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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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