Amy Svitak

Aviation Week
Ariane 5 Orbits Measat-3b, Jabiru-2, Optus-10 
An Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA lifted two commercial communications satellites to orbit on Sept. 11, launching Measat-3b for Malaysian fleet operator Measat and Optus-10 for SingTel-Optus of Australia.
LPV Approaches Due At Wickham Airport Soon
European business, general aviation sectors cite hurdles to space-based approaches
EU-Wide Use Of LPV Approaches Targeted By 2018 1
U.K. is leading the way in space-based precision landings
Russia’s Angara Debut Delayed For Weeks 
The debut of Russia’s new light-class Angara rocket has been delayed for several weeks as engineers investigate a defect in the drainage valve of a liquid oxygen tank discovered during pre-launch checks.
Thales Alenia Space Belgium Expands With New Avionics Site 
Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture of France’s Thales Group and Italy’s Finmeccanica, says initially a team of about 20 engineers will develop new avionics products and technologies for satellites and launch vehicles at the facility, which is located east of Brussels.
ESA Approves Service Module Design For Orion 

After a nearly one-year delay, the European Space Agency (ESA) has approved the system design of a service module being developed by Airbus Defense and Space to fly on NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) in 2017, the company announced May 19.
ESA’s approval green-lights hardware development of a structural model that will be used for static tests expected to start “in the next few months,” followed by dynamic tests simulating launch loads that will be conducted within the coming year.

Orbital, ATK Announce $5 Billion Merger 

The aerospace and defense groups of Orbital Sciences Corp. and Alliant Techsystems (ATK) will be combined in a stock transaction valued at $5 billion, the companies announced April 29.
The merger will form a space, defense and aviation systems development and manufacturing company of 13,000 workers that the companies said is worth about $4.5 billion.
The transaction is expected to close by the end of this year.

Orbital, ATK, Announce $5 Billion Merger
The aerospace and defense groups of Orbital Sciences Corp. and Alliant Techsystems (ATK) will be combined in a stock transaction valued at $5 billion.
Draft Bill Language Would Halt Atlas 5 Launches This Year 
Draft legislation circulating in the U.S. House of Representatives would bar the use of Russian rocket technology in launching Pentagon payloads.
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