SES to provide high-speed broadband connectivity to facebook in Africa
(27 April 2016) SES today announced a satellite broadband deal with Facebook to provide high-speed broadband connectivity services to Sub-Saharan Africa.
Telesat procures two prototype satellites for global Ka-band low Earth orbit constellation
(27 April 2016) Telesat, a leading global satellite operator, has procured two prototype Ka-band satellites for operation in low earth orbit (LEO) that Telesat anticipates launching mid-to-late 2017 as part of a test and validation phase for an advanced, global LEO satellite constellation that Telesat is developing.
Kacific first service to be powered by Newtec Dialog multiservice VSAT platform
(26 April 2016) Leading satellite operator Kacific Broadband Satellites and Newtec today announced they have agreed on a cooperation for powering Kacific’s interim services using Newtec Dialog to be deployed and to provide affordable satellite broadband connectivity in the Pacific.
Kratos completes Critical Design Review of Advanced Space Radio Monitoring System for Regulatory Authority of the Sultanate of Oman
(26 April 2016) Kratos ISE has successfully completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) for the Advanced Space Radio Monitoring System (ASRMS).
KVH continues to dominate global maritime VSAT market
(26 April 2016) KVH Industries announced that as of the end of 2015, it had shipped more than 6,000 TracPhone satellite communications antenna systems for the mini-VSAT Broadband network.
X2nSat partners with Thuraya
(26 April 2016) Global satellite communications solutions provider X2nSat announces its partnership with Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading mobile satellite services operator, to offer innovative new M2M service in North America.
AT&T enhances IoT connectivity with new satellite services
(25 April 2016) AT&T is helping businesses connect their assets all over the world.
EMC to provide broadband communications and content for global vessel fleet of oilfield services leader
(25 April 2016) EMC announces the award of a multi-year contract with the leading global oilfield services company to provide mission-critical satellite broadband communications for its vessels worldwide.
SES deploys SATMED e-health platform to improve quality of healthcare in Niger
(22 April 2016) SES announced today the deployment of SATMED, a satellite-based e-health platform, at the CURE Hospital for Children in Niger, to enhance healthcare in rural and remote regions in Niger.
Eutelsat selects Gilat technology to power satellite broadband services in Western Russia
(21 April 2016) Eutelsat Communications today announced its selection of Gilat Satellite Networks to power a new range of broadband services in Western Russia.
Optus Satellite signs partnership with Rignet Australia
(21 April 2016) Optus Satellite has announced a new wholesale partnership with RigNet Australia, a global leader in providing high-performance onshore and offshore communication solutions to the oil and gas industry.
SpeedCast partners with Beijing Marine Communications and Navigation
(20 April 2016) SpeedCast International and Beijing Marine Communications and Navigation (MCN) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Strategic Cooperation (MOU).
SES and Global Eagle Entertainment ink Ku-band inflight connectivity deals
(19 April 2016) SES and Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) today announced further significant Ku-band capacity agreements to help usher in the next generation connected airline passenger experience across established and developing markets around the world.
Globalstar and Manx Telecom to develop world’s first integrated cellular and mobile satellite service
(18 April 2016) Globalstar Europe Satellite Services and Manx Telecom today announced an alliance to develop EMN, a new multiple technology communications system that aims to be the world’s first communications service to switch between multiple cellular networks and a DtU (Direct-to-User) mobile satellite network.
SES and Rutgers University test satellite content delivery network for streaming, OTT, and 5G
(18 April 2016) SES announced today the first phase of content delivery network (CDN) development at Rutgers University’s School of Engineering to demonstrate and measure the effectiveness of SES’s CDN overlay solution in meeting the growing demand for streaming over-the-top (OTT) video.
Eurovision partners with SES to broadcast Rio 2016 Olympics
(28 April 2016) SES has signed a capacity agreement with Eurovision to broadcast the Rio 2016 Olympics to sports fans around the world.
Global Eagle and RTL International sign exclusive agreement to serve TV aboard cruise ships
(25 April 2016) Global Eagle Entertainment today announced an exclusive agreement with RTL International to provide a new German Premium TV channel to cruise ships around the world.
Intelsat and Encompass Digital Media deliver programming to 64 million households across North America
(18 April 2016) Intelsat announced today that Encompass Digital Media has renewed and expanded its contract, utilizing Intelsat’s Galaxy fleet and premier video neighborhoods to deliver high-quality standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) content to 64 million households across North America.
(28 April 2016) Launched on 25 April from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, Sentinel-1B has produced its first images only two hours after the radar was switched on – a record time for a space radar.
e2v selected to develop innovative CMOS devices for METimage weather satellites
(26 April 2016) e2v has won a major contract with Airbus DS GmbH to design, develop and supply bespoke Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) image sensors for the advanced METimage radiometers that will be integrated in a series of three European Space Agency’s Meteorological Operational (MetOp) second generation weather satellites.
Ball Aerospace awarded Ozone Mapping Profiler Suite for NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite Systems-3 and -4
(22 April 2016) Ball Aerospace will build the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) instruments for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Polar Follow-On/JPSS-3 and JPSS-4 missions, under a sole source contract modification award from NASA.
Ball Aerospace begins environmental testing for NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System-1 satellite
(22 April 2016) Ball Aerospace has begun environmental testing on the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) satellite.
World’s toughest mountain biking race chooses SPOT Gen3 satellite trackers to safeguard 400 competitors
(21 April 2016) SPOT today announced that the organisers of this year’s Titan Desert, the toughest mountain bike race in the world, have chosen to deploy SPOT Gen3 satellite trackers to enhance the safety of the 400 race competitors.
Comtech to continue support for the U.S. Army's Blue Force Tracking program
(25 April 2016) Comtech Telecommunications' government solutions segment has received notice that the U.S. Army exercised Option Year 2 of the Company's three-year Blue-Force Tracking (BFT-1) sustainment contract and related BFT-1 Intellectual Property license agreement and that it has been awarded initial funding totaling $20.0 million to continue to provide sustainment support for the U.S. Army, Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO-C3T), Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P) BFT-1 Mission, a battle command real-time situational awareness and control system.
UltiSat awarded CTC task order to support Ku bandwidth for Global Hawk UAV operations
(18 April 2016) UltiSat announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DISA-DITCO) recently awarded a COMSATCOM Transponded Capacity (CTC) task order to UltiSat to provide Ku bandwidth capacity to the United States Global Vigilance Combined Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) near Palmdale, CA.
Space Microscope to test universality of freefall
(26 April 2016) France’s Microscope satellite, carrying a set of ESA high-tech thrusters, lifted off last night from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, taking advantage of the same Soyuz launch that took the EU’s Sentinel-1B into orbit.
Powerful winds spotted from mysterious X-ray binaries
(28 April 2016) ESA's XMM-Newton has discovered gas streaming away at a quarter of the speed of light from very bright X-ray binaries in two nearby galaxies.
Dark matter does not contain certain axion-like particles
(22 April 2016) Physicists are still struggling with the conundrum of identifying more than 80 percent of the matter in the Universe.
Kepler recovered and returned to the K2 mission
(22 April 2016) The Kepler spacecraft has been recovered and, as of 8:30 a.m. PDT today, it is back on the job as the K2 mission searching for exoplanets—planets beyond our solar system.
Microscopic "timers" reveal likely source of galactic space radiation
(21 April 2016) Most of the cosmic rays that we detect at Earth originated relatively recently in nearby clusters of massive stars, according to new results from NASA's Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) spacecraft.
Fermi telescope poised to pin down gravitational wave sources
(18 April 2016) On Sept. 14, waves of energy traveling for more than a billion years gently rattled space-time in the vicinity of Earth.
HAWC Gamma-ray Observatory reveals new look at the very-high-energy sky
(18 April 2016) The United States and Mexico constructed the High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma-ray Observatory to observe some of the most energetic phenomena in the known universe--the aftermath when massive stars die, glowing clouds of electrons around rapidly spinning neutron stars, and supermassive black holes devouring matter and spitting out powerful jets of particles.
First light for the Four Laser Guide Star Facility on ESO’s Very Large Telescope
(27 April 2016) On 26 April 2016 ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile hosted an event to mark the first light for the four powerful lasers that form a crucial part of the adaptive optics systems on ESO’s Very Large Telescope.
James Webb Space Telescope's golden mirror unveiled
(27 April 2016) NASA engineers recently unveiled the giant golden mirror of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope as part of the integration and testing of the infrared telescope.
Kepler remains stable as health check continues
(15 April 2016) The Kepler spacecraft remains stable as the process of returning it to science continues.
Cosmic beacons reveal the Milky Way's ancient core
(22 April 2016) An international team of astronomers led by Dr. Andrea Kunder of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) in Germany and Dr. R. Michael Rich of UCLA has discovered that the central 2000 light years within the Milky Way Galaxy hosts an ancient population of stars.
Nearby massive star explosion 30 million years ago equaled detonation of 100 million suns
(26 April 2016) A giant star that exploded 30 million years ago in a galaxy near Earth had a radius prior to going supernova that was 200 times larger than our sun, according to astrophysicists at Southern Methodist University, Dallas.
High-resolution images capture a solar flare as it unfolds
(22 April 2016) Scientists at NJIT’s Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) have captured unprecedented images of a recent solar flare, including bright flare ribbons seen crossing a sunspot followed by “coronal rain,” plasma that condenses in the cooling phase shortly after the flare, showering the visible surface of the Sun where it lands in brilliant explosions.
NASA missions measure solar flare from 2 spots in space
(19 April 2016) Solar flares are intense bursts of light from the sun. They are created when complicated magnetic fields suddenly and explosively rearrange themselves, converting magnetic energy into light through a process called magnetic reconnection – at least, that’s the theory, because the signatures of this process are hard to detect.
Venus Express sheds light on Venus' polar atmosphere
(19 April 2016) Some of the final results sent back by ESA's Venus Express before it plummeted down through the planet's atmosphere have revealed it to be rippling with atmospheric waves – and, at an average temperature of -157°C, colder than anywhere on Earth.
Curiosity Mars Rover crosses rugged plateau
(27 April 2016) NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has nearly finished crossing a stretch of the most rugged and difficult-to-navigate terrain encountered during the mission's 44 months on Mars.
Mars’ surface revealed in unprecedented detail
(26 April 2016) The surface of Mars – including the location of Beagle-2 – has been shown in unprecedented detail by UCL scientists using a revolutionary image stacking and matching technique.
Profile of a methane sea on Titan
(26 April 2016) Saturn’s largest moon is covered in seas and lakes of liquid hydrocarbons – and one sea has now been found to be filled with pure methane, with a seabed covered by a sludge of organic-rich material, and possibly surrounded by wetlands.
Hubble discovers moon orbiting the dwarf planet Makemake
(26 April 2016) Peering to the outskirts of our solar system, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a small, dark moon orbiting Makemake, the second brightest icy dwarf planet — after Pluto — in the Kuiper Belt.
Extra Solar Planets
Light echoes give clues to protoplanetary disk
(26 April 2016) "Understanding protoplanetary disks can help us understand some of the mysteries about exoplanets, the planets in solar systems outside our own," said Huan Meng, postdoctoral research associate at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
Lone planetary-mass object found in family of stars
(19 April 2016) In 2011, astronomers announced that our galaxy is likely teeming with free-floating planets. In fact, these lonely worlds, which sit quietly in the darkness of space without any companion planets or even a host sun, might outnumber stars in our Milky Way galaxy.
LLNL biodetection system bound for space
(28 April 2016) A biological detection system developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists that has found more than a dozen applications soon will be used in tests reaching a new frontier — outer space.
Gene analysis system could accelerate pace of research on the Space Station
(21 April 2016) Biologists around the world routinely perform gene expression analysis to better understand living systems. Gene expression analysis examines the types and amounts of molecules produced by genes in living cells, telling us which genes are active and which are inactive at a given point in time.
Mice flown in space show nascent liver damage
(20 April 2016) In a discovery with implications for long-term spaceflight and future missions to Mars, a researcher at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has found that mice flown aboard the space shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth with early signs of liver disease.
Spaceflight muscle loss study aims to benefit patients on Earth
(20 April 2016) “Exercise and eat right” is a common prescription for maintaining muscle and building bone, but more advanced solutions are needed to address serious diseases that lead to loss of muscle function in the general population.
Aerojet Rocketdyne to develop advanced electric propulsion system for NASA
(28 April 2016) Aerojet Rocketdyne has signed a $67 million cost-plus fixed fee (plus performance incentive) contract with NASA to develop a high-power electric propulsion system that will enable key elements of NASA's plans for exploration of cis-lunar space and Mars.
NASA selects USU engineering team for small rocket motor research
(21 April 2016) Aerospace engineering students at Utah State University are leading exciting new research into the future of small rocket motors.
3-D printing for building densely populated electronic assemblies
(19 April 2016) As detector assemblies get smaller and denser — packed with electronic components that all must be electrically connected to sense and read out signals — it’s becoming increasingly more challenging to design and manufacture these all-important instrument devices.
NASA works to improve solar electric propulsion for deep space exploration
(19 April 2016) NASA has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne to design and develop an advanced electric propulsion system that will significantly advance the nation's commercial space capabilities, and enable deep space exploration missions, including the robotic portion of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) and its Journey to Mars.
Astrix Fiber Optic Gyro to fly on NASA JPL / CNES mission
(18 April 2016) Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, will supply its highest-precision Fiber Optic Gyro Unit (FOG) for a mission led by the American, French, Canadian, and United Kingdom Space agencies, NASA, CNES, CSA, and UKSA, that will launch in 2020 to study Earth’s surface water.
Student satellites fly freely on their orbit in space
(26 April 2016) For three student teams, the dream of building and working on a real space mission is coming true. At 01:50 CEST (23:50 GMT) today, a trio of student-built CubeSats were released into space as part of ESA’s Education Office ‘Fly Your Satellite!’ programme.
Soyuz delivers five satellites into multiple low Earth orbits
(25 April 2016) Arianespace’s third flight of 2016 has demonstrated the versatility of its medium-lift Soyuz launcher, which deployed five European satellites of varying sizes into three different low Earth orbits during a mission lasting four hours.
EchoStar 18 arrives for June Ariane 5 launch
(21 April 2016) The first of two Space Systems Loral-built satellites to be orbited on Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 mission has arrived at the Spaceport, initiating the payload preparation phase for this heavy-lift flight in June.
Soyuz reaches the launch zone for this week’s Arianespace mission
(19 April 2016) The Soyuz for Arianespace’s next medium-lift mission has arrived at the launch zone in French Guiana, where it stands ready to receive the multi-satellite payload that will be lofted on this April 22 flight.
Advantech Wireless appoints reseller/partner in India
(26 April 2016) Advantech Wireless has appointed Decibel Technologies as an authorized reseller/partner in India.
Inauguration of the new OHB Space Center in Oberpfaffenhofen
(18 April 2016) The new OHB Space Center in Oberpfaffenhofen is one of the most modern centers for optical systems and science missions in the space industry.
OneWeb Satellites completes its industrial organisation
(18 April 2016) OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture between Airbus Defence and Space and OneWeb, has chosen Florida in the United States as the site for its final assembly line, completing the last step in its industrial organisation.
Products and Services
Norsat adds new Ku-band block upconverter and Ka and Ku-band LNBS to microwave product portfolio
(28 April 2016) Norsat International today announced the addition of the MEDIAN 40W Ku-band Block Upconverter (BUC), along with a range of Low-Noise Block Downconverters (LNBs) to their microwave product line.
New Terralink Premium Flex service reduces cost with bandwidth on-demand capacity
(25 April 2016) Marlink, the global business critical communication solutions specialist previously operating as Airbus Defence and Space, has unveiled a brand-new satcom service for VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) users in the land segment called Terralink Premium Flex.
Inmarsat Type Approves the Explorer 540 BGAN M2M terminal
(22 April 2016) Cobham SATCOM has started shipping its new Explorer 540 BGAN M2M terminal, following Inmarsat Class 2 Type Approval and Inmarsat BGAN M2M certification.
Microsemi enhances radiation-tolerant space product portfolio
(19 April 2016) Microsemi Corporation today announced the newest member of its high-reliability space product portfolio, the LX7710 radiation-tolerant diode array.
ViaSat receives Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Ka-band satellite antenna and hybrid Ku-/Ka-band radome
(18 April 2016) ViaSat has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval from the FAA to install its advanced Ka-band satellite antenna and radome on Airbus A320 aircraft.
Skyware’s Global Xpress terminal receives Type Approval
(15 April 2016) Skyware’s ATOM 99 terminal has been granted full Type Approval for use over Inmarsat’s new, globally available, high-speed broadband service; Global Xpress (GX).