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Summary: 24 Sep 2014 - 30 Sep 2014


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Hayabusa 2 to launch on 30 November
30 Sep 2014 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) decided to launch the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 26 (H-IIA F26) with the Asteroid Explorer "Hayabusa 2" onboard on 30 November. >>>

New Aerojet Rocketdyne, ULA to cooperate on engines
30 Sep 2014 - Aerojet Rocketdyne and United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced that they have signed a contract for a joint investment to complete technical feasibility analysis, detailed programme plans, technology integration, affordable production processes and plans, mission assurance and related criteria. >>>

New Orion spacecraft transfers to Launch Abort System Facility
30 Sep 2014 - NASA and Lockheed Martin have finished fuelling the Orion spacecraft with ammonia, hydrazine and high pressure helium at Kennedy Space Center's Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility. Orion has now been moved to the Launch Abort System Facility for integration with the launch abort system (LAS). >>>

Proton M returns to flight with mystery launch
29 Sep 2014 - Rocket: Proton M/Briz M; Payload: Luch (Olimp-K?); Date: 27 September 2014, 2023 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The (rather mysterious) satellite was reportedly delivered directly to geosynchronous orbit. >>>

Launches of Chinese 'experimental' satellites continue
29 Sep 2014 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 2C; Payload: Shijian 11-07; Date: 28 September 2014, 0513 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. The launch was declared a success. >>>

Soyuz TMA-14M docks with ISS despite solar array glitch
26 Sep 2014 - Rocket: Soyuz-FG; Payload: Soyuz TMA-14M; Date: 25 September 2014, 2025 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The Soyuz TMA-14M manned transport spacecraft was accurately placed on the target orbit and docked with the ISS six hours after lift-off. >>>

NASA expands commercial space programme
26 Sep 2014 - NASA has released a request for proposals (RFP) for the next round of contracts for private-sector companies to deliver experiments and supplies to the orbiting laboratory. >>>

Russia sets up Vostochny commission
25 Sep 2014 - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a resolution to create a commission for the construction of Vostochny Cosmodrome. Russian Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin was appointed chairman of the commission. >>>

Proton M / Loutch stack mounted on launch pad at Baikonur
24 Sep 2014 - Yesterday at Baikonur, the State Commission authorised the rollout of the Proton M ILV/Briz M/Loutch SC to the launch pad area. In accordance with the State Commission go-ahead, the transfer of the Proton M to the pad area started at 0030 UTC. >>>

Europe's IXV atmospheric reentry demonstrator arrives in Kourou
24 Sep 2014 - IXV (Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle), the European Space Agency's atmospheric reentry demonstrator, developed and integrated by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor, arrived today at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, initiating preparations for the launch, scheduled for this coming November. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New Philae landing date set
30 Sep 2014 - The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will deploy its lander, Philae, to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November. >>>

Romania mulls own comsat
25 Sep 2014 - Romania might have its own communications satellite, to be launched in a maximum of 3-4 years, Minister for the Information Society Razvan Cotovelea was quoted as saying. >>>

Measuring ocean winds and waves from space - with GPS signals
25 Sep 2014 - Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has successfully demonstrated an innovative method of measuring winds and waves from space, using GNSS Reflectometry. This paves the way for a cost effective satellite system supporting the maritime sector and the organisations that rely on this information and it also offers improvements to weather services and climate research. >>>

Mars Orbiter Spacecraft successfully inserted into Mars orbit
24 Sep 2014 - ISRO successfully placed its low-cost Mars spacecraft in orbit around the red planet in its very first attempt. The orbit insertion progressed satisfactorily and the spacecraft performance was normal. It is is now circling Mars in an orbit whose nearest point to Mars (periapsis) is at 421.7 km and farthest point (apoapsis) at 76,993.6 km. >>>

COM DEV wins contract for high-throughput communications satellite
24 Sep 2014 - COM DEV International Ltd. has been awarded an Authorisation to Proceed (ATP) contract to deliver Multiplexer Equipment, Waveguide and Coaxial Switches, and Microwave Components to be used on a high throughput communications satellite designed to provide direct-to-home premium television content to the Middle East and North Africa. >>>

MDA to provide direct access ground station for DigitalGlobe satellites
24 Sep 2014 - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. has been awarded a contract from DigitalGlobe Inc. to provide a ground station solution to an international customer to receive and process imagery and data directly from DigitalGlobe's WorldView-1, WorldView-2, and WorldView-3 satellites. >>>


 LAW & ORDER Up 

Sierra Nevada Corporation challenges NASA's CCtCap contract award
29 Sep 2014 - Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced that it has filed a legal challenge to the award of contracts to Boeing and SpaceX under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) programme. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

Sea Launch up for grabs?
29 Sep 2014 - Sea Launch has denied reports of plans to sell the company to an Israeli company. "We have received no proposals on the Sea Launch purchase," the company's CEO Sergey Gugkayev was quoted as saying. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

SES Broadband Services expands partnership with Orbitcom
25 Sep 2014 - SES Broadband Services (SBBS) announced an expansion of its partnership with the Internet Service Provider Orbitcom to include the delivery of Astra Connect for communities in Germany. >>>


 RESEARCH Up 

New NSR report finds satellite operators driving efficiencies via HTS, acquisitions
30 Sep 2014 - NSR's Satellite Operator Financial Analysis (SOFA), 4th Edition, finds that operational efficiency is more important than ever for satellite operators, with many taking a multi-pronged approach to increasing productivity. This trend is not limited to acquisitions, but also extends to HTS payloads being launched. >>>


 ANNIVERSARIES Up 

Ikonos imaging satellite achieves 15 years of on-orbit operation
24 Sep 2014 - Ikonos, built by Lockheed Martin for DigitalGlobe, Inc., celebrated its 15th birthday on-orbit. >>>


 QUOTE OF THE DAY Up 

Never disappoints
24 Sep 2014 - "The day the mission was named MoM, I knew it would succeed because a mother never disappoints." - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi >>>

 

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