Myanmar uses Intelsat to expand 2G and 3G wireless network infrastructure deployment
(27 May 2016) Intelsat announced today that the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) of Myanmar will utilize services on two Intelsat satellites to advance the deployment of the country’s wireless communications infrastructure, and expand broadband access for businesses.
bmobile-vodafone selects SpeedCast to enhance mobile services to the villagers of the Solomon Islands
(24 May 2016) SpeedCast International has been selected by bmobile-vodafone Solomon Islands to upgrade its cellular backhaul network to support 3G data services in the Solomon Islands.
Sematron signs long-term contract with Avanti Communications
(24 May 2016) Avanti Communications has announced a new, long term contract with Sematron.
ViaSat, Dassault Aviation sign broadband connectivity services and equipment agreement for Falcon aircraft
(24 May 2016) ViaSat has signed a multi-year agreement with Dassault Aviation to deliver a bundled global Ku-band broadband services offering, inclusive of in-cabin network equipment and in-flight connectivity service.
Digicel Pacific upgrade of O3b Networks capacity marks a 3x capacity increase in less than 3 years
(19 May 2016) O3b Networks today announced that its largest Telco customer, Digicel Pacific, has signed an agreement to significantly upgrade its capacity in Papua New Guinea (PNG), with smaller capacity upgrades in both Nauru and Samoa.
O3b, Presta Bist demonstrate high performance, cost effective 4G/LTE solution for the Sahel
(19 May 2016) O3b Networks, in partnership with Presta Bist, has proven today via live demonstration that its satellite enabled services deliver crystal clear voice, live HD video and high speed downloads.
SES and Telkom form strategic partnership to supply satellite capacity for Indonesia through SES-9
(19 May 2016) SES announced today a new strategic partnership with PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (Telkom), Indonesia’s largest satellite telecommunications services company.
SpeedCast wins new contract in the Middle East from major oilfield service provider
(19 May 2016) SpeedCast International has been awarded a contract to provide one of the most prestigious global oilfield service companies in the world with a fully managed network service for ten sites in the UAE and Oman, as an expansion to current services in other regions.
iWayAfrica extends contract with Avanti Communications
(18 May 2016) Avanti Communications has announced a contract extension with pan-African broadband provider, iWayAfrica until March 2018.
Kacific selects AV-Comm teleport for first satellite broadband service in the Pacific
(17 May 2016) Leading satellite operator Kacific Broadband Satellites will commence Ku Band operations from one of Av-Comms strategically located APAC teleports to provide connectivity, hosting and uplink services for Kacific’s first high speed broadband satellite service in the Pacific.
UltiSat awarded Contingency Satellite Services Project
(16 May 2016) UltiSat has been awarded the "Contingency Satellite Services Project" by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Eurovision steps up capacity on four Eutelsat satellites to deliver major news and sporting events
(26 May 2016) The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the premier distributor of sports and news content for the world’s top broadcast and media platforms, and Eutelsat Communications announce the signature of capacity contracts on four Eutelsat satellites.
iN DEMAND renews cornerstone capacity agreement with SES
(25 May 2016) SES announced today that iN DEMAND has renewed a cornerstone capacity agreement for continuing delivery of its popular high-definition (HD) professional sports packages and Pay-Per-View (PPV) events to cable audiences across the Americas.
SES Platform Services and K-NET partner to provide quality satellite channels for West Africa
(24 May 2016) SES Platform Services (SES PS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, has strengthened its partnership with K-NET, an ICT and Telecoms platform services company based in Ghana, to create a joint venture.
Sky Cable signs deal with SES to launch new direct-to-home satellite TV in the Philippines
(24 May 2016) SES announced today a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement with Sky Cable, the largest cable television provider in the Philippines.
Tunisia extends broadcasting of new free-to-air television platform with Eutelsat
(24 May 2016) The Tunisian broadcasting corporation (ONT) has signed a multi-year contract with Eutelsat Communications to broadcast its new subscription-free TV platform across North and West Africa.
Sun glitter reveals coastal waves
(19 May 2016) Sentinel-2A is demonstrating how it can be used to help forecast ocean waves around our coasts: sunlight reflected from the water surface reveals complex waves as they encounter the coastline and seafloor off the tip of Dorre Island, Western Australia.
NASA awards Thermal Infrared Sensor-2 Instrument Cryocooler
(17 May 2016) NASA has awarded a sole source contract to Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation of Boulder, Colorado, for the Thermal Infrared Sensor-2 (TIRS-2) instrument Cryocooler for Landsat 9.
HawkEye 360 selects Deep Space Industries to manufacture Pathfinder small satellites
(24 May 2016) HawkEye 360 has selected Deep Space Industries and its sub-contractor, the University of Toronto Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) as the manufacturer for its Pathfinder small satellite cluster.
Lockheed Martin to demonstrate future evolution of its flexible GPS III satellite design for the U.S. Air Force
(19 May 2016) In the future, when mission needs change for the Global Positioning System (GPS), the U.S. Air Force will be able to respond -- thanks to some engineering forethought and the innovative design of Lockheed Martin’s GPS III satellite.
SpeedCast selected by Airbus to build and manage ground station for X-band satcoms in Asia-Pacific
(18 May 2016) SpeedCast International has partnered with one of the largest global Defence companies, Airbus Defence and Space, to design, build and provide onsite management for the ground anchor station for the Skynet 5A satellite in Asia Pacific, following its relocation in 2015, to provide extended coverage to the region, including the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific regions.
Airbus Defence and Space opens a ground station in Australia for its Skynet military satellite
(16 May 2016) A brand new purpose built satellite ground station has been established in Adelaide, to land Airbus Defence and Space’s Skynet secure military satellite communications.
ESO signs largest ever ground-based astronomy contract for E-ELT dome and telescope structure
(25 May 2016) At a ceremony in Garching bei München, Germany on 25 May 2016, ESO signed the contract with the ACe Consortium, consisting of Astaldi, Cimolai and the nominated sub-contractor EIE Group, for the construction of the dome and telescope structure of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT).
James Webb Space Telescope reaches major milestone with delivery of Optical Telescope Element
(24 May 2016) Northrop Grumman Corporation's delivery of the fully integrated Optical Telescope Element (OTE) for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope marks another major milestone toward the October 2018 launch of the largest telescope ever built for space.
Science instruments of James Webb Space Telescope installed
(24 May 2016) With surgical precision, two dozen engineers and technicians successfully installed the package of science instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope into the telescope structure.
Stellar cannibalism transforms star into brown dwarf
(18 May 2016) Astronomers have detected a sub-stellar object that used to be a star, after being consumed by its white dwarf companion.
Other suns got the right spin
(17 May 2016) Astrophysicists from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have for the first time measured the rotation periods of stars in a cluster nearly as old as the Sun and found them to be similar.
Supermassive black holes in 'red geyser' galaxies cause galactic warming
(25 May 2016) An international team of scientists, including the University of Kentucky's Renbin Yan, have uncovered a new class of galaxies, called "red geysers," with supermassive black hole winds so hot and energetic that stars can't form.
How giant black holes formed so quickly
(24 May 2016) Using data from NASA's Great Observatories, astronomers have found the best evidence yet for cosmic seeds in the early universe that should grow into supermassive black holes.
Supernova reserve fuel tank clue to big parents
(19 May 2016) Some supernovae have a reserve tank of radioactive fuel that cuts in and powers their explosions for three times longer than astronomers had previously thought.
Sounding rocket EVE supporting tune-up of SDO EVE instrument
(19 May 2016) Satellites provide data daily on our own planet, our sun and the universe around us. The instruments on these spacecraft are constantly bombarded with solar particles and intense light, not to mention the normal wear and tear from operating in space.
MinXSS CubeSat deployed from ISS to study Sun’s soft x-rays
(16 May 2016) On May 16, 2016, the bread loaf-sized Miniature X-Ray Solar Spectrometer, or MinXSS, CubeSat deployed from an airlock on the International Space Station to begin its journey into space.
SwRI scientists discover fresh lunar craters
(23 May 2016) A Southwest Research Institute-led team of scientists discovered two geologically young craters — one 16 million, the other between 75 and 420 million, years old — in the Moon’s darkest regions.
Mini-balloon mission maps migratory magnetic boundary
(19 May 2016) During the Antarctic summer of 2013-2014, a team of researchers released a series of translucent scientific balloons, one by one.
Van Allen Probes reveal long-term behavior of Earth’s ring current
(19 May 2016) New findings based on a year's worth of observations from NASA’s Van Allen Probes have revealed that the ring current – an electrical current carried by energetic ions that encircles our planet – behaves in a much different way than previously understood.
Radar finds ice age record in Mars' polar cap
(26 May 2016) Scientists using radar data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have found a record of the most recent Martian ice age recorded in the planet's north polar ice cap.
Are mystery Mars plumes caused by space weather?
(23 May 2016) Mysterious high-rise clouds seen appearing suddenly in the martian atmosphere on a handful of occasions may be linked to space weather, say Mars Express scientists.
ExoMars completes functionality analysis - all is nominal on board
(23 May 2016) The ExoMars spacecraft built by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor for the European Space Agency (ESA) has successfully completed its In-Orbit Commissioning Review (IOCR).
Ancient tsunami evidence on Mars reveals life potential
(19 May 2016) The geologic shape of what were once shorelines through Mars’ northern plains convinces scientists that two large meteorites – hitting the planet millions of years apart – triggered a pair of mega-tsunamis.
Juno spacecraft crosses Jupiter/Sun gravitational boundary
(27 May 2016) Since its launch five years ago, there have been three forces tugging at NASA's Juno spacecraft as it speeds through the solar system.
Europa's ocean may have an Earthlike chemical balance
(17 May 2016) A new NASA study modeling conditions in the ocean of Jupiter's moon Europa suggests that the necessary balance of chemical energy for life could exist there, even if the moon lacks volcanic hydrothermal activity.
Squeezing out mountains, mathematically, on Jupiter’s moon Io
(17 May 2016) Mountains aren’t the first thing that hit you when you look at images of Jupiter’s innermost moon, Io.
First stellar occultations shed additional light on Pluto's atmosphere
(18 May 2016) Scientists on NASA's New Horizons team say the spacecraft succeeded in observing the first occultations of Pluto's atmosphere by ultraviolet stars, an important goal of the mission's Pluto encounter.
New Horizons collects first science on a post-Pluto object
(18 May 2016) Warming up for a possible extended mission as it speeds through deep space, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has now twice observed 1994 JR1, a 90-mile (145-kilometer) wide Kuiper Belt object (KBO) orbiting more than 3 billion miles (5 billion kilometers) from the sun.
OSIRIS-REx mission will have a map for that
(25 May 2016) On Sept. 8, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is scheduled to launch for terra incognita: the unknown surface of the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. Like expeditions of old, OSIRIS-REx’s mission includes mapping the exotic terrain it explores.
Rosetta's comet contains ingredients for life
(27 May 2016) Ingredients regarded as crucial for the origin of life on Earth have been discovered at the comet that ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has been probing for almost two years.
First evidence of icy comets orbiting a sun-like star
(19 May 2016) Astronomers have found the first evidence of comets around a star similar to the sun, providing an opportunity to study what our solar system was like as a ‘baby’.
Extra Solar Planets
Giant planet around very young star
(26 May 2016) In contradiction to the long-standing idea that larger planets take longer to form, U.S. astronomers today announced the discovery of a giant planet in close orbit around a star so young that it still retains a disk of circumstellar gas and dust.
Footprints of baby planets in a gas disk
(25 May 2016) A new analysis of the ALMA data for a young star HL Tauri provides yet more firm evidence of baby planets around the star.
Deployment of first expandable habitat on International Space Station
(20 May 2016) The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will be deployed to its full size Thursday, May 26, and begin its two-year technology demonstration attached to the International Space Station.
Airbus Defence and Space starts Orion service module assembly
(19 May 2016) Airbus Defence and Space has started assembling the European Service Module (ESM), a key element of NASA’s next-generation Orion spacecraft that will transport astronauts into deep space for the first time since the end of the Apollo program.
Eu:CROPIS – greenhouses for the Moon and Mars
(24 May 2016) Space missions are a bit like a marathon with checkpoints – only once the first model of a satellite has been successfully tested will construction commence on the actual flight model.
NovaWurks' HISats scheduled to reach space on DARPA Phoenix eXCITe spacecraft
(23 May 2016) NovaWurks announced today that the company's flagship technology, the Hyper-Integrated Satlet (HISat), is scheduled for launch into space through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Phoenix program.
Clyde Space ‘catapults’ to more success
(16 May 2016) Clyde Space, Scotland’s leading-edge space technology company, is to provide the satellites for a new pilot programme offering quick, regular and more affordable access to space.
World's blackest coating material makes its debut in space
(16 May 2016) The ultra-black Vantablack surface coating material has made its space debut in an optical instrument on board the Kent Ridge 1 satellite.
Orbital ATK-built Thaicom 8 commercial satellite successfully launched
(27 May 2016) Orbital ATK today announced that the Thaicom 8 commercial communications satellite, built by the company for Thaicom PLC, was successfully delivered to orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and is operating as planned.
BRIsat banking communications satellite is fueled for June 8 launch
(26 May 2016) A milestone payload on Arianespace’s upcoming Ariane 5 mission has been fueled at the Spaceport in French Guiana, readying the Indonesian BRIsat spacecraft for integration with its heavy-lift launcher.
14 Galileo satellites now in orbit
(24 May 2016) Named for the astronomer who pinpointed Earth’s true position in the Solar System, the Galileo satellite navigation system that will help Europe find its way in the 21st century now has 14 satellites in orbit after today’s double launch.
Arianespace to supply payload dispenser systems for OneWeb constellation
(23 May 2016) Arianespace announced today that it has signed a contract with the global satellite internet company OneWeb to design, qualify and supply 21 payload dispensers for the deployment of the OneWeb constellation, along with five more on option.
Lockheed Martin delivers NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to launch site
(23 March 2016) NASA's asteroid sampling spacecraft, OSIRIS-REx, took an across-country journey of about 1,600 miles before it launches on its 509 million mile journey to the asteroid Bennu.
Soyuz upper composite is ready for next week’s dual-satellite Galileo mission
(19 May 2016) The payload assembly process is now complete for Arianespace’s medium-lift Soyuz flight on May 24 from French Guiana, which is to orbit the 13th and 14th Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites at the service of Europe’s Galileo navigation system.
Vector Space Systems completes test of second stage engine
(19 May 2016) Vector Space Systems, a Micro Satellite space platform enterprise comprised of new-space industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas and Sea Launch, today announced the successful test of its second stage engine, a major milestone in advance of the company's first sub-orbital test flight as Vector Space Systems this summer.
Ariane 6 is taking shape
(18 May 2016) The engine that will power the upper stage of Europe’s next-generation launcher completed its first test last week, demonstrating that Ariane 6 is forging ahead for a 2020 debut.
BRIsat pre-launch processing is underway for the next Arianespace heavy-lift flight
(16 May 2016) The second of two Space Systems Loral-built (SSL) payloads on Arianespace’s upcoming Ariane 5 mission is well into its pre-launch processing at the Spaceport as Indonesia’s BRIsat is readied for a June liftoff from French Guiana.
NovelSat signs agreement with leading Japanese distributor Sanshin Electronics
(16 May 2016) Satellite transmission technology leader NovelSat announces it has signed an agreement with leading Japanese distributor Sanshin Electronics.
Products and Services
Intersil extends radiation tolerant portfolio with GaN power conversion ICs for satellite applications
(25 May 2016) Intersil today announced plans to extend its market leading radiation tolerant portfolio to include Gallium Nitride (GaN) power conversion ICs for satellites and other harsh environment applications.
Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c platform is DVB-S2X ready
(24 May 2016) Gilat Satellite Networks has announced that its market-leading SkyEdge II-c platform will support the new DVB-S2X standard.
iDirect Government debuts new software which powers 9-series defense remotes and line cards
(23 May 2016) iDirect Government (iDirectGov), a leading provider of satellite communications to the military and government, today unveils its Evolution 3.4.1 software, which powers the company’s next generation 9-Series portfolio of remotes and defense line cards.
Iridium launches breakthrough alternative Global Positioning System (GPS) service
(23 May 2016) Iridium Communications announced today the official launch of Satellite Time and Location (STL), an alternative or companion to traditional location-based technologies, and declared it ready for use.
NovelSat adds new hot standby redundancy series
(23 May 2016) NovelSat has announced a new series of hot standby redundancy switches that can add further reliability to any NovelSat satellite transmission solution.
ND SatCom enhances security and reliability for all SKYWAN 7000 networks
(19 May 2016) Driven by demand from high-security defense customers, ND SatCom has released new software for both FIPS/WGS and non-FIPS systems to all customers.
O3b Networks announces the appointment of Jack Deasy as VP, Government Solutions
(19 May 2016) O3b Networks announces the appointment of Jack Deasy to lead O3b’s US and International Government sales and business development efforts.