Summary: 20 Jul 2016 - 26 Jul 2016


DMSP F19 officially declared total loss
25 Jul 2016 - The U.S. Air Force's DMSP F19 weather satellite, which failed two years into its planned five-year lifetime, cannot be recovered, officials said. >>>


New Launch date set for HTV 6
26 Jul 2016 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have set the date for the launch the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 6 (H-IIB F6) with the H-II Transfer Vehicle "Kounotori 6" (HTV 6, a cargo transporter to the International Space Station) onboard. >>>

New Intelsat 36 comes to Kourou
26 Jul 2016 - Payload preparations for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 dual-passenger mission are moving into full pace with the delivery of the second satellite, Intelsat 36, to French Guiana - joining Intelsat 33e, which arrived earlier this month. >>>

New Orbital ATK and ECAPS sign agreement on propulsion technology
26 Jul 2016 - Orbital ATK, Inc. has signed an agreement with European green propulsion technology firm ECAPS to fully develop, demonstrate and market a high performance green propulsion (HPGP) system. The HPGP system, which offers significant cost advantages and dramatically reduces the environmental risks associated with traditional monopropellants, is aimed at both attitude control and main propulsion. >>>

New China to launch first HTS satellite in 2018
26 Jul 2016 - China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) and Shenzhen municipal government in Guangdong Province of China have signed a co-operation agreement on the High Throughput Broadband Satellite (HTS) programme, which marks the initiation of China's first HTS broadband telecommunications system. >>>

New Lockheed Martin, HawkEye 360 collaborate on space-based RF mapping
26 Jul 2016 - HawkEye 360, Inc., a subsidiary of Allied Minds, and Lockheed Martin are collaborating to apply HawkEye 360's radio frequency (RF) detection and mapping technology in new markets. >>>

Atlas V NROL-61 set for 28 July
25 Jul 2016 - Everything is progressing toward the Atlas V launch carrying the NROL-61 satellite, United Launch Alliance said. >>>

Khrunichev says Angara can take 60% of world launches
21 Jul 2016 - Russia's Angara rockets in the near future will be able to take about 60% of the launch services world market, as the Proton-M had at its time, Alexander Medvedev, general designer of launch vehicles at the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, the manufacturer of Proton and Angara, was quoted as saying. >>>


Dream Chaser passes second CRS-2 milestone
25 Jul 2016 - Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has passed the second Integration Certification Milestone under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) contract. >>>

Intelsat 33e shipped to Kourou
22 Jul 2016 - Intelsat S.A. announced that Intelsat 33e, the second of the Intelsat EpicNG series of high throughput satellites ("HTS"), arrived at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will undergo final preparations before its scheduled launch on an Ariane 5 rocket on 24 August 2016. >>>

Cobham wins satellite motion control order
22 Jul 2016 - Cobham recently received an award from Northrop Grumman valued at approximately US$8 million for motion control technology for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) instrument to be flown on the Joint Polar Satellite System 3 (JPSS-3) and 4 (JPSS-4) satellites. >>>

Inmarsat S-band payload completed
21 Jul 2016 - Inmarsat announced that construction and associated sub-system tests of the satellite payload for its European Aviation Network (EAN) in-flight connectivity solution has been completed on schedule by Thales Alenia Space. >>>

SSL to provide robotic arms to DARPA for satellite servicing
21 Jul 2016 - Space Systems Loral (SSL) has received US$20.7 million from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design and build robotic arm flight hardware for the first phase of the agency's Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) programme. >>>

WorldView-2 sheds debris but is still working
20 Jul 2016 - DigitalGlobe's WorldView-2 satellite has shed some pieces of debris in orbit but continues to function. >>>

GOES-3 decommissioned
20 Jul 2016 - The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) late last month decommissioned GOES-3, a 38-year-old satellite that for 21 years had helped to link NSF's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station with the outside world. It was among the oldest, continuously operating satellites in the skies. >>>


EC approves acquisition of Arianespace by ASL
21 Jul 2016 - Following an in-depth review, the European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Arianespace by Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL), a joint venture between Airbus and Safran. This approval is subject to conditions. >>>


New Telesat results Q2 2016
26 Jul 2016 - Telesat Holdings Inc. announced its consolidated financial results for the three month period ending 30 June 2016. >>>

Vector Space Systems acquires Garvey Spacecraft Corporation
20 Jul 2016 - Vector Space Systems, a micro satellite space launch company, announced it has finalised the acquisition of Garvey Spacecraft Corporation. As part of the acquisition, Garvey Spacecraft Corporation Founder and CEO John Garvey joins Vector Space Systems as Chief Technology Officer. >>>


(D)GPS jamming: GLONASS to the rescue?
22 Jul 2016 - The University of Nottingham and Royal Norwegian Naval Academy (RNoNA) are investigating how to prevent shipping Global Positioning Signals (GPS) being jammed in potential cyberattacks that may cause vessels to go off course and collide or run aground. >>>





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