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Summary: 11 Apr 2014 - 17 Apr 2014


 FAILURES Up 

Amazonas 4A anomaly under investigation
15 Apr 2014 - Following the launch of the Amazonas 4A from Kourou on board Arianespace's Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle and its subsequent positioning in the geostationary orbit, an anomaly has been detected in the satellite's performance related to the power subsystem. >>>


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Soyuz-U launches imaging satellite for Egypt
17 Apr 2014 - Rocket: Soyuz-U; Payload: EgyptSat-2; Date: 16 April, 1620 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The imaging satellite was put into an elliptical orbit with apogee altitude of 720 km, perigee altitude of 440 km and inclination of 51,6°, and at 1752 UTC the equipment of the ground segment of the space system assumed control of the satellite. >>>

SpaceX launch of NASA cargo to Space Station set for Friday
16 Apr 2014 - NASA and SpaceX are targeting a 1925 UTC launch on Friday, 18 April of SpaceX's third cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. >>>

ATK announces US$178 million contract award from ULA
16 Apr 2014 - ATK has reached agreement on a US$178 million contract award as part of the Air Force's Phase 1 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) buy from United Launch Alliance (ULA). >>>

ATV-5 loaded with cargo for its launch by Arianespace
16 Apr 2014 - Cargo loading has commenced in French Guiana for the fifth - and final - European Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), which is being prepared for a 2014 launch from the Spaceport on Arianespace's next Ariane 5 servicing mission to the International Space Station. >>>

NASA signs agreement with SpaceX for use of launch pad
15 Apr 2014 - NASA has signed a property agreement with Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) for use and occupancy of Kennedy Space Center's historic Launch Complex 39A. It will serve as a platform for SpaceX to support their commercial launch activities. >>>

Delay of the day: Falcon 9/CRS-3
14 Apr 2014 - The launch of the third commercial resupply mission to the ISS aboard a Falcon 9 was scrubbed today because of a technical problem with the rocket's first stage. >>>

Update: Atlas V lifts off with classified payload
11 Apr 2014 - A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 on 10 April at 1745 UTC. Designated NROL-67, the mission is in support of national defence, ULA said in a press release. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New Sky Perfect JSAT orders two SSL satellites
17 Apr 2014 - Space Systems/Loral (SSL) announced that it was selected to provide two communications satellites to Sky Perfect JSAT. The satellites, JCSAT-15 and JCSAT-16 will be used by Sky Perfect JSAT to meet the growing demand for telecommunications infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region. >>>

New Ekspress-AT1 and AT2 successfully pass in-orbit testing
17 Apr 2014 - The two telecommunications satellites, Ekspress-AT1 and Ekspress-AT2, both designed and constructed by ISS-Reshetnev Company, have completed the key milestone of in-orbit testing. >>>

DigitalGlobe, MDA to offer combined optical & radar imagery
15 Apr 2014 - DigitalGlobe, Inc. announced that DigitalGlobe and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. will co-operate to offer combined optical and synthetic aperture radar satellite data solutions to their respective defence and intelligence customers around the world. >>>

MEASAT-3b shipped to Kourou
14 Apr 2014 - Airbus Defence and Space said it has successfully completed the final integration and testing of MEASAT-3b. The satellite left the Airbus Defence and Space facilities in Toulouse, France, and has been transported by air to Kourou, French Guiana. >>>

DubaiSat-2 successfully completes in orbit commissioning
14 Apr 2014 - The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) has announced that DubaiSat-2's in orbit commissioning is complete and the satellite is now fully operational. >>>

NASA Ames to launch nanosatellites on SpaceX rocket
11 Apr 2014 - NASA's Ames Research Center will launch several small satellites into space aboard NASA's next commercial cargo resupply flight of the Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. These experiments include a next-generation smartphone satellite, 100 stamp-sized nanosatellites and life science experiments. >>>


 LAW & ORDER Up 

New Energia president under suspicion of abuse of authority
17 Apr 2014 - President of Russian Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia Vitaly Lopota is suspected of office abuse, according to Vladimir Markin, spokesman of the Russian Investigative Committee. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

New Orbital Sciences Corp. results Q1 2014
17 Apr 2014 - Orbital Sciences Corporation reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2014. >>>

Google buys 'atmospheric satellite' company
15 Apr 2014 - Google Inc has acquired solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace. Titan's "Atmospheric satellites could help bring Internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation," Google said in a statement. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

SES to connect Antarctica to Milan
14 Apr 2014 - SES and Milano Teleport announced that they have signed a capacity and ground satellite infrastructure deal to provide connectivity to Mario Zucchelli, the Italian research station located at Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica, managed by the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA). >>>

 

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