open to the four industry partners that previously completed conceptual designs of the spacecraft. >>>

 

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