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    Acest sticky este dedicat lansarilor de noi satelit i.Prin urmare va rog pe toti sa folositi acest topic pt a anunta orice stire noua referitoare la acest subiect.

    Originally posted by first_zipper
    NSS-8 launch slated for January 25th

    SES NEW SKIES, an SES company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) and Sea Launch are initiating the final preparations for the launch of the NSS-8 communications satellite. Liftoff of the sixth satellite in the SES NEW SKIES fleet is planned at the opening of a 37-minute launch window beginning at 3:22 pm Pacific Standard Time (23:22 GMT) on January 25th, 2007.

    The Odyssey Launch Platform and the Sea Launch Commander are currently sailing to the launch site at 154 degrees West Longitude on the Equator to begin launch operations. Upon arrival, the launch team will initiate a 72-hour countdown and ballast the Launch Platform 65 feet, to launch depth, performing final tests on the launch system and the satellite. On launch day, a Zenit-3SL rocket will lift the 5,920 kg (13,051 lb) spacecraft to geosynchronous transfer orbit, on its way to a final orbital location of 57 degrees East Longitude.

    The high-power, state-of-the-art NSS-8 satellite is a Boeing 702 spacecraft that carries 56 C-band and 36 Ku-band transponders designed to replace the existing NSS-703 satellite as the centerpiece of NEW SKIES’ strategic Indian Ocean contribution to SES’ global communications network. The successful launch of NSS-8 will subsequently also allow for NSS-703 to be re-deployed to the Atlantic Ocean region at 340° East, further boosting the global coverage and connectivity provided by the 40 plus strong fleet of satellites in the SES Group. NSS-8 will support a wide range of functions, including corporate communications, government and military operations, Broadband Internet services and broadcast applications.

    The satellite will provide coverage to two-thirds of the world’s po****tion, serving countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and Asia. Designed for a 15-year lifespan, NSS-8 will have 18 kilowatts of total power at the beginning of life on orbit.

    Originally Posted by first_zipper


      Feed lansare NSS-8


        Lansare esuata

        The Sea Launch Zenit-3SL vehicle, carrying the NSS-8 satellite, experienced an anomaly today during launch operations. All personnel are safe and accounted for. Sea Launch will establish a Failure Review Oversight Board to determine the root cause of this anomaly. Please call the Sea Launch hotline at 800.995.4123 for further information, as it becomes available.

        Secventa "lansarii" (3.8Mb) aici :


          China to launch two satellites for 2008 Olympics

          China to launch two satellites for 2008 Olympics
          Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
          Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)

          Beijing, 30 January: China will launch two satellites dedicated to radio and TV relay services for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in June and October this year, the China Satellite Communications Corporation (CSCC) said Tuesday [30 January]. Manufacturing of the two satellites is under way under strict quality control to ensure the timely and smooth launch of them, said Guo Hao, deputy general manager of CSCC.

          CSCC has been contracted to provide broadcasting and TV signal transfer and traffic monitoring and navigation services for the 2008 Olympic Games. China launched an Olympic weather forecasting satellite, the Fengyun-2D, last December. China Meteorological Administration (CMA) announced early this month the Fengyun-2D satellite had successfully connected with the ground control and was operating normally.

          Chief designer Li Qin said: “The satellite will provide accurate and timely information about weather changes to help us with weather forecasts during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, especially the opening and closing ceremonies and important contests.” Besides monitoring weather changes in China, the FY-2D will also monitor weather changes in neighbouring countries.

          (Source: Xinhua news agency, Beijing, in English 1202 gmt 30 Jan 07 via BBC Monitoring)


            Pacat ca acest Sticky a pasit cu stangul!
            Ma refer la faptul ca prima lansare comentata aici a fost de fapt explozia unui satelit in momentul lansarii (de fapt explozia rachetei purtatoare).
            Nu inteleg de cei de la Sea Launches au fost asa de grabiti sa apese butonul de inchidere a emisiei.
            Echipa de lansare:

            "The team on the Odyssey Launch Platform marks the occasion with a fishing theme."
            Pacat de NSS-8.


              SES New Skies announces NSS-8 satellite launch failure

              SES New Skies announces NSS-8 satellite launch failure
              Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

              SES New Skies has announced the failure of the launch of NSS-8, the sixth satellite in its fleet, onboard a Zenith-3SL launch vehicle, and the resulting total loss of the satellite. SES New Skies says it is currently not in a position to comment on the possible causes of the mission failure and is awaiting the results of the official investigation which is in the process of being installed.

              NSS-8 was built by Boeing, with launch services from the Odyssey Platform in the equatorial Pacific provided by Sea Launch. The spacecraft was intended to operate at SES New Skies orbital position of 57° East to replace the existing NS-703 satellite. The launch failure of NSS-8 means that NSS-703 will now stay at 57° East in order to continue to serve existing customers until at least 2009.

              SES New Skies has already initiated the construction of NSS-9 for launch in 2009 into the Pacific Ocean Region. NSS-9 is intended to free up NSS-5 which in turn will then be free to relocate to 57° to replace NSS-703. The NSS-8 launch failure is thus not expected to have an impact on existing customers or revenues.

              (Source: SES)


                AMC-18 Ready for Commercial Services

                AMC-18 Ready for Commercial Services

                All C-band spacecraft anticipates heavy cable utilization for high definition growth

                February 1, 2007 – Princeton, NJ – SES AMERICOM, an SES company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg stock exchanges: SESG), announced today that the AMERICOM-18 (AMC-1 satellite that was launched on December 8, 2006, has successfully completed a full battery of in-orbit-tests and is now operational from its assigned orbital location of 105 degrees West.

                The C-band satellite is the first in that frequency at 105 degrees to be operated by SES AMERICOM. Given the demand from the media community for more high definition as well as standard definition distribution bandwidth, AMERICOM has been seeding the cable head-end market with triple-feed antennas. Once the triple-feed equipment is installed, the cable provider can receive and redistribute programming from three spacecraft in that neighborhood, AMC-1 at 103 degrees, AMC-4 at 101 degrees, and now AMC-18 at 105 degrees. As a result of the cable community’s warm response to that program, programmers that use any one of the three satellites can potentially deliver channels into more than half of U.S. cable households by the end of the second quarter. By year-end, the penetration is expected to grow to 80%.

                Bryan McGuirk, SES AMERICOM’s President of Media Services, said, “I thank AMERICOM’s space systems’ team for delivering a terrific spacecraft that will serve the media market for more than 15 years.” He continued, “The timing of the operational readiness of AMC-18 and the expansion of the HD-PRIME™ neighborhood is perfectly synchronized with the growing demand for more bandwidth to distribute new high def channels.”

                About AMC-18

                Launched by Arianespace from their Kourou Spaceport, and built by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems, AMC-18 is the thirteenth A2100 spacecraft in the AMERICOM fleet. Built as a clone of the successful AMC-10 and AMC-11 satellites that were launched in 2004, the all-C-band AMC-18 spacecraft can deliver and receive signals from 50 states, the Caribbean and Mexico and has been designated as the third HD-PRIME™ satellite. AMC-18 was procured by SES Global Satellite Leasing Ltd., an SES company located on the Isle of Man; the spacecraft will be operated and marketed by SES AMERICOM.

                About SES AMERICOM

                The largest supplier of satellite services in the Americas, SES AMERICOM, Inc. is recognized as a pioneer of global satellite communications services. Established in 1973 with its first satellite circuit for the U.S. Department of Defense, the company currently operates a fleet of

                19 spacecraft in orbital positions predominantly providing service throughout the Americas. As a member of the SES family, SES AMERICOM is able to provide end-to-end telecom-munications solutions to any region in the world. With its combined operations, SES AMERICOM serves broadcasters, cable programmers, aeronautical and maritime communications integrators, Internet service providers, mobile communications networks, government agencies, educational institutions, carriers and secure global data networks with efficient communication and content distribution solutions.



                  Satellite data vital to UN climate findings

                  Satellite data vital to UN climate findings
                  1 February 2007

                  The most authoritative report on climate change to date will be released tomorrow in Paris, France, and is expected to warn of rising global sea levels and temperatures. Earth observation from space plays an invaluable role in helping scientists advance our understanding of climate change and capability to model its evolution.

                  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) developed the report, ‘Climate Change 2007’, over six years with a panel of 2 500 scientific expert reviewers from 130 countries. Predictions for the future of global warming in the report, intended as a summary for policymakers, are based on 19 computer models.
                  Many scientists and policy makers agree climate change is the biggest problem facing the planet today. A better understanding of global-warming phenomena requires sophisticated models of the Earth System including the atmosphere, ocean, biosphere and cryosphere.

                  The ability of satellites to deliver global data on the Earth System makes them particularly useful to study climate change and to validate and assess the quality of climate models. In addition, long-term and consistent Earth observation (EO) data sets enable scientists to identify significant trends and patterns in the climate. ESA’s Envisat, the world’s largest environmental satellite, affords this to scientists by providing continuity of data initiated in the early 1990s with previous ESA satellites ERS-1, ESA’s first observation satellite launched in 1991, and ERS-2.

                  ESA satellites observe changes in Larsen-B Ice Shelf
                  A space-borne instrument known as a radar altimeter offers valuable information on the state of the ocean by providing measurements of the height of the ocean surface. Data acquired by radar altimeters aboard Envisat and ERS show sea levels have been rising by three mm a year since the early 1990s.

                  Other evidence of global warming can be found in the melting of polar sea-ice and ice caps. Satellites are often the only means of studying the Earth’s Polar Regions because of their remoteness, darkness and cloudiness. An instrument known as the Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) allows Envisat to produce high-quality images of ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica because it is able to pierce through clouds and darkness.

                  Using satellite data collected by ESA’s ERS-1, ERS-2 and Envisat and Canada’s Radarsat-1, Eric Rignot of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California and University of Kansas scientist Pannir Kanagaratnam made a discovery in 2006 that the Greenland Glaciers are melting at a pace twice as fast as previously thought. Such a rapid pace of melting was not considered in previous simulations of climate change, therefore showing the important role of Earth observation in advancing our knowledge of climate change and improving climate models.

                  "Satellites have produced major advances in our understanding of the evolution of ice sheets in a warmer climate. In particular they documented large changes taking place in polar regions, e.g. Greenland and Antarctica, which result from climate warming, over the most inaccessible regions of the world," Rignot said.

                  Averaged SCIAMACHY methane observations
                  Satellites are useful for helping build scenarios of greenhouse gas emissions, such as methane – the second most important greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide. Using the Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Chartography (SCIAMACHY) instrument aboard Envisat, researchers at the University of Heidelberg in 2005 were able to confirm increased methane concentrations induced mainly by human activities.

                  Satellites also help scientists to better understand the carbon cycle by providing measurements of some of the variables required as inputs to carbon-cycle models, such as daily global albedo (the fraction of sunlight reflected back from the Earth), fires and mapping of land-use change and forestry activities.

                  Earth Explorer CryoSat-2 will measure ice thickness
                  Climate change also poses a great threat to the world economy. ‘The Economics of Climate Change’ report, also called the Stern review, compiled by Sir Nicholas Stern for the UK government and released on 30 October 2006, estimates that if we do nothing about climate change, the overall costs and risks will be equivalent to losing at least 5% of global gross domestic product (GDP) each year. In contrast, Stern says, the costs of reducing greenhouse gas emissions can be limited to around 1% of global GDP each year.

                  ESA’s Living Planet Programme, through the development of satellite missions like the Earth Explorer series and new missions such as the Sentinel missions that support Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES), will continue to advance our understanding of the Earth System, predict environmental changes and help mitigate the negative effects of global change on the population.

                  (Source: ESA)


                    Briz M upper stage explodes in orbit

                    The Briz-M upper stage that was left over from the botched Arabsat 4A launch of February 28th 2006 has exploded in orbit leaving over 1000 fragments littering space.

                    Major Breakup Event Over Australia

                    On February 19th, late-night sky watchers across Australia witnessed a bright explosion followed by a debris cloud that hung in the sky for nearly an hour. At first a mystery, the source of the blast is now understood. It was a Russian Briz-M rocket booster misplaced in orbit last year by the failed launch of an Arabsat communications satellite. The fuel tanks of the Briz-M ruptured on Feb. 19th, producing a vivid naked-eye display and more than 1000 pieces of debris. Experts are calling this a "major breakup event," comparable to or even worse than last month's Chinese anti-sat test.

                    Theres an amazing series of photos showing the event here:



                      AMC-21 satellite to be launched for SES AMERICOM by ARIANESPACE

                      AMC-21 satellite to be launched for SES AMERICOM by ARIANESPACE
                      Washington, D.C. and Princeton, NJ February 21, 2007 – Arianespace announced today that it will launch the AMC-21 telecommunications satellite.

                      AMC-21 is the 26th satellite entrusted to Arianespace by a member of the SES family of companies (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) one of the world’s leading satellite operators. The launch of AMC-21 is scheduled for the 2nd quarter of 2008 on an Ariane 5 vehicle from Europe’s Spaceport at the Space Center in French Guiana.

                      AMC-21, under construction by Alcatel Alenia Space, will have a liftoff mass of approximately 2500 kg. The satellite is based on Orbital Science’s Star-2 satellite bus, and will provide high-powered satellite services with its payload of 24 active Ku-band transponders.

                      The AMC-21 satellite, which will be operated by SES AMERICOM, is designed for a minimum operational lifetime of 15 years, and will offer television and enterprise distribution services across the United States, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America from the orbital position of 125 degrees West.

                      Edward Horowitz, President and CEO of SES AMERICOM, said, "We appreciate that Arianespace has incorporated AMC-21 into their first half 2008 manifest, as there is a high degree of demand for Ku-band capability in North America." He continued, "AMC-21 is an important component in our spectrum of service offerings; it is designed to meet the growth demands of our media, enterprise and new services customers."

                      Arianespace CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall said, “We are extremely gratified to be chosen again by SES to launch one of their satellites, and advance their coverage of the Americas. It is appropriate that the contract for AMC-21 follows on the heels of Arianespace’s recent successful launch of another SES satellite, AMC-18.”

                      (Source: SES-GLOBAL)


                        Iran 'Launches Rocket Into Space'

                        Iran 'Launches Rocket Into Space'
                        Sunday February 25, 08:42 AM

                        Iran says it has successfully launched its first rocket into space, Iranian state television has reported. It was unclear from the broadcast exactly what Iran had launched, but it appeared to refer to the country's efforts to launch commercial satellites into orbit. Mohsen Bahrami, the head of Iran's Space Research Centre, said that Iran's Science and Technology and Defence ministries built the craft.

                        He provided no other details beyond saying that Iran had successfully launched what he called a space rocket or space missile.
                        Iran has made clear in the past that it wants to be able to send its own satellites, including commercial ones, into orbit.
                        However, it revealed little information about the project.
                        In 2005, Iran launched its first such satellite in a joint project with Russia.

                        (Source: Yahoo News)


                          Official opening of the Soyuz launch base construction site in French Guiana

                          Official opening of the Soyuz launch base construction site in French Guiana
                          26 February 2007

                          ESA PR 10-2007. The construction site of the Soyuz launch base in French Guiana was officially opened today by Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General, Yannick d'Escatha, President of CNES, Jean-Yves Le Gall, Director General of Arianespace, and Anatoly Perminov, Head of Roscosmos.

                          The ceremony took place in the presence of many French authorities and representatives of all the European and Russian entities contributing to the startup of the project.
                          On this occasion, a commemorative plaque was unveiled and a stone from the Baikonur launch pad from which the cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin took off in 1961 was deposited on the site. This stone is a powerful symbol of the continuity between the Russian launch site, which saw the start of the space age with Sputnik followed by the first human spaceflight, and the setting-up of a Soyuz launch operation in French Guiana. The arrival of Soyuz marks the culmination of 40 years of space cooperation between France and Russia, a decade of industrial cooperation in the Starsem framework, and the longstanding cooperation between ESA and Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos).

                          Soyuz, renowned for its legendary exploits in space exploration, has been launched 1713 times so far, thus demonstrating both its robustness and reliability. It has to date placed 1661 satellites in orbit around the Earth and sent 91 Russian and 40 non-Russian cosmonauts into space.

                          Launching Soyuz from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG) will make it possible to use French Guiana’s equatorial position to significantly increase the launcher's lift capability. After an inaugural flight at the end of 2008, Soyuz will launch communication satellites into geostationary orbit, navigation satellites forming part of the European Galileo constellation, Earth observation satellites into polar orbit, and interplanetary probes. Soyuz at the CSG, alongside the Ariane 5 heavy-lift launcher and Europe's small Vega launcher, will harmoniously complete the range of ESA launchers. Their exploitation is handled by Arianespace, which will be able to offer launch services for all types of missions.

                          This project is being co-funded by ESA, the European Union and Arianespace and carried out with CNES as system prime contractor, in the framework of an ESA programme. Although the site is being officially opened today, excavation work was initiated several months ago by the French firm VINCI with the help of numerous European and local firms; the first Russian teams are due to arrive at Sinnamary between now and the end of the year to build the launch and functional support infrastructure for the launch pad.

                          As Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of the European Space Agency, said: "We are entering a new era for launchers for Europe, which is the positive outcome of good cooperation between ESA and Russia, initiated by France, and which will enhance the launch flexibility offered by Arianespace."

                          Yannik d’Escatha, President of CNES, observed that: "The continuous relationship developed in the space domain between France and Russia over the last 40 years and its extension to cooperation on launchers as from 1996 has led today to this tremendous joint project between Europe and Russia: Soyuz at the CSG. With the construction work on this launch site at the Guiana Space Centre, Europe's Spaceport, the link that has been developed will now be very much a tangible one on French territory, for ESA, for decades to come."

                          Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chief Executive Officer of Arianespace, said that: "Soyuz at the CSG is a new phase in the amazing undertaking begun 10 years ago by Europe and Russia within Starsem. Soyuz at the CSG will be a great asset for Arianespace's commercial strategy and will greatly benefit our customers, shareholders and partners."

                          As Anatoly Perminov, Head of Roscosmos, put it: "We can clearly see today that the most ambitious projects, such as this construction of the Soyuz launch pad at the CSG, cannot be carried out by a single entity. It is only through the joint efforts of Europe, Russia and France that such a bold ambition is becoming a tangible reality before our very eyes. This mutually beneficial cooperation provides a guarantee that the future exploration of space can only be for peaceful purposes and that it will always be in line with the aspirations of humanity at large."

                          (Source: ESA)


                            Arabsat to launch its fifth satellite next year

                            Arabsat to launch its fifth satellite next year
                            Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

                            Satellite communications provider Arabsat plans to launch its fifth satellite into orbit in the second quarter of 2008, its president and CEO said yesterday. The Saudi-based intergovernmental organisation, which is currently developing a plan to go public, will take delivery of its Badr-6 satellite in the first quarter of next year and will put it in space in middle of the year, according to Khalid Balkheyour.

                            Arabsat has also commissioned the design of an additional three communications satellites to be launched in 2009 and 2010. It currently broadcasts 240 channels to 130 million viewers. In November 2006 it successfully launched Badr-4, a geo-stationary satellite providing bandwidth for broadcasters in the Middle East and Africa.

                            The launch comes after the failure of one of its satellites, Arabsat-4a, to make it into the designated orbit earlier in the year.

                            (Source: Gulf News)


                              NSS-10 and NSS-11 join SES NEW SKIES fleet

                              NSS-10 and NSS-11 join SES NEW SKIES fleet
                              AMC-12 and AAP-1 satellites re-named

                              SES NEW SKIES, an SES company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), is pleased to announce that the SES satellites AMC-12/ASTRA 4A and AAP-1 have been transferred to SES NEW SKIES which will now be responsible for all customer and capacity management activities associated with these satellites. The spacecraft have subsequently been renamed NSS-10 and NSS-11. The SES NEW SKIES fleet now comprises seven spacecraft optimized for connectivity between the different regions of the world, as well as for the provision of regional interconnection and distribution capacity serving those parts of the world outside of Europe and North America.

                              The SES NEW SKIES satellites as of today are: NSS-11 (formerly AAP-1) at 108.2° East, NSS-10 (formerly AMC-12/ASTRA 4A) at 322.5° East, NSS-806 at 319.5° East, NSS-7 at 338°East, NSS-703 at 57° East, NSS-6 at 95° East and NSS-5 at 183° East. In addition, SES NEW SKIES has also assumed commercial responsibility for the West Africa beam on ASTRA 2B at 28.2° East. Together, the SES NEW SKIES satellites provide global coverage, with the transferred satellites boosting fleet capacity at SES NEW SKIES by 48%, from 215 to 318 transponders. The additional capacity comprises 67 transponders on NSS-10 (reduced from the maximum 72 due to current beam configuration), 28 transponders on NSS-11 and the 8 transponders on the West Africa beam of ASTRA 2B. SES NEW SKIES will further enhance its orbital resources through the addition of NSS-9 in 2009. Positioned at 183° East, it will allow NSS-5 to replace the NSS-703 satellite as it nears the end of its life.

                              States Robert Bednarek, President and CEO of SES NEW SKIES: “The incorporation of NSS-10 and NSS-11 into the SES NEW SKIES fleet provides clarity and consistency to the customer community when dealing with the SES family. The availability of these assets when coupled with our NSS-9 plans demonstrates SES NEW SKIES’ continued commitment to growth and expansion within its regions. We are also looking at several options for the replacement of the recently lost NSS-8 satellite and will update our customers on our latest fleet expansion planning within the coming weeks."

                              Note to the Editor

                              At the end of 2006 SES NEW SKIES carried 508 television channels, a growth of 9% compared to the end of 2005. In total it is estimated that these channels are received by some 44 million cable and satellite households: 25 million in India, 3.5 million in Africa and 15 million in Latin America. Transponder utilization on the SES NEW SKIES fleet grew from 65% at the end of 2005 to 71% at the end of 2006.

                              (Source: SES-GLOBAL)


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