Summary: 05 Oct 2015 - 09 Oct 2015


New LISA Pathfinder shipped to Kourou
09 Oct 2015 - LISA Pathfinder, the European Space Agency's gravitational-wave detection technology demonstrator, has left Stevenage ready for launch. It was shipped from the UK to Kourou in French Guiana on board an Antonov aircraft and arrived on 8 October, in preparation for its launch scheduled in early December. >>>

New Last of the dozen GPS IIF satellites arrive at CCAFS for processing
09 Oct 2015 - The last Air Force GPS IIF in a block of 12 satellites was delivered to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, from Boeing's manufacturing facility in El Segundo, California on 8 October. >>>

New Aerojet Rocketdyne subsystems for Orion spacecraft complete CDR
09 Oct 2015 - Aerojet Rocketdyne announced the critical design review (CDR) completion for the jettison motor and the crew module reaction control system (RCS) on the Orion spacecraft. These two major subsystems that Aerojet Rocketdyne is building for Lockheed Martin and NASA are critical for ensuring astronaut safety and mission success. >>>

Atlas V lofts classified payload and CubeSats
08 Oct 2015 - Rocket: Atlas V; Payload: NROL-55, 13 CubeSats; Date: 8 October 2015, 1249 UTC; Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA. It was ULA's 10th launch in 2015 and the 101st successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006. >>>

Launch of Proton-M with Turksat-4B slated for 16 October
08 Oct 2015 - According to a Roscosmos announcement, the launch of a Proton-M launch vehicle with a Turkish satellite Turksat-4B is scheduled for 16 October 2015. The launch will be performed from the Baikonur launch site. >>>

Passengers for next Ariane 5 mission have arrived in French Guiana
08 Oct 2015 - The Arabsat-6B and GSAT-15 telecommunications satellites are now in French Guiana - setting the stage for Arianespace's next heavy-lift mission, which is scheduled for an early November lift-off. >>>

Dream Chaser preparing for 2nd free-flight test and 1st orbital test
08 Oct 2015 - In anticipation of a second phase of flight testing, Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Space Systems has announced significant updates to two Dream Chaser spacecraft currently in development. The spacecraft are the atmospheric engineering test article (ETA) and the advanced composite orbital vehicle, which when tested will undergo a suborbital and orbital flight regimen, respectively. >>>

First Chinese commercial imaging satellites launched
07 Oct 2015 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 2C; Payload: Jilin-1, Lingqiao-A, Lingqiao-B, LQSat; Date: 7 October 2015, 0413 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre, China. The satellites were placed into a 640 km x 664 km x 98 degrees sun-synchronous orbit. >>>

Atlas V to launch NROL-55, CubeSats
07 Oct 2015 - A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 will launch the NROL-55 mission for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) on 8 October from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. >>>

Soyuz 2.1a too large for Vostochny integration complex?
05 Oct 2015 - There is some doubt over the completion of the construction of Russia's new Vostochny cosmodrome, however the details are sketchy. The problem seems to lie with the assembly building for Soyuz 2.1a rockets, the first of which recently arrived at the launch site. >>>

Sentinel 3A launch may be delayed owing to missing upper stage
05 Oct 2015 - The launch of the Sentinel 3A satellite aboard a Russian Rokot, originally planned for 10 December, may be postponed until late December, a source in the rocket and space industry was quoted as saying by TASS. >>>


New CubeSat to demonstrate miniature laser communications in orbit
09 Oct 2015 - NASA and The Aerospace Corporation of El Segundo, California, have received confirmation the Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration (OCSD) CubeSat spacecraft is in orbit and operational. OCSD launched aboard an Atlas V rocket on 8 October from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. >>>

JWST spacecraft structure completed
08 Oct 2015 - Manufacturing and assembly of the spacecraft structure that will take NASA's James Webb Space Telescope was successfully completed at Northrop Grumman Corporation's Redondo Beach facility. >>>

Chinese CubeSats monitor ships, planes
07 Oct 2015 - Chinese media provided some details regarding the recently launched three CubeSats, which are expected to help track civil aircraft and ships. >>>

Ball Aerospace completes integration milestone for GPIM
05 Oct 2015 - Ball Aerospace, prime contractor for NASA's Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM), has integrated the propulsion subsystem onto the BCP-100 spacecraft bus and begun system performance and environmental testing as the project heads toward a 2016 launch date. >>>

Agreement paves the way for MetOp Second Generation
05 Oct 2015 - ESA and EUMETSAT have signed a cooperation agreement that secures the continued development of the MetOp Second Generation satellites, which will start providing meteorological observations from polar orbit in mid-2021. >>>


SIA urges U.S. Congress to reauthorise Ex-Im Bank
06 Oct 2015 - Satellite Industry Association (SIA) President Tom Stroup has urged U.S. Congress to reauthorise the Export-Import Bank of the United States. >>>


COM DEV in talks over sale
07 Oct 2015 - COM DEV International Ltd. is in advanced talks to sell itself, according to people familiar with the matter. COM DEV acknowledged that, in connection with a review of its strategic alternatives, it has been involved in confidential discussions with third parties with respect to potential strategic transactions involving the company. >>>

Lockheed Martin upgrades Electronics Manufacturing Facility
07 Oct 2015 - Lockheed Martin said it cut the ribbon on a newly renovated Electronics Manufacturing Facility (EMF) at its Space Systems Company campus in Littleton, Colorado. The opening marked the completion of the facility's significant two-year revamp. >>>

O3b marks one year of commercial operations
06 Oct 2015 - O3b Networks announced that over its first year of commercial operation, the company's high throughput, low latency satellite network has become the fastest growing in satellite history. >>>


Eutelsat and Facebook to partner on satellite initiative
05 Oct 2015 - Eutelsat Communications and Facebook announced they are partnering on a new initiative that will leverage satellite technologies to get more Africans online. Under a multi-year agreement with Spacecom, the two companies will utilise the entire broadband payload on the future Amos-6 satellite and will build a dedicated system comprising satellite capacity, gateways and terminals. >>>


ILS announces VP of engineering and mission insurance
05 Oct 2015 - International Launch Services (ILS) has appointed Jim Kramer as Vice President of Engineering and Mission Assurance and Thomas Carroll as Vice President of Sales. >>>





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