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Summary: 18 Aug 2016 - 24 Aug 2016


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New Ariane 5 launches two Intelsats
24 Aug 2016 - Rocket: Ariane 5 ECA; Payload: Intelsat 33e, Intelsat 36; Date: 24 August 2016; Launch site: Kourou, French Guiana. In a rare dual launch for a single customer, both satellites were successfully deployed into geostationary transfer orbit. >>>

New Roskosmos to Spend US$29 million upgrading rocket engine reliability
24 Aug 2016 - corporation Roskosmos is allocating over RUB1.9 billion (US$29 million) to upgrading rocket engines, rocket boosters and spacecraft, according to materials published on Russia's official public procurement website. >>>

New Roskosmos begins to design super-heavy rocket
24 Aug 2016 - Russian state space corporation Roskosmos has started work on designing a new super-heavy class carrier rocket on the basis of the RD-171 liquid-fuel rocket engine, Russia's S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia General Director Vladimir Solntsev was quoted as saying. >>>

GOES-R weather satellite delivered to launch site
23 Aug 2016 - Lockheed Martin has shipped the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) newest weather satellite, GOES-R, to its Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Florida. >>>

Green light given for next Ariane 5 flight
22 Aug 2016 - Arianespace's fourth Ariane 5 flight of 2016 has been given the "green light" for lift-off on 24 August following a successful launch readiness review, which was conducted at the Spaceport in French Guiana. >>>

Dragon capsule to come back to Earth
22 Aug 2016 - After delivering almost 2,250 kg of supplies, experiments and equipment - including a docking adapter for future U.S. commercial crew spacecraft - a SpaceX Dragon cargo craft is set to leave the International Space Station on 26 August. >>>

Two more satellite-observation satellites launched
19 Aug 2016 - Rocket: Delta IV Medium+ (4,2); Payload: GSSAP-3, GSSAP-4; Date: 19 August 2016, 0452 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The two Orbital ATK-built satellites were successfully deployed following their launch. >>>

Aerojet Rocketdyne conducts RS-25 engine test
19 Aug 2016 - Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully completed additional testing of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) RS-25 development engine 0528, at NASA Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New China plans to launch Mars rover in 2020
24 Aug 2016 - China has unveiled plans of a Mars probe and rover it aims to launch at the end of the decade. Zhang Rongqiao, chief architect of the project, said Tuesday they were targeting July or August 2020 for the launch, Xinhua news agency reported. >>>

Northrop Grumman to provide navigation system for German satellite
22 Aug 2016 - Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract from OHB System AG to supply the space inertial reference system for Germany's SARah satellite-based radar reconnaissance system. >>>

GSSAP satellite inspects stuck MUOS-5
19 Aug 2016 - The U.S. Air Force Space Command's Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites were recently tasked to support the U.S. Navy's ongoing Mobile User Objective System-5 anomaly effort after the satellite failed to reach its target geosynchronous orbit. >>>

Intelsat 33e, Intelsat 36 pre-launch details
18 Aug 2016 - The Ariane 5 for Arianespace's upcoming mission at the service of Intelsat is now complete following integration of the Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 36 satellites - readying the launch vehicle for lift-off on 24 August from French Guiana. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

Energia, Boeing reach deal on dispute over Sea Launch
19 Aug 2016 - RSC Energia and Boeing have reached an agreement to solve the dispute over the Sea Launch project, Energia's General Director Vladimir Solntsev said. >>>

SSC to sell all shares in NanoSpace AB to GomSpace
19 Aug 2016 - Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) has entered into a non-binding letter of intent with GomSpace, parent company of GomSpace ApS, regarding the potential sale of 100% of SSC's shares in its Swedish subsidiary NanoSpace AB. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

NASA re-establishes contact with STEREO-B
23 Aug 2016 - On 21 August 2016, contact was reestablished with one of NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories, known as the STEREO-B spacecraft, after communications were lost on 1 October 2014. >>>

AEHF, Milstar reach 100 years of in-orbit operations
23 Aug 2016 - The Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) system and Milstar satellites have achieved 100 years of combined successful operations. >>>

ESA tracking stations practising for Cassini radio science
19 Aug 2016 - An ESA tracking station has acquired signals from the international Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn, across more than 1.4 billion km of space. >>>

 

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