Summary: 20 Nov 2015 - 25 Nov 2015


Update: Amos 5 silent, possibly lost
23 Nov 2015 - Spacecom said is currently employing all of its capabilities and those of its partners to re-establish communication with the Amos 5 satellite and at this point, does not have further information regarding the cause of this anomaly. >>>

Amos 5 silent, possibly lost
21 Nov 2015 - Contact has been lost with communications satellite Amos 5, starting at 0445 UTC on 21 November, its operator, Spacecom, said in a statement. The company did not rule out a total loss of the spacecraft. >>>


New 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. >>>

Improved H-IIA to perform first commercial mission
23 Nov 2015 - Telstar 12 VANTAGE, built by Airbus Defence and Space for Telesat, is scheduled for launch on 24 November between 0623 and 0807 UTC on an H-IIA launch vehicle from Japan. >>>

USAF awards NROL-52 and NROL-71 launch services contract
23 Nov 2015 - The U. S. Air Force awarded launch services contracts for the National Reconnaissance Office's NROL-52 and NROL-71 missions to United Launch Alliance on the existing Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Phase 1 Block Buy contract. >>>

China launches satellite for Laos
20 Nov 2015 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 3B/G2; Payload: LaoSat-1; Date: 20 November 2015, 1607 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. >>>

Sentinel-3A en route to Plesetsk
20 Nov 2015 - The latest satellite for the European Commission's Copernicus environmental programme has left France bound for the Plesetsk launch site in Russia and launch late next month. >>>

NASA orders crewed launch from SpaceX
20 Nov 2015 - NASA placed its first mission order from SpaceX to launch astronauts from U.S. soil. This is the second in a series of four guaranteed orders NASA will make under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts. Boeing received its first crew mission order in May. >>>


New 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. >>>

New 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. >>>

Phase Four secures DARPA funding for electric propulsion system
23 Nov 2015 - Phase Four LLC, a satellite propulsion company, has received a US$1 million contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), in support of the effort to deliver a fully-integrated flight unit of the CubeSat Ambipolar Thruster ("CAT"). The contract also includes options for long-duration orbital flight testing and design enhancements for microsatellite-class missions. >>>

MDA to continue development of camera systems for ISS
23 Nov 2015 - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. announced that it has signed a contract amendment for C$3.1 million with the Canadian Space Agency authorising the procurement of long lead items for the new camera systems for the Mobile Servicing System (MSS). >>>

Satellite sensors would deliver global fire coverage
20 Nov 2015 - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is developing a network of space-based sensors called FireSat in collaboration with Quadra Pi R2E. FireSat would be a constellation of more than 200 thermal infrared imaging sensors on satellites designed to quickly locate wildfires around the globe. Once operational, FireSat would represent the most complete monitoring coverage of wildfires ever from space. >>>





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