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GLITCH PUTS OFF LAUNCH OF FOURTH INDIAN NAVIGATION SATELLITE - A telemetry glitch has forced the Indian space agency to defer the launch of the fourth regional navigation satellite scheduled for March 9 onboard a lower-orbital rocket from its spaceport in Andhra Pradesh. "Launch of the fourth Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS-1D) onboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C27) scheduled for March 9 has been postponed due to an anomaly in one of its telemetry transmitters," the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a statement here on Wednesday.   More
(Source: Zee News - Mar 5)


POWER SYSTEM FAILURE LIKELY CAUSE OF MILITARY SATELLITE EXPLOSION POWER SYSTEM FAILURE LIKELY CAUSE OF MILITARY SATELLITE EXPLOSION - The U.S. Air Force says a temperature spike in the power system of a nearly 20-year-old weather satellite may have led to the spacecraft's explosion in orbit, scattering more than 40 fragments of debris that could be flying around Earth for decades. "The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 13 (DMSP 13) reached end of life Feb. 3, 2015, at 2:39 p.m. MST (2139 GMT)," Air Force Space Command said in a statement. "The decision was made to render the vehicle safe after DMSP operators discovered a sudden spike in temperature in the power subsystem of the nearly 20-year-old weather satellite followed by an unrecoverable loss of attitude control."   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Mar 5)


CAN YOU SPOT THE ASTRONAUT ON BOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION? CAN YOU SPOT THE ASTRONAUT ON BOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION? - Can you spot the astronaut on board the International Space Station? The space tourist looks tiny in comparison to the giant satellite orbiting Earth. This picture was posted on Twitter by Nasa flight engineer Terry Virts earlier today, of station commander Butch Wilmore performing maintenance during a space walk. The two US astronauts whipped through a third spacewalk on Sunday to rig parking spots for new US space taxis. They spent five hours installing antennas, cables and navigation aides on the station's exterior truss.   More
(Source: Mirror.co.uk - Mar 4)


INDIA TO LAUNCH FOURTH NAVIGATION SATELLITE ON MARCH 9 - India will move closer to its own satellite navigation system with the launch of its fourth satellite tentatively slated for March 9, a senior official of the Indian space agency said on Monday. "The launch is tentatively planned for March 9 evening around 6.35pm. However, final green signal for the launch will be given days ahead of the satellite launch," MYS Prasad, director, Satish Dhawan Space Centre, part of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).   More
(Source: Times of India - Mar 3)


U.S. WEATHER SATELLITE EXPLODES INTO 43 PIECES U.S. WEATHER SATELLITE EXPLODES INTO 43 PIECES - The U.S. Air Force confirmed on Feb. 26 a "catastrophic event" that led to the destruction of a weather satellite on Feb. 3. The satellite, previously used by the U.S. militar,y exploded into 43 pieces. Engineers with the military suggest a temperature spike disrupted the satellites bearings and caused Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 13 (DMSP-F13) to lose altitude control. The oldest in the military's fleet of weather satellites, DMSP-F13 was mostly phased out of operation in 2006 -- still collecting data in a backup role but not involved in long-term modeling.    More
(Source: UPI.com - Mar 3)


SPACEX PUTS ELECTRIC COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITES INTO ORBIT SPACEX PUTS ELECTRIC COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITES INTO ORBIT - A Space Exploration Technologies rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sunday to put the world's first all-electric communications satellites into orbit. The 22-story tall booster soared off its seaside launch pad at 10:50 p.m. ET, the third flight in less than two months for SpaceX, as the privately owned, California-based company is known. Perched on top of the rocket were a pair of satellites built by Boeing and owned by Paris-based Eutelsat Communications and Bermuda-based ABS, whose majority owner is the European private equity firm Permira.   More
(Source: CBC.ca - Mar 3)


RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE GETS AN UPGRADE WITH SATELLITE LAUNCH RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE GETS AN UPGRADE WITH SATELLITE LAUNCH - Russia launched a next-generation military reconnaissance satellite Friday, ushering in an era of digital mapping from orbit after decades of relying on film returned to Earth inside landing capsules. The mission blasted off at 1101 GMT (6:01 a.m. EST) Friday from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome about 500 miles north of Moscow. A three-stage kerosene-fueled Soyuz 2-1a rocket deployed the spacecraft less than 10 minutes later, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Mar 1)


EUTELSAT COMMUNICATIONS: EUTELSAT 115 WEST B SATELLITE GEARS UP FOR LAUNCH - EUTELSAT 115 West B, the first all-electric satellite for Eutelsat Communications (Paris:ETL) (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL), is scheduled for launch by SpaceX using the Falcon 9 rocket on 1 March (22.49 - 23.34 EST, 03.49 - 04.34 UTC). Built by Boeing Defense and Space, Eutelsat's latest satellite arrived in Cape Canaveral on 25 January. Equipped with 12 C-band and 34 Ku-band transponders connected to four service areas, EUTELSAT 115 West B will extend reach of the Americas to markets in Alaska and Canada, replacing the EUTELSAT 115 West A satellite that operates in inclined orbit at 114.9° West.    More
(Source: Business Wire - Feb 27)


EUROPEAN SATELLITE FIRM ANNOUNCES TWO PAYLOAD LAUNCHES IN 2017 EUROPEAN SATELLITE FIRM ANNOUNCES TWO PAYLOAD LAUNCHES IN 2017 - The first two confirmed payloads slated for launch from SpaceX's commercial rocket launch site at Boca Chica Beach were announced Wednesday, according to a spaceflight industry publication. Officials with Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES announced that two of its communication satellites were scheduled to go into orbit aboard two SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets in 2017. "Spaceflight Now" magazine reported that "industry officials familiar with the launch deal said both satellites are planned to lift off from SpaceX's new launch site at Boca Chica Beach near Brownsville , Texas ."   More
(Source: Brownsville Herald - Feb 26)


LAUNCH OF FIRST GPS 3 SATELLITE NOW NOT EXPECTED UNTIL 2017 LAUNCH OF FIRST GPS 3 SATELLITE NOW NOT EXPECTED UNTIL 2017 - The first of the U.S. Air Force's newest generation of positioning, navigation and timing satellites is now expected to launch in 2017 rather than in 2016 as previously expected, according to an official with Lockheed Martin, the program's prime contractor. Mark Valerio, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin's military space business, said while he is preparing the first GPS 3 satellite to be available for launch as early as the end of this year, he expects the Air Force will slot the satellite to launch in the first quarter of 2017. Accommodating a 2017 launch date likely would require placing the satellite into short-term storage, he said.   More
(Source: Space News - Feb 25)

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