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Summary: 23 Jan 2015 - 29 Jan 2015


 LAUNCHES Up 

New IXV encapsulated for launch
29 Jan 2015 - Preparations are moving forward for next month's Vega flight from Kourou, with its Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) passenger now integrated in the lightweight launcher's payload fairing. >>>

New Delay of the day I: Delta II/SMAP
29 Jan 2015 - NASA's SMAP launch was scrubbed today due to a violation of upper level wind constraints. Launch managers have initiated a 24-hour recycle and rescheduled lift-off of the United Launch Alliance Delta II/SMAP mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base. >>>

New Delay of the day II: H-2A/IGS radar spare
29 Jan 2015 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency have rescheduled the postponed launch of an H-2A rocket carrying a backup information-gathering radar satellite. >>>

New USAF books three more ULA launches
29 Jan 2015 - The U.S. Air Force awarded a US$383 million contract for more launch services to United Launch Alliance, bringing the total value of the contract to $4.08 billion. >>>

Next Galileo launch scheduled for 26 March
28 Jan 2015 - Europe will resume satellite launches for its Galileo navigation system in March, hoping to boost by at least six the number of orbiters this year, Arianespace and the European Commission said. >>>

Planetary Society announces test flight for LightSail spacecraft
27 Jan 2015 - The Planetary Society announced the first of its LightSail spacecraft will embark on a May 2015 test flight. Funded entirely by private citizens, the solar sail satellite will hitch a ride to space aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. >>>

Fit-checks for Sentinel satellites completed
26 Jan 2015 - In preparation of the launches of the ESA Copernicus Sentinel-3A and Sentinel-2B satellites on Rokot in 2015 and 2016, the launch adapters for these missions were fit-checked successfully. >>>

ESA and Airbus to decide on the route to proceed with EDRS completion
26 Jan 2015 - Following intense work during the past weeks between all partners involved with the EDRS programme, in particular the European Commission, ESA and Airbus, the business prospects of EDRS have been consolidated. >>>

Integral manoeuvres for re-entry... in 2029
26 Jan 2015 - Integral, one of ESA's longest-serving and most successful space observatories, has begun a series of four thruster burns carefully designed to balance its scientific life with a safe reentry in 2029. >>>

Inmarsat-5 F2 satellite launch preparations underway
23 Jan 2015 - Preparations for the launch of the second Global Xpress satellite, Inmarsat-5 F2 (I-5 F2), are now at an advanced stage at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

Inmarsat 5-F2 pre-launch details
28 Jan 2015 - An ILS Proton M/Briz M is to launch the Inmarsat-5 F2 communications satellite from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on 1 February 2015 at 1231 UTC. It will be the first ILS mission of 2015. >>>

Manoeuvre delays MESSENGER's impact, extends orbital operations
23 Jan 2015 - MESSENGER mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) successfully conducted a manoeuvre designed to raise the spacecraft's minimum altitude sufficiently to extend orbital operations and delay the probe's inevitable impact onto Mercury's surface until early next spring. >>>

Second instrument integrated with NOAA's JPSS-1 spacecraft
23 Jan 2015 - The Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite-Nadir (OMPS-N) instrument has been successfully integrated with the JPSS-1 spacecraft, NOAA announced. OMPS is the second JPSS-1 instrument to be integrated after the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) was installed last month. >>>

Meteosat-7 becomes EUMETSAT longest-serving operational satellite
23 Jan 2015 - On 24 January 2015, Meteosat-7 becomes the longest-serving operational satellite in EUMETSAT history, clocking up 17 years of monitoring the weather from space. >>>


 LAW & ORDER Up 

Satellite operators stress importance of C-band for Africa
28 Jan 2015 - Speaking on behalf of the international satellite community, Michel de Rosen, CEO of Eutelsat warned African states of the consequences for the continent if C-band resources are reallocated to mobile operators. >>>

United States and SpaceX agree to settlement
26 Jan 2015 - SpaceX has dropped a lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force after winning an agreement from the government that the company will be certified for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) programme, according to a statement from SpaceX. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

New Alliant Techsystems, Inc. (Aerospace Group) results Q3 FY2015
29 Jan 2015 - Alliant Techsystems Inc. ("ATK") reported operating results for the third quarter of its Fiscal Year 2015, which ended on 28 December 2014. >>>

Lockheed Martin Corporation (Space Systems) results 2014
28 Jan 2015 - Lockheed Martin Corporation reported results for the fourth quarter and the year 2014. >>>

The Boeing Company (Defense, Space & Security) results Q4 2014
28 Jan 2015 - The Boeing Company reported results for the fourth quarter and the year 2014. >>>

Orbital, ATK stockholders approve merger
27 Jan 2015 - Orbital Sciences Corporation announced that at a special meeting, the company's stockholders voted overwhelmingly to approve the proposed merger with the Aerospace and Defense Groups of Alliant Techsystems Inc., pursuant to the definitive transaction agreement dated 28 April 2014. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

SSC expands at the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility
28 Jan 2015 - The Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) is increasing its capacity at the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility in Inuvik, Canada, with the addition of a new multi-mission antenna. The expansion is driven by increasing customer demand for communication with polar-orbiting satellites, normally used for Earth observation and atmospheric monitoring. >>>


 AWARDS Up 

Moon Express awarded US$1 million for commercial lunar lander demo
27 Jan 2015 - Moon Express, Inc. (MoonEx) has been awarded US$1 million by Google Lunar XPRIZE for its recent lander test flights, taking home the only Lander System milestone prize awarded for a full lander system demonstration. The tests were conducted at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, utilising a test range located at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility. >>>

Rosetta team earns Swigert Award for Space Exploration
27 Jan 2015 - The Space Foundation announced it will present the Rosetta Comet Exploration Team with the 2015 John L. "Jack" Swigert, Jr., Award for Space Exploration. >>>

 

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