Summary: 23 May 2016 - 27 May 2016


New Thaicom 8 launched after 24-hour delay
27 May 2016 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: Thaicom 8; Date: 27 May 2016, 2139 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The upper stage engine fired two times to deploy the satellite into a 250 km x 90,000 km supersynchronous transfer orbit approx. 32 minutes after lift-off. >>>

New Delay of the day: Delta IV/NROL-37
27 May 2016 - The NROL-37 Delta IV launch is delayed at the request of the customer, the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The NROL-37 spacecraft and launch vehicle are secure on Space Launch Complex 37. >>>

New Chang'e 5 to land on moon and return in 2017
27 May 2016 - China will send its lunar probe Chang'e 5 to land on the moon and return with lunar samples in the second half of 2017, according to State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND). >>>

New More passengers for first SLS flight
27 May 2016 - On the first flight of its new Space Launch System (SLS), NASA will demonstrate the rocket's heavy-lift capability and send an uncrewed Orion spacecraft into deep space. The agency will also take advantage of additional available mass and space to provide the rare opportunity to send more than a dozen small satellites, called CubeSats, to conduct experiments beyond low-Earth orbit. In addition to the 10 CubeSats announced earlier this year, the agency will be sending three from international partners. >>>

Delay of the day:Falcon 9/Thaicom 8
26 May 2016 - Lift-off of a SpaceX Falcon 9 with Thaicom 8 on board did not take place as scheduled at 2140 UTC. >>>

Orbital announces development of EELV-class rocket
25 May 2016 - Orbital ATK has unveiled plans for a new rocket to compete against United Launch Alliance and Space Exploration Technologies for missions to launch U.S. military and commercial satellites. >>>

GKN Aerospace wins contracts from Airbus Safran Launchers
25 May 2016 - GKN Aerospace will develop and manufacture advanced rocket engine sub-systems for the Ariane 6 launch vehicle, under the prime contractorship of Airbus Safran Launchers, after securing major new contracts. >>>

Perfect launch for two new Galileo satellites
24 May 2016 - Rocket: Soyuz ST-B/Fregat MT; Payload: Galileo 13 and 14; Date: 24 May 2016, 0848 UTC; Launch site: Sinnamary, French Guiana. After a nearly 3-hour, 48-minute mission, the upper stage placed the Galileo passengers into a targeted circular orbit at an altitude of 23,522 km, inclined 57.394 degrees to the equator. Total payload lift performance was estimated at 1,599 kg. >>>

India's Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator successfully tested
24 May 2016 - On 23 May 2016, ISRO successfully flight tested India's first winged body aerospace vehicle operating in hypersonic flight regime. >>>

Next SpaceX commercial cargo launch targeted for mid-July
24 May 2016 - An uncrewed SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, carrying crew supplies and station hardware, will lift off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), adjacent to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Lift-off is scheduled for 16 July at 0532 UTC. >>>

OSIRIS-REx arrives at launch site
24 May 2016 - NASA's first spacecraft designed to return a piece of an asteroid to Earth arrived Friday, 20 May at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and has begun final preparations in advance of its September launch. >>>

Arianespace to supply payload dispensers for OneWeb constellation
23 May 2016 - Arianespace announced that it has signed a contract with satellite Internet company OneWeb to design, qualify and supply 21 payload dispensers for the deployment of the OneWeb constellation, along with five more on option. >>>


New Next try to extend BEAM on Saturday
27 May 2016 - NASA and Bigelow Aerospace today evaluated why the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) attached to the ISS did not fully expand as planned. A new attempt is currently scheduled for Saturday. >>>

Bolivia takes over operations of Chinese-built satellite
26 May 2016 - Bolivian personnel have taken over the operations of the country's Chinese-built Tupac Katari satellite. >>>

Deep Space Industries, SFL to provide satellites for HawkEye 360
26 May 2016 - HawkEye 360, Inc., a subsidiary of Allied Minds, announced that it has selected Deep Space Industries and its sub-contractor, the University of Toronto Space Flight Laboratory (SFL), as the manufacturer for its Pathfinder small satellite cluster. Deep Space Industries has also chosen to participate in HawkEye 360's first preferred financing round. >>>

Planetary Resources plans Earth observation capability
26 May 2016 - Planetary Resources, Inc. announced that it has secured US$21.1 million in Series A funding. The capital will be used to deploy and operate Ceres, an advanced Earth observation business that features the first commercial infrared and hyperspectral sensor platform. Earth observation will be another aspect of Planetary Resources' operations in addition to prospecting and mining asteroids, the company said. >>>

NASA and Bigelow Aerospace analysing BEAM status
26 May 2016 - An attempt to inflate the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) docked to the International Space Station has failed. >>>

Thaicom 8 pre-launch details
25 May 2016 - The Thaicom 8 spacecraft will be launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on 26 May 2016. The launch window is currently 2140 to 2340 UTC. >>>

JWST's Optical Telescope Element completed and delivered
25 May 2016 - Northrop Grumman Corporation's delivery of the fully integrated Optical Telescope Element (OTE) for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope marks another major milestone toward the October 2018 launch of the largest telescope ever built for space. >>>

Frequency Electronics Inc. awarded HTS payload contract
25 May 2016 - Frequency Electronics, Inc. has been awarded a contract in excess of US$5 million to supply master timing and frequency generation systems for a high throughput satellite. >>>

ExoMars completes commissioning review
23 May 2016 - The ExoMars spacecraft built by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor for the European Space Agency (ESA) has successfully completed its In-Orbit Commissioning Review (IOCR). >>>

SENER develops magnetometer boom for JUICE
23 May 2016 - SENER has secured a contract to develop the magnetometer boom for JUICE, the mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) to explore the Jovian system. >>>


New UrtheCast to receive Industry Canada TDP award
27 May 2016 - UrtheCast Corp. announced that it will receive C$5.0 million in Government of Canada Technology Development Program ("TDP") funding, as part of a C$54 million contribution programme for the development of new satellite technologies, as administered by the Government of Canada. >>>

SES to take over O3b Networks
26 May 2016 - SES S.A. announced that it is launching a capital raising to fund the acquisition of the remaining shares in O3b Networks. As a result, SES will own 100% of O3b Networks, a satellite operator with a constellation of 12 High Throughput Satellites (HTS) at Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). >>>

ViaSat, Inc. results Q4 FY 2016
25 May 2016 - ViaSat Inc. announced financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter ending 31 March 2016. >>>


Eurovision steps up capacity on 4 Eutelsat satellites
26 May 2016 - The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Eutelsat Communications announced the signature of capacity contracts on four Eutelsat satellites. The capacity will be used to carry live broadcast signals of flagship events in the sports calendar. >>>

NASA increases Harris SCNS contract ceiling by $384 million
24 May 2016 - NASA has awarded Harris Corporation two 1-year options, adding US$384 million of contract ceiling, to continue supporting the Space Communications Network Services (SCNS) programme. The award was received during the third quarter of Harris' fiscal 2016. >>>

Sky Cable signs deal with SES to launch DTH satellite TV in the Philippines
24 May 2016 - SES announced a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement with Sky Cable, the largest cable television provider in the Philippines. Sky Cable will be broadcasting direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV channels via SES satellites at 108.2 degrees East - the SES-9 and NSS-11 satellites. >>>

SES Platform Services and K-NET to provide satellite channels for West Africa
24 May 2016 - SES Platform Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, has strengthened its partnership with K-NET, an ICT and Telecoms platform services company based in Ghana, to create a joint venture. >>>


Iridium launches 'alternative' Global Positioning System service
23 May 2016 - Iridium Communications Inc. announced the official launch of Satellite Time and Location (STL), an alternative or companion to traditional location-based technologies, and declared it ready for use. For the first time, end users now have access to accurate and resilient position, navigation and timing (PNT) technology that works anywhere on the planet, even indoors. >>>


GOES-13 launched ten years ago
25 May 2016 - On 24 May 2006, GOES-13 was launched into orbit aboard a Boeing Delta IV rocket that took flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida. >>>





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