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Summary: 20 Apr 2015 - 24 Apr 2015


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Delay of the day: Ariane 5/Thor 7 and SICRAL 2
24 Apr 2015 - During the final count-down operations for flight VA222 slated for today, an anomaly occurred on a conditioning equipment of the launcher. >>>

Ariane 5 is approved for this week's flight with Thor 7 and SICRAL 2
22 Apr 2015 - Ariane 5 has been authorised for its 24 April lift-off from the Spaceport in French Guiana, with the go-ahead for this upcoming mission - which will orbit the Thor 7 and SICRAL 2 telecommunications satellites - given following today's launch readiness review. >>>

Sentinel-2A arrives in French Guiana for Arianespace's next Vega mission
22 Apr 2015 - The latest in Europe's series of Sentinel Earth observation satellites has landed at French Guiana in preparation for its orbiting on an Arianespace Vega vehicle during June, while build-up of the lightweight launcher was initiated at the Spaceport this week. >>>

Sluggish throttle valve thwarts Falcon 9 first stage landing attempt
21 Apr 2015 - SpaceX said that an engine throttle valve problem was to blame for the failure of its second attempt to land the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. >>>

Brazil abandons plans for Tsiklon launches from Alcântara
21 Apr 2015 - The president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, has decided to abandon a project for a joint satellite launch system Tsiklon-4 that Brazil has been conducting for 12 years with the government of Ukraine, the Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo reported last week. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New Centenario pre-launch details
24 Apr 2015 - A Proton M launch vehicle, utilising a five-burn Briz M mission design, will lift off from Pad 39 0707 UTC on 29 April 2015 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, with the Centenario (MexSat-1) satellite on board. >>>

New Aerojet Rocketdyne to develop 100-kilowatt Hall Thruster System
24 Apr 2015 - Aerojet Rocketdyne has been selected by the NASA Advanced Exploration Systems Division to start negotiations for a contract to design and demonstrate an advanced propulsion system that would enable human spaceflight to cislunar space and beyond to Mars. >>>

Ekspress-AM7 ready for service
23 Apr 2015 - On 24 April 2015, the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) will commence communications and broadcasting services from the 40° East orbital slot using its new Ekspress-AM7 satellite. The satellite has successfully completed in-orbit testing, and is now accepted for service. It covers Russia, Europe, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia. >>>

New Chinese navsat operational
23 Apr 2015 - Beidou-3 M1, the first new-generation satellite for China's global navigation and positioning network, has entered its designed work orbit, the satellite's developer said. >>>

Ekspress-AM6 operational
22 Apr 2015 - Ekspress-AM6, Russia's new heavy-class communications and broadcasting satellite (53° E), was commissioned on 22 April 2015 according to the Russian Satellite Communication Company. >>>

SES to host WAAS payload on SES-15
22 Apr 2015 - SES Government Solutions (SES GS) announced that it has been awarded a 14-year contract by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems to host a payload on board SES-15. >>>

Raytheon awarded FAA contract to provide enhanced GPS air navigation
21 Apr 2015 - Thanks to a newly awarded US$103 million U.S. Federal Aviation Administration contract, Raytheon Company will develop a Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) payload to be incorporated into a new geostationary (GEO) satellite and two associated ground uplink stations to support the WAAS system within U.S. airspace. >>>

ORS CubeSats re-enter Earth's atmosphere
21 Apr 2015 - After 18 months in orbit -- months longer than typical for spacecraft in their class -- the twin ORS Tech 1 and 2 CubeSats recently completed their final trip into Earth's atmosphere. >>>

Space Solar Power Initiative established by Northrop Grumman, Caltech
20 Apr 2015 - Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC) has signed a sponsored research agreement with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for the development of the Space Solar Power Initiative (SSPI). Under the terms of the agreement, Northrop Grumman will provide up to US$17.5 million to the initiative over three years. >>>


 LAW & ORDER Up 

Trouble at Vostochny: will it ever stop?
22 Apr 2015 - A new criminal case has been opened into the misappropriation of more than RUB50 million (approx. US$1 million) during the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome, the Russian Interior Ministry said. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

Russia cuts space budget, scraps super-heavy rocket
23 Apr 2015 - Russia's draft Federal Space Program for 2016-2025 envisions budget cuts by more than RUB800 billion (US$15 billion) to RUB2 trillion (US$37 billion), Federal Space Agency Roskosmos said. >>>

The Boeing Company (Defense, Space & Security) results Q1 2015
23 Apr 2015 - The Boeing Company reported first-quarter financial results. >>>

Lockheed Martin Corporation (Space Systems) results Q1 2015
22 Apr 2015 - Lockheed Martin Corporation reported financial results for the first quarter 2015. >>>


 ANNIVERSARIES Up 

New Molniya-1: celebrating 50 years since launch
24 Apr 2015 - 23 April marked 50 years since the launch of the first communications satellite of the Molniya family into a highly elliptical orbit. >>>

Hubble Space Telescope launched 25 years ago
21 Apr 2015 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, with seven instruments built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., celebrates 25 years of observations on 24 April 2015. >>>

 

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