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Summary: 29 Jun 2015 - 03 Jul 2015


 FAILURES Up 

Falcon 9 likely grounded for several months after failure
29 Jun 2015 - SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said an investigation into Sunday's explosion shortly after launch of one of the company's Falcon 9 rockets will ground the rockets for several months but less than a year. >>>


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Soyuz-U launches Progress cargo vessel
03 Jul 2015 - Rocket: Soyuz-U; Payload: Progress M-28M (Progress 60P); Date: 3 July 2015, 0455 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The spacecraft separated from the third stage of the launch vehicle normally. Less than 10 minutes after launch, the resupply ship reached preliminary orbit and deployed its solar arrays and navigational antennas as planned. >>>

New Ariane 5 launch campaign begins
30 Jun 2015 - The fourth Ariane 5 for lift-off in 2015 has begun its integration process. This heavy-lift vehicle will be used for Flight VA225 in August, which will deliver two relay satellites - Eutelsat 8 West B and Intelsat 34 - to geostationary transfer orbit. >>>

4th MUOS secure communications satellite shipped for August launch
30 Jun 2015 - Delivered by the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin, the fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, prior to its expected August launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New PSLV-C28 / DMC3 pre-launch details
03 Jul 2015 - The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), in its thirtieth flight (PSLV-C28), will launch three identical DMC3 optical Earth observation satellites built by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), United Kingdom (UK). >>>

New New Horizons 'speeds up' on final approach to Pluto
03 Jul 2015 - NASA's New Horizons spacecraft recently performed a 23-second thruster burst - the third and final planned targeting manoeuvre of New Horizons' approach phase to Pluto. It was also the smallest of the nine course corrections since New Horizons launched in January 2006. >>>

Aerojet Rocketdyne's modified XR-5 hall thruster tested in space
02 Jul 2015 - Aerojet Rocketdyne's improved XR-5 Hall Thruster (designated XR-5A) has successfully completed initial on-orbit validation testing on the unmanned X-37 space plane, which is presently on its fourth mission in space. >>>

Ball Aerospace delivers GRACE Follow-On equipment
02 Jul 2015 - Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. said it has delivered key components to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for a laser ranging system designed to achieve greater accuracy in measuring changes in Earth's ocean, groundwater and glaciers. >>>

Ball Aerospace powers on NOAA's JPSS-1 weather satellite
01 Jul 2015 - Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has powered on the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) satellite for the first time. The JPSS-1 is the United States' next polar-orbiting, environmental satellite, scheduled to launch in 2017. >>>

Ralph is ready for historic Pluto flyby
01 Jul 2015 - The Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Ralph camera aboard the New Horizons mission will provide the closest images we have ever seen of Pluto when the spacecraft arrives at the dwarf planet on 14 July. >>>

SkyM-1 successfully completes on-orbit testing
30 Jun 2015 - Orbital ATK, Inc. announced that the Sky Mexico-1 (SkyM-1) satellite, built by the company for DirecTV, successfully completed on-orbit testing and checkout of all spacecraft systems. The satellite was handed over to DirecTV for full operational control after several weeks of orbit-raising activities that were conducted after the launch. >>>

Sentinel-2 delivers first images
29 Jun 2015 - Just four days after being lofted into orbit, Europe's Sentinel-2A satellite delivered its first images of Earth, offering a glimpse of the 'colour vision' that it will provide for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

Spire closes US$40 million funding round
01 Jul 2015 - Spire, a satellite-powered data company, announced it closed a US$40 million Series B round of funding led by Promus Ventures with participation from new investors Bessemer Venture Partners and Jump Capital, as well as existing investors RRE Ventures and Lemnos Labs, among others. >>>


 ANNIVERSARIES Up 

SSTL founded 30 years ago
29 Jun 2015 - Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) said it is celebrating 30 years of space innovation this year, marking the anniversary of the founding of the company in June 1985. >>>


 NAMES Up 

New Japan's next-gen rocket to be named H3
03 Jul 2015 - JAXA has announced the official naming of the Next Generation Launch Vehicle currently under development. The name was decided in coordination with the prime contractor (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.) >>>

Johann-Dietrich Woerner is new ESA Director General
01 Jul 2015 - As of today, 1 July 2015, ESA has a new Director General: Johann-Dietrich (Jan) Woerner, who has taken up duty at ESA Headquarters in Paris, France. >>>

 

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