Summary: 22 Apr 2016 - 28 Apr 2016


New Japan gives up on ASTRO-H
28 Apr 2016 - Japan's space agency said that the ASTRO-H 'Hitomi' x-ray satellite has failed, concluding a month-long effort to salvage the ambitious project closely watched across the globe. >>>


New First launch from Vostochny successful
28 Apr 2016 - Rocket: Soyuz 2-1a/Volga; Payload: Mikhailo V. Lomonosov [MLV-300], Aist-2D and SamSat-2018 [Kontakt-NS]; Date: 28 April 2016, 0201 UTC; Launch site: Vostochny, Russia. The separation of spacecraft was completed normally at 0407 UTC. Normal separation was confirmed during a communications session at 0505 UTC. Contact has been established with the satellites. >>>

New Final IRNSS satellite launched for NAVIC navigation system
28 Apr 2016 - Rocket: PSLV-C33; Payload: IRNSS-1G; Date: 28 April 2016, 0720 UTC; Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, India. IRNSS-1G, the seventh satellite of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) was deployed into a Sub-Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO). >>>

New Intelsat 31 May launch on 28 May
28 Apr 2016 - Russia's first upgraded Proton-M rocket may be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on 28 May, a space industry source was quoted as saying by Novosti. >>>

New U.S. Air Force awards GPS III launch services contract
28 Apr 2016 - The U.S. Air Force announced the award of the first competitively sourced National Security Space (NSS) launch services contract in more than a decade. Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) was awarded a contract for Global Positioning System (GPS) III Launch Services - by default as its competitor ULA did not bid for the contract. >>>

Delay of the day: first Soyuz from Vostochny
27 Apr 2016 - The first rocket launch from Russian cosmodrome Vostochny, which has been plagued by construction delays and mishaps, was postponed by a day, the space agency Roskosmos said. >>>

Update: Soyuz lifts off from French Guiana after three delays
26 Apr 2016 - Arianespace's third flight of 2016 has successfully orbited five European satellites of varying sizes into three different low Earth orbits during a mission lasting four hours. >>>

Countdown starts for launch of India's navigation satellite
26 Apr 2016 - The 51.30 hour countdown for the 28 April launch of the country's seventh and final navigation satellite, IRNSS-1G, on board Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C33 from the spaceport of Sriharikota began today. >>>

Soyuz lifts off from French Guiana after three delays
25 Apr 2016 - Rocket: Soyuz 2-1.a/Fregat; Payload: Sentinel-1B, Microscope, three cubesats; Date: 25 April 2016, 2102 UTC; Launch site: Sinnamary, French Guiana. The main payload, Sentinel-1B, separated from the upper stage after approx. 24 minutes as planned. Deployment of the other payloads was expected several hours into the flight (too late for this issue). >>>

First rocket ready for launch at Russia's Vostochny spaceport
25 Apr 2016 - A Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket has been installed at Russia's new Vostochny Cosmodrome's launch site ahead of its first space launch, Russia's Federal Space Agency Roskosmos said in a statement. >>>

GLONASS-M satellite readies for launch
25 Apr 2016 - The next in a series of GLONASS-M navigation satellites designed and built by Information Satellite Systems - Reshetnev Company has been delivered to the Plesetsk cosmodrome. >>>

Delay of the day: Soyuz 2-1a/Sentinel-1B
22 Apr 2016 - The launch of Sentinel-1B and a few piggyback satellites aboard a Soyuz 2-1a from French Guiana has been rescheduled for 23 April. >>>

50 Chang Zheng rocket launches scheduled 2016-2020
22 Apr 2016 - China will launch about 150 of its Chang Zheng rockets over the next five years, one of its space chiefs was quoted as saying. >>>


New Jason-3 passes final in-orbit acceptance review
28 Apr 2016 - Launched in January 2016, the Jason-3 operational oceanography satellite recently passed its in-orbit acceptance review. Jason-3 is a quadripartite programme between Eumetsat and NOAA (the European and American weather satellite organisations), and the French and American space agencies, CNES and NASA. >>>

New Kongsberg signs contracts for MetOp-SG systems
28 Apr 2016 - Kongsberg has signed two contracts with a total value of €23.6 million with Airbus Defence and Space for delivery of a Ka-band Antenna Pointing System and Solar Array Drive Assembly for the next generation European MetOp-Second Generation (MetOp-SG) satellites. >>>

Telesat procures 2 prototype satellites for Ka-band LEO constellation
27 Apr 2016 - Telesat has procured two prototype Ka-band satellites for operation in low Earth orbit (LEO) that Telesat anticipates launching mid-to-late 2017 as part of a test and validation phase for an advanced, global LEO satellite constellation that Telesat is developing. >>>

SSL to provide low Earth orbit satellite
26 Apr 2016 - Space Systems Loral (SSL) announced it was awarded a contract to provide a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite to an undisclosed customer. >>>

e2v selected to develop CMOS devices for weather satellites
26 Apr 2016 - e2v has won a major contract with Airbus DS GmbH to design, develop and supply bespoke Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) image sensors for the advanced METimage radiometers that will be integrated in a series of three European Space Agency's Meteorological Operational (MetOp) second generation weather satellites. >>>

Kepler spacecraft recovered and returned to the K2 Mission
25 Apr 2016 - The Kepler spacecraft has been recovered and it is back on the job as the K2 mission searching for exoplanets - planets beyond our solar system. >>>

Frequency Electronics Inc. awarded major satellite payload contract
25 Apr 2016 - Frequency Electronics, Inc. has been awarded an approximately US$15 million contract to supply multi-frequency timing systems for a US/DOD satellite programme. >>>

Russia to put 11 communications satellites into orbit by 2025
22 Apr 2016 - Russia plans to put a dozen of new communications satellites into the Earth's orbit in the next nine years, the head of the country's communications agency Rossvyaz said. >>>

Ball Aerospace begins testing JPSS-1
22 Apr 2016 - Ball Aerospace has begun environmental testing on the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) satellite. JPSS-1 will represent significant technological and scientific advancements in severe weather prediction and environmental monitoring and will further weather, climate, environmental and oceanographic science, the company said. >>>


Stratobus project takes off
26 Apr 2016 - Thales Alenia Space announced the official kickoff of its Stratobus research & development project. Stratobus is an autonomous stratospheric airship that was just approved by the French government's "investment in the future" programme, with funding of €17 million. These funds cover a 24-month development phase for key enabling technologies, culminating in the construction of a demonstrator. Since the project has also won support from four different French regions, additional funding of about €3 million is expected. >>>


New Airbus Group (Defence and Space) results Q1 2016
28 Apr 2016 - Airbus Group reported first quarter 2016 results. >>>

New Intelsat S.A. results Q1 2016
28 Apr 2016 - Intelsat S.A. announced financial results for the three months ending 31 March 2016. >>>

New Telesat Holdings Inc. results Q1 2016
28 Apr 2016 - Telesat Holdings Inc. announced its financial results for the three month period ending 31 March 2016. >>>

New DigitalGlobe, Inc. results Q1 2016
28 Apr 2016 - DigitalGlobe, Inc., reported financial results for the quarter ending 31 March 2016. >>>

The Boeing Company (Defense, Space & Security) results Q1 2016
27 Apr 2016 - The Boeing Company reported financial results for the first quarter 2016. >>>

Lockheed Martin Corporation (Space Systems) results Q1 2016
26 Apr 2016 - Lockheed Martin reported financial results for the first quarter 2016. >>>


SES to provide high-speed broadband connectivity to Facebook in Africa
27 Apr 2016 - SES S.A. announced a satellite broadband deal with Facebook to provide high-speed broadband connectivity services to Sub-Saharan Africa. This agreement will support Facebook's Express Wi-Fi programme that is part of their Internet.org initiative to connect the world. >>>


New 30 years ago the Internet arrived in Italy - via satellite
28 Apr 2016 - On 30 April 1986, the computing system of the CNUCE Institute of Pisa (CNR) was connected to the U.S. computer network called ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency NETwork). Italy thus became the fourth nation in the world (after Norway, UK and West Germany) to be connected to the network that in subsequent years became known as the Internet. >>>





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