Summary: 17 Jul 2014 - 23 Jul 2014


New New supply vessel on its way to space station
23 Jul 2014 - Rocket: Soyuz U; Payload: Progress M-24M (ISS Progress 56); Date: 23 July 2014, 2144 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The unmanned supply vessel was separated into its target orbit nine minutes after launch. >>>

New Delay of the day: Delta IV/AFSPC 4
23 Jul 2014 - The launch of a Delta IV from Cape Canaveral was scrubbed today after a device that provides environmentally-controlled commodities to the vehicle shut down. >>>

New SNC anounces co-operative understanding with JAXA for Dream Chaser
23 Jul 2014 - Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced the expansion of its Dream Chaser Space System's global partnership to include Asia and the Pacific Rim through a recently signed memorandum of co-operative understanding with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). >>>

New SpaceX soft lands Falcon 9 rocket first stage
23 Jul 2014 - SpaceX said its Falcon 9 rocket's first stage reentered Earth's atmosphere and soft landed in the Atlantic Ocean following the recent launch of six Orbcomm satellites. >>>

ATV 5: Launch scheduled for Tuesday, 29 July
22 Jul 2014 - With the completion of complimentary verifications and control measures associated with the Ariane 5 ES launcher, Arianespace has set the date for its Flight VA219 mission for Tuesday, 29 July. >>>

OmniEarth announces Spaceflight as rideshare launch services partner
22 Jul 2014 - OmniEarth LLC has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Spaceflight Inc. for rideshare launch services related to its planned constellation of up to 18 satellites. >>>

Recoverable science satellite launched from Baikonur
21 Jul 2014 - Rocket: Soyuz 2-1a; Payload: Foton M4; Date: 19 July 2014, 2050 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The spacecraft, which carries biological and other experiments, was accurately placed on the target orbit. This was the twelfth Soyuz family mission in 2014. >>>

Heavy-lift Angara 5 shipped to Plesetsk Cosmodrome
21 Jul 2014 - Preparations are in full swing for the launch of Angara 5 heavy-lift launch vehicle, marking the next testing phase of the new Angara Space Rocket Complex (SRC). >>>

Delay of the day: Arianespace Flight VA219/ATV 5
21 Jul 2014 - In order to proceed with complementary verifications on the Ariane 5 ES launch system, Arianespace has decided to delay the VA219 launch for a few days. >>>

NASA begins engine test project for Space Launch System rocket
18 Jul 2014 - Engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. They installed an RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at the agency's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. >>>

Arianespace to launch Sentinel-1B observation satellite
17 Jul 2014 - The European Space Agency (ESA) and Arianespace announced that they have signed a launch contract for the second radar satellite in the Sentinel-1 mission, Sentinel-1B, part of Copernicus, a joint European Union and European Space Agency (ESA) environmental monitoring programme. >>>


New NASA seeks proposals for commercial Mars data relay satellites
23 Jul 2014 - NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet. >>>

New SSL potential provider of hosted payloads to U.S. Government
23 Jul 2014 - Space Systems/Loral (SSL) announced that it was one of 14 companies qualified by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) to compete for work with U.S. Government agencies to host government payloads on commercial satellites. >>>

New SES-GS awarded hosted payload solutions ID/IQ contract
23 Jul 2014 - SES Government Solutions (SES GS) said it is one of fourteen awardees granted a share of a contract worth in total a maximum of US$$495 million under the Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) Program. >>>

Thales Alenia Space to build Telkom-3S satellite for Indonesia
22 Jul 2014 - Thales Alenia Space announced that it has signed a contract with the leading telecom services company in Indonesia, PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia TbK (Telkom), to build a new telecommunications satellite. >>>

SSL awarded contract for innovative, affordable access to space
22 Jul 2014 - Space Systems/Loral (SSL) announced that it was selected by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to integrate the flight hardware for a new capability designed to carry small science and technology missions to space on its geostationary (GEO) satellite platform. >>>

Snecma's PPS 1350-E plasma thruster sets world record
22 Jul 2014 - The PPS 1350-E plasma thruster from Snecma (Safran) has completed a series of endurance tests totalling 6,700 hours of operation, for a total impulse of 3.4 million Newton-seconds (MNs), a world record for this type of thruster. >>>

First flight main mission antennas completed for Iridium NEXT
21 Jul 2014 - Iridium Communications Inc. announced the completion of the first five flight main mission antennas (MMAs) for the Iridium NEXT constellation. >>>

SSL selected to study asteroid retrieval for NASA
18 Jul 2014 - Space Systems/Loral (SSL) announced that it was one of the companies selected by NASA to study system concepts and key technologies for NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission. >>>

RUAG camera bound for the ISS
18 Jul 2014 - The European space freighter "Georges Lemaître" is ready for its trip to the International Space Station ISS. An Ariane 5 rocket is scheduled to carry the ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) into space on 25 July. RUAG supplied not only numerous assemblies for this, the last of the five European ATVs, but also a camera that will record the freighter's re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. >>>

Airbus DS to build SES-12
17 Jul 2014 - SES S.A. and Airbus Defence and Space announced that SES has selected Airbus Defence and Space to build a new hybrid communications satellite, SES-12, to serve the fast growing DTH, Data, Mobility and Government markets in Asia. >>>

GOES-R magnetometer ready for spacecraft integration
17 Jul 2014 - The Magnetometer instrument that will fly on NOAA's GOES-R satellite when it is launched in early 2016 has completed the development and testing phase and is ready to be integrated with the spacecraft. >>>

SNC establishes contact with all six Orbcomm Generation 2 satellites
17 Jul 2014 - Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has commenced the on-orbit checkout phase for six Orbcomm Generation 2 (OG2) satellites, establishing communication with each satellite as planned. >>>

Aerojet Rocketdyne tests 1-N thruster for GPIM
17 Jul 2014 - Aerojet Rocketdyne has successfully completed a hot-fire test on its flight-representative 1 Newton (1N) thruster at the company's specially designated green propellant facility in Redmond, Washington. >>>

MDA begins flight phase of asteroid mission
17 Jul 2014 - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. has received a follow-on contract for C$6.6 million from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission. The total contract value to-date is C$25 million. >>>


New The Boeing Company (Defense, Space & Security) results Q2 2014
23 Jul 2014 - The Boeing Company reported second-quarter financial results. >>>

New Lockheed Martin Corporation (Space Systems) results Q2 2014
23 Jul 2014 - Lockheed Martin Corporation reported financial results for the second quarter 2014. >>>

New Northrop Grumman Corporation (Aerospace Systems) results Q2 2014
23 Jul 2014 - Northrop Grumman Corporation reported financial results for the second quarter 2014. >>>

Orbital Sciences Corporation results Q2 2014
17 Jul 2014 - Orbital Sciences Corporation reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2014. >>>


New Divona picks Eutelsat to pursue its development in Algeria
23 Jul 2014 - Divona, the Algerian VSAT operator providing telecom services (Internet, voice and data) in Algeria and the Middle East, announced it has selected Eutelsat Communications to consolidate its network connectivity offer to mobile telecom operators and enterprises. >>>

SES awarded COMSATCOM pathfinder contract
22 Jul 2014 - SES Government Solutions has been awarded an US$8.2 million firm-fixed-price COMSATCOM Pathfinder contract by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) based in Los Angeles, California. The contract will provide on-orbit transponders to support Ku-band communications for U.S. Africa Command. >>>

Antwerp Space delivers two Omnisat in China
22 Jul 2014 - Antwerp Space NV, a subsidiary of OHB AG successfully delivered 2 Omnisat equipments to two institutional customers in China. >>>

Liquid Telecom steps up resources on Eutelsat satellites
18 Jul 2014 - Liquid Telecom, a data, voice and IP provider in Africa, is stepping up resources leased from Eutelsat Communications to meet increasing demand for IP connectivity from a broad portfolio of clients that include national parks, out of town offices and remote mining and exploration companies. >>>

Airbus DS signs new agreement with Inmarsat
17 Jul 2014 - Airbus Defense and Space has expanded its strategic agreement with Inmarsat on Global Xpress high-speed broadband with a new agreement extending reselling of the ultra-fast broadband service to the U.S. government market. >>>


Demand for satellite capacity to play catch up with supply - report
21 Jul 2014 - NSR's Global Satellite Capacity Supply & Demand, 11th Edition report, projects new supply of over 3,000 new transponders and 2+ Tbps of HTS capacity fuelled by risk-taking from key operators will far outstrip demand growth over the next decade. >>>

Not enough launchers for nano/microsatellites - report
21 Jul 2014 - SpaceWorks has released its annual assessment "Global Launch Vehicle Market Assessment, A study of launch services for nano/microsatellites in 2013." The reports aims to capture the growing number of future nano/microsatellite missions requiring a launch. >>>


NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory celebrates 15th anniversary
22 Jul 2014 - Fifteen years ago, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. >>>


SSTL wins Best Aerospace and Defence company award
22 Jul 2014 - Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has won the Best Aerospace and Defence company award at Insider's first ever Made in the UK National finals, held in Liverpool yesterday as part of the International Festival for Business 2014. >>>





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