Summary: 28 Nov 2016 - 02 Dec 2016


New Progress MS-04 insurance
02 Dec 2016 - The insurance payout for the Progress MS-04 spacecraft lost on 1 December is estimated at RUB2.5 billion (about US$39 million at the current exchange rate), a source in the Russian insurance market was quoted as saying. >>>

Russia loses another Progress cargo ship in Soyuz mishap
01 Dec 2016 - Russia's the Progress MS-04 cargo spacecraft was lost in a Soyuz-U launch failure. The rocket and its payload disintegrated in the skies over Southern Siberia after what appeared to be a catastrophic failure of the rocket's third stage. >>>


New Vega is cleared for lift-off with GÖKTÜRK-1
02 Dec 2016 - Arianespace's upcoming Vega flight with the GÖKTÜRK-1 optical satellite has been approved for lift-off on 5 December at 1351:44 UTC from the Spaceport in French Guiana. >>>

Delta IV to launch WGS-8
01 Dec 2016 - A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) configuration will launch the eighth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-8) mission for the U.S. Air Force on 7/8 December 2016 (UTC) from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. >>>

Iridium announces date for first Iridium NEXT launch
01 Dec 2016 - Iridium Communications Inc. announced the date for the first launch of its next-generation global satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT. Iridium will be launching on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket on 16 December 2016 at 0836 UTC. Launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the Falcon 9 rocket will deliver 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into low-earth orbit. >>>

Resourcesat-2A launch date set
30 Nov 2016 - India's Resourcesat-2A is scheduled to be launched on 7 December 2016 at 0454 UTC aboard PSLV-C36 from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota. >>>

United Launch Alliance launches "RocketBuilder" website
30 Nov 2016 - United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced a new website that the company says enhances the way customers shop for launch services and sets a new standard for pricing transparency. It also provides insight into reliability, schedule assurance and performance, allowing users to make a true value comparison. >>>

Vega complete for GÖKTÜRK-1 launch
29 Nov 2016 - The eighth Vega lightweight launcher to be operated from the Spaceport in French Guiana has been fully assembled and "topped off" with the GÖKTÜRK-1 optical satellite payload, readying it for Arianespace's mission to Sun-synchronous orbit on December 5. >>>

Russia's super-heavy rocket project on the backburner again
29 Nov 2016 - The project for creating Russia's super-heavy space rocket and launch pad for it will cost approximately RUB1.5 trillion (roughly US$23 billion at the current official rate of exchange), the first deputy CEO of the state-run corporation Roskosmos, Aleksandr Ivanov, was quoted as saying. >>>

Soyuz U, Progress MS-04 admitted for roll out
28 Nov 2016 - The representatives of the Technical Management and State Commission at Baikonur cosmodrome issued a decision on readiness of the Rocket and Space Complex (RSC) consisting of new-series logistics vehicle Progress MS-04 and Soyuz-U launch vehicle for their roll out and erection on the launch pad. >>>

Pegasus XL to loft CYGNSS satellites
28 Nov 2016 - NASA's Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission is currently scheduled for launch on Monday, 12 December. >>>


First SmallGEO makes its final terrestrial trip
01 Dec 2016 - Hispasat 36W-1, the first telecom satellite built using the SmallGEO platform, arrived in Kourou after completing its final tests at IABG in Germany. It will now start being prepared for launch on a Soyuz rocket in January. >>>

RapidScat Earth science mission ends
29 Nov 2016 - NASA's International Space Station Rapid Scatterometer (ISS-RapidScat) Earth science instrument has ended operations following a successful two-year mission aboard the space station. The mission launched on 21 September 2014, and had recently passed its original decommissioning date. >>>

Orbital ATK to develop critical technology for in-orbit assembly
29 Nov 2016 - Orbital ATK announced that it has begun a public-private partnership with NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) to establish a Commercial Infrastructure for Robotic Assembly and Services (CIRAS) in space. >>>

OA-5 mission successfully completed
28 Nov 2016 - Orbital ATK announced it successfully completed its sixth cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station for NASA. Known as OA-5, the mission marked the company's return to flight operations from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia and the second time Cygnus has been used as a platform for conducting research in space. >>>


Airbus Safran Launchers becomes Arianespace majority shareholder
30 Nov 2016 - Airbus Safran Launchers and the CNES French space agency announced that Airbus Safran Launchers is acquiring the stake in Arianespace held by CNES. >>>

Iridium and Boeing restructure relationship
30 Nov 2016 - Iridium Communications Inc. announced the restructuring of its longstanding operations and maintenance relationship with Boeing. Under the agreement, Iridium is expected to hire the majority of the Boeing team that currently supports Iridium by performing operations and maintenance on Iridium's satellites, beginning on 3 January 2017. >>>


Telespazio and Yahsat sign Ka-band satellite capacity agreement in Brazil
30 Nov 2016 - Telespazio and Yahsat have entered into a five-year contract for integrated satellite services using Ka-band. >>>

Aireon and FlightAware announce partnership with SITAONAIR
29 Nov 2016 - Aireon LLC, FlightAware and SITAONAIR announced a new partnership to provide SITAONAIR's airline customers with Aireon's space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) data. >>>

European Aviation Network is airborne
28 Nov 2016 - The European Aviation Network (EAN) has taken to the skies. Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom, together with their technology partners Nokia and Thales have successfully conducted a programme of test flights in the UK. >>>





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