Summary: 19 May 2016 - 25 May 2016


New Orbital announces development of EELV-class rocket
25 May 2016 - Orbital ATK has unveiled plans for a new rocket to compete against United Launch Alliance and Space Exploration Technologies for missions to launch U.S. military and commercial satellites. >>>

New GKN Aerospace wins contracts from Airbus Safran Launchers
25 May 2016 - GKN Aerospace will develop and manufacture advanced rocket engine sub-systems for the Ariane 6 launch vehicle, under the prime contractorship of Airbus Safran Launchers, after securing major new contracts. >>>

Perfect launch for two new Galileo satellites
24 May 2016 - Rocket: Soyuz ST-B/Fregat MT; Payload: Galileo 13 and 14; Date: 24 May 2016, 0848 UTC; Launch site: Sinnamary, French Guiana. After a nearly 3-hour, 48-minute mission, the upper stage placed the Galileo passengers into a targeted circular orbit at an altitude of 23,522 km, inclined 57.394 degrees to the equator. Total payload lift performance was estimated at 1,599 kg. >>>

India's Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator successfully tested
24 May 2016 - On 23 May 2016, ISRO successfully flight tested India's first winged body aerospace vehicle operating in hypersonic flight regime. >>>

Next SpaceX commercial cargo launch targeted for mid-July
24 May 2016 - An uncrewed SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, carrying crew supplies and station hardware, will lift off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), adjacent to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Lift-off is scheduled for 16 July at 0532 UTC. >>>

OSIRIS-REx arrives at launch site
24 May 2016 - NASA's first spacecraft designed to return a piece of an asteroid to Earth arrived Friday, 20 May at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and has begun final preparations in advance of its September launch. >>>

Arianespace to supply payload dispensers for OneWeb constellation
23 May 2016 - Arianespace announced that it has signed a contract with satellite Internet company OneWeb to design, qualify and supply 21 payload dispensers for the deployment of the OneWeb constellation, along with five more on option. >>>

Soyuz' "upper composite" ready for next Galileo mission
20 May 2016 - The payload assembly process is now complete for Arianespace's medium-lift Soyuz flight on 24 May from French Guiana, which is to orbit the 13th and 14th Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites at the service of Europe's Galileo navigation system. >>>

First Vostochny launch was postponed due to cable design flaw
20 May 2016 - The first rocket launch from Russia's Vostochny cosmodrome had to be postponed for one day on 27 April due to a faulty cable, which proved to have a design flaw, a panel of inquiry of the space corporation Roskosmos has found. >>>

China to launch 30 Beidou navigation satellites in next 5 years
20 May 2016 - China plans to launch 30 Beidou navigation satellites during the 13th five-year plan period (2016-2020), capping its three-step strategy to build a global navigation system by 2020. >>>

111 CubeSats deployed from International Space Station
20 May 2016 - On 18 May 2016, the 111th customer CubeSat was deployed from the company's NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD) via the JAXA Kibo airlock on the International Space Station (ISS). >>>

Vector Space Systems completes second stage engine tests
19 May 2016 - Vector Space Systems, a Micro Satellite space platform enterprise comprised of new-space industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas and Sea Launch, announced the successful test of its second stage engine, a major milestone in advance of the company's first sub-orbital test flight as Vector Space Systems this summer. >>>

Delay of the day: Proton/Intelsat DLA-2
19 May 2016 - Proton manufacturer Khrunichev announced that the launch of Intelsat DLA-2 aka Intelsat 31 had to be postponed owing to technical reasons discovered during pre-launch checks. Lift-off from Baikonur was previously scheduled for 28 May. No new launch date was announced. >>>


New Thaicom 8 pre-launch details
25 May 2016 - The Thaicom 8 spacecraft will be launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on 26 May 2016. The launch window is currently 2140 to 2340 UTC. >>>

New JWST's Optical Telescope Element completed and delivered
25 May 2016 - Northrop Grumman Corporation's delivery of the fully integrated Optical Telescope Element (OTE) for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope marks another major milestone toward the October 2018 launch of the largest telescope ever built for space. >>>

New Frequency Electronics Inc. awarded HTS payload contract
25 May 2016 - Frequency Electronics, Inc. has been awarded a contract in excess of US$5 million to supply master timing and frequency generation systems for a high throughput satellite. >>>

ExoMars completes commissioning review
23 May 2016 - The ExoMars spacecraft built by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor for the European Space Agency (ESA) has successfully completed its In-Orbit Commissioning Review (IOCR). >>>

SENER develops magnetometer boom for JUICE
23 May 2016 - SENER has secured a contract to develop the magnetometer boom for JUICE, the mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) to explore the Jovian system. >>>

Lockheed demos future evolution of GPS III satellite design
20 May 2016 - In December, the first GPS III satellite completed system-level Thermal Vacuum (TVAC) testing, validating Lockheed Martin's design and manufacturing processes. Seven more GPS III satellites are following the first one in production flow at Lockheed Martin's GPS Processing Facility in Denver. >>>

Airbus Defence and Space starts Orion service module assembly
19 May 2016 - Airbus Defence and Space has started assembling the European Service Module (ESM), a key element of NASA's next-generation Orion spacecraft that is to transport astronauts into deep space for the first time since the end of the Apollo programme. >>>

Orbital ATK advocates cislunar outpost for human space exploration
19 May 2016 - Orbital ATK advocated for a manned lunar-orbit outpost as the United States' next step in human space exploration. >>>

Clyde Space to build 'Catapult' CubeSats
19 May 2016 - Clyde Space is to provide the satellites for a new pilot programme offering quick, regular and more affordable access to space. >>>


New ViaSat, Inc. results Q4 FY 2016
25 May 2016 - ViaSat Inc. announced financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter ending 31 March 2016. >>>


NASA increases Harris SCNS contract ceiling by $384 million
24 May 2016 - NASA has awarded Harris Corporation two 1-year options, adding US$384 million of contract ceiling, to continue supporting the Space Communications Network Services (SCNS) programme. The award was received during the third quarter of Harris' fiscal 2016. >>>

Sky Cable signs deal with SES to launch DTH satellite TV in the Philippines
24 May 2016 - SES announced a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement with Sky Cable, the largest cable television provider in the Philippines. Sky Cable will be broadcasting direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV channels via SES satellites at 108.2 degrees East - the SES-9 and NSS-11 satellites. >>>

SES Platform Services and K-NET to provide satellite channels for West Africa
24 May 2016 - SES Platform Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, has strengthened its partnership with K-NET, an ICT and Telecoms platform services company based in Ghana, to create a joint venture. >>>

SES and Telkom form strategic partnership
19 May 2016 - SES announced a new strategic partnership with PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (Telkom), Indonesia's largest satellite telecommunications services company. Telkom will provide connectivity to the Indonesian market via capacity on the recently-launched SES-9 satellite, SES's latest and largest spacecraft for the Asia-Pacific region. >>>


Iridium launches 'alternative' Global Positioning System service
23 May 2016 - Iridium Communications Inc. announced the official launch of Satellite Time and Location (STL), an alternative or companion to traditional location-based technologies, and declared it ready for use. For the first time, end users now have access to accurate and resilient position, navigation and timing (PNT) technology that works anywhere on the planet, even indoors. >>>


New GOES-13 launched ten years ago
25 May 2016 - On 24 May 2006, GOES-13 was launched into orbit aboard a Boeing Delta IV rocket that took flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida. >>>





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