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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

This Week in Satellite News! (Mar 06 – Mar 13 2017)

Globalstar, Inmarsat Form Partnership to Cross-Sell Satellite Services

Globalstar and Inmarsat announced today their intention to form a new partnership to cross-sell their respective products and services. According to the companies, the future partnership aims to provide additional service options for the growing and diverse needs of the companies’ international customer bases.

Inmarsat Global Xpress network, rendering
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SpaceX Will Launch Its First Reused Rocket Later This Month

Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. plans to launch a reused rocket for the first time in the coming weeks, a key step in bringing down space-travel costs for customers and future missions.
SpaceX will take to the skies with a reusable rocket before the end of this month, Gwynne Shotwell, the company’s president and chief operating officer, said on a panel at Satellite 2017, an industry conference in Washington.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 booster being returned to port aboard a drone ship following the JCSAT-14 Mission in May, 2016. Credit: SpaceX
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Hughes Launches HughesNet Gen5, HTS Service

Hughes Network Systems has announced HughesNet Gen5, which according to the company is the first and only U.S. satellite internet service to offer Federal Communications Commission(FCC) defined broadband speeds — 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps uploads — from coast-to-coast. The company also announced that it will expand its network offerings for large businesses and government by adding a High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) offering to the HughesON line of managed services.

Hughes Echostar 19
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China gearing up for launch of first cargo spacecraft to support future space station

The Long March 7 Y2 rocket that will launch China's first cargo spacecraft next month has arrived at Wenchang on Hainan Island ahead of the crucial mission for the country's space station plans.
The second Long March 7 will launch Tianzhou-1 to low Earth orbit where it will dock with the Tiangong-2 space lab and test docking and liquid propellent transfer in microgravity.

The first Long March 7 being rolled out to the LC-2 launch pad at Wenchang in June 2016.
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NASA Turns to Small Business Projects to Advance Space Innovation

NASA has selected 133 proposals from U.S. companies to conduct research and develop technologies that will enable NASA’s future missions into deep space and benefit the U.S. economy. The proposals, valued at approximately $100 million total for contract negotiations, were selected under Phase 2 of NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.
SBIR Phase 2 projects will expand on the results of recently completed Phase 1 projects. Phase 1 projects received six-month contracts of as much as $125,000. NASA awards Phase 2 contracts up to $750,000 with a period of performance of no more than two years. Successful Phase 2 projects may go on to Phase 3 of the program: commercialization of the innovation.

Photo: NASA.
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Sentinel satellite launched to picture Planet Earth

One of the key spacecraft in Europe's new multi-billion-euro Earth observation programme has launched from French Guiana.
Sentinel-2B carries a large camera to image all land surfaces and coastal waters in visible and infrared light. It joins an identical spacecraft, Sentinel-2A, already in orbit.
The duo will be flown on the same path but 180 degrees apart so that they can provide a complete map of Earth - clouds permitting - every five days.

Sentinel-2B lifts off on a Vega launcher from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana at 01:49 GMT on March 7. Credit: Stephane Corvaja/ESA
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Carnegie Launches Satellite Hotspot SatBridge

Carnegie Technologies announced the launch of SatBridge, an enterprise-grade satellite hotspot that turns any smartphone into a satellite phone for reliable connectivity in remote locations or emergency situations.
SatBridge boasts a satellite phone antenna with 8 times the signal strength and performance of other handheld satellite phones, measuring about the size of a paperback book and weighing about three pounds. Industry uses for the hotspot include oil and gas exploration, remote mining, construction, exploration, architectural research, and more.

Photo: Carnegie Technologies.
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NASA moving ahead with plans for cislunar human outpost

Despite uncertainty about potential policy changes, NASA is pressing ahead with plans for a cislunar “gateway” outpost for future human missions, with decisions about how to develop it expected in the coming months.
Speaking at the American Astronautical Society’s Goddard Memorial Symposium here March 8, Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for human exploration and operations, said he was studying concepts for launching the first elements of the proposed outpost as secondary payloads on early flights of the Space Launch System.

lockheed martin cislunar outpost
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