Globalstar expanding simplex service to southern Africa
(29 September 2014) Globalstar today announced that, in partnership with Broadband Botswana Internet (BBi), construction has commenced on a Globalstar gateway in Gaborone, Botswana.
NSSLGlobal adds new satellite beams to extend global coverage
(26 September 2014) NSSLGlobal has added two new satellite beams to improve the quality and geographical reach of its global VSAT network.
SES Broadband Services expands partnership with Orbitcom
(25 September 2014) SES Broadband Services (SBBS) today announced an expansion of its partnership with the Internet Service Provider Orbitcom to include the delivery of Astra Connect for communities in Germany.
Com Dev wins commercial contract for high throughput communications satellite
(24 September 2014) Com Dev International has been awarded an Authorization to Proceed (ATP) contract to deliver Multiplexer Equipment, Waveguide and Coaxial Switches, and Microwave Components to be used on a high throughput communications satellite designed to provide direct-to-home premium television content to the Middle East and North Africa.
Upgrade to iDirect Evolution helps Telefonica Peru win bid for telemedicine network
(24 September 2014) Telefonica Grandes Empresas in Peru (Telefonica del Peru), a business unit of the Telefonica Group, has upgraded to iDirect Evolution, running the latest iDX 3.2 software.
Another Iridium NEXT milestone achieved with qualification of solar panel power system
(23 September 2014) Iridium Communications today announced the completion of an extensive testing program for qualification of its new solar panel design for the Iridium NEXT constellation.
C-COM files patent application for in-motion Ka-band antenna technology
(23 September 2014) C-COM Satellite Systems has developed a patent pending technology to be used with its next generation in-motion phased array antennas.
Spacepath Communications and Tango Wave join forces
(23 September 2014) Spacepath Communications and Tango Wave have agreed to collaborate across marketing activities, service support and new product development solutions.
SingTel extends Global Xpress VAR relationship with Inmarsat
(22 September 2014) Inmarsat has signed an agreement with SingTel, appointing the specialised managed satellite services provider as a worldwide Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Global Xpress (GX), serving vertical markets, including media, energy and NGO.
OmniAccess and Phasor team up for first maritime Ku-band digital flat-panel antenna
(19 September 2014) OmniAccess announced today that the company has entered into a strategic partnership with Phasor and will present the world’s first maritime Ku-band digital phased array antenna at the coming Monaco Yacht Show.
MTN delivers first dual Ku/Ka-band ultra-high speed satellite solution for yachts
(17 September 2014) In a yacht industry first, for delivery of ultra-high speed connectivity and content in the Mediterranean, MTN Communications (MTN) is launching a Ka-band-ready satellite solution.
Air Europa selects Panasonic eXConnect and eX3, becomes first Spanish airline to offer in-flight broadband
(16 September 2014) Air Europa has chosen Panasonic Avionics Corporation's eX3 and eXConnect in-flight entertainment and communications solutions for its new 787-8 Dreamliner fleet.
Communications & Power Industries provides quad-band radome for ViaSat roaming demonstration
(16 September 2014) The Radant Technologies Division of Communications & Power Industries LLC (CPI) provided a novel, quad-band satellite communications radome to support the recent successful flight demonstrations of ViaSat first integrated Ku-band and Ka-band airborne satellite terminal.
Hawaiian Airlines pioneers SwiftBroadband for safety services
(16 September 2014) Hawaiian Airlines and Inmarsat today announce that Hawaiian Airlines will become the first commercial airline to install SwiftBroadband for flight deck applications, including Safety Services on its Boeing 767-300s.
Honeywell and Thales to offer next-generation high-speed GX Ka-band in-flight connectivity to Airbus A350XWB
(16 September 2014) Honeywell Aerospace and Thales will work together to integrate Honeywell JetWave hardware with Thales cabin network solutions for Airbus A350XWB and other commercial aircraft.
Inmarsat and ThinKom Solutions agree on development plan for Global Xpress terminals
(16 September 2014) Inmarsat is beginning the second phase of Global Xpress terminal development for the government and enterprise markets around the world through the signing today of a Memorandum of Arrangement (MOA) with ThinKom Solutions.
New dual-band Ku/Ka terminal enables in-flight network switching across commercial Ku- and Ka-band satellite networks
(16 September 2014) In-flight network switching between commercial Ku- and Ka-band satellites has been successfully demonstrated by ViaSat, using its innovative dual-band terminal and a new radome.
roKKi brings WiFi to the skies
(16 September 2014) Inflight entertainment solutions brand, roKKi and the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, Inmarsat have together launched the first low-cost inflight connectivity service in the Asia Pacific region.
International Datacasting selected for expansion of US Government broadcast network
(25 September 2014) International Datacasting Corporation today announced a new order to support the US Government for the expansion of its worldwide satellite broadcast network.
AsiaSat to broadcast the 2014 Asian Games
(18 September 2014) Asia’s leading satellite operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) will provide transponder capacity to Globecast and ktsat to support live coverage of the 2014 Asian Games.
New toolboxes make using Sentinel data easy
(30 September 2014) The Sentinel satellites are built primarily to deliver information for environmental services through Europe’s Copernicus programme, but they will also be used to advance our scientific understanding of Earth.
ORBIT wins Earth observation contract from leading US aerospace engineering firm
(30 September 2014) ORBIT Communication Systems has won a contract to upgrade a ground station for a leading US aerospace engineering system integrator.
GOCE reveals gravity dip from ice loss
(26 September 2014) Although not designed to map changes in Earth’s gravity over time, ESA’s extraordinary satellite has shown that the ice lost from West Antarctica over the last few years has left its signature.
MDA continues to provide Radarsat-2 information to Thailand
(25 September 2014) MDA’s Information Systems group has renewed its contract with the Geo-Informatics & Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) to continue downlink of Radarsat-2 data that will be used to support critical infrastructure serving Thailand’s various resources management and disaster mitigation applications.
SSTL demonstrates innovative method for measuring ocean winds and waves from space
(25 September 2014) Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has successfully demonstrated an innovative method of measuring winds and waves from space, using GNSS Reflectometry.
Boeing to design hosted payload for scientific measurement
(23 September 2014) Boeing will investigate hosting a scientific payload on a commercial satellite under a new six-month contract awarded by the Air Force’s Space and Missiles Systems Center (SMC).
MDA to provide direct access ground station solution for DigitalGlobe satellites
(23 September 2014) MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has been awarded a contract from DigitalGlobe to provide a ground station solution to an international customer to receive and process imagery and data directly from DigitalGlobe's WorldView-1, WorldView-2, and WorldView-3 satellites.
US releases enhanced Shuttle land elevation data
(23 September 2014) High-resolution topographic data generated from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) in 2000, previously only available for the United States, will be released globally over the next year, the White House announced today.
Radar remote sensing – research for agriculture and climate
(19 September 2014) The 2014 harvest season is coming to an end, and throughout Germany the signs are of good yields for wheat, corn and similar crops.
Harris Corporation installs first phase of high-speed weather product generation system for GOES-R Series satellites
(18 September 2014) Harris Corporation has installed and integrated the initial weather product applications onto the previously delivered ground segment hardware for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite — R (GOES-R) Series program.
Lockheed Martin mates NOAA GOES-R satellite modules
(18 September 2014) A team of technicians and engineers at Lockheed Martin has successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite at the company's Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colorado.
Solar disturbances and their impact on satellite navigation systems
(29 September 2014) Scientists know that weather in space impacts activity here on Earth, so Dr. Brian Wood, at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Space Science Division, is analyzing ionospheric disturbances to determine their effect on ground-based satellite navigation systems.
China to join effort developing post-2020 aircraft satnav standards
(19 September 2014) Aircraft employ satellite navigation too: Europe’s EGNOS augmentation system sharpens the accuracy and reliability of GPS signals so they can safely be used for landing approaches across a growing number of European airports.
Comtech receives order for solid-state high-power amplifiers for military applications
(24 September 2014) Comtech Xicom Technology has received a $2.5 million order to supply solid-state high-power amplifiers to a military integrator.
Gilat chosen by Terabit Wave to provide Satcom-On-The-Move terminals in Myanmar
(23 September 2014) Gilat Satellite Networks announced today that Terabit Wave, a telecommunications systems integrator located in Myanmar, ordered the Company’s Satcom-On-The-Move terminals – including tactical satcom units, vehicle-mounted satellite antennas and related equipment – for a Myanmar governmental agency.
US Air Force selects Harris Corporation for Hosted Payload Solutions contract
(18 September 2014) The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center has selected Harris Corporation for a 5-year, $495 million multi-vendor IDIQ contract for the Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) program.
Lockheed Martin defense weather satellite receives operational acceptance into DMSP constellation
(16 September 2014) The newest Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellite, built by Lockheed Martin, was accepted for operations by U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) on August 19.
Turning the Moon into a cosmic ray detector
(26 September 2014) Scientists from the University of Southampton are to turn the Moon into a giant particle detector to help understand the origin of Ultra-High-Energy (UHE) cosmic rays - the most energetic particles in the Universe.
Interstellar molecules are branching out
(25 September 2014) Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (Bonn, Germany), Cornell University (USA), and the University of Cologne (Germany) have for the first time detected a carbon-bearing molecule with a "branched" structure in interstellar space.
Finding hints of gravitational waves in the stars
(22 September 2014) Scientists have shown how gravitational waves—invisible ripples in the fabric of space and time that propagate through the universe—might be "seen" by looking at the stars.
New measurements from the AMS experiment unveil new territories in the flux of cosmic rays
(18 September 2014) The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) collaboration has today presented its latest results.
Simulations reveal an unusual death for ancient stars
(29 September 2014) Certain primordial stars—those between 55,000 and 56,000 times the mass of our Sun, or solar masses—may have died unusually.
Most stars are born in clusters, some leave “home”
(24 September 2014) New modeling studies from Carnegie’s Alan Boss demonstrate that most of the stars we see were formed when unstable clusters of newly formed protostars broke up.
Pulse of a dead star powers intense gamma rays
(16 September 2014) When the most massive stars explode as supernovas, they don't fade into the night, but sometimes glow ferociously with high-energy gamma rays. What powers these energetic stellar remains?
UK to build unique intergalactic GPS instrument to map the stars
(26 September 2014) A €9M contract is announced today for UK-based engineers and designers to build a unique and powerful instrument that aims to tackle some of the most compelling astronomical puzzles – such as how stars and galaxies form and evolve, and probing the structure of our own Milky Way.
Monster galaxies gain weight by eating smaller neighbours
(19 September 2014) Massive galaxies in the Universe have stopped making their own stars and are instead snacking on nearby galaxies, according to research by Australian scientists.
Smallest known galaxy with a supermassive black hole
(17 September 2014) Astronomers have found an unlikely object in an improbable place: a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies known.
Violent origins of disc galaxies probed by ALMA
(17 September 2014) For decades scientists have believed that galaxy mergers usually result in the formation of elliptical galaxies.
219 million stars: a detailed catalogue of the visible Milky Way
(16 September 2014) A new catalogue of the visible part of the northern part of our home Galaxy, the Milky Way, includes no fewer than 219 million stars.
Most metal-poor star hints at universe's first supernovae
(19 September 2014) A team of researchers, led by Miho N. Ishigaki, at the Kavli IPMU, The University of Tokyo, pointed out that the elemental abundance of the most iron-poor star can be explained by elements ejected from supernova explosions of the universe’s first stars.
Six minutes to study solar heating
(29 September 2014) On Sept. 30, 2014, a sounding rocket will fly up into the sky – past Earth's atmosphere that obscures certain wavelengths of light from the sun -- for a 15-minute journey to study what heats up the sun's atmosphere.
Solar explosions inside a computer
(23 September 2014) Strong solar flares can bring down communications and power grids on Earth. By demonstrating how these gigantic eruptions are caused, ETH physicists are laying the foundations for future predictions.
Nitrogen fingerprint in biomolecules and extraterrestrial objects could be from early Sun
(29 September 2014) Chemical fingerprints of the element nitrogen vary by extremes in materials from the molecules of life to the solar wind to interstellar dust.
Earth’s water is older than the Sun
(25 September 2014) Water was crucial to the rise of life on Earth and is also important to evaluating the possibility of life on other planets.
OHB plans Moon mission in memory of Manfred Fuchs
(18 September 2014) In memory of Prof. Dott.-Ing. h.c. Manfred Fuchs, the founder of OHB, who passed away on April 26, 2014, OHB will carry out a lunar mission at the end of October 2014.
Glaciers in the Grand Canyon of Mars?
(29 September 2014) For decades, planetary geologists have speculated that glaciers might once have crept through Valles Marineris, the 2000-mile-long chasm that constitutes the Grand Canyon of Mars.
Rover drill pulls first taste from Mars mountain
(26 September 2014) NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has collected its first taste of the layered mountain whose scientific allure drew the mission to choose this part of Mars as a landing site.
India's Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft successfully inserted into Mars orbit
(24 September 2014) India's Mars Orbiter spacecraft successfully entered into an orbit around planet Mars today morning by firing its 440 Newton Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) along with eight smaller liquid engines.
MAVEN spacecraft returns first Mars observations
(24 September 2014) NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has obtained its first observations of the extended upper atmosphere surrounding Mars.
Lockheed Martin-built MAVEN successfully placed into orbit around Mars
(22 September 2014) NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin, was successfully placed in orbit around Mars this evening.
NASA’s newest Mars mission spacecraft enters orbit around Red Planet
(21 September 2014) NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars’ orbit at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as never done before.
NASA Mars spacecraft ready for Sept. 21 orbit insertion
(17 September 2014) NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.
Cassini watches mysterious feature evolve in Titan sea
(29 September 2014) NASA's Cassini spacecraft is monitoring the evolution of a mysterious feature in a large hydrocarbon sea on Saturn's moon Titan.
Miranda: an icy moon deformed by tidal heating
(18 September 2014) Miranda, a small, icy moon of Uranus, is one of the most visually striking and enigmatic bodies in the solar system.
Dawn operating normally after safe mode triggered
(16 September 2014) The Dawn spacecraft has resumed normal ion thrusting after the thrusting unexpectedly stopped and the spacecraft entered safe mode on September 11.
Rosetta to deploy lander on 12 November
(26 September 2014) The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission will deploy its lander, Philae, to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 12 November.
Extra Solar Planets
NASA telescopes find clear skies and water vapor on exo-Neptune
(24 September 2014) Astronomers using data from three of NASA's space telescopes — Hubble, Spitzer, and Kepler — have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapor on a gaseous planet outside our solar system.
Infant solar system shows signs of windy weather
(22 September 2014) Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have observed what may be the first-ever signs of windy weather around a T Tauri star, an infant analog of our own Sun.
Chandra X-ray observatory finds planet that makes star act deceptively old
(16 September 2014) A planet may be causing the star it orbits to act much older than it actually is, according to new data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.
Orion spacecraft transfers to launch abort system facility
(29 September 2014) NASA and Lockheed Martin have finished fueling the Orion spacecraft with ammonia, hydrazine and high pressure helium at Kennedy Space Center's Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility.
NASA expands commercial space program
(26 September 2014) On the heels of awarding groundbreaking contracts to U.S. commercial space companies to ferry American astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA has released a request for proposals (RFP) for the next round of contracts for private-sector companies to deliver experiments and supplies to the orbiting laboratory.
Sierra Nevada Corporation challenges award of NASA’s Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract
(26 September 2014) Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced today that it has filed a legal challenge to the award of contracts to Boeing and SpaceX under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) program.
New crew launches to Space Station to continue scientific research
(25 September 2014) Three crew members representing the United States and Russia are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:25 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 25 (2:25 a.m. on Sept. 26 in Baikonur).
Fourth Dragon for commercial resupply services arrives at ISS
(23 September 2014) The Dragon commercial cargo craft has completed a two day trip to the International Space Station after launching early Sunday morning.
NASA cargo launches to space station aboard SpaceX resupply mission
(21 September 2014) About 5,000 pounds of NASA science investigations and cargo are on their way to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft.
NASA launches RapidScat wind watcher to space station
(20 September 2014) A new NASA mission that will boost global monitoring of ocean winds for improved weather forecasting and climate studies is among about 5,000 pounds (2,270 kilograms) of NASA science investigations and cargo now on their way to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft.
MDA to build communications subsystem for ESA's Columbus module on the ISS
(18 September 2014) MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) today announced that its UK subsidiary has received authorization to proceed from the European Space Agency (ESA) for the development and construction of a Ka band Data Relay terminal flight model for use on the ESA Columbus module of the International Space Station (ISS).
Everything in moderation: Micro-8 to study regulating pathogens in space
(17 September 2014) Many active enzymes and bacteria are merely benign, and, in moderation, are beneficial to humans as an important part of our digestive system or can help regulate our immune system.
Boeing CST-100 selected as next American spacecraft
(16 September 2014) Boeing will receive an award of $4.2 billion from NASA to build and fly the United States’ next passenger spacecraft.
NASA Ames to launch science experiments to space station on SpaceX rocket
(16 September 2014) NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, will launch four life science experiments to the International Space Station aboard NASA's next commercial cargo resupply flight of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft.
NASA chooses American companies to transport US astronauts to International Space Station
(16 September 2014) U.S. astronauts once again will travel to and from the International Space Station from the United States on American spacecraft under groundbreaking contracts NASA announced Tuesday.
Opening doors to space
(24 September 2014) The same device that opens doors on buses and planes could be used to meet peak energy demands on satellites.
Lemon juice: new ingredient for space designers
(18 September 2014) Corrosion resistance and high strength put stainless steel high on the list of essential materials for satellite and rocket designers.
(18 September 2014) For future astronauts, the process of suiting up may go something like this: Instead of climbing into a conventional, bulky, gas-pressurized suit, an astronaut may don a lightweight, stretchy garment, lined with tiny, musclelike coils.
With SpinSat mission, NRL will spin small satellite in space with new thruster technology
(18 September 2014) On September 20, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) will launch a small, spherical satellite called SpinSat.
Europe’s IXV spaceplane arrives in French Guiana for its Vega launch
(24 September 2014) Activities for the next flight of Arianespace’s light-lift Vega are now fully underway following delivery of the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) payload to French Guiana – joining the mission’s launcher, which also is advancing in its preparations.
ATK offers solid solution to US Air Force's RD-180 replacement request
(23 September 2014) ATK has provided the U.S. Air Force an American-made commercial solid rocket solution as a replacement for the RD-180 Russian-made, first-stage engine of United Launch Alliance's (ULA) Atlas V launch vehicle.
Vega launcher is readied for its mission with the European IXV spaceplane
(19 September 2014) Another lightweight Vega launcher has begun its build-up at the Spaceport, initiating preparations for Arianespace’s mid-November liftoff from French Guiana with the European Space Agency’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV).
Payload preparations are underway with ISDLA-1 for Arianespace’s October Ariane 5 mission
(18 September 2014) Pre-launch payload processing is moving into full swing for Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 flight, with the mission’s ISDLA-1 telecommunications satellite now undergoing preparations for a targeted October 16 liftoff from French Guiana.
United Launch Alliance and Blue Origin to develop new rocket engine
(17 September 2014) United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Blue Origin announced today that they have entered into an agreement to jointly fund development of the new BE-4 rocket engine by Blue Origin.
Lockheed Martin-built CLIO satellite successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
(16 September 2014) The U.S. Government's CLIO satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin, was successfully launched today from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Where is that spacecraft? Statistically measuring uncertainty for space surveillance
(22 September 2014) Space surveillance is inherently challenging when compared to other tracking environments due to various reasons, not least of which is the long time gap between surveillance updates.
Africa's socio-economic development depends on C band services
(25 September 2014) New research has revealed that wireless industry efforts to take massive amounts of additional spectrum – amounts that have been shown to be in excess of actual requirements – would undercut African economies, and threaten social and safety-of-life services by disrupting mission-critical satellite services for key applications delivered throughout the continent.
No shortage of IMT spectrum in most regions of the world
(24 September 2014) The latest research on spectrum availability has found that a significant amount of spectrum that is available for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) is not being used because it has not yet been licensed by regulators or is not yet in use by wireless operators.
Emcore sells space photovoltaics business to Veritas Capital
(17 September 2014) Emcore has entered into a definitive agreement with an affiliate of private equity firm Veritas Capital, under which an affiliate of Veritas has agreed to purchase Emcore's Space Photovoltaics business for $150 million in cash.
Products and Services
Aireon announces global emergency response tracking service
(22 September 2014) Aireon today announced its plan to provide the Aireon Aircraft Locating and Emergency Response Tracking (Aireon ALERT) service, a global emergency tracking solution that will be provided as a public service to the aviation community, free-of-charge.
IsatHub brings global connectivity for smart devices
(16 September 2014) Global connectivity for smartphones and tablets is today a reality with the worldwide launch of IsatHub from Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services.
NOAA selects new leader for its Satellite and Information Service
(29 September 2014) NOAA announced today that Dr. Stephen Volz, a top official at NASA and an award-winning aerospace engineer, has been tapped to lead NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS).
Ben Olivier named President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space UK
(22 September 2014) Ben Olivier, 52, has been named President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space UK, effective today.
NovelSat adds to management team
(17 September 2014) Earlier this month, NovelSat appointed a new CMO, Oscar Glottmann and Corporate VP Sales, Benny Glazer, both satellite communications industry professionals.