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Summary: 28 Aug 2015 - 02 Sep 2015


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New New crew on its way to the ISS
02 Sep 2015 - Rocket: Soyuz-FG; Payload: Soyuz TMA-18M; Date: 2 September 2015, 0437 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The transportation spacecraft with its crew was successfully put into a low Earth orbit and is heading for the International Space Station (ISS). >>>

New Atlas V launches fourth MUOS satellite
02 Sep 2015 - Rocket: Atlas V 551; Payload: MUOS-4; Date: 2 September, 1018 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The satellite separated from its Atlas V rocket approximately three hours after its successful launch. >>>

Latest Galileos closing in on launch
01 Sep 2015 - Europe's ninth and tenth Galileo satellites have been attached to the dispenser that will hold them during their flight up into space, then release them into their planned orbits. >>>

Airbus DS finishes final preparations for launch of LISA Pathfinder
01 Sep 2015 - LISA Pathfinder, ESA's gravitational-wave detection technology demonstrator, is ready to be shipped to Kourou in French Guiana in preparation for its launch in November. Airbus Defence and Space, the world's second largest space company, has completed a series of intensive tests on LISA Pathfinder's propulsion and science modules at IABG, near Munich, to prove its space worthiness. >>>

MUOS-4 launch rescheduled
31 Aug 2015 - The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite for the U.S. Navy, has been rescheduled for 2 September. >>>

Update: Proton/Briz M lifts off with Inmarsat 5-F3
29 Aug 2015 - An International Launch Services (ILS) Proton Briz M successfully placed the Inmarsat-5 F3 (I-5 F3) satellite into a super-synchronous transfer orbit (SSTO) today. >>>

Delay of the day: Atlas V/MUOS-4
29 Aug 2015 - The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the MUOS-4 mission has been postponed due to uncertainty in the weather conditions associated with Tropical Storm Erika. >>>

Proton/Briz M lifts off with Inmarsat 5-F3
28 Aug 2015 - Rocket: Proton M/Briz M; Payload: Inmarsat 5-F3; Date: 28 August, 1144 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The rocket lifted off as planned, and at the time of writing this the Briz M upper stage had successfully completed the second of five burns. >>>

Atlas 5 to launch MUOS-4 on Monday
28 Aug 2015 - The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, here on Monday, 31 August aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The launch window is between 1007 and 1051 UTC. >>>

NASA concludes series of SLS engine tests
28 Aug 2015 - NASA has completed the first developmental test series on the RS-25 engines that will power the agency's new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New SMAP radar likely not recoverable
02 Sep 2015 - Mission managers for NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory have determined that its radar, one of the satellite's two science instruments, can no longer return data. >>>

New NASA and Arx Pax enter into space act agreement
02 Sep 2015 - Arx Pax, creator of Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA ) and hover engine technology, announced that it has entered into a Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA. The purpose of the collaboration is to use Arx Pax's MFA to create micro-satellite capture devices that can manipulate and couple satellites from a distance. This can be achieved by using a magnetic tether between the objects. >>>

New TAS, Telespazio to deliver COSMO-SkyMed ground segment to Poland
02 Sep 2015 - Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio have reached an agreement with Teledife (General Directorate of IT and Advanced Technologies, Italian Ministry of Defence) to supply the ground segment to the Polish Ministry of Defense for the reception and processing of data and data products generated by Italy's first and second-generation COSMO-SkyMed satellites. >>>

GSAT-6 unfurls antenna
31 Aug 2015 - ISRO said it had successfully deployed the large antenna of its military communication satellite GSAT-6 and also raised its orbit. >>>

X-ray astronomy satellite "Suzaku" completes scientific mission
31 Aug 2015 - The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said it decided to complete the scientific mission of the X-ray Astronomy Satellite "Suzaku" (ASTRO-EII) after carefully considering the condition of the satellite. >>>

Azerbaijan selects manufacturer for Azerspace-2
31 Aug 2015 - Azerbaijan has decided on the company that will build the second telecommunications satellite, Azerspace-2, according to the country's Minister of Communications and High Technologies, Ali Abbasov. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

New Avanti Communications and GRC agree multi-year, multi-region contract
02 Sep 2015 - Avanti Communications has signed a multi-year contract with Global RadioData Communications Ltd (GRC), to deliver secure, resilient Ka-band satellite connectivity to a variety of government, defence and emergency service customers. >>>

NGC Australia Partners with ViaSat and Optus to deliver satcom for ADF
31 Aug 2015 - Northrop Grumman Corporation has partnered with ViaSat and Optus to offer the Australian Defence Force (ADF) a solution for its utilisation of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system. >>>

 

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