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Summary: 15 Aug 2014 - 21 Aug 2014


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Delay of the day: Soyuz/Galileo
21 Aug 2014 - Arianespace on 21 August decided to postpone the launch of Soyuz flight VS09 carrying Europe's fifth and sixth Galileo satellites. >>>

New Ariane 5 ES to launch 12 Galileo FOC satellites
21 Aug 2014 - Arianespace and ESA, acting on behalf of the European Commission, have signed a contract for three launch services with Ariane 5 ES in order to step up the deployment of the European navigation system Galileo. >>>

New Launch date for Lockheed Martin-built CLIO set for 16 September
21 Aug 2014 - The launch date for the U.S. government's CLIO satellite, built by Lockheed Martin, has been set for 16 September 2014. CLIO will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. >>>

Galileo satellites ready for launch
20 Aug 2014 - The ninth Soyuz launch from Kourou was given its go-ahead today with a dual-Galileo FOC satellite payload. >>>

Northrop Grumman developing XS-1 experimental spaceplane for DARPA
20 Aug 2014 - Northrop Grumman Corporation with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic is developing a preliminary design and flight demonstration plan for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 programme. >>>

China launches second HD imaging satellite
19 Aug 2014 - Rocket: Chang Zheng-4B; Payload: Gaofen-2, BRITE-PL-2 "Heweliusz" (aka CanX-3D); Date: 19 August 2014, 0315 UTC; Launch site: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China. The launch of the high-definition Earth observation satellite was succesful, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND). >>>

Integration of the 'upper composite' is underway for Galileo launch
18 Aug 2014 - Galileo's "Doresa" and "Milena" spacecraft and their specially-designed dispenser system have been installed on a Soyuz' Fregat upper stage in preparation for Arianespace's next flight from the Spaceport in French Guiana. >>>

Aerojet Rocketdyne awarded contract for large scale additive manufacturing
18 Aug 2014 - Aerojet Rocketdyne was recently awarded a contract by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base through the Defense Production Act Title III Office for large-scale additive manufacturing [aka 3D printing] development and demonstration. >>>

Aerojet Rocketdyne completes successful LEO-46 rocket motor test
15 Aug 2014 - Aerojet Rocketdyne announced that its Low Earth Orbiting Nanosatellite Integrated Defense Autonomous System (LEONIDAS) first stage solid propellant rocket motor (LEO-46) successfully completed a hot-fire static test at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Edwards Air Force Base in California. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New Airbus DS delivers Sentinel-2A environmental monitoring satellite for testing
21 Aug 2014 - In the coming months, the Sentinel-2A satellite will undergo a series of environmental tests at IABG, near Munich, Germany, to determine its suitability for use in space. >>>

New Boeing Commercial Crew Program completes critical reviews
21 Aug 2014 - Boeing recently completed the Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review of its Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft and the Critical Design Review (CDR) of its integrated systems, meeting all of the company's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) milestones on time and on budget. >>>

NanoSpace to develop Xenon flow control module for telecom satellites
20 Aug 2014 - SSC company NanoSpace has signed a new contract with ESA to develop a Xenon flow controller for telecommunication satellites. >>>

TRMM slowly comes to an end
19 Aug 2014 - The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, a joint project between NASA and JAXA, has run out of fuel. However, this isn't the end of the mission yet. >>>

Orbital completes 3rd cargo delivery mission to ISS for NASA
18 Aug 2014 - Orbital Sciences Corporation announced the successful completion of its third cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station in the past 10 months, including the initial demonstration flight completed in October 2013 and the first two operational missions under the company's US$1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. >>>

Kratos ISI selected by ABS to expand ground system
15 Aug 2014 - Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced that its Kratos Integral Systems International (Kratos ISI) business unit has been selected by ABS to extend its Epoch IPS Fleet Management System to support the new ABS-3A and ABS-2A programmes. >>>


 LAW & ORDER Up 

SES inks satellite exploitation right for Brazilian slots
18 Aug 2014 - SES subsidiary SES DTH do Brasil has signed with Anatel (the Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency) the Satellite Exploitation rights terms for two Brazilian orbital positions (48 degrees West and 64 degrees West). >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

Number of Ka-band satellite Internet subscribers in Russia exceeds 5,000
19 Aug 2014 - The satellite network set up and running to provide high potential Ka-Band Internet access has enlisted the five thousandth active subscriber, according to the Russian Satellite Communication Company (RSCC). >>>

SES to deliver DTH broadcast services across West Africa
18 Aug 2014 - SES announced that it will be delivering direct-to-home (DTH) broadcast television across French-speaking countries in Sub-Saharan Africa for the Lomé-based consortium of West African broadcasters led by Africable and Media Plus. >>>


 ANNIVERSARIES Up 

Intelsat celebrates 50th anniversary
20 Aug 2014 - Intelsat today commemorated its 50th anniversary of providing critical telecommunications and video content distribution infrastructure for businesses, organisations and governments around the world. >>>


 AWARDS Up 

Aerojet Rocketdyne receives award for helping save stranded satellite
20 Aug 2014 - Aerojet Rocketdyne has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Electric Propulsion Technical Committee at the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics for its contribution to the Advanced Extremely High Frequency-1 (AEHF-1) Rescue Team. >>>

 

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