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Summary: 19 Jan 2015 - 23 Jan 2015


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Inmarsat-5 F2 satellite launch preparations underway
23 Jan 2015 - Preparations for the launch of the second Global Xpress satellite, Inmarsat-5 F2 (I-5 F2), are now at an advanced stage at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. >>>

Ariane 5 to launch SES-12 in 2017
22 Jan 2015 - SES S.A. announced that the company has selected Arianespace to launch the powerful new hybrid communications satellite, SES-12, on board an Ariane 5 booster from the European Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, during Q4 2017. This will be the 40th launch of an SES spacecraft on board an European Ariane launch vehicle. >>>

MUOS-3 launched
21 Jan 2015 - Rocket: Atlas V; Payload: MUOS-3; Date: 21 January 2015, 0104 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The satellite was deployed into geostationary transfer orbit and is responding to commands. >>>

ULA to buy new RD-180 engines?
20 Jan 2015 - Russian rocket manufacturer Energia is currently in talks with United Launch Alliance over a contract to deliver 30 additional RD-180 rocket engines, Energia head Vladimir Solntsev was quoted as saying. >>>

Delay of the day: Proton M/Inmarsat 5 F2
20 Jan 2015 - The Russian Federal Space Agency has postponed the launch of a Proton-M carrier rocket carrying Inmarsat 5 F2. >>>

IXV switched on
19 Jan 2015 - Scheduled for lift-off on 11 February between 1300 and 1500 UTC, a Vega rocket will loft the European Space Agency's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV), which was developed to test reentry technologies in developing systems and advanced technologies for future transportation systems. >>>

Delay of the day: Falcon 9.1/DSCOVR
19 Jan 2015 - The U.S. Air Force (USAF), acting in its capacity as the launch services provider with SpaceX, and with concurrence from NOAA and NASA, has announced a delay in the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New Manoeuvre delays MESSENGER's impact, extends orbital operations
23 Jan 2015 - MESSENGER mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) successfully conducted a manoeuvre designed to raise the spacecraft's minimum altitude sufficiently to extend orbital operations and delay the probe's inevitable impact onto Mercury's surface until early next spring. >>>

New Second instrument integrated with NOAA's JPSS-1 spacecraft
23 Jan 2015 - The Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite-Nadir (OMPS-N) instrument has been successfully integrated with the JPSS-1 spacecraft, NOAA announced. OMPS is the second JPSS-1 instrument to be integrated after the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) was installed last month. >>>

New Meteosat-7 becomes EUMETSAT longest-serving operational satellite
23 Jan 2015 - On 24 January 2015, Meteosat-7 becomes the longest-serving operational satellite in EUMETSAT history, clocking up 17 years of monitoring the weather from space. >>>

Marotta electric propulsion valve now available ITAR-free
21 Jan 2015 - Marotta Controls announced that its patented high performance miniature Multi-Function Valve (MFV) is now available as an ITAR-Free key component for satellite electric propulsion systems. >>>

Boeing may build NYBBSat-1
20 Jan 2015 - New York Broadband LLC has selected Boeing Satellite Systems International Inc. for negotiation of a contract to build a new high-powered L-band satellite that will support mobile multimedia services to China and other Asian markets planned by CMMB Vision of Hong Kong. >>>

Service interruption for Galileo system upgrade
19 Jan 2015 - Galileo's navigation messages will shortly stop being updated, in order to enable the migration of a new release for Galileo's world-spanning ground mission segment. >>>


 LAW & ORDER Up 

Roskosmos to be merged with United Rocket and Space Corporation
22 Jan 2015 - Russian President Vladimir Putin supported Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's proposal to merge Roskomos and the United Rocket and Space Corporation into a single state-run company. The current Director-General of the United Rocket and Space Corporation, Igor Komarov, will take the position of its chief. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

SpaceX confirms Google investment
21 Jan 2015 - Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) said in a brief statement it has raised a billion U.S. dollars in a financing round with two new investors, Google and Fidelity. >>>

Planet Labs raises US$95 million financing
20 Jan 2015 - Planet Labs announced a first closing of the majority of its US$70 million Series C round led by Data Collective, with participation from new investors, as well as support from existing investors. >>>


 NAMES Up 

SES Government Solutions appoints new President & CEO
19 Jan 2015 - SES Government Solutions (SES GS) announced the appointment of a new President and CEO, Brig Gen Peter Hoene, USAF (Ret), effective 2 March 2015. >>>

 

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