Summary: 23 Sep 2016 - 29 Sep 2016


Breach in cryogenic helium system may have caused Falcon 9 fireball
23 Sep 2016 - A large breach in the cryogenic helium system of the second stage liquid oxygen tank is suspected to have caused the loss of a Falcon 9 rocket with the Amos 6 satellite on board. >>>


Sky Muster II, GSAT-18 integrated for upcoming Ariane 5 launch
28 Sep 2016 - The Ariane 5 for Arianespace's eighth mission of 2016 is now fully assembled following this week's integration of its two satellite passengers at the Spaceport in French Guiana. >>>

ULA, USAF sign Agreement to certify new Vulcan Centaur rocket
28 Sep 2016 - United Launch Alliance (ULA) and the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to begin the certification process for the company's new Vulcan Centaur launch vehicle. >>>

SNC announces first UN space mission
27 Sep 2016 - Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and have announced details of the first-ever United Nations space mission. >>>

NanoRacks announces 6U and 12U CubeSats for ISS deployment
27 Sep 2016 - NanoRacks announced that starting early 2017, customers will be able to utilise the International Space Station a new CubeSat deployer that accommodates additional industry standards. >>>

PSLV completes first multi-orbit mission
26 Sep 2016 - Rocket: PSLV-C35; Payload: SCATSAT-1, seven secondary payloads; Date: 26 September 2016, 0344 UTC; Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, India. This PSLV mission was the longest of the PSLV missions conducted till date and was successfully completed in 2 hours 15 minutes and 33 seconds after lift-off. >>>

Delay of the day: SBIRS-GEO 3 loses launch slot, slips to 2017
26 Sep 2016 - The Air Force and Lockheed Martin teams successfully completed planned pre-fuelling testing and inspections of the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO) Flight-3 Satellite currently located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. >>>

Firefly Space Systems completes combustor full mission duty cycle test
26 Sep 2016 - Firefly Space Systems, a developer of dedicated launch vehicles for the small satellite market, announced that it has successfully completed over 50 hot fire tests of its combustor, including multiple full mission duty cycle ("MDC") tests. >>>

Atlas V to launch WorldView-4 early October
23 Sep 2016 - The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V carrying the WorldView-4 satellite for DigitalGlobe will occur no earlier than early October. >>>


New Contract for GPS III satellites 9 and 10
29 Sep 2016 - The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin US$395 million in contract options for the production of the ninth and tenth Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellite. >>>

New First payload agreement signed for new Bartolomeo platform on ISS
29 Sep 2016 - Airbus Defence and Space and Neumann Space, an Australian Space technology company, have signed the very first agreement for a hosted payload aboard the new Bartolomeo platform of the International Space Station (ISS). >>>

4th ABI complete and ready for weather satellite integration
28 Sep 2016 - Harris Corporation's fourth Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) has completed a pre-ship review with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA. >>>

e2v wins contract to supply image sensors for weather satellites
28 Sep 2016 - e2v has been awarded a contract by Leonardo-Finmeccanica for the supply of customised Charge Coupled Device (CCD) image sensors for their Multi-viewing, Multi-channel, Multi-polarisation Imager (3MI), an instrument for a series of weather and climate monitoring satellites. >>>

Meteosat-8 ready to boost observations over the Indian Ocean
23 Sep 2016 - The potential to better observe the weather and climate over the Indian Ocean has received a major boost with the arrival this week of EUMETSAT's Meteosat-8 satellite in its new position of 41.5° East. >>>


S7 Group to acquire Sea Launch
27 Sep 2016 - Russian private aviation holding company S7 Group announced that it has signed an agreement with Sea Launch Group to acquire the assets of the Sea Launch complex. >>>


Inmarsat strengthens strategic partnership with Türksat
27 Sep 2016 - Inmarsat has formally unveiled its strategic partnership with Turkish state-owned regional satellite operator Türksat. >>>





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