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Satcoms

Satcoms

Amos-4 communications satellite successfully reaches 65°E orbital position
(26 December 2013) Spacecom today announced that the Amos-4 communications satellite has successfully arrived at 65°E, its designated permanent service location.
Hughes expands Russia business with JSC Iskra R&D
(23 December 2013)  Hughes Network Systems today announced the signing of a multi-year contract with Joint-Stock Company Iskra Research & Development (JSC Iskra R&D) to supply a new HN System and up to 3,000 broadband satellite terminals.
Türksat and Eutelsat sign agreement
(20 December 2013)  Türksat and Eutelsat Communications today announced an agreement whereby Eutelsat will redeploy its Eutelsat 33A satellite in May 2014 from 33 deg East to 31 deg East, where it will be operated by Türksat under its satellite network filings.
Aeromexico partners with Gogo for in-flight internet and wireless in-flight entertainment
(19 December 2013) Aeromexico, Mexico's global airline, together with Gogo have agreed on the principal terms and conditions relating to providing in-flight Internet and wireless in-flight entertainment service - Gogo Vision - on at least 75 aircraft.
Astrium and Inmarsat sign strategic agreement on Global Xpress
(19 December 2013) Inmarsat and Astrium have reached a strategic distribution partnership agreement which will see Global Xpress services made available to Astrium Services’ large partner and customer base.
Gilat supports Peru's Integracion Amazonica Loreto initiative
(19 December 2013) Gilat Satellite Networks has been awarded a project valued at $30 million as part of the Integracion Amazonica Loreto initiative.
Gilat awarded Colombian VSAT project
(18 December 2013) Gilat Satellite Networks has been awarded a project valued at $99-million over approximately three and a half years.
Panasonic Avionics boosts global satellite network capacity
(18 December 2013) Panasonic Avionics Corporation has upgraded its broadband satellite network for its airline customers ahead of a dramatic increase in demand for its services in 2014.
First-ever transmit/receive using metamaterial antenna
(17 December 2013) Kymeta Corporation has successfully demonstrated bi-directional high-speed Internet connectivity with a Ka broadband satellite.
Orbcomm and Hub Group launch solution for intermodal container market
(17 December 2013) Orbcomm today announced a multi-year agreement with Hub Group to deploy Orbcomm’s GT 2300 state-of-the-art intermodal container tracking and monitoring platform.
SSL selected to build high-power, multi-mission satellite AsiaSat 9
(16 December 2013) Space Systems/Loral (SSL) and AsiaSat today announced the signing of a construction agreement for a high power, multi-mission satellite, AsiaSat 9, to be used for television broadcast, private networks and broadband services across the Asia Pacific.

Broadcasting

Broadcasting

IPMTV expands and extends multi-year capacity deal on SES-8 satellite
(19 December 2013) SES announced today that Thailand’s IPMTV is leasing additional capacity and extending its current capacity contract beyond 10 years.
Phoenix Satellite TV launches new HD Services on AsiaSat 3S
(19 December 2013) Asia’s leading satellite operator AsiaSat today announced that Phoenix TV has signed a contract for one C-band transponder on AsiaSat 3S to deliver a bouquet of up to 3 High Definition (HD) and 3 Standard Definition (SD) television channels from 1 January 2014.
RAI HD bouquet available on Astra 19.2 degrees East
(19 December 2013) SES announced today an agreement with RAI - Italian Radio and Television – for the transmission of an HD bouquet consisting of four High Definition TV channels from the Astra 19.2 degrees East orbital position.
RRsat delivers coverage of 2013 Winter Universiade events to CBS
(19 December 2013) RRsat Global Communications Network has announced today that it was again chosen as TGVN’s broadcast partner to deliver live and delayed matches from the 2013 Winter Universiade to CBS Sports Network in the US.

Earth Observation

Earth Observation

OCO-2 gets simulated taste of space
(23 December 2013) A NASA observatory that will make the most precise, highest-resolution and most complete, space-based measurements of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere to date has marked a key milestone in preparation for its planned July 2014 launch.
GPM Core Observatory completes comprehensive performance testing
(20 December 2013) On Dec. 15, the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory team completed the post-shipment Comprehensive Performance Test with no significant problems.
Exelis delivers advanced weather satellite payload to commercial customer in Japan
(18 December 2013) Exelis is supporting Japan’s forecasting capabilities with the delivery of its first advanced weather satellite payload to Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, based in Japan.
Exelis to help advance near real-time global observation
(17 December 2013) Exelis, will support data analysis of images from SkySat-1, the first in a planned constellation of 24 satellites from Skybox Imaging.
Lockheed Martin team completes first Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) for GOES-R
(17 December 2013)  A Lockheed Martin team has completed the Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) instrument that will make crucial solar measurements when it flies on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) satellite missions, known as the GOES-R series.
Space weather instrument cleared for installation onto GOES-R spacecraft
(17 December 2013) The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R known as GOES-R Series Program completed its next instrument, SUVI or the Solar Ultra-Violet Imager, which is now ready for integration onto the GOES-R spacecraft.
Astrium and GeoNorth sign first ever multi-satellite Direct Receiving Station
(16 December 2013) Astrium has signed with GeoNorth for the first multi-mission Direct Receiving Station (DRS), with a unique offering of both high-resolution and very high-resolution optical and radar satellite imagery capabilities.

Miltary Space

Miltary Space

USAF selects Raytheon's high-bandwidth satellite terminal for secure, protected communications
(27 December 2013) Raytheon Company, the only provider of fielded Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite terminals that protect the military's most sensitive information, was chosen by the U.S. Air Force under a $134,399,631 contract to develop a terminal that transmits emergency messages to aircrews during nuclear and non-nuclear missions.
Australia chooses ViaSat Small Tactical Terminal for data link network management
(19 December 2013) The Commonwealth of Australia, Joint Project 2089Ph2A Tactical Information Exchange (TIE), has selected ViaSat to provide the Small Tactical Terminal (STT) KOR-24 for installation in its tactical data link (TDL) Network Monitoring and Management Systems.
ViaSat demonstrates full mesh MF-TDMA DAMA networking over WGS
(19 December 2013) ViaSat has successfully demonstrated full-mesh multi spot beam (Fan In/Fan Out) operations over the government-owned WGS-1 satellite with LinkWayS2 equipped earth terminals configured with the WIN-T software baseline.
Raytheon receives contract for miniaturized airborne GPS receivers
(18 December 2013) Raytheon Company has received a $15.8 million contract order for its MAGR 2000-S24 miniaturized airborne GPS receiver.
SBIRS GEO-3 payload delivered
(18 December 2013) The missile warning sensor for the third Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Orbiting (GEO) satellite completed final acceptance testing and was shipped to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (LMSSC) in Sunnyvale, Calif., for final integration Dec. 18, 2013.  
SBIRS GEO-2 missile defense early warning satellite certified for operation
(17 December 2013) The second Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite built by Lockheed Martin to provide our nation continuous early warning of ballistic missile launches and other tactical intelligence was recently declared operational.
XTAR awarded manned airborne ISR contract renewal
(17 December 2013) XTAR has been awarded a $5.6M contract renewal from L-3 Communication Systems-West to provide X-band satellite connectivity to the U.S. Army for manned airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (AISR) mission support.

Astrophysics

Astrophysics

Discovery of binary star system could make waves in physics
(19 December 2013) An international group of space researchers including a University of Alberta physicist has made a discovery that could have a ripple effect on the science of gravity.
Swift satellite catches a hundred thousand new cosmic X-ray sources
(16 December 2013) An international team led from the University of Leicester has published a major list of celestial X-ray sources in the Astrophysical Journal.

Astronomy

Astronomy

106 e2v image sensors launched into space on board GAIA
(19 December 2013) On 19th December 106 e2v image sensors were launched into space from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana as part of the European Space Agency (ESA) space observatory Gaia, a five year mission to map the galaxy.
Final mirrors for James Webb Space Telescope arrive at Goddard
(18 December 2013) The final three of eighteen primary mirrors built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have arrived at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. for integration prior to a scheduled launch in 2018.
Heidelberg astronomers develop software for Gaia satellite
(17 December 2013) Heidelberg scientists have developed highly complex software for the Gaia astrometry satellite.
How to find the rarest of the rare in southern skies
(17 December 2013) An interdisciplinary UA team is developing a computer program that will sort through up to 10 million alerts of astronomical objects each night from the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, which will begin operations in Chile in 2022.
Novel instrument probes close binary stars, may soon image exoplanets
(16 December 2013) Most stars in the galaxy are surrounded by swirling disks of dust, circling planets or other orbiting stars, yet astronomers have a hard time studying these companions because of glare from the main star.
RUAG Space shields ESA’s Gaia astronomy mission
(16 December 2013) ESA’s Gaia mission is scheduled to be launched into space on the 19th of December from the European Kourou spaceport in South America.

Stars

Stars

Starless cloud cores reveal why some stars are bigger than others
(20 December 2013) Massive stars – those at least 8 times the mass of our Sun – present an intriguing mystery: how do they grow so large when the vast majority of stars in the Milky Way are considerably smaller?

Galaxies

Galaxies

The rise and fall of galactic cities
(18 December 2013) In the early cosmos, billions of years ago, galaxies resided in the equivalent of urban or country environments.
Massive stars mark out Milky Way's 'missing' arms
(17 December 2013) A 12-year study of massive stars has reaffirmed that our Galaxy has four spiral arms, following years of debate sparked by images taken by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope that only showed two arms.

Black Holes

Black Holes

Birth of black hole kills the radio star
(20 December 2013) Astronomers led by a Curtin University researcher have discovered a new population of exploding stars that “switch off” their radio transmissions before collapsing into a Black Hole.
ERC Synergy Grant to image event horizon of black hole
(17 December 2013) The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded 14 Million Euros to a team of European astrophysicists to construct the first accurate image of a black hole.

Supernova

Supernova

Powerful ancient explosions explain new class of supernovae
(19 December 2013) Astronomers affiliated with the Supernova Legacy Survey (SNLS) have discovered two of the brightest and most distant supernovae ever recorded, 10 billion light-years away and a hundred times more luminous than a normal supernova.

Moon

Moon

LADEE makes intial observations of Chang’e 3 landing
(20 December 2013) Much of the world was watching the Chang'e 3 landing in northern Mare Imbrium at 13:10 UTC Dec. 14, 2013. NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) was watching too.

Earth

Earth

Van Allen probes shed light on decades-old mystery
(20 December 2013) New research using data from NASA's Van Allen Probes mission helps resolve decades of scientific uncertainty over the origin of ultra-relativistic electrons in Earth's near space environment, and is likely to influence our understanding of planetary magnetospheres throughout the universe.

Mars

Mars

Mars Express heading towards daring flyby of Phobos
(23 December 2013) Late this month, ESA’s Mars Express will make the closest flyby yet of the Red Planet’s largest moon Phobos, skimming past at only 45 km above its surface.

Asteroids

Asteroids

Dawn creates guide to Vesta's hidden attractions
(16 December 2013) Some beauty is revealed only at a second glance.

Extra Solar Planets

Extra Solar Planets

New technique measures mass of exoplanets
(19 December 2013) To date, scientists have confirmed the existence of more than 900 exoplanets circulating outside our solar system.
Nearby failed stars may harbor planet
(16 December 2013) Astronomers, including Carnegie’s Yuri Beletsky, took precise measurements of the closest pair of failed stars to the Sun, which suggest that the system harbors a third, planetary-mass object.

Sub Orbital Space

Sub Orbital Space

Orbital's 40th consecutive successful suborbital research rocket mission
(19 December 2013) Orbital Sciences announced today that Orbital's NASA Sounding Rocket Operations Contract II (NSROC II) team at Wallops Island, Virginia recently completed its 40th consecutive successful mission over the last 24 months for NASA's Sounding Rocket Program (NSRP).

Manned Space

Manned Space

Astrium wins new contract from ESA for ISS exploitation
(16 December 2013) Astrium, the world’s second largest space company, has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) for the operation and exploitation of the European components of the International Space Station (ISS) as lead industrial partner.
Fungal pathogen shows profound effects from spaceflight
(16 December 2013) At Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, Cheryl Nickerson and her team have been investigating the intriguing effects of spaceflight on microbial pathogens.
Launch Abort Engine development testing completed for CST-100 spacecraft
(16 December 2013) Aerojet Rocketdyne announced today that it completed development testing of a flight-like Launch Abort Engine (LAE) for an innovative "pusher" launch abort system on The Boeing Company's CST-100 spacecraft.
Sierra Nevada completes CCDev2 contract with NASA
(16 December 2013) Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) today announced that the company has successfully completed all milestones under NASA’s Commercial Crew Development 2 (CCDev2) phase.

Technology

Technology

100th satellite equipped with Saft Li-ion batteries launched
(23 December 2013) Saft, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of high technology batteries for industry, achieved a milestone when the 100th satellite to use the company’s pioneering Li-ion battery technology launched this month.
Laser demonstration reveals bright future for space communication
(23 December 2013) The completion of the 30-day Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration or LLCD mission has revealed that the possibility of expanding broadband capabilities in space using laser communications is as bright as expected.
Design for Demise study aims to cut satellite re-entry risk
(20 December 2013)  Even in space, what goes up does sometimes come down – potentially endangering people on the ground.
Sailing satellites into safe retirement
(20 December 2013)  When satellites reach the end of their working lives, they may pose a threat to other spacecraft as they continue to orbit in a dormant state for many decades.
JPL to test new supersonic decelerator technology
(17 December 2013) A giant crane will tower above NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., shooting out of a hilly mesa like an oversized erector set, ready to help test components of NASA's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project.

Launch Services

Launch Services

Athena-Fidus satellite readied for Ariane launch
(24 December 2013) The multi-role Athena-Fidus satellite has completed initial checkout at the Spaceport as it is readied for a dual-payload, geostationary transfer orbit launch on Arianespace’s first flight in 2014.
Arianespace successfully lofts Gaia on Soyuz
(19 December 2013) Arianespace marked another mission accomplished for science as its medium-lift Soyuz successfully launched the European Space Agency’s Gaia billion-star surveyor today from the Spaceport in French Guiana.
Liftoff for ESA's billion-star surveyor
(19 December 2013) ESA’s Gaia mission blasted off this morning on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on its exciting mission to study a billion suns.
NASA awards launch services contract for InSight mission
(19 December 2013) NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Centennial, Colo., to launch the Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission to Mars.
Mission control ready for Gaia launch
(17 December 2013)  Shortly after a powerful Soyuz launcher lofts Gaia, ESA’s new star mapper, into space on Thursday, teams on the ground will establish initial radio contact.
NASA engineers crush fuel tank to build better rockets
(17 December 2013) NASA completed a series of high-tech can-crushing tests last week as an enormous fuel tank crumbled under the pressure of almost a million pounds of force, all in the name of building lighter, more affordable rockets.
Safran and Astrium sign production contracts for Ariane 5 propulsion systems
(17 December 2013) Astrium today signed contracts with Snecma (Safran) and Europropulsion for the production of the cryogenic rocket engines (liquid oxygen and hydrogen) and solid rocket motors for 18 new Ariane 5 launchers.
Two new launches for Vega
(17 December 2013) Arianespace announced today that it has signed a contract to launch two satellites into low Earth orbit.

In Orbit

In Orbit

Kratos awarded contract for satellite command & control system
(16 December 2013) Kratos Integral Systems International (Kratos ISI) has been awarded a contract to implement a satellite command and control (C2) system for satellite operations by an unnamed international customer.

Business

Business

Inmarsat to acquire Globe Wireless
(17 December 2013) Inmarsat today announces the acquisition of the business and substantially all of the assets of Globe Wireless.

Products and Services

Products and Services

Comtech EF Data demonstrates 10% roll off for digital video broadcast modulator
(17 December 2013) Comtech EF Data Corporation announced today the successful demonstration of 10% Roll Off functionality for its most popular Digital Video Broadcast Modulator, the DM240XR, to an Asia-based Direct-to-Home (DTH) operator.
ViaSat Exede Evolution offers unlimited, full-speed access for web pages and email
(17 December 2013) ViaSat is expanding its Exede Evolution satellite Internet plan across much of its national footprint, following a successful market launch in limited markets earlier this year.

People

People

Orbital appoints Tom McCabe as SVP and General Counsel
(23 December 2013) Orbital Sciences Corporation today announced that Mr. Tom McCabe will join the company as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, effective January 6, 2014.
Space Florida hires Steve Szabo as Spaceport Development Program Manager
(20 December 2013) Space Florida has announced the recent hiring of Mr. Steve Szabo, P.E. as spaceport development program manager.
Space Micro adds Rick Sanford to Board of Directors
(20 December 2013) Space Micro Inc. today announced the appointment of Rick Sanford to its Board of Directors.
Lockheed Martin appoints Michael A Hamel as President of Commercial Ventures
(18 December 2013) Lockheed Martin has appointed Lt. Gen. (Ret) Michael A. Hamel as President of Commercial Ventures, a major line of business within Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (LMSSC).
 

 


 

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