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Proton Rocket Returns To Uneasy Expectations

[Via Satellite 09-30-2014] After four months, the conclusions regarding Proton’s May 16 failure have been released, citing a “loss of structural integrity of a bolted interface” as the probable cause that led to a series of consequences that ultimately undid the rocket. The International Launch Services (ILS) Failure Review Oversight Board (FROB) drew its conclusions [...]

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Globalstar ground station

Globalstar Building new Gateway in Botswana for Simplex Services

[Via Satellite 09-30-2014] Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) provider Globalstar is seeking to build up its presence in Southern Africa by building a new gateway station in Gaborone, Botswana. Broadband Botswana Internet (BBi) has partnered on the new facility, which is already under construction and is expected to be complete by the end of the year. [...]

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Hylas 2 Avanti

NSR Releases Satellite Operator Financial Analysis Report

[Via Satellite 09-30-2014] Northern Sky Research (NSR) has released its “Satellite Operator Financial Analysis (SOFA), 4th Edition,” report in which the research group finds an increased focus on operational efficiencies is driving both acquisitions and new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) payloads being launched. The report gives a detailed analysis of Avanti Communications in particular, focusing [...]

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ATK propellant tank

ATK Delivers 6,000th Titanium Propellant Tank

[Via Satellite 09-30-2014] Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has shipped its 6,000 titanium propellant tank from the company’s Commerce, Calif. facility this month. Last year, ATK’s Commerce site reached its 50th anniversary, remaining in operation for pressure vessel design and manufacturing projects since 1963. ATK has expanded the number of qualified propellant tank designs it offers to [...]

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