Summary: 15 Dec 2014 - 19 Dec 2014


New Russia launches spy satellite for undisclosed customer
19 Dec 2014 - Rocket: Strela; Payload: Kondor-E2; Date: 19 December, 0443 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The radar imaging satellites was successfully deployed to its target orbit. >>>

New MUOS-3 encapsulated in launch vehicle fairing
19 Dec 2014 - The third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy was encapsulated into its payload fairing on 18 December. It is scheduled to launch 20 January aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. >>>

India successfully tests its latest and largest rocket
18 Dec 2014 - Rocket: GSLV Mk-III; Payload: Crew Module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment (CARE); Date: 18 December 2014, 0400 UTC; Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India. The mission, the first experimental flight of India's next generation launch vehicle, was successful. >>>

O3b satellites 9 - 12 in orbit
18 Dec 2014 - Rocket: Soyuz ST-B; Payload: four O3b satellites; Date: 18 December 2014, 1837 UTC; Launch site: Sinnamary, French Guiana. The third batch of four spacecraft in the O3b medium Earth orbit (MEO) constellation, operated by O3b Networks, was successfully launched. >>>

Falcon 9 to lift TESS
18 Dec 2014 - NASA has selected SpaceX to provide launch services for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission. TESS will launch aboard a Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle, with lift-off targeted for August 2017 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. >>>

Delay of the day I: Falcon 9/Dragon CRS-5 (again)
18 Dec 2014 - NASA and SpaceX announced the launch of SpaceX's fifth commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station now will occur no earlier than Tuesday, 6 January. >>>

Delay of the day II: Strela/Kondor-E2
18 Dec 2014 - The launch of Russia's Strela rocket with a Kondor-E radar imaging satellite from the Baikonur cosmodrome has been postponed until 19 December. >>>

Inmarsat-5 F2 satellite arrives at launch site
18 Dec 2014 - The second Global Xpress (GX) satellite - Inmarsat-5 F2 - has arrived at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, in anticipation of its launch early in 2015. >>>

Airbus DS tests new storable fuel upper-stage propulsion
18 Dec 2014 - Airbus DS Space Systems engineers have developed an upper-stage engine demonstrator for the European Space Agency (ESA). Results of the recently completed test campaign are promising; the engine meets all requirements to replace other models currently in service, such as on the Vega rocket. >>>

Orbital orders Russian RD-181 engines
17 Dec 2014 - Russia's Energomash scientific and production company has concluded a contract to deliver RD-181 rocket engines to Orbital Sciences. The engines will be used for the first stage of Antares rockets beginning 2015. >>>

Next Falcon 9 will attempt to land on ocean platform
17 Dec 2014 - During its next flight, SpaceX will attempt the precision landing of a Falcon 9 first stage for the first time, on a custom-built ocean platform known as the autonomous spaceport drone ship. While SpaceX has already demonstrated two successful soft water landings, executing a precision landing on an unanchored ocean platform is significantly more challenging. >>>

O3b satellites integrated with Soyuz rocket
16 Dec 2014 - Arianespace's next medium-lift Soyuz to be launched from French Guiana is now complete following the integration of its "upper composite," which consists of four O3b Networks connectivity satellites, their protective payload fairing and the Fregat upper stage. >>>

Athena IIS selected for Kodiak launch complex upgrades
16 Dec 2014 - Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) has selected Lockheed Martin's Athena rocket as its launch vehicle of choice for small and medium lift missions from the Kodiak Launch Complex (KLC). >>>

U.S. launch new spy satellite
15 Dec 2014 - Rocket: Atlas V 541; Payload: NROL-35 (USA 259); Date: 13 December 2014, 0319 UTC; Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA. According to amateur observations, the payload was deployed into a 2,101 km x 37,748 km. Its final (highly elliptical) orbit after some manoeuvring is expected to be a standard Molniya 2:1 resonant ground track, where the orbital period is roughly 12 hours. >>>

ILS Proton successfully launches Yamal-401
15 Dec 2014 - Rocket: Proton M/Briz M; Payload: Yamal-401; Date. 15 December 2014, oo16 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The successful launch was the 400th mission for the Proton launch vehicle since its first flight in 1965. >>>

Green light given for GSLV Mk III test after launch rehearsal
15 Dec 2014 - The first experimental suborbital flight of India's latest generation Launch Vehicle - GSLV Mk-III, carrying the Crew Module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment (CARE), is scheduled on 18 December 2014 from SDSC SHAR. >>>

Kondor-E 2 launch set for 18 December
15 Dec 2014 - A Russian Strela rocket with the Kondor-E 2 Earth observation satellite on board is due to be launched from the Baikonur space in Kazakhstan on 18 December at 0455 UTC. >>>


New Millennium Space Systems qualifies AQUILA M8 satellite structure
19 Dec 2014 - Millennium Space Systems announced the completion of structural qualification of its AQUILA M8 satellite structure. AQUILA M8--under development for a confidential customer--joins Millennium's AQUILA platform product line, supporting missions of up to 3000 kg total mass in low, medium and geostationary Earth orbits (LEO, MEO and GEO). >>>

New Airbus DS breaks world in-orbit longevity record
19 Dec 2014 - Inmarsat-2 F2, the second Eurostar satellite designed and built by Airbus Defence and Space, was retired from operational service and safely decommissioned this week after completing a record breaking flawless commercial mission in geostationary orbit of 23.5 years. >>>

New NASA's Kepler makes first exoplanet find of new mission
19 Dec 2014 - NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using its new mission -- K2. The discovery was made when astronomers and engineers devised an ingenious way to repurpose Kepler for the K2 mission and continue its search of the cosmos for other worlds. >>>

New NASA Glenn Research Center completes stirling generator
19 Dec 2014 - Researchers at NASA's Glenn Research Center recently assembled an engineering model Stirling power system using valuable assets that became available after the Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG) flight project was cancelled in late 2013. >>>

8th Boeing GPS IIF becomes active
18 Dec 2014 - The eighth Boeing Global Positioning System IIF satellite has completed on-orbit checkout and joined the active 31-satellite constellation. >>>

DigitalGlobe extends useful lives of two satellites
18 Dec 2014 - DigitalGlobe, Inc. reported that, as a result of its annual satellite life review, it will extend the useful lives of two of its satellites: WorldView-1 and WorldView-2. The company has also assigned an initial useful life to its newest satellite, WorldView-3 that is slightly longer than the original use lives assigned to WorldView-1 and WorldView-2. >>>

SNC transfers operation of six orbital satellites to Orbcomm
18 Dec 2014 - The first six satellites of the Orbcomm Generation Two (OG2) constellation, designed and built by Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Space Systems, have completed all on-orbit checkout procedures, culminating in the transfer of operations from SNC to Orbcomm in mid-September. >>>

First JPSS-1 satellite instrument integrated with spacecraft
17 Dec 2014 - The Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) instrument that will fly on the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 spacecraft (JPSS-1), NOAA's next polar orbiting environmental satellite, has been successfully integrated with the spacecraft. >>>

GPS III and OCX command and control capabilities demonstrated
17 Dec 2014 - Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin successfully completed the fourth of five planned launch and early orbit exercises to demonstrate new automation capabilities, information assurance and launch readiness of the U.S. Air Force's next generation GPS III satellite and Operational Control System (OCX). >>>

Venus Express mission comes to an end
16 Dec 2014 - ESA's Venus Express has ended its eight-year mission after far exceeding its planned life. The spacecraft exhausted its propellant during a series of thruster burns to raise its orbit following the low-altitude aerobraking earlier this year. >>>


New Inmarsat transmits record-setting 10 Mbps in L-band
19 Dec 2014 - Inmarsat confirmed the U.S. Government Business Unit's successful testing of its on-demand lease service using the prototype L-band Advanced Communications Element (LACE) terminal. >>>

Poland's nc+ extends long-term Eutelsat relationship
15 Dec 2014 - Eutelsat Communications and Polish pay-TV provider nc+ announced the signature of a major contract for the renewal of nine transponders at Eutelsat's Hotbird video neighbourhood. >>>


Salvaged Galileo performs its first navigation fix
17 Dec 2014 - Galileo's fifth satellite - recently salvaged from the wrong orbit to begin navigation testing - has been combined with three predecessors to provide its very first position fix. >>>





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