Summary: 28 Jul 2014 - 01 Aug 2014


New Generation Orbit completes first flight test
01 Aug 2014 - Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. (GO) said it completed the initial captive carry flight of the Flight Experiment Testbed (GO-FET). Operating out of Cecil Spaceport in Jacksonville, Florida, the three hour test flight served as an demonstration of air launch operations both on the ground and in flight. >>>

GPS IIF-7 satellite ready for launch
31 Jul 2014 - The U.S. Air Force is scheduled to launch the seventh Boeing built Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle on 2 August. The launch window opens at 0323 UTC and will remain open for 18 minutes. >>>

AsiaSat 6 waiting for Falcon 9 launch
31 Jul 2014 - Space Systems/Loral (SSL) and Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat) announced that AsiaSat 6 has arrived at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where it will be launched by SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle next month, following the launch of AsiaSat 8 currently scheduled for next week. >>>

Eutelsat orders all-electric satellite from Airbus DS
31 Jul 2014 - Eutelsat Communications announced it has sealed procurement and launch contracts with Airbus Defence and Space and Arianespace for the Eutelsat 172B satellite. >>>

New mission selected for USAF Space and Missile Systems Center's Operationally Responsive Space Office
31 Jul 2014 - The USAF Space and Missile Systems' ORS Office, in partnership with SMC's Space Superiority Systems Directorate and Advanced Systems and Development Directorate, is developing a new mission to answer a United States Strategic Command need for Space Situational Awareness of the geosynchronous Earth orbit belt. >>>

NASA announces Mars 2020 Rover payload
31 Jul 2014 - The next rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 will carry seven carefully-selected instruments to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet, the agency said. >>>

Final ATV launch sets new European record
30 Jul 2014 - Rocket: Ariane 5 ES; Payload: ATV 5 "Georges Lemaître"; Date: 29 July, 2347:38 UTC; Launch site: Kourou, French Guiana. Ariane 5 delivered a record payload performance in successfully lofting this fifth and final ATV spacecraft for the European Space Agency (ESA), which resupplies the International Space Station (ISS). >>>

Delta IV launches GSO spy satellites
29 Jul 2014 - Rocket: Delta IV Medium-plus (4,2); Payload: two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites, Automated Navigation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space (ANGELS); Date: 28 July 2014, 2328 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. >>>

Rocket Lab announces new rocket
29 Jul 2014 - Rocket Lab announced its plan for the creation of Electron, a lightweight, cost-effective rocket, making it easier for companies to launch small satellites into orbit. >>>

Ariane 5 is cleared for its fifth and final ATV mission
28 Jul 2014 - Arianespace's heavy-lift Ariane 5 workhorse has been given the go-ahead for Flight VA219 - a record mission carrying Europe's last Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV). >>>

Delta IV/AFSPC-4 launch scrubbed again
28 Jul 2014 - The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV carrying the AFSPC-4 mission was scrubbed on 25 July due to a violation of multiple weather criteria. >>>


New Progress vessel dumped in Pacific Ocean
01 Aug 2014 - The Russian Progress M-23M spacecraft was deorbited and fell into the Pacific Ocean, Roskosmos said. >>>

Gaia begins science phase but has some problems
30 Jul 2014 - ESA's billion-star surveyor, Gaia, is now ready to begin its five-year science phase, but the commissioning also uncovered some unexpected anomalies. >>>

Venus Express to operate a few more months in new orbit
30 Jul 2014 - ESA's Venus Express spacecraft has climbed to a new orbit following its aerobraking experiment, and will now resume observations of the planet for at least a few more months. >>>

NEC and Mexican Space Agency collaborate in satellite development
29 Jul 2014 - NEC Corporation and the Mexican Space Agency (AEM), under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of advanced satellites. >>>

SMC awards first-of-its-kind hosted payload solutions contract
29 Jul 2014 - The U.S. Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center awarded an indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract under the Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) programme on 10 July. >>>

Communication with Foton-M4 restored
28 Jul 2014 - Communication with the Russian Foton-M4 biosatellite has been restored, Roskosmos said. >>>


Eutelsat Communications S.A. results FY 2013-2014
31 Jul 2014 - Eutelsat Communications S.A. reported results for its fiscal year 2013-2014. >>>

ATK (Aerospace Group) results Q1 FY 2015
31 Jul 2014 - ATK reported operating results for the first quarter of its Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15), which ended on 29 June 2014. >>>

Telesat Holdings Inc. results Q2 2014
31 Jul 2014 - Telesat Holdings Inc. announced its financial results for the three and six month periods ending 30 June 2014. >>>

Iridium Communications Inc. results Q2 2014
31 Jul 2014 - Iridium Communications Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter of 2014. >>>

Rockwell Collins sells military ground-based satellite communications portfolio
28 Jul 2014 - Rockwell Collins, Inc. announced it has completed the sale of its satellite communications business. The business, which designs, manufactures and services ground-based satellite communication systems primarily for military customers, will be renamed DataPath, Inc. >>>


Spaceflight announces Spaceflight Networks
31 Jul 2014 - Spaceflight Inc. announced it is expanding its services to include Spaceflight Networks, a business dedicated to cost-effective spacecraft communications and operations for small-satellite customers. >>>

SES unveils new satellite operations centre
30 Jul 2014 - SES announced it is now controlling nearly half of its growing fleet from a new satellite operations centre at its commercial sales and satellite engineering office in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. >>>

MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat strike multi-transponder agreement
30 Jul 2014 - Eutelsat Communications and MultiChoice Africa have inked a far-reaching agreement that will ensure the continuing expansion of the DStv pay-TV platform over the coming 15 years. >>>

Boeing resells Inmarsat-5 satellite bandwidth to U.S. Government
29 Jul 2014 - In a first-of-its-kind arrangement for the company, Boeing is providing a U.S. government customer with military Ka-band satellite communications service from a commercial satellite. >>>

SES receives approval from GSA to sell O3b services
28 Jul 2014 - Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) received General Services Administration (GSA) approval to offer O3b services on their GSA Schedule. This allows SES GS to be the first distribution partner to offer O3b capability directly to the U.S. Government. >>>


New US$248 billion for 1,155 satellites over next decade
01 Aug 2014 - According to Euroconsult's newly released research report, Satellites to be Built and Launched, 115 satellites will be launched on average yearly over the next decade (2014-2023). >>>

Bandwidth demand for maritime markets to exceed 160 transponders - report
28 Jul 2014 - NSR's Commercial Mobility via Satellite, 10th Edition report finds the maritime market will dominate demand for FSS satellite capacity in large part due to cruise ships, offshore platforms and merchant maritime customers. >>>


New Airbus Group and Safran to nominate Alain Charmeau as CEO of JV
01 Aug 2014 - Airbus Group and Safran have agreed to nominate Alain Charmeau (58), as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the future Space Launcher Joint Venture. Currently, Alain Charmeau is serving as the Head of Operations at Space Systems within Airbus Defence and Space Division. >>>





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