Summary: 01 Jul 2015 - 07 Jul 2015


New Orbital ATK signs agreement for Orion launch abort motor
07 Jul 2015 - Orbital ATK, Inc. has signed a US$98 million agreement with Lockheed Martin to provide the launch abort motor for the Orion human spaceflight capsule's Launch Abort System (LAS). The Orion spacecraft will launch aboard NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). >>>

Delay of the day: Ariane 5/Star One C4, MSG-4
06 Jul 2015 - Due to additional checks as part of the preparation of mission VA224 with Star One C4 and MSG-4, the launch initially scheduled for 8 July 2015 was postponed for a few days. >>>

Progress M-28M logistics spacecraft docked with the ISS
06 Jul 2015 - On 5 July 2015, at 0711 UTC, the logistics spacecraft Progress M-28M docked in the automatic mode with the Docking Compartment (DC) Pirs of the International Space Station (ISS) Russian Segment. >>>

Soyuz-U launches Progress cargo vessel
03 Jul 2015 - Rocket: Soyuz-U; Payload: Progress M-28M (Progress 60P); Date: 3 July 2015, 0455 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The spacecraft separated from the third stage of the launch vehicle normally. Less than 10 minutes after launch, the resupply ship reached preliminary orbit and deployed its solar arrays and navigational antennas as planned. >>>


New Lockheed to open RF Payload Center of Excellence
07 Jul 2015 - A new development centre will advance satellite sensing and communication technologies, broadly known as Radio Frequency (RF) payloads, at the Lockheed Martin facility in Denver, the company said. >>>

New Horizons to return to normal science operations after hiccup
06 Jul 2015 - NASA's New Horizons mission is returning to normal science operations after an anomaly and remains on track for its flyby of Pluto on 14 July. >>>

PT Telkom awards Kratos contract for master control station
06 Jul 2015 - Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced that PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk. (Telkom), the largest telecommunications services company in Indonesia, has selected Kratos' satID geolocation system as part of a contract with Kratos ISI to upgrade Telkom's Master Control Station (MCS). >>>

PSLV-C28 / DMC3 pre-launch details
03 Jul 2015 - The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), in its thirtieth flight (PSLV-C28), will launch three identical DMC3 optical Earth observation satellites built by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), United Kingdom (UK). >>>

New Horizons 'speeds up' on final approach to Pluto
03 Jul 2015 - NASA's New Horizons spacecraft recently performed a 23-second thruster burst - the third and final planned targeting manoeuvre of New Horizons' approach phase to Pluto. It was also the smallest of the nine course corrections since New Horizons launched in January 2006. >>>

Aerojet Rocketdyne's modified XR-5 hall thruster tested in space
02 Jul 2015 - Aerojet Rocketdyne's improved XR-5 Hall Thruster (designated XR-5A) has successfully completed initial on-orbit validation testing on the unmanned X-37 space plane, which is presently on its fourth mission in space. >>>

Ball Aerospace delivers GRACE Follow-On equipment
02 Jul 2015 - Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. said it has delivered key components to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for a laser ranging system designed to achieve greater accuracy in measuring changes in Earth's ocean, groundwater and glaciers. >>>

Ball Aerospace powers on NOAA's JPSS-1 weather satellite
01 Jul 2015 - Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has powered on the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) satellite for the first time. The JPSS-1 is the United States' next polar-orbiting, environmental satellite, scheduled to launch in 2017. >>>

Ralph is ready for historic Pluto flyby
01 Jul 2015 - The Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Ralph camera aboard the New Horizons mission will provide the closest images we have ever seen of Pluto when the spacecraft arrives at the dwarf planet on 14 July. >>>


New Russia's lower house passes law on Roskosmos Space Corporation
07 Jul 2015 - Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, last week approved in the third and final reading the law on the establishment of the Roskosmos Space Corporation. >>>


Spire closes US$40 million funding round
01 Jul 2015 - Spire, a satellite-powered data company, announced it closed a US$40 million Series B round of funding led by Promus Ventures with participation from new investors Bessemer Venture Partners and Jump Capital, as well as existing investors RRE Ventures and Lemnos Labs, among others. >>>


New Space Foundation: global space economy to climb to US$330 billion
07 Jul 2015 - The Space Foundation has released the findings of its publication "The Space Report 2015: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity." >>>


Japan's next-gen rocket to be named H3
03 Jul 2015 - JAXA has announced the official naming of the Next Generation Launch Vehicle currently under development. The name was decided in coordination with the prime contractor (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.) >>>

Johann-Dietrich Woerner is new ESA Director General
01 Jul 2015 - As of today, 1 July 2015, ESA has a new Director General: Johann-Dietrich (Jan) Woerner, who has taken up duty at ESA Headquarters in Paris, France. >>>





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