Hispasat gains rights to exploit new orbital position in Brazil
(27 May 2015) In the auction held yesterday in Brazil for the rights to exploit four orbit positions, Hispamar Satélites, the Brazilian subsidiary of Spanish satellite operator Hispasat, gained rights to exploit the Ku band at the orbital position 74º West.
Hispasat to provide a connection to 8,700 public spaces in rural Mexico
(19 May 2015) Hispasat has signed an agreement with the Mexican telecommunications company GlobalSat to provide broadband Internet access to more than 8,700 public spaces in rural or remote Mexican towns and villages.
Marlink VSAT to connect United Arab Shipping Company ultra-large containerships
(19 May 2015) The world's first 18,800 TEU LNG-ready ultra-large containership, M.V. Barzan, was recently named at a ceremony in South Korea.
SwiftBroadband High Data Rate service testing complete
(19 May 2015) Flight and lab tests of High Data Rate (HDR) capabilities for Inmarsat SwiftBroadband have been successfully completed.
ViaSat Selected by Gulfstream as Ku-Band connectivity supplier for large cabin business jets
(19 May 2015) ViaSat has been selected by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation as the sole source Ku-band equipment supplier to outfit Gulfstream's large cabin business jets with ViaSat Yonder high-speed internet service.
X2nSat and Spaceport America to establish next-generation satellite gateway
(19 May 2015) X2nSat announces today its decision to partner with Spaceport America - the world's first purpose-built, commercial spaceport
Kacific and BigNet bring fast affordable broadband to all Indonesians
(15 May 2015) Indonesian Satellite Service Provider, BigNet, has signed a US$78 million, long-term agreement with Kacific Broadband Satellites for the provision of a high-speed broadband service from 2017.
RigNet extends managed communications contract for upstream oil and gas company in the Middle East
(14 May 2015) RigNet has renewed a two-year contract, that includes increased bandwidth, with an upstream oil and gas company to deliver managed network communications solutions between their head office, base camp and five onshore rigs.
Europe's first free-to-air Ultra HD Channel to broadcast on Astra
(20 May 2015) SES will be broadcasting Europe's first free-to-air Ultra HD channel via Astra 19.2 degrees East.
Airbus Defense and Space and Hexagon Geospatial to provide access to data in smart applications
(26 May 2015) Airbus Defense and Space and Hexagon Geospatial have partnered in a new content-sharing program that will enable end-users to have access to Earth Observation data and software through smart applications offered by Hexagon Geospatial.
Airbus Defence and Space begins building Grace-FO climate satellites
(26 May 2015) Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed the development and design phase of the Grace-FO (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment follow-on) satellites.
Soil moisture mission begins science operations
(19 May 2015) NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission to map global soil moisture and detect whether soils are frozen or thawed has begun science operations.
Sierra Nevada Corporation to support Exelis on NASA’s Joint Polar Satellite System-2 mission
(14 May 2015) Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems was competitively selected by Exelis Geospatial Systems to develop and build the Radiation Budget Instrument (RBI) Azimuth Rotation Module (ARM) for the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission.
New Airbus A350 comes EGNOS-capable
(18 May 2015) The ESA-developed EGNOS system for sharpening the accuracy of satnav across Europe has been adopted by a growing number of airports to enable satellite-guided landing approaches. The new Airbus A350 airliner, currently entering service, comes fitted with it as standard.
Satellites make a load of difference to bridge safety
(15 May 2015) When extreme weather comes our way, realtime information from space can help us to decide if closing a bridge is the right thing to do.
Veritas International selects highly tracking system for VIP protection
(26 May 2015) Veritas International has selected Airbus Defence and Space to provide a complete communications solution for high quality tracking to meet security requirements of its high profile clients.
Harris Corporation demonstrates MUOS waveform operating on-air
(20 May 2015) Harris Corporation has successfully conducted satellite communications calls using two Falcon III AN/PRC-117G tactical radios with the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) waveform.
ETL Systems’ RF equipment utilised by BAE Systems Australia
(19 May 2015) ETL Systems, a global designer and manufacturer of Radio Frequency (RF) distribution equipment for satellite communications, has provided BAE Systems Australia, the largest defence contractor in Australia, with customized amplifier units.
Raytheon delivers first GPS OCX hardware shipment to Air Force
(14 May 2015) Raytheon has delivered the first operational hardware for the Global Positioning System's Next Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX, completing a key milestone in the program.
Lawrence Livermore scientists move one step closer to mimicking gamma-ray bursts
(26 May 2015) Using ever more energetic lasers, Lawrence Livermore researchers have produced a record high number of electron-positron pairs, opening exciting opportunities to study extreme astrophysical processes, such as black holes and gamma-ray bursts.
Newly dedicated observatory to search for gravitational waves
(19 May 2015) Seeking to expand how we observe and understand the universe where we live, the National Science Foundation today helped dedicate the Advanced Laser Gravitational Wave Observatories (Advanced LIGO) at the LIGO Hanford facility in Richland, Wash.
(25 May 2015) Queen’s University PhD student Matt Shultz is researching magnetic, massive stars, and his research has uncovered questions concerning the behaviour of plasma within their magnetospheres.
One-of-a-kind star nicknamed 'Nasty'
(21 May 2015) Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered surprising new clues about a hefty, rapidly aging star whose behavior has never been seen before in our Milky Way galaxy.
Hubble catches a stellar exodus in action
(14 May 2015) Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have captured for the first time snapshots of fledgling white dwarf stars beginning their slow-paced, 40-million-year migration from the crowded center of an ancient star cluster to the less populated suburbs.
Galaxy’s snacking habits revealed
(19 May 2015) A team of Australian and Spanish astronomers have caught a greedy galaxy gobbling on its neighbours and leaving crumbs of evidence about its dietary past.
Supernovas help ‘clean’ galaxies
(26 May 2015) Supernovas just might be the cleaning service of the universe.
Caltech astronomers observe a supernova colliding with its companion star
(20 May 2015) Type Ia supernovae, one of the most dazzling phenomena in the universe, are produced when small dense stars called white dwarfs explode with ferocious intensity.
Rare, early moments of baby supernovae
(20 May 2015) Astronomers are going gaga over newborn supernova measurements taken by NASA’s Kepler and Swift spacecraft, poring over them in hopes of better understanding what sparks these world-shattering stellar explosions.
Supernova hunting with supercomputers
(19 May 2015) Type Ia supernovae are famous for their consistency. Ironically, new observations suggest that their origins may not be uniform at all.
Using a sounding rocket to help calibrate NASA's SDO
(19 May 2015) Watching the sun is dangerous work for a telescope. Solar instruments in space naturally degrade over time, bombarded by a constant stream of solar particles that can cause a film of material to adhere to the optics.
Moon Express announces first international multi-mission payload agreement
(15 May 2015) Moon Express (MoonEx) has announced a multi-mission payload agreement with The National Laboratories of Frascati (INFN-LNF) and the University of Maryland to deliver a new generation of lunar laser ranging arrays to the Moon.
Northrop Grumman establishes science advisory board for Venus mission
(15 May 2015) Northrop Grumman has formed a scientific advisory board to guide its efforts to develop a lighter-than-air vehicle to explore Venus's environment.
NASA begins testing Mars lander in preparation for next mission to red planet
(27 May 2015) Testing is underway on NASA’s next mission on the journey to Mars, a stationary lander scheduled to launch in March 2016.
Mars rover's laser-zapping instrument gets sharper vision
(22 May 2015) Tests on Mars have confirmed success of a repair to the autonomous focusing capability of the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
Europa mission begins with selection of science instruments
(26 May 2015) NASA has selected nine science instruments for a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, to investigate whether the mysterious icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life.
Asteroid research benefits from Gaia satellite mission
(20 May 2015) Astronomical research on asteroids, i.e. minor planets, is also benefiting from the large-scale Gaia mission of the European Space Agency (ESA).
NASA MaterialsLab changes materials research on the International Space Station
(26 May 2015) A new approach to materials science research called MaterialsLab provides an unprecedented level of collaboration among stakeholders performing research on the International Space Station, a unique orbiting laboratory where advanced materials can be studied and used to stimulate the U.S. economy.
Critical NASA research returns to Earth aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon spacecraft
(21 May 2015) SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m. EDT Thursday with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.
CubeSat initiative aids in testing of technology for solar sails in space
(20 May 2015) With help from NASA, a small research satellite to test technology for in-space solar propulsion launched into space Wednesday aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, as part of the agency’s CubeSat Launch Initiative.
Advancing the CubeSat concept for planetary exploration
(19 May 2015) Although scientists are increasingly using pint-size satellites sometimes no larger than a loaf of bread to gather data from low-Earth orbit, they have yet to apply the less-expensive small-satellite technology to observe physical phenomena far from terra firma.
OPALS boosts space-to-ground optical communications research
(14 May 2015) By combining adaptive optics with a laser communications technology aboard the International Space Station, NASA is working toward advances in space communications that could have major benefits for our data transmission needs here on Earth as well.
Aerojet Rocketdyne begins hot-fire tests in support of USAF Hydrocarbon Boost Technology Demonstrator program
(26 May 2015) Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE:AJRD) has completed the first in a series of hot-fire tests on the sub-scale oxygen rich pre-burner in support of the U.S. Air Force Hydrocarbon Boost Technology Demonstrator (HBTD) program.
Air Force's Space and Missiles System Center certifies SpaceX for national security space missions
(26 May 2015) Lieutenant General Samuel Greaves, Commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space, has announced the certification of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation's (SpaceX) Falcon 9 Launch System for national security space missions.
SSL delivers satellite for Embratel Star One to launch base in Kourou
(26 May 2015) Space Systems/Loral (SSL) today announced that the Star One C4 satellite, designed and built for Embratel Star One, has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace.
United Launch Alliance launches X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle for the U.S. Air Force
(20 May 2015) A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket successfully launched the Air Force Space Command 5 (AFSPC-5) satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 11:05 a.m. EDT today from Space Launch Complex-41.
Proton launch failure
(16 May 2015) Khrunichev and International Launch Services (ILS) regret to announce an anomaly during today's Proton mission with the Centenario satellite.
Canada to study future Canada-Israel space missions
(26 May 2015) The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, today announced that two Canadian space firms will be conducting concept studies for potential Canada–Israel space missions.
Airbus Defence and Space joins ESA BIC Bavaria as new partner
(22 May 2015) ESA BIC Bavaria, part of the European Space Agency's Business Incubation Centre (BIC) programme, is poised to expand its presence in the aerospace hotbed Bavaria with the opening of another branch office in Ottobrunn near Munich.
Products and Services
Advantech Wireless releases new 50W X-Band GaN technology based SSPB/BUC for tactical military applications
(21 May 2015) Advantech Wireless announced today the release of the New 50W X-Band GaN based SSPB/BUC for Tactical Military Applications.
iDirect Asia partners with ST Teleport to introduce web-based monitoring platform to maritime customers
(21 May 2015) iDirect Asia has partnered with ST Teleport to launch a unique and advanced vessel-location tracking and network-monitoring platform to help maritime customers achieve greater operational and cost control, and improve customer satisfaction.
Satcom Direct offers SkyStream bonding and aggregation service for faster airborne data transfer rate
(20 May 2015) Satcom Direct’s SkyStream channel bonding and aggregation technology allows customers to combine multiple streaming channels of Inmarsat Swiftbroadband to achieve higher data rates for real-time communications applications.
Sumitomo Electric expands satcom offerings with Ku-band devices
(19 May 2015) Sumitomo Electric Device Innovations USA, Inc. (SEDU), a leading provider of advanced RF, wireless and optical communications solutions, today announced its expansion of GaN devices for satellite communications.
ND SatCom launches SKYWAN 5G
(18 May 2015) ND SatCom today announced the official launch of the SKYWAN 5G.
Globalstar launches industry’s smallest commercial one-way asset manager
(14 May 2015) Globalstar today launched its latest Simplex asset manager, the SmartOne C.
UAE to launch first Master's degree program in space systems and technology
(26 May 2015) Yahsat, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and Orbital ATK, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on May 25, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) to announce the joint creation of the Gulf-region’s first Master’s level advanced studies space program, endorsed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).