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Summary: 20 Jun 2016 - 24 Jun 2016


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Fifth MUOS satellite lofted by Atlas V
24 Jun 2016 - Rocket: Atlas V; Payload: MUOS-5 [MUOS SV-3]; Date: 24 June 2016, 1430 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The military communications satellite was successfully deployed into geostationary transfer orbit. >>>

New Sustainable Innovations wins NASA contract to purify helium
24 Jun 2016 - Sustainable Innovations received a contract from NASA to supply a commercial-scale system to recycle helium, a resource that is in scarce supply. Ongoing rocket test operations at NASA Stennis Space Center (SSC) result in valuable helium gas being vented to the atmosphere, in addition to the substantial quantity of hydrogen gas that is flared upon completion of a rocket test cycle. >>>

India's PSLV launches Cartosat-2C and 19 co-passengers
22 Jun 2016 - Rocket: PSLV-C34; Payload: Cartosat-2C, 19 co-passenger satellites, one of them carrying a subsatellite; Date: 22 June 2016, 0356 UTC; Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India. The payload was successfully deployed into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). >>>

Next SpaceX cargo launch no earlier than 18 July
22 Jun 2016 - The next SpaceX commercial cargo resupply services mission for NASA to the International Space Station now is targeted for launch no earlier than 0445 UTC on 18 July. >>>

Chang Zheng 7 maiden launch next week
22 Jun 2016 - China plans to launch its new generation Chang Zheng-7 carrier rocket between 25 and 29 June (local time) from a new launch centre in south China, according to the manned space engineering office. >>>

Superbird 8 damage causes Ariane launch manifest reshuffle
21 Jun 2016 - Reports suggest that the launch of Japan's Superbird 8 aboard an Ariane 5 ECA, previously scheduled for 26 July, will be delayed after the satellite was damaged during its transport to French Guiana. >>>

New customer for the RD-180?
21 Jun 2016 - According to TASS news agency, Russia is close to an agreement with China that will allow the Chinese space programme to buy RD-180 engines. This agreement would in turn give Russia access to Chinese "micro radio electronics" for space purposes. >>>

Countdown for Cartosat-2C has begun
20 Jun 2016 - The 48-hour countdown for the launch of India's Cartosat-2C and 19 other satellites, slated for 22 June UTC, has begun, the Indian space agency said. >>>

Update: Ariane 5 ECA lifts heaviest payload so far
20 Jun 2016 - Space Systems Loral (SSL) announced that the satellites launched on 18 June aboard an Ariane 5 ECA were both successfully performing post-launch manoeuvres according to plan. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New Boeing plans giant satellite constellation
24 Jun 2016 - Boeing Co. has applied for a license from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to launch and operate a network of thousands of satellites. >>>

New SpaceVR selects Pumpkin as prime to build Overview 1
24 Jun 2016 - SpaceVR, a venture-funded startup developing the world's first virtual reality hardware and software platform enabling users to experience space firsthand using any mobile, desktop, or virtual reality device, has selected Pumpkin Space Systems Inc. (Pumpkin) as its prime contractor to build SpaceVR's Overview 1 CubeSat bus hardware and space flight software. >>>

NASA extends Hubble Space Telescope science operations contract
23 Jun 2016 - NASA is contractually extending science operations for its Hubble Space Telescope an additional five years. The agency awarded a sole source contract extension to the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy for continued Hubble science operations support at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. >>>

Lockheed Martin receives SBIRS contract modification
23 Jun 2016 - Lockheed Martin Space Systems has been awarded a US$25.2 million U.S. Air Force contract modification for work on the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate's Space Based Infra-Red Systems programme. >>>

Orbital ATK completes 2nd cargo resupply mission of 2016
22 Jun 2016 - Orbital ATK, Inc. announced the successful completion of its second cargo delivery mission in 2016 to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services-1 (CRS-1) contract. >>>

Sentinel-1 satellites combine radar vision
22 Jun 2016 - The twin Sentinel-1 satellites have - for the first time - combined to show their capability for revealing even small deformations in Earth's surface. >>>

WorldView-1 completes shift to afternoon orbit
22 Jun 2016 - DigitalGlobe, Inc. announced its WorldView-1 satellite has completed a planned 18-month-long transition from a morning orbit to an afternoon orbit, improving customers' ability to detect, see, and understand change that occurs on our planet within a single day. >>>

Russia to publish catalogue disclosing U.S. military satellites
22 Jun 2016 - Russia will publicly release its own database of Earth orbiting satellites, Viktor Shilin, head of the Russian delegation at the 59th session of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, told the Russian newspaper Izvestia. >>>

SES: new satellite technology leads to new services
21 Jun 2016 - SES S.A. said it is pushing satellite innovation further to create new services and applications for customers. The future of satellite service is described in the new White Paper "Satellite Evolution Sparks a Service Revolution," which focuses on the upcoming customer applications of new satellite technology, including Digital Signal Processing, satellite modularity, and satellite life extension services. >>>

TAS to supply payloads for Ekspress-80 and Ekspress-103
20 Jun 2016 - Thales Alenia Space, the joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo-Finmeccanica (33%), announced that it has signed a contract with RSCC (Russian Satellite Communication Company) to supply payloads for the Ekspress-80 and Ekspress-103 communications satellites. >>>

MLM Nauka complete but launch delayed again
20 Jun 2016 - RSC Energia specialists have successfully completed the manufacturing and developmental testing of the additional equipment to be installed in the Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) Nauka for the International Space Station (ISS). The module's launch, however, has slipped another six months. >>>

NASA Glenn ignites largest fire experiment in space
20 Jun 2016 - Engineers at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio and Orbital ATK in Dulles, Virginia successfully conducted the first remote Spacecraft Fire Experiment, or Saffire I, carried inside an Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo vehicle that departed the International Space Station on 14 June. >>>


 LAW & ORDER Up 

New ASL likely to get EC approval for Arianespace takeover - report
24 Jun 2016 - Airbus Safran Launchers SAS will reportedly win European Union approval as soon as next month to take over launch-service provider Arianespace SA. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

Spaceflight Industries closes US$25 million financing round
21 Jun 2016 - Spaceflight Industries announced it has secured $18 million of Series B financing led by technology growth investor Mithril Capital Management of San Francisco, in a round that is expected to raise up to US$25 million. The company also announced it has acquired Herndon, Virginia-based OpenWhere, Inc. to further enhance and execute on its BlackSky geospatial data platform for satellite imagery. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

MDA, Government of Canadian sign Polar Epsilon 2 contract
20 Jun 2016 - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. has signed a C$48.5 million (including taxes) contract with the Government of Canada to deliver an advanced broad-area global maritime and Arctic surveillance solution, called Polar Epsilon 2 (PE2), to the Department of National Defence (DND). >>>


 RESEARCH Up 

Space Foundation: global space economy at US$323 billion in 2015
22 Jun 2016 - The Space Foundation has released the findings of its publication "The Space Report 2016: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity." >>>

 

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