Iridium announces manufacturing partners for its next-generation broadband service
(26 February 2015) Iridium Communications today announced four industry-leading value-added manufacturing partners that will design, manufacture and distribute products compatible with Iridium Certus broadband, its next-generation broadband service.
Calling on satellites in alpine rescues
(24 February 2015) Emergency services rescued 1780 people in the Austrian Alps last year. They can now count on satellites to access maps, send messages, give warnings and stay in contact.
Comtech to expand Asian network
(23 February 2015) Comtech EF Data has been awarded orders totaling $5.0 million for SATCOM equipment and services to expand a communication network in Asia, $3.9 million of which was received during its second quarter and $1.1 million was received during its first quarter.
KVH ships its 5,000th TracPhone system for mini-VSAT Broadband network
(23 February 2015) KVH Industries recently shipped its 5,000th TracPhone satellite communications antenna system for the mini-VSAT Broadband network, adding more than 1,000 units in the past year and extending the company's market share lead in maritime VSAT service.
SatLink Communications acquires NovelSat satellite modems for maritime services
(23 February 2015) SatLink Communications has acquired a sizable quantity of NovelSat NS300 satellite modems to enhance the satellite communications solution offering for their maritime customers.
TeleCommunication Systems makes O3b Network products and services available through GSA Schedule 70
(23 February 2015) TeleCommunication Systems has been awarded approval by the U.S General Services Administration (GSA) to add O3b Networks satellite products and services to TCS' IT Schedule 70 contract.
Airbus Defence and Space and its partners to launch the MUSTANG project for global connectivity
(19 February 2015) Airbus Defence and Space has started work on the MUSTANG project for machine to machine communications, in partnership with the SMEs SIGFOX and SYSMECA, and the CEA-Leti research centre.
Aireon announces space-based ADS-B services agreement in west and central Africa
(19 February 2015) Aireon has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Agency for the Security of Aviation Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA), which provides Air Traffic Control in 17 African States.
OHB completing integration of Hispasat AG1 geostationary communications satellite
(18 February 2015) Developed and built by OHB System, the “Hispasat Advanced Generation 1” (Hispasat AG1) geostationary communications satellite yesterday evening has left the integration hall in Bremen.
Intelsat and Azercosmos partner to deliver new satellite at 45 degrees East
(17 February 2015) Intelsat and Azercosmos , the national satellite operator of Azerbaijan, today announced that the two companies have signed a strategic agreement at the 45 degrees East orbital position.
Kratos awarded carrier monitoring system contract for NewSat's Jabiru-1 satellite
(17 February 2015) Kratos Defense & Security Solutions subsidiary SAT Corporation (SAT) has been awarded a contract to design, manufacture, install, test and deliver a carrier monitoring system by NewSat Limited.
Boeing to build all-electric propulsion satellite for SES
(16 February 2015) Boeing will build for SES a new, all-electric 702SP satellite that will enable SES’ airline customers to provide in-flight entertainment and WiFi over North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
SES orders new satellite in joint venture with Luxembourg
(16 February 2015) SES announced today the procurement of a new satellite jointly with the Luxembourg government.
SES orders new SES-14 satellite for growth in the Americas and North Atlantic
(16 February 2015) SES announced today that it has ordered its new SES-14 satellite to capture growth opportunities in dynamic markets, buoyant business segments and growing video neighborhoods across the Americas and the North Atlantic region.
SES orders SES-15 satellite in North America
(16 February 2015) SES announced today that it has ordered its new SES-15 satellite to provide growth capacity in North America and capture business potential in vibrant market segments.
IDC’s TITAN High Definition Contribution Encoder selected by Telesur for SNG network expansion
(18 February 2015) International Datacasting Corporation has announced that Venezuela’s leading broadcaster, Telesur, has selected IDC’s TITAN video contribution solution to expand its satellite news gathering (SNG) network across Latin America with the technical assistance from our partner in México, GRIMSAT.
European Data Relay System confirms services for Copernicus in cooperation with European Commission
(25 February 2015) Following the recent decision confirming the ESA/Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) partnership on the European Data Relay System (EDRS), agreement has been reached with the European Commission (EC) for the provision of EDRS services to the European Union Copernicus programme.
Harris Corporation completes IT infrastructure installation and integration for NOAA’s GOES-R series ground segment
(25 February 2015) Harris Corporation has completed the computer hardware delivery, installation and integration supporting the operational systems of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite — R (GOES-R) Series Program ground segment at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facilities in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
Sentinel-2A: New eyes of Copernicus ready for space
(24 February 2015) After six months of intensive testing, the first Sentinel-2 satellite developed and built by Airbus Defence and Space for the European Space Agency (ESA) is getting ready for its mission in space.
ORBIT lands new contract from a leading space agency in Europe
(23 February 2015) ORBIT Communication Systems has won a contract to supply its Gaia-100 earth observation ground station solution to a leading Space Agency in Europe.
Exelis advanced weather sounder prepared for integration onto the first Joint Polar Satellite System spacecraft
(20 February 2015) The Cross-Track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) built by Exelis in Fort Wayne, Indiana, shipped last week and is ready for integration onto the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) spacecraft.
ESA's biomass satellite goes ahead
(19 February 2015) Following the initial selection in 2013 for Biomass to become ESA’s seventh Earth Explorer mission and the completion of preparatory activities, ESA Member States yesterday gave the green light for its full implementation for launch in 2020.
Satellite images reveal ocean acidification from space
(16 February 2015) Pioneering techniques that use satellites to monitor ocean acidification are set to revolutionise the way that marine biologists and climate scientists study the ocean.
Quality check on Galileo performance
(20 February 2015) The Thales Alenia Space plant in the eastern suburbs of Rome is home to the Galileo System Evaluation Equipment facility, which provides a troubleshooting platform for the Galileo ground network and an assessment of the performance of Europe’s under-construction satnav constellation.
Comtech receives contract extension for U.S. Navy's Advanced TDMA Interface Processor terminals
(24 February 2015) Comtech EF Data has received a $6.4 million contract award extension for the implementation of an Adaptive Coding capability for Advanced Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) Interface Processor (ATIP) terminals from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).
Chemring, Avanti and Spectra collaborate in delivery of secure, rapidly deployable cellular system over satellite
(23 February 2015) Chemring Technology Solutions, Avanti Government Services and Spectra Group (UK) Ltd have collaborated and completed trials to deliver a secure, rapidly deployable cellular communications system over satellite for defence and security use in remote locations.
Exelis to provide U.S. Army on-the-move connectivity with low profile satellite antennas
(23 February 2015) Exelis has received orders valued at $7.6 million from ADS on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense through the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Tailored Logistics Support (TLS) program to provide mission command on-the-move systems.
MDA to help US Air Force obtain essential information
(23 February 20154) MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has signed contracts with a combined value of CA$6 million with Airbus Defense and Space to modernize the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) five Eagle Vision mobile ground stations.
Thales to supply 20 new satcom terminals for Syracuse III programme
(22 February 2015) The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has awarded Thales a contract to supply a further 20 ground terminals as part of the Syracuse III satellite programme.
Norsat awarded portable military satellite terminal contract
(19 February 2015) Norsat International has announced that a Tier 1 Eurasian defense contractor, has signed a $3.5 million agreement to purchase a range of Norsat’s portable satellite terminals to provide high performance military communications for an Eurasian Ministry of Defense (“MOD”).
Improved vision for James Webb Space Telescope
(25 February 2015) Key science elements of the James Webb Space Telescope have been upgraded ahead of the observatory’s launch in 2018.
Classical nova explosions are major lithium factories in the universe
(18 February 2015) A team of astronomers from National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), Osaka Kyoiku University, Nagoya University, and Kyoto Sangyo University observed Nova Delphini 2013 which occurred on August 14, 2013.
Strange case of the missing brown dwarf
(18 February 2015) The new SPHERE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope has been used to search for a brown dwarf expected to be orbiting the unusual double star V471 Tauri.
Stars akin to the sun also explode when they die
(16 February 2015) The birth of planetary nebulae, resulting from the death of low and intermediate mass stars, is usually thought of as a slow process, in contrast with the intense supernovae that massive stars produce.
Why do starburst galaxies 'burst'?
(15 February 2015) Starburst galaxies transmute gas into new stars at a dizzying pace – up to 1,000 times faster than typical spiral galaxies like the Milky Way.
Pockets of calm protect molecules around a supermassive black hole
(26 February 2015) Researchers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered regions where certain organic molecules somehow endure the intense radiation near the supermassive black hole at the center of galaxy NGC 1068, also known to amateur stargazers as M77.
Monster black hole discovered at cosmic dawn
(24 February 2015) Scientists have discovered the brightest quasar in the early universe, powered by the most massive black hole yet known at that time.
Giving shape to furious black hole winds
(19 February 2015) NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and ESA’s XMM-Newton telescope are showing that fierce winds from a supermassive black hole blow outward in all directions -- a phenomenon that had been suspected, but difficult to prove until now.
Dark matter guides growth of supermassive black holes
(18 February 2015) Every massive galaxy has a black hole at its center, and the heftier the galaxy, the bigger its black hole.
Getting a grip on exotic atomic nuclei
(18 February 2015) A new model describing atomic nuclei, proposed by a physicist from the University of Warsaw Faculty of Physics, more accurately predicts the properties of various exotic isotopes that are created in supernova explosions or inside nuclear reactors.
Astrophysical jets driven by the sun
(19 February 2015) As the sun skims through the galaxy, it flings out charged particles in a stream of plasma called the solar wind.
For the first time, spacecraft catch a solar shockwave in the act
(19 February 2015) On Oct. 8, 2013, an explosion on the sun’s surface sent a supersonic blast wave of solar wind out into space.
Origin of the magnetic field covering the Sun has been discovered
(19 February 2015) The magnetic field that covers the Sun and determines its behavior – the eleven year cycles no less than such conspicuous phenomena as solar spots and solar storms – also has another side to it: a magnetic web that covers the entire surface of the Sun at rest and whose net magnetic flow is greater than that of the active areas.
Closest known flyby of a star to our solar system
(16 February 2015) A group of astronomers from the US, Europe, Chile and South Africa have determined that 70,000 years ago a recently discovered dim star is likely to have passed through the solar system’s distant cloud of comets, the Oort Cloud.
Scientists identify mineral that destroys organic compounds, with implications for Mars Curiosity Mission
(20 February 2015) Scientists have discovered that the mineral jarosite breaks down organic compounds when it is flash-heated, with implications for Mars research.
MAVEN spacecraft completes first deep dip campaign
(19 February 2015) NASA’S Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution has completed the first of five deep-dip maneuvers designed to gather measurements closer to the lower end of the Martian upper atmosphere.
Mystery Mars plume baffles scientists
(16 February 2015) Plumes seen reaching high above the surface of Mars are causing a stir among scientists studying the atmosphere on the Red Planet.
New Horizons images Pluto's small moons
(18 February 2015) Exactly 85 years after Clyde Tombaugh’s historic discovery of Pluto, the NASA spacecraft set to encounter the icy planet this summer is providing its first views of the small moons orbiting Pluto.
'Bright Spot' on Ceres has dimmer companion
(25 February 2015) Dwarf planet Ceres continues to puzzle scientists as NASA's Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the object.
Dawn captures sharper images of Ceres
(17 February 2015) Craters and mysterious bright spots are beginning to pop out in the latest images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
CubeSats offered deep-space ride on ESA asteroid probe
(26 February 2015) Think of it as the ultimate hitchhiking opportunity: ESA is offering CubeSats a ride to a pair of asteroids in deep space.
SOHO sees unusual comet near the Sun
(24 February 2015) An unusual comet skimmed past the sun on Feb 18-21, 2015, as captured by the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO.
Extra Solar Planets
Hubble gets best view of a circumstellar debris disk distorted by a planet
(19 February 2015) Astronomers have used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to take the most detailed picture to date of a large, edge-on, gas-and-dust disk encircling the 20-million-year-old star Beta Pictoris.
Jupiter, a laboratory for studying exoplanets
(18 February 2015) In a study published in Astrophysical Journal Letters, Jupiter is presented as an ideal laboratory for research into exoplanets which are similar.
Disintegrating rocky exoplanet could unlock secrets to how our solar system was formed
(17 February 2015) Exciting new research by astronomers at The Open University (OU) and the Universities of Warwick and Sheffield has opened up the chance to find out what distant planets are made of.
Earth-like planets are more likely to orbit Sun-like stars rather than lower-mass stars
(17 February 2015) Simulations by researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology and Tsinghua University indicate that Earth-like planets are more likely to be found orbiting Sun-like stars rather than lower-mass stars that are currently targeted, in terms of water contents of planets.
Laser 'ruler' holds promise for hunting exoplanets
(17 February 2015) The hunt for Earth-like planets around distant stars could soon become a lot easier thanks to a technique developed by researchers in Germany.onomers have independently of each other discovered a rare planet.
Successful launch of cryogenic liquid experiment
(23 February 2015) For the first time in Europe, an experiment studying the behavior of liquid hydrogen in microgravity was carried out in space.
Last ATV reentry leaves legacy for future space exploration
(15 February 2015) ESA’s fifth automated cargo ferry completed its mission to the International Space Station today when it reentered the atmosphere and burned up safely over an uninhabited area of the southern Pacific Ocean.
e2v Grenoble facilities awarded QMLV certification
(24 February 2015) e2v has announced the official MIL-PRF-30535 class V (QMLV) certification of its facilities based in Grenoble, France - the highest standard of quality and reliability for Aerospace-grade microelectronics and integrated circuits.
ESA's spaceplane is coming home
(24 February 2015) ESA’s IXV spaceplane, launched on a Vega rocket on 11 February, is now on its way to Europe for detailed study in Italy.
ATV's internal camera delivered data, but not images
(20 February 2015) A prototype ‘blackbox for spacecraft’ running inside ESA’s cargo ferry as it burned up in the atmosphere managed to return data to the ground but, sadly, the images it took were lost in transit.
Northrop Grumman's hemispherical resonator gyro marks 30 million operating hours in space
(17 February 2015) Northrop Grumman Corporation's hemispherical resonator gyro (HRG), which is used for commercial and military space applications, recently achieved 30 million hours of continuous operation without a single mission failure.
Orbital ATK’s GEOStar-3 satellite platform gains traction among world's top satellite operators
(16 February 2015) Orbital ATK has received a contract to build a communications satellite for LuxGovSat, a newly created joint venture between SES and the Luxembourg government.
(17 February 2015) Thanks to space, some Parisian Metro riders now enjoy a very high-tech commute. A satellite spin-off is paving the way for more comfortable journeys.
Eutelsat 115 West B satellite gears up for launch
(26 February 2015) Eutelsat 115 West B, the first all-electric satellite for Eutelsat Communications, is scheduled for launch by SpaceX using the Falcon 9 rocket on 1 March (22.49 – 23.34 EST, 03.49 - 04.34 UTC).
MMS prepares for March 12 launch to study Earth’s dynamic magnetic space environment
(25 February 2015) Final preparations are underway for the launch of NASA’s quartet of Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft, which constitute the first space mission dedicated to the study of magnetic reconnection.
SES announces two launch agreements with SpaceX
(25 February 2015) SES announced today an agreement with SpaceX to launch two new satellites in 2017 – SES-14 and SES-16/ GovSat – using the Falcon 9 rocket.
Express-AM7 delivered to Baikonur on 19 February
(24 February 2015) The Express-AM7 satellite was delivered to Baikonur on 19 February, 2015.
Thor 7 arrives safely in French Guiana
(23 February 2015) Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) today announces that its Thor 7 satellite has arrived safely at the Guiana Spaceport in Kourou.
THOR 7 spacecraft arrives in French Guiana for Ariane 5 launch
(23 February 2015) The THOR 7 satellite for Arianespace’s first Ariane 5 mission in 2015 has arrived in French Guiana, marking the start of payload preparations for this dual-passenger flight from the Spaceport – which is scheduled for an April liftoff.
Magnetospheric Multiscale observatories processed for launch
(20 February 2015) NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) observatories are processed for launch in a clean room at the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Florida.
Arianespace to launch GEO-Kompsat 2A and 2B satellites for Korea Aerospace Research Institute
(13 February 2015) The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) has chosen Arianespace to launch the two satellites in its GEO-Kompsat-2 program.
Payload preparations advance for Arianespace’s Soyuz mission with Galileo spacecraft
(13 February 2015) The third and fourth Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites are a confirmed “fit” for their Arianespace Soyuz launch in March, having made initial contact with the mission’s dual-payload dispenser in French Guiana.
510 smallsat launches planned over next five years
(26 February 2015) According to Euroconsult's newly released research titled Prospects for the Small Satellite Market, a total of 510 small satellites, or smallsats (meaning nanosats, cubesats, microsats and minisats) are to be launched in the next five years, a two-third increase in the average number of smallsats per year versus that of the past decade.
Satellite manufacturing and launching to face unprecedented growth
(24 February 2015) NSR's Satellite Manufacturing and Launch Services, 5th Edition, report, released today, projects that over 1,800 satellites weighing more than 50 kilograms will be ordered and launched over the next decade, generating $300 billion across global markets.
Globecomm opens Jakarta office
(25 February 2015) Globecomm today announced the opening of a new office in Jakarta, Indonesia, the nation’s capital, further extending its presence in Asia and in the Pacific region.
SpeedCast announces acquisition of Geolink Satellite Services and further expansion in Africa
(25 February 2015) SpeedCast International Limited has announced the acquisition of Geolink Satellite Services, a leading provider of satellite communications solutions in the African region, and part of the CETel Group.
Hungary accedes to ESA Convention
(24 February 2015) Hungary signed the Accession Agreement to the ESA Convention on 24 February 2015.
Thales Alenia Space's CMMI Level 3 certification renewed
(23 February 2015) Ten years ago, Thales Alenia Space began to apply CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration), the international standard that recognizes the performance and maturity of industrial organizations, at all facilities and in all countries where the company operates, across all of its business sectors.
Swiss Space Systems inaugurates a new subsidiary in Croatia
(16 February 2015) The aerospace company, Swiss Space Systems (S3), officially inaugurated its daughter company, Swiss Space Systems Croatia, in the presence of the Ambassador of Switzerland in Croatia, as well as representatives of the national and local authorities and international guests from the aerospace sector.
Products and Services
DigitalGlobe announces availability of 30 cm satellite imagery to all customers
(25 February 2015) DigitalGlobe has announced the full availability of 30 cm satellite imagery products, an industry first that builds upon the company’s gold standard for image quality and resolution.
Harris CapRock launches advanced managed communications solution
(24 February 2015) Harris CapRock Communications has launched the industry’s first unified, fully managed satellite, wireless and terrestrial connectivity service designed to reduce customers’ voice, data and equipment management costs.
New PlanetSAT 15 L8 base maps of the Middle East processed with up-to-date imagery
(24 February 2015) The company PlanetObserver is happy to present PlanetSAT 15 L8, the new range of country base maps processed from fresh Landsat 8 imagery.
Vislink announces the global launch of future-proof platform for newsgathering
(18 February 2015) Vislink today announced the upcoming international launch of its NewStream multi-mode mobile vehicle transmission system at CABSAT 2015.
Jurczyk named Head of NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate
(23 February 2015) NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named Steve Jurczyk as the agency's Associate Administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate, effective Monday, March 2.
UltiSat continues expansion of global sales team
(17 February 2015) UltiSat, a provider of global end-to-end managed network services, is pleased to announce the hiring of two more new key individuals to its global sales team.
SSTL appoints Patrick Wood as Group CEO
(16 February 2015) Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has appointed Patrick Wood as Group CEO, with effect from 1st April 2015.