While the UK Space Agency basks in the plaudits and adulation received recently both from the UK Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee and from other independent commentators, it hopes to maintain the momentum as it publishes its latest plan for future growth. The Space Innovation and Growth Strategy 2014-2030 report notes recent achievements including a 33% increase in optional funding for European Space Agency communications and Earth observation […]
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The dual Ariane 5 ECA launch of the communications satellites Amazonas 4A for Hispasat and Astra 5B for SES from the Kourou launch site has been delayed from 6 December until January. The reason was that Amazonas 4A had to have more checks on it to ensure its reliability in orbit.
The Russian Raduga-1M3 military communications satellite was successfully launched by a Proton M Breeze M launch vehicle flying out of the Baikonur Cosmodrome near Tyuratam in Kazakhstan at 2346 GMT on 11 November. The spacecraft was reported by its manufacturer ISS Reshetnev to be doing well.
India’s Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Mission has orbit raising problem but extra burn recovers it (Updated)
A series of orbit raising manoevres for India’s controversial new space probe Mangalyaan in which the spacecraft would be raised to higher and higher Earth orbits before finally being injected into a high-efficiency Hohman transfer orbit, has been temporarily halted by a fault. According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the fourth orbital raising attempt on […]
The European GOCE (Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Experiment) Earth-gravity measurement spacecraft has now re-entered at around 0001 GMT on 11 November 2013. It is thought that most of the spacecraft burned up safely after its uncommanded re-entry. GOCE ran out of propellant for its drag compensating ion thrusters on 21 October 2013.
Commercial communcations satellite operator Inmarsat which operates a fleet of satellites in Geosationary Earth Orbit (GEO) has teamed up with low Earth orbit satellite operator ORBCOMM Inc. to collaborate on ajoint project to produce a new system to cover the growing Machine-to-Machine (M2M) used mainly by clients for tracking and monitoring of their hardware. The agreement could eventually lead to […]
The bankrupt firm LightSquared is reported to be sueing major players in the GPS industry including Deere & Co and Garmin International in a New York court over their alleged non-disclosure that there would be interference issues with its planned satellite-based mobile communications system which used a repeater network for coverage in built up areas. After GPS operators and equipment manufacturers eventually objected citing interference […]
The launch three Swarm spacecraft on the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Earth magnetic field research mission from Plesetsk, Russia, has been postponed by a decision to replace a unit in the Breeze upper stage of the Rockot launcher. The launch which had been planned on 14 November will now be delayed for one week or more. Swarm is ESA’s fourth […]
The recent announcement that the low Earth orbit communications satellite operator, Iridium, was rolling out a new product called Iridium PRIME had some in the space industry wondering if this was a hosted payload too far as the firm offers what, in effect, will be, a complete rented spacecraft to clients. David Todd was granted […]
With the last two months of the year nearly upon us, how many launches have there been to date and how many are left? According to the Flightglobal/Ascend SpaceTrak database there are still 29 rocket launches left on the schedule for the year. The listing below excludes “secretly planned” launches by China and North Korea. Some of the planned launches carry many multiples […]
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