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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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