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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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