Summary: 24 Nov 2015 - 30 Nov 2015


NOAA 16 may have shed debris
26 Nov 2015 - The defunct NOAA 16 weather satellite has possibly suffered an in-orbit breakup, the Joint Space Operations Center of the U.S. Air Force warned satellite operators. >>>


New Russia, Kazakhstan deciding on rockets for Baiterek Space Complex
30 Nov 2015 - Russia and Kazakhstan will decide which type of rocket to use for the Baiterek [aka Baitarek] Space Complex under construction within the next two months, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin was quoted as saying. >>>

New Aerojet Rocketdyne completes 100th AJ60 SRB in support of Atlas V
30 Nov 2015 - Aerojet Rocketdyne announced it has completed its 100th deliverable Solid Rocket Booster (SRB), AJ60, for United Launch Alliance (ULA) in support of the Atlas V launch vehicle programme. >>>

Yaogan satellite launch successful
27 Nov 2015 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 4C; Payload: Yaogan 29 (YG 29); Date: 26 November 2015, 2124 UTC. The remote sensing satellite was placed into a 615 km x 619 km x 97.8 degrees sun-synchronous orbit. >>>

Elektro-L 2 launch date set
27 Nov 2015 - Roskosmos has set the launch date of what appears to be the last Russian-Ukrainian launch vehicle in the Zenit family of launch systems. >>>

LISA Pathfinder launch set for 2 December
25 Nov 2015 - For the 11th launch of 2015 from the Guiana Space Center, the Vega light launcher on its overall sixth mission, this time on behalf of ESA, will orbit the LISA Pathfinder technology demonstrator, into an elliptical low Earth orbit for a mission to the L1 Lagrange point. Lift-off is scheduled for Wednesday, 2 December 2015, at exactly 0415 UTC. >>>

Upgraded H-IIA succeeds on first commercial mission
24 Nov 2015 - Rocket: H-IIA (Upgrade); Payload: Telstar 12 VANTAGE (Telstar 12V); Date: 24 November 2015, 0650 UTC; Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan. The launch vehicle flew as planned and, at about 4 hours and 27 minutes after lift-off, the separation of the Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite was confirmed. >>>

Atlas V to launch Cygnus vessel on 3 December
24 Nov 2015 - NASA commercial partner Orbital ATK is targeting Thursday, 3 December for the launch of its fourth contracted mission to the International Space Station under the agency's Commercial Resupply Services contract. >>>

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne restart RS-25 production for SLS
24 Nov 2015 - Aerojet Rocketdyne was awarded a contract by NASA to restart production of the RS-25 engine for the Space Launch System. >>>

NASA Announces Partnership With Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne
24 Nov 2015 - NASA has selected Virgin Galactic as a partner in its Collaborative Opportunities programme. >>>

Aerojet Rocketdyne signs contract to support CST-100
24 Nov 2015 - Aerojet Rocketdyne has signed a contract with Boeing valued at nearly US$200 million. Under its Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) subcontract to Boeing, Aerojet Rocketdyne is completing the design, development, qualification, certification and initial production of the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 "Starliner" service module propulsion system. >>>


New Energia developing wireless electric power transmission system
30 Nov 2015 - RSC Energia specialists have proceeded to a ground development testing of electric power transmission from one object to another using infrared laser radiation. >>>

New European payload selected for Exomars 2018 surface platform
30 Nov 2015 - Two European instruments and four European contributions on two Russian instruments have been selected for the Russian-led science platform that will land on Mars as part of the ESA-Roskosmos ExoMars 2018 mission. >>>

Arsat-3 payload will be built by Thales Alenia Space
26 Nov 2015 - Thales Alenia Space announced that it has signed a contract with ARSAT Empresa Argentina de Soluciones Satelitales SA, to supply the payload for the third geostationary telecom satellite manufactured in Argentina, ARSAT-3, as well as options for two additional payloads. >>>

SSL to build new high throughput satellite for Telesat
25 Nov 2015 - Space Systems Loral (SSL) has been selected to build a powerful, high throughput communications satellite for Telesat. The new spacecraft, called Telstar 19 VANTAGE, will have two high throughput payloads, one in Ku-band and the other in Ka-band, to serve markets in Latin America, the North Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean and Northern Canada. >>>

NASA's Webb Space Telescope receives first mirror installation
25 Nov 2015 - NASA has successfully installed the first of 18 flight mirrors onto the James Webb Space Telescope, beginning a critical piece of the observatory's construction. >>>


WRC-15 results from the satellite industry's perspective
27 Nov 2015 - The Satellite Spectrum Initiative, which was formed by stakeholders in the satellite industry, has summed up some key decisions made during World Radiocommunication Conference 2015. >>>


SkyVision launches two broadcast platforms over ABS-3A
26 Nov 2015 - SkyVision Global Networks Ltd. announced a partnership with ABS to launch two new video platforms on ABS-3A. This will provide quality DVB-S and DVB-S2 content, including HD, via satellite across Sub-Saharan Africa, including French speaking Africa and South Africa. >>>





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