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Summary: 13 Apr 2015 - 17 Apr 2015


 FAILURES Up 

Different explanations for Antares explosion
15 Apr 2015 - Orbital ATK and GenCorp differ slightly over what caused the crash of Orbital's Antares rocket on 28 October. Both agree that there had been excessive wear in the bearings of the engine provided by GenCorp. But what caused it? >>>


 LAUNCHES Up 

New SNC, DLR announce new Dream Chaser programme cooperation
17 Apr 2015 - Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC's) Space Systems and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) announce the signing of a new Dream Chaser programme co-operation. >>>

Arianespace Flight VA222: New launch date set
16 Apr 2015 - Arianespace has established the new targeted launch date for Flight VA222, using an Ariane 5 ECA to orbit the Thor 7 and SICRAL 2 satellites. >>>

Next Dragon vessel on its way to the ISS
14 Apr 2015 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: Dragon/CRS6; Date: 14 April 2015, 2010 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The Dragon supply vessel is on its way to the International Space Station; however an attempt to soft-land the rocket's first stage failed. >>>

Delay of the day: Ariane 5
14 Apr 2015 - During the preparations for the roll-out of the launcher for flight VA222, an anomaly occurred on a fluid connector between the cryogenic upper stage and the launch table. >>>

Rocket Lab reveals battery-powered rocket for commercial launches
14 Apr 2015 - Rocket Lab has unveiled the Rutherford engine, revealing that the Electron launch system - a small orbital launch vehicle - is the world's first battery-powered rocket. >>>

ULA unveils Next Generation Launch System: it's Vulcan
13 Apr 2015 - United Launch Alliance (ULA) unveiled its Next Generation Launch System (NGLS) today at the 31st Space Symposium. The new rocket, Vulcan, will transform the future of space by making launch services more affordable and accessible, according to the company. >>>

Delay of the day I: Falcon 9/Dragon (CRS-6)
13 Apr 2015 - The launch of the sixth Commercial Resupply Services mission to the ISS was cancelled today owing to bad weather. >>>

Delay of the day II: X-37B/AFSPC-5
13 Apr 2015 - The launch of an X-37B spaceplane aboard an Atlas 5 will slip at least two weeks, United Launch Alliance said. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New Orbital ATK delivers DirecTV's SKYM-1 to launch site
17 Apr 2015 - Orbital ATK, Inc. announced it delivered the SKY MEXICO-1 (SKYM-1, formerly also knopwn as DTH) satellite to the launch site in Kourou, French Guiana for its DirecTV customer. >>>

New TAS reaches major milestone in KTSAT satellite programmes
17 Apr 2015 - Thales Alenia Space announced the successful completion of the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) of the Koreasat-7 and Koreasat-5A satellites. >>>

New COM DEV wins contract for Asian commercial communications satellite
17 Apr 2015 - COM DEV International Ltd. announced that it has signed a contract to provide payload equipment for a commercial satellite that will offer a range of communications services to a portion of the Asian market. >>>

NASA, USGS begin work on Landsat 9 to continue land imaging legacy
16 Apr 2015 - NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have started work on Landsat 9, planned to launch in 2023, which will extend the Earth-observing programme's record of land images to half a century. >>>

MESSENGER to crash on Mercury at the end of April
16 Apr 2015 - NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) will impact the planet's surface, most likely on 30 April after it runs out of propellant. >>>

Astro Aerospace delivers JWST deployable tower assembly
15 Apr 2015 - Northrop Grumman Corporation reached another major milestone for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope this week, with the delivery of the Deployable Tower Assembly (DTA). >>>

Inmarsat-5 F2 successfully deployed into geostationary orbit
14 Apr 2015 - Inmarsat-5 F2 (I-5 F2), the second Global Xpress (GX) satellite, has successfully completed its orbital deployment stages on schedule. >>>

Lockheed Martin shifts to apps-based ground station frameworks
14 Apr 2015 - Lockheed Martin said it will integrate customised applications or apps into its ground station solutions to offer more efficiency between operators and missions. >>>

Thor 7/SICRAL 2 pre-launch details
13 Apr 2015 - The "green light" has been given for this week's heavy-lift Ariane 5 mission from the Spaceport in French Guiana, which is to orbit a dual-passenger payload consisting of two telecommunications satellites: Thor 7 and Sicral 2. >>>

IRNSS-1D post launch update
13 Apr 2015 - Station acquisition manoeuvres for India's recently launched IRNSS 1D navigation satellite were successfully carried out. >>>

SES to host NASA payload on SES-14
13 Apr 2015 - SES Government Solutions (SES GS) announced that it has been awarded a five-year contract by the University of Colorado to host a NASA funded payload on board SES-14. >>>

Correction manoeuvre puts MESSENGER back on track
13 Apr 2015 - On 8 April, MESSENGER mission operators at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) successfully conducted a contingency orbit-correction manoeuvre (OCM-15a), to supplement a burn on 6 April (OCM-15) that concluded early when the last drops of hydrazine fuel were expended. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

New NewSat goes bankrupt
17 Apr 2015 - Australian satellite firm NewSat was placed in administration just weeks after COFACE withdrew support for the launch of the company's Jabiru-1 satellite. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

Exelis delivers encryptors for GPS OCX
15 Apr 2015 - Exelis delivered six enhanced ground encryptors, which will improve information security for the Global Positioning System's Next-Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX), to Raytheon Company . GPS OCX is part of the U.S. Air Force's GPS modernisation programme. >>>

SES to provide satellite capacity for USCENTCOM
15 Apr 2015 - SES Government Solutions (SES GS) announced it has been awarded a 1-year task order with four 1-year option periods to provide 288 MHz of Ku-band satellite capacity to support forces deployed to the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of operation. >>>


 ANNIVERSARIES Up 

New SESAT marks 15 years in orbit
17 Apr 2015 - On 18 April 2015, ISS-Reshetnev Company celebrates 15 years since the launch of the geostationary telecommunications satellite Sesat, developed and built for Eutelsat. >>>

 

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