Satellite News

Just another satellite weblog

 

First Ariane 5 launch of the year successful

Submit on Sunday, April 26th, 2015 22:59

Rocket: Ariane 5 ECA; Payload: Thor 7, SICRAL 2; Date: 26 April 2015, 2000 UTC; Launch site: Kourou, French Guiana. Both spacecraft were deployed following their ascent from the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch zone, with Thor 7 released some 28 minutes after lift-off, and SICRAL 2 separating approximately six minutes later to complete the flight sequence.

Related Post:Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully tests ‘3D-printed’ rocket injector assemblyNASA to test laser communications from aboard ISSNorthrop Grumman’s resonator gyro achieves 25 million operating hours in spaceDelay of the day: Falcon 9/Dragon (CRS-6)Orbital Sciences wins NASA COTS recompetitionLockheed Martin delivers instrument for NASA’s Solar Dynamics ObservatoryNext Cygnus vessel to be launched aboard Atlas VNext Antares/Cygnus launch to ISS NET 6 MayZemanta

Category: LAUNCHES | No Comments »

Delay of the day: Ariane 5/Thor 7 and SICRAL 2

Submit on Friday, April 24th, 2015 22:59

During the final count-down operations for flight VA222 slated for today, an anomaly occurred on a conditioning equipment of the launcher.

Related Post:Northrop selected for alternative satellite R&D effortNorthrop Grumman to develop Space Fence TechnologyAEHF SV-3 payload equipment module delivered to NGNGST achieves 25th CMMI Level 5 ratingNorthrop Grumman’s resonator gyro achieves 25 million operating hours in spaceNorthrop Grumman to develop solar electric propulsion flight conceptsUpdate: NASA resuscitates NuSTARNorthrop to continue work on upper stage engine technologyZemanta

Category: LAUNCHES | No Comments »

Centenario pre-launch details

Submit on Friday, April 24th, 2015 22:58

A Proton M launch vehicle, utilising a five-burn Briz M mission design, will lift off from Pad 39 0707 UTC on 29 April 2015 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, with the Centenario (MexSat-1) satellite on board.

Related Post:Northrop selected for alternative satellite R&D effortNorthrop Grumman to develop Space Fence TechnologyAEHF SV-3 payload equipment module delivered to NGNGST achieves 25th CMMI Level 5 ratingNorthrop Grumman’s resonator gyro achieves 25 million operating hours in spaceNorthrop Grumman to develop solar electric propulsion flight conceptsUpdate: NASA resuscitates NuSTARNorthrop to continue work on upper stage engine technologyZemanta

Category: SATELLITES | No Comments »

Aerojet Rocketdyne to develop 100-kilowatt Hall Thruster System

Submit on Friday, April 24th, 2015 22:57

Aerojet Rocketdyne has been selected by the NASA Advanced Exploration Systems Division to start negotiations for a contract to design and demonstrate an advanced propulsion system that would enable human spaceflight to cislunar space and beyond to Mars.

Related Post:Northrop selected for alternative satellite R&D effortNorthrop Grumman to develop Space Fence TechnologyAEHF SV-3 payload equipment module delivered to NGNGST achieves 25th CMMI Level 5 ratingNorthrop Grumman’s resonator gyro achieves 25 million operating hours in spaceNorthrop Grumman to develop solar electric propulsion flight conceptsUpdate: NASA resuscitates NuSTARNorthrop to continue work on upper stage engine technologyZemanta

Category: SATELLITES | No Comments »

Molniya-1: celebrating 50 years since launch

Submit on Friday, April 24th, 2015 22:56

23 April marked 50 years since the launch of the first communications satellite of the Molniya family into a highly elliptical orbit.

Related Post:Northrop selected for alternative satellite R&D effortNorthrop Grumman to develop Space Fence TechnologyAEHF SV-3 payload equipment module delivered to NGNGST achieves 25th CMMI Level 5 ratingNorthrop Grumman’s resonator gyro achieves 25 million operating hours in spaceNorthrop Grumman to develop solar electric propulsion flight conceptsUpdate: NASA resuscitates NuSTARNorthrop to continue work on upper stage engine technologyZemanta

Category: ANNIVERSARIES | No Comments »

Space Solar Power Initiative established by Northrop Grumman, Caltech

Submit on Monday, April 20th, 2015 22:59

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC) has signed a sponsored research agreement with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for the development of the Space Solar Power Initiative (SSPI). Under the terms of the agreement, Northrop Grumman will provide up to US$17.5 million to the initiative over three years.

Category: SATELLITES | No Comments »