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Summary: 22 Aug 2016 - 26 Aug 2016


 LAUNCHES Up 

New SpaceX Dragon splashes down
26 Aug 2016 - SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 1547 UTC on 26 August southwest of Baja California with more than 1,350 kg of NASA cargo, science and technology demonstration samples from the International Space Station. >>>

NASA's Mars 2020 rover to fly Atlas V
25 Aug 2016 - NASA has selected United Launch Services to provide launch services for the Mars 2020 mission, currently targeted for launch in July 2020 aboard an Atlas V 541 rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. >>>

Kourou busy with upcoming Arianespace missions
25 Aug 2016 - During the remaining four months of 2016, Arianespace plans to launch - amongst others - Earth observation platforms and global navigation satellites from the Spaceport in French Guiana. >>>

Ariane 5 launches two Intelsats
24 Aug 2016 - Rocket: Ariane 5 ECA; Payload: Intelsat 33e, Intelsat 36; Date: 24 August 2016; Launch site: Kourou, French Guiana. In a rare dual launch for a single customer, both satellites were successfully deployed into geostationary transfer orbit. >>>

Roskosmos to Spend US$29 million upgrading rocket engine reliability
24 Aug 2016 - corporation Roskosmos is allocating over RUB1.9 billion (US$29 million) to upgrading rocket engines, rocket boosters and spacecraft, according to materials published on Russia's official public procurement website. >>>

Roskosmos begins to design super-heavy rocket
24 Aug 2016 - Russian state space corporation Roskosmos has started work on designing a new super-heavy class carrier rocket on the basis of the RD-171 liquid-fuel rocket engine, Russia's S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia General Director Vladimir Solntsev was quoted as saying. >>>

GOES-R weather satellite delivered to launch site
23 Aug 2016 - Lockheed Martin has shipped the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) newest weather satellite, GOES-R, to its Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Florida. >>>

Green light given for next Ariane 5 flight
22 Aug 2016 - Arianespace's fourth Ariane 5 flight of 2016 has been given the "green light" for lift-off on 24 August following a successful launch readiness review, which was conducted at the Spaceport in French Guiana. >>>

Dragon capsule to come back to Earth
22 Aug 2016 - After delivering almost 2,250 kg of supplies, experiments and equipment - including a docking adapter for future U.S. commercial crew spacecraft - a SpaceX Dragon cargo craft is set to leave the International Space Station on 26 August. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

Intelsat 33e healthy after launch
25 Aug 2016 - Intelsat S.A. announced that Intelsat 33e, the second of seven planned Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellites, was launched successfully from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle. Signal acquisition has been confirmed. >>>

Intelsat 36 performing post-launch manoeuvres according to plan
25 Aug 2016 - Space Systems Loral announced that Intelsat 36 is successfully performing post-launch manoeuvres according to plan. >>>

Mexico formally accepts Mexsat system
25 Aug 2016 - Boeing said that the Mexsat system was formally accepted by Mexico's Ministry of Communications and Transportation after successfully completing its final tests. >>>

China plans to launch Mars rover in 2020
24 Aug 2016 - China has unveiled plans of a Mars probe and rover it aims to launch at the end of the decade. Zhang Rongqiao, chief architect of the project, said Tuesday they were targeting July or August 2020 for the launch, Xinhua news agency reported. >>>

Northrop Grumman to provide navigation system for German satellite
22 Aug 2016 - Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract from OHB System AG to supply the space inertial reference system for Germany's SARah satellite-based radar reconnaissance system. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

NASA re-establishes contact with STEREO-B
23 Aug 2016 - On 21 August 2016, contact was reestablished with one of NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories, known as the STEREO-B spacecraft, after communications were lost on 1 October 2014. >>>

AEHF, Milstar reach 100 years of in-orbit operations
23 Aug 2016 - The Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) system and Milstar satellites have achieved 100 years of combined successful operations. >>>

 

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