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Summary: 24 Mar 2015 - 28 Mar 2015


 LAUNCHES Up 

New India launches fourth navsat
28 Mar 2015 - Rocket: PSLV-C27 (XL); Payload: IRNSS-1D; Date: ; Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, India. It was the twenty eighth consecutively successful mission of the PSLV. The 'XL' configuration of PSLV was used for this mission. Previously, the same configuration of the vehicle was successfully used seven times. >>>

New Update: Soyuz launch I: Galileo FOC M2
28 Mar 2015 - The EU's Galileo satellite navigation system now has eight satellites in orbit following the successful launch of the latest pair. >>>

Soyuz launch I: Galileo FOC M2
27 Mar 2015 - Rocket: Soyuz 2-1b [Soyuz ST-B]/Fregat-MT; Payload: Galileo FOC M2, SAT 7-8; Date: 27 March 2015, 2146 UTC; Launch site: Sinnamary, French Guiana. The satellites were to be inserted into a circular 23,522 km x 55 degrees orbit 3 hours, 48 minutes after lift-off (too late for this issue). >>>

Soyuz launch II: Soyuz TMA-16M
27 Mar 2015 - Rocket: Soyuz FG/Fregat-I; Payload: Soyuz TMA-16M; Date: 27 March 2015, 1943 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The crewed capsule reached its target orbit nine minutes after lift-off. >>>

Japan launches replacement optical spy satellite
26 Mar 2015 - Rocket: H-2A; Payload IGS Optical 5; Date: 26 March 2015, 0121 UTC; Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan. The launch went smoothly, a JAXA spokeswoman said, noting "the satellite separated and entered orbit as scheduled." >>>

Dnepr launches Korean EO satellite
26 Mar 2015 - Rocket: Dnepr; Payload: KOMPSAT 3A [Arirang 3A]; Date: 25 March 2015, 2208 UTC; Launch site: Yasny, Russia. A radio communication between the satellite and South Korea's ground station was established 5 hours and 57 minutes after launch, indicating that the satellite is operating properly. >>>

Airbus Defence and Space selects Arianespace to launch PeruSat-1
26 Mar 2015 - Airbus Defence and Space has chosen Arianespace to launch PeruSat-1, the Peruvian Earth observation satellite on a European Vega launcher from Kourou spaceport. The launch of PeruSat-1 is scheduled for 2016. >>>

Latest GPS IIF satellite in orbit
25 Mar 2015 - Rocket: Delta IV Medium-plus (4,2); Payload: GPS IIF-9; Date: 25 March 2015, 1836 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The navigation satellite was successfully deployed at 2155 UTC. >>>

Soyuz rolled out for Galileo launch
24 Mar 2015 - The Soyuz for Arianespace's next medium-lift mission is in the launch zone at French Guiana, where it stands ready to receive the two spacecraft passengers that will join Europe's Galileo global navigation satellite system. >>>

Japan to launch optical spy satellite on 26 March
24 Mar 2015 - Japan will launch an information-gathering satellite (IGS) with an optical reconnaissance payload on an H-2A rocket on 26 March (UTC). >>>

China completes second test on new rocket's power system
24 Mar 2015 - The second ground test of the power system of China's next-generation rocket was completed Monday, ahead of its first flight in 2016. >>>

SpaceX EELV certification on track
24 Mar 2015 - The U.S. Air Force announced that the phase one results of the independent review panel tasked by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James to review the process for certifying SpaceX as an Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) provider. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

Structures for Millimetron space observatory from ISDS-Reshetnev
26 Mar 2015 - Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems said it is currently developing the onboard scientific instruments subsystem of the space-based observatory Millimetron and performing its components testing. >>>

India's Mars mission extended by six months
25 Mar 2015 - India's Mars mission has completed six months in space and all scientific instruments are in good working condition. >>>

Orbital ATK selected to build next U.S. civilian weather satellites
24 Mar 2015 - Orbital ATK, Inc. has been awarded a contract by NASA to design, produce and integrate up to three Joint Polar Satellite Systems (JPSS) spacecraft, to be operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to provide critical weather forecasting data and to advance environmental and oceanographic science. >>>

NASA reformats memory of longest-running Mars rover
24 Mar 2015 - After avoiding use of the rover's flash memory for three months, the team operating NASA's 11-year-old Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reformatted the vehicle's flash memory banks and resumed storing some data overnight for transmitting later. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

EDC provides €140 million financing for Amazonas 5
26 Mar 2015 - Export Development Canada (EDC) announced financing of €140 million to the Hispasat Group (Hispasat) for the construction of Amazonas 5 by Canada's MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd (MDA). >>>

Construction of Reshetnev Integration and Test Facility enters next stage
24 Mar 2015 - Pre-construction activities have begun recently at Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems, paving the way for the phase II of the Integration and Test Facility. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

Inmarsat completes successful transition of key services to Alphasat
26 Mar 2015 - Inmarsat announced the successful transition of key voice and broadband data services for the EMEA region from Inmarsat-4 F2 (I-4 F2) to Alphasat, Europe's largest and most sophisticated telecommunications satellite. >>>


 AWARDS Up 

Gandhi Peace Prize for ISRO
27 Mar 2015 - The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been selected for the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2014 for its contribution to the country's development through space technology and satellite-based services. The award, comprising INR10 million (US$160,000) and a citation, was decided after the jury for the prize met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. >>>


 NAMES Up 

Only logical
26 Mar 2015 - By popular demand, ULA has added two names to its poll for the company's next-generation rocket: Zeus and Vulcan. >>>

Andrey Kalinovsky to head Khrunichev Space Center
25 Mar 2015 - On 24 March 2015, Roskosmos held a competition to fill the vacancy of General Director (CEO) at Khrunichev Space Center (KhSC), resulting in the selection of Andrey Kalinovsky who had been KhSC Acting General Director since August 2014. >>>

 

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