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SatcomsDivona picks Eutelsat to pursue its development in Algeria
(23 July 2014) Divona, the Algerian VSAT operator providing telecom services (Internet, voice and data) in Algeria and the Middle East, announces it has selected Eutelsat Communications) to consolidate its network connectivity offer to mobile telecom operators and enterprises.
Hughes and Thales complete successful test of rapidly deployable LTE mobile network via satellite
(22 June 2014) Hughes Network Systems and Thales Defense & Security have successfully tested a rapidly deployable Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mobile networking solution via satellite.
Thales Alenia Space to build Telkom-3S satellite for Indonesia
(22 July 2014) Thales Alenia Space announced that it has signed a contract with the leading telecom services company in Indonesia, PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), to build a new telecommunications satellite.
First flight main mission antennas completed for Iridium NEXT satellites
(21 July 2014) Iridium Communications today announced the completion of the first five flight main mission antennas (MMAs) for the Iridium NEXT constellation.
Liquid Telecom steps up resources on Eutelsat’s Africa coverage satellites for immediate and fast Internet connectivity
(18 July 2014) Liquid Telecom is stepping up resources leased from Eutelsat Communications to meet increasing demand for IP connectivity from a broad portfolio of clients that include national parks, out of town offices and remote mining and exploration companies.
SES contracts Airbus Defence and Space to manufacture SES-12 satellite for launch in Q4 2017
(17 July 2014) SES has selected Airbus Defence and Space to build a new hybrid communications satellite, SES-12, to serve the fast growing DTH, Data, Mobility and Government markets in Asia.
Sierra Nevada establishes contact with all six on-orbit Orbcomm Generation 2 satellites
(16 July 2014) Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has commenced the on-orbit checkout phase for six Orbcomm Generation 2 (OG2) satellites, establishing communication with each satellite as planned.
ABS and Arabsat sign agreement on ABS-3A at 3°West
(15 July 2014) ABS and Arab Satellite Communication Organization (Arabsat) announced today that they have signed a strategic commercial agreement for a multi-transponder lifetime Ku-band payload on the new ABS-3A satellite planned for launch in late 2014/ early2015.
Gogo receives regulatory approval to provide in-flight connectivity service over Eastern and Western Russia
(15 July 2014) Gogo announced today that it has received regulatory approval to provide Ku-band satellite connectivity service for aircraft flying over the eastern and western regions of Russia.
India-based Aniara selects Dauria Aerospace to design and manufacture two small geostationary Ku-band satellites
(15 July 2014) Dauria Aerospace today announced it has been tapped by India-based satellite communication services provider Aniara to design and build two new generation small Ku-band geostationary satellites.
Agile Aperture Antenna tested on aircraft to survey ground emitters, maintain satellite connection
(10 July 2014) The Georgia Tech Research Institute’s software-defined, electronically-reconfigurable Agile Aperture Antenna (A3) has now been tested on the land, sea and air.
Iridium completes Billing and Revenue Management system consolidation to support Iridium NEXT services
(10 July 2014) Iridium Communications and Oracle today announced Iridium has completed implementation of the Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management solution.
BroadcastingSES launches new digital TV platform for West Africa
(23 July 2014) SES, in cooperation with service provider Computer Warehouse Group, today announced the launch of a new digital TV platform for West Africa on SES’s Astra 2F satellite at 28.2 degrees East.
MCS TV and Newslux pick Eutelsat to drive TV channel expansion in Southeast Asia
(16 July 2014) MCS TV and Newslux have selected the Eutelsat 70B satellite support the expansion into Southeast Asia of two flagship channels, i24News and MCS International.
EBU uses NovelSat gear for first ever 4K Ultra HD Broadcast of live FIFA World Cup action
(14 July 2014) Starting last week, the EBU treated 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil fans to 4K resolution – a new, breathtaking way to enjoy televised sports.
SapphireBlu series GaN technology based HPAs empower 4K Ultra HDTV World Cup transmissions
(11 July 2014) Advantech Wireless' SapphireBlu Series of UltraLinear GaN technology based High Power Amplifiers have empowered the Ultra HDTV transmissions of the most viewed sporting event of the year.
Earth ObservationVersatility extends life of water mission
(18 July 2014) SMOS is not only delivering key information on soil moisture and ocean salinity for science, but its data are also being used for a growing number of practical applications.
Doubling radar vision of Earth
(17 July 2014) Following a contract signed with Arianespace today, the second Sentinel-1 satellite is now set to join its identical twin sister in orbit in early 2016, optimising the mission’s global coverage to manage the environment and improve everyday lives.
Rising-2 captured highest resolution image of earth's surface
(16 July 2014) Microsatellite Rising-2 has succeeded in capturing high precision images of the earth's surface.
UrtheCast and NanoRacks to install Earth observation cameras on NASA segment of space station
(16 July 2014) UrtheCast plans to dramatically expand its Earth Observation data stream by operating state-of-the-art sensors on the NASA segment of the International Space Station (ISS).
Antwerp Space delivers 2 Omnisat data receivers to China
(15 July 2014) Antwerp Space successfully delivered 2 Omnisat equipments to two institutional customers in China.
Auracle Geospatial Science announces partnership with Skybox Imaging
(15 July 2014) Auracle Geospatial Science, a Canadian remote sensing company, is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Skybox Imaging (Skybox), to distribute Skybox’s high-resolution imagery, high-definition video and analytics within the Canadian market.
GOES-R satellite magnetometer ready for spacecraft integration
(15 July 2014) The Magnetometer instrument that will fly on NOAA's GOES-R satellite when it is launched in early 2016 has completed the development and testing phase and is ready to be integrated with the spacecraft.
SADCA project installations complete
(14 July 2014) The new stations follow on from successful installations in Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.
Landsat looks to the Moon
(11 July 2014) Every full moon, Landsat 8 turns its back on Earth. As the satellite’s orbit takes it to the nighttime side of the planet, Landsat 8 pivots to point at the moon.
ASAL and SSTL enter a new collaboration for Alsat-1B
(10 July 2014) The Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) have signed a contract to build the Alsat-1B Earth Observation satellite in combination with a comprehensive training and development programme.
Ball Aerospace takes delivery of CERES instrument for the JPSS-1 polar-orbiting satellite
(10 July 2014) The Clouds and Earth's Radiant Energy Systems (CERES) instrument for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), the nation's next generation polar-orbiting satellite, arrived at Ball on Tuesday, June 17.
How does a beer cooler help understand climate
(9 July 2014) While engineers have almost finished building the first Sentinel-3 satellite for ocean forecasting and marine safety, a beer cooler has an unusual role in supporting the long-term record of sea-surface temperatures.
TrackingBoosting marine traffic monitoring via satellite
(15 July 2014) ESA will improve the identification and tracking of seafaring vessels anywhere on Earth from 2018 under a public–private partnership with LuxSpace of Luxembourg and exactEarth of Canada, signed today at the UK’s premier airshow.
Globalstar equips FindMySheep with 12,000 transmitters for satellite-based M2M animal tracking
(14 July 2014) Globalstar Europe Satellite Services today announced that FindMySheep has purchased 12,000 Globalstar STXII simplex transmitters and associated data services for its revolutionary animal tracking collars.
Miltary SpaceSurrey Satellite US announces US Air Force hosted payload contract award
(16 July 2014) Surrey Satellite Technology US (SST-US) has been awarded a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract under the Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) program from the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Contracting Directorate.
Lockheed Martin MUOS satellite enters final testing preparing for January launch
(10 July 2014) Lockheed Martin has successfully completed environmental testing of the U.S. Navy’s third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite.
USAF GPS technology exceeds technical requirements in critical test
(9 July 2014) The U.S. Air Force has demonstrated successful operation of its next-generation Military-code GPS signal in a jamming environment using a Raytheon Company receiver.
AstrophysicsIt’s go time for LUX-Zeplin experiment in dark matter
(17 July 2014) From the physics labs at Yale University to the bottom of a played-out gold mine in South Dakota, a new generation of dark matter experiments is ready to commence.
Next-generation dark matter experiments get the green light
(15 July 2014) Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science and the National Science Foundation announced support for a suite of upcoming experiments to search for dark matter that will be many times more sensitive than those currently deployed.
Radio-burst discovery deepens astrophysics mystery
(10 July 2014) The discovery of a split-second burst of radio waves by scientists using the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico provides important new evidence of mysterious pulses that appear to come from deep in outer space.
AstronomyNASA team lays plans to observe new worlds
(23 July 2014) It can take decades to mature an astrophysics flagship mission from concept to launch pad.
Production phase nears for LSST camera sensors
(21 July 2014) A single sensor for the world’s largest digital camera detected light making its way through wind, air turbulence, and Earth’s atmosphere, successfully converting the light into a glimpse of the galactic wonders that this delicate instrument will eventually capture as it scans the night sky.
StarsModelling the formation of the oldest known star in the Milky Way
(22 July 2014) Scientists from the Universities of Göttingen and Copenhagen have modelled the formation of the oldest known star in the Milky Way using high-resolution computer simulations.
Bizarre nearby blast mimics universe's most ancient stars
(11 July 2014) ESA’s XMM-Newton observatory has helped to uncover how the Universe’s first stars ended their lives in giant explosions.
Sun-like stars reveal their ages
(10 July 2014) Defining what makes a star "Sun-like" is as difficult as defining what makes a planet "Earth-like."
PulsarsFermi finds a 'transformer' pulsar
(22 July 2014) In late June 2013, an exceptional binary containing a rapidly spinning neutron star underwent a dramatic change in behavior never before observed.
GalaxiesHubble traces the halo of a galaxy more accurately then ever before
(21 July 2014) Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have probed the extreme outskirts of the stunning elliptical galaxy Centaurus A.
Mysterious dance of dwarfs galaxies may force a cosmic rethink
(20 July 2014) The discovery that many small galaxies throughout the universe do not 'swarm' around larger ones like bees do but 'dance' in orderly disc-shaped orbits is a challenge to our understanding of how the universe formed and evolved.
International team to use Hubble Space Telescope for early galaxy hunt
(15 July 2014) An international team led by the Kavli Institute for Cosmology at the University of Cambridge and involving the University of Colorado Boulder has a new tool to look for the oldest galaxies in the universe: 32 days of observing time with the Hubble Space Telescope.
Silhouettes of early galaxies reveal few seeds for new stars
(15 July 2014) An international team of astronomers has discovered that gas around young galaxies is almost barren, devoid of the seeds from which new stars are thought to form – molecules of hydrogen.
Seven dwarf galaxies discovered with new telescope
(10 July 2014) Yale University astronomers, using a new type of telescope made by stitching together telephoto lenses, recently discovered seven celestial surprises while probing a nearby spiral galaxy.
Carbon monoxide predicts ‘red and dead’ future of gas guzzler galaxy
(9 July 2014) Astronomers have studied the carbon monoxide in a galaxy over 12 billion light years from Earth and discovered that it’s running out of gas, quite literally, and headed for a ‘red and dead’ future.
SupernovaNew observations reveal how stardust forms around a supernova
(9 July 2014) A group of astronomers has been able to follow stardust being made in real time — during the aftermath of a supernova explosion.
SunUH receives major contract for Inouye Solar Telescope instrument
(17 July 2014) The National Science Foundation and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) have announced the award of a major contract to the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy to build the Cryogenic Near Infrared Spectropolarimeter (CryoNIRSP) for the new solar telescope, which is now under construction on Haleakala.
MESSENGER and STEREO measurements open new window into high- energy processes on the Sun
(9 July 2014) Understanding the sun from afar isn't easy. How do you figure out what powers solar flares – the intense bursts of radiation coming from the release of magnetic energy associated with sunspots – when you must rely on observing only the light and particles that make their way to near-Earth’s orbit?
MoonLunar pits could shelter astronauts
(17 July 2014) While the moon's surface is battered by millions of craters, it also has over 200 holes – steep-walled pits that in some cases might lead to caves that future astronauts could explore and use for shelter, according to new observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft.
MercuryRUAG delivers telescope for mapping Mercury in 3D
(15 July 2014) The planet Mercury is to be 3D mapped by a European laser altimeter.
VenusVenus Express rises again
(11 July 2014) After a month surfing in and out of the atmosphere of Venus down to just 130 km from the planet’s surface, ESA’s Venus Express is about to embark on a 15 day climb up to the lofty heights of 460 km.
EarthVan Allen probes show how to accelerate electrons
(15 July 2014) One of the great, unanswered questions for space weather scientists is just what creates two gigantic donuts of radiation surrounding Earth, called the Van Allen radiation belts.
MarsNASA seeks proposals for commercial Mars data relay satellites
(23 July 2014) NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet.
Earth-like fossilized soils on Mars
(17 July 2014) Soil deep in a crater dating to some 3.7 billion years ago contains evidence that Mars was once much warmer and wetter, says University of Oregon geologist Gregory Retallack, based on images and data captured by the rover Curiosity.
Sharpest map of Mars' surface properties
(15 July 2014) A heat-sensing camera designed at Arizona State University has provided data to create the most detailed global map yet made of Martian surface properties.
Further evidence of dry ice gullies on Mars
(10 July 2014) Repeated high-resolution observations made by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) indicate the gullies on Mars' surface are primarily formed by the seasonal freezing of carbon dioxide, not liquid water.
JupiterNASA seeks proposals for Europa mission science instruments
(15 July 2014) NASA has issued an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for proposals about science instruments that could be carried aboard a future mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa.
AsteroidsSSL selected to study asteroid retrieval for NASA
(18 July 2014) Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was one of the companies selected by NASA to study system concepts and key technologies for NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission, which is expected to be a key part of the agency's path to sending humans to Mars.
MDA begins flight phase of asteroid mission
(17 July 2014) MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has received a follow-on contract for CA$6.6 million from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission.
Asteroid Vesta to reshape theories of planet formation
(16 July 2014) EPFL researchers have a better understanding of the asteroid Vesta and its internal structure, thanks to numerical simulations and data from the space mission Dawn.
CometsComet probe Rosetta on the home straight
(23 July 2014) After a journey of more than seven billion kilometres that has taken over ten years, space probe Rosetta is now approaching the finish line: the probe is scheduled to reach its quarry – comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko – on 6 August.
Dual personality of comet 67P/C-G
(17 July 2014) This week's images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko reveal an extraordinarily irregular shape.
Comet ISON's dramatic final hours
(16 July 204) A new analysis of data from the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft has revealed that comet 2012/S1 (ISON) stopped producing dust and gas shortly before it raced past the Sun and disintegrated.
Extra Solar PlanetsMost precise measurement of an alien world's size
(23 July 2014) Thanks to NASA's Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, scientists have made the most precise measurement ever of the radius of a planet outside our solar system.
Transiting exoplanet with longest known year
(21 July 2014) Astronomers have discovered a transiting exoplanet with the longest known year. Kepler-421b circles its star once every 704 days.
Peering into giant planets from in and out of this world
(14 July 2014) Lawrence Livermore scientists for the first time have experimentally re-created the conditions that exist deep inside giant planets, such as Jupiter, Uranus and many of the planets recently discovered outside our solar system.
CHEOPS exoplanet mission meets key milestones en route to 2017 launch
(11 July 2014) ESA’s first small Science Programme mission is ready for construction. The implementation phase has started, meaning that the spacecraft has gone from selection to implementation in less than 18 months.
AstrobiologySurvivalists ready for journey to the ISS
(22 July 2014) Tough, resilient and able to survive in the most inhospitable regions on Earth –now, they are being asked to show their strength in a space environment as well; blue-green algae (cyanobacteria of the genus Nostoc) and biofilms (deinococcus geothermalis) will depart for the International Space Station (ISS) at 23:44 CEST on 23 July 2014 on board a Progress spacecraft.
Oceans vital for possibility for alien life
(21 July 2014) Researchers at the University of East Anglia have made an important step in the race to discover whether other planets could develop and sustain life.
Manned SpaceATV-5: loaded and locked
(23 July 2014) ESA’s fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle is now scheduled for launch to the International Space Station at 23:44 GMT on 29 July (01:44 CEST 30 July) on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
Sierra Nevada Corporation announces cooperative understanding with JAXA for Dream Chaser Space System
(23 July 2014) Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced today the expansion of its Dream Chaser Space System’s global partnership to include Asia and the Pacific Rim through a recently signed memorandum of cooperative understanding with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Sierra Nevada completes major Dream Chaser CCiCap milestone
(22 July 2014) Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has successfully passed Milestone 9, the Risk Reduction and Technology Readiness Level (TRL) Advancement Testing milestone, for several critical Dream Chaser systems under NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) agreement.
The heart of an astronaut, five years on
(22 July 2014) The heart of an astronaut is a much-studied thing. Scientists have analyzed its blood flow, rhythms, atrophy and, through journal studies, even matters of the heart.
Astronauts to test free-flying “housekeeper” robots
(17 July 2014) Inspired by science fiction, three bowling ball-size free-flying Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) have been flying inside the International Space Station since 2006.
Orbital's Cygnus spacecraft successfully berths with ISS
(16 July 2014) Orbital Sciences Corporation today announced that its Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and approach maneuvers with the International Space Station (ISS) and was grappled and berthed with the Station by the Expedition 40 astronaut crew earlier this morning.
NASA cargo launches to Space Station aboard Orbital Sciences resupply mission
(13 July 2014) A multitude of NASA research investigations, crew provisions, hardware and science experiments from across the country is headed to the International Space Station aboard Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus spacecraft.
Orbital launches Antares rocket carrying Cygnus cargo resupply spacecraft to ISS
(13 July 2014) Orbital Sciences Corporation has successfully launched its Antares medium-class rocket carrying a Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft, beginning the company’s second operational cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
Antares rocket rolls out for mission to ISS
(10 July 2014) Today, Orbital Sciences Corporation’s operations team rolled out the Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus cargo logistics resupply vehicle for its launch to the International Space Station.
TechnologyLockheed Martin selected for US Air Force’s satellite hosted payload initiative
(23 July 2014) Lockheed Martin has been competitively selected for the U.S. Air Force’s Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) initiative, which is aimed at integrating some government payloads – electronics and sensors packages designed for specific missions – on commercial satellites.
SES awarded Hosted Payload Solutions ID/IQ contract
(23 July 2014) Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) is one of fourteen awardees granted a share of a contract worth in total a maximum of $494,900,000 under the Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) Program.
SSL qualifies as potential provider of hosted payloads to U.S. Government
(22 July 2014) Space Systems/Loral (SSL) today announced that it was one of 14 companies qualified by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) to compete for work with U.S. Government agencies to host government payloads on commercial satellites.
SSL awarded contract for innovative, affordable access to space
(21 July 2014) Space Systems/Loral (SSL) today announced that it was selected by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to integrate the flight hardware for a new capability designed to carry small science and technology missions to space on its geostationary (GEO) satellite platform.
RUAG camera bound for the ISS aboard the space freighter “Georges Lemaître”
(18 July 2014) The European space freighter “Georges Lemaître” is ready for its trip to the International Space Station ISS. An Ariane 5 rocket is scheduled to carry the ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) into space on 25 July.
Aerojet Rocketdyne tests 1 Newton thruster for Green Propellant Infusion Mission
(17 July 2014) Aerojet Rocketdyne has successfully completed a hot-fire test on its flight-representative 1 Newton (1N) thruster at our specially designated green propellant facility in Redmond, Washington.
ATV's fiery break-up to be seen from inside
(17 July 2014) As ESA’s remaining supply ferry to the International Space Station burns up in the atmosphere, its final moments as its hull disintegrates will be recorded from the inside by a unique infrared camera.
NASA begins engine test project for Space Launch System rocket
(17 July 2014) Engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar system.
ESA's spaceplane set for flight
(16 July 2014) All eyes are on ESA’s spaceplane to showcase reentry technologies after its unconventional launch on a Vega rocket this November.
NASA’s newest Near Earth Network antenna is operational
(10 July 2014) A ribbon-cutting ceremony near the base of the new NASA antenna within the Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF) marked the official beginning for the Near Earth Network (NEN) asset.
Launch ServicesSpaceX soft lands Falcon 9 rocket first stage
(23 July 2014) Following last week's successful launch of six ORBCOMM satellites, the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage reentered Earth’s atmosphere and soft landed in the Atlantic Ocean.
Spaceflight Inc is rideshare launch services partner for OmniEarth
(21 July 2014) OmniEarth has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Spaceflight Inc. for rideshare launch services related to its planned constellation of up to 18 satellites.
Arianespace to launch Sentinel-1B observation satellite
(17 July 2014) The European Space Agency (ESA) and Arianespace announced today that they have signed a launch contract for the second radar satellite in the Sentinel-1 mission, Sentinel-1B, part of Copernicus, a joint European Union and European Space Agency (ESA) environmental monitoring program.
Boeing to design XS-1 experimental spaceplane
(15 July 2014) Boeing plans to design a reusable launch vehicle for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in support of the U.S. government’s efforts to reduce satellite launch costs.
Third Flock of Dove CubeSats launched with Cygnus Orb-2 mission
(15 July 2014) Spaceflight Inc. and NanoRacks announced today that an additional 28 Planet Labs Dove CubeSats are en route to the International Space Station on the Orbital Sciences Cygnus Orb-2 Mission.
Successful launch of Orbcomm's first six OG2 satellites
(14 July 2014) Orbcomm has successfully launched six next generation OG2 satellites aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida at 11:15 am EDT.
Arianespace launches O3b satellites on Soyuz mission
(10 July 2014) On Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 3:55 pm local time in French Guiana, Arianespace successfully performed its second launch for O3b Networks, following the successful launch of the operator's first four satellites last year.
Aerojet Rocketdyne completes study on common upper stage service for NASA
(9 July 2014) Aerojet Rocketdyne has completed a study with Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. to develop a common upper stage service for NASA, designed to enhance the performance of the NASA Launch Services (NLS) II medium and heavy launch vehicles for planetary and heliophysics missions, and pave the way for additional missions by providing more affordable launch services.
Successful launch for UK Space Agency’s first cubesat mission
(9 July 2014) Following successful launch and deployment, the UKube-1 Mission Operations Centre (UMOC) at STFC RAL Space established contact with the satellite and started in-orbit commissioning.
ReportsGovernment funding for space on the road to recovery
(9 July 2014) According to Euroconsult's newly released executive report, Government Space Programs: Strategic Outlook, Benchmarks & Forecasts, government funding for space is expected to progressively recover as public finances regain their comfort zone and programs enter a new growth cycle.
BusinessLockheed Martin opens space technology office in United Kingdom
(15 July 2014) Lockheed Martin is opening a space technology office in Great Britain to explore partnership opportunities with UK businesses and universities to support the UK's goal of maintaining and growing its national capabilities in space.
Northrop Grumman breaks ground on new space assembly and test facility
(14 July 2014) Northrop Grumman Corporation officially broke ground on a new $20 million Maryland Space Assembly and Test (M-SAT) facility on the back of its Baltimore campus adjacent to Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
Sierra Nevada Corporation completes acquisition of Orbital Technologies Corporation of Wisconsin
(10 July 2014) Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announces it completed the acquisition of Orbital Technologies Corporation (Orbitec), headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin.
Avascent acquires space & telecommunications division of Futron Corporation
(9 July 2014) Avascent has acquired the satellite, space, and telecommunications businesses of Futron Corporation, a leading provider of market analytics and consulting services to corporate and government clients around the world.
Products and ServicesIR introduces M3G120 series of 40W radiation-hardened 120V input DC-DC converters for satellite power systems
(15 July 2014) International Rectifier today announced the introduction of the M3G120 Series of 40W radiation-hardened (RAD-Hard) 120V input DC-DC converters for a wide range of digital and analog satellite power systems requiring up to 15 years or more of mission life such as space stations and NASA’s Orion MPCV (Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle) programs.
e2v introduces the highest performance space grade microprocessor ever produced
(14 July 2014) e2v, the leading high reliability semiconductor provider, has today announced the introduction of the highest performance space grade microprocessor ever; its space qualified PC7448 is the first QML Y certified GHz-class microprocessor.
PeopleRigNet rotates key line executives
(15 July 2014) RigNet today announced several key executive moves: Chris Lambert is now the Region Vice President, Gulf of Mexico; Brian Keefover is now the Region Vice President, North America Land; and Ricky Begnaud is now the Region Vice President, Middle East/North Africa/Central Asia.
Yohann Leroy appointed Eutelsat Chief Technical Officer
(11 July 2014) Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris : ETL) announces the appointment of Yohann Leroy as Chief Technical Officer, succeeding Raphaël Mussalian who will continue to contribute his experience to Eutelsat as Special Advisor on Technology Strategy reporting to Michel de Rosen, Chairman and CEO.