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Summary: 29 Aug 2015 - 03 Sep 2015


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Fregat Fuelling Facility enters operations
03 Sep 2015 - Processing has been completed for the initial Soyuz Fregat upper stage to be handled in the Fregat Fuelling Facility (FCube) - the newest site at the Guiana Space Center. This milestone Fregat will be used for the upcoming Arianespace medium-lift Soyuz mission, which is set for 10 September with two European Galileo navigation satellites. >>>

New crew on its way to the ISS
02 Sep 2015 - Rocket: Soyuz-FG; Payload: Soyuz TMA-18M; Date: 2 September 2015, 0437 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The transportation spacecraft with its crew was successfully put into a low Earth orbit and is heading for the International Space Station (ISS). >>>

Atlas V launches fourth MUOS satellite
02 Sep 2015 - Rocket: Atlas V 551; Payload: MUOS-4; Date: 2 September, 1018 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The satellite separated from its Atlas V rocket approximately three hours after its successful launch. >>>

Latest Galileos closing in on launch
01 Sep 2015 - Europe's ninth and tenth Galileo satellites have been attached to the dispenser that will hold them during their flight up into space, then release them into their planned orbits. >>>

Airbus DS finishes final preparations for launch of LISA Pathfinder
01 Sep 2015 - LISA Pathfinder, ESA's gravitational-wave detection technology demonstrator, is ready to be shipped to Kourou in French Guiana in preparation for its launch in November. Airbus Defence and Space, the world's second largest space company, has completed a series of intensive tests on LISA Pathfinder's propulsion and science modules at IABG, near Munich, to prove its space worthiness. >>>

MUOS-4 launch rescheduled
31 Aug 2015 - The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite for the U.S. Navy, has been rescheduled for 2 September. >>>

Update: Proton/Briz M lifts off with Inmarsat 5-F3
29 Aug 2015 - An International Launch Services (ILS) Proton Briz M successfully placed the Inmarsat-5 F3 (I-5 F3) satellite into a super-synchronous transfer orbit (SSTO) today. >>>

Delay of the day: Atlas V/MUOS-4
29 Aug 2015 - The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the MUOS-4 mission has been postponed due to uncertainty in the weather conditions associated with Tropical Storm Erika. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

SMAP radar likely not recoverable
02 Sep 2015 - Mission managers for NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory have determined that its radar, one of the satellite's two science instruments, can no longer return data. >>>

NASA and Arx Pax enter into space act agreement
02 Sep 2015 - Arx Pax, creator of Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA ) and hover engine technology, announced that it has entered into a Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA. The purpose of the collaboration is to use Arx Pax's MFA to create micro-satellite capture devices that can manipulate and couple satellites from a distance. This can be achieved by using a magnetic tether between the objects. >>>

TAS, Telespazio to deliver COSMO-SkyMed ground segment to Poland
02 Sep 2015 - Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio have reached an agreement with Teledife (General Directorate of IT and Advanced Technologies, Italian Ministry of Defence) to supply the ground segment to the Polish Ministry of Defense for the reception and processing of data and data products generated by Italy's first and second-generation COSMO-SkyMed satellites. >>>

GSAT-6 unfurls antenna
31 Aug 2015 - ISRO said it had successfully deployed the large antenna of its military communication satellite GSAT-6 and also raised its orbit. >>>

X-ray astronomy satellite "Suzaku" completes scientific mission
31 Aug 2015 - The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said it decided to complete the scientific mission of the X-ray Astronomy Satellite "Suzaku" (ASTRO-EII) after carefully considering the condition of the satellite. >>>

Azerbaijan selects manufacturer for Azerspace-2
31 Aug 2015 - Azerbaijan has decided on the company that will build the second telecommunications satellite, Azerspace-2, according to the country's Minister of Communications and High Technologies, Ali Abbasov. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

New COM DEV announces milestones achieved by its aerospace business
03 Sep 2015 - COM DEV International Ltd. announced that its aerospace product line known as AVSAT has reached several important milestones and is actively pursuing opportunities in the rapidly evolving aviation technology market. >>>

Avanti Communications and GRC agree multi-year, multi-region contract
02 Sep 2015 - Avanti Communications has signed a multi-year contract with Global RadioData Communications Ltd (GRC), to deliver secure, resilient Ka-band satellite connectivity to a variety of government, defence and emergency service customers. >>>

NGC Australia Partners with ViaSat and Optus to deliver satcom for ADF
31 Aug 2015 - Northrop Grumman Corporation has partnered with ViaSat and Optus to offer the Australian Defence Force (ADF) a solution for its utilisation of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system. >>>


 RESEARCH Up 

New Euroconsult: Stable 2014 revenues mark FSS industry transition phase
03 Sep 2015 - According to Euroconsult's newly released report, Satellites Communications & Broadcasting Markets Survey, Forecasts to 2024, the FSS industry posted an average annual growth rate of 4.3% over 2010-2013 with 2013 showing clear signs of slowdown at only +2%, the lowest growth rate since 2004. >>>

 

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