Summary: 26 Mar 2015 - 31 Mar 2015


New Rokot launches Gonets-M, Kosmos satellites
31 Mar 2015 - Rocket: Rokot/Briz-KM; Payload: three Gonets-M, Kosmos 2499 or 2504; Date: 31 March 2015, 1348 UTC. The three Gonets-M communications satellites were accompanied by an unspecified military satellite. >>>

New Update: Mysterious Chinese satellite launch
31 Mar 2015 - China launched a new-generation satellite into space for its indigenous global navigation and positioning network on 30 March 2015. >>>

Mysterious Chinese satellite launch
30 Mar 2015 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 3C/YZ-1; Payload: Beidou-3 M1 (?); Date: 30 March 2015, 1352 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The rocket appears to have lifted off as planned, but further details were not immediately available. >>>

India launches fourth navsat
28 Mar 2015 - Rocket: PSLV-C27 (XL); Payload: IRNSS-1D; Date: ; Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, India. It was the twenty eighth consecutively successful mission of the PSLV. The 'XL' configuration of PSLV was used for this mission. Previously, the same configuration of the vehicle was successfully used seven times. >>>

Update: Soyuz launch I: Galileo FOC M2
28 Mar 2015 - The EU's Galileo satellite navigation system now has eight satellites in orbit following the successful launch of the latest pair. >>>

Soyuz launch I: Galileo FOC M2
27 Mar 2015 - Rocket: Soyuz 2-1b [Soyuz ST-B]/Fregat-MT; Payload: Galileo FOC M2, SAT 7-8; Date: 27 March 2015, 2146 UTC; Launch site: Sinnamary, French Guiana. The satellites were to be inserted into a circular 23,522 km x 55 degrees orbit 3 hours, 48 minutes after lift-off (too late for this issue). >>>

Soyuz launch II: Soyuz TMA-16M
27 Mar 2015 - Rocket: Soyuz FG/Fregat-I; Payload: Soyuz TMA-16M; Date: 27 March 2015, 1943 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The crewed capsule reached its target orbit nine minutes after lift-off. >>>

Japan launches replacement optical spy satellite
26 Mar 2015 - Rocket: H-2A; Payload IGS Optical 5; Date: 26 March 2015, 0121 UTC; Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan. The launch went smoothly, a JAXA spokeswoman said, noting "the satellite separated and entered orbit as scheduled." >>>

Dnepr launches Korean EO satellite
26 Mar 2015 - Rocket: Dnepr; Payload: KOMPSAT 3A [Arirang 3A]; Date: 25 March 2015, 2208 UTC; Launch site: Yasny, Russia. A radio communication between the satellite and South Korea's ground station was established 5 hours and 57 minutes after launch, indicating that the satellite is operating properly. >>>

Airbus Defence and Space selects Arianespace to launch PeruSat-1
26 Mar 2015 - Airbus Defence and Space has chosen Arianespace to launch PeruSat-1, the Peruvian Earth observation satellite on a European Vega launcher from Kourou spaceport. The launch of PeruSat-1 is scheduled for 2016. >>>


QinetiQ awarded contract for Proba-3 computer, avionics
30 Mar 2015 - QinetiQ has been awarded a contract worth €16 million over three years to develop the computer and avionics for the European Space Agency's Proba-3 satellite mission. >>>

Ekspress-AM7 has successfully reached geostationary orbit
30 Mar 2015 - Russian Satellite Communication Company's Ekspress-AM7, which was injected into a transfer orbit by a Proton-M/Briz-M on 18 March 2015 (UTC), reached geostationary orbit on 25 March 2015. >>>

DirecTV 15 leaves Airbus Defence and Space
30 Mar 2015 - DirecTV 15, the most powerful U.S. broadcast satellite, has left Airbus Defence and Space's cleanrooms in Toulouse (France). It will now be shipped to Kourou for launch by Ariane 5 in May 2015. >>>

Rover amnesia event follows latest memory reformatting
30 Mar 2015 - The team operating NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity learned last week that the long-lived rover experienced a brief amnesia event related to its flash memory, the first since a reformatting of that nonvolatile type of memory a week earlier. >>>

Structures for Millimetron space observatory from ISDS-Reshetnev
26 Mar 2015 - Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems said it is currently developing the onboard scientific instruments subsystem of the space-based observatory Millimetron and performing its components testing. >>>


NewSat halts trading amidst search for new capital
30 Mar 2015 - NewSat entered into a trading halt on 26 March 2015 after announcing that it is in ongoing negotiations with lenders in the United States. On 30 March , the company requested in a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) for the trading halt to remain in place until negotiations are concluded. >>>

EDC provides €140 million financing for Amazonas 5
26 Mar 2015 - Export Development Canada (EDC) announced financing of €140 million to the Hispasat Group (Hispasat) for the construction of Amazonas 5 by Canada's MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd (MDA). >>>


Avanti to deliver navigation data broadcast service for Africa
30 Mar 2015 - Avanti Communications has been appointed by the UK Space Agency to deliver a crucial air navigation project in Africa, SBAS-Africa, powered by satellite technology. The satellite operator has been awarded the contract under the agency's International Partnership Space Programme (IPSP), which exists to open up opportunities for the UK space sector to share expertise in real-world satellite technology and services overseas. >>>

Inmarsat completes successful transition of key services to Alphasat
26 Mar 2015 - Inmarsat announced the successful transition of key voice and broadband data services for the EMEA region from Inmarsat-4 F2 (I-4 F2) to Alphasat, Europe's largest and most sophisticated telecommunications satellite. >>>


Gandhi Peace Prize for ISRO
27 Mar 2015 - The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been selected for the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2014 for its contribution to the country's development through space technology and satellite-based services. The award, comprising INR10 million (US$160,000) and a citation, was decided after the jury for the prize met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. >>>


Only logical
26 Mar 2015 - By popular demand, ULA has added two names to its poll for the company's next-generation rocket: Zeus and Vulcan. >>>





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