Inmarsat selects SpectralNet from Kratos to extend L-TAC mobile satellite communications system
(1 October 2015) RT Logic has delivered multiple SpectralNet systems to Inmarsat to support the mission critical Inmarsat L-band TACSAT (L-TAC) mobile satellite communications system.
RigNet to offer Inmarsat Fleet Xpress to the energy maritime industry
(1 October 2015) RigNet has signed an agreement with Inmarsat to offer Fleet Xpress, the maritime version of its Global Xpress service, to the oil and gas maritime sector.
Improved communications and connectivity for flight safety
(30 September 2015) The use of the versatile Cobham Aviator 300D SwiftBroadband system on the Airbus single aisle aircraft, will improve communications, connectivity and flight safety onboard.
C-COM signs agreement with leading Chinese ICT corporation
(29 September 2015) C-COM Satellite Systems has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Communications Technology Co., Ltd. (CCT).
Maersk Drilling awards long-term contract to ITC Global for offshore communications
(29 September 2015) ITC Global, a leading provider of satellite communications to remote and harsh environments, announced today that it has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by Copenhagen, Denmark-based Maersk Drilling, which is part of Danish shipping and energy company, Maersk Group.
Squire Technologies partners with Globalstar on next-generation gateway upgrades
(29 September 2015) Squire Technologies will deploy a range of products and services that will enable Globalstar to implement a core IP network at Globalstar’s satellite gateway ground stations.
Eutelsat 115 West B arrives in geostationary orbit
(28 September 2015) Eutelsat 115 West B, the first all-electric satellite of the Eutelsat Communications’ global fleet, has completed the ascent to geostationary orbit and today began in orbit tests.
RigNet awarded contract upgrade and extension for major global offshore driller
(28 September 2015) RigNet has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract upgrade and extension to provide standardized remote offshore communications solutions across 26 jackup and floating rigs in a major European-based offshore driller's fleet.
Gilat to develop high-performance dual Ku/Ka-band terminal
(24 September 2015) Gilat Satellite Networks has signed a long-term agreement to develop and supply high-performance dual Ku/Ka-band terminals for in-flight connectivity (IFC) on commercial aircraft.
SES Government Solutions to support FAA uplink requirements
(24 September 2015) Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) will support the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) on the ground as well as in space.
OmniAccess teams with Panasonic
(23 September 2015) OmniAccess, a leading supplier of integrated communications solutions to super yachts and cruise ships, has entered into a Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Panasonic Avionics Corporation.
RigNet wins new offshore drilling customer
(23 September 2015) RigNet has been awarded a contract to provide remote communications solutions to a premium offshore driller across its entire global fleet of existing and newbuild rigs.
Deutsche Telekom and Inmarsat partner to deliver European Aviation Network
(21 September 2015) Deutsche Telekom and Inmarsat today announced a strategic partnership bringing unprecedented passenger connectivity to Europe’s aviation industry and its customers.
TV5Monde and AsiaSat expand and extend long-term partnership
(30 September 2015) Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AsiaSat) today announced that TV5Monde has entered into a long-term service agreement to broadcast both ‘TV5Monde Asie HD’ and ‘TV5Monde Style HD’ across the Asia-Pacific via AsiaSat 5.
International Datacasting selected by STT for audio network refresh
(29 September 2015) IDC has been selected by Servicios Tecnicos en Telecomunicaciones (STT) to upgrade a radio distribution network of a leading radio provider in Guatemala.
Sentech delivers Direct-to-Home and Digital Terrestrial Television Services via Intelsat 20
(25 September 2015) Intelsat announced today that Sentech, a leading broadcasting signal distributor in Africa, has extended its contract for multiple years Sentech will continue to leverage Ku-band capacity on Intelsat 20 at 68.5˚E to cost-effectively expand and enhance its Direct-to-Home (DTH) and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) services in Africa.
SIS LIVE signs distribution agreement for Eutelsat Broadband’s NewsSpotter satellite newsgathering service
(23 September 2015) SIS LIVE, leading broadcast connectivity supplier, has signed a distribution agreement with Eutelsat Broadband to use and resell its innovative NewsSpotter newsgathering service.
MDA expands imaging modes for Radarsat-2 for ocean applications
(30 September 2015) MDA’s Information Systems group has released two new Radarsat-2 imaging modes for commercial use.
PlanetObserver continues production of PlanetSAT 15 L8 imagery base map
(30 September 2015) The French company PlanetObserver, specialized in imagery base map production for more than 25 years, announced today the coverage of more than 50 Mill. sq km with PlanetSAT 15 L8 base map.
SMOS meets ocean monsters
(30 September 2015) ESA’s SMOS and two other satellites are together providing insight into how surface winds evolve under tropical storm clouds in the Pacific Ocean.
Thales Alenia Space's Poseidon-3C radar altimeter chosen for SWOT oceanography satellite
(29 September 2015) Thales Alenia Space today signed a contract with French space agency CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) covering the design and development phase for the Poseidon-3C radar altimeter on the SWOT (Surface Water and Ocean Topography) satellite, new altimetry program that will demonstrate new applications.
Big shake next for air polution satellite
(25 September 2015) The launch of Sentinel-5 Precursor is planned for next spring so the satellite is being put through its paces to make sure it is fit for liftoff and life in orbit tracking air pollution. Vibration and acoustic tests are next up.
Galileo satellites handed over to operator
(25 September 2015) Europe’s latest pair of Galileo satellites has passed its initial check out in space, allowing control to be handed over to the main control centre and join the growing fleet.
AQYR awarded contract for satellite man-portable receive suites
(28 September 2015) AQYR Technologies has been awarded a $100 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity production contract.
Lockheed Martin's Space Fence program completes Critical Design Review
(28 September 2015) Lockheed Martin's Space Fence System, including the large-scale digital radar and turn-key facility were deemed technically mature and provided evidence that all requirements will be met through the program's Critical Design Review (CDR) conducted by the U.S. Air Force.
Orbital ATK concludes eight years of NFIRE satellite mission support
(28 September 2015) Orbital ATK has concluded eight years of mission support for the Near Field Infrared Experiment (NFIRE) satellite with the decommissioning of the spacecraft on August 5, 2015.
DigitalGlobe’s Global Enhanced GEOINT Delivery program renewed
(24 September 2015) DigitalGlobe today announced that the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has executed the next year of the Global Enhanced GEOINT Delivery (Global EGD) program under the NGA EnhancedView contract starting Sept. 1, 2015.
International Datacasting supports refresh of U.S. Government broadcast network head-end
(21 September 2015) International Datacasting Corporation today announced a new order totaling over CAD $450,000 to support the US Government headend refresh of its secure worldwide satellite broadcast network.
New 'stealth dark matter' theory may explain mystery of the universe's missing mass
(24 September 2015) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have come up with a new theory that may identify why dark matter has evaded direct detection in Earth-based experiments.
DESI, an ambitious probe of dark energy, achieves its next major milestone
(21 September 2015) DESI, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, is an exceptional apparatus designed to improve our understanding of the role of dark energy in the expansion history of the universe; it will do this by measuring the redshifts of more than 30 million galaxies and quasars, with unprecedented precision.
Orbital ATK ships fuel and oxidizer tanks for James Webb Space Telescope
(22 September 2015) Orbital ATK has announced its Space Components Division (SCD) shipped the fuel and oxidizer tanks to Northrop Grumman Corporation in Redondo Beach, California for integration into NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
Hot, dense material surrounds O-type star with largest magnetic field known
(22 September 2015) Observations using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory revealed that the unusually large magnetosphere around an O-type star called NGC 1624-2 contains a raging storm of extreme stellar winds and dense plasma that gobbles up X-rays before they can escape into space.
Radio telescopes could spot stars hidden in the galactic center
(22 September 2015) The center of our Milky Way galaxy is a mysterious place.
A fresh perspective on an extraordinary cluster of galaxies
(30 September 2015) Galaxy clusters are often described by superlatives. After all, they are huge conglomerations of galaxies, hot gas, and dark matter and represent the largest structures in the Universe held together by gravity.
"Fossils" of galaxies reveal the formation and evolution of massive galaxies
(24 September 2015) An international team led by researchers at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich observed massive dead galaxies in the universe 4 billion years after the Big Bang with the Subaru Telescope's Multi-Object InfraRed Camera and Spectrograph (MOIRCS).
Eleven year cosmic search leads to black hole rethink
(25 September 2015) One hundred years since Einstein proposed gravitational waves as part of his general theory of relativity, an 11-year search performed with CSIRO's Parkes telescope has shown that an expected background of waves is missing, casting doubt on our understanding of galaxies and black holes.
Black hole is 30 times expected size
(24 September 2015) The central supermassive black hole of a recently discovered galaxy is far larger than should be possible, according to current theories of galactic evolution.
Milky Way’s black hole shows signs of increased chatter
(23 September 2015) Three orbiting X-ray space telescopes have detected an increased rate of X-ray flares from the usually quiet giant black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy after new long-term monitoring.
Astronomers identify a new mid-size black hole
(21 September 2015) Nearly all black holes come in one of two sizes: stellar mass black holes that weigh up to a few dozen times the mass of our sun or supermassive black holes ranging from a million to several billion times the sun's mass.
Pairs of supermassive black holes in galaxies may be rarer than previously thought
(21 September 2015) There may be fewer pairs of supermassive black holes orbiting each other at the cores of giant galaxies than previously thought, according to a new study by astronomers who analyzed data from the National Science Foundation's Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope.
Mechanism of explosions and plasma jets associated with sunspot formation revealed
(30 September 2015) Sunspots, mysterious dark speckles on the Sun's luminous surface, have been observed and monitored by astronomers for centuries.
NASA selects investigations for future key planetary mission
(30 September 2015) NASA has selected five science investigations for refinement during the next year as a first step in choosing one or two missions for flight opportunities as early as 2020.
Asteroids found to be the Moon’s main ‘water supply’
(30 September 2015) Water reserves found on the moon are the result of asteroids acting as “delivery vehicles” and not of falling comets as was previously thought.
Lunar Mission One signs deal with Astrobotic for first digital archive on the Moon
(29 September 2015) Astrobotic Technology and Lunar Missions, the company behind the global, inclusive, not-for-profit crowd-funded Lunar Mission One, have signed a deal to send the first digital storage payload to the Moon.
NASA confirms evidence that liquid water flows on today’s Mars
(28 September 2015) New findings from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars.
Pluto’s big moon Charon reveals a colorful and violent history
(1 October 2015) NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has returned the best color and the highest resolution images yet of Pluto’s largest moon, Charon – and these pictures show a surprisingly complex and violent history.
(24 September 2015) The newest high-resolution images of Pluto from NASA’s New Horizons are both dazzling and mystifying, revealing a multitude of previously unseen topographic and compositional details.
Dawn team shares new maps and insights about Ceres
(30 September 2015) NASA's Dawn spacecraft is providing scientists with tantalizing views and other data about the intriguing dwarf planet that they continue to analyze.
OHB presents design of the Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM)
(23 September 2015) Yesterday, OHB System unveiled the design for the Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) during the payload meeting at the European Space Astronomy Center (ESAC) near Madrid.
Rosetta's first peek at the comet's dark side
(1 October 2015) Since its arrival at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft has been surveying the surface and the environment of this curiously shaped body.
How Rosetta's comet got its shape
(28 September 2015) Two comets collided at low speed in the early Solar System to give rise to the distinctive ‘rubber duck’ shape of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, say Rosetta scientists.
Rosetta’s mass spectrometer ROSINA detected argon at comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko
(25 September 2015) The mass spectrometer ROSINA on ESA’s comet probe Rosetta has for the first time detected the noble gas argon in the coma of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Rosetta reveals comet's water-ice cycle
(23 September 2015) ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has provided evidence for a daily water-ice cycle on and near the surface of comets.
Extra Solar Planets
The most stable source of light in the world
(30 September 2015) In order to be able to detect planets comparable to Earth, the CHEOPS satellite, which will be sent into orbit at the end of 2017, must be able to measure the luminosity of a star with inimitable accuracy.
Earth-like planets around small stars likely have protective magnetic fields, aiding chance for life
(28 September 2015) Earth-like planets orbiting close to small stars probably have magnetic fields that protect them from stellar radiation and help maintain surface conditions that could be conducive to life, according to research from astronomers at the University of Washington.
NASA, Boeing extend International Space Station contract
(29 September 2015) NASA has awarded a key contract to Boeing, the International Space Station’s prime contractor, to continue providing key engineering support services, resources and personnel to the program through Sept. 30, 2020.
Fish reveal details of bone density loss during space missions
(24 September 2015) Spending time in space in a reduced gravity environment can have lasting effects on the body.
Airbus Defence and Space builds first hardware for Orion space vehicle's Service Module
(22 September 2015) Airbus Defence and Space, prime contractor for NASA's Orion space vehicle's European Service Module (ESM), has completed four large titanium tanks for the module that will be delivered for initial testing.
Cargo ship departure from space station
(22 September 2015) Five weeks after delivering approximately five tons of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station, an unpiloted Japanese cargo ship is scheduled to depart the station Monday, Sept. 28.
More student cubesats getting ready for space
(21 September 2015) While waiting for the first ESA student CubeSat to be deployed from the International Space Station at the beginning of October, the three Fly Your Satellite! CubeSats candidate for rocket launch are completing their environmental test campaign.
NASA awards Orbital ATK contract to research aerospace propulsion technologies
(21 September 2015) Orbital ATK has been awarded a Research and Technologies for Aerospace Propulsion Systems 2 (RTAPS2) contract by NASA to provide advanced space propulsion system technologies.
Boeing Geomobile satellite joining Mexico’s advanced Mexsat system
(2 October 2015) A Boeing 702HP (high power) satellite launched today will soon be part of the world’s most capable and advanced mobile satellite system.
Mexico's Morelos-3 satellite launched by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services
(2 October 2015) Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services today successfully launched the Morelos-3 satellite for Mexico's Ministry of Communications and Transportation.
High performance broadband satellite for Australia begins post-launch maneuvers
(1 October 2015) Space Systems/Loral (SSL) today announced that a very advanced satellite designed and built for nbn, Australia's new broadband network was launched yesterday and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan.
Moon Express signs launch agreement for private missions to the Moon
(1 October 2015) Moon Express is one step closer to becoming the first private company to land a spacecraft on the Moon.
Ariane 5 orbits Sky Muster and ARSAT-2
(30 September 2015) Two telecommunications satellites that will provide expanded relay capacity for Australia and Argentina were orbited today on Arianespace’s ninth mission in 2015 – putting the company on track to perform a record 12 flights this year using its three-member launch vehicle family, which consists of the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega.
Arianespace signs contract with ARSAT to launch a new satellite for Argentina, plus two options
(30 September 2015) Arianespace announced today that it has signed a contract with the Argentinean operator ARSAT (Empresa Argentina de Soluciones Satelitales Sociedad Anónima) to launch its next geostationary satellite, ARSAT-3, plus options on two more launches.
A satellite launcher for the Middle East
(30 September 2015) Swiss Space Systems (Holding) SA, through its subsidiary S3 Middle East, announces major partnership with D&B Group to deliver access to space to the Middle East.
Blue Origin completes more than 100 staged-combustion tests in development of BE-4 engine
(30 September 2015) Blue Origin announced today the completion of more than 100 staged-combustion tests in development of the American-made BE-4 engine.
Spaceflight purchases SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to provide more frequent, cost-effective rideshare availability
(30 September 2015) Spaceflight today announced the purchase of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and the expansion of its launch services to include dedicated rideshare missions.
exactEarth launches advanced equatorial AIS satellite
(28 September 2015) exactEarth has announced the successful launch of an advanced AIS satellite, exactView-9 (EV9), expanding its exactView global vessel monitoring constellation to eight in-orbit satellites.
PSLV launches India’s multi wavelength space observatory ASTROSAT
(28 September 2015) In its thirty first flight (PSLV-C30) conducted today, India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully launched ASTROSAT, the country's Multi Wavelength Space Observatory along with six foreign customer satellites into a 644.6 X 651.5 km orbit inclined at an angle of 6 deg to the equator.
Rockot orbits three Russian satellites successfully
(25 September 2015) Following an early morning launch from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia at 01.00 hrs. a.m. local time on Thursday, September 24, 2015 (23.00 hrs. CET on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 ) a Rockot launch vehicle successfully launched 3 Russian satellites for the Russian government.
Making (less of) an impact
(25 September 2015) When a rocket is launched into space it crosses all layers of the atmosphere and interacts with them.
Orbital ATK to provide solid boosters for Atlas V and Vulcan launch vehicles
(22 September 2015) Today United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Orbital ATK announced a long-term strategic partnership in which Orbital ATK will become the sole provider of solid rocket boosters for ULA’s Atlas V and Vulcan launch vehicles, effective in 2019 when the new motors are ready for launch.
Significant growth and consolidation expected in maritime sector in the coming years
(29 September 2015) According to Euroconsult's newly published report, Maritime Telecom Solutions by Satellite, Global Market Analysis & Forecasts, the value of the global maritime satellite communications market will double over the next decade, with a CAGR of 6% in terminals and 8% in revenue over the 10-year period.
Thales Alenia Space inaugurates new optical integration building
(2 October 2015) Thales Alenia Space inaugurates today the new Séléné building in Cannes, for which it started construction in October 2014.
Products and Services
Norsat launches new low profile multi-band antenna
(1 October 2015) Norsat International today announced that its Land Mobile Radio division Sinclair Technologies, has launched a new, customized version of the SM2600D, low profile, multi-band, multi-port antenna platform that is ideally suited for the transportation market.
Mobil Satellite Technologies launches new 10 Mbps x 4 Mbps iDirect broadband service in USA
(30 September 2015) Mobil Satellite Technologies has launched a new high-bandwidth 10 Mbps download X 4 Mbps Ku-Band service for use anywhere in the North America.
Advantech Wireless releases second generation GaN based 150W to 400W rackmount X-band SapphireBlu SSPA/SSPB
(28 September 2015) Advantech Wireless, a global leader for Satellite broadband communications solutions, announced today the release of the Second Generation GaN Technology based 150W to 400W X-Band Rackmmount SapphireBlu SSPA/SSPB for military and government applications.
Advantech Wireless releases second generation GaN based 300W/400W X-band SapphireBlu SSPA/SSPB for military applications
(24 September 2015) Advantech Wireless announced today the release of the Second Generation GaN Technology based 300W/400W X-Band SapphireBlu SSPA/SSPB for military applications.
iDirect advances satellite network interoperability with latest upgrade to Evolution platform
(24 September 2015) VT iDirect today announced the release of Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS), a new feature set within the iDirect Evolution platform, allowing satellite to work more seamlessly with other telecommunications access technologies, providing transparency across the entire network.
Cobham unveils super-light Sailor VSAT antenna systems
(23 September 2015) The team at Cobham Satcom is unveiling a new generation of 60cm Ka-band VSAT antenna systems at Monaco Yacht Show this week.
GNSS and DGNSS tech expands Sailor multi-function universe
(21 September 2015) Cobham Satcom has launched two new Sailor satellite navigation receivers.
ILS announces VP of Engineering and Mission Assurance and VP of Sales
(1 October 2015) International Launch Services (ILS) has appointed Jim Kramer as Vice President of Engineering and Mission Assurance and Thomas Carroll as Vice President of Sales.
Signalhorn names Alexander Mueller-Gastell new President and COO
(1 October 2015) Signalhorn has announced the appointment of Alexander Mueller-Gastell as Signalhorn’s President and Chief Operating Officer.
Inmarsat appoints new VP of Aviation Strategy and Communications
(30 September 2015) Inmarsat has announced the appointment of Frederik van Essen as Vice President of Aviation Strategy and Communications, based in Nyon, Geneva.
Measat appoints Santosh Desai as Sales Director – Africa
(28 September 2015) Measat Satellite Systems announced today the appointment of Santosh Desai as Sales Director – Africa.
Inmarsat's North American market to fly with new appointment
(24 September 2015) Inmarsat has announced the appointment of Sam Matar as Director of Airline Market Development, with responsibility for expanding the company’s airline customer base and revenues in the strategically important North America market.
Catherine Melquist joins Sage Communications to head Satellite division
(22 September 2015) Catherine Melquist, a marketing executive with more than 20 years of experience in the satellite industry, has joined Sage Communications as senior vice president of its Satellite division.