Summary: 05 Dec 2016 - 09 Dec 2016


Engine burn-through suspected in Soyuz-U failure
05 Dec 2016 - Authorities in Russia's Siberian region of Tuva are examining several pieces of the Progress cargo spaceship found after it crashed last week having failed to reach orbit. Roskosmos is currently investigating the reasons behind the crash, which could have been caused by an engine failure on the third-stage rocket. >>>


New Japanese cargo vessel on its way to the ISS
09 Dec 2016 - Rocket: H-IIB; Payload: H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI6" (HTV6); Date: 9 December 2016, 1326 UTC; Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan. The launch vehicle flew as planned, and at approximately 15 minutes and 11 seconds after lift-off, the separation of HTV6 was confirmed. >>>

New U.S. Air Force awards NROL-111 mission contract
09 Dec 2016 - The U.S. Air Force's Rocket Systems Launch Program, part of the Launch Enterprise Directorate at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), awarded the National Reconnaissance Office Launch-111 contract to Orbital ATK. >>>

Delta IV launches eighth WGS satellite
08 Dec 2016 - Rocket: Delta IV; Payload: WGS-8; Date: 7 December 2016, 2353 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The Boeing-built military comsat was deployed into geostationary transfer orbit. >>>

Arianespace to launch Inmarsat S-band / Hellas-Sat 3 satellite
08 Dec 2016 - Following the activation of an existing launch option, Inmarsat and Hellas-Sat have entrusted the launch of their telecommunications satellite Inmarsat S-band / Hellas-Sat 3 to Arianespace. The satellite was previously scheduled for launch aboard a Falcon 9. >>>

India launches remote sensing satellite
07 Dec 2016 - Rocket: PSLV-C36; Payload: Resourcesat-2A; Date: 7 December 2016, 0454 UTC; Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, India. >>>

Launch of the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 6 set
07 Dec 2016 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will launch the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 6 (H-IIB F6) with the H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI6" (HTV6) on board on 9 December. >>>

Delay of the day: Falcon 9
07 Dec 2016 - Space Exploration Technologies said that the next launch of the company's Falcon 9 rocket would take place in early January, not on 16 December as announced only a few days ago. >>>

Hispasat 36W-1 arrives at Kourou
07 Dec 2016 - Launch preparation activity is underway for Arianespace's initial mission in 2017, with an all-new type of telecommunications satellite now delivered to the Spaceport for lift-off on a Soyuz launcher from French Guiana in January. >>>

Vega launches Turkish EO satellite
05 Dec 2016 - Rocket: Vega; Payload: GÖKTÜRK-1; Date: 5 December 2016, 1351:44 UTC; Launch site: Kourou, French Guiana. Vega delivered the 1,060-kg GÖKTÜRK-1 into a Sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of approximately 700 km. >>>


New NASA Juno mission prepares for 11 December Jupiter flyby
09 Dec 2016 - On Sunday, 11 December at 1704 UTC, NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its third science flyby of Jupiter. >>>

Update: AsiaSat 8 to become replacement for Amos 6
08 Dec 2016 - Spacecom announced that it entered into an agreement with AsiaSat to relocate its AsiaSat 8 satellite, from its current orbital position to Spacecom's 4° West orbital position. AsiaSat 8 will be a gapfiller for Amos 6, which was launched during testing of a Falcon 9 rocket. >>>

EUMETSAT extends METOP-A lifetime
08 Dec 2016 - The EUMETSAT Council agreed that the ageing, but still healthy, Metop-A satellite will be exploited on a "drifting" orbit from June 2017 onwards, in order to extend its useful lifetime from 2019 to 2022. >>>

New Galileos join Europe's satnav constellation
08 Dec 2016 - Galileo satellites 13 and 14 have begun transmitting navigation signals as fully operational members of Europe's satnav constellation. The two were launched together from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on 24 May. >>>

NASA announces first GEO vegetation, atmospheric carbon mission
07 Dec 2016 - NASA has selected a first-of-its-kind Earth science mission, the Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory (GeoCARB), which is to probe the natural sources, sinks and exchange processes that control carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and methane in the atmosphere. >>>

China develops non-toxic propellant for orbiting satellites
07 Dec 2016 - A non-toxic propulsion system developed by Chinese scientists will enable satellites to carry more payload and save on satellite launching costs, the system's developer said according to Xinhua news agency. >>>

Altimeter for a geodetic satellite
06 Dec 2016 - An altimeter which represents one of the Geo-IK-2 geodetic satellite payload's main instruments has been delivered to ISS-Reshetnev Company. >>>

Latest SBIRS ground system gets green light from U.S. Air Force
06 Dec 2016 - Lockheed Martin's newly upgraded Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) ground system received sign-off from the U.S. Air Force, enhancing the constellation's ability to deliver infrared data that is critical to early missile warning and defence. >>>

SBIRS GEO-3 engine investigation complete
05 Dec 2016 - On 30 November, a joint U.S. government and industry team closed their investigation into a potential parts issue of a failed component from another contractor's satellite [i.e. the U.S. Navy's MUOS 5]. >>>

NASA awards contract for refuelling mission spacecraft
05 Dec 2016 - NASA has awarded the Restore-L Spacecraft Bus and Support Services contract to Space Systems/Loral. Restore-L is a robotic spacecraft equipped with the tools, technologies and techniques needed to service satellites currently in orbit. >>>


AsiaSat 8 to become replacement for Amos 6
05 Dec 2016 - Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) has entered into a transponder service agreement with Space-Communication Ltd. (Spacecom). >>>





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