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Summary: 20 Oct 2014 - 24 Oct 2014


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Delay of the day: Vega/IXV
24 Oct 2014 - Within the scope of its preparations for the VV04 mission, the European Space Agency (ESA), in conjunction with French space agency CNES, has decided to carry out additional flight trajectory analyses for the scheduled Vega launch of IXV. >>>

New First Angara 5 flight tentatively set for 25 December
24 Oct 2014 - The first launch of the heavy class rocket Angara-A5 is scheduled for 25 December, the deputy general designer of the Khrunichev Space Center, Yuri Bakhvalov was quoted as saying. >>>

Chinese re-entry test mission takes off
23 Oct 2014 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 3C/G2; Payload: Chang'e 5-T1, 4M; Dare: 23 October 2014, 1759 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The Chang'e 5-T1 test spacecraft is due to make a lunar flyby before returning to Earth in eight days' time. >>>

New launch date for Orbital resupply mission to space station
23 Oct 2014 - Orbital Sciences Corp. will launch its next mission to resupply the International Space Station on Monday, 27 October. >>>

Latest Proton launch only partially successful?
23 Oct 2014 - New reports suggest that the recent launch of Ekspress AM6 aboard a Proton M/Briz M was not as successful as officially announced, and that the achieved orbit was below specifications. However, the satellite is still expected to be able to reach its final orbit. >>>

Update: Proton lifts off with Ekspress-AM6 on board
22 Oct 2014 - The Ekspress-AM6 telecommunications satellite, designed and built by ISS-Reshetnev Company, was successfully launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on 21 October 2014. >>>

Proton lifts off with Ekspress-AM6 on board
21 Oct 2014 - Rocket: Proton M/Briz M; Payload: Ekspress-AM6; Date: 21 October 2014, 1509 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Payload separation from the upper stage was to occur approx. nine hours after lift-off [too late for this issue]. >>>

...and yet another Yaogan launch
20 Oct 2014 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 4C; Payload: Yaogan 22; Date: 20 October 2014, 0631 UTC; Launch site: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellite was put into a 1196 km x 1208 km x 100 degrees solar-synchronous orbit. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

NASA awards ATMS contract modification for JPSS-2
22 Oct 2014 - NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, of Azusa, California, for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) Instrument for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission. >>>

Intelsat General to study commercialisation of satellite control network
22 Oct 2014 - Intelsat General Corp. (IGC) said it is one of four companies awarded a contract by the United States Air Force (USAF) to study the viability of using commercial facilities and operations expertise for the tracking, telemetry and command (TT&C) of government satellites. >>>

Aerojet Rocketdyne to provide power, propulsion for 2020 Mars rover
20 Oct 2014 - Aerojet Rocketdyne recently received a contract from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to supply the thrusters that would help land the next rover on Mars after it is launched in 2020. >>>

Russia to launch 9 military communications satellites by 2020
20 Oct 2014 - The Russian military will launch nine new communications satellites by 2020, a senior military commander was quoted as saying. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

New New Airbus DS integration centre for space propulsion systems
24 Oct 2014 - Airbus Defence and Space has begun operations at its new integration centre for satellite propulsion components and sub-systems in Lampoldshausen. More than €2.5 million have been invested in the new building, increasing the available production area from approximately 2,500 to 3,100 square metres. The new centre enables the integration of larger components and systems. >>>

The Boeing Company (Defense, Space & Security) results Q3 2014
22 Oct 2014 - The Boeing Company reported financial results for the third-quarter 2014. >>>

Northrop Grumman Corporation (Aerospace Systems) results Q3 2014
22 Oct 2014 - Northrop Grumman Corporation reported third quarter 2014 financial results. >>>

Lockheed Martin Corporation (Space Systems) results Q3 2014
21 Oct 2014 - Lockheed Martin Corporation reported financial results for the third quarter 2014. >>>

 

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