Rock Seven: MVS Telecom appointed as Russian distributor
(23 August 2016) The UK-based Iridium satellite tracking and communication specialist Rock Seven has appointed MVS Telecom as its Russian distributor.
Nakilat upgrades satellite communications system for LNG and LPG carriers
(22 August 2016) Nakilat, the shipping arm of Qatar's liquefied natural gas sector, has entered into a contract with Global Eagle Entertainment 's Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) service line to provide marine VSAT services for vessels in its fleet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers.
Lepton Global expands shared Ku-band satellite services to four new beams
(18 August 2016) Lepton Global Solutions today announced the expansion of their Ku-band satellite capacity to four additional OCONUS beams to accommodate a growing customer base among commercial and government users.
Global Telesat Communications to supply mobile satellite services in support of African state elections
(16 August 2016) Orbital Tracking today announced receipt of a new product and services order in support of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ).
Inmarsat extends Fleet Xpress in Northern Europe
(16 August 2016) Inmarsat is extending Fleet Xpress in Northern Europe, demonstrating a new market-specific commitment for the high-speed broadband service that is revolutionising maritime connectivity.
Gogo partners with China Telecom Satellite
(15 August 2016) Gogo has received regulatory approval from the various Chinese regulatory bodies through its local partner China Telecom Satellite, and will work with China Telecom Satellite to offer in-flight connectivity service on International flights operating in and out of China starting in October.
Panasonic Avionics and Yahsat announce landmark connectivity services agreement aimed at the Middle East mobility market
(11 August 2016) Panasonic Avionics and Yahsat today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore new ways to offer a broadband connectivity solution serving several mobility markets in the Middle East within the next three to five years.
Thuraya agreement with VNPT launches mobile satellite services in Vietnam
(11 August 2016) Leading mobile satellite services (MSS) operator Thuraya Telecommunications has signed an agreement with VNPT VinaPhone making its land and maritime handsets available to the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT).
Sky Deutschland’s first Ultra HD channels to broadcast on SES satellite
(22 August 2016) SES announced today that German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland will be launching two exclusive Ultra HD channels via SES’s prime orbital position of 19.2 degrees East in autumn.
Software from Terma provides for further extension of the European CryoSat-2 mission
(23 August 2016) After seven and a half years in space, ESA’s important Earth observation satellite CryoSat-2 is scheduled to end its current (extended) mission at the end of 2017.
Northrop Grumman to provide navigation system for german satellite
(22 August 2016) Northrop Grumman Corporationhas been awarded a contract from OHB System AG to supply the space inertial reference system for Germany's SARah satellite-based radar reconnaissance system.
Astro Aerospace completes NISAR reflector Preliminary Design Review
(16 August 2016) Astro Aerospace has completed the preliminary design review (PDR) of the AstroMesh radar antenna reflector for the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) satellite.
CGS to supply MWI instrument for the European MetOp-SG weather satellites
(16 August 2016) CGS (Compagnia Generale per lo Spazio), a subsidiary of OHB, and Airbus Defence and Space have signed the contract for the realization of the MicroWave Imager (MWI) instrument for the MetOp Second Generation (SG) weather satellites.
exactEarth announces small vessel tracking contract with the Government of Ghana
(16 August 2016) exactEarth has been selected by the Fisheries Commission (West Africa Regional Fisheries Programme), an agency of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD) of the Government of Ghana, for the provision of Satellite AIS data services as well as a small vessel tracking solution.
Marlink and IDG Europe complete successful trials of Smalltrack with Swedish Air Ambulance operators
(15 August 2016) Marlink and IDG Europe have completed trials of the innovative new Smalltrack portable tracking system on a fixed wing aircraft operated by Scandinavian Air Ambulance and a helicopter operated by Scandinavian MediCopter in Sweden.
Development of fully integrated Tactical Two-way Sensor Data Transport Solution to support the Unified Combatant Command
(22 August 2016) Cubic Corporation today announced that its subsidiaries TeraLogics, DTECH Labs (DTECH) and GATR Technologies (GATR), which operate within the Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) business division, received initial purchase orders to provide the Unified Combatant Commands (UCC) with Tactical Two-way Sensor Data Transport (T2SDT) baseband kits.
SPAWAR looks to ViaSat to support and modernize the U.S. Navy's UHF satellite communications network
(22 August 2016) Earlier this month, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), awarded ViaSat a sole source contract for engineering, technical services and hardware/software products in support of the U.S. Navy's joint Ultra High Frequency (UHF) military satellite communications (satcom) system.
Advantech Wireless receives multi-million dollar order for its new AMT-83L advanced military-grade satellite modem
(18 August 2016) Advantech Wireless has received a multi-million dollar order for its AMT-83L advanced satellite modem from a NATO country member.
Speedcast International partners with Airbus Defence and Space in APAC region
(18 August 2016) SpeedCast International today announced that following the signing of a partnership agreement, it has been appointed by Airbus Defence and Space to offer military-grade satellite communication services to the Australia and New Zealand governments.
UltiSat wins airborne ISR subcontract under Lockheed Martin SS-AISR contract
(18 August 2018) UltiSat has been officially awarded a multi-million dollar contract supporting Lockheed Martin Corporation for the Sensor Systems – Aerial Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (SS-AISR) task order on the R2-3G indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle by the U.S. Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG).
Fermi mission expands its search for dark matter
(12 August 2016) Dark matter, the mysterious substance that constitutes most of the material universe, remains as elusive as ever. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
Astronomers identify a young heavyweight star in the Milky Way
(22 August 2016) Astronomers have identified a young star, located almost 11,000 light years away, which could help us understand how the most massive stars in the Universe are formed. (University of Cambridge)
Kepler watches stellar dancers in the Pleiades cluster
(12 August 2016) Like cosmic ballet dancers, the stars of the Pleiades cluster are spinning. But these celestial dancers are all twirling at different speeds. Astronomers have long wondered what determines the rotation rates of these stars. (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
WISE, Fermi missions reveal a surprising blazar connection
(24 August 2016) Astronomers studying distant galaxies powered by monster black holes have uncovered an unexpected link between two very different wavelengths of the light they emit, the mid-infrared and gamma rays. (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
NASA establishes contact with STEREO mission
(22 August 2016) On Aug. 21, 2016, contact was reestablished with one of NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories, known as the STEREO-B spacecraft, after communications were lost on Oct. 1, 2014.
Proba-3: seeing through shadow to view Sun’s corona
(22 August 2016) Every 18 months or so, scientists and sensation-seekers gather at set points on Earth’s surface, to await awe-inspiring solar eclipses. The Moon briefly blocks the Sun, revealing its mysterious outer atmosphere, the corona. (ESA)
NASA climate modeling suggests Venus may have been habitable
(11 August 2016) Venus may have had a shallow liquid-water ocean and habitable surface temperatures for up to 2 billion years of its early history, according to computer modeling of the planet’s ancient climate by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies)
Van Allen probes catch rare glimpse of supercharged radiation belt
(15 August 2016) Our planet is nestled in the center of two immense, concentric doughnuts of powerful radiation: the Van Allen radiation belts, which harbor swarms of charged particles that are trapped by Earth’s magnetic field. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
Test for damp ground at Mars' seasonal streaks finds none
(23 August 2016) Seasonal dark streaks on Mars that have become one of the hottest topics in interplanetary research don't hold much water, according to the latest findings from a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars. (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
NASA selects French Mars microphone project for its Mars 2020 mission
(11 August 2016) NASA has announced the selection of Mars Microphone as one of the instruments for its Mars 2020 mission.
NASA prepares to launch first U.S. asteroid sample return mission
(17 August 2016) NASA is preparing to launch its first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth. (NASA)
Asteroid redirect mission completes design milestone
(15 August 2016) Following a key program review, NASA approved the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) to proceed to the next phase of design and development for the mission's robotic segment. (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Extra Solar Planets
Planet found in habitable zone around nearest star
(24 August 2016) Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. (European Southern Observatory)
RS-25 engine test advances SLS progress
(18 August 2016) Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully completed additional testing of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) RS-25 development engine 0528, at NASA Stennis Space Center in Mississippi earlier today.
Dextre to work with spacewalkers for the first time ever
(17 August 2016) Dextre, the Canadian robotic handyman on board the International Space Station (ISS), will have a very important job to do from August 17 to 19, 2016. (Canadian Space Agency)
OHB to manage technologies for the Heinrich Hertz satellite mission
(23 August 2016) OHB System has been awarded a contract by DLR Space Administration to oversee numerous new communications technologies.
How to dock CubeSats
(17 August 2016) The miniature satellites known as CubeSats already play a variety of roles in space. In future they could also serve as the building blocks of other, larger missions by being docked together in orbit. (ESA)
Oakman Aerospace, OEI Opto and BridgeSat collaborate on “total optical communications package”
(17 August 2016) Oakman Aerospace, OEI Opto and BridgeSat have announced a collaboration to work towards developing optical communication systems capabilities, utilizing the OEI OPTEL-μ miniature laser terminal, BridgeSat’s developing global optical communications ground network, and the Oakman Aerospace mission analysis and modeling capabilities.
Aerojet Rocketdyne signs NASA contract to mature development of MPS-130 CubeSat modular propulsion system with green propellant
(11 August 2016) Aerojet Rocketdyne has signed a contract with NASA to mature the development of a MPS-130 CubeSat propulsion system using a green propellant, known as AF-M315E.
Lockheed Martin delivers NOAA’s GOES-R weather satellite to launch site
(23 August 2016) NOAA’s newest weather satellite, GOES-R, left its Colorado home where it was built and is now in Florida where it will undergo preparations for a Nov. 4 launch.
Spaceport is busy with activity for Arianespace’s upcoming missions
(23 August 2016) The diversity of Arianespace launch services available to commercial and institutional customers is underscored by the current mission preparations for flights that will orbit Earth observation platforms, telecommunications relay spacecraft and global navigation satellites from the Spaceport. (Arianespace)
United Launch Alliance launches AFSPC-6 satellite for the U.S. Air Force
(19 August 2016) A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the AFSPC-6 mission for the United States Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 Aug. 19 at 12:52 a.m. EDT.
Two Intelsat payloads are installed on Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s next heavy-lift launch
(17 August 2016) The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s upcoming mission at the service of Intelsat is now complete following integration of the Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 36 satellites – readying the launch vehicle for liftoff on August 24 from French Guiana. (Arianespace)
SSL-built communications satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT is performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan
(15 August 2016) Space Systems Loral (SSL) today announced that a satellite designed and built for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, a leading satellite operator based in Japan, was launched on Saturday night and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan.
Alberta’s first satellite starts its journey toward final launch
(12 August 2016) A small crowd gathered Friday afternoon to bid farewell to Ex-Alta 1, the cube satellite designed and built by the student-led AlbertaSat team as part of the QB50 mission. (University of Alberta)
PerúSAT-1 is checked “fit” for Arianespace’s next Vega launch
(11 August 2016) A pioneering Earth observation satellite for Peru has made initial contact with launcher hardware as PerúSAT-1 completes its fit-check in preparation for a September 16 liftoff from French Guiana aboard an Arianespace Vega launch vehicle. (Arianespace)
Euroconsult takes majority stake in SATConsult
(24 August 2016) Euroconsult today announced that it has taken a majority stake in Southern Aerospace & Telecom Consulting (SATConsult), an independent consulting company based in Toulouse focused on supporting the development of satellite infrastructure worldwide.
Products and Services
NovelSat releases NS200X Multi-Rx DVB-S2-to-IP Satellite Demodulator
(24 August 2016) NovelSat has announced the availability of the new NovelSat NS200X Multi-Rx DVB-S2-to-IP Channel Satellite Demodulator.