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Summary: 26 Jun 2015 - 01 Jul 2015


 FAILURES Up 

Falcon 9 likely grounded for several months after failure
29 Jun 2015 - SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said an investigation into Sunday's explosion shortly after launch of one of the company's Falcon 9 rockets will ground the rockets for several months but less than a year. >>>

Falcon 9 explodes after liftoff
28 Jun 2015 - An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station broke apart shortly after lift-off from Cape Canaveral on 28 June 2015, 1421 UTC. NASA officials said they have enough supplies for the three-person crew on board the station to last until October. >>>


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Ariane 5 launch campaign begins
30 Jun 2015 - The fourth Ariane 5 for lift-off in 2015 has begun its integration process. This heavy-lift vehicle will be used for Flight VA225 in August, which will deliver two relay satellites - Eutelsat 8 West B and Intelsat 34 - to geostationary transfer orbit. >>>

4th MUOS secure communications satellite shipped for August launch
30 Jun 2015 - Delivered by the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin, the fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, prior to its expected August launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. >>>

Third Chinese HD EO satellite in orbit
26 Jun 2015 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 4B; Payload: Gaofen-8; Date: 26 June 2015, 0622 UTC; Launch site: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China. The high-resolution optical Earth observation satellite was successfully launched for the China National Space Administration. >>>

Huge order for Soyuz rockets
26 Jun 2015 - Russia will grant 21 Soyuz carrier rockets to Arianespace between 2017 and 2019 for launching OneWeb mobile communications satellites, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) said. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New Ball Aerospace powers on NOAA's JPSS-1 weather satellite
01 Jul 2015 - Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has powered on the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) satellite for the first time. The JPSS-1 is the United States' next polar-orbiting, environmental satellite, scheduled to launch in 2017. >>>

New Ralph is ready for historic Pluto flyby
01 Jul 2015 - The Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Ralph camera aboard the New Horizons mission will provide the closest images we have ever seen of Pluto when the spacecraft arrives at the dwarf planet on 14 July. >>>

SkyM-1 successfully completes on-orbit testing
30 Jun 2015 - Orbital ATK, Inc. announced that the Sky Mexico-1 (SkyM-1) satellite, built by the company for DirecTV, successfully completed on-orbit testing and checkout of all spacecraft systems. The satellite was handed over to DirecTV for full operational control after several weeks of orbit-raising activities that were conducted after the launch. >>>

Sentinel-2 delivers first images
29 Jun 2015 - Just four days after being lofted into orbit, Europe's Sentinel-2A satellite delivered its first images of Earth, offering a glimpse of the 'colour vision' that it will provide for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme. >>>

Jason-3 in California
26 Jun 2015 - The Jason-3 satellite has arrived at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, after a journey from France, in preparation for launch on 8 August 2015 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. >>>

Sentinel-2A completes LEOP
26 Jun 2015 - Last night marked the end of Sentinel-2A's first three days in space, which saw teams on the ground working around the clock to ensure the spacecraft is ready for its 'colour vision' mission. >>>

MDA to operate Canada's ground station infrastructure
26 Jun 2015 - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. announced that it has signed a contract for C$7.4 million with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). MDA will provide In-Service Support to maintain and operate Canada's national ground station infrastructure at Inuvik, Prince Albert, and Gatineau. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

New Spire closes US$40 million funding round
01 Jul 2015 - Spire, a satellite-powered data company, announced it closed a US$40 million Series B round of funding led by Promus Ventures with participation from new investors Bessemer Venture Partners and Jump Capital, as well as existing investors RRE Ventures and Lemnos Labs, among others. >>>


 ANNIVERSARIES Up 

SSTL founded 30 years ago
29 Jun 2015 - Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) said it is celebrating 30 years of space innovation this year, marking the anniversary of the founding of the company in June 1985. >>>


 NAMES Up 

New Johann-Dietrich Woerner is new ESA Director General
01 Jul 2015 - As of today, 1 July 2015, ESA has a new Director General: Johann-Dietrich (Jan) Woerner, who has taken up duty at ESA Headquarters in Paris, France. >>>

 

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