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Summary: 23 Jul 2015 - 29 Jul 2015


 FAILURES Up 

NTSB concludes SpaceShipTwo flight test accident investigation
28 Jul 2015 - The U.S: National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has concluded the investigation of the Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo flight test accident on 31 October 2014 . The NTSB is finalising the final recommendations and probable causes. >>>


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Next Proton launch date officially confirmed
29 Jul 2015 - Preparations for Proton-M launches resume at the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan after temporary suspension after the crash in May, Tass reported. >>>

Inmarsat-5F3 to fly on Proton at the end of August?
28 Jul 2015 - The first launch of a Proton-M carrier rocket after the latest failure in May is expected to take place in a period from 28 to 30 August 2015, a source in the Russian space sector was quoted as saying by TASS. >>>

China launches pair of navsats
27 Jul 2015 - Rocket: Chang Zheng-3B/Yuanzheng-1; Payload: BDS M1-S, BDS M2-S; Date: 25 July 2015, 1229 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The two navigation satellites reached their target orbits three and a half hours after the launch. >>>

Next two Galileo satellites reach Europe's Spaceport
27 Jul 2015 - Europe's ninth and tenth Galileo satellites have crossed the Atlantic, touching down in French Guiana ahead of their joint launch this September. >>>

Delta IV launches seventh WGS satellite
24 Jul 2015 - Rocket: Delta IV Medium-plus (5,4); Payload: WGS-7 (Wideband Global SATCOM 7); Date: 24 July 2015, 0007 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The satellite was successfully placed into geostationary transfer orbit. >>>

Ariane 5 arrives for September dual-payload mission
24 Jul 2015 - Components for another Ariane 5 have arrived in French Guiana - with the latest heavy-lift vehicle scheduled to orbit two telecommunications spacecraft during September: NBN Co 1A for Australia's National Broadband Network, and ARSAT-2 for Argentinean satellite operator ARSAT. >>>

Update: New Soyuz vessel on fast track towards ISS
23 Jul 2015 - The transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-17M carrying an international crew of Expedition ISS-44/45, consisting of Roskosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui and U.S. astronaut Kjell Lindgren, has successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS). However, just as last year during the launch of Soyuz TMA-14M, one of the vessel's solar panels did not initially deploy. >>>

Eutelsat 8 West B/Intelsat 34 launch campaign has begun
23 Jul 2015 - Payload preparations for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 launch are now in full swing, with the mission's two satellite passengers - Eutelsat 8 West B and Intelsat 34 - undergoing checkout procedures at the Spaceport in French Guiana. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

RSC Energia and RSCC joining hands to build satellite systems
28 Jul 2015 - On 24 July, Vladimir Solntsev, Energia President, and Yuri Prokhorov, RSCC Director-General, signed an agreement to co-operate in the field of developing advanced communications and broadcasting satellite systems. >>>

NASA Mars orbiter preparing for Mars lander's 2016 arrival
28 Jul 2015 - With its biggest orbit manoeuvre since 2006, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) will prepare this week for the arrival of NASA's next Mars lander, InSight, next year. >>>

MSG-4 handed over to EUMETSAT
27 Jul 2015 - On 26 July at 0930 UTC, ESA handed control of Europe's last Meteosat Second Generation weather satellite, MSG-4, to EUMETSAT. >>>

Skynet 5A satellite starts move eastwards
27 Jul 2015 - Airbus Defence and Space has announced that the planned 67,000 km move of the Skynet 5A satellite over the Asia Pacific region is on track. >>>

Airbus DFS UK delivers Sentinel-5 Precursor for testing
27 Jul 2015 - The Sentinel-5 Precursor platform and the TROPOMI instrument have been integrated together to form the satellite which will be leaving the UK for testing. Airbus Defence and Space will deliver the spacecraft to Intespace in Toulouse, France, for final system level testing. The spacecraft is scheduled to be launched in April 2016 by a Eurokot rocket from Plesetsk, Russia. >>>

COM DEV wins major order for pair of commercial communications satellites
24 Jul 2015 - COM DEV International Ltd. has received an order to supply equipment for two commercial communications satellites. The initial Authorisation to Proceed (ATP) is valued at approximately C$11 million, and is expected to lead to a full contract in excess of C$45 million . COM DEV is scheduled to complete its work at its facilities in Cambridge by the end of fiscal 2016. >>>


 PLATFORMS Up 

Avealto completes feasibility test flight of High Altitude Platform
24 Jul 2015 - Avealto has completed initial feasibility evaluation of its free flying test vehicle in its development programme to build a commercial High Altitude Platform ("HAP"). The Avealto test vehicle was successfully launched on 14 June 2015 from a desert launch site near Lovelock, Nevada, in the Western USA. The vehicle landed intact and flight telemetry has now been fully evaluated. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

New Eutelsat partners with Starburst Accelerator
29 Jul 2015 - Eutelsat Communications announced it is becoming a partner of Starburst Accelerator, a start-up accelerator that stimulates innovation in the aerospace industry. >>>

SES S.A. results H1 201
24 Jul 2015 - SES S.A. reported financial results for the first half of 2015. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

FSMTC and ABS partner to bring connectivity to Micronesia
27 Jul 2015 - ABS and FSM Telecommunications Corporation (FSMTC) announced that they have signed a multi-year, multi-transponder deal on ABS-6, C-band. The capacity agreement will provide Internet connectivity to support FSMTC's growing business. >>>

 

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