Global Technology accelerates access to broadband in the Republic of Guyana with Eutelsat IP Easy service
(2 September 2014) Global Technology today announced it has selected the IP Easy satellite broadband service provided by Eutelsat Communications to accelerate access to broadband across the Republic of Guyana.
Orange Business Services supports BW Offshore fleet
(2 September 2014) BW Offshore, a leading global provider of floating production services to the oil and gas industry, has signed a 5-year, $12 million contract with Orange Business Services for an end-to-end satellite communication solution for its fleet of highly-specialized oil and gas production vessels.
O3b Networks now fully operational
(1 September 2014) O3b has today confirmed that in-orbit testing of its latest satellites has been successfully completed and the satellites have been commissioned into the O3b constellation.
Onlime expands capacity on Africasat-1a
(1 September 2014) Measat announced today an agreement with Onlime for additional transponder capacity on the Africasat-1a satellite.
Inmarsat’s IsatHub service makes Latin American debut in Panama
(29 August 2014) Panama is to become one of the first countries in Latin America to offer Inmarsat’s transformational IsatHub service; the most powerful, personal smart device connectivity service, which enables users beyond the reach of terrestrial mobile and fixed networks to talk, text, access the internet and apps using their own smartphones and tablets.
Bentley Walker extends VSAT service to Iraq with Newtec at its core
(28 August 2014) Bentley Walker, one of the world’s leading service providers for broadband satellite VSAT services, is extending its coverage to Iraq using Newtec’s Ka-band VSAT broadband platform.
Yamal-401 satellite completed
(28 August 2014) ISS-Reshetnev Company has finished building the telecommunications satellite Yamal-401.
Iridium on track for Iridium NEXT
(27 August 2014) Iridium Communications today announced the successful upgrade of its System Control Segment (SCS) and completion of its Launch and Early Operations (LEOP) control center for Iridium NEXT, the largest new commercial satellite constellation in the world.
Telemar supplies integrated broadband to Herm. Dauelsberg fleet
(27 August 2014) Telemar GmbH has closed an important agreement with Herm. Dauelsberg for the supply of a complete “turn-key solution” for their fleet of 18 vessels.
Aeromexico becomes first airline to commit to Gogo's next generation in-flight connectivity technology - 2Ku
(26 August 2014) Gogo announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Aeromexico, Mexico's global airline, to provide in-flight Internet and wireless in-flight entertainment service on at least 58 Embraer and Boeing 737 aircraft operated by Aeromexico.
C-COM antennas deployed in Japan landslide disaster
(26 August 2014) C-COM Satellite Systems announced today that a number of its iNetVu systems have recently been deployed in the Western part of Japan to assist with emergency communications in an area hit by massive landslides.
Customers order over 3,000 next-generation ViaSat L-band managed service terminals
(26 August 2014) Customers are beginning to place advance orders for next-generation Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) terminals from ViaSat for operation over the recently announced ViaSat worldwide L-band network.
KCA Deutag turns to Signalhorn to support remote drilling sites in Oman
(26 August 2014) Signalhorn has been awarded a contract extension by KCA Deutag, one of the world’s leading drilling and engineering contractors, to provide and maintain KCA Deutag’s satellite and terrestrial network in the Sultanate of Oman.
Globecomm Europe and Event-IP to deliver communications services for international outdoor events
(22 August 2014) Since 2011, Globecomm has provided satellite services and support to Event-IP Global Communications, a satellite-based IP connectivity company, for its clients at major outdoor events in locations such as Portugal, Greece, Spain, Sweden and Jordan.
O3b announces agreement with Our Telekom for Solomon Islands
(22 August 2014) O3b Networks has announced a multi-year agreement to provide trunking services to Solomon Telekom Company Limited (trading as Our Telekom).
Airbus Defence and Space introduces expanded Terralink next generation satellite broadband connection
(20 August 2014) Airbus Defence and Space is expanding its Terralink satellite connectivity service portfolio with the introduction of new services for enterprise users based on the next generation Newtec Dialog satellite communications platform.
ViaSat Exede debuts first virtually unlimited satellite internet service in Florida
(20 August 2014) Beginning this week, ViaSat will offer Exede high-speed satellite internet plans that provide households across Florida with virtually unlimited data usage for communications, web browsing, and streaming media.
Radar vision maps Napa Valley earthquake
(2 September 2014) Sentinel-1A has added yet another string to its bow. Radar images from this fledgling satellite have been used to map the rupture caused by the biggest earthquake that has shaken northern California in 25 years.
A wing for Sentinel-2A
(1 September 2014) Imaging Earth’s land with unprecedented speed and resolution has come another step closer as the next Sentinel satellite has been given its solar wing and started a strenuous six-month test campaign to make sure that it is fit for launch next April.
Sentinel-1 poised to monitor motion
(26 August 2014) Although it was only launched a few months ago and is still being commissioned, the new Sentinel-1A radar satellite has already shown that it can be used to generate 3D models of Earth’s surface and will be able to closely monitor land and ice surface deformation.
NASA rainfall satellite out of fuel, but continues to provide data
(25 August 2014) Pressure readings from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission's (TRMM) fuel tank on July 8 indicated that the satellite was nearly at the end of its fuel supply.
Mitsubishi Electric ready to deliver Himawari-8 to Tanegashima
(22 August 2014) Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it has completed work on the Himawari-8 satellite, the next-generation geostationary meteorological satellite based on a contract awarded by the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Airbus Defence and Space delivers Sentinel-2A environmental monitoring satellite for testing
(21 August 2014) In the coming months, the Sentinel-2A satellite will undergo a series of environmental tests at IABG, near Munich, Germany, to determine its suitability for use in space.
Ice sheet highs, lows and loss
(20 August 2014) Measurements from ESA’s CryoSat mission have been used to map the height of the huge ice sheets that blanket Greenland and Antarctica and show how they are changing.
Lockheed Martin-built GPS IIR/IIR-M satellites reach 200 years of combined operational life
(2 September 2014) The U.S. Air Force’s fleet of Global Positioning System (GPS) Block IIR and IIR-M satellites, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, have reached 200 collective years of operational life.
Contract signed for next phase of Second Generation COSMO-SkyMed activities
(28 August 2014) Thales Alenia Space announced that it has signed an agreement with the Italian Space Agency (ASI) for the next phase of the Second Generation COSMO-SkyMed activities.
Honeywell and Inmarsat bringing next generation in-flight connectivity to government and military
(28 August 2014) Honeywell Aerospace has signed a Memorandum of Arrangement with Inmarsat to be a hardware provider for government and military customers looking to access Inmarsat’s commercial global, high-speed connectivity Global Xpress services.
XTAR provides new teleport services supporting user’s vital airborne ISR requirements
(20 August 2014) XTAR has signed an agreement with Leidos, a leading technology solutions provider supporting vital national security missions, to support testing of manned airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (AISR) aircraft serving U.S. military missions around the globe.
Measurement at Big Bang conditions confirms lithium problem
(27 August 2014) The field of astrophysics has a stubborn problem and it’s called lithium. The quantities of lithium predicted to have resulted from the Big Bang are not actually present in stars.
What lit up the universe?
(27 August 2014) New research from UCL shows we will soon uncover the origin of the ultraviolet light that bathes the cosmos, helping scientists understand how galaxies were built.
Magnetar discovered close to supernova remnant Kesteven 79
(1 September 2014) Massive stars end their life with a bang, exploding as supernovas and releasing massive amounts of energy and matter.
Why sibling stars look alike: early, fast mixing in star birth clouds
(31 August 2014) Stars are made mostly of hydrogen and helium, but they also contain trace amounts of other elements, such as carbon, oxygen, iron, and even more exotic substances.
Radio telescopes settle controversy over distance to Pleiades
(28 August 2014) Astronomers have used a worldwide network of radio telescopes to resolve a controversy over the distance to a famous star cluster -- a controversy that posed a potential challenge to scientists' basic understanding of how stars form and evolve.
INTEGRAL catches dead star exploding in a blaze of glory
(27 August 2014) Astronomers using ESA's INTEGRAL gamma-ray observatory have demonstrated beyond doubt that dead stars known as white dwarfs can reignite and explode as supernovae.
Eta Carinae: our neighboring superstars
(26 August 2014) The Eta Carinae star system does not lack for superlatives. Not only does it contain one of the biggest and brightest stars in our galaxy, weighing at least 90 times the mass of the sun, it is also extremely volatile and is expected to have at least one supernova explosion in the future.
Fluorine formed in stars
(21 August 2014) The fluorine that is found in products such as toothpaste was likely formed billions of years ago in now dead stars of the same type as our sun.
NASA telescopes help uncover early construction phase of giant galaxy
(27 August 2014) Astronomers have for the first time gotten a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction.
Best view yet of merging galaxies in distant universe
(25 August 2014) An international team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) -- among other telescopes -- has obtained the best view yet of a collision between two galaxies when the Universe was only half its current age.
First LOFAR observations of the “Whirlpool Galaxy”
(20 August 2014) Using a radio telescope with frequencies just above those of commercial FM radio stations, a European team of astronomers has obtained the most sensitive image of a galaxy below 1 GHz.
Radioactive cobalt in supernova explosion
(29 August 2014) A group of astrophysicists, including researchers from MIPT, have detected the formation of radioactive cobalt during a supernova explosion, lending credence to a corresponding theory of supernova explosions.
Researchers awarded $1.5 million to develop software to process solar astronomy data on larger scale
(2 September 2014) Researchers in Georgia State University's new Astroinformatics program have been awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to develop software tools that can process large sets of solar astronomy data and allow scientists to perform analyses on scales and detail levels that have not been possible.
Researchers use NASA and other data to look into the heart of a solar storm
(28 August 2014) A space weather storm from the sun engulfed our planet on Jan. 21, 2005. The event got its start on Jan. 20, when a cloud of solar material, a coronal mass ejection or CME, burst off the sun and headed toward Earth.
The Sun as Borexino sees it in real time
(27 August 2014) The neutrino experiment in the INFN Gran Sasso Laboratories has managed to measure the energy of our star in real time: the energy released today at the centre of the Sun is exactly the same as that produced 100,000 years ago.
EUV calibrations for satellite sensors
(25 August 2014) Thanks to precision calibration measurements recently performed at NIST, satellites may soon be looking at sunlight with new and improved vision.
Spare off-the-shelf instrument continues solar output data with excellent results
(21 August 2014) When the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, sponsored the Total solar irradiance Calibration Transfer Experiment, or TCTE, project launched November 2013, the solar science community was relieved a critical 36-year continuity of solar irradiance measurements was saved.
Electric sparks may alter evolution of lunar soil
(21 August 2014) The moon appears to be a tranquil place, but modeling done by University of New Hampshire and NASA scientists suggests that, over the eons, periodic storms of solar energetic particles may have significantly altered the properties of the soil in the moon's coldest craters through the process of sparking—a finding that could change our understanding of the evolution of planetary surfaces in the solar system.
NASA probes studying Earth’s radiation belts to celebrate two year anniversary
(29 August 2014) NASA's twin Van Allen Probes will celebrate on Saturday two years of studying the sun’s influence on our planet and near-Earth space.
Climate history of Mars uncovered in unique meteorite
(27 August 2014) Was Mars — now a cold, dry place — once a warm, wet planet that sustained life? And if so, how long has it been cold and dry?
Two dynamos drive Jupiter’s magnetic field
(20 August 2014) Superlatives are the trademark of the planet Jupiter. The magnetic field at the top edge of the cloud surrounding the largest member of the solar system is around ten times stronger than Earth’s, and is by far the largest magnetosphere around a planet.
Titan's subsurface reservoirs modify methane rainfall
(1 September 2014) The international Cassini mission has revealed hundreds of lakes and seas spread across the icy surface of Saturn's moon Titan, mostly in its polar regions.
Voyager map details Neptune's strange moon Triton
(21 August 2014) NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first close-up look at Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989.
New Horizons commanded into last pre-Pluto slumber
(29 August 2014) NASA’s Pluto-bound spacecraft was put into hibernation this morning, following a successful 10-week annual checkout period.
New Horizons spacecraft crosses Neptune orbit en route to Pluto encounter
(25 August 2014) NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune.
Spitzer telescope witnesses asteroid smashup
(28 August 2014) NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids.
Nanodiamonds are forever
(28 August 2014) Most of North America’s megafauna — mastodons, short-faced bears, giant ground sloths, saber-toothed cats and American camels and horses — disappeared close to 13,000 years ago at the end of the Pleistocene period.
Rosetta: Landing site search narrows
(25 August 2014) Using detailed information collected by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft during its first two weeks at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, five locations have been identified as candidate sites to set down the Philae lander in November – the first time a landing on a comet has ever been attempted.
The search for the 'perfect' landing site
(21 August 2014) When the Philae lander reaches its landing site on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, it needs to be at a level yet scientifically interesting location, with enough sunlight and the right conditions to ensure a long working life.
Extra Solar Planets
Pebble-size particles may jump-start planet formation
(27 August 2014) Rocky planets like Earth start out as microscopic bits of dust tinier than a grain of sand, or so theories predict.
Sub Orbital Space
NASA to conduct technology demonstration during Aug. 28 launch from Wallops Flight Facility
(25 August 2014) NASA will test a new sub-payload deployment method for suborbital rocket missions with the launch of a Black Brant IX sounding rocket between 5 and 6 a.m., Aug. 28, from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
SpacePharma and S3 to develop interactive communications system for life science microgravity payloads
(2 September 2014) S3 USA Operations, a division of Swiss aerospace company Swiss Space Systems – S3, and SpacePharma R&D announce today having been selected as winners in a prize awarded by Space Florida in the Space Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership RFP for the development of a pioneering 2-way communications platform.
Intense exercise during long space flights can help astronauts protect aerobic capacity
(29 August 2014) Most people don’t think much about their aerobic capacity while at work. But for astronauts carrying out missions on the International Space Station (ISS), maintaining their cardiovascular stamina during long space flights is part of the job.
NASA completes key review of world’s most powerful rocket in support of journey to Mars
(27 August 2014) NASA officials Wednesday announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) -- the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars -- and approved the program's progression from formulation to development, something no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the agency built the space shuttle.
Boeing Commercial Crew program completes Critical Design and Safety Reviews
(21 August 2014) Boeing recently completed the Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review of its Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft and the Critical Design Review (CDR) of its integrated systems, meeting all of the company’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) milestones on time and on budget.
Sparks fly as NASA pushes the limits of 3-D printing technology
(28 August 2014) NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
NASA completes successful battery of tests on composite cryotank
(26 August 2014) NASA has completed a complex series of tests on one of the largest composite cryogenic fuel tanks ever manufactured, bringing the aerospace industry much closer to designing, building, and flying lightweight, composite tanks on rockets.
New UK facility aims to protect next generation microchips from cosmic ray chaos
(21 August 2014) UK scientists have built a new facility aimed at understanding how particles from space can interact with electronic devices, and to investigate the chaos that cosmic rays can cause – such as taking communications satellites offline, wiping a device's memory or affecting aircraft electronics.
Firefly Space Systems collaborates with Texas Advanced Computing Center and ANSYS
(20 August 2014) Firefly Space Systems, ANSYS and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin team up in the design of next-generation of rockets.
NanoSpace to develop Xenon flow control module for telecom satellites
(20 August 2014) SSC company NanoSpace has signed a new contract with ESA to develop a Xenon flow controller for telecommunication satellites.
Northrop Grumman cryocooler on OCO-2 satellite becomes 17th unit to operate in space without a failure
(20 August 2014) A cool thing about space: cryogenic refrigerators from Northrop Grumman Corporation that chill satellite sensors to hundreds of degrees below zero Fahrenheit (°F) for maximum sensitivity.
Space station inspired robot to help heal sick children
(20 August 2014) A space-inspired robotic arm is helping pediatric doctors care for children who require intensive surgical care.
Status of Galileo-FOC satellites
(28 August 2014) After both launching the first two Galileo-FOC-satellites on Friday, August 22nd, and releasing the satellites from the upper stage of the launcher, it was found that the satellites had been injected into a wrong orbit.
Update on Galileo launch injection anomaly
(26 August 2014) Work at ESA’s ESOC control centre continues relentlessly on the two Galileo satellites.
Arianespace names independent inquiry commission
(25 August 2014) Following the major anomaly that occurred on August 22, 2014 during the Soyuz ST mission carrying two satellites in the Galileo constellation, Arianespace announced today, in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission, the appointment of an independent inquiry commission.
AsiaSat 6 launch on 27 August
(25 August 2014) AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat's newest communications satellite, is set for launch at Hong Kong Time 12:50 p.m. (12:50 a.m. EDT or Cape Canaveral local time) on 27 August aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S.A.
Galileo satellites experience orbital injection anomaly on Soyuz launch
(23 August 2014) On August 22, 2014, at 9:27 am local time in French Guiana, a Soyuz ST rocket lifted off with the first two satellites in the Galileo constellation.
First Galileo spacecraft launched carrying navigational payloads supplied by SSTL
(22 August 2014) Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) is delighted that the first two Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) spacecraft, carrying navigation payloads supplied by the Company, have been launched successfully today.
Galileo has started its operational deployment phase
(22 August 2014) The next pair of Galileo satellites, Galileo 5 and 6, has been successfully delivered into orbit today.
Soyuz orbits the first two Galileo FOC satellites
(22 August 2014) Arianespace’s workhorse Soyuz vehicle marked another “mission accomplished” from French Guiana today – lofting two milestone Galileo spacecraft – as the company once again supported the space ambitions of Europe.
Arianespace to launch three batches of Galileo satellites on Ariane 5 ES
(20 August 2014) Today saw Arianespace and the European Space Agency (ESA), acting on behalf of the European Commission, convene at the Guiana Space Center, European spaceport, to sign a contract for three launch services with Ariane 5 ES in order to step up the deployment of the European navigation system Galileo, the European Union’s flagship program.
ESA and CNES experts ready for Galileo's first orbits
(20 August 2014) Lift-off for Galileo satellites 5 and 6 is set for Thursday, 21 August, at 12:31 GMT (14:31 CEST) on a Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana.
Eumetsat enters into a Space Situational Awareness data-sharing agreement with the US Strategic Command
(29 August 2014) Since 1998, NOAA and Eumetsat have cooperated to establish the Initial Joint Polar System, and both agencies now share the operational responsibilities for two polar-orbiting satellites and their respective ground segments.
Lockheed Martin and Electro Optic Systems to establish space debris tracking site in Western Australia
(25 April 2014) Under a new strategic cooperation agreement, Lockheed Martin and Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd are developing a new space object tracking site in Western Australia that will paint a more detailed picture of space debris for both government and commercial customers.
Merger of OHB System and Erwin Kayser-Threde now completed
(1 September 2014) OHB System AG, Bremen, and Erwin Kayser-Threde GmbH, Munich, have now merged under the name of OHB System AG.
Astrotech Corporation completes the sale of its Astrotech Space Operations unit
(22 August 2014) Astrotech Corporation has completed the sale of substantially all of the properties and assets related to or used in its Astrotech Space Operations business unit to a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation for $61 million.
Products and Services
Vislink to launch Mantis-LT flyaway antenna at IBC 2014
(27 August 2014) Vislink, the global provider of broadcast communications equipment, today announced plans to launch its Mantis-LT lightweight antenna at IBC 2014.
Fabienne Casoli and Jean-Pascal Le Franc appointed Assistant Directors of Programmes at CNES
(1 September 2014) Fabienne Casoli and Jean-Pascal Le Franc have been appointed Assistant Directors of the Strategy, Programmes and International Relations directorate (DSP) of French space agency CNES.
Thomas Hundt appointed Chief Financial Officer of Arianespace
(1 September 2014) Thomas Hundt, 40, is joining Arianespace as Chief Financial Officer on September 1, 2014. He will be a member of the company’s Executive Committee and report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stéphane Israël.
Globalstar promotes Rebecca Clary to Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(28 August 2014) Globalstar has promoted Rebecca Clary to Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective immediately.
Globalstar announces retirement of Anthony J. (Tony) Navarra, President Space Operations
(21 August 2014) Globalstar today announced that Tony Navarra will be retiring after more than 20 years with Globalstar.