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Orbital Sciences Antares

Orbital Sciences’ Antares to Launch With New Engine in Two to Three Years

[Via Satellite 10-17-2016] Orbital Sciences has committed to a new engine for the Antares launch vehicle that it expects will suite both NASA and non-NASA customers. The company did not disclose the engine, nor its manufacturer, but expects it to be ready for a first launch in late 2016 or early 2017. Orbital Sciences has [...]

By | October 17, 2014

Arianespace VA220 Ariane 5

Arianespace Lofts Two LATAM-Focused Satellites

[Via Satellite 10-17-2014] Arianespace conducted the 62nd successful Ariane 5 launch on the night of Oct. 16, carrying the Intelsat 30 satellite with DirecTV’s DL1 A payload and the Empresa Argentina de Soluciones Satelitales Sociedad Anonima’s (ARSAT’s) ARsat 1. Both satellites bring new capacity to Latin American markets. Intelsat 30, built by SSL, carries C- [...]

By | October 17, 2014

MetOp Second Generation

Airbus Defence and Space Awarded $1.65 Billion MetOP-SG Contract

[Via Satellite 10-17-2014] The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected Airbus Defence and Space to design and build six second-generation Meteorological Operational (MetOP-SG) satellites in a $1.65 billion contract. The constellation is split into two series with three satellites each. The first of the six is planned to launch in 2021, and each spacecraft will [...]

By | October 17, 2014


Lockheed Martin Finishes First Geostationary Lightning Mapper for GOES R Satellite

[Via Satellite 10-17-2014] Lockheed Martin has transferred the first Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) instrument to its Denver Colo. facility for integration into the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R (GOES R) series. The GLM leverages technology originally designed for the Lightning Imaging Sensor used on NASA‘s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission. The device has a 1.8-megapixel focal [...]

By | October 17, 2014

ASI Cosmo Skymed

Thales Alenia Space to Build Cosmo Skymed-CSO Interface for $3.2 Million

[Via Satellite 10-17-2014] Thales Alenia Space will create a Common Interoperability Layer (CIL) between France’s Composante Spatiale Optique (CSO) military system and Italy’s civil/military Second-Generation Cosmo-SkyMed (CSG) satellite constellations. The agreement ensures interoperability between user ground systems for CSO and CSG Systems as part of the Multinational Space-based Imaging System (MUSIS) program. The MUSIS Federating [...]

By | October 17, 2014

Vostochny Cosmodrom Russia Angara

Roscosmos Inspects Construction at Vostochny Cosmodrome

[Via Satellite 10-17-2014] Oleg Ostapenko, the head of the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos, recently visited the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Amur region of Russia. During his visit he evaluated progress on the future spaceport’s technical complexes for rockets, the substation power supply system, and the industrial and construction base. Ostapenko also swung by the Tsiolkovsky [...]

By | October 17, 2014


Air Force Using HoPS IDIQ to Normalize Hosted Payload Use

[Via Satellite 10-16-2014] The United States Air Force is keen to use the $495 million Hosted Payloads Solutions (HoPS) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to begin consistently including hosted payloads in future architectures. Speaking on a panel at the Hosted Payload and SmallSat Summit yesterday, Lt. Col. Mark Brykowytch of Air Force Space and [...]

By | October 16, 2014

Ball Aerospace GPIM

Three Hosted Payloads to Fly on Ball Aerospace GPIM Satellite

[Via Satellite 10-16-2014] The Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM), a collaborative demonstration project between NASA, the U.S. Air Force, Ball Aerospace and Aerojet Rocketdyne, will now carry three military hosted payloads. The Department of Defense (DOD) Space Experiments Review Board (SERB) chose payloads they anticipate have a strong chance of improving or creating new capabilities for [...]

By | October 16, 2014


Hispasat to Broadcast OUTtv across Europe

[Via Satellite 10-16-2014] OUTtv has selected Spanish satellite operator Hispasat to expand its broadcast range throughout Europe. The channel is currently present in the Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden, however demand from television operators in Central and Eastern Europe prompted the need for new delivery methods. OUTtv has since reached broadcast agreements in Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, [...]

By | October 16, 2014

Bloostar zero2infinity rockoon

Zero2infiniti Announces Bloostar Launch Vehicle, More than $200 Million Pre-Booked Sales

[Via Satellite 10-16-2014] Spain-based Zero2infiniti has unveiled a hybrid balloon-rocket launch system intended to serve the small satellite market and has signed customers totaling more than $200 million in sales, according to the company. Dubbed Bloostar, the “rockoon” uses balloons in lieu of a first stage, not firing any engines until passing through 99 percent [...]

By | October 16, 2014

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