ESA and Airbus DS confirm partnership to complete the full European Data Relay System
(30 January 2015) This decision follows the successful test campaign of the first multigigabit optical intersatellite link between the Copernicus Sentinel-1A and Alphasat satellites.
NOAA satellites help in the rescue of 240 people last year
(29 January 2015) NOAA’s fleet of weather satellites helped save 240 people last year from potentially life-threatening situations throughout the United States and its surrounding waters.
Iridium and Appareo partner for next generation telematics solutions
(28 January 2015) Iridium Communications and Appareo Systems today announced a partnership to provide advanced telematics solutions enabled with global connectivity to a number of key industries.
X2nSat expands use of Romantis technology to Alaska
(26 January 2015) X2nSat recently expanded its network coverage to Alaska and increased capacity over North America with the purchase of a fourth Romantis UHP hub.
UltiSat provides end-to-end communications and network solution for government application
(26 January 2015) UltiSat has been awarded a multi-year contract to provide a managed Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) communications network solution to a US Government agency.
Encompass Digital Media establishes position as one of the largest third party teleports in Asia
(22 January 2015) Encompass Digital Media, one of the world's top digital media services providers and a leader in global satellite terrestrial connectivity, today announced its latest milestone on its journey of growth and achievements.
Satcom Direct is named a Value Added Reseller for Inmarsat Global Xpress for enterprise
(22 January 2015) Satcom Direct’s Land Mobile group, which focuses on satellite communications solutions for their land-based enterprise customers, is now authorised to provide Global Xpress (GX) products and services.
Advantech Wireless receives orders for its SapphireBlu GaN based SSPA solution for the SNG industry
(21 January 2015) Advantech Wireless announced today that it has received over 1 Mil$ orders for its redundant/phase 250W/500W Extended Ku-Band SapphireBlu GaN based SSPA solution for the SNG industry.
SpeedCast partners with O3b to deliver enhanced connectivity to Papua New Guinea
(21 January 2015) SpeedCast International has entered into an agreement with O3b Networks, where O3b will provide capacity for Papua New Guinea via its innovative Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite constellation.
Boeing selected to build satellite to support CMMB Vision's mobile multimedia service in China
(20 January 2015) New York Broadband has selected Boeing Satellite Systems International for negotiation of a contract to build a new high-powered L-band satellite that will support mobile multimedia services to China and other Asian markets planned by CMMB Vision of Hong Kong.
Sky News first live broadcast on Inmarsat Global Xpress service
(30 January 2015) Reaching the latest milestone, Britain’s Sky News successfully broadcasts the first live, on-air transmission via Inmarsat’s new Ka-band satellite network, Global Xpress (GX).
Kyrgyz Republic throttles up transition to digital broadcasting with Eutelsat
(27 January 2015) Eutelsat Communications has signed a multi-year agreement with RPO RMTR, the public broadcaster of the Kyrgyz Republic, that will accelerate the country’s switch to a fully digital broadcasting environment.
ACTV - Nigeria's newest pay TV platform chooses Spacecom's Amos-5 at 17°E
(26 January 2015) Spacecom today announced that the Amos-5 satellite has won a multi-year contract to transmit Nigeria's newest Pay TV platform from ACTV (African Cable TV).
Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) football championships broadcast via Spacecom's Amos-5 at 17°E with SatLink Communications
(19 January 2015) Spacecom today announced that it has been selected for the third consecutive time to provide broadcast services on Amos-5 at 17°E for the Confederation of African Football's (CAF) Orange Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), Africa's bi-annual football championship competition.
Mapping forest structure from space
(30 January 2015) Over the last 10 years a new method using satellite radar data has been maturing to provide 3D views of Earth’s natural resources and urban environments.
Ball Aerospace integrates two of five instruments for JPSS-1
(29 January 2015) Two of the five instruments scheduled to fly on the nation's next polar-orbiting weather satellite, NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System -1, have been integrated to the spacecraft bus by prime contractor Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
Spire unveils satellite to make weather as predictable to navigate as Google Maps
(29 January 2015) Today Spire unveiled the world's first network of commercial satellites to provide unparalleled insight into weather and climate changes.
Satellites can improve regional air quality forecasting
(28 January 2015) Satellites planned for launch during the next several years may have an expanded role: Forecasting air-quality worldwide.
Radiometer tunes in to soil’s frequency
(27 January 2015) Whether it’s a parched field or a boggy marsh, the ground naturally emits microwave energy. Not much energy – but enough that NASA’s newest, more technologically advanced radiometer instrument can detect it from space, allowing scientists to study how much water is in the soil.
Meteosat-7 becomes the longest-serving operational satellite in Eumetsat history
(23 January 2015) When it was launched in September 1997, Meteosat-7 was the seventh and last in the Meteosat First Generation series of satellites, but was the first solely controlled by Eumetsat.
Second instrument integrated with NOAA’s JPSS-1 spacecraft
(23 January 2015) The Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite-Nadir (OMPS-N) instrument has been successfully integrated with the JPSS-1 spacecraft, NOAA announced today.
DSCOVR NISTAR instrument watches Earth's "budget"
(20 January 2015) The NISTAR instrument that will fly aboard NOAA's space weather-observing spacecraft called the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), is going to measure the Earth's radiation budget.
Service interruption for Galileo system upgrade
(19 January 2015) Galileo’s navigation messages will shortly stop being updated, in order to enable the migration of a new release for Galileo’s world-spanning ground mission segment.
Comtech receives order for high efficiency traveling wave tube amplifiers for military
(29 January 2015) Comtech Xicom Technology has received a $3.8 million follow-on order from a U.S.-based system integrator for Traveling Wave Tube Amplifiers (TWTAs).
Inmarsat Government executes Global Xpress subscription services agreement with Globecomm Systems
(20 January 2015) Inmarsat Government today announced it has executed a service provider agreement with Globecomm Systems to supply Inmarsat Global Xpress service in support of U.S. government customers.
Gravitational waves remain elusive
(30 January 2015) Despite earlier reports of a possible detection, a joint analysis of data from ESA's Planck satellite and the ground-based BICEP2 and Keck Array experiments has found no conclusive evidence of primordial gravitational waves.
Cosmic radio burst caught red-handed
(19 January 2015) A short, sharp flash of radio waves from a mysterious source up to 5.5 billion light years from Earth has been detected by CSIRO's Parkes radio telescope in eastern Australia.
NASA engineer advances new daytime star tracker
(28 January 2015) Scientists who use high-altitude scientific balloons have high hopes for their instruments in the future.
Astronomers preparing to map the Universe with largest radio telescope ever built
(19 January 2015) Scientists from around the world have joined forces to lay the foundations for an experiment of truly astronomical proportions: putting together the biggest map of the Universe ever made.
Stellar astronomers answer question posed by citizen scientists: ‘What are yellowballs?’
(26 January 2015) Some four years ago, a citizen scientist helping the Milky Way Project study Spitzer Space Telescope images for the tell-tale bubble patterns of star formation noticed something else.
Lofar’s record-sharp image gives astronomers a new view of galaxy M 82
(29 January 2015) An international team of astronomers led from Chalmers has used the giant radio telescope Lofar to create the sharpest astronomical image ever taken at very long radio wavelengths.
An exceptionally powerful trio in the Large Magellanic Cloud
(22 January 2015) H.E.S.S. discovers three extremely luminous gamma-ray sources in Milky Way's satellite galaxy.
Black hole on a diet creates a 'changing look' quasar
(22 January 2015) Yale University astronomers have identified the first "changing look" quasar, a gleaming object in deep space that appears to have its own dimmer switch.
CAT scan of nearby supernova remnant reveals frothy interior
(29 January 2015) Cassiopeia A, or Cas A for short, is one of the most well studied supernova remnants in our galaxy.
Ocean floor dust gives new insight into supernovae
(20 January 2015) Scientists plumbing the depths of the ocean have made a surprise finding that could change the way we understand supernovae, exploding stars way beyond our solar system.
DSCOVR going to a "far out" orbit
(26 January 2015) Many satellites that monitor the Earth orbit relatively close to the planet, while some satellites that monitor the sun orbit our star.
SOHO and Hinode offer new insight into solar eruptions
(22 January 2015) The sun is home to the largest explosions in the solar system.
Telescope on NASA’s SDO collects Its 100-millionth image
(20 January 2015) On Jan. 19, 2015, at 12:49 p.m. EST, an instrument on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured its 100 millionth image of the sun.
Moon Express makes history as first company to demonstrate a commercial lunar lander
(27 January 2015) Moon Express (MoonEx) has been awarded $1M by Google Lunar XPRIZE for its recent lander test flights, taking home the only Lander System milestone prize awarded for a full lander system demonstration.
Moon Express signs agreement for Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex 36
(22 January 2015) Moon Express (MoonEx) announced with Space Florida today that it has signed an agreement to begin using the historic Space Launch Complex 36 (SLC-36) at Cape Canaveral for its lunar lander development and flight test operations.
Gully patterns document Martian climate cycles
(28 January 2015) Geologists from Brown University have found new evidence that glacier-like ice deposits advanced and retreated multiple times in the midlatitude regions of Mars in the relatively recent past.
The 2 faces of Mars
(28 January 2015) The two hemispheres of Mars are more different from any other planet in our solar system.
Helicopter could be 'scout' for Mars rovers
(22 January 2015) Getting around on Mars is tricky business.
NASA, Microsoft collaboration will allow scientists to 'work on Mars'
(21 January 2015) NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to develop software called OnSight, a new technology that will enable scientists to work virtually on Mars using wearable technology called Microsoft HoloLens.
Cassini catches Titan naked in the solar wind
(28 January 2015) Researchers studying data from NASA's Cassini mission have observed that Saturn's largest moon, Titan, behaves much like Venus, Mars or a comet when exposed to the raw power of the solar wind.
Dawn spacecraft captures best-ever view of dwarf planet
(27 January 2015) NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres.
Gullies on Vesta suggest past water-mobilized flows
(21 January 2015) Protoplanet Vesta, visited by NASA's Dawn spacecraft from 2011 to 2013, was once thought to be completely dry, incapable of retaining water because of the low temperatures and pressures at its surface.
Dawn delivers new image of Ceres
(19 January 2015) As NASA's Dawn spacecraft closes in on Ceres, new images show the dwarf planet at 27 pixels across, about three times better than the calibration images taken in early December.
Meteorite may represent 'bulk background' of Mars' battered crust
(30 January 2015) NWA 7034, a meteorite found a few years ago in the Moroccan desert, is like no other rock ever found on Earth.
Death of a dynamo
(21 January 2015) Hidden magnetic messages contained within ancient meteorites are providing a unique window into the processes that shaped our solar system, and may give a sneak preview of the fate of the Earth’s core as it continues to freeze.
High-def radar images of near-Earth asteroid
(30 Janurary 2015) A team of astronomers using the National Science Foundation's Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia and NASA's Deep Space Network radar transmitter at Goldstone, California, has made the most detailed radar images yet of asteroid 2004 BL86.
Asteroid that flew past Earth has moon
(27 January 2015) Scientists working with NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California, have released the first radar images of asteroid 2004 BL86.
Rosetta watches comet shed its dusty coat
(26 January 2015) ESA’s Rosetta mission is providing unique insight into the life cycle of a comet’s dusty surface, watching 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko as it sheds the dusty coat it has accumulated over the past four years.
Getting to know Rosetta's comet
(22 January 2015) Rosetta is revealing its host comet as having a remarkable array of surface features and with many processes contributing to its activity, painting a complex picture of its evolution.
Rosetta comet 'pouring' more water into space
(22 January 2015) There has been a significant increase in the amount of water "pouring" out of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet on which the Rosetta mission's Philae lander touched down in November 2014.
Watching the birth of a comet magnetosphere
(22 January 2015) In an article in Science an international research group led from the Swedish Institute of Space Physics shows what happens when a magnetosphere forms round a comet.
Extra Solar Planets
Some potentially habitable planets began as gaseous, Neptune-like worlds
(28 January 2015) Two phenomena known to inhibit the potential habitability of planets — tidal forces and vigorous stellar activity — might instead help chances for life on certain planets orbiting low-mass stars, University of Washington astronomers have found.
Ancient star system reveals Earth-sized planets forming near start of universe
(27 January 2015) A Sun-like star with orbiting planets, dating back to the dawn of the Galaxy, has been discovered by an international team of astronomers.
Gigantic ring system around J1407b much larger, heavier than Saturn’s
(26 January 2015) Astronomers at the Leiden Observatory, The Netherlands, and the University of Rochester, USA, have discovered that the ring system that they see eclipse the very young Sun-like star J1407 is of enormous proportions, much larger and heavier than the ring system of Saturn.
Recreating planet formation, super-Earths and giant planets in the laboratory
(22 January 2015) New laser-driven compression experiments reproduce the conditions deep inside exotic super-Earths and giant planet cores, and the conditions during the violent birth of Earth-like planets, documenting the material properties that determined planets’ formation and evolution processes.
Telescope to seek dust where other Earths may lie
(20 January 2015) The NASA-funded Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer, or LBTI, has completed its first study of dust in the "habitable zone" around a star, opening a new door to finding planets like Earth.
Growing bone in space
(22 January 2015) UCLA has received grant funding from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to lead a research mission that will send rodents to the International Space Station (ISS).
An ecosystem in a box
(19 January 2015) An unusual package was delivered to a hotel in Beijing, China, in 1987 containing a batch of blue–green algae that would spend five days in space in a capsule. The ESA-led MELiSSA project was on its way.
ASSP sounding rocket launches successfully from Alaska
(28 January 2015) On count day number 15, the Aural Spatial Structures Probe, or ASSP, was successfully launched on a NASA Oriole IV sounding rocket at 5:41 a.m. EST on Jan. 28, 2015, from the Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska.
IXV spaceplane is “packed” for its February 11 suborbital flight with the Vega launcher
(28 January 2015) Preparations are moving forward for next month’s Vega flight, with its Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) passenger now integrated in the lightweight launcher’s payload fairing.
ATK completes installation of world's largest solid rocket motor for ground test
(22 January 2015) NASA and ATK have completed installing the first Space Launch System booster qualification motor, QM-1, in a specialized test stand in Utah.
SES entrusts Arianespace with SES-12 satellite launch scheduled for Q4 2017
(22 January 2015) SES announced today that the company has selected Arianespace to launch the powerful new hybrid communications satellite, SES-12, on board an Ariane 5 booster from the European Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, during Q4 2017.
Third MUOS secure communications satellite launched and responding to commands
(20 January 2015) The third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy is now responding to commands after being launched here today.
SSC expands at the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility
(28 January 2015) The Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) is increasing its capacity at the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility in Inuvik, Canada, with the addition of a new multi-mission antenna.
Integral manoeuvres for the future
(23 January 2015) Since 2002, ESA’s Integral spacecraft has been observing some of the most violent events in the Universe, including gamma-ray bursts and black holes.
Orbital stockholders approve merger with ATK’s Aerospace and Defense Groups
(27 January 2015) Orbital Sciences today announced that at a special meeting held this morning, the company’s stockholders voted overwhelmingly to approve the proposed merger with the Aerospace and Defense Groups of Alliant Techsystems, pursuant to the definitive transaction agreement dated April 28, 2014.
SpaceBillboard, the first billboard in space ready for launch
(22 January 2015) SpaceBillboard, a supporter of innovative space research, is set to launch the world's first billboard in space in a milestone that marks the increasing importance of CubeSats in Space Exploration.
Products and Services
Norsat introduces compact, lightweight, easy-to-use 0.9m manpack portable satellite terminal
(22 January 2015) Norsat International today announced the launch of the Journey Manpack 0.9m ultra-portable Ku-Band satellite terminal.
Marotta Controls patented spacecraft electric propulsion valve is now available ITAR-free
(21 January 2015) Marotta Controls announces that its patented high performance miniature Multi-Function Valve (MFV) is now available as an ITAR-Free key component for satellite electric propulsion systems.
Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company announces new space standard initiator
(20 January 2015) Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company (PSEMC) announces today a new high quality, reliable, low cost, off-the-shelf, Space Standard Initiator 103377-500.
Gilat announces appointment of Yuval Ronen as CFO effective April 12, 2015
(29 January 2015) Gilat Satellite Networks announced today that Yuval Ronen has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Company, effective April 12, 2015.
Measat appoints Alex Tan as Senior Sales Director – Broadcast Sales
(26 January 2015) Measat Satellite Systems announced today that Alex Tan had been appointed as Senior Sales Director – Broadcast Sales.
SES Government Solutions appoints new President and CEO
(19 January 2015) Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) today announced the appointment of a new President and CEO, Brig Gen Peter Hoene, USAF (Ret), effective March 2, 2015.