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Friday, November 28, 2014

This Week in Satellite News! (21 Nov – 28 Nov 2014)


Orbital Sciences to Launch NASA’s ICON Satellite

Orbital Sciences has received a launch contract from NASA for the agency’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) scientific satellite. Orbital will use the air-launched Pegasus rocket to deliver the satellite into Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

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Airbus Defence and Space to Upgrade and Maintain Eagle Vision Ground Stations for US Air Force

The United States Air Force has awarded Airbus Defence and Space with a system evolution and maintenance contract for its five Eagle Vision ground stations. Eagle Vision is a lightweight deployable, commercial satellite imagery downlink ground system.

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US Government Agencies Desirous of More Space Weather Data

Several agencies of the United States government are interested in greater amounts of data on solar activity. Flares and dramatic high energy bursts called Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) can and do bombard Earth’s atmosphere with highly energized particles.

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Lockheed Martin Receives $41 Million Cost-Plus Award Fee Modification

The United States Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded a cost-plus-award-fee modification worth nearly $41 million to Lockheed Martin Space Systems for a previously awarded contract. The modification provides additional funding for logistics and sustainment support of the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) and Milstar Military Satellite Communications Systems.

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Roscosmos Prepares Meteor M2 Satellite to Replace Meteor M1

Russia’s Center for Operation of Space Ground-Based Infrastructure (TsENKI) reports that the Meteor M2 remote sensing satellite has nearly completed in-orbit testing following its July 8 launch. Once completed, Meteor M2 will succeed Meteor M1, which, after launching in September 2009, has reached its warranty lifetime of five years.


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Friday, November 21, 2014

This Week in Satellite News! (14 Nov – 21 Nov 2014)


Aerospace Corporation Tests Electric Satellite Thrusters from Busek

November 18, 2014. The Aerospace Corporation has tested Busek Co.’s BHT-1500 Hall Effect Thruster, used for electric propulsion of satellites. The nonprofit found the thruster to be largely unaffected by test facility pressure. According to Busek, the BHT-1500’s design enables it to operate with higher efficiency in the high-vacuum conditions of space.

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UKSA Dedicates $50 Million to International Partnership Space Program

November 18, 2014. The United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA) has allocated approximately $50 million to build relationships with foreign companies through the International Partnership Space Program (IPSP). During the two-year program, British companies will receive grants to collaborate with international partners on satellite technologies that address challenges such as deforestation, flooding and disaster relief in emerging economies.

Science Minister's visit to Airbus

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DubaiSat-2's Dubai Imagery Released By EIAST On Satellite's First Anniversary

The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) celebrates on Friday, November 21st, 2014, the one year anniversary of  the launch of DubaiSat- 2 from the Yasny Launch Base in Russia, using the Russian Dnepr rocket launcher in cooperation with the Russian International Space Company (Kozmotras).

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LH2 Engine Tests By XCOR Aerospace For United Launch Alliance Successful

XCOR Aerospace has completed the latest test series for the liquid hydrogen engine it is developing for United Launch Alliance (ULA). This is an important milestone in the long-running LH2 (liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen) program and is also a step toward running the engine in a fully closed cycle mode. In its most recent milestone, XCOR successfully performed hot fire testing of the XR-5H25 engine's re-generatively cooled thrust chamber, with liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen propellants supplied in pump-fed mode, using XCOR's proprietary piston pump technology.

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Raytheon to Build Hyperspectral Sensor Payloads for HySpecIQ

HySpecIQ, a commercial remote sensing startup, has selected Raytheon to build hyperspectral payloads for the company’s two upcoming satellites. Raytheon will develop the payloads in El Segundo, Calif. and expects to finish them in 2017. Once manufacturing is complete, the payloads will be integrated into the satellites, which are the first to use Boeing’s 502 Phoenix small satellite platform.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

This Week in Satellite News! (7 Nov – 14 Nov 2014)


O3b Networks Offers Offshore Service for Energy Sector

O3b Networks has created a new offshore communications service O3bEnergy 20 for energy sector customers in the Gulf of Mexico. The service provides an aggregate of 20 Mbps throughput to a single site with latency of less that 150 milliseconds round trip using 1.2-meter O3bEnergy antennas.

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Cobham Releases VSAT Antenna That Switches Between C and Ku Band

Cobham Satcom unveiled the Sea Tel 9711 Integrated Maritime Antenna (IMA), which is capable of operating on C-Band circular or linear or Ku-band X-pol or Co-pol. The system features a 2.4-meter radical offset antenna for both C-band and Ku-band operation.

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Thuraya Execs Set Out Company Roadmap in Dubai

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, the Middle East based MSS operator, is targeting growth from many verticals going forward including maritime and new markets such as the “connected car,” where it believes satellite technology can play a strong role. At its Thuraya Product Development Forum last week in Dubai, key execs from the company outlined the roadmap going forward and even teased a new product launch, expected before the end of the year, as it looks to increase its portfolio of products to different market segments.

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Boeing Mates Two All-Electric Satellites for Early 2015 Launch

Boeing Network and Space Systems (N&SS) has successfully mated Asia Broadcast Satellite’s ABS 3A satellite and Eutelsat’s Eutelsat 115 West B satellite in a stacked configuration for a conjoined satellite launch. The two all-electric satellites are based on Boeing’s 702 Small Platform (SP).

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Friday, November 7, 2014

This Week in Satellite News! (31 Oct – 7 Nov 2014)


Boeing Completes Testing on New Anti-Jamming Technology

November 5, 2014. Boeing has completed testing on its new anti-jamming communications technology, proving it is capable of operating as either a ground-based user terminal or satellite-based networking hub, enabling the military to send and receive secure communications at a lower cost by using existing terminals and satellites. The anti-jam technology uses a protected tactical waveform, which shields signals from interference by adversaries or cyber-terrorists.

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Hughes to Build Lightweight X-band Terminal for Airbus Defence and Space

November 6, 2014. Airbus Defence and Space has selected Hughes Network Systems to develop a new ultra-compact, lightweight terminal for a service named XeBRA. The new terminal measures 8 x 25.8 x 23 centimeters, and will weigh less than 5.4 kg.

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Spaceflight Partners with JAMSS to Launch US CubeSats on JAXA Astro-H Mission

November 5, 2014. Spaceflight Inc. and Japan Manned Space Systems Corporation (JAMSS) have announced a cooperative launch service agreement to integrate and deploy CubeSats from the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Astro-H mission. Under this cooperative agreement, Spaceflight and JAMSS will launch and deploy eight 3U CubeSats for U.S. commercial customers.

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Iridium Beats Analysts Expectations Despite Losing Two Satellites

November 4, 2014. Iridium reported total revenue of $107.5 million for the third-quarter of 2014, surpassing the expectations of most analysts. The company also replaced two satellites with in-orbit spares during the quarter, leaving one spare between now and the launch of Iridium NEXT. Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium, said the current network is performing very well, and that the company has averaged roughly one replacement per year for the last five years. Having one spare remaining is where he expected to be heading into 2015, he said.

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