Summary: 16 Oct 2014 - 22 Oct 2014


New Update: Proton lifts off with Ekspress-AM6 on board
22 Oct 2014 - The Ekspress-AM6 telecommunications satellite, designed and built by ISS-Reshetnev Company, was successfully launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on 21 October 2014. >>>

Proton lifts off with Ekspress-AM6 on board
21 Oct 2014 - Rocket: Proton M/Briz M; Payload: Ekspress-AM6; Date: 21 October 2014, 1509 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Payload separation from the upper stage was to occur approx. nine hours after lift-off [too late for this issue]. >>>

...and yet another Yaogan launch
20 Oct 2014 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 4C; Payload: Yaogan 22; Date: 20 October 2014, 0631 UTC; Launch site: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellite was put into a 1196 km x 1208 km x 100 degrees solar-synchronous orbit. >>>

U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane lands in California
17 Oct 2014 - The U.S. military landed its X-37B robotic space plane at Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California on Friday, ending a classified 22-month mission that marked the third in Earth orbit for the experimental programme, the U.S. Air Force said. >>>

Boeing concludes commercial crew agreement for CST-100/Atlas V
17 Oct 2014 - Boeing has successfully completed the final milestone of its Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) Space Act Agreement with NASA. The work and testing completed under the agreement resulted in significant maturation of Boeing's crew transportation system, including the CST-100 spacecraft and Atlas V rocket. >>>

Ariane 5 lofts Intelsat 30, ARSAT 1
16 Oct 2014 - Rocket: Ariane 5 ECA; Payload: Intelsat 30 (ISDLA-1), ARSAT 1; Date: 16 October 2014, 2143 UTC; Launch site: Kourou, French Guiana. Both spacecraft were successfully deployed into geostationary transfer orbits. >>>

Update: India successfully launches third navigation satellite
16 Oct 2014 - ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C26, successfully launched IRNSS-1C, the third satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. It was the twenty seventh consecutively successful mission of PSLV. The 'XL' configuration of PSLV was used for this mission. Previously, the same configuration of the vehicle was successfully used six times. >>>

Delay of the day: Antares/ORB 3
16 Oct 2014 - Due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Gonzalo on the island of Bermuda, where an essential tracking site used to ensure public safety during Antares launches is located, the previously announced "no earlier than" (NET) launch date of 24 October for the Orb-3 CRS mission to the International Space Station for NASA is no longer feasible. >>>

NASA soil moisture mapper arrives at launch site
16 Oct 2014 - The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) spacecraft arrived Wednesday at its launch site on California's central coast after travelling from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. The spacecraft will undergo final tests and then be integrated on top of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket in preparation for a planned launch on 29 January 2015. >>>


New NASA awards ATMS contract modification for JPSS-2
22 Oct 2014 - NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, of Azusa, California, for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) Instrument for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission. >>>

New Intelsat General to study commercialisation of satellite control network
22 Oct 2014 - Intelsat General Corp. (IGC) said it is one of four companies awarded a contract by the United States Air Force (USAF) to study the viability of using commercial facilities and operations expertise for the tracking, telemetry and command (TT&C) of government satellites. >>>

Aerojet Rocketdyne to provide power, propulsion for 2020 Mars rover
20 Oct 2014 - Aerojet Rocketdyne recently received a contract from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to supply the thrusters that would help land the next rover on Mars after it is launched in 2020. >>>

Russia to launch 9 military communications satellites by 2020
20 Oct 2014 - The Russian military will launch nine new communications satellites by 2020, a senior military commander was quoted as saying. >>>

TAS to study interface between Cosmo-SkyMed, CSO systems
17 Oct 2014 - In the frame of the MUSIS (MUltinational Space-based Imaging System) programme, Thales Alenia Space Italia has signed a contract with OCCAR-EA (Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation), called MUSIS Federating Activities Phase B2, which aims at providing the customers with the definition of the CIL (Common Interoperability Layer). >>>

Measat-3b officially handed over
16 Oct 2014 - Airbus Defence and Space has successfully concluded in-orbit trials with Measat-3b. One month after launch, the satellite is now ready to enter commercial service and has been officially handed over to its operator, Measat. >>>

Airbus DS signs MetOp-SG prime contract with ESA
16 Oct 2014 - Airbus Defence and Space has signed the formal contracts with the European Space Agency (ESA) to design and build the second generation of Meteorological Operational (MetOp-SG) satellites. Covering the design and build of six spacecraft, these contracts are worth a total of €1.3 billion. >>>

Galileo satellites healthy in wrong orbit
16 Oct 2014 - On 27-28 September, the two satellites launched on 22 August were handed over from ESA's Space Operations Centre, ESOC, in Darmstadt, Germany, to the Galileo Control Centre, Oberpfaffenhofen, which will care for them pending a final decision on their use. >>>


SNC wants work under CCtCap contracts to stop
17 Oct 2014 - Sierra Nevada Corp. filed a federal lawsuit to stop work under the CCtCap contracts awarded by NASA while a bid protest is under way, the company's vice president said. >>>


New The Boeing Company (Defense, Space & Security) results Q3 2014
22 Oct 2014 - The Boeing Company reported financial results for the third-quarter 2014. >>>

New Northrop Grumman Corporation (Aerospace Systems) results Q3 2014
22 Oct 2014 - Northrop Grumman Corporation reported third quarter 2014 financial results. >>>

Lockheed Martin Corporation (Space Systems) results Q3 2014
21 Oct 2014 - Lockheed Martin Corporation reported financial results for the third quarter 2014. >>>

Orbital Sciences Corporation results Q3 2014
16 Oct 2014 - Orbital Sciences Corporation reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2014. >>>





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