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Summary: 21 Jul 2014 - 25 Jul 2014


 FAILURES Up 

New Galileo test satellite fails
25 Jul 2014 - One of the four Galileo In-Orbit Validation (IOV) satellites has apparently permanently failed for reasons yet unknown. The problem is not expected to affect the launch of the Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites currently scheduled for next month. >>>

Russia loses control of Foton-M4 satellite
24 Jul 2014 - Russia's Progress space firm confirmed that the recently launched Foton-M4 satellite was not responding to commands from the ground to start its onboard engine and lift it to a higher orbit. >>>


 LAUNCHES Up 

New AFSPC-4 launch delayed again
25 Jul 2014 - The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV carrying the AFSPC-4 mission was scrubbed on 24 July due to a violation of multiple weather criteria. >>>

Progress M-24M has docked with the International Space Station
24 Jul 2014 - The Russian logistics spacecraft Progress M-24M has docked with the International Space Station (ISS). >>>

New supply vessel on its way to space station
23 Jul 2014 - Rocket: Soyuz U; Payload: Progress M-24M (ISS Progress 56); Date: 23 July 2014, 2144 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The unmanned supply vessel was separated into its target orbit nine minutes after launch. >>>

Delay of the day: Delta IV/AFSPC 4
23 Jul 2014 - The launch of a Delta IV from Cape Canaveral was scrubbed today after a device that provides environmentally-controlled commodities to the vehicle shut down. >>>

SNC anounces co-operative understanding with JAXA for Dream Chaser
23 Jul 2014 - Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced the expansion of its Dream Chaser Space System's global partnership to include Asia and the Pacific Rim through a recently signed memorandum of co-operative understanding with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). >>>

SpaceX soft lands Falcon 9 rocket first stage
23 Jul 2014 - SpaceX said its Falcon 9 rocket's first stage reentered Earth's atmosphere and soft landed in the Atlantic Ocean following the recent launch of six Orbcomm satellites. >>>

ATV 5: Launch scheduled for Tuesday, 29 July
22 Jul 2014 - With the completion of complimentary verifications and control measures associated with the Ariane 5 ES launcher, Arianespace has set the date for its Flight VA219 mission for Tuesday, 29 July. >>>

OmniEarth announces Spaceflight as rideshare launch services partner
22 Jul 2014 - OmniEarth LLC has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Spaceflight Inc. for rideshare launch services related to its planned constellation of up to 18 satellites. >>>

Recoverable science satellite launched from Baikonur
21 Jul 2014 - Rocket: Soyuz 2-1a; Payload: Foton M4; Date: 19 July 2014, 2050 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The spacecraft, which carries biological and other experiments, was accurately placed on the target orbit. This was the twelfth Soyuz family mission in 2014. >>>

Heavy-lift Angara 5 shipped to Plesetsk Cosmodrome
21 Jul 2014 - Preparations are in full swing for the launch of Angara 5 heavy-lift launch vehicle, marking the next testing phase of the new Angara Space Rocket Complex (SRC). >>>

Delay of the day: Arianespace Flight VA219/ATV 5
21 Jul 2014 - In order to proceed with complementary verifications on the Ariane 5 ES launch system, Arianespace has decided to delay the VA219 launch for a few days. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New China to build, launch another EO satellite for Venezuela
25 Jul 2014 - The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has signed an agreement with Venezuela for in-orbit delivery of a second remote sensing satellite for the country, the company said. >>>

New Eutelsat America Corp. eligible to provide Hosted Payload Services to U.S. Government
25 Jul 2014 - Eutelsat America Corp., the U.S. affiliate of Eutelsat Communications has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force to support the deployment of future U.S. Government payloads (hosted payloads) on its satellites. >>>

Lockheed Martin selected for USAF's satellite hosted payload initiative
24 Jul 2014 - Lockheed Martin has been competitively selected for the U.S. Air Force's Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) initiative, which is aimed at integrating some government payloads - electronics and sensors packages designed for specific missions - on commercial satellites. >>>

Arabsat selects GMV satellite monitoring and control products
24 Jul 2014 - GMV has been awarded a contract by Arabsat to provide a complete Satellite Control Center (SCC) for its existing and upcoming fleet of satellites. >>>

Russia plans new early warning satellite
24 Jul 2014 - After years of delay, Russia plans to deploy this year the first satellite of its new constellation replacing the space component of the early warning system, Russian media reported. It will also double as an emergency communication satellite. >>>

NASA seeks proposals for commercial Mars data relay satellites
23 Jul 2014 - NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet. >>>

SSL potential provider of hosted payloads to U.S. Government
23 Jul 2014 - Space Systems/Loral (SSL) announced that it was one of 14 companies qualified by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) to compete for work with U.S. Government agencies to host government payloads on commercial satellites. >>>

SES-GS awarded hosted payload solutions ID/IQ contract
23 Jul 2014 - SES Government Solutions (SES GS) said it is one of fourteen awardees granted a share of a contract worth in total a maximum of US$$495 million under the Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) Program. >>>

Thales Alenia Space to build Telkom-3S satellite for Indonesia
22 Jul 2014 - Thales Alenia Space announced that it has signed a contract with the leading telecom services company in Indonesia, PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia TbK (Telkom), to build a new telecommunications satellite. >>>

SSL awarded contract for innovative, affordable access to space
22 Jul 2014 - Space Systems/Loral (SSL) announced that it was selected by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to integrate the flight hardware for a new capability designed to carry small science and technology missions to space on its geostationary (GEO) satellite platform. >>>

Snecma's PPS 1350-E plasma thruster sets world record
22 Jul 2014 - The PPS 1350-E plasma thruster from Snecma (Safran) has completed a series of endurance tests totalling 6,700 hours of operation, for a total impulse of 3.4 million Newton-seconds (MNs), a world record for this type of thruster. >>>

First flight main mission antennas completed for Iridium NEXT
21 Jul 2014 - Iridium Communications Inc. announced the completion of the first five flight main mission antennas (MMAs) for the Iridium NEXT constellation. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

New SES S.A. results H1 2014
25 Jul 2014 - SES S.A. reported financial results for the first half of 2014. >>>

The Boeing Company (Defense, Space & Security) results Q2 2014
23 Jul 2014 - The Boeing Company reported second-quarter financial results. >>>

Lockheed Martin Corporation (Space Systems) results Q2 2014
23 Jul 2014 - Lockheed Martin Corporation reported financial results for the second quarter 2014. >>>

Northrop Grumman Corporation (Aerospace Systems) results Q2 2014
23 Jul 2014 - Northrop Grumman Corporation reported financial results for the second quarter 2014. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

Divona picks Eutelsat to pursue its development in Algeria
23 Jul 2014 - Divona, the Algerian VSAT operator providing telecom services (Internet, voice and data) in Algeria and the Middle East, announced it has selected Eutelsat Communications to consolidate its network connectivity offer to mobile telecom operators and enterprises. >>>

SES awarded COMSATCOM pathfinder contract
22 Jul 2014 - SES Government Solutions has been awarded an US$8.2 million firm-fixed-price COMSATCOM Pathfinder contract by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) based in Los Angeles, California. The contract will provide on-orbit transponders to support Ku-band communications for U.S. Africa Command. >>>

Antwerp Space delivers two Omnisat in China
22 Jul 2014 - Antwerp Space NV, a subsidiary of OHB AG successfully delivered 2 Omnisat equipments to two institutional customers in China. >>>


 RESEARCH Up 

Demand for satellite capacity to play catch up with supply - report
21 Jul 2014 - NSR's Global Satellite Capacity Supply & Demand, 11th Edition report, projects new supply of over 3,000 new transponders and 2+ Tbps of HTS capacity fuelled by risk-taking from key operators will far outstrip demand growth over the next decade. >>>

Not enough launchers for nano/microsatellites - report
21 Jul 2014 - SpaceWorks has released its annual assessment "Global Launch Vehicle Market Assessment, A study of launch services for nano/microsatellites in 2013." The reports aims to capture the growing number of future nano/microsatellite missions requiring a launch. >>>


 ANNIVERSARIES Up 

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory celebrates 15th anniversary
22 Jul 2014 - Fifteen years ago, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. >>>


 AWARDS Up 

SSTL wins Best Aerospace and Defence company award
22 Jul 2014 - Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has won the Best Aerospace and Defence company award at Insider's first ever Made in the UK National finals, held in Liverpool yesterday as part of the International Festival for Business 2014. >>>

 

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