GeoTelecommunications selects Gilat's SkyEdge II-c platform for enterprise and consumer markets in Russia
(31 August 2015) Gilat Satellite Networks announced today that GeoTelecommunications (GT Telecom), a leading satellite services provider in Russia, selected Gilat's SkyEdge II-c platform for the delivery of high-speed Internet access to business and households throughout the region.
SpeedCast Serviços Multimedia selects Eutelsat 65 West A for professional video services
(25 August 2015) Eutelsat do Brasil, the Brazilian affiliate of Eutelsat Communications, has signed a multi-year agreement with SpeedCast Serviços Multimedia for Ku-band capacity on the upcoming Eutelsat 65 West A satellite to support professional video services.
Newtec smashed efficiency record
(24 April 2015) Newtec today announced that, together with Intelsat, it has achieved a world first for the amount of throughput in a single transponder.
SpeedCast announces landmark energy deal
(24 August 2015) SpeedCast International has been awarded one of its largest ever satellite service agreements in the energy sector.
Hispasat provides connectivity in Colombia through Kioscos Vive Digital
(22 August 2015) In December 2013 a temporary joint venture between Hispasat and NEC successfully won the MinTIC bid to install, operate and manage 648 digital Kioscos in seven provinces in the country, as part of the second stage of the Kioscos Vive Digital initiative, the objective of which is to ensure 100% of towns with over 100 inhabitants in Colombia have at least one communal Internet access point.
Aircom Pacific leases multiple transponders across AsiaSat fleet for in-flight services
(19 August 2015) Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AsiaSat) has reached an agreement with in-flight entertainment and connectivity service provider Aircom Pacific for using AsiaSat’s transponder capacity and uplinking services.
TV Globo updates SNG news fleets with Newtec's broadcast satellite modulators
(25 August 2015) Newtec, a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications, today announced it has upgraded the broadcasting capabilities of TV Globo’s Satellite News Gathering (SNG) fleet.
Creonic enables high-speed downlinks for Aquila Space's nanosatellites
(28 August 2015) Creonic announced today the successful product cooperation with the satellite supplier Aquila Space.
NASA begins to build satellite mission to improve hurricane forecasting
(19 August 2015) Ten years after Hurricane Katrina formed in the Atlantic, construction of NASA’s next-generation hurricane-observing satellite mission now is underway in Texas.
Northrop Grumman, ViaSat and Optus to deliver next-gen satcoms to Australian Defence Force
(31 August 2015) Northrop Grumman Corporation has partnered with ViaSat and Optus to offer the Australian Defence Force (ADF) a proven solution for its utilisation of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system.
Kratos to support U.S. government satellite communications
(28 August 2015) Kratos subsidiary RT Logic has received a $49 million firm fixed price, IDIQ, single contract award from a U.S. Government Agency for Satellite and Communication System hardware, equipment and products.
Tiny drops of “perfect” fluid that existed in the early universe
(31 August 2015) Smashing large atomic nuclei, containing protons and neutrons, together at close to the speed of light re-creates the conditions of the very early universe.
Chandra data suggest giant collision triggered “radio phoenix”
(26 August 2015) Astronomers have found evidence for a faded electron cloud “coming back to life,” much like the mythical phoenix, after two galaxy clusters collided.
A new approach towards solving mysteries of the interstellar medium
(21 August 2015) It is one of the most intriguing questions in astrochemistry: the mystery of the diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs), a collection of about 400 absorption bands that show up in spectra of light that reaches the earth after having traversed the interstellar medium.
A detector shines in search for dark matter
(20 August 2015) Results of the XENON100 experiment are a bright spot in the search for dark matter.
Antarctic detector confirms observation of cosmic neutrinos
(20 August 2015) A group of researchers using a massive, National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded instrument buried deep in the ice at the geographic South Pole have announced a new observation of high-energy neutrinos, confirming they found particles from beyond our solar system--and beyond our galaxy.
Experiment attempts to snare a dark energy ‘chameleon’
(20 August 2015) If dark energy is hiding in our midst in the form of hypothetical particles called “chameleons,” Holger Müller and his team at UC Berkeley plan to flush them out.
Northrop Grumman delivers telescope structure for James Webb Space Telescope
(26 August 2015) Northrop Grumman Corporation delivered on schedule the telescope structure for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Aug. 24 to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, paving the way for the integration of the 18 hexagonal mirrors that will help scientists observe the formation of the first stars and galaxies over 13.5 billion years ago.
Gaia's first year of scientific observations
(25 August 2015) Last Friday, 21 August, ESA's billion-star surveyor, Gaia, completed its first year of science observations in its main survey mode.
ESO and ESA Directors General sign cooperation agreement
(24 August 2015) On 20 August 2015 the Director General of ESO, Tim de Zeeuw, and the Director General of ESA, Johann-Dietrich Woerner, signed a cooperation agreement between the two organisations at ESO’s offices in Santiago, Chile.
Dying star suffers ‘irregular heartbeats
(26 August 2015) Some dying stars suffer from ‘irregular heartbeats’, research led by astronomers at the University of Warwick has discovered.
Unravelling the history of galaxies for the first time
(27 August 2015) A team of international scientists, led by astronomers from Cardiff University’s School of Physics and Astronomy, has shown for the first time that galaxies can change their structure over the course of their lifetime.
Discovering dust-obscured active galaxies as they grow
(26 August 2015) A group of researchers from Ehime University, Princeton University, and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) among others has performed an extensive search for Dust Obscured Galaxies (DOGs) using data obtained from the Subaru Strategic Program with Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC).
Nearest quasar is powered by a double black hole
(27 August 2015) Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found that Markarian 231 (Mrk 231), the nearest galaxy to Earth that hosts a quasar, is powered by two central black holes furiously whirling about each other.
Magnetically driven resonance helps heat the Sun’s atmosphere
(24 August 2015) Solar physicists have captured the first direct observational signatures of resonant absorption, thought to play an important role in solving the “coronal heating problem” which has defied explanation for over 70 years.
ASU chosen to lead lunar CubeSat mission
(25 August 2015) A spacecraft the size of a shoebox with Arizona origins will soon be orbiting our nearest neighbor to create a map of water-ice on the moon.
Research may solve lunar fire fountain mystery
(24 August 2015) Tiny beads of volcanic glass found on the lunar surface during the Apollo missions are a sign that fire fountain eruptions took place on the Moon’s surface.
Origin of Saturn’s F ring and its shepherd satellites revealed
(19 August 2015) Hyodo Ryuki, a second-year student in the Doctoral Program, and Professor Ohtsuki Keiji of the Graduate School of Science at Kobe University have revealed that Saturn’s F ring and its shepherd satellites are natural outcome of the final stage of formation of Saturn’s satellite system.
New Horizons team selects potential Kuiper Belt flyby target
(28 August 2015) NASA has selected the potential next destination for the New Horizons mission to visit after its historic July 14 flyby of the Pluto system.
Cameras delivered for OSIRIS-REx mission as launch prep continues
(24 August 2015) The first U.S. mission to return samples of an asteroid to Earth is another step closer to its fall 2016 launch, with the delivery of three cameras that will image and map the giant space rock.
Airbus Defence and Space designs payload platform for NanoRacks
(19 August 2015) Airbus Defence and Space has designed and built a payload platform for the International Space Station (ISS) for NanoRacks LLC, a privately-owned US space company.
60 days and 60 nights . . . in bed
(28 August 2015) On 9 September, the first of 12 men will go to bed for 60 days as part of important research into stopping the wasting effects that spaceflight has on the human body.
Astronaut Andreas to try sub-millimetre precision tasks on Earth from orbit
(27 August 2015) Early September will see the very first force-feedback-based teleoperation of a rover-based robotic arm system on Earth from the International Space Station, orbiting 400 km above our heads.
Soyuz move sets stage for arrival of new space station crew
(25 August 2015) Half of the residents of the International Space Station will take a spin around their orbital neighborhood in the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft on Friday, Aug. 28.
Latest series of National Lab investigations berthed to the International Space Station
(24 August 2015) The most recent series of payloads sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) successfully berthed to the International Space Station (ISS) onboard the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-5).
SIL's Li-Ion Polymer Intelli-Pack Battery technology selected by USAF
(26 August 2015) Space Information Laboratories (SIL) has successfully Range Safety Space Qualified Li-Ion Polymer Intelli-Pack battery technology in 2013, and the new battery technology flew successfully on Lockheed Martin MDA missile and reentry vehicle missions in 2013 to 2015.
SSL awarded DARPA contract to study on-orbit satellite assembly
(26 August 2015) Space Systems/Loral (SSL) has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to study on-orbit robotic assembly of geostationary communications satellites.
Lockheed Martin makes tiny satellite cooling system three times more powerful
(25 August 2015) Lockheed Martin scientists are packing three times the power density into a key satellite cooling system whose previous design is already the lightest in its class.
Orbital ATK to produce satellite propellant and pressurant tanks for Lockheed Martin
(24 August 2015) Orbital ATK recently signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to produce propellant and pressurant tanks for Lockheed Martin’s updated A2100 satellite platform.
Sierra Nevada Corporation expands solar array design, test and production capability
(20 August 2015) Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems continues to expand its Space Technologies product line, by growing its capability in solar array design, production and verification, which includes a broad portfolio of flight-proven mechanisms, components and complex subsystems.
Propulsion system for Green Propellant Infusion Mission completed
(19 August 2015) Aerojet Rocketdyne has completed delivery of a green propellant propulsion subsystem that will be used to test a non-toxic fuel on NASA's future spacecraft, the Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM).
Technology CubeSat hitch-hiker on today's HTV launch
(19 August 2015) Today’s HTV supply launch from Japan to the International Space Station also marks the arrival in orbit of one of ESA’s smallest missions yet – a CubeSat which will test miniaturised technologies for space, set to be followed by many more in coming years.
Two Galileo satellites integrated for next Soyuz mission from French Guiana
(31 August 2015) Both Galileo navigation satellites for Arianespace’s September 10 launch have been installed on their side-by-side dispenser system, marking another milestone in preparations for the upcoming mission from French Guiana with the company’s workhorse medium-lift Soyuz.
Boeing-built satellite will create first global high-speed broadband network
(29 August 2015) When the third Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 satellite, which is now in orbit, becomes fully operational later this year it will provide the technology and coverage necessary for worldwide high-speed broadband access.
ILS Proton launches Inmarsat-5 F3 satellite
(29 August 2015) An International Launch Services (ILS) Proton Breeze M successfully placed the Inmarsat-5 F3 (I-5 F3) satellite into a super-synchronous transfer orbit (SSTO) today.
Inmarsat confirms successful launch of the third Global Xpress (GX) satellite
(29 August 2015) Inmarsat has confirmed the successful launch of its third satellite in the transformational Global Xpress (GX) constellation.
MUOS-4 secure communications satellite ready for August 31st launch
(28 August 2015) The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, here on Monday, August 31, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
GSLV launches GSAT-6 communication satellite
(27 August 2015) In its ninth flight (GSLV-D6) conducted today, India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, equipped with the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS), successfully launched GSAT-6, the country's latest communication satellite, into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).
NASA concludes series of engine tests for next-gen rocket
(27 August 2015) NASA has completed the first developmental test series on the RS-25 engines that will power the agency’s new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on missions deeper into space than ever before.
Preparations ongoing for Arianespace’s 9th mission this year
(27 August 2015) Dual payload preparations are underway for the next Ariane 5 launch, with the arrival of nbn’s Sky Muster at the Spaceport and processing of the ARSAT-2 spacecraft for operator ARSAT in French Guiana.
SSL delivers high performance broadband satellite to launch base
(27 August 2015) Space Systems/Loral (SSL) today announced that a high performance satellite designed and built for Australia's new nbn broadband network has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace.
Galileo satellites fueled for upcoming Soyuz launch
(26 August 2015) The two European Galileo navigation satellites for Arianespace’s next mission from French Guiana have been fueled at the Spaceport, readying them for integration with their Soyuz launcher.
Launch of next International Space Station crew
(26 August 2015) The next three crew members bound for the International Space Station are set to launch to the orbital outpost Wednesday, Sept. 2.
United Launch Alliance and the U.S. Air Force improve launch processing and schedule efficiencies
(25 August 2015) United Launch Alliance (ULA) and the U.S. Air Force have demonstrated a commitment to innovation and continuous improvement through implementation of Off-site Vertical Integration (OVI) of several structural elements and the Centaur upper stage for the Atlas V launch vehicle.
Eutelsat 8 West B launch success
(21 August 2015) Eutelsat Communications announces that its Eutelsat 8 West B satellite was successfully launched into orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket on August 20 at 20.34 UTC (17.34 in Kourou).
SSL-built satellite for Intelsat begins post-launch maneuvers according to plan
(21 August 2015) Space Systems/Loral (SSL) today announced that a satellite designed and built for Intelsat was launched yesterday and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan.
Ariane 5 launch success for Eutelsat and Intelsat
(20 August 2015) Arianespace continued its track record of success with the company’s fourth Ariane 5 flight in 2015 and seventh launch overall this year – performing a heavy-lift mission today for Eutelsat and Intelsat, two key customers for the past 30 years.
ARSAT-2 arrives in French Guiana
(20 August 2015) Argentina’s ARSAT-2 telecommunications satellite has landed in French Guiana for Arianespace’s September Ariane 5 mission, continuing the “parade” of spacecraft being orbited during the company’s busy 2015 launch schedule.
Intelsat announces successful launch of Intelsat 34
(20 August 2015) Intelsat today announced that its Intelsat 34 satellite was launched successfully from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 vehicle.
$255 billion for manufacture and launch of 1,400 satellites over next decade
(25 August 2015) According to Euroconsult's newly released report, Satellites to be Built & Launched by 2024, 140 satellites with launch mass over 50 kg will be launched on average each year over the next decade for governments and commercial companies.
Satellite Earth observation market to reach $4.5 billion in next decade
(24 August 2015) NSR's Satellite-Based Earth Observation (EO), 7th Edition report, released today, forecasts that data, value-added services and Information Products markets from Earth Observation (EO) will reach $4.5 billion by 2024, from $2.3 billion in 2014.
PlanetiQ opens Boulder facility for satellite weather sensor development
(24 August 2015) PlanetiQ announced today the opening of its new science and engineering facility in Boulder, Colorado.
Products and Services
Advantech Wireless releases VR7400 VSAT terminal for broadcasters
(28 August 2015) Advantech Wireless announced today the release of the VR7400 VSAT Terminal for Broadcasters and DVB-S2 applications.
Optus Satellite boosts business continuity credentials
(21 August 2015) Optus Satellite has launched Australian satellite capability for small to medium business operators with Optus Satellite Business Continuity – a solution that provides a reliable communications alternative for business critical applications during and after an outage.
Todd May named Deputy Director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
(25 August 2015) Todd May today was appointed deputy director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, by Director Patrick Scheuermann.