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Summary: 22 Aug 2014 - 27 Aug 2014


 FAILURES Up 

Galileo satellites under control
26 Aug 2014 - ESA said that work at the agency's ESOC control centre continues relentlessly on the two Galileo satellites which ended up in a wrong orbit after launch aboard a Soyuz/Fregat. >>>

Galileo launch failure: Arianespace names independent inquiry commission
25 Aug 2014 - Following the major anomaly that occurred on 22 August 2014 during the Soyuz ST mission carrying two satellites in the Galileo constellation, Arianespace announced, in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission, the appointment of an independent inquiry commission. Meanwhile, attention has reportedly focused on the Fregat upper stage's attitude control thrusters. >>>

SpaceX test rocket failure delays AsiaSat 6 launch
25 Aug 2014 - A SpaceX test rocket suffered an anomaly shortly after launch on a test flight in Texas last Friday, triggering its automatic termination system, the company said in a statement. The incident will also affect the upcoming launch of AsiaSat 6 aboard a Falcon 9. >>>

Update: First Galileo FOC satellites in _wrong_ orbit
23 Aug 2014 - The launch of the first two Galileo FOC satellites aboard a Soyuz has not been as successful as initially claimed in statements by Arianespace and ESA. In fact, the rocket's Fregat upper stage failed to place the two spacecraft in their target orbits. >>>


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Inaugural SLS flight delayed to 2018
27 Aug 2014 - NASA officials announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) and approved the programme's progression from formulation to development, something no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the agency built the space shuttle. However, the vehicle's first flight has been delayed. >>>

New NASA completes successful tests on composite cryotank
27 Aug 2014 - NASA has completed a complex series of tests on one of the largest composite cryogenic fuel tanks ever manufactured, bringing the aerospace industry much closer to designing, building, and flying lightweight, composite tanks on rockets. >>>

New Delay of the day: Falcon 9/AsiaSat 6 [Update]
27 Aug 2014 - SpaceX has decided to postpone the flight of AsiaSat 6 by at least a week, the company said in a statement. >>>

Delay of the day: Falcon 9/AsiaSat 6
26 Aug 2014 - SpaceX has indefinitely delayed the launch of AsiaSat 6 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, previously scheduled for 27 August, 0450 UTC. >>>

Eurocryospace's new manufacturing plant symbolically opens its gates
25 Aug 2014 - Airbus Defense and Space are building a new manufacturing plant in Bremen for the European Space Agency (ESA) with a total area of just over 4,000 m² to integrate and equip the upper stage tanks of the future European launchers. >>>

First Galileo FOC satellites in orbit
22 Aug 2014 - Rocket: Soyuz ST-B/Fregat; Payload: Galileo FOC FM1 (Doresa) and FM2 (Milena); Date: 22 August 2014, 1227 UTC; Launch site: Sinnamary, French Guiana. The two satellites launched on this mission weighing 714.3 and 715.3 kg, have been placed into a circular Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), at an altitude of 23,522 km. They will be inclined to the Earth's equator by about 55 degrees. >>>

Sea Launch in the doldrums
22 Aug 2014 - Sea Launch announced a series of cost-reduction measures designed to address an upcoming gap in the launch manifest of the Zenit-3SL system. According to plan, it is expected that Sea Launch will resume and start stepping-up its launch activity during mid-2015/mid-2016 time frame. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New Iridium NEXT System Control Segment, LEOP Center completed
27 Aug 2014 - Iridium Communications Inc. announced the successful upgrade of its System Control Segment (SCS) and completion of its Launch and Early Operations (LEOP) control centre for Iridium NEXT. >>>

New EIAST satellite manufacture facility to be completed in coming months
27 Aug 2014 - The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) has announced that works entailing the construction of its primary facility for the manufacture of satellites were on schedule and expected to be completed in the next few months. >>>

Lockheed Martin, Electro Optic Systems to establish space debris tracking site
26 Aug 2014 - Under a new strategic co-operation agreement, Lockheed Martin and Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd are developing a new space object tracking site in Western Australia that will paint a more detailed picture of space debris for both government and commercial customers. >>>

Mitsubishi Electric ready to deliver Himawari-8 to Tanegashima
22 Aug 2014 - Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that it has completed work on the Himawari-8 satellite, the next-generation geostationary meteorological satellite based on a contract awarded by the Japan Meteorological Agency. Himawari-8 will be delivered soon to Tanegashima Space Center, Japan, from where it is scheduled to be launched into orbit on 7 October. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

Lockheed Martin completes acquisition of Astrotech Space Operations
25 Aug 2014 - Lockheed Martin has completed the acquisition of the assets of the Astrotech Space Operations business of Astrotech Corporation. >>>


 ANNIVERSARIES Up 

New Russia's RSCC and Eutelsat mark 20 years of co-operation
27 Aug 2014 - It is 20 years since Russia's Minister of Communications, Vladimir Bulgak, signed the agreement marking the Russian Federation's membership of the Eutelsat organisation. >>>


 NAMES Up 

Globalstar announces the retirement of Tony Navarra
22 Aug 2014 - Globalstar, Inc., announced that Anthony J. ("Tony") Navarra, President Space Operations will be retiring after more than 20 years with Globalstar. >>>

 

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