Addvalue and ViaSat to offer new products and applications for ViaSat L band terminals
(23 November 2015) Addvalue Innovation has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with ViaSat to offer new products and applications for use over ViaSat L-band Managed Service Terminals.
EASTMED selects Marlink high speed VSAT and XChange
(23 November 2015) Marlink today announced that Greece-based Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited (EASTMED), a shipping operator servicing the energy, industrial and agricultural sectors, has chosen to install Marlink’s global VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) communication solution with L-band back-up on 20 tankers and bulkers.
RigNet and O3b Networks to bring low latency connectivity to the Gulf of Mexico
(23 November 2015) RigNet has signed an agreement with O3b Networks to bring high capacity, low latency connectivity to operations in the Gulf of Mexico.
Synertone selects Gilat to enable its fixed and mobile offerings throughout China
(23 November 2015) Gilat Satellite Networks announced today that Synertone, a Hong Kong satellite solutions provider, has selected Gilat's baseband equipment to enable fixed and mobility applications on its HTS IPSTAR-based network, offering coverage throughout China.
Contact lost with the Amos-5 communication satellite
(22 November 2015) Spacecom, operator of the Amos satellite fleet, today announced that all communications and signals from the Amos-5 satellite at the 17°E orbital position have been lost.
RigNet to provide low-latency VSAT network for 2 deepwater Gulf of Mexico production platforms
(20 November 2015) RigNet has been awarded a five-year contract to connect two deepwater tension-leg production platforms (TLPs) in the Gulf of Mexico via a resilient satellite and wireless network.
CRRC selects Gilat to bring satellite connectivity to all its trains, worldwide
(19 November 2015) Gilat Satellite Networks announced today that China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC), the world’s largest railway transportation supplier and Gilat have agreed on a long-term strategic partnership, to jointly drive the development of satellite communications and managed services, and provide the best-in-class service in the global railway transportation sector.
EMC awarded US patent for medium Earth orbit satellite communications power booster
(19 November 2015) The latest EMC patent - US 9,130,644 B2 - is for a power booster that improves efficiency and performance of connectivity links with Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite networks operating in the Ka- and Ku-band frequency ranges.
Transforming the future of the connected ship
(19 November 2015) Inmarsat and Ericsson, a leading communications technology and services company, have signed a strategic maritime agreement to facilitate the sharing of cargo, logistics and vessel operational data to help streamline the maritime supply chain.
Eutelsat partners with Camusat to deliver turnkey solutions to African mobile operators
(18 November 2015) Eutelsat Communications and Camusat today entered into a partnership agreement that will enhance turnkey connectivity solutions for mobile operators in Sub-Saharan Africa.
SES and Intersat to expand internet service offerings to East Africa
(18 November 2015) SES and Intersat announced today they have signed a multi-year contract to expand Intersat’s internet service offerings to East Africa.
SES launches high-speed customisable broadband service in Africa
(18 November 2015) SES announced today the launch of SES Broadband, a flexible and customised high-speed broadband service, in five African countries -- South Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria.
SES Techcom Services and Newtec expand Astra Connect broadband service
(18 November 2015) SES Techcom Services announced today it will be expanding its Astra Connect broadband service in Africa for the Enterprise and Oil & Gas markets via the Newtec Dialog multiservice platform on SES’s Astra 2G satellite.
ViaSat brings advanced integrated in-flight cabin and flight deck connectivity to business aviation
(18 November 2015) ViaSat is working with Rockwell Collins to integrate the ViaSat VMT-1500 terminal and its global Ku-band internet service with Rockwell Collins' eRouter (ERT-120) smart cabin routers and its ARINCDirect flight support services.
Bombardier to offer high-speed Wi-Fi for its Global aircraft
(17 November 2015) Bombardier has announced that testing and validation for its Bombardier WAVE (Wireless Access Virtually Everywhere) global high-speed in-flight Internet connectivity and productivity solution for the business aviation industry is nearing completion, following multiple successful tests aboard its Global aircraft experimental test bed.
CNT EP to use O3b Networks to bring high speed broadband services to Galápagos Islands
(17 November 2015) O3b Networks today announced the launch of trunking services to Ecuadorian telecommunications company CNT.
Newtec Dialog chosen by Liquid Telecom
(17 November 2015) Newtec today announced that Liquid Telecom has chosen the Newtec Dialog multiservice platform to enlarge and improve its current VSAT services with more applications and features for both current and new customers.
Spacecom deploys cellular-satellite hybrid broadband internet project in Cameroon
(17 November 2015) Spacecom today announced that the Amos-5 satellite at the 17°E prime orbital position is now providing Cameroon with Sub-Saharan Africa's first large-scale cellular-satellite hybrid broadband Internet project.
ViaSat, Jet Aviation St. Louis collaborate on hybrid Ku-/Ka-band radome for Gulfstream large cabin business jets
(17 November 2015) ViaSat and Jet Aviation St. Louis today announced they are partnering to develop the first-ever hybrid Ku-/Ka-band radome for Gulfstream's large cabin business jets, starting with the Gulfstream G550.
XipLink demonstrates 100 Mbps LTE solution
(17 November 2015) XipLink announced the completion of successful testing with a top tier Asian Cellular Service Provider, delivering accelerated voice, data and video traffic exceeding 90 megabits per second (Mbps) to a remote LTE base station over a satellite connection.
Yahsat extends partnership with Hughes for African satellite expansion
(17 November 2015) UAE-based satellite operator Yahsat and Hughes Network Systems today announced the award of a major contract for Hughes to deliver its JUPITER System and related network operations services in support of Yahsat's planned expansion across Africa in early 2017 with the launch of its new Ka-band satellite, Al Yah 3.
Astronics AeroSat and Panasonic bring high speed connectivity and global TV to business aviation
(16 November 2015) Astronics AeroSat Corporation and Panasonic Avionics Corporation have formed a strategic partnership to bring superior high-speed connectivity services and global live television programming to the Business & VVIP aviation market.
Bluewave selects Eutelsat’s IP Easy service for broadband in Myanmar
(16 November 2015) Bluewave has announced its selection of the IP Easy solution provided by Eutelsat Communications in order to offer a new satellite broadband service in Myanmar.
Marlink to supply BP Shipping with improved high speed broadband
(16 November 2015) Marlink will provide BP Shipping with global multi-band high speed VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) services to support operational efficiency and crew communication across its tanker fleet.
China Eastern first Chinese airline to offer international Wi-Fi with Panasonic
(12 November 2015) China Eastern Airlines has today become the first Chinese carrier to launch inflight connectivity on international flights, partnering with Panasonic Avionics.
Eutelsat and Futaris team up to deliver C-band satellite services to Alaska
(12 November 2015) Futaris is investing in a new C-Band antenna for its Anchorage teleport to provide services in Alaska using Eutelsat Communications’ new-generation Eutelsat 115 West B satellite.
Hinduja Group’s HITS service on Thaicom 7
(12 November 2015) Thaicom, one of Asia’s leading satellite operators, today announced its Thaicom 7 satellite is now fully booked following an order from Grant Investrade Ltd (GIL).
Hughes and Telesat sign agreement for high-throughput capacity
(11 November 2015) Hughes Network Systems and Telesat today announced a 15-year agreement for Ka-band capacity on Telesat's new Telstar 19 Vantage (T19V) satellite, planned for launch in early 2018.
Telesat announces new Telstar 19 Vantage high throughput satellite
(11 November 2015) Telesat, a leading global satellite operator, announced today its plans to procure a new satellite with two high throughput payloads, one in Ku-band and the other in Ka-band.
Thales Alenia Space to build Bangabandhu telecommunication satellite for Bangladesh
(11 November 2015) Thales Alenia Space announced today that it has signed a contract with BTRC, (Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission) to build the telecommunications satellite, Bangabandhu, winning the contract against an international field of competitors.
Intelsat and Next Step to deliver HD content to Thailand via a new DTH platform
(19 November 2015) As the prices of High Definition (HD) satellite set-top boxes have become more affordable in Asia, larger numbers of viewers are demanding and switching over to HD services.
Canal Holdings selects SES to distribute TV content across West Africa
(18 November 2015) SES announced today that Canal Holdings, a media production company based in Benin, has signed a multi-year contract to distribute Canal 3 TV channels across West Africa.
Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe chooses Eutelsat to accelerate transition to digital TV
(17 November 2015) Eutelsat Communications announces it has sealed a three-year contract with the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) for Ku-band capacity on the Eutelsat 3B satellite.
NASA's next ozone layer instrument arrives at launch site
(23 November 2015) A NASA instrument to monitor aerosols, the ozone layer, and other gases in our atmosphere from space arrived Friday, Nov. 20 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Hera Systems reveals satellite constellation launch plans for 2016
(19 November 2015) San Jose-based Hera Systems is revealing its plans to launch the first of the company’s satellites that will capture high-resolution Earth images and video in near-real time.
New satellite to measure plant health
(19 November 2015) ESA plans to track the health of the world’s vegetation by detecting and measuring the faint glow that plants give off as they convert sunlight and the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide into energy.
International effort reveals Greenland ice loss
(13 November 2015) One of Greenland’s glaciers is losing five billion tonnes of ice a year to the ocean, according to researchers.
Intelsat General to provide connectivity in support of Mideast operations
(23 November 2015) Intelsat General has been awarded a contract to provide satellite services to U.S. Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT).
Airbus Defence and Space delivers first ACES Ground Terminal
(13 November 2015) Airbus Defence and Space has delivered the first ACES Ground Terminal to the German National Metrology Institute (Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt, PTB) in Braunschweig (Germany).
Study solves mysteries of Voyager 1's journey into interstellar space
(13 November 2015) Scientists from the University of New Hampshire and colleagues answer the question of why NASA’s Voyager 1, when it became the first probe to enter interstellar space in mid-2012, observed a magnetic field that was inconsistent with that derived from other spacecraft observations, in a study published today in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.
Planetary nebulae get more meaningful physical presence
(20 November 2015) A way of estimating more accurate distances to the thousands of so-called planetary nebulae dispersed across our Galaxy has been announced by a team of three astronomers based at the University of Hong Kong: Dr David Frew, Prof Quentin Parker and Dr Ivan Bojicic.
XENON1T: Gearing up to detect dark matter
(11 November 2015) There is five times more dark matter in the Universe than “normal” matter, the atoms and molecules that make up all we know.
Cool, dim dwarf star is magnetic powerhouse
(19 November 2015) Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered that a dim, cool dwarf star is generating a surprisingly powerful magnetic field, one that rivals the most intense magnetic regions of our own Sun.
Discovery measures "heartbeats" of a distant galaxy's stars
(16 November 2015) In many ways stars are like living beings. They're born; they live; they die. And they even have a heartbeat.
Ancient stars at the centre of the Milky Way contain ‘fingerprints’ from the very early Universe
(12 November 2015) An international team of astronomers, led researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Australian National University, have identified some of the oldest stars in our galaxy, which could contain vital clues about the early Universe, including an indication of how the first stars died.
Fermi satellite detects first gamma-ray pulsar in another galaxy
(12 November 2015) Researchers using NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have discovered the first gamma-ray pulsar in a galaxy other than our own. The object sets a new record for the most luminous gamma-ray pulsar known.
Dark matter dominates in nearby dwarf galaxy
(18 November 2015) By measuring the mass of a nearby dwarf galaxy called Triangulum II, Assistant Professor of Astronomy Evan Kirby may have found the highest concentration of dark matter in any known galaxy.
VISTA pinpoints earliest giant galaxies
(18 November 2015) ESO’s VISTA survey telescope has spied a horde of previously hidden massive galaxies that existed when the Universe was in its infancy.
3D visualisation redefines Milky Way's local architecture
(16 November 2015) Astronomers have used modern techniques to visualise data from ESA's Hipparcos space astrometry mission in three dimensions.
STEREO-A resumes normal operations
(19 November 2015) On Nov. 9, 2015, NASA’s Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory Ahead, or STEREO-A, once again began transmitting data at its full rate.
DLR and Astrobotic establish partnership
(17 November 2015) The German Aerospace Center Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) and Astrobotic Technology have signed a memorandum of understanding to partner on exploring concepts for a possible DLR payload to the Moon on Astrobotic’s robotic lunar lander.
Mars to lose its largest moon, but gain a ring
(23 November 2015) Mars’ largest moon, Phobos, is slowly falling toward the planet, but rather than smash into the surface, it likely will be shredded and the pieces strewn about the planet in a ring like the rings encircling Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune.
Upgrade helps NASA study mineral veins on Mars
(11 November 2015) Scientists now have a better understanding about a site with the most chemically diverse mineral veins NASA's Curiosity rover has examined on Mars, thanks in part to a valuable new resource scientists used in analyzing data from the rover.
Cassini finds monstrous ice cloud in Titan’s south polar region
(11 November 2015) New observations made near the south pole of Titan by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft add to the evidence that winter comes in like a lion on this moon of Saturn.
New detector perfect for asteroid mining
(19 November 2015) A couple of recent events – one legal and the other technological – have brought asteroid mining a step closer to reality.
Asteroid ripped apart to form star’s glowing ring system
(11 November 2015) The sight of an asteroid being ripped apart by a dead star and forming a glowing debris ring has been captured in an image for the first time.
Secondhand spacecraft has firsthand asteroid experience
(11 November 2015) The NEOWISE mission hunts for near-Earth objects (NEOs) using the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft.
The Philae lander – three 'feet' on the ground, and all set to go
(12 November 2015) Philae was more than 500 million kilometres from Earth when it touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko one year ago, on 12 November 2014.
Extra Solar Planets
First photo of planet in the making
(18 November 2015) There are 450 light-years between Earth and LkCa15, a young star with a transition disk around it, a cosmic whirling dervish, a birthplace for planets.
Radiation blasts leave most Earth-like planet uninhabitable
(17 November 2015) The most Earth-like planet could have been made uninhabitable by vast quantities of radiation, new research led by the University of Warwick research has found.
5400mph winds discovered hurtling around planet outside solar system
(13 November 2015) Winds of over 2km per second have been discovered flowing around planet outside of the Earth’s solar system, new research has found.
Innovative planet-finding technology passes another hurdle
(12 November 2015) A potentially revolutionary instrument now being developed to first find Earth-like planets in other solar systems and then study their atmospheres to identify chemical signatures of life has just passed another technological hurdle that makes it an even stronger contender for a future astrophysics mission.
Astronomers eager to get a whiff of newfound Venus-like planet
(11 November 2015) The collection of rocky planets orbiting distant stars has just grown by one, and the latest discovery is the most intriguing one to date.
Early Earth’s haze may give clue to habitability elsewhere in space
(12 November 2015) An atmospheric haze around a faraway planet — like the one which probably shrouded and cooled the young Earth — could show that the world is potentially habitable, or even be a sign of life itself.
Aerojet Rocketdyne to support new era of human spaceflight for America
(23 November 2015) Aerojet Rocketdyne has signed a contract with Boeing valued at nearly $200 million that supports a new era of spaceflight - one that will carry humans to the International Space Station (ISS) from American soil once again.
NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne to restart production of the RS-25 engine for the Space Launch System
(23 November 2015) Aerojet Rocketdyne was awarded a contract by NASA to restart production of the RS-25 engine for the Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket in the world and designed for the Journey to Mars.
NASA to restart development of RS-25 engines
(23 November 2015) NASA selected Aerojet Rocketdyne of Sacramento, California, to restart production of the RS-25 engine for the agency's Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket in the world, and deliver a certified engine.
NASA orders SpaceX crew mission to International Space Station
(20 November 2015) NASA took a significant step Friday toward expanding research opportunities aboard the International Space Station with its first mission order from Hawthorne, California based-company SpaceX to launch astronauts from U.S. soil.
Citizens in Space and Starbase Operations complete flight-test campaign
(19 November 2015) Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy, and Starbase Operations have successfully completed a series of flight tests that will help advance commercial spaceflight training.
NASA awards two robots to university groups for R&D upgrades
(17 November 2015) Humanoid robots will be helpful to astronauts on our journey to Mars, so NASA has awarded prototypes to two universities for advanced research and development work.
NASA announces new public-private partnerships
(19 November 2015) NASA has secured partnerships with 22 U.S. companies through two solicitations to advance the agency’s goals for robotic and human exploration of the solar system by shepherding the development of critical space technologies.
NASA selects new technologies for parabolic flights and suborbital launches
(18 November 2015) NASA's Flight Opportunities Program has selected eight space technology payloads for reduced gravity flights on board specialized aircraft and commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicles (sRLVs).
Airbus Defence and Space signs contract with ESA for C/D phase of NEOSAT programme
(17 November 2015) Through a contract signed today with the European Space Agency (ESA), Airbus Defence and Space continues to develop Eurostar Neo, its new generation of platforms for geostationary telecommunication satellites.
Missouri S&T develops microsatellite for Air Force
(16 November 2015) A Missouri University of Science and Technology aerospace engineering professor is developing a microsatellite imager that could be used to check satellites, do small repairs or refuel spacecraft — and keep astronauts from making risky exploratory missions when something goes wrong.
Telesat successfully launches Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite
(24 November 2015) Telesat, a leading global satellite operator, announced today the successful launch of its new Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite aboard a rocket provided by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).
Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space set for launch 24 November
(24 November 2015) Telstar 12 VANTAGE, built by Airbus Defence and Space for Telesat, a leading global satellite operator, is scheduled for launch on 24 November on an H-IIA launch vehicle from Japan.
Tracking new missions from down under
(24 November 2015) When rockets and their satellites leap into the sky from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, they typically head east across the Atlantic, rising higher and faster with every second.
Sentinel-3A on its way
(20 November 2015) The latest satellite for the European Commission’s Copernicus environmental programme has left France bound for the Plesetsk launch site in Russia and launch late next month.
Raytheon completes GPS III launch readiness exercises
(19 November 2015) Raytheon has successfully completed three preliminary launch readiness events which are important milestones in preparing to launch the modernized Global Positioning System (GPS) system.
Express AMU1 satellite has left Airbus Defence and Space
(11 November 2015) Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, has successfully completed the final integration and testing of the Express AMU1 satellite for the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC).
International Launch Services announces multi-launch agreement with Intelsat
(11 November 2015) International Launch Services (ILS) announces a Multi-Launch Agreement with Intelsat for five ILS Proton missions through 2023 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Comtech Telecommunications to acquire TeleCommunication Systems
(23 November 2015) Comtech Telecommunications and TeleCommunication Systems announced today the signing of a definitive merger agreement under which Comtech will purchase TCS in a cash transaction.
exactEarth invests in Satellite 'Internet-of-Things' technology company
(23 November 2015) exactEarth is investing AUD $2M to secure a minority ownership position in technology company, Myriota Pty Ltd of Adelaide, Australia.
Spaceport America opens up North and East Campuses for build-to-suit tenancy
(16 November 2015) Spaceport America, the world's first purpose-built commercial spaceport, announced today the launch of a master development plan opening up additional build-to-suit parcels within the North and East Campuses at the 18,000-acre facility in Southern New Mexico.
SpeedCast strengthens its position in Asia with the acquistion of ST Teleport
(13 November 2015) SpeedCast International has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire ST Teleport, a leading satellite communications services provider based in Singapore.
Products and Services
ViaSat and Cobham bring innovative, economical push-to-talk system to the Mobile Satellite Services market
(19 November 2015) ViaSat and Cobham Satcom today announced a strategic agreement to introduce new and innovative product and service offerings to the Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) market.
ViaSat unveils fastest home satellite internet service in the US
(18 November 2015) ViaSat today unveiled the Exede WiFi Modem offering download speeds up to 25 Mbps. No other U.S. satellite internet provider can offer speeds this fast for at-home use.
Intersil delivers rad tolerant 3.3V CAN transceivers for satellite communications
(17 November 2015) Intersil today introduced the industry's first radiation tolerant 3.3V controller area network (CAN) transceivers that are fully QML-V qualified and compliant with the ISO11898-2 physical layer standard.
United Launch Alliance names Thomas Tshudy as Vice President and General Counsel
(18 November 2015) United Launch Alliance (ULA) named Thomas Tshudy as vice president and general counsel. Tshudy will replace Kevin MacCary, who announced his retirement earlier this year after serving in that role since the company began in 2006.
Millennium Space Systems appoints Jim McClelland as VP of Mission Engineering and Operations
(16 November 2015) Millennium Space Systems is pleased to introduce Jim McClelland as its Vice President of Mission Engineering and Operations.