Summary: 08 Feb 2016 - 12 Feb 2016


New Delay of the day: ASTRO-H
12 Feb 2016 - JAXA has decided to delay the flight of a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA 204 rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center owing to encroaching rough weather. A new launch date of the X-ray Astronomy Satellite (ASTRO-H) has not been announced. >>>

Orion crew module processing begins for first mission atop SLS
11 Feb 2016 - The Orion crew module pressure vessel has arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and is now secured in an upgraded version of a test stand called the "birdcage" inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout (O&C) Building high bay, where the spacecraft is being prepared for a mission past the moon during Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1). >>>

Delta IV lofts spy satellite
10 Feb 2016 - Rocket: Delta IV Medium+ (5,2); Payload: NROL-45 [USA 267; Topaz 4?]; Date: 10 February 2016, 140 UTC; Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA. The satellite was probably deployed into into an 1,100 km x 123 degrees retrograde orbit. >>>

H-IIA to launch X-ray Astronomy Satellite ASTRO-H
10 Feb 2016 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced the launch time and launch window for the X-ray Astronomy Satellite (ASTRO-H) by H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 30 (H-IIA F30). >>>

Arianespace to launch two ViaSat high capacity satellites
10 Feb 2016 - Arianespace and ViaSat Inc. have contracted for the launches of ViaSat-2 and a ViaSat-3 class satellite. >>>

Spaceflight awarded first GSA schedule contract
10 Feb 2016 - Spaceflight announced it is the first launch services provider to be awarded the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Professional Services Schedule. >>>

Tyvak to support Atlas V CubeSat Rideshare initiative
10 Feb 2016 - Tyvak Nanosatellite Systems has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with United Launch Alliance (ULA) to serve as the primary Auxiliary Payload Customer on CubeSat Rideshare Initiative efforts through 31 December 2019. >>>

Delta IV to launch radar imaging satellite
09 Feb 2016 - United Launch Alliance has completed the Delta IV launch readiness review for the upcoming NROL-45 mission. >>>

Update: North Korean satellite in orbit - but does it work?
08 Feb 2016 - North Korea's recently launched Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite may not have reached its target orbit, observers noted. >>>

SES-9 launch targeting late February
08 Feb 2016 - SES S.A. announced that it is targeting a 24 February 2016 launch date (with a backup date of the 25th) for its new satellite, SES-9. This date was mutually set by SES and the launch operator for SES-9, SpaceX. >>>

Eutelsat satellite for Arianespace's next mission comes to French Guiana
08 Feb 2016 - The telecommunications satellite for Arianespace's second Ariane 5 flight of 2016 has arrived in French Guiana with the delivery of Eutelsat 65 West A to the Spaceport. >>>


New Little hope for Philae
12 Feb 2016 - Silent since its last call to mothership Rosetta seven months ago, the Philae lander is facing conditions on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from which it is unlikely to recover. >>>

ViaSat unveils first global broadband communications platform
10 Feb 2016 - ViaSat Inc. has introduced the ViaSat-3 ultra-high capacity satellite platform, which is comprised of three ViaSat-3 class satellites with ground network infrastructure. >>>

SSL, Busek collaborate on electric propulsion
10 Feb 2016 - Space Systems Loral (SSL) announced that it is collaborating with Busek Co, Inc. to advance the current capability of solar electric propulsion systems. SSL and Busek plan to build on the current collaboration specifically to address the future needs of NASA and other U.S. government agencies. >>>

Thales Alenia Space signs ESA contract to build Sentinel-3C and D
09 Feb 2016 - Thales Alenia Space has signed a €450 million contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the construction of the Sentinel-3C and D environmental monitoring and oceanographic satellites for the European Copernicus programme. >>>

Kwangmyongsong-4 said to have achieved stable orbit
09 Feb 2016 - North Korea's recently launched Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite has reportedly been observed tumbling in orbit but meanwhile is said to have stabilised, news agencies reported citing two unnamed U.S. officials. >>>


ViaSat Inc., Eutelsat Communications in broadband JV
10 Feb 2016 - ViaSat Inc. and Eutelsat Communications announced an agreement to create a joint venture combining Eutelsat's current European broadband business with ViaSat's industry-broadband technologies and consumer Internet Service Provider (ISP) business expertise. >>>





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