Bolivian Space Agency selects Gilat for its national VSAT platform
(6 July 2015) Gilat Satellite Networks announced today that Agencia Boliviana Espacial (ABE), the Bolivian Space Agency, placed an initial order for a SkyEdge II-c hub, high-throughput Gemini VSATs, SatCare maintenance and training as the basis for a national VSAT platform for its Tupac Katari Satellite Program.
Axesat selects Intelsat EpicNG to support enterprise networks and cellular backhaul in Latin America
(2 July 2015) Axesat has signed a multi-year agreement for satellite services on the high-performance Intelsat EpicNG platform.
Iridium appoints Beam go-to-market partners for Iridium Push-to-Talk
(1 July 2015) Beam Communications has been appointed an official Service Provider for the Iridium Push-to-Talk.
RigNet awarded remote managed offshore communications services contract
(1 July 2015) RigNet has been awarded a multi-year contract to deliver high quality remote offshore communications services to a major operator of offshore drilling and production assets in Southeast Asia.
iDirect's Evolution platform to power largest distance-learning program in Brazil
(30 June 2015) VT iDirect today announced that Via Direta Telecom, a subsidiary of TV and radio broadcast group Rede Tiradentes de Telecomunicações, has selected the iDirect Evolution platform to enable the largest, most ambitious distance-learning program ever created in Brazil.
Iridium announces go-to-market partners for Iridium Push-to-Talk
(29 June 2015) Iridium Communications today announced the initial service providers for the Iridium Push-to-Talk (PTT) solution.
Eutelsat satellite broadband to transform service at 300 Poste Italiane offices
(25 June 2015) Services in 300 of Poste Italiane's most rural locations are set to be transformed following signature of a contract for high-speed satellite broadband connectivity between the broadband affiliate of Eutelsat Communications and Poste Mobile, the network infrastructure provider for Poste Italiane.
Hughes announces partnership with OneWeb
(25 June 2015) Hughes Network Systems today announced a major technology and marketing partnership with OneWeb to close the digital divide by bringing affordable broadband service to millions of households, schools and organizations worldwide.
Inmarsat signs agreement with World-Link Communications
(25 June 2015) Inmarsat has signed an agreement with World-Link Communications appointing the satellite services provider as a Partner for FleetBroadband, serving the maritime market globally.
Intelsat enters strategic alliance with OneWeb LEO venture
(25 June 2015) Intelsat has entered into a commercial agreement with OneWeb, the venture planning to build, deploy and operate a low earth orbit (LEO) Ku-band satellite constellation.
Hermes Datacomms first to provide O3b capacity for oil & gas sector in W Africa
(24 June 2015) Hermes Datacomms has partnered with O3b Networks to deliver communications to a global oil company, with major operations in the world’s most important oil and gas regions.
C-COM Ka-band antennas to be deployed across Canada
(23 June 2015) C-COM Satellite Systems has authorized its integrator NJ Albert to resell its ViaSat approved Ka-Band iNetVu antenna systems across Canada.
KVH enhances its Mini-VSAT broadband satellite network with Global MPLS
(23 June 2015) KVH Industries announced today that it recently implemented a global private multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) network connecting all of the teleports and satellite beams in its mini-VSAT Broadband network.
Orbital ATK-built SKY MEXICO-1 commercial satellite completes on-orbit testing
(30 June 2015) Orbital ATK today announced that the SKY MEXICO-1 (SKYM-1) satellite, built by the company for DIRECTV, successfully completed on-orbit testing and checkout of all spacecraft systems.
Ball Aerospace delivers optical reference flight units for GRACE Follow-On mission
(2 July 2015) Ball Aerospace & Technologies has delivered key components to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for a laser ranging system designed to achieve greater accuracy in measuring changes in Earth's ocean, groundwater and glaciers.
Ball Aerospace powers on NOAA's JPSS-1 weather satellite
(30 June 2015) Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has powered on the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) satellite for the first time.
Sentinel-2A completes critical first days in space
(26 June 2015) Last night marked the end of Sentinel-2A's first three days in space, which saw teams on the ground working around the clock to ensure the spacecraft is ready for its 'colour vision' mission.
MDA to operate Canada's ground station infrastructure and expand its international business
(25 June 2015) MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has signed a contract for CA$7.4 million with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).
SSTL installs new ground station in Svalbard
(24 June 2015) SSTL is now downloading data from its newly installed ground station in Svalbard, which will maximise contact with the company’s polar-orbiting satellites.
Comtech received contract extension for U.S. Navy's Advanced TDMA Interface Processor terminals
(6 July 2015) Comtech EF Data has received a $4.0 million contract award extension for additional Advanced Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) Interface Processor (ATIP) production terminals from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).
SES demonstrates cloud-based solution delivering real time ISR data
(2 July 2015) Global satellite bandwidth provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) unveiled a comprehensive Netcentric communications solution for field-deployed units during a demonstration for U.S. Government customers last month.
Fourth Lockheed Martin-built MUOS secure communications satellite shipped for August launch
(29 June 2015) Delivered by the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin, the fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, yesterday prior to its expected August launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
MDA continues development of solution to deliver payloads to geostationary orbit
(23 June 2015) MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has signed a contract amendment with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to further develop and test the Payload Orbital Delivery (POD) system as part of DARPA's Phoenix program.
Dark matter map begins to reveal the universe's early history
(1 July 2015) Researchers from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), the University of Tokyo and other institutions have begun a wide-area survey of the distribution of dark matter in the universe using Hyper Suprime-Cam, a new wide-field camera installed on the Subaru Telescope in Hawai'i.
New model of cosmic stickiness favors “Big Rip” demise of universe
(30 June 2015) The universe can be a very sticky place, but just how sticky is a matter of debate.
LISA Pathfinder – the first step towards observing Einstein’s gravitational waves from space
(29 June 2015) Complicated inner workings for a complicated proof: with the LISA Technology Package (LTP), Airbus Defence and Space has now delivered the heart of the LISA Pathfinder scientific space probe.
Small cosmic ‘fish’ points to big haul for SKA Pathfinder
(5 July 2015) A wisp of cosmic radio waves, emitted before our solar system was born, shows that a new radio telescope will be able to detect galaxies other telescopes can’t.
Latest milestone reached for global gamma-ray astronomy project
(26 June 2015) The latest design milestone has been reached this week for the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) project, an international astronomy initiative with major UK involvement that aims to build the next generation ground-based very high energy gamma-ray observatory.
Precise ages of largest number of stars hosting planets ever measured
(29 June 2015) A new study of 33 Kepler stars with solar-like oscillations to be published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Chandra captures X-ray echoes pinpointing distant neutron star
(23 June 2015) Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have discovered the largest and brightest set of rings from X-ray light echoes ever observed.
Fireworks from rare stellar encounter predicted in 2018
(2 July 2015) Astronomers are gearing up for high-energy fireworks coming in early 2018, when a stellar remnant the size of a city meets one of the brightest stars in our galaxy.
Fewer faint galaxies than expected
(1 July 2015) There may be far fewer galaxies further out in the Universe then might be expected, suggests a new study based on simulations conducted using the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, with resulting data transferred to SDSC Cloud at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, for future analysis.
Giant galaxy is still growing
(25 June 2015) New observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope have revealed that the giant elliptical galaxy Messier 87 has swallowed an entire medium-sized galaxy over the last billion years.
Discovering a new stage in the galactic lifecycle
(24 June 2015) On its own, dust seems fairly unremarkable. However, by observing the clouds of gas and dust within a galaxy, astronomers can determine important information about the history of star formation and the evolution of galaxies.
How the brightest lights in the universe ‘flicker’
(24 June 2015) Active galactic nuclei are the brightest objects in the universe. They are not lit up permanently, but rather ‘flicker’ extremely slowly.
Universe’s hidden supermassive black holes revealed
(5 July 2015) Astronomers have found evidence for a large population of hidden supermassive black holes in the Universe.
Monster black hole wakes up after 26 years
(25 June 2015) Over the past week, ESA's Integral satellite has been observing an exceptional outburst of high-energy light produced by a black hole that is devouring material from its stellar companion.
Black holes may make ideal dark matter labs
(23 June 2015) A new NASA computer simulation shows that dark matter particles colliding in the extreme gravity of a black hole can produce strong, potentially observable gamma-ray light.
Seeing a supernova in a new light
(29 June 2015) Type Ia supernovae are the “standard candles” astrophysicists use to chart distance in the Universe.
Seven ESA satellites team up to explore Earth's magnetic field
(1 July 2015) For the first time ever, two of ESA's flagship space missions – Cluster and Swarm – have joined forces to simultaneously measure the properties of Earth's magnetic field at two different altitudes.
Solving Saturn’s 2-billion-year age gap
(26 June 2015) Planets tend to cool as they get older, but Saturn is hotter than astrophysicists say it should be without some additional energy source.
New Horizons plans July 7 return to normal science operations
(5 July 2015) NASA's New Horizons mission is returning to normal science operations after a July 4 anomaly and remains on track for its July 14 flyby of Pluto.
New Horizons color images reveal two distinct faces of Pluto
(1 July 2015) New color images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft show two very different faces of the mysterious dwarf planet, one with a series of intriguing spots along the equator that are evenly spaced.
New Horizons spacecraft stays the course to Pluto
(1 July 2015) NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is getting a final "all clear" as it speeds closer to its historic July 14 flyby of Pluto and the dwarf planet's five moons.
KinetX Aerospace navigation team critical to success of NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto
(29 June 2015) Carrying out a precise navigation operation involving the fastest spacecraft ever launched to the farthest destination ever explored, the KinetX Aerospace Space Navigation and Flight Dynamics team is homing in on its narrow target as NASA's New Horizons spacecraft makes its final approach to Pluto.
Telescope's focus on target of ESA's asteroid mission
(30 June 2015) Telescopes around the globe recently homed in on one point in the sky, observing the paired Didymos asteroids – the target for ESA’s proposed Asteroid Impact Mission.
First instrument delivered for NASA's upcoming asteroid sample return mission
(26 June 2015) The first of five instruments for a spacecraft that will collect a sample from an asteroid and bring it back to Earth has arrived at Lockheed Martin for installation onto NASA's Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx).
Comet sinkholes generate jets
(1 July 2015) A number of the dust jets emerging from Rosetta’s comet can be traced back to active pits that were likely formed by a sudden collapse of the surface.
Contact with Philae still irregular and unstable
(26 June 2015) Despite a new trajectory for Rosetta and a reduction of the distance between the orbiter and Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from 200 to 180 kilometres, contact with the Philae lander remains irregular and short.
Exposed water ice detected on comet's surface
(24 June 2015) Using the high-resolution science camera on board ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft, scientists have identified more than a hundred patches of water ice a few metres in size on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Rosetta mission extended
(23 June 2015) The adventure continues: ESA today confirmed that its Rosetta mission will be extended until the end of September 2016, at which point the spacecraft will most likely be landed on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Extra Solar Planets
Astronomers see pebbles poised to make planets
(5 July 2015) A team of astronomers led from St Andrews and Manchester universities have announced the discovery of a ring of rocks circling a very young star.
Observing the birth of a planet
(1 July 2015) Astronomers at ETH Zurich have confirmed the existence of a young giant gas planet still embedded in the midst of the disk of gas and dust surrounding its parent star.
Can planets be rejuvenated around dead stars?
(25 June 2015) After years of growing old, a massive planet could, in theory, brighten up with a radiant, youthful glow.
Spiral arms cradle baby terrestrial planets
(25 June 2015) New work from Carnegie’s Alan Boss offers a potential solution to a longstanding problem in the prevailing theory of how rocky planets formed in our own Solar System, as well as in others.
'Behemoth' bleeding atmosphere around a warm Neptune-sized exoplanet
(24 June 2015) Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered an immense cloud of hydrogen dubbed "The Behemoth" bleeding off a planet orbiting a nearby star.
Working out in artificial gravity
(2 July 2015) Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) have a number of exercise options, including a mechanical bicycle bolted to the floor, a weightlifting machine strapped to the wall, and a strap-down treadmill.
Cheek muscles hold up better than leg muscles in space
(30 June 2015) It is well known that muscles need resistance (gravity) to maintain optimal health, and when they do not have this resistance, they deteriorate.
Aerojet Rocketdyne's modified XR-5 Hall thruster demonstrates successful on-orbit operation
(1 July 2015) Aerojet Rocketdyne's improved XR-5 Hall Thruster (designated XR-5A) has successfully completed initial on-orbit validation testing on the unmanned X-37 space plane, which is presently on its fourth mission in space.
NASA collaborates with DRS Technologies to create mid-infrared detector
(30 June 2015) NASA scientist Xiaoli Sun and his industry partner have created the world’s first photon-counting detector sensitive to the mid-infrared wavelength bands — a spectral sweet spot for a number of remote-sensing applications, including the detection of greenhouse gases on Earth, Mars and other planetary bodies, as well as ice and frost on comets, asteroids and the moon.
Gallium nitride helping link Proba-V to Earth
(25 June 2015) Europe’s first item of high-performance gallium nitride technology to fly in space has completed its second year of operations.
Aerojet Rocketdyne to provide propulsion subsystems on Lockheed Martin's A2100 satellites
(23 June 2015) Aerojet Rocketdyne recently was awarded a contract from Lockheed Martin to deliver XR-5 Hall Effect and MR-510 Arcjet electric propulsion subsystems, as well as monopropellant rocket engines for the modernized A2100 satellite.
Rocket Lab announces world’s first commercial launch site
(1 July 2015) Today Rocket Lab announced it will be the first commercial company to build and operate an orbital launch site.
Final payload integration begins for Arianespace’s upcoming Ariane 5 launch
(30 June 2015) Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 flight has entered its final preparations with installation of Star One C4 on the launcher’s SYLDA dual-passenger dispenser system – positioning it for the upper slot of this July 8 mission’s payload arrangement.
CRS-7 lost in Falcon launch failure
(28 June 2015) Following a nominal liftoff, Falcon 9 experienced a problem shortly before first stage shutdown, resulting in loss of mission.
OneWeb signs agreement with Arianespace for the deployment of the OneWeb constellation
(25 June 2015) OneWeb, the developer of a new global, high-speed, low latency satellite-based network designed to address the most demanding global connectivity challenges worldwide has signed a contract with Arianespace for twenty-one (21) Soyuz launches, plus options for five (5) additional Soyuz launches and three (3) Ariane 6 launches.
Second Copernicus environmental satellite safely in orbit
(23 June 2015) The ESA-developed Sentinel satellite – Sentinel-2A – was launched today, adding a high-resolution optical imaging capability to the European Union Copernicus environmental monitoring system.
Vega launches Sentinel-2A
(23 June 2015) The fifth flight of Arianespace’s Vega continued the track record of success with this light-lift launcher, orbiting the Sentinel-2A satellite for Europe’s Copernicus Earth observation program.
PT Telkom awards Kratos contract for Master Control Station
(6 July 2015) Kratos Defense & Security Solutions announced today that PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), the largest telecommunications services company in Indonesia, has selected Kratos' satID geolocation system as part of a contract with Kratos ISI to upgrade Telkom's Master Control Station (MCS).
Radar guards against space debris
(1 July 2015) Space debris poses a growing threat to satellites and other spacecraft, which could be damaged in the event of a collision.
Harris Corporation announces new organizational structure
(1 July 2015) Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today announced that it will reorganize its business segments to increase operational efficiency and capture synergies that result from Harris’ recent acquisition of Exelis.
OneWeb raises A-round funding
(25 June 2015) OneWeb, which is building a new global communications system to create affordable broadband services for all, today announces it has raised $500 million of funding from a group of leading international companies.
Products and Services
Advantech Wireless releases 2nd generation GaN based 400W Ku-Band SapphireBlu series SSPA/SSPB
(2 July 2015) Advantech Wireless, a global leader for Satellite broadband communications solutions, announced today the release of the Second Generation GaN Technology based 400W Ku-Band SapphireBlu SSPA/SSPB, Ultra HD, and DVB-S2X ready.
NovelSat adds TSoIP support to its full line of satellite transmission products
(30 June 2015) As broadcast industry demand for IP-based satellite transmission continues to grow, NovelSat has announced immediate availability of Transport Stream over IP (TSoIP) support in their entire line of satellite transmission products.
Advantech Wireless releases 2nd gen GaN based 400W C-band SapphireBlu series SSPA/SSPB
(25 June 2015) Advantech Wireless announced today the release of the Second Generation SapphireBlu GaN Technology based 400W C-Band SSPA/SSPB designed for Broadcasting Applications.
Globalstar now offers Pan-African satellite coverage
(25 June 2015) Globalstar today announced that its gateway in Gaborone, Botswana has gone live, enabling Globalstar to deliver affordable simplex coverage over the African continent.
IDC announces new leadership
(6 July 2015) International Datacasting Corporation has announced today its new leadership.
RigNet CFO to step down in orderly transition
(2 July 2015) RigNet announced today that Marty Jimmerson has informed the Company of his intention to step down as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) by the end of the year.
Johann-Dietrich Woerner is new ESA Director General
(1 July 2015) As of today, 1 July 2015, ESA has a new Director General: Johann-Dietrich Woerner, who has taken up duty at ESA Headquarters in Paris, France.
RigNet names Keith Stewart Vice President – Global Operations, TSI
(23 June 2015) RigNet announced today that Keith Stewart has been promoted to the new position of Vice President – Global Operations, RigNet TSI, based in Aberdeen, Scotland.