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Monday, November 21, 2016

This Week in Satellite News! (Nov 14 – Nov 21 2016)

Next-generation weather satellite launches to begin forecasting “revolution”

A powerful new satellite that will give forecasters their best-ever looks at storms and other severe weather has taken to the skies.
The GOES-R weather satellite lifted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Nov. 19 at 6:42 p.m. EST (2342 GMT), riding a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket to orbit. The spectacular launch, which lit up the Florida evening sky, occurred about one hour later than planned due to issues with the rocket and launch range that were swiftly resolved.

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US, Russian and French Crew Arrives at Space Station for 6-Month Stay

HOUSTON — The International Space Station (ISS) received three new crewmembers today (Nov. 19), with the arrival of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
Cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian federal space agency Roscosmos, astronaut Peggy Whitson of NASA and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (ESA) arrived at the space station at 4:58 p.m. EST (2158 GMT), docking their Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft to the orbiting laboratory’s Rassvet module.
The linkup, 260 miles (419 kilometers) above Earth, took place two days after the crew lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday (Nov. 17).

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Inmarsat safety pioneer remembered in first Vladimir Maksimov H.E.R.O Award for Outstanding Achievement
Mohammed Drissi, the regional coordinator for the Rabat search and rescue (SAR) region was presented with the first Inmarsat ‘Vladimir Maksimov Award for Outstanding Achievement’ at the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) H.E.R.O. (Honouring Excellence in Rescue Operations) Awards 2016, announced yesterday.
Mr Drissi received the award in recognition of his outstanding contribution as Moroccan National SAR Coordinator and Chairman of the NW Africa SAR Committee, which monitors and coordinates SAR activities in Morocco and six bordering countries.
The event was held jointly in Washington, USA and Lisbon, Portugal.

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Vector Space raises additional funds to support 2017 first launch
WASHINGTON — Vector Space Systems said Nov. 18 that it has raised $1.25 million in funding to support development of its small launch vehicle, with a goal of a first launch by the end of next year.
The seed investment into the Tucson, Arizona-based company is led by Space Angels Network, a group of individual angel investors that make early-stage investments in space companies. While Space Angels Network has invested in a number of space startups, including Astrobotic Technology, Planetary Resources, and World View Enterprises, this is its first investment in a launch company

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Extraterrestrial Gold Rush: What's Next for the Space Mining Industry?

HOUSTON -- If humans eventually want to become a space-faring species, we'll need to be able to collect basic resources, like water, straight from the space environment; it's too expensive and risky to send everything up from Earth, most experts agree. 
As such, multiple companies are now trying to initiate a space mining industry, which could provide those basic resources for space travelers, or for robotic space operations. In the future, asteroids or the moon could even provide humans with resources that are rare on Earth, such as precious metals.
But there are major hurdles that need to be overcome before space mining can get off the ground, so to speak. Representatives from various companies pursuing space mining activities recently spoke about the state of the industry here at the 2016 Space Commerce Conference and Exposition.

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Thuraya Launches Next Generation Satellite Handset

Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator Thuraya Telecommunicationshas launched what it claims as the world’s first dual mode, dual Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) phone. The Thuraya XT-Pro Dual satellite phone aims to bridge the gap between satellite and terrestrial communications, allowing users to move in and out of terrestrial coverage, according to a statement released by the company.
Thuraya’s handset includes a dedicated SIM slot for satellite communications and a second one for GSM communications. Users can opt for a Thuraya SIM card and their GSM card, or select any combination of SIM cards that meets their requirements. Callers can be contacted on their GSM number even while on an active satellite call – and vice versa.

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Intellian Technologies launches new GX terminal specially designed for use in defence and intelligence applications.
The GX100PM is the 1m military grade maritime terminal, Type Approved for use on Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network.
It is compatible with Inmarsat’s Global Xpress ‘SATCOM as a Service’ capability, which allows maritime users to access seamless reliable commercial wideband connectivity delivered as managed service worldwide.
The GX100PM shares the same pedestal as the v100PM, a 1m Ku-band mil-grade antenna currently deployed on government vessels around the world. It delivers exceptional Ka-band performance helping to leveraging the proven reliabilityof the v100PM.

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Globalstar In Tunisa Takes Safety Seriously Safeguards Staff With SOS Button For Drivers
The contracts deploy iVMS (Integrated Vehicle Monitoring System) from Tunisian Globalstar partner, Virtual Mobile Data (VMD). These new customers have chosen to deploy iVMS (Integrated Vehicle Monitoring System) from Tunisian Globalstar partner, Virtual Mobile Data (VMD). iVMS switches seamlessly between Globalstar’s simplex satellite network and the land-based GSM/GPRS network to ensure the safety of people and equipment even in the most remote areas.
VMD worked with local technology partner, Neuron Technology Systems (NTS), to design iVMS, which switches automatically to simplex satellite communications when the GSM network becomes unreliable or if a GPRS transmission fails for any reason.

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Advanced Military-Grade Satellite Modems

The AMT-73L and the new AMT-83L line of modems from Advantech Wireless, are the first worldwide satellite modems to be MIL-STD-188-165A certified. Based on the Advantech Wireless Software Defined Radio architecture, the design of these modems ensures unrivaled flexibility and upgrade paths to meet increasing demanding requirements. Several thousand units have been deployed in the field on tactical terminals and gateway sites.
The newer AMT-83L military-grade satellite modem from Advantech Wireless adds a number of advanced features to the DISA certified AMT-73L series. Among these new features there are DVB-S2 with LDPC Coding and Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM), IP data interface, GSE encapsulation, Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) spreading and is available with AES 128/256 Encryption.

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