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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

This Week in Satellite News! (19 Dec – 26 Dec 2014)


US Agencies Prepare for Resurrected Space Weather Satellite Launch

NASA, the United States Air Force and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have joined forces to revive the Triana satellite, renamed the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), for a five year space weather mission. First planned in the late 1990s, the mission was cancelled and put into storage in 2001. Seven years later, NASA took the satellite back out of storage and after live-ness testing, confirmed that it was still capable of meeting the mission requirements of NOAA and the U.S. Air Force.

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SES’ Astra 2G Set for December 28 ILS Proton Launch

The 6-ton Astra 2G satellite is scheduled to launch on Dec. 28, 2014 at 3:37 Baikonur Time aboard a Proton rocket through International Launch Services (ILS). Built for SES by Airbus Defence and Space, the Astra 2G satellite carries 62 Ku-band transponders and four Ka-band transponders for broadcast and broadband services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.The satellite is to be deployed in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) at the 28.2/28.5 degrees east neighborhood.

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Airbus-built Inmarsat 2 F2 Satellite Breaks World Record for Mission Lifespan

The Inmarsat 2 F2 satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space was decommissioned this week after 23.5 years of performance in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO). Lasting more than two decades, the satellite took the world record for longevity from a previous Airbus Defence and Space satellite, Inmarsat 2 F1, which operated in orbit for 22.5 years. Both spacecraft were based on the early Eurostar satellite bus and had expected lifespans of 10 years.

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Globalstar Selects Level 3 Communications for MPLS Network Upgrade

To upgrade its ground stations around the world, Globalstar has selected Level 3 Communications to supply a fully meshed Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) network. Globalstar is upgrading its backbone infrastructure, and chose Level 3 Communications for global connectivity and continuity.

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Laser Light, Pacnet Services Asia Pacific Partner on SpaceCable

Laser Light, designer of an all-Optical Satellite System (OSS), and Pacnet Services Asia Pacific, a prominent independent regional communications service provider, have partnered on commercial opportunities for SpaceCable. Laser Light is planning a constellation of eight to 12 Medium Earth Orbiting (MEO) satellites for a global, optical SpaceCable service with a completed operating system capacity of 6.2 Tbps.

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