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.
Alaskan Leader Fisheries takes Fleet Xpress to Bering waters
(12 July 2016) Inmarsat partner Network Innovations (NI), together with Fusion Marine Technology, have signed a contract with Alaskan Leader Fisheries to install Fleet Xpress, Inmarsat’s new high-speed broadband maritime communications service, powered by Global Xpress (GX).
Panasonic and China Telecom Satellite expand connectivity services over China to 1,000 additional aircraft
(12 July 2016) Panasonic Avionics and its partner China Telecom Satellite (CTS), today announced a one-year extension of their Ku-band inflight connectivity trial.
ND SatCom shipped SKYWAN Mesh network to ATNS for SADC2/NAFISAT network in Africa
(11 July 2016) ND SatCom shipped a trans-African VSAT network based on SKYWAN technology to all SADC2 and NAFISAT sites of its customer ATNS.
Optus Satellite teams up with URSYS to deliver remote area telecommunications solutions
(11 July 2016) Optus Satellite has announced a new wholesale relationship with URSYS, a designer and provisioner of satellite based voice and data communications, specifically for complex networks in remote and rural areas.
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.
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)
EMSA expands use of Radarsat-2 information for maritime applications
(13 July 2016) MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has signed a four year contract with a ceiling of 31 million euros to provide Radarsat-2 information to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).
Eumetsat takes over operations of Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite
(13 July 2016) After successful completion of in-orbit commissioning, ESA has handed over operations of the Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite to Eumetsat.
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.
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)
Stellar outburst brings water snow line into view
(13 July 2016) The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has made the first ever resolved observation of a water snow line within a protoplanetary disc. (European Southern Observatory)
Deepest ever look into Orion
(12 July 2016) ESO’s HAWK-I infrared instrument on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile has been used to peer deeper into the heart of Orion Nebula than ever before. (European Southern Observatory)
Frankenstein' galaxy surprises astronomers
(11 July 2016) About 250 million light-years away, there's a neighborhood of our universe that astronomers had considered quiet and unremarkable. (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Gravitational vortex provides new way to study matter close to a black hole
(12 July 2016) ESA's orbiting X-ray observatory, XMM-Newton, has proved the existence of a 'gravitational vortex' around a black hole. (ESA)
Blue is an indicator of first star’s supernova explosions
(11 July 2016) An international collaboration led by the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) have discovered that the color of supernovae during a specific phase could be an indicator for detecting the most distant and oldest supernovae in the Universe - more than 13 billion years old. (Kavli IPMU)
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)
SSTL and Goonhilly announce partnership and a call for lunar orbit payloads
(12 July 2016) Surrey Satellite Technology and Goonhilly Earth Station (GES) have today announced a new partnership to go beyond Earth’s orbit and provide a new model of low cost, high value, space exploration and science.
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)
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)
New distant dwarf planet beyond Neptune
(11 July 2016) An international team of astronomers including researchers from the University of British Columbia have discovered a new dwarf planet orbiting in the disk of small icy worlds beyond Neptune. (University of British Columbia)
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)
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.
SpaceX CRS-9 launch
(12 July 2016) NASA provider SpaceX is scheduled to launch its ninth Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station Monday, July 18.
Sierra Nevada Corporation completes first Dream Chaser cargo service milestone under NASA CRS2 contract
(11 July 2016) Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has announced the successful completion of ISS Integration Certification Milestone 1 for the Dream Chaser Cargo System under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract.
Thales Alenia Space to produce additional key hardware for cargo resupply missions to International Space Station
(11 July 2016) Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo-Finmeccanica (33%), today announced the signing of a new contract with Orbital ATK.
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.
ESA commits to next stage of UK revolutionary rocket engine
(12 July 2016) The UK’s Farnborough airshow today saw ESA’s commitment to the next step in developing a revolutionary air-breathing rocket engine that could begin test firings in about four years. (ESA)
NASA eyes first-ever carbon-nanotube mirrors for CubeSat telescope
(12 July 2016) A lightweight telescope that a team of NASA scientists and engineers is developing specifically for CubeSat scientific investigations could become the first to carry a mirror made of carbon nanotubes in an epoxy resin. (NASA)
Sciaky's EBAM metal 3D printing solution drastically reduces time, waste and costs
(12 July 2016) Sciaky's Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) technology helped aerospace giant Lockheed Martin Space Systems reduce production time, material waste and overall costs for producing titanium propellant tanks for satellites.
Millennium Space Systems receives order from SSL for follow-on buy of reaction wheels
(11 July 2016) Millennium Space Systems has announced that SSL has placed a follow-on order for 23 RWA-1000 flight reaction wheels.
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.
Lockheed Martin prepares WorldView-4 Earth imaging satellite for launch
(13 July 2016) Final preparations are underway at Lockheed Martin to ship DigitalGlobe's WorldView-4 earth imaging satellite to Vandenberg Air Force Base for a Sept. 15 launch.
SSL delivers communications satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT to Cape Canaveral
(13 July 2016) Space Systems Loral (SSL) today announced that the JCSAT-16 satellite, which it designed and built for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, has arrived at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where it will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle.
Rocket Lab and Planet sign launch services agreement
(12 July 2016) Planet and Rocket Lab have signed a Launch Services Agreement for at least three dedicated launches on Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle.
Aerojet Rocketdyne expands at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi
(11 July 2016) Aerojet Rocketdyne announced that assembly and testing of its AR1 advanced liquid rocket engine will take place at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
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.
Lockheed Martin selects Brevard County for space business expansion
(12 July 2016) Lockheed Martin plans to expand capabilities at its Astrotech Space Operations site in Titusville, Florida with the assistance of the North Brevard Economic Development Zone and the State of Florida.
Moon Express announces new home at Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complexes 17 & 18
(12 July 2016) Moon Express (MoonEx) announced today that it has reached an agreement with the U.S. Air Force 45th Wing to license the historic Space Launch Complexes 17 and 18 at Cape Canaveral for its lunar lander development and flight test operations.
Scottish manned space launch a step closer after strategic partnership
(12 July 2016) US manned space launch vehicle designer XCOR Aerospace has signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with spaceplane design and operating company Orbital Access Limited and Glasgow Prestwick Spaceport.
UK National Space Propulsion Facility
(12 July 2016) The UK Space Agency is investing £4.12m in a National Propulsion Test Facility, giving the UK a new facility for space technology testing.
Thales Alenia Space acquires of RUAG’s opto-electronics business line
(11 July 2016) Thales Alenia Space has signed a definitive agreement to acquire RUAG’s opto-electronics business line.
Products and Services
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.
e2v increases space presence with new QML class V certified space grade data converters
(13 July 2016) e2v’s latest 12-bit space grade digital-to-analog data converter (DAC) has been awarded QML class V certification from the US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).
Intersil announces rad tolerant 36V instrumentation amplifier
(11 July 2016) Intersil today introduced the industry's first radiation tolerant 36V instrumentation amplifier (in-amp) featuring an integrated differential analog-to-digital converter (ADC) driver.
TI launches the first DDR memory-termination linear regulator for space applications
(11 July 2016) Texas Instruments (TI) today introduced the industry's first double-data-rate (DDR) memory linear regulator for space applications.