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Astrotech Wins Sixth NPOESS Contract for $35 Million
November 25, 2010 | Satellite Today | Jeffrey Hill
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[Satellite TODAY 11-25-10] Commercial aerospace services provider Astrotech Corp. has won a fully-funded task order under the U.S. Department of Defense’s $35 million Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, Astrotech announced Nov. 24.
   The company will provide facilities and payload processing services from its VAFB location in support of NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP) mission scheduled to launch in October 2011.
   Astrotech has been awarded six out of seven of the NASA VAFB IDIQ missions awarded to date. NPP is a joint mission to extend key measurements in support of long-term monitoring of climate trends and of global biological productivity. The mission aims to provide atmospheric and sea surface temperatures, humidity sounding, land and ocean biological productivity, and cloud and aerosol properties.
FASTSAT-HSV01 (STP-S26)=Minotaur 4-20.11.10 04:24 ДМВ-Kodiak
Старенькое. но:


NASA... How To Pack With Aplomb (Satellite)

[SatNews] The Organism/Organic Exposure to Orbital Stresses, or O/OREOS, nanosatellite managed by NASA's Ames Research Center, successfully launched at 5:25 p.m. PST on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, from Alaska Aerospace Corporation's Kodiak Launch Complex on Kodiak Island, Alaska.

Photo credit: Charlie Friedericks/NASA — The O/OREOS chemistry cube contains 24 sample compartments and a spectrometer, all packed into a 10-cm3 box.O/OREOS rode into orbit aboard a four-stage Air Force Minotaur IV rocket. Also aboard were the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Test ProgramSat-2 (STPSat-2), NASA's Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite, or FASTSAT, payload bus which carried the NanoSail-Demonstration, NASA's first solar sail, as well as other satellites developed by universities and industry. The goal of the O/OREOS mission is to demonstrate the capability to conduct low-cost astrobiology science experiments on autonomous nanosatellites in space.

Scientists will apply the knowledge they gain from O/OREOS to plan future experiments in the space environment to study how exposure to space changes organic molecules and biology. These experiments will help answer astrobiologys fundamental questions about the origin, evolution and distribution of life in the universe. Approximately 19 minutes after launch, O/OREOS separated from the Minotaur IV rocket and entered low Earth orbit at an altitude of approximately 400 miles. About three hours after launch, amateur radio operator, Marco Bruno, in Torino, Italy received the first signals from O/OREOS.

After a spacecraft checkout period, O/OREOS autonomously initiated the first of two experiments, which will last approximately six months and transmit data for as long as a year. The second experiment will start on Friday, Nov. 26, 2010. Now that O/OREOS is activated and has begun transmitting radio signals to ground control stations at Santa Clara University, the nanosatellite will send mission data to the NASA Mission Management and science teams at Ames for analysis.

The STPSat-2 launch was the STP's 26th small launch vehicle mission. The Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center's Space Development and Test Wing at Kirtland AFB, N.M., has overall management of the STPSat-2 mission. The Small Spacecraft Division at Ames manages the O/OREOS payload and mission operations with the professional support of staff and students from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Calif., in support of the Astrobiology Small Payloads program under the Planetary Science Division of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA's Headquarters in Washington.

Photo credit: Charlie Friedericks/NASA — The O/OREOS chemistry cube contains 24 sample compartments and a spectrometer, all packed into a 10-cm3 box.
План американских космических пусков
Вопрос уважаемому Salo:

Что за запуск?

01/01 NET P-3 LAUNCH 2/TDRSS 4/2 0545Z 0545Z-0945Z N/A 3 DAYS

Х-37 как прототип

U.S. military space plane nearing end of design life

[quote:96162ae7f1]Observers tracking movements of the U.S. Air Force's X-37B secretive space plane report the spacecraft is dropping altitude, a possible sign the clandestine mission is near landing as it approaches the limit of the its design life.[/quote:96162ae7f1]
Что это было????

NOV 10, 2010

Test Launch Successful
Noordwijk, Wednesday 10'th November, 2010, The White Label Space GLXP Team has announced that all systems are functional in the small engineering test satellite launched yesterday from a floating platform of the coast of Los Angeles. The launch also provided some unexpected entertainment for residents in coastal areas of California.

With the launch towards the west, the satellite was injected into a special retrograde Low Earth Orbit (LEO) in order to make it more difficult for other teams in the competition to send spy satellites to uncover the technical secrets while the satellite completes its mission to test critical hardware and subsystem for the team's upcoming moon lander mission.

White Label Space Team Leader, Steve Allen, released a statement about the launch from the mission operations centre after the successful orbital injection. He apologized once again to the X PRIZE Foundation for forgetting to officially announce the GLXP launch attempt. "We are working to such a tight schedule developing our moon mission that sometimes we just get a little bit carried away" he admitted.

This was the second launch of the White Label Space team, after the arlier launch from Barcelona in 2008.

P.S. Правда метка "Юмор" стоит... :shock:
Разношерстные новости

China sets new record for annual launch activity
Posted: November 1, 2010

Sunday's launch of a navigation satellite was the 12th flight of a Long March rocket in 2010, eclipsing the record for most Chinese space missions in a single year.

This weekend's flight broke an annual record China set in 2008, when it conducted 11 launches of human, scientific and military payloads.

This year, the country's burgeoning space program has launched 12 rockets, all successfully.

Payloads include four Beidou navigation satellites launched in January, July, August and October. China plans to continue a rapid pace of Beidou flights over the next two years, eventually reaching an intermediate stage of deployment by 2012, when it will provide positioning services over China and neighboring regions.

China will have launched 14 Beidou satellites by 2012 to achieve the localized coverage in the Asia-Pacific region, according to official government sources.

Three Long March flights have orbited Yaogan military reconnaissance satellites, beginning in March when a trio of spacecraft blasted off on a Long March 3C rocket.

Two more Yaogan payloads, believed to be electro-optical or night-vision radar spy satellites, were sent into space in August and September.

State-owned Chinese media outlets report the Yaogan satellites accomplish scientific experiments, survey land resources, estimate crop yields and contribute to natural disaster response efforts. But observers believe the spacecraft are actually operated by the Chinese military.

Long March rockets in June and October sent Shijian technology demonstration payloads into orbit.

The June launch of Shijian 12 started a groundbreaking rendezvous test that reached a crescendo in August, when it approached another Chinese satellite. China released no official account of the demo, but independent analysts using U.S. military tracking data concluded the spacecraft must have passed within about 600 feet of each other.

Other boosters launched a Tianhui mapping satellite, the Chinasat 6A television broadcasting spacecraft and the Chang'e 2 probe to the moon.

Chang'e 2 launched Oct. 1 and reached the moon five days later.

At least three more satellites are planned to launch this year, potentially extending the record to around 15 missions by the end of December.

China is preparing another Long March rocket to haul a Fengyun weather satellite to orbit as soon as Nov. 4. Another communications satellite and Beidou navigation platform could follow later in November and December.

The pace of Beidou launches, coupled with increased activity in China's human space program, should continue a frenzied launch manifest through 2011.

China is testing the core module of a mini-space station named Tiangong 1 for launch late next year. Future Chinese astronaut crews will visit the complex starting in 2012, according to state media.

This year's record launch rate comes as NASA and China open a joint dialogue on potential space cooperation. NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden visited China last month, and his hosts afforded him unprecedented access to human spaceflight facilities.

Although the talks did not include discussions on specific partnerships, according to NASA, the visit provided a basis for further dialogue.
BeiDou-2 (Compass-G4)= CZ-3C - 31.10.10 19:26:03 ДМВ -Сичан

China deploys another navigation satellite to orbit
Posted: November 1, 2010

China launched its sixth Beidou navigation satellite Sunday, reaching another step in a program to provide precise positioning services across the Asia-Pacific region by 2012.

The sixth operational Beidou navigation satellite launched on a Long March 3C rocket. Credit: China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology

The satellite lifted off on a Long March 3C rocket at 1626 GMT (12:26 p.m. EDT) Sunday. It was just after midnight at the Xichang launch base in southwestern China's Sichuan province.

The three-stage rocket, standing 180 feet tall at liftoff, placed the Beidou payload on course toward geosynchronous orbit, according to the Chinese government.

According to tracking data, the spacecraft is in a preliminary orbit stretching from a low point of 115 miles to a high point of about 22,260 miles. Its inclination angle is 20.5 degrees.

The Beidou, or Compass, satellite will fire its own engine to reach a circular orbit 22,300 miles above the equator. It is the sixth satellite launched in the first phase of the system's operational fleet.

The craft launched Sunday is the fourth platform designed for geosynchronous orbit over the equator. One satellite is in a medium-altitude orbit more than 13,000 miles high, and another spacecraft was injected in an inclined orbit to cover Earth's polar regions.

Four Beidou satellites have been sent into space so far this year.

China plans one more Beidou launch in December, when another satellite will be sent to cover high latitude and polar users.

Artist's concept of Beidou navigation satellites. Credit: China Academy of Space Technology

The Beidou network will provide Chinese military and citizens an indigenous source of precise navigation information. The country currently relies on the U.S. Air Force's Global Positioning System.

Experimental Beidou satellites began launching in 2000, and Chinese officials hope the system can provide full navigation and timing coverage of China and neighboring countries by 2012.

China will eventually launch 35 satellites to expand the system to global coverage by 2020. Most of the operational Beidou satellites will circle 13,000 miles above Earth. Five spacecraft will eventually support the system from geosynchronous orbit.

The constellation is China's counterpart to the U.S. GPS system, Russia's Glonass navigation satellites and the Galileo network being developed by Europe.

China says Beidou services will be available at no charge to civilians with positioning accuracy of about 10 meters, or 33 feet. More precise navigation data will be given to Chinese government and military users.
NSS 12&Thor 6=Ariane 5-29.10.09 23:00 ДМВ-Kourou

[quote:41ca8f9187]А не запаздала ли новость?


На сколько я понял, спутник еще не в работе. А новости ко мне скопом приходят. :shock:  посмотрел - нет ничего, сообщил :!:
Operationally Responsive Space-1 (ORS-1)
ORS-1 Spacecraft Bus (photo courtesy ATK)
Китайская космическая станция

Satnews Daily
October 30, 2010

China... Station In Space Scheduled

[SatNews] China said Wednesday it plans to complete a manned space station around 2020, as the Asian nation pushes ahead with its ambitious space exploration program.

Artistic rendition of a proposed Chinese space station, courtesy of the Chinese Society of AstronauticsChina's Manned Space Engineering Project announced in a statement that it expected to launch a space laboratory before 2016 to study key technology involved in a space station, such as living conditions for astronauts. The country would then develop and launch a core cabin and a second laboratory module around 2020, which would be assembled in orbit into a space station, it added. The station would study technologies involved in long-term manned space flights, the statement said.

China had already announced plans to launch two unmanned modules next year, which are expected to undergo the nation's first space docking — an essential step towards building the space station. These steps are all part of the nation's ambitious space exploration program, which experts say it wants to put on a par with those of the United States and Russia. China sees the program as a symbol of its global stature, growing technical expertise, and the Communist Party's success in turning around the fortunes of the formerly poverty-stricken nation. The nation became only the third in the world to put a man in space independently — after the United States and Russia — when Yang Liwei piloted the one-man Shenzhou-5 space mission in 2003. And in September 2008, the Shenzhou-7, piloted by three astronauts, carried out China's first space walk.

China has also made strides in lunar exploration, aiming to become the second country to put a man on the moon. It launched its second lunar probe on October 1, hopes to bring a moon rock sample back to Earth in 2017, and has planned a manned mission to the moon for around 2020, according to state media.

Artistic rendition of a proposed Chinese space station, courtesy of the Chinese Society of Astronautics
KA-SAT=Протон-М/Бриз-М– 27.12.10 00:51 ДМВ - Байконур 200/39
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Satnews Daily
October 27, 2010

Astrium... Kazakhstan Konsiderations (Contract)

[SatNews] The partnership between Astrium and JSC NC Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary (KGS), the national company charged with the development of Kazakhstan’s space program, has reached another major milestone with the signature of a contract for a Satellite Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) Centre in Astana.

Direct link to Astrium's homepage...Astrium and KGS signed the agreement, under which Astrium will provide and install the various test equipment (mechanical, radiometric, thermal and acoustic facilities) at the new AIT Centre. Astrium will also assist KGS in the construction of the AIT Centre to ensure coordination with the test equipment. [color=yellow]This follows a major contract signed in October 2009 by Astrium and KGS for the development of two Earth observation satellites.[/color] The AIT Centre will form part of the ‘Space City’ that the Kazakhstan space agency, Kazcosmos, is developing in Astana. The city will also include the ground segment for the two Astrium-built satellites, as well an administrative building and a museum dedicated to the country’s long space history.

A Joint Venture signed between KGS and Astrium in October 2009 to jointly manage the Astana AIT Centre and implement Kazakhstan’s future satellite programs will now become operational. Kazakhstan has been involved in spaceflight since the very beginning. In 1957, the Soviet Union chose Baikonur as the launch site for the first satellite, the legendary Sputnik 1. Then, in 1961, the world’s first astronaut, Yuri Gagarin, took off from Baikonur. Baikonur is still Russia’s primary launch site under lease from the Republic of Kazakhstan. Since the early space age, all the human Soyouz flights to the Space Stations have taken off from Baikonur. Kazakhstan is now developing new ambitions in space as part of the program A New Kazakhstan in a New World. One of the goals of this program — launched ten years ago — is to provide the country with the most advanced technology and to develop Kazakhstan’s own industrial expertise. Astrium, the European leader in space technology, is offering Kazakhstan its know-how via a strategic and technological partnership that will help the country fulfil its space ambitions
Разношерстные новости

Satnews Daily
October 27, 2010

Thales Alenia Space and Iridium...NEXT Is Now! (Launch)

[SatNews] News of a big step forward...Thales Alenia Space announced today that its contract with Iridium Communication (Nasdaq: IRDM), providing for the construction of 81 communication satellites in the Iridium NEXT low-orbit constellation, is now in full effect. With the closing of Iridium’s Coface credit facility, the FSD (Full Scale System Development) contract between Iridium and Thales Alenia Space replaces the Authorization to Proceed (ATP), signed by the companies on June 1, 2010. As of June, Thales Alenia Space has, in fact, had full-scale system design and development underway through its work under the ATP.

Iridium is a major provider of mobile satellite voice and data communications services. Iridium NEXT will replace Iridium’s current constellation, ensuring continuity of the world’s only truly global mobile satellite service.  Iridium NEXT also will expand the capacity and capabilities of the company’s existing global service. The launch of the first satellites is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015.

Thales Alenia Space is the Iridium NEXT prime contractor, responsible for managing engineering development, systems integration and manufacture of a space segment comprising 66 operational satellites, 6 in-orbit spare satellites and 9 ground spare satellites. To perform this large scale contract, Thales Alenia Space has established strategic industrial partnerships and plans to subcontract roughly 40 percent of the work to companies in North America. Thales Alenia Space France, Italy and Belgium will be heavily involved in the project, with activities shared between operations in Cannes, Toulouse, Rome and Charleroi.

Iridium NEXT will offer complete backward compatibility with Iridium’s current devices and services. Thales Alenia Space developed a sophisticated, yet flexible solution to meet this requirement. Based on its LEO platform product line, specifically developed for constellations, each Iridium NEXT satellite will carry a sophisticated active transmit/receive L-band antenna, Ka-band crosslink and feeder link antennas, 2-axis solar arrays and advanced onboard processing hardware and software needed to manage and route voice and data traffic through the Iridium network.

“This is a very important milestone, not only for our customer Iridium and for our company, but for all the financial institutions that have worked so hard on this project,” said Reynald Seznec, President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space. “The contract clearly shows that our company is a pivotal player in today’s market for communication satellite constellations. We have been able to combine our technical expertise with a unique industrial organization that allows us to set up a production chain, demonstrate our long experience in the management of industrial consortiums, and prove our ability to help customers carry out the procedures needed for financial arrangements.”

“We are extremely pleased to have closed the Coface financing and to have moved onto the FSD as we aggressively push forward to deliver Iridium NEXT,” said Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium. “Today marks another important milestone since our June 1st decision to choose Thales Alenia Space as our prime contractor. The Thales Alenia Space team is now fully engaged in designing Iridium NEXT and we feel great about the partnership that is developing between our two companies as work accelerates on this exciting venture.“

Разношерстные новости

Satnews Daily
October 31, 2010

Lockheed Martin... Interoperability Success (Satellite)

[SatNews] Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has completed Intersegment System Testing (IST) of the second Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) military communications satellite at the company's facilities in Sunnyvale, Calif.

This critical milestone marks the completion of pre-launch verification for the new eXtended Data Rate (XDR) service which will provide substantial enhancements in the capacity, coverage and connectivity of protected communications for warfighters around the globe. AEHF is the successor to the existing five-satellite Milstar constellation and will provide global, highly secure, protected, survivable communications for warfighters operating on ground, sea and air platforms. Completion of IST for the second AEHF satellite marks the culmination of an extensive suite of interoperability tests with new XDR capable user terminals demonstrating protected anti-jam communications at data rates up to 8 Mbps via highly agile satellite spot beams. New and enhanced strategic and tactical applications such as real-time video and voice and data conferencing will be enabled by this XDR service providing a ten-fold increase in system capacity, coverage and network connectivity.

Col. Michael Sarchet, commander of the Protected Satellite Communications Group at the U.S. Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center said, "This major milestone represents completion of our single-line flow activities and moves the program another critical step closer to the full deployment of the AEHF system and delivery of unprecedented protected communication capabilities to the warfighter." The second AEHF satellite has completed all testing and will be placed in storage next month. The third AEHF satellite is progressing through thermal vacuum environmental testing at the Lockheed Martin facility in Sunnyvale, Calif.

The AEHF team is led by the U.S. Air Force Military Satellite Communications Systems Wing at the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, Calif., is the AEHF prime contractor and system manager, with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, Calif., as the satellite payload provider. Lockheed Martin is currently under contract to provide three AEHF satellites and the mission control segment to the U.S. Air Force. The program has also contracted advanced procurement of long-lead components for a fourth AEHF satellite. A contract award to begin full scale production of the fourth satellite is expected in late 2010.

Разношерстные новости

Satnews Daily
October 31, 2010

European Space Agency... Lowered Orbit, Heightened Life (Satellite)

[SatNews] ESA’s Earth-observing satellite Envisat has moved to a lower orbit in order to conserve fuel and extend its life by three years, and is once again delivering invaluable data to thousands of scientists.

Envisat, launched in 2002, has a unique combination of 10 different instruments that collect data about Earth’s atmosphere, land, sea and ice – providing scientists with the most detailed picture yet of the state of our planet. Initially intended to stay in orbit for five years, the decision was taken to extend the mission until 2010. However, given the overall excellent condition of the satellite, ESA Member States agreed last year to fund the mission through to 2013.

This image is one of the first acquired by Envisat's Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) instrument (27 October 2010 around 7:30 UTC), just a few hours after the Earth-observing satellite reached its new orbit. The image features the Volga delta in Russia and Kazakhstan and the northern Caspian Sea. Preliminary checks indicate the instrument is delivering the same high-quality data as it did before the satellite's orbit was lowered from 800 km to 783 km, beginning on 22 October. The size of the image is about 800 by 700 km. Credits: ESA

In order for the satellite to stay operational another three years, engineers from ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, came up with a plan to minimize fuel use by moving it to a lower orbit so it would no longer have to correct for the gradual change in orbit inclination during this period. The Envisat orbit change project, called 'Envisat 2010+', to lower it from about 800 km to about 783 km, began on the morning of October 22 . The 8000-kg satellite was lowered by about 10 km with two 28-minute repositioning moves. Following another two manoeuvres on the evening of October 26, the satellite was lowered an additional 7 km, reaching its new final altitude. Envisat’s instruments were slowly switched back on starting on October 27 , and the satellite is now gradually resuming its normal activities.

Users will start receiving Envisat data and products again on November 2. A mini-commissioning phase is scheduled for November and December. Many different teams will verify the quality of the 'new' Envisat data of more than 100 measurements about our planet, including sea-surface temperature, vegetation indices and greenhouse gas concentrations. Envisat 2010+ is an ambitious project with teams from three ESA establishments – ESTEC, the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, and the Earth observation centre (ESRIN) in Frascati, Italy — working round the clock to ensure minimal disruptions for the satellite’s numerous operational and scientific data users.[/img]
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New Intelsat Satellite Delivered To Launch Base

by Staff Writers
Palo Alto, CA (SPX) Oct 28, 2010

Space Systems/Loral reports that a communications satellite that it designed and built for Intelsat arrived safely at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it is scheduled to launch in November aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle.
"Intelsat 17 was delivered to launch base nearly two months ahead of the contract delivery date," said John Celli, president of Space Systems/Loral.

"We always strive to help customers achieve their business objectives and in this case, an early launch date was highly desirable. This is the 45th satellite that we have delivered to Intelsat and our long-term, collaborative relationship helps both our companies maximize efficiencies and ensure the highest quality."

Intelsat 17 will be positioned at 66E, effectively next to Intelsat's successful Asian video distribution neighborhood located at 68.5E, on the Intelsat 10 satellite, which has been serving customers since 2001.

Intelsat 17's C- and Ku-band capacity, and multi-continental coverage, will offer programmers distribution in a region that extends across Asia and into Europe and Africa.

It will replace Intelsat 702, which was also built by Space Systems/Loral and was launched in June 1994.
NSS 12&Thor 6=Ariane 5-29.10.09 23:00 ДМВ-Kourou

Satnews Daily
October 30, 2010

Arrays Arranged, NSS-12's Post Launch Maneuvers Successful

Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) has announced that NSS-12, a satellite built for SES WORLD SKIES, a subsidiary of SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange:SESG), is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers. The satellite deployed its solar arrays Thursday evening, following its launch aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite's first thruster firing will propel it toward its final geosynchronous orbit.

When in-orbit testing is completed, NSS-12 will replace NSS-703 at 57 degrees East, where it will reach an estimated two-thirds of the world's population. Based on the SS/L 1300 platform, it is the most powerful satellite in the SES fleet and it will enable communications for telecommunications providers, broadcasters, corporations, and governments in four continents.
План пусков Sea Launch / МКУ

Debt-free Sea Launch emerges from bankruptcy
Posted: October 28, 2010

After winning court and regulatory approval of its Chapter 11 reorganization under majority Russian ownership, California-based Sea Launch emerged from a 16-month bankruptcy process Wednesday with plans to resume satellite delivery missions in 2011.

Sea Launch's plan of reorganization was approved July 27 by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware and cleared the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment on Sept. 8, leading to the reshaped company's effective date of Oct. 27, the firm said Wednesday in a press release.

"We are thrilled to have successfully emerged from Chapter 11 with a solid financial structure and a healthy manifest of future launches," said Kjell Karlsen, Sea Launch president and general manager. "Completing this transaction will represent a significant accomplishment in the final steps toward re-entering the market as a strong and competitive commercial launch service provider."

Sea Launch, which was previously owned by a contractor coalition led by Boeing Co., will now be led by Energia Overseas Ltd., a subsidiary the Russian aerospace giant Energia, which builds the Block DM upper stage for the Zenit 3SL rocket.

Now rid of crippling debt that followed the company for much of its existence, Sea Launch plans to resume flights in the first three months of 2011 with a Zenit rocket mission from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

That flight, conducted under the Land Launch banner, will carry the Intelsat 18 communications satellite into orbit.

Land Launch missions are managed by Space International Services Ltd. of Moscow. The land-based variant of Sea Launch's Zenit rocket has flown four times since 2008.

Missions from Sea Launch's ocean-based Odyssey platform will resume in the third quarter of 2011. Sea Launch plans two flights from their Pacific Ocean site next year, officials said.

The Odyssey platform is based at Sea Launch's home port in Long Beach, Calif. It is a two-week journey from Long Beach to the launch site on the equator at 154 degrees west longitude.

"We are now planning for our return to launch operations in 2011, building on the continuity of our collective expertise and proven experience of our launch system and our team," Karlsen said.

According to Karlsen, Sea Launch's future business can be profitable with two missions per year.

"We had an opportunity to systematically analyze all the existing processes and operations, both internal and external, and as a result, we are talking about an overhaul of the business at all levels," said Dennis Shomko, a spokesman for Energia Overseas Ltd. "For customers, that means transparency, reliability and predictability. We are confident that we can deliver a competitive level of 'business comfort' to them, while ensuring that our suppliers are managed appropriately."

One of the chief uncertainties before Sea Launch's mid-2009 filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection was the Ukrainian Zenit rocket supply chain. According to court filings, the global financial crisis, a catastrophic launch mishap in 2007, and late equipment deliveries and cash payments triggered several serious delays.

An Energia affiliate in Moscow will oversee the supply chain in Russia and Ukraine, according to Sea Launch. Energia Logistics Ltd., a U.S. corporation, is taking over management of rocket and satellite operations in Long Beach.

Sea Launch's contract backlog includes deals to launch Intelsat, Eutelsat, AsiaSat and EchoStar communications satellites. Officials have not announced payloads for the two Sea Launch missions in the second half of 2011.
Радио сообщило - сегодня, 28.10.2010, было совершено 3 пуска. Все боеголовки попали в назначенный район. [color=yellow]Завтра. 29 октября, будет совершен пуск БРПЛ "Булава"[/color]
HYLAS 1&Intelsat 17=Ariane 5ECA(V198)-26.11.10 21:39 ДМВ

Satnews Daily
October 19, 2010

Astrium's HYLAS 1... Ahead Of Its Time (Launch)

[SatNews] Ahead of schedule the Highly Adaptable Satellite (HYLAS 1), which was designed and built by Astrium for the satellite broadband operator Avanti Communications, has now arrived at the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana. HYLAS 1's planned launch aboard an Ariane 5 in late November.

HYLAS 1 will bring high-speed broadband services to remote rural areas across Europe, using its ‘highly adaptable’ payload, developed by Astrium, primarily at its UK sites in Portsmouth and Stevenage. The payload operating in Ku- and Ka-bands is designed to allocate varying amounts of power and bandwidth to the different regions within its footprint, reacting to the highs and lows of traffic demand.

The satellite was flown to French Guiana aboard an Antonov An-124 cargo plane from Bangalore, India, where HYLAS 1’s satellite platform and integration was undertaken by the Indian Space Research Organisation. Over the coming weeks the satellite will be readied for launch and mated with the Ariane 5 launch vehicle.

The UK Space Agency and Technology Strategy Board have provided support for the development of HYLAS 1 through the UK subscription to the European Space Agency ARTES program

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