IEC Telecom Group appointed as Inmarsat global Distribution Partner
(28 April 2015) Inmarsat today announced that IEC Telecom Group, a Global Xpress (GX) Value-Added Reseller (VAR), has additionally been appointed as a global Distribution Partner (DP) for Inmarsat’s L-band portfolio, including BGAN, IsatHub and IsatPhone.
Lockheed Martin to build satellites for Arabsat and KACST
(28 April 2015) Arabsat and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) today announced contracts for Lockheed Martin to manufacture two A2100 communications satellites.
ASC Signal expands and upgrades Globecomm teleport
(23 April 2015) ASC Signal Corporation has been awarded a contract by Globecomm to expand and upgrade the company’s earth station antennas at Globecomm’s Maryland teleport.
TelOne extends contract with Avanti Communications
(23 April 2015) Avanti Communications today announced that TelOne, the Zimbabwean national telco, has signed an immediate extension to its major connectivity contract.
Express-AM6 communications satellite operational
(22 April 2015) Located at 53˚ E, one of RSCC’s key orbital slots, the Express-AM6 satellite will be able to support reliable coverage of Russia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
BT delivers BBC’s Asian TV feed and radio services on AsiaSat 5
(5 May 2015) AsiaSat has reached an agreement with BT to deliver BBC World Service Asia feed of 33 radio channels in 21 languages.
SPI International selects Amos-3 to broadcast its European networks
(4 May 2015) Spacecom is providing SPI International with a full service uplink, encryption and capacity on the Amos-3 satellite at the 4°W prime orbital position for SPI International's activities in Europe.
Motel 6 selects DISH's smartbox to deliver in-room entertainment to 500+ properties
(22 April 2015) Motel 6, one of the nation's largest motel chains, World Cinema, an industry leader in delivering satellite TV to hotels, and DISH Network L.L.C. have completed a multi-year agreement through which DISH and World Cinema will deliver HD satellite TV service and high speed internet access to the motel chain's more than 500 corporately owned and operated properties.
Harris Corporation completes final testing of NOAA’s GOES-R series ground segment infrastructure
(4 May 2015) Harris Corporation has successfully completed the final two tests of the ground segment of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite — R Series (GOES-R).
SSTL delivers first of the FORMOSAT-7 constellation spacecraft to Taiwan
(1 May 2015) Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has delivered the first spacecraft for the FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2 weather forecasting constellation to the National Space Organization (NSPO) in Taiwan, where it has successfully passed a series of systems checks.
Airbus Defense and Space enters the field of precision farming with Pléiades satellites in the US
(30 April 2015) Airbus Defense and Space and Simplot are launching a project to deliver Pléiades very high-resolution satellite imagery to Simplot customers.
Nepal earthquake on the radar
(29 April 2015) On 25 April, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, claiming over 5000 lives and affecting millions of people.
Revealing mountains hiding under ice
(29 April 2015) Results from a recent field campaign, which was organised to help investigate the potential of a new Earth observation mission concept, have provided a unique 3D glimpse of the peaks and troughs under the Mittelbergferner glacier in the Austrian Alps.
MDA continues provision of Radarsat-2 information to support Europe's Copernicus program
(28 April 2015) MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has signed a six year contract with a ceiling of CA$29 million with the European Space Agency.
Airbus Defence and Space selected by CNES to build MERLIN
(27 April 2015) Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, has signed a contract with the French space agency (CNES) to build the platform and carry out final integration of the MERLIN (MEthane Remote sensing LIdar missioN) satellite.
Polar-orbiting weather satellite heads toward finish line for instrument integration
(27 April 2015) Ball Aerospace & Technologies has integrated four of the five complex instruments that will fly onboard the its next polar-orbiting weather satellite and is moving toward environmental testing by early 2016 with on-time delivery scheduled for late 2016, followed by launch scheduled for no later than the second quarter of 2017.
Earthquake felt from space
(23 April 2015) For the first time, a natural source of infrasonic waves of Earth has been measured directly from space—450 kilometers above the planet’s surface.
UrtheCast teams with NASA to stream live high-definition Earth video
(23 April 2015) UrtheCast has teamed with NASA to stream real-time Earth video data from NASA's High-Definition Earth-Viewing System (HDEV) aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to UrtheCast's interactive web platform.
Orbital Insight and World Resources Institute partner on satellite imagery to curb deforestation
(22 April 2015) Orbital Insight and World Resources Institute (WRI) announced a partnership to apply experimental algorithms to high resolution satellite images. Orbital Insight's algorithms will be used as part of Global Forest Watch to detect patterns that indicate the risk of deforestation before it happens.
Perseverance paves way for wind laser
(22 April 2015) Developing new satellite instruments is always challenging, but at times more head-scratching is needed to create something truly cutting-edge.
First Lockheed Martin-built GPS III ready for system-level testing
(4 May 2015) Using a 10-ton crane, Lockheed Martin engineers and technicians gently lowered the system module of the U.S. Air Force’s first next generation GPS III satellite into place over its propulsion core, successfully integrating the two into one space vehicle.
Deep Space Atomic Clock
(27 April 2015) As the saying goes, timing is everything. More so in 21st-century space exploration where navigating spacecraft precisely to far-flung destinations -- say, to Mars or even more distant Europa, a moon of Jupiter -- is critical.
SES to host WAAS payload on SES-15
(22 April 2015) Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) has been awarded a 14-year contract by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems to host a payload on board SES-15.
18 athletes rescued during the 2015 Marathon des Sables thanks to SPOT Gen3
(30 April 2015) Globalstar Europe Satellite Services today revealed that its SPOT Gen3 safety device was instrumental in rescuing 18 athletes competing in this year’s Marathon des Sables 2015 (MDS), the world’s most extreme running race.
Globalstar SmartOne selected by Fagor Electronica for hybrid satellite and GSM-based fleet tracking
(23 April 2015) Globalstar Europe Satellite Services has announced an agreement with leading Spanish technology and fleet tracking solutions specialist Fagor Electrónica to deliver a satellite tracking solution for the trucking industry.
Communications & Power Industries to supply airborne data links and ground data terminals
(4 May 2015) The Malibu Division of Communications & Power Industries (CPI) has been awarded a production contract totaling more than $3.5 million to supply advanced antenna products, including dual-axis Ku-band ground and airborne data links, for a mid-altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platform.
Harris, ViaSat increase production of small tactical terminal
(4 May 2015) Harris Corporation today announced a one-year, $10 million follow-on production contract for its portion of production of the Small Tactical Terminal, a co-developed product with ViaSat.
Comcept - the French Armed Forces’ first very high-speed satellite based network
(28 April 2015) Airbus Defence and Space has delivered the sophisticated ‘Comcept’ very-high speed satellite network to DGA (the French defence procurement agency).
Northrop Grumman to supply navigation system for SBIRS GEO-6 satellite
(28 April 2015) Northrop Grumman has been selected by prime contractor Lockheed Martin to provide the space inertial reference system for the U.S. Air Force's sixth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite.
Examining Einstein – precise experiments using lasers in space
(23 April 2015) Tests carried out in zero-gravity on board the FOKUS research rocket. Successful demonstration of technology for the QUANTUS mission.
Water could have been abundant in the first billion years
(28 April 2015) How soon after the Big Bang could water have existed? Not right away, because water molecules contain oxygen and oxygen had to be formed in the first stars.
Astrophysicists create 3D master map of the universe
(24 April 2015) University of Waterloo astrophysicists have created a 3D master map of the universe spanning nearly two billion light years that is the most complete picture of our cosmic neighbourhood to date.
Light weight mirrors for satellite and astronomical telescopes
(23 April 2015) To discover new celestial objects and to study known objects more accurately, ultra-high precision telescope mirrors that do not increase payload weights are increasingly required for telescope-based experiments conducted outside the Earth’s atmosphere.
NuSTAR captures possible 'screams' from zombie stars
(29 April 2015) Peering into the heart of the Milky Way galaxy, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has spotted a mysterious glow of high-energy X-rays that, according to scientists, could be the "howls" of dead stars as they feed on stellar companions.
Clusters of monster stars lit up the early universe
(22 April 2015) The first stars in the Universe were born several hundred million years after the Big Bang, ending a period known as the cosmological 'dark ages' – when atoms of hydrogen and helium had formed, but nothing shone in visible light.
A new galaxy distance record
(5 May 2015) An international team of astronomers, led by Yale University and University of California scientists, has pushed back the cosmic frontier of galaxy exploration to a time when the universe was only 5 percent of its present age of 13.8 billion years.
Researcher's guide to the galaxy
(28 April 2015) Using data on the motion of distant galaxies, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Alberta has developed a new classification system for galaxies based on the movements of their stars.
Giant cosmic tsunami wakes up comatose galaxies
(24 April 2015) Galaxies are often found in clusters, with many 'red and dead' neighbours that stopped forming stars in the distant past.
Riddle of galactic thin–thick disk solved
(24 April 2015) A long-standing puzzle regarding the nature of disk galaxies has finally been solved by a team of astronomers led by Ivan Minchev from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), using state-of-the-art theoretical models.
(23 April 2015) We know of about two dozen runaway stars, and have even found one runaway star cluster escaping its galaxy forever.
Chandra suggests black holes gorging at excessive rates
(30 April 2015) A group of unusual giant black holes may be consuming excessive amounts of matter, according to a new study using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.
Strange supernova is "missing link" in gamma-ray burst connection
(27 April 2015) Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array (VLA) have found a long-sought "missing link" between supernova explosions that generate gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) and those that don't.
Complex dynamics of sunspots' dark cores
(29 April 2015) Groundbreaking images of the Sun captured by scientists at NJIT’s Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) give a first-ever detailed view of the interior structure of umbrae – the dark patches in the center of sunspots – revealing dynamic magnetic fields responsible for the plumes of plasma that emerge as bright dots interrupting their darkness.
Peering deep into the Sun to track the origins of space weather
(28 April 2015) Scientists at NJIT’s Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) have captured the first high-resolution images of the flaring magnetic structures known as solar flux ropes at their point of origin in the Sun’s chromosphere.
Strong evidence for coronal heating theory
(28 April 2015) The sun's surface is blisteringly hot at 10,340 degrees Fahrenheit -- but its atmosphere is another 300 times hotter.
MESSENGER completes mission with impact on Mercury's surface
(30 April 2015) A NASA planetary exploration mission came to a planned, but nonetheless dramatic, end Thursday when it slammed into Mercury’s surface at about 8,750 mph and created a new crater on the planet’s surface.
KinetX Aerospace navigates MESSENGER spacecraft through final mission phase
(29 April 2015) KinetX Aerospace, the first commercial company to navigate any spacecraft to distant planetary bodies, has successfully guided the MESSENGER spacecraft through its final and perhaps most challenging mission phase.
Can sound help us detect 'earthquakes' on Venus?
(23 April 2015) Detecting an "earthquake" on Venus would seem to be an impossible task.
Four technologies enable ambitious MMS mission
(28 April 2015) It was unprecedented developing a mission that could fly four identically equipped spacecraft in a tight formation and take measurements 100 times faster than any previous space mission — an achievement enabled in part by four NASA-developed technologies that in some cases took nearly 10 years to mature.
Traffic around Mars gets busy
(4 May 2015) NASA has beefed up a process of traffic monitoring, communication and maneuver planning to ensure that Mars orbiters do not approach each other too closely.
Giant telescope takes close look at Jupiter's moon
(30 April 2015) With the first detailed observations through imaging interferometry of a lava lake on a moon of Jupiter, the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory places itself as the forerunner of the next generation of Extremely Large Telescopes.
New Horizons detects surface features, possible polar cap on Pluto
(29 April 2015) For the first time, images from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft are revealing bright and dark regions on the surface of faraway Pluto – the primary target of the New Horizons close flyby in mid-July.
Tracking Japan's asteroid impact mission
(29 April 2015) ESA is set to support Japan’s ‘touch-and-go’ Hayabusa-2 spacecraft, now en route to a little-known asteroid, helping to boost the scientific return from this audacious mission.
Extra Solar Planets
First evidence of changing conditions on a super Earth
(5 May 2015) For the first time, researchers led by the University of Cambridge have detected atmospheric variability on a rocky planet outside the solar system, and observed a nearly threefold change in temperature over a two year period.
Robotically discovering Earth’s nearest neighbors
(28 April 2015) A team of astronomers using ground-based telescopes in Hawaiʻi, California and Arizona recently discovered a planetary system orbiting a nearby star that is only 54 light-years away.
First exoplanet visible light spectrum
(22 April 2015) Astronomers using the HARPS planet-hunting machine at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile have made the first-ever direct detection of the spectrum of visible light reflected off an exoplanet.
Tau Ceti: The next Earth? Probably not
(22 April 2015) As the search continues for Earth-size planets orbiting at just the right distance from their star, a region termed the habitable zone, the number of potentially life-supporting planets grows.
Sub Orbital Space
Successful launch of TEXUS 51 – for solar energy in space
(23 April 2015) TEXUS 51 was launched into space from the Esrange Space Center near Kiruna in northern Sweden on 23 April 2015 at 09:35 CEST.
Long-term galactic cosmic ray exposure leads to dementia-like cognitive impairments
(1 May 2015) What happens to an astronaut’s brain during a mission to Mars? Nothing good.
Russian resupply ship to ISS experiencing difficulties
(28 April 2015) The six crew members of the International Space Station (ISS) are safe and continuing regular operations with sufficient supplies as Russian flight controllers plan for another attempt to communicate with a cargo resupply spacecraft bound for the station.
First developmental test flight of New Shepard
(29 April 2015) Today we flew the first developmental test flight of our New Shepard space vehicle.
General Dynamics completes initial integration of NASA's new SGSS command and control infrastructure
(27 April 2015) A General Dynamics-led team successfully completed on-schedule the implementation, integration and test of the NASA Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment (SGSS) program Increment A3, the Bearer Network and Basic Ground Terminal hardware and software.
Aerojet Rocketdyne to develop advanced propulsion system for human spaceflight
(23 April 2015) Aerojet Rocketdyne has been selected by the NASA Advanced Exploration Systems Division to start negotiations for a contract to design and demonstrate an advanced propulsion system that would enable human spaceflight to cislunar space and beyond to Mars.
Inmarsat-5 F3 arrives at launch site in Kazakhstan
(1 May 2015) The third Global Xpress (GX) satellite – Inmarsat-5 F3 (I-5 F3) – has arrived safely at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in anticipation of its launch later this month.
ILS and Dauria Aerospace announce services agreement
(30 April 2015) International Launch Services (ILS) and Dauria Aerospace (Dauria), of Moscow, Russia, signed an agreement today to collaborate on opportunities to launch spacecraft utilizing an ILS Proton or Angara launch vehicle beginning in the 2017 timeframe.
Eumetsat’s latest meteorological satellite arrives at Kourou for Ariane 5 launch
(29 April 2015) Arianespace’s ability to accommodate multiple missions and a full range of payloads at the Spaceport was underscored once again by the arrival of Europe’s Eumetsat MSG-4 meteorological satellite, which is to be lofted later this year by a heavy-lift Ariane 5.
Arianespace to launch HellaSat-4/SGS-1 for Arabsat and KACST
(28 April 2015) Arianespace, Arabsat and King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) announced today the signature of a launch service contract for the Hellasat-4/Saudi Geo Satellite-1 satellite.
Payload preparations move into full swing for Ariane 5 flight with DirecTV-15 and SKY Mexico-1
(28 April 2015) The two satellite passengers for Arianespace’s second Ariane 5 flight in 2015 – DirecTV-15 and SKY Mexico-1 (SKYM-1), both of which will be operated by digital television entertainment services provider DIRECTV – are advancing through their payload preparation phase during parallel activities at the Spaceport in French Guiana.
TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSAT telecom satellite in orbit
(28 April 2015) Built by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor, on behalf of the Turkmenistan Ministry of Communications, the TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSAT telecommunications satellite was successfully launched today from the Cape Canaveral launch site in Florida by a SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher.
Iridium announces Dnepr rocket qualification dispenser completion
(27 April 2015) Iridium Communications today announced production is complete of the qualification dispenser for the Iridium NEXT constellation's initial launch, which will be conducted by ISC Kosmotras from the Yasny launch site in Russia using a Dnepr rocket, and qualification testing is on-track for completion in June 2015.
Processing of Sentinel-2A payload begins for June Vega launch
(27 April 2015) The Sentinel-2A satellite on Arianespace’s next Vega mission is being readied for pre-launch checkout at the Spaceport, which will enable this European Earth observation platform to be orbited in June from French Guiana.
Sicral 2 satellite successfully launched
(27 April 2015) The Sicral 2 military telecommunications satellite was successfully launched on April 26 at 05:00 pm (local time), 22:00 (CET), with an Arianespace launch vehicle from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
Thor 7 satellite begins post-launch maneuvers
(27 April 2015) Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that a satellite designed and built for Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc), was launched yesterday and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan.
Arianespace launches Thor 7 and Sicral 2 satellites
(26 April 2015) Arianespace extended Ariane 5’s track record of success with another heavy-lift mission performed today from the Spaceport in French Guiana, which launched a mixed payload of commercial and military telecommunications satellites – Thor 7 and Sicral 2 – for European operators.
Strong growth ahead for Latin America satcom market
(29 April 2015) According to Euroconsult's latest report, Satellite Communications & Broadcasting in Latin America, total satellite capacity usage increased at an 8% CAGR over 2009-2014, driven by growing requirements for satellite pay-TV (+1,600 channels), VSAT services (+50,000 VSATs), trunking and backhaul.
Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) to acquire MTN
(29 April 2015) Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire MTN Communications (MTN), a leading provider of communications and content for remote locations around the world.
GATR opens Fayetteville, NC office near Fort Bragg
(28 April 2015) GATR Technologies announced today the opening of a 3,200 square foot facility near Fort Bragg, NC to support U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and other customers in the region.
International Datacasting Corporation to sell assets
(22 April 2015) International Datacasting Corporation (IDC) has executed a definitive agreement for the sale of IDC's broadcast products business and its related assets to Pico Digital, a privately-owned San-Diego based company providing multimedia delivery solutions to customers in the broadcast, cable, satellite, and broadband markets.
Products and Services
Hughes announces combined portable/mobile BGAN terminal for Inmarsat's BGAN service
(5 May 2015) Hughes Network Systems today announced the first ever portable BGAN terminal, the Hughes 9211-HDR, that instantly supports comms-on-the-move applications by docking to an active tracking antenna mounted to your vehicle.
Demodulator from STMicroelectronics offers fast, affordable broadband for all
(4 May 2015) STMicroelectronics has today announced the world's first 500Mbaud High-Symbol-Rate (HSR) satellite demodulator chip.
Globalstar launches Sat-Fi in EMEA – turns smartphones and other Wi-Fi enabled devices into satellite phones
(29 April 2015) Globalstar Europe Satellite Services has announced the availability of Sat-Fi in EMEA.
Thuraya launches the world's most advanced satellite phone
(29 April 2015) The Thuraya XT-PRO offers the longest talk-time, the largest display, and all three major navigation systems.
DigitalGlobe produces first complete high resolution satellite imagery base map of Africa
(28 April 2015) DigitalGlobe today announced the general availability of its Basemap +Vivid product for the entire African continent.
More power in a smaller package – Ka-multiband Diamond series BUC
(27 April 2015) EM Solutions now offers unprecedented bandwidth across the Ka-band frequency range in the smallest and lightest BUCs commercially available.
Oxford launches new satellite communications course
(27 April 2015) Specialists from ESA, Airbus, Thales Alenia Space and SES Astra have come together to offer a new three-day Satellite Communications course at the University of Oxford to meet the growing need for satcoms training in Europe.
New director of Ames Research Center
(4 May 2015) NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced Monday the selection of Dr. Eugene L. Tu as the next director of the agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, effective immediately.
Christophe Roux appointed Head of Latin America for Airbus Defence and Space
(28 April 2015) Christophe Roux, currently Head of Governmental Sales Space Systems, has been appointed as the new Head of Sales Latin America within the Airbus Defence and Space Sales and Marketing organization.
UltiSat adds two key hires to global sales team
(27 April 2015) UltiSat, a provider of global end-to-end managed network services, is pleased to announce the addition of two key hires to its global sales team in Europe.
Boeing names John Shannon Space Launch System Vice President
(23 April 2015) Boeing] has named John Shannon to be vice president and program manager for the Space Launch System (SLS), which will provide NASA with heavy-lift capability to send people and cargo into deep space.