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Summary: 24 Aug 2015 - 28 Aug 2015


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Proton/Briz M lifts off with Inmarsat 5-F3
28 Aug 2015 - Rocket: Proton M/Briz M; Payload: Inmarsat 5-F3; Date: 28 August, 1144 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The rocket lifted off as planned, and at the time of writing this the Briz M upper stage had successfully completed the second of five burns. >>>

New Atlas 5 to launch MUOS-4 on Monday
28 Aug 2015 - The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, here on Monday, 31 August aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The launch window is between 1007 and 1051 UTC. >>>

New NASA concludes series of SLS engine tests
28 Aug 2015 - NASA has completed the first developmental test series on the RS-25 engines that will power the agency's new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. >>>

India's GSLV lofts GSAT-6
27 Aug 2015 - Rocket: GSLV-D6; Payload: GSAT-6; Date: 27 August 2015, 1122 UTC; Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India. Seventeen minutes after lift-off, the satellite was successfully placed into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) very close to the intended one. >>>

China launches Yaogan-27 remote sensing satellite
27 Aug 2015 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 4C; Payload: Yaogan 27; Date: 27. August 2015, 0231 UTC; Launch site: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellite was placed into a 1,200 km x 100 degrees orbit. The launch was not announced in advance by Chinese authorities. >>>

Australian satellite delivered to Kourou
27 Aug 2015 - Space Systems/Loral announced that "Sky Muster"(formerly NBN Co 1A), a high performance satellite designed and built for Australia's new nbn broadband network, has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be launched aboard an Ariane 5. The high capacity broadband satellite will provide service to more than 200,000 Australians. >>>

Soyuz VS12 - Galileo satellites 9 and 10 fuelled
27 Aug 2015 - The two European Galileo navigation satellites for Arianespace's next mission from French Guiana have been fuelled at the Spaceport, readying them for integration with their Soyuz launcher. >>>

ULA improves Atlas V launch preparations
25 Aug 2015 - United Launch Alliance (ULA) said the company and the U.S. Air Force have implemented Off-site Vertical Integration (OVI) of several structural elements and the Centaur upper stage for the Atlas V launch vehicle. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

SSL to study on-orbit satellite assembly for DARPA
26 Aug 2015 - Space Systems/Loral announced it was awarded a contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to study on-orbit robotic assembly of geostationary communications satellites. Called Dragonfly, the programme is designed to enable larger and more powerful satellites that cannot be launched fully assembled, to be packaged in pieces within a standard launch vehicle fairing. >>>

Northrop Grumman delivers JWST telescope structure
26 Aug 2015 - Northrop Grumman Corporation delivered on schedule the telescope structure for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on 24 August. This paves the way for the integration of the 18 hexagonal mirrors that will help scientists observe the formation of the first stars and galaxies over 13.5 billion years ago. >>>

Russia to build remote-sensing satellite for Iran
26 Aug 2015 - Two Russian space companies and Iranian firm Bonyan Danesh Shargh have signed an agreement on joint development of an Earth remote-sensing satellite system for Iran, Russia's Federal Space Agency Roskosmos said. >>>

Inmarsat-5 F3 pre-launch details
25 Aug 2015 - A Proton M/Briz M launch vehicle, utilising a five-burn Briz M supersynchronous transfer orbit mission design, will lift off from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, with the Inmarsat-5 F3 satellite on board, on 28 August 2015, 1144 UTC. >>>

Cameras delivered for NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission
25 Aug 2015 - A camera suite that will allow NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission to see a near-Earth asteroid, map it, and pick a safe and interesting place to touch the surface and collect a sample, has arrived at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver for installation to the spacecraft. >>>

Higher power for Lockheed Martin microcryocoolers
25 Aug 2015 - Lockheed Martin said company scientists are packing three times the power density into a key satellite cooling system whose previous design is already the lightest in its class. This project continues the company's effort to reduce component size, enabling compact, higher-power spacecraft payloads and smaller sensor platforms back on Earth. >>>

Orbital ATK to produce satellite tanks for LM
24 Aug 2015 - Orbital ATK, Inc. announced that it recently signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to produce propellant and pressurant tanks for Lockheed Martin's updated A2100 satellite platform. The five-year contract continues a 20-year relationship between Orbital ATK and Lockheed Martin for satellite fuel tanks produced by the company's Space Systems Group in Commerce, California. >>>

PlanetiQ opens facility for satellite weather sensor development
24 Aug 2015 - PlanetiQ announced the opening of its new science and engineering facility in Boulder, Colorado. The facility includes a laboratory clean room where PlanetiQ will complete the development and manufacture of its first 12 Pyxis-RO flight instruments for the world's first commercial satellite constellation exclusively focused on weather, climate and space weather. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

Boeing to cut jobs in satellite business
25 Aug 2015 - Boeing said it expected to cut as many as "several hundred" jobs in its satellite business through the end of 2015 due to a downturn in U.S. military spending and delays in commercial satellite orders. >>>


 RESEARCH Up 

US$255 billion for manufacture, launch of satellites over next decade
25 Aug 2015 - According to Euroconsult's newly released report, Satellites to be Built & Launched by 2024, 140 satellites with launch mass over 50 kg will be launched on average each year over the next decade for governments and commercial companies. In comparison with last year's forecast, the number of satellites is due to grow more than the market value over the decade. >>>

NSR: EO satellite market to reach US$4.5 billion in next decade
24 Aug 2015 - NSR's Satellite-Based Earth Observation (EO), 7th Edition report, forecasts that data, value-added services and Information Products markets from Earth Observation (EO) will reach US$4.5 billion by 2024, from US$2.3 billion in 2014. >>>

 

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