MOL makes fleet-wide migration to Fleet Xpress
(26 July 2016) Inmarsat partner JSAT Mobile Communications has signed an agreement with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), one of the world’s largest shipping companies, to introduce the newly-launched Fleet Xpress service across the majority of its car carrier fleet.
Harris orders Norsat's Atom series 100W Ku-band solid state power amplifiers
(25 July 2016) Norsat International has received an approximate $3.8 million order from Harris Corporation for its compact and efficient ATOM series Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs).
ViaSat to provide global in-flight internet and connectivity services to Air Force One and other U.S. government senior leader aircraft
(25 July 2016) The United States Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) awarded ViaSat a non-competitive, firm-fixed-price contract to provide senior leaders and their support staff with global in-flight broadband and communications services.
First Chinese certification awarded to Cobham SATCOM system
(21 July 2016) The Cobham SATCOM Aviator 300 system has received a Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) Validation of Supplemental Type Certificate (VSTC) for installation aboard the Airbus A320 series.
Key milestone achieved for European Aviation Network
(21 July 2016) The construction and associated sub-system tests of the satellite for Inmarsat’s market-changing European Aviation Network (EAN) in-flight connectivity solution has been completed on schedule by Thales Alenia Space.
Brazilian ISP Ruralweb deploys Gilat’s solution for its rural broadband VSAT network
(20 July 2016) Gilat Satellite Networks announced today that Ruralweb Telecomunicações LTDA (Ruralweb), a Brazilian company providing fixed satellite Internet and IP services throughout the country, has deployed Gilat’s solution for its rural broadband VSAT network.
GOES-3 satellite decommissioned after linking Antarctica to the world for more than 20 years
(19 July 2016) The National Science Foundation (NSF) late last month decommissioned a 38-year-old communications satellite that for 21 years had helped to link NSF's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station with the outside world. It was among the oldest, continuously operating satellites in the skies.
O3b supports Digicel launch of LTE service in Samoa
(18 July 2016) O3b Networks today announced the company is supporting Digicel Samoa’s LTE services by providing core connectivity services to Digicel Samoa through the ground-breaking O3b satellite enabled network.
Advantech Wireless announces WideSAT HTS GEO/MEO/LEO widebeam satellite communication technology to be incorporated in A-SAT-II and future products
(15 July 2016) Advantech Wireless today announced WideSAT, a new HTS GEO/MEO/LEO widebeam technology to increase density, versatility, and efficiency when utilizing wide transponders from 250MHz-2GHz for High Throughput Satellite data links.
Inmarsat given approval for IsatPhone 2 in China
(14 July 2016) Inmarsat has received type approval from the Government of the People’s Republic of China for its IsatPhone 2 technology, making it the only international operator legally eligible to sell handheld satellite phones in the country.
Lepton Global Solutions named new Boeing-authorized service provider for Global Xpress
(14 July 2016) Lepton Global Solutions has signed on as a Boeing-authorized service provider of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress services.
Russia’s Tricolor TV first to launch Eutelsat’s new ‘SmartBeam’ multiscreen video delivery service
(27 July 2016) Tricolor TV and Eutelsat Communications announce they are collaborating on deploying the first network in Russia to use SmartBeam, Eutelsat’s new multi-screen video delivery solution.
US cable operators conducting first Ultra HD trials with SES
(27 July 2016) SES announced today that multiple US cable operators are testing Ultra HD (or 4K) content across its fully-managed Ultra HD platform and receiving HEVC 4K IP set top boxes in preparation for Ultra HD subscriber trials into US households later this year.
Arqiva secures capacity on two Eutelsat satellites for content contribution and distribution across Europe
(25 July 2016) Arqiva, the UK’s leading communications infrastructure and media services company, has renewed multi-year contracts with Eutelsat Communications covering capacity on two satellites.
Trinity Broadcasting Network delivers religious programming to millions of viewers in North America via Intelsat’s premier video neighborhood
(22 July 2016) Intelsat announced today that Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and America’s most-watched faith-based programming channel, has renewed its contract through the end of Intelsat’s Galaxy 14 life to distribute high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) programming to cable head-ends throughout North America.
Cryosat sets new standard for measuring sea levels
(26 July 2016) Trying to measure sea levels around rugged coastlines is not always an easy task. ESA’s CryoSat satellite is making a difference with its radar altimeter. (ESA)
Cobham wins satellite motion control order from Northrop Grumman
(21 July 2016) Cobham recently received an award from Northrop Grumman valued at approximately $8 million for motion control technology for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) instrument to be flown on the Joint Polar Satellite System 3 (JPSS-3) and 4 (JPSS-4) satellites.
Chilly summer for Sentinel-2B
(18 July 2016) While most of us may be looking forward to spending some time in the sunshine this summer, the Sentinel-2B satellite is being subjected to the extreme cold of space to make sure it is fit for life in orbit. (ESA)
Myanmar signs deal to explore deploying space-based ADS-B
(19 July 2016) Aireon has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) in Myanmar.
Ball Aerospace and XTAR demonstrate High-Throughput ISR service for Air Force
(26 July 2016) Ball Aerospace collaborated with XTAR to successfully demonstrate high-throughput service using Ball's industry-leading AIRLINK X-1 antenna configured for the C130 hatch.
Mission Microwave to develop high-efficiency Ka-band SSPAs in follow-on USAF Phase II contract
(26 July 2016) Mission Microwave Technologies has been selected through the U.S. Air Force SBIR Program for a Phase II contract to develop highly efficient and linear highpower Ka-Band Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs).
Ancient eye in the sky
(25 July 2016) Light from a distant galaxy can be strongly bent by the gravitational influence of a foreground galaxy. (Subaru Telescope)
Astronomers map a record-breaking 1.2 million galaxies to study the properties of dark energy
(14 July 2016) Astronomers announced this week the sharpest results yet on the properties of dark energy. (SDSS)
Dizzying spin of the Milky Way galaxy’s “halo”
(25 July 2016) Astronomers at the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) discovered for the first time that the hot gas in the halo of the Milky Way galaxy is spinning in the same direction and at comparable speed as the galaxy's disk, which contains our stars, planets, gas, and dust. (NASA)
Newly discovered solar system objects resonate with Neptune
(20 July 2016) The search for distant solar system objects has found two more small worlds far outside the orbit of Neptune. (Subaru Telescope)
Asteroid that formed Moon’s Imbrium Basin may have been protoplanet-sized
(20 July 2016) Around 3.8 billion years ago, an asteroid more than 150 miles across, roughly equal to the length of New Jersey, slammed into the Moon and created the Imbrium Basin — the right eye of the fabled Man in the Moon. (Brown University)
Venus' surface revealed through the clouds
(18 July 2016) Using observations from ESA's Venus Express satellite, scientists have shown for the first time how weather patterns seen in Venus' thick cloud layers are directly linked to the topography of the surface below. (ESA)
Digging deeper into Mars
(25 July 2016) Water is the key to life on Earth. Scientists continue to unravel the mystery of life on Mars by investigating evidence of water in the planet’s soil. (Louisiana State University)
Mars rover can choose laser targets on its own
(21 July 2016) NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is now selecting rock targets for its laser spectrometer -- the first time autonomous target selection is available for an instrument of this kind on any robotic planetary mission. (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
NASA selects five Mars orbiter concept studies
(18 July 2016) NASA has selected five U.S. aerospace companies to conduct concept studies for a potential future Mars orbiter mission.
NASA's next Mars rover progresses toward 2020 launch
(15 July 2016) After an extensive review process and passing a major development milestone, NASA is ready to proceed with final design and construction of its next Mars rover, currently targeted to launch in the summer of 2020 and arrive on the Red Planet in February 2021. (NASA)
The case of the missing Ceres craters
(26 July 2016) Ceres is covered in countless small, young craters, but none are larger than 175 miles (280 kilometers) in diameter. (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Health check for asteroid lander MASCOT
(14 July 2016) Space travel is no easy task – first comes the stressful launch with vibrations, then the long flight through the bitter cold and the vacuum. (DLR)
Extra Solar Planets
Kepler confirms 100+ exoplanets during its K2 mission
(18 July 2016) An international team of astronomers has discovered and confirmed a treasure trove of new worlds using NASA's Kepler spacecraft on its K2 mission. (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Surface composition determines temperature and habitability of a planet
(14 July 2016) KU Leuven astronomers have shown that the interaction between the surface and the atmosphere of an exoplanet has major consequences for the temperature on the planet. (KU Leuven)
Warm Jupiters not as lonely as expected
(14 July 2016) After analyzing four years of Kepler space telescope observations, astronomers from the University of Toronto have given us our clearest understanding yet of a class of exoplanets called “Warm Jupiters”, showing that many have unexpected planetary companions. (University of Toronto)
MDA continues support of robotics on the International Space Station
(26 July 2016) MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has signed a contract amendment with the Canadian Space Agency for CA$5.3 million.
Aerojet Rocketdyne completes hot-fire tests on RCS engines
(25 July 2016) Aerojet Rocketdyne has successfully completed a series of hot-fire development tests on three Reaction Control System (RCS) engines for Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner service module propulsion system.
NASA sends trailblazing science, cargo to International Space Station aboard SpaceX resupply mission
(18 July 2016) Instruments to perform the first-ever DNA sequencing in space, and the first international docking adapter for commercial spacecraft, are among the cargo scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station after Monday’s launch of the SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services-9 (CRS-9) mission.
Bringing space-based radio frequency mapping and analytics to new markets
(26 July 2016) HawkEye 360, a subsidiary of Allied Minds, and Lockheed Martin are collaborating to apply HawkEye 360's radio frequency (RF) detection and mapping technology in new markets.
NASA team begins testing of a new-fangled optic
(26 July 2016) It’s an age-old astronomical truth: To resolve smaller and smaller physical details of distant celestial objects, scientists need larger and larger light-collecting mirrors. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
Orbital ATK and ECAPS sign agreement on breakthrough propulsion technology
(25 July 2016) Orbital ATK has signed an agreement with leading European green propulsion technology firm ECAPS to fully develop, demonstrate and market a high performance green propulsion (HPGP) system.
SSL to provide robotic arms to DARPA for satellite servicing
(21 July 2016) Space Systems Loral (SSL) today announced it has received $20.7 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design and build robotic arm flight hardware for the first phase of the agency's Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program.
SSTL expands LEO platform capability with VESTA nanosatellite
(19 July 2016) Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has signed a contract with Honeywell to supply the VESTA satellite platform, a technology demonstration mission that will test a new two-way VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) payload for the exactEarth advanced maritime satellite constellation.
Both satellite passengers for Ariane 5’s August 24 launch are now in French Guiana
(25 July 2016) Payload preparations for Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 dual-passenger mission are moving into full pace with today’s delivery of the second satellite, Intelsat 36, to French Guiana – joining Intelsat 33e, which arrived earlier this month.
Intelsat 33e arrives in French Guiana amid preparations for August 24th launch on Ariane 5
(22 July 2016) Intelsat announced today that Intelsat 33e, the second of the Intelsat EpicNG series of high throughput satellites (HTS), arrived at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will undergo final preparations before its scheduled launch on an Ariane 5 rocket on the 24th of August, 2016.
RS-68A engine lights for assured access to space
(15 July 2016) Earlier today, Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully completed its latest acceptance test on a liquid-fueled RS-68A booster engine.
Vector Space Systems completes acquisition of Garvey Spacecraft Corporation
(20 July 2016) Vector Space Systems, a micro satellite space launch company comprised of new-space industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas and Sea Launch, today announced it has finalized the acquisition of Garvey Spacecraft Corporation.
Products and Services
C-COM's iNetVu Controller integrated with Gilat Satellite Networks SkyEdge II-c VSATs
(26 July 2016) C-COM Satellite Systems has successfully completed the integration of Gilat's SkyEdge II-c VSATs with C-COM's iNetVu antenna 7710 controller.
Sevis releases "Backhaul Offload"
(26 July 2016) Sevis Systems, the leading developer of cellular backhaul optimization technology announces the release of the latest version of its Intelligent Backhaul Optimization (IBO) suite of applications that now includes the addition of its much anticipated ‘Backhaul Offload’ application.
Just click, fold and go
(21 July 2016) The DataPath QCT90 man-pack antenna has achieved full Inmarsat Type Approval for use on commercial Ka-band frequencies over Global Xpress (GX), Inmarsat’s globally available high-throughput wideband service.
ND SatCom announces major SKYWAN 5G VSAT platform upgrade: SKYWAN 5G VCGr
(20 July 2016) The newest upgrade - Virtual Channel Group (VCGr) - advances the SKYWAN 5G satellite router’s Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF) function with innovative satellite bandwidth management capabilities.
International Launch Services hires Senior Director of Sales
(25 July 2016) Kevin Reyes has been hired as Senior Director of Sales for International Launch Services (ILS). Reyes, a 35-year veteran of the aerospace industry, is responsible for sales and business development activities of Proton and Angara launch services for customers in the Asia-Pacific region.