Avanti to deliver major ICT infrastructure and e-Learning programme in Tanzania
(27 March 2015) Avanti Communications has been appointed by the UK Space Agency to deliver a major ICT infrastructure and e-learning programme to teachers in Tanzania.
New KA-SAT satellite broadband in Iraq, Syria and Armenia
(26 March 2015) TS2 Satellite has recently launched new KA-SAT satellite services. Using the HYLAS 2 spacecraft, the company now provides high- speed data services to Iraq, Syria and Armenia.
SpeedCast selected by ConocoPhillips to deliver enhanced connectivity for Bayu-Undan operations
(26 March 2015) SpeedCast International has been awarded a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract for delivery of satellite communications services by ConocoPhillips, the world's largest independent exploration and production company.
Inmarsat completes successful transition of key services to Alphasat
(25 March 2015) Inmarsat has announced the successful transition of key voice and broadband data services for the EMEA region from Inmarsat-4 F2 (I-4 F2) to Alphasat, Europe’s largest and most sophisticated telecommunications satellite.
UltiSat provides reliable, flexible wireless network services for government application
(25 March 2015) UltiSat has been awarded a contract renewal to continue providing wireless network solutions into Kandahar and Bagram (Afghanistan).
Datum Systems' M7 satellite modems incorporate XipLink technology
(24 March 2015) Datum Systems has announced a key technology partnership with XipLink to embed their latest generation of optimization software (XipOS 4.3) into its M7 Series modems.
iSAT Africa launches managed services platform on Measat Satellite Systems’ Africasat-1a
(24 March 2015) Measat Satellite Systems announced today its agreement with iSAT Africa for capacity on the Africasat-1a satellite.
RigNet to supply managed communications to deepwater operator in the Gulf of Mexico
(19 March 2015) RigNet has signed a two-year contract with a major oil and gas operator to deliver managed network communications on an ultra-deepwater oil and gas floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.
Global Xpress (GX) strengthens sales channel with new GX VAR appointment
(18 March 2015) Inmarsat has appointed Applied Satellite Technology Ltd (AST) as a Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Global Xpress (GX), serving the Enterprise and Maritime markets.
Ofcom issues compliance notices to two satellite companies
(18 March 2015) Ofcom has this week issued compliance notices to Inmarsat Ventures Limited and Solaris Mobile Limited setting out steps they must take to comply with conditions that came with some of their spectrum holdings.
SpeedCast is appointed an Inmarsat Global Xpress Value Added Reseller for enterprise customers
(18 March 2015) Inmarsat has appointed SpeedCast to its Enterprise Global Xpress (GX) Value Added Resellers (VARs) program.
X2nSat unveils fastest enterprise broadband with SES and Newtec
(18 March 2015) SES today announced X2nSat has doubled its Ku-band capacity aboard the SES-2 spacecraft to power its new generation ST4G broadband service, delivering higher speeds and the reliability of Ku-band satellite capacity across North America.
Gilat's HTS VSAT network goes live at JCP in Brazil
(17 March 2015) Gilat Satellite Networks announced today that the SkyEdge II-c High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) Multi-Spot Beam network previously announced on December 22, 2014, went live successfully at JCP, the Brazilian telecommunications subsidiary of Florida-based Brastrading, Inc.
Hughes Jupiter satellite system helps bridge digital divide in rural Mexico
(17 March 2015) Hughes Network Systems has been selected by Grupo Pegaso to supply its Jupiter System to help close the "digital divide" for communities in rural Mexico.
Hunter and Eutelsat gear up for expansion in Canada
(17 March 2015) Hunter Communications Canada and Eutelsat Americas, part of Eutelsat Communications, announce that with the successful launch of the Eutelsat 115 West B satellite from Cape Canaveral on 1 March, a milestone has been reached for the provision of premium Ku-band bandwidth across Canada.
KVH connects more ships at sea with SES
(17 March 2015) SES today announced KVH Industries, a leading global manufacturer of maritime communications solutions, has signed a new satellite capacity agreement to connect more ships traversing prime sea routes along the eastern coasts of Canada and the U.S. and throughout the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.
O3b satellite network brings digital parity to first university customer
(17 March 2015) O3b Networks today announced it will provide trunking services to connect the Papua New Guinea University of Technology (UNITECH) and its students to the internet.
Satellite-assisted high-speed internet service now available in Russia’s Far East and Siberia
(17 March 2015) For the first time in Russia, satellite-supported communications in the Ka-band will be provided using the capacity of a Russian-built spacecraft.
Airbus Defence and Space doubled maritime VSAT sales following Intelsat agreement
(16 March 2015) Airbus Defence and Space and Intelsat announced today that the companies’ strategic agreement concluded in 2014 has yielded value for end-users and is setting the course for even more maritime customer advantages as part of a seamless transition to Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellites.
ESA awards contracts to Fraunhofer IIS and GVF for 'Satcom On The Move' terminal testing
(16 March 2015) The international satellite communications industry is expanding a product-quality initiative that provides earth station testing through a mutually-recognised technical global framework.
Global Eagle Entertainment and SES sign capacity deals on three HTS satellites for global in-flight connectivity
(16 March 2015) Satellite operator SES and Global Eagle Entertainment today announced they have signed important capacity deals for services on three SES satellites.
Intellian to integrate Kymeta mTenna technology into maritime terminals
(16 March 2015) Intellian has announced a partnership with Kymeta corporation to commercialize world-class next generation Ku-band maritime satellite terminals.
Intelsat and Phasor partner on new aircraft antenna technology
(16 February 2015) Intelsat today announced the completion of a series of tests demonstrating the compatibility of the Intelsat EpicNG digital payload with existing ground equipment platforms.
Kymeta and Airbus Defence and Space to Deliver mTenna flat panel antennas to maritime market
(16 March 2015) Seattle-based Kymeta Corporation and Airbus Defence and Space today announced a partnership in which Airbus intends to sell Kymeta’s new mTenna satcom antennas in key markets on an exclusive basis.
NovelSat NS3000 satellite modem performs up to 8x better than traditional circuits
(16 March 2015) Independent testing has recently shown that the NS3000 satellite modem from NovelSat, a world leader in satellite transmission technology, can perform at eight times the efficiency of traditional SONET/SDH satellite circuits in data center interconnections.
Rockwell Collins teams with OneWeb to provide unprecedented connectivity to aviation
(16 March 2015) Rockwell Collins has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with OneWeb Ltd. to be the exclusive developer and provider of satellite communication (SATCOM) terminals for OneWeb’s global aviation high-speed broadband service. Rockwell Collins will also be an authorized Value Added Reseller (VAR) of OneWeb connectivity services.
SES and Airbus Defence and Space to launch new offers to enterprise markets
(16 March 2015) SES and Airbus Defence and Space announced today that they have signed a multi-year multi-transponder agreement to deliver managed satcom services to corporate customers in Africa and globally.
Thales selects Harris Corporation’s new mesh space reflector for Inmarsat S-band satellite
(16 March 2015) Harris Corporation has been selected by Thales to provide a new advanced space antenna reflector that is half the weight of competing antennas, is impervious to vibration during launch, and reduces shadows that can block solar arrays on satellites.
The SPACECONNECTION expands its media business in North America with Intelsat
(17 March 2015) Intelsat and The SPACECONNECTION today announced a new, multi-year agreement under which The SPACECONNECTION expanded its capacity commitment on Intelsat’s Galaxy 17 satellite located at 91˚ West and renewed services on Intelsat’s Galaxy 3C satellite located at 95˚ West.
Raytheon moves environmental satellite ground sustainment team to Maryland
(26 March 2015) The team that sustains the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System Common Ground System (JPSS CGS) is now located much closer to key agency facilities – in support of a major upgrade to the existing system and to provide efficiencies to future missions – the company announced today.
PhotoSat verifies accuracy of DigitalGlobe's 30 cm WorldView-3 satellite elevation data to within 15 cm
(25 March 2015) PhotoSat has announced that the elevation data processed from DigitalGlobe's new 30 centimeter resolution satellite, WorldView-3, has been verified as accurate to within 15 centimeters.
Europe's Earth observation programme maximised by UK data hub
(24 March 2015) The UK is to host a world-class data facility, giving scientists full access to Earth observation data from Europe’s Copernicus programme.
Orbital ATK selected to build next U.S. civilian weather satellites
(24 March 2015) Orbital ATK has been awarded a contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to design, produce and integrate up to three Joint Polar Satellite Systems (JPSS) spacecraft, to be operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to provide critical weather forecasting data and to advance environmental and oceanographic science.
NASA awards contract for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System-2 spacecraft
(23 March 2015) NASA has awarded a delivery order under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III (Rapid III) contract to Orbital ATK (formerly Orbital Sciences Corporation) of Dulles, Virginia, for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-2 spacecraft.
UC San Diego granted access to DigitalGlobe commercial satellite imagery
(19 March 215) The DigitalGlobe Foundation has selected the University of California, San Diego to be one of two institutions of higher learning given open access to DigitalGlobe Basemap, an online map and database of current, high-resolution satellite imagery – of the entire planet.
UK joins Sentinel collaborative ground segment
(19 March 2015) ESA and the UK Space Agency have signed an arrangement that establishes access to data from the Sentinel satellites, marking a significant step in their exploitation.
France guaranteed access to Sentinel data
(18 March 2015) With the second Copernicus-dedicated Sentinel satellite just months away from launch, ESA and France’s CNES space agency, have signed a collaborative agreement on managing and accessing Sentinel data.
Ice venturers yield results for Cryosat
(18 March 2015) Trekking to the far reaches of the Arctic for the sole purpose of collecting snow and ice measurements may seem extreme, but it is thanks to these efforts that scientists will soon have even better satellite information at their fingertips to assess changes in polar ice.
Mapping sea surface from the space station
(16 March 2015) A new concept that involves mounting an instrument on the International Space Station and taking advantage of signals from navigation satellites could provide measurements of sea-surface height and information about features related to ocean currents, benefiting science and ocean forecasting.
Gilat receives first orders for its SR300 new tri-band, low-profile, Satcom-on-the-Move antenna from Exelis
(18 March 2015) Gilat Satellite Networks nnounced today that Exelis, a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information and services company, ordered its first procurement of tri-band SR300 Satcom-on-the-move (SOTM) antennas from Gilat.
Space Fence groundbreaking ceremony held
(17 March 2015) Officials from the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems and Training recently participated in a formal ground breaking ceremony on Kwajalein Atoll to kick off a 36-month long construction effort to build the Space Fence radar system.
Unfurlable mesh antennas from Harris deploy on MUOS satellite
(17 March 2015) Two unfurlable mesh antenna reflectors developed by Harris Corporation have successfully deployed onboard the third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin.
Intelsat EpicNG completes major milestone on the road to 2016 launch
(16 March 2015) Intelsat today announced the completion of a series of tests demonstrating the compatibility of the Intelsat EpicNG digital payload with existing ground equipment platforms.
SES conducts second successful O3b satellite demonstration for the U.S. Government
(16 March 2015) Earlier this month global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) hosted their second O3b satellite demonstration for over 50 U.S. Government customers at the SES Washington Media Port in Bristow, Virginia.
Skynet 5 satellite to move to deliver military satcom over Asia-Pacific region
(16 March 2015) Airbus Defence and Space has announced the forthcoming move of its Skynet 5A satellite.
Dark matter is not as sticky as once thought
(26 March 2015) Astronomers using observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory have found that dark matter does not slow down when colliding with each other.
Here comes HAWC: New observatory to seek out gamma rays
(20 March 2015) High on a sleeping Mexican volcano, a new particle astrophysics observatory is about to blink to life, commencing an all-sky search for very high-energy gamma rays — a search that could greatly expand the catalog of known gamma ray sources and chip away at the mystery of the cosmic rays that constantly bombard our planet.
U.S. and Mexico to inaugurate facility to detect gamma rays, probe universe's most energetic phenomena
(16 March 2015) The universe's most energetic phenomena, such as black holes and supernovae, produce gamma rays that can be observed and studied to learn more about the universe.
Orbital ATK launches its first scientific balloon flight since recent contract award
(27 March 2015) Orbital ATK today announced the successful launch of its first scientific balloon flight as the operator of NASA’s balloon program.
Asteroid hunter spacecraft data available to public
(26 March 2015) Millions of images of celestial objects, including asteroids, observed by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft now are available online to the public.
South Pole Telescope expands cosmic search
(23 March 2015) Down at the South Pole, where temperatures drop below negative 100 degrees Fahrenheit and darkness blankets the land for six months at a time, the South Pole Telescope (SPT) searches the skies for answers to the mysteries of our universe.
Colliding stars explain enigmatic seventeenth century explosion
(23 March 2015) New observations made with APEX and other telescopes reveal that the star that European astronomers saw appear in the sky in 1670 was not a nova, but a much rarer, violent breed of stellar collision.
'Growth spurt' from newborn protostar
(23 March 2015) Using data from orbiting observatories, including NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, and ground-based facilities, an international team of astronomers has discovered an outburst from a star thought to be in the earliest phase of its development.
More than a million stars are forming in a mysterious dusty gas cloud in a nearby galaxy
(18 March 2015) More than a million young stars are forming in a hot, dusty cloud of molecular gases in a tiny galaxy near our own, an international team of astronomers has discovered.
Best view yet of dusty cloud passing galactic centre black hole
(26 March 2015) The best observations so far of the dusty gas cloud G2 confirm that it made its closest approach to the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way in May 2014 and has survived the experience.
Black hole winds pull the plug on star formation
(25 March 2015) Astronomers using ESA’s Herschel space observatory have found that the winds blowing from a huge black hole are sweeping away its host galaxy’s reservoir of raw star-building material.
Astronomers upgrade their cosmic light bulbs
(26 March 2015) The brilliant explosions of dead stars have been used for years to illuminate the far-flung reaches of our cosmos.
Chemical fingerprints of ancient supernovae found
(23 March 2015) A Carnegie-based search of nearby galaxies for their oldest stars has uncovered two stars in the Sculptor dwarf galaxy that were born shortly after the galaxy formed, approximately 13 billion years ago.
SOFIA finds missing link between supernovae and planet formation
(19 March 2015) Using NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), an international scientific team discovered that supernovae are capable of producing a substantial amount of the material from which planets like Earth can form.
NASA-funded mission studies the Sun in soft X-rays
(24 March 2015) At any given moment, our sun emits a range of light waves far more expansive than what our eyes alone can see: from visible light to extreme ultraviolet to soft and hard X-rays.
NASA awards launch services contract for Solar Probe Plus Mission
(18 March 2015) NASA has selected United Launch Services of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the agency’s Solar Probe Plus (SPP) mission.
Solar system may have once harbored super-Earths
(23 March 2015) Long before Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars formed, it seems that the inner solar system may have harbored a number of super-Earths—planets larger than Earth but smaller than Neptune.
Wandering Jupiter accounts for our unusual solar system
(23 March 2015) Jupiter may have swept through the early solar system like a wrecking ball, destroying a first generation of inner planets before retreating into its current orbit, according to a new study published March 23 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Extent of Moon’s giant volcanic eruption is revealed
(18 March 2015) Scientists have produced a new map of the Moon’s most unusual volcano showing that its explosive eruption spread debris over an area much greater than previously thought.
Laser Gold goes to the Moon helping understand dark matter
(18 March 2015) Dark Matter is a mystery; so named since it is known only by its effect by bending light rays from distant galaxies.
LRO spacecraft finds March 17, 2013 impact crater and more
(17 March 2015) NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) acquired images of the lunar surface before and after the largest recorded explosion occurred on the surface.
With the end in sight, MESSENGER marks four years at Mercury
(18 March 2015) On the evening of March 17, 2011 (EDT), the MESSENGER spacecraft — built and operated by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland — made history when it became the first to orbit the innermost planet.
Unexplained warm layer discovered in Venus’ atmosphere
(25 March 2015) A group of Russian, European and American scientists have found a warm layer in Venus’ atmosphere, the nature of whichis still unknown.
Cluster satellite catches up
(25 March 2015) One of the four Cluster satellites has shifted its orbit to ensure a safe reentry when the time comes, as well as providing a rare opportunity to study how a satellite’s exhaust plume interacts with the solar wind.
Scars on Mars from 2012 rover landing fade - usually
(27 March 2015) A series of observations from Mars orbit show how dark blast zones that were created during the August 2012 landing of NASA's Curiosity rover have faded inconsistently.
Ancient Martian lake system records two water-related events
(25 March 2015) Researchers from Brown University have completed a new analysis of an ancient Martian lake system in Jezero Crater, near the planet’s equator.
Curiosity rover finds biologically useful nitrogen on Mars
(24 March 2015) A team using the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite aboard NASA's Curiosity rover has made the first detection of nitrogen on the surface of Mars from release during heating of Martian sediments.
NASA reformats memory of longest-running Mars rover
(23 March 2015) After avoiding use of the rover's flash memory for three months, the team operating NASA's 11-year-old Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reformatted the vehicle's flash memory banks and resumed storing some data overnight for transmitting later.
MAVEN spacecraft detects aurora and mysterious dust cloud around Mars
(18 March 2015) NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has observed two unexpected phenomena in the Martian atmosphere: an unexplained high-altitude dust cloud and aurora that reaches deep into the Martian atmosphere.
Successful test flights for Mars landing technology
(18 March 2015) It's tricky to get a spacecraft to land exactly where you want. That's why the area where the Mars rover Curiosity team had targeted to land was an ellipse that may seem large, measuring 12 miles by 4 miles (20 by 7 kilometers).
Explosions of Jupiter’s aurora linked to extraordinary planet-moon interaction
(25 March 2015) On Earth, bursts of particles spewed by the Sun spark shimmering auroras, like the Northern Lights, that briefly dance at our planet’s poles.
A new spin on Saturn’s peculiar rotation
(25 March 2015) Tracking the rotation speed of solid planets, like the Earth and Mars, is a relatively simple task: Just measure the time it takes for a surface feature to roll into view again.
World's largest asteroid impacts found in central Australia
(23 March 2015) A 400 kilometre-wide impact zone from a huge meteorite that broke in two moments before it slammed into the Earth has been found in Central Australia.
Unusual asteroid suspected of spinning to explosion
(19 March 2015) A team led by astronomers from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, recently used the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii to observe and measure a rare class of “active asteroids” that spontaneously emit dust and have been confounding scientists for years.
A second minor planet may possess Saturn-like rings
(17 March 2015) There are only five bodies in our solar system that are known to bear rings. The most obvious is the planet Saturn; to a lesser extent, rings of gas and dust also encircle Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune.
Rosetta makes first detection of molecular nitrogen at a comet
(19 March 2015) ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has made the first measurement of molecular nitrogen at a comet, providing clues about the temperature environment in which Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko formed.
Waiting for a signal from Philae
(16 March 2015) With Philae now receiving twice as much solar energy as it did last November when it finally came to rest in a shaded spot on Comet 67P, the communication unit on the Rosetta orbiter has now been switched on to call the lander.
Extra Solar Planets
Best look yet at 'warm dense matter' at cores of giant planets
(23 March 2015) In an experiment at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, scientists precisely measured the temperature and structure of aluminum as it transitions into a superhot, highly compressed concoction known as “warm dense matter.”
Planets in the habitable zone around most stars, calculate researchers
(18 March 2015) Using NASA’s Kepler satellite, astronomers have found about 1,000 planets around stars in the Milky Way and they have also found about 3,000 other potential planets.
Year in space starts for one American and one Russian
(27 March 2015) 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 3:42 p.m. EDT Friday (1:42 a.m., March 28 in Baikonur).
NASA announces next steps on journey to Mars: progress on asteroid initiative
(25 March 2015) NASA Wednesday announced more details in its plan for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which in the mid-2020s will test a number of new capabilities needed for future human expeditions to deep space, including to Mars.
Sierra Nevada Corporation and Houston Airport System announce new agreement
(24 March 2015) Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems and the Houston Airport System (HAS) announce a new follow-on agreement to utilize Ellington Airport’s Spaceport as a future landing site for SNC’s Uncrewed Dream Chaser spacecraft - SNC’s solution for NASA’s Cargo Resupply needs and other critical space operations.
Sierra Nevada Corporation and NASA amend CCiCap partnership agreement for Dream Chaser
(23 March 2015) Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is pleased to announce it has amended its current Space Act Agreement (SAA), adding a significant development milestone to the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) partnership with NASA.
One-year crew set for launch to Space Station
(18 March 2015) The first one-year crew for the International Space Station is set to launch Friday, March 27.
Sierra Nevada Corporation unveils new Dream Chaser Cargo System
(17 March 2015) Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) unveiled a new Dream Chaser mission variant today, the Dream Chaser Cargo System, SNC’s complete system solution for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract.
Northrop Grumman completes qualification of radiation hardened 1Mbit EEPROM nonvolatile memory
(23 March 2015) Northrop Grumman Corporation recently completed qualification testing of the W28C0108 1Mbit electrically erasable programmable read-only memory (EEPROM) semiconductor device for radiation-hardened space applications.
Want to snag a satellite? Try a net
(23 March 2015) One of humanity’s oldest technologies, the humble fishing net, may yet find a new role in space: bringing down dead satellites.
NovaWurks announces first Payload Test Bed Mission
(19 March 2015) NovaWurks has announced its first Payload Test Bed Mission (PTB-1) planned for the Fall of 2016, subject to final flight manifest negotiations.
European Space Propulsion receives ESA contract for qualification of 5-Kilowatt Hall thruster
(17 March 2015) European Space Propulsion (ESP) was awarded a contract valued at approximately €11 million from the European Space Agency (ESA) for the flight qualification of the 5-kilowatt XR-5E Hall Thruster.
SolAero Technologies' solar panels power NASA's MMS mission
(17 March 2015) SolAero Technologies has announced that 32 SolAero solar panels populated with high-efficiency triple-junction ZTJ solar cells are powering the four Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission spacecraft that launched successfully on March 12, 2015 aboard the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
Galileo FOC satellites “Adam and Anastasia” successfully launched
(28 March 2015) “Adam” and “Anastasia”, the two Galileo FOC satellites number three and four developed and built by OHB System AG, were successfully launched on board a Soyuz rocket, which lifted off from the Kourou space center in French-Guyana yesterday at 22:46 hours CET.
Two new satellites join the Galileo constellation
(28 March 2015) The EU’s Galileo satellite navigation system now has eight satellites in orbit following the launch of the latest pair.
Arianespace to launch PeruSat-1 satellite for Peru
(25 March 2015) Arianespace announced today that it has signed a launch service contract with Airbus Defence & Space to launch the PeruSat-1 satellite for the government of Peru, using a Vega launch vehicle.
GPS satellite blasts off from 'The Cape'
(25 March 2015) The Air Force and the 45th Space Wing supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket that roared to life from Launch Complex 37, March 25, 2015, carrying the Air Force's ninth Block IIF-09 navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System at 2:36 p.m. EDT.
Ninth Boeing GPS IIF reaches orbit, sends first signals
(25 March 2015) Boeing Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellites are steadily replenishing the orbiting constellation, continuing to improve reliability and accuracy for users around the world.
United Launch Alliance successfully launches second mission in less than two weeks
(25 March 2015) A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket successfully launched the ninth Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 2:36 p.m. EDT today from Space Launch Complex-37.
ORBIT to supply aeronautical telemetry ground station solution for a leading space systems manufacturer
(24 March 2015) ORBIT Communication Systems announced today that it has won a contract to supply an aeronautical telemetry ground station solution to a leading manufacturer of space systems in Oceania.
Final payload integration begins for this double Galileo launch
(23 March 2015) The payload build-up has been completed in French Guiana for Arianespace’s medium-lift Soyuz mission on March 27, which is to orbit the third and fourth Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites for Europe’s Galileo navigation system.
Arianespace selected by Airbus Defence and Space to launch EDRS-C satellite
(19 March 2015) Arianespace and Airbus Defence and Space have reached an agreement for the launch of EDRS-C which is the second geostationary satellite of the SpaceDataHighway system.
Galileo meets Galileo as launch draws near
(18 March 2015) The seventh and eighth Galileo satellites, set for launch together in nine days’ time, have been fitted together onto the dispenser that will carry them during their flight to orbit.
NASA awards launch services contract for Solar Probe Plus Mission
(18 March 2015) NASA has selected United Launch Services of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the agency’s Solar Probe Plus (SPP) mission.
Arianespace selected to launch a block of Skybox Imaging satellites
(17 March 2015) Arianespace has signed a contract to launch a block of high resolution imaging satellites for Skybox Imaging aboard the Vega launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center in 2016.
Arianespace to carry out two launches for United Arab Emirates
(17 March 2015) Arianespace announced today that it has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space to launch two Falcon Eye satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO), using two Vega (or Soyuz) launchers from the Guiana Space Center.
Aerojet Rocketdyne hot-fire tests additive manufactured components for the AR1 engine to maintain 2019 delivery
(16 March 2015) Aerojet Rocketdyne has recently completed a successful series of hot-fire tests of key additively manufactured components for its AR1 booster engine at its Sacramento test facility.
AMERGINT Technologies completes modem/BBU compatibility testing with SSL and Intelsat
(17 March 2015) AMERGINT Technologies, Space Systems/Loral (SSL) and Intelsat have successfully completed Telemetry, Ranging and Commanding using AMERGINT's satTRAC Modem/Baseband Unit (Modem/BBU) to an operational on-orbit satellite.
EDC provides Eur 140 M financing to Spanish satellite company Hispasat for Amazonas 5
(26 March 2015) Export Development Canada (EDC) today announced financing of Eur 140 M to the Hispasat Group (Hispasat), a Spanish satellite telecommunications operator, for the construction of Amazonas 5 by Canada's MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd (MDA).
Solaris Mobile is now EchoStar Mobile
(25 March 2015) EchoStar announced today that the legal and operating name for its wholly owned subsidiary, Solaris Mobile Limited, the Ireland-based company, has been changed to EchoStar Mobile Limited.
Eutelsat sets up Eutelsat Government EMEA
(18 March 2015) Eutelsat Communications has announced the creation of a new division in the UK that will drive its strategy for serving providers of end-to-end government services, NGOs and institutional agencies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Telstra seeks to acquire broadcast services provider
(18 March 2015) Telstra today announced it would acquire Globecast Australia, a leading provider of media services for broadcasters in Australasia.
Panasonic to acquire ITC Global
(16 March 2015) Panasonic Corporation and ITC Global announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Panasonic to acquire ITC Global, a leading provider of satellite communication services for the energy, mining, and maritime markets.
SpeedCast acquires Hermes Datacomms
(16 March 2015) SpeedCast International has signed a definitive agreement for the acquisition of Hermes Datacommunications International, a leading global provider of managed network services for the upstream oil and gas industry.
Products and Services
Honeywell’s GX Aviation hardware successfully completes high-speed data performance tests
(19 March 2015) Inmarsat and Honeywell have successfully tested over-the-air performance for Honeywell’s JetWave MCS 8200 onboard aircraft hardware on Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) satellite network on 4 March 2015.
Inmarsat confirms type approval for Cobham SATCOM’s terminals
(17 March 2015) Following extensive live testing on Inmarsat-5 F1 from Cobham SATCOM’s facility in Denmark, Inmarsat today announced that the Cobham Explorer 3075GX (E3075GX) and Explorer 5075GX (E5075GX) terminals have received full type approval for use over the Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) network.
SAGE SatCom delivers 20 Watt linear Ka-band Gallium Nitride Block Up Converter (BUC)
(17 March 2015) SAGE SatCom, a leading provider of high quality, compact Ka- Band Block Up Converter and Transceiver solutions, today announced that it is now shipping its high-power 20 watt linear Ka-band BUC solutions to integrator partners in the US and in Europe.
XipLink announces dramatically higher hub capacity
(17 March 2015) Today XipLink announced three new models of their XA Hub products.
Advantech Wireless releases new Series 7000 family of VSAT routers.
(16 March 2015) Advantech Wireless has announced its most advanced technologies implementing innovative feature sets unique in its class of VSAT Routers.
New system from ViaSat and Boeing designed to accelerate spread of high-speed broadband worldwide
(16 March 2015) Making it easier for operators and service providers to deliver affordable, high-speed broadband services worldwide, ViaSat and The Boeing Company are teaming together to offer the ViaSat Flexible Broadband System.
TeleCommunication Systems launches deployable X/Y antenna system for tracking LEO and MEO satellites
(16 March 2015) TeleCommunication Systems today announced the availability of its new deployable X/Y Tracking Antenna System.
Gilat CEO Erez Antebi to step down
(24 March 2015) Gilat Satellite Networks announced today that Erez Antebi, has decided to step down from the position of CEO of Gilat Satellite Networks.
New appointment for Inmarsat Aviation in Latin America
(16 March 2015) Inmarsat today announced that Raymundo (Ray) Villar has joined the company as Regional Director, Aviation, Latin America.
Newtec appoints industry veteran Kevin McCarthy as VP of Market Development
(16 March 2015) Newtec has appointed Kevin McCarthy, a veteran of the maritime satellite communications industry, to the position of VP of Market Development.
XCOR Aerospace announces Jay Gibson as new Chief Executive Officer
(16 March 2015) XCOR Aerospace announced today that executive John H. (Jay) Gibson II has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and President of the company.