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Summary: 19 Jul 2016 - 25 Jul 2016


 FAILURES Up 

New 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. >>>


 LAUNCHES Up 

New 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. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New 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. >>>

Superbird 8 delayed up to two years after transport damage
19 Jul 2016 - The launch of Superbird 8 may be be delayed by two years after the Japanese spacecraft was damaged during transportation to Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. >>>

STL expands LEO platform capability with VESTA nanosatellite
19 Jul 2016 - Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has signed a contract with Honeywell to supply the VESTA satellite platform, a technology demonstration mission that will test a new two-way VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) payload for the exactEarth advanced maritime satellite constellation. The contract was signed as part of an MoU between Honeywell Aerospace and the UK Space Agency. >>>


 LAW & ORDER Up 

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. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

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. >>>

Lockheed Martin financial results Q2 2016
19 Jul 2016 - Lockheed Martin reported financial results for the second quarter 2016. >>>


 NAVIGATION Up 

(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. >>>


 RESEARCH Up 

20 more countries to invest in space programmes by 2025
19 Jul 2016 - According to Euroconsult's latest report, Trends & Prospects for Emerging Space Programs, 24 countries are identified as emerging space programmes (ESPs) in 2015 having launched a total of 69 satellites in the last 20 years. >>>

 

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