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Friday, October 31, 2014

This Week in Satellite News! (24 Oct – 31 Oct 2014)

 

MDA to Build Ground Station in China

October 27, 2014 MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) is providing a ground station in China to expand the availability of Radarsat 2 data. EarthView Image subsidiary EarthSTAR has signed a contract worth more than $10 million with MDA for a multi-year extension of Radarsat 2 distribution rights. Launched in 2007, Radarsat 2 provides high-resolution surveillance

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O3b Networks’ Next Launch Accelerated to December

October 28, 2014 O3b Networks’ next four satellites have been fast tracked from a 2015 launch date to Dec. 18, 2014. The earlier launch date follows the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) decision to delay the launch of the next two Galileo navigation satellites. In September O3b launched its second batch of four satellites on an Arianespace Soyuz vehicle, bringing the total constellation up to eight spacecraft. The December launch will increase the constellation to 12, from which point it could continue to grow to more than 100 satellites.

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Orbital Sciences Initiates Investigation into Antares Explosion

October 29, 2014 An Orbital Sciences Antares rocket suffered a launch failure at 6:22 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Oct. 28. The mission, the third of eight in the company’s $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply (CRS) contract with NASA, was carrying 2215 kg of cargo, including 26 satellites for Planet Labs, the Arkyd 3 satellite for Planetary Resources, and the Radiometer Atmospheric CubeSat Experiment (RACE) for the University of Texas and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

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First Aireon Flight Payload Delivered for Global Air Traffic Surveillance System

October 31, 2014 Harris Corporation has delivered Aireon’s first flight payload for integration into Iridium NEXT satellites. This is the first of 81 Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receiver payloads that will be launched and deployed on Iridium NEXT to provide Aireon’s real-time aircraft monitoring system, which aims to optimize global Air Traffic Management.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

This Week in Satellite News! (17 Oct – 24Oct 2014)

 

Electron to Launch at Least Once Per Week, Says Rocket Lab CEO

October 23, 2014. Rocket Lab, manufacturer of the Electron small satellite launch vehicle, has set its sights on launching no less than once per week when commercial operations begin. The company grabbed headlines after announcing that it had already signed 30 customers for the as-of-yet proven launch vehicle.

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M2M technology: aiding a smart approach to climate change

Posted by Chloe Green on 24 October 2014
Ten years ago, expensive ground-based climate change equipment was unconnected. In one case a forty mile hike into the Siberian wilderness was required to recalibrate a device and take readings. Aside from manually operated equipment, very expensive NASA satellites were the primary means of data acquisition, but this was not helped in 2009 when NASA’s $273 million Orbiting Carbon Observatory crashed into the ocean three minutes after launch.

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Different Industries Debate the Potential of UAVs and the Need for Satellite

By Mark Holmes, October 24, 2014
[Via Satellite 10-24-2014] Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are growing in popularity with a number of industries looking into the potential and benefits of using UAVs for their businesses. From train operators and energy companies, to farming and environmental organizations, the interest grows by the minute.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

This Week in Satellite News! (10 Oct – 17 Oct 2014)

 

BGAN HDR’s quality helps film scoop major prize

13 October 2014: A documentary recreating an historic record-breaking biplane flight from Cape Town to London which was made using Inmarsat’s BGAN HDR service has scooped an inaugural film award. The Aviatrix, directed by Annette Porter of London’s Nylon Films, was chosen as Best Film by the judges of the Explorers Film Festival who praised its quality and high production values.

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Hughes Begins Marketing Rotary-Specialized Waveform

14 October 2014 Hughes has progressed on the development and implementation of a new waveform specialized for rotary wing Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLOS) satellite communications (satcom). First introduced last year, the company is working with several prime contractors for helicopter mainframes on a satcom system where the antenna sits under the fuselage. Helicopters present a challenge for [...]

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ISRO Launches IRNSS C Navigation Satellite

On Oct. 15 2014 the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched the third satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PLSV). The 1425kg IRNSS C satellite launch marks the sixth time the PSLV has flown in the XL configuration, and the 27th successful consecutive [...]

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Friday, October 10, 2014

This Week in Satellite News! (03 Oct – 10 Oct 2014)

 

Inmarsat signs MOA with TECOM for Global Xpress government aviation terminals

Washington, D.C., October 6, 2014 – Inmarsat and TECOM, a part of Smiths Microwave and a leader in innovative design and manufacturing of high-performance antenna systems, have established a Memorandum of Arrangement (MOA) to manufacture Global Xpress aviation terminals for the government market.

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Inmarsat’s L-TAC Delivers ‘Line-of-Sight’ through satellite to U.S. Government customers

Washington, D.C., October 6, 2014 – Inmarsat is expanding the availability of mobile tactical Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLOS) communications to actively deployed U.S. and coalition forces through the skills of its partners and the capabilities of its powerful Inmarsat-4 satellite constellation.


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Global Xpress Delivers to the U.S. Government

Washington D.C., October 6, 2014 – Inmarsat, in partnership with its Value Added Resellers, has begun providing wideband communications capability to U.S. government customers through its Global Xpress service carried over the first Inmarsat-5 satellite.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

This Week in Satellite News! (27 Sep – 03 Oct 2014)

 
SES Enabled emergency.lu Awarded the VSAT 2014 “Changing Lives Award”

October 01, 2014 11:24 AM Eastern Daylight Time
LUXEMBOURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SES TechCom, a fully owned subsidiary of SES S.A. (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) announces that it has been attributed the prestigious “Changing Lives Award” at the VSAT 2014 conference in London. The “Changing Lives Award” highlights and recognises an inspiring initiative that has significantly impacted telecommunications in a community, assisting in alleviating hardship and contributing to subsequent economic and social development.


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O3b Signs First LATAM Customer

By Caleb Henry, October 2, 2014
O3b Networks has signed its first customer in Latin America for its High Throughput Satellite (HTS) “Fiber in the Sky” service. E-Networks, an Internet Service Provider (ISP) based in Guyana, signed a multi-year agreement with the company, becoming the first Latin American client since O3b launched its full service in September.

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Spanish Goverment Approves Globalstar Satphones

By Veronica Magan, October 3, 2014
The Spanish Ministry of Defense has approved the Globalstar GSP-1700 satellite phone for use by its personnel and also has extended its use of Spot Gen3 GPS tracking and safety devices with an order for a further 300 units. The Spanish government will use the devices to communicate with troops and to control deployment, logistics and safety of its personnel.
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