TTCL launches 100% national broadband coverage across Tanzania with Avanti
(30 July 2015) TTCL, Tanzania's leading telecoms operator, announce this week exciting new digital capabilities with the launch of 100% national broadband coverage.
C-COM 1.2m Ka-Band antenna authorised for use on the ViaSat network
(29 July 2015) C-COM Satellite Systems today announced that its iNetVu 1.2m Ka-band vehicle mount antenna system has received type approval from ViaSat for use on the network that powers the ViaSat Exede Enterprise service.
FSMTC and ABS partner together to bring connectivity to the Federated States of Micronesia
(27 July 2015) ABS and FSM Telecommunications Corporation (FSMTC) have signed a multi-year, multi-transponder deal on ABS-6, C-band.
Hughes demonstrates HD video over satellite from rotary wing aircraft
(20 July 2015) Hughes Network Systems today announced that its Defense and Intelligence Systems Division (DISD) successfully demonstrated the transmission of real-time, high definition video through helicopter blades with no signal disruption using its unique beyond-line-of-sight (BLoS) technology.
StarTimes entrusts SES Platform Services to deliver TV content across sub-Saharan Africa
(31 July 2015) SES Platform Services announced today that StarTimes, the fastest-growing digital TV operator in Africa, will distribute TV channels for their direct-to-home (DTH) subscribers across Sub-Saharan Africa via SES Platform Services’ broadcast facility in Germany.
Hispasat offers complete connectivity for Ruta BBVA in Colombian territory
(24 July 2015) Hispasat will provide satellite connection to the Ruta BBVA organisation, which begins its trip in Spain tomorrow, travelling though Ávila, León and Galicia, heading then to Colombia in August to experience an “Adventure in the Country of Emeralds: the Magic Route of the Green Stones”.
ESA hands over control of the MSG-4 weather satellite
(27 July 2015) On 26 July at 09:30 GMT (11:30 CEST), ESA handed control of Europe’s last Meteosat Second Generation weather satellite, MSG-4, to Eumetsat.
Searching for underground energy sources from space
(27 July 2015) Data from ESA’s GOCE gravity satellite are being used to improve models of Earth’s geology, indicating the potential locations of subsurface energy sources.
Airbus Defence and Space UK delivers Sentinel-5 Precursor for testing
(24 July 2015) The Sentinel-5 Precursor platform and the TROPOMI instrument have been integrated together to form the satellite which will be leaving the UK for testing.
GOES-S sensor gets clean bill of health from hospital
(22 July 2015) One of the sensors that will fly aboard NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S was recently given a clean bill of health from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Supergeo resells Formosat-2 imagery
(21 July 2015) Supergeo Technologies has announced an agreement with National Space Organization (NSPO), Taiwan to resell the satellite imagery of Formosat-2.
Teledyne awarded space-based imagery contract
(20 July 2015) Teledyne Brown Engineering has entered into an agreement, valued at $15 million over a multi-year period, with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the provision of hyperspectral remote-sensing imagery from an instrument to be based on the International Space Station (ISS).
Raytheon installs first GPS OCX hardware
(29 July 2015) Raytheon has installed the first operational hardware for the Global Positioning System's Next Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX.
Boeing demonstrates digital GPS navigation signals
(20 July 2015) Boeing successfully demonstrated a digital version of the Global Positioning System (GPS) III navigation signals, a breakthrough that could contribute to significantly modernizing this vital service.
Protected military SatCom network live for global deployment
(31 July 2015) One of the world’s most impenetrable satellite communications systems, built by Lockheed Martin to serve the U.S., Canada, the Netherlands and the U.K., is now live.
TeleCommunication Systems to supply managed satellite services for the U.S. Marine Corps
(28 July 2015)TeleCommunication Systems has announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has exercised its second year task order option for TCS to continue to provide Ku satellite bandwidth, terrestrial support and 24-hour support services for the U.S. Marine Corps' Tactical Satellite Communications Network.
Norsat receives follow on order for portable terminals
(27 July 205) Norsat International has received an approximate $700,000 follow-on order to the original $3.5 million award announced on February 19, 2015 from a Tier 1 Eurasian defense contractor for a range of Norsat’s portable satellite terminals.
Skynet 5A satellite starts move eastwards
(24 July 2015) Airbus Defence and Space has announced that the planned 67,000 km move of the Skynet 5A satellite over the Asia Pacific region is on track.
AEHF Low Cost Terminal completes information assurance Critical Design Review
(22 July 2015) A Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin and TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) team has completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) for the information assurance elements of the Low Cost Terminal (LCT).
Comtech wins military TWTA contract
(22 July 2015) Comtech Xicom Technology has received an award of $1.6 million from a U.S. military integrator to supply high-power traveling wave tube amplifiers (TWTAs).
Boeing shows military-signal capabilities in Inmarsat Global Xpress commercial network
(21 July 2015) Boeing is completing the first tests of military Ka-band service available through the Inmarsat-5 F2 commercial communications satellite, part of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network.
Comtech to increase support for U.S. Army's Blue Force Tracking program
(20 July 2015) Comtech Mobile Datacom Corporation has received an additional $5.3 million of funding for its three-year sustainment contract to support the U.S. Army's Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below - Blue Force Tracking (BFT-1) program, a battle command real-time situational awareness and control system.
DataPath selected as Inmarsat Government Global Xpress service provider
(20 July 2015) Inmarsat Government has executed a service provider agreement with DataPath to provide Inmarsat Global Xpress services in support of U.S. government expeditionary communications needs.
NASA selects proposals to study neutron stars, black holes and more
(30 July 2015) NASA has selected five proposals submitted to its Explorers Program to conduct focused scientific investigations and develop instruments that fill the scientific gaps between the agency’s larger missions.
First detection of lithium from an exploding star
(29 July 2015) The chemical element lithium has been found for the first time in material ejected by a nova.
Unlocking the secrets of stars through aluminium
(29 July 2015) Physicists at the University of York have revealed a new understanding of nucleosynthesis in stars, providing insight into the role massive stars play in the evolution of the Milky Way and the origins of the Solar System.
Brown dwarfs host powerful auroral displays
(29 July 2015) Brown dwarfs are relatively cool, dim objects that are difficult to detect and hard to classify.
Brown dwarfs, stars share formation process
(23 July 2015) Astronomers using the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) have discovered jets of material ejected by still-forming young brown dwarfs.
Pulsar punches hole in stellar disk
(22 July 2015) A fast-moving pulsar appears to have punched a hole in a disk of gas around its companion star and launched a fragment of the disk outward at a speed of about 40 million miles per hour.
Stars in Milky Way have moved
(30 July 2015) New Mexico State University researchers are part of a team of scientists with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) who created a new map of the Milky Way that shows nearly a third of the stars have dramatically changed their obits.
Densest galaxies known discovered
(27 July 2015) Two undergraduates at San José State University have discovered two galaxies that are the densest known.
Dust pillars of destruction reveal impact of cosmic wind on galaxy evolution
(27 July 2015) Astronomers have long known that powerful cosmic winds can sometimes blow through galaxies, sweeping out interstellar material and stopping future star formation.
Dead galaxies in Coma Cluster may be packed with dark matter
(21 July 2015) Galaxies in a cluster roughly 300 million light years from Earth could contain as much as 100 times more dark matter than visible matter, according to an Australian study.
Starry surprise in the bulge: encounter of a halo passerby
(21 July 2015) A team led by Andrea Kunder from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) measured the velocity of a sample of 100 old RR Lyrae stars thought to reside in the Galactic bulge, the central group of stars found in most Galaxies.
Dense star clusters shown as binary black hole factories
(29 July 2015) The coalescence of two black holes -- a very violent and exotic event -- is one of the most sought-after observations of modern astronomy.
Archive data reveals clues about black holes’ diet
(23 July 2015) Using archival data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the XMM-Newton and Chandra X-ray telescopes, a team of astronomers have discovered a gigantic black hole, which is probably destroying and devouring a massive star in its vicinity.
New 3-D model could solve supernova mystery
(21 July 2015) Giant stars die a violent death. After a life of several million years, they collapse into themselves and then explode in what is known as a supernova.
Northrop Grumman delivers deformable mirror for world's largest solar telescope
(30 July 2015) The world's largest ground-based solar telescope is one step closer to operation with the acceptance of the deformable mirror engineered by AOA Xinetics, a Northrop Grumman Corporation company.
MMS formation will give unique look at magnetic reconnection
(29 July 2015) On July 9, 2015 the four spacecraft of NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission began flying in a pyramid shape for the first time.
Lobster-eye imager detects soft x-ray emissions
(28 July 2015) Solar winds are known for powering dangerous space weather events near Earth, which, in turn, endangers space assets.
Satellites peer into rock 50 miles beneath Tibetan Plateau
(21 July 2015) Gravity data captured by satellite has allowed researchers to take a closer look at the geology deep beneath the Tibetan Plateau.
Why we live on Earth and not Venus
(21 July 2015) Compared to its celestial neighbours Venus and Mars, Earth is a pretty habitable place.
Solar events unlikely triggers for birth defects on Earth
(20 July 2015) Studies find airplane crews at high altitude are exposed to potentially harmful levels of radiation from cosmic rays.
Designing integrated circuits for Venus rover
(29 July 2015) The surface of Venus is the most hostile environment in the solar system.
Mars orbiter preparing for Mars lander's 2016 arrival
(28 July 2015) With its biggest orbit maneuver since 2006, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) will prepare this week for the arrival of NASA's next Mars lander, InSight, next year.
Unusual red arcs spotted on icy Saturn moon
(29 July 2015) Like graffiti sprayed by an unknown artist, unexplained arc-shaped, reddish streaks are visible on the surface of Saturn's icy moon Tethys in new, enhanced-color images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
New Horizons team finds haze, flowing ice on Pluto
(24 July 2015) Flowing ice and a surprising extended haze are among the newest discoveries from NASA’s New Horizons mission, which reveal distant Pluto to be an icy world of wonders.
Churyumov-Gerasimenko: Almost like firn and shaped by 'hail'
(30 July 2015) On 12 November 2014, as the Philae lander slowly descended onto Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the first instruments on board began to take measurements.
Science on the surface of a comet
(30 July 2015) Complex molecules that could be key building blocks of life, the daily rise and fall of temperature, and an assessment of the surface properties and internal structure of the comet are just some of the highlights of the first scientific analysis of the data returned by Rosetta’s lander Philae last November.
Headache for Philae
(20 July 2015) On 9 July 2015 at 19:45 CEST, Philae reported back to the team at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Lander Control Center (LCC) – only to then go back to 'silent mode'.
Extra Solar Planets
Exceptional planetary system discovered in Cassiopeia
(30 July 2015) Astronomers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and members of the NCCR PlanetS have teased out a secret planetary system hiding in the arms of Cassiopea, just 21 light years away from us.
Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet
(30 July 2015) Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data.
Telescopes team up to find distant Uranus-sized planet through microlensing
(30 July 2015) NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii have made independent confirmations of an exoplanet orbiting far from its central star.
Kepler discovers bigger, older cousin to Earth
(23 July 2015) NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star.
The planetary sweet spot
(20 July 2015) Planet Earth is situated in what astronomers call the Goldilocks Zone — a sweet spot in a solar system where a planet’s surface temperature is neither too hot nor too cold.
Space Kombucha in the search for life and its origins
(29 July 2015) You might know it as a drink for hipsters or as an ancient brew drunk for centuries in Eurasia, but the culture that ferments sugary tea into Kombucha is going around the world.
Green Bank Telescope joins 'Breakthrough Listen' to vastly accelerate search for intelligent life in the universe
(20 July 2015) The National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope (GBT) will join in the most powerful, comprehensive, and intensive scientific search ever for signs of intelligent life in the Universe.
Lockheed Martin tests design changes for Orion spacecraft's fairing separation system
(30 July 2015) Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft's fairing separation system.
Launch, docking returns International Space Station crew to full strength
(22 July 2015) Three crew members representing the United States, Russia and Japan have arrived at the International Space Station to continue important research that advances NASA's journey to Mars while making discoveries that can benefit all of humanity.
Antwerp Space develops test system for European Service Module
(21 July 2015) Antwerp Space was awarded a contract for approx. EUR 9 million by Airbus Defence & Space, Bremen, for the development of a new-generation EGSE (Electrical Ground Support Equipment) supporting the European Service Module (ESM) of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV).
Robotic servicing demonstrations continue onboard the Space Station
(20 July 2015) NASA's Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM), a groundbreaking demonstration of new satellite-servicing technologies and techniques, recently resumed operations on the space station after a two-year hiatus.
Lack of consideration for human factors led to in-flight breakup of SpaceShipTwo
(28 July 2015) The National Transportation Safety Board determined the cause of the Oct. 31, 2014 in-flight breakup of SpaceShipTwo, was Scaled Composite’s failure to consider and protect against human error and the co-pilot’s premature unlocking of the spaceship’s feather system as a result of time pressure and vibration and loads that he had not recently experienced.
Next two Galileo satellites reach Europe's spaceport
(27 July 2015) Europe’s ninth and tenth Galileo satellites have crossed the Atlantic, touching down in French Guiana ahead of their joint launch this September.
Boeing WGS-7 satellite to provide military with 17 percent more bandwidth
(23 July 2015) Boeing’s seventh Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite is now in orbit and will soon provide the U.S. and allied militaries with 17 percent more secure communications bandwidth than its predecessors thanks to a payload upgrade.
United Launch Alliance launches WGS-7
(23 July 2015) A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket successfully launched the seventh Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 8:07 p.m. EDT today from Space Launch Complex-37.
CRS-7 investigation update
(21 July 2015) On June 28, 2015, following a nominal liftoff, Falcon 9 experienced an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank approximately 139 seconds into flight, resulting in loss of mission.
Eutelsat 8 West B satellite lands in Kourou spaceport for 20 August launch
(20 July 2015) Eutelsat Communications' latest satellite, Eutelsat 8 West B,has arrived at the European spaceport in French Guiana and is now in final stages of preparation for launch by an Ariane 5 rocket on 20 August.
SSL delivers its 50th satellite for Intelsat to launch base in Kourou
(20 July 2015) Space Systems/Loral (SSL) today announced that the Intelsat 34 satellite, designed and built for Intelsat , has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace.
SpeedCast strengthens its maritime business with the acquisition of SAIT Communications
(28 July 2015) SpeedCast International has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SAIT Communications, a fast-growing maritime communications service provider in southern Europe.
Comtech Telecommunications announces organizational changes
(20 July 2015) Comtech Telecommunications is implementing certain organizational changes in connection with an ongoing assessment of its operations by its President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Stanton D. Sloane.
Products and Services
Thuraya delivers 100 percent connectivity with Airtel Ghana
(26 July 2015) Thuraya Telecommunications, in partnership with Airtel Ghana, has announced its strategic launch to provide Ghanaians with 100 percent coverage through terrestrial and mobile satellite connectivity.
BridgeSat appoints David Mitlyng as SVP of Business Development
(24 July 2015) BridgeSat, a subsidiary of Allied Minds that is developing an optical connectivity system to improve the wireless transfer of data from satellites and high-altitude unmanned vehicles (UAVs), today announced the appointment of David Mitlyng as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy.