Summary: 25 Feb 2015 - 03 Mar 2015


New Update: U.S. military weather satellite explodes after catastrophic event
03 Mar 2015 - The disintegration of the ageing U.S. military weather satellite DMSP-F13 may have been caused by an exploded battery. It was not the first incident of its kind. >>>

U.S. military weather satellite explodes after catastrophic event
02 Mar 2015 - The U.S. Air Force confirmed that the 20-year-old Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 13 (DMSP-F13) suffered a "catastrophic event" on 3 February 2015. >>>


Falcon 9 launches first pair of all-electric satellites
02 Mar 2015 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: ABS 3A, Euetlsat 115 West B; Date: 2 March 2015, 0350 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. Thirty minutes into flight, the ABS 3A satellite deployed into a supersynchronous transfer orbit followed by Eutelsat 115 West B approximately five minutes later. >>>

Russia launches digital cartography satellite
27 Feb 2015 - Rocket: Soyuz 2-1A; Payload: Bars-M No.1L [Kosmos 2503(?)]; Date: 27 February 2015, 1101 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The governmental spacecraft was accurately placed on the target orbit. This was the second Soyuz family mission in 2015. >>>

TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSAT arrives in Cape Canaveral
26 Feb 2015 - The TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSAT telecommunications satellite was shipped from Thales Alenia Space's Cannes plant on 23 February 2015, arriving at the Cape Canaveral launch site in Florida on 26 February. Built by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor, on behalf of the Turkmenistan Ministry of Communications, the satellite will be orbited in March 2015 by a SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher. >>>

NASA's MMS spacecraft prepare for 13 March (UTC) launch
26 Feb 2015 - Final preparations are underway for the launch of NASA's quartet of Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft, which constitute the first space mission dedicated to the study of magnetic reconnection. This fundamental process occurs throughout the universe where magnetic fields connect and disconnect with an explosive release of energy. >>>

SES announces two launch agreements with SpaceX
25 Feb 2015 - SES announced an agreement with SpaceX to launch two new satellites in 2017 - SES-14 and SES-16/ GovSat - using the Falcon 9 rocket. >>>

Khrunichev and Gazprom Space Systems to expand strategic co-operation
25 Feb 2015 - Khrunichev Space Center (Khrunichev) and OAO Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) have signed a number of documents envisaging expanded strategic co-operation between the two companies, starting with the launch of Yamal 601. >>>

Aerojet Rocketdyne to research next-gen green propellants
25 Feb 2015 - Aerojet Rocketdyne was awarded a contract to research and develop environmentally sustainable monopropellants and gas generators for rocket and missile propulsion and Divert Attitude Control Systems. >>>


New Millennium Space Systems ships 4 of 52 flight reaction wheels to SSL
03 Mar 2015 - Millennium Space Systems announced that it has shipped out their first set of RWA-1000 reaction wheels to commercial customer SSL in Palo Alto, CA. >>>

AEHF 4 propulsion core and payload module integrated
02 Mar 2015 - Lockheed Martin has successfully integrated the propulsion core and payload module for the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite nearly five months ahead of schedule. >>>

Dawn nears arrival at dwarf planet Ceres
02 Mar 2015 - NASA's Dawn spacecraft is approaching orbit insertion at the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn will be the first mission to successfully visit a dwarf planet when it enters orbit around Ceres on Friday, 6 March. >>>

ISA Pathfinder propulsion and science modules to begin final testing
27 Feb 2015 - LISA Pathfinder's propulsion and science modules are leaving the UK for the last time. Airbus Defence and Space will ship the two modules to IABG (Industrie Anlagen Betriebs Gesellschaft), near Munich in Germany, for final system level testing. The spacecraft is scheduled to be launched later this year by a European Vega rocket from Kourou, French Guiana. >>>

Eutelsat 115 West B pre-launch details
26 Feb 2015 - Eutelsat 115 West B, the first all-electric satellite for Eutelsat Communications is scheduled for launch by SpaceX using the Falcon 9 rocket on 1 March between 03.49 and 04.34 UTC. Built by Boeing Defense and Space, Eutelsat's latest satellite arrived in Cape Canaveral on 25 January. >>>

MDA to provide communication payload equipment for Turkish satellite
26 Feb 2015 - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. announced that it has signed a contract valued in excess of C$29 million with Aselsan Electronic Industries Inc. (Aselsan), to provide Ku-Band payload equipment for a communications satellite subsystem. >>>

AstroMesh reflector successfully deploys for NASA's SMAP
26 Feb 2015 - The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory successfully deployed the mesh reflector and boom aboard the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) spacecraft, a key milestone on its mission to provide global measurements of soil moisture. >>>


New Globalstar, Inc. results 2014
03 Mar 2015 - Globalstar, Inc. announced its financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and year ending 31 December 2014. >>>

DigitalGlobe, Inc. results 2014
27 Feb 2015 - DigitalGlobe, Inc. reported financial results for the full year and quarter ending 31 December 2014. >>>

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. results 2014
26 Feb 2015 - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ending 31 December 2014. >>>

Telesat Holdings Inc. results 2014
26 Feb 2015 - Telesat Holdings Inc. announced its financial results for the three month and one year periods ending 31 December 2014. >>>

Iridium Communications Inc. results 2014
26 Feb 2015 - Iridium Communications Inc. reported financial results for the fourth quarter of 2014. >>>

DigitalGlobe announces availability of 30 cm satellite imagery
25 Feb 2015 - DigitalGlobe, Inc. announced the full availability of 30 cm satellite imagery products for all customers. Imagery of this resolution was previously only available from aerial platforms. >>>


New TS Global Network inks deal with Hughes for JUPITER system
03 Mar 2015 - Malaysian satellite communications services company, TS Global Network Sdn Bhd (TSGN) and Hughes Network Systems, LLC announced that Hughes is providing its JUPITER System for a major technology upgrade of TSGN's existing C-band satellite network. >>>

EDRS confirms services for Copernicus in co-operation with EC
25 Feb 2015 - Following the recent decision confirming the ESA/Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) partnership on the European Data Relay System (EDRS), agreement has been reached with the European Commission (EC) for the provision of EDRS services to the European Union Copernicus programme. >>>

Harris completes IT infrastructure for GOES-R ground segment
25 Feb 2015 - Harris Corporation has completed the computer hardware delivery, installation and integration supporting the operational systems of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R) Series Program ground segment at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facilities in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. >>>





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