GOES 16 captured this geocolor image of Hurricane Irma approaching Anguilla on Sept. 6, 2017. Photo: NOAA.

Materion’s Optical Filters to Improve Weather Forecasting on GOES 16

While already providing valuable imagery around current hurricanes, such as Harvey and Irma, GOES 16 is aimed at becoming an even more critical asset for weather forecasting. High-performance optical filters from Materion’s Precision Optics business, equipped on a Harris imaging instrument on the United States’ next-generation weather satellite, GOES 16, are poised to serve an expanded […]

By | September 7, 2017

GPS3 SV02 at Lockheed Martin's manufacturing facility near Denver, Colorado. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Second GPS 3 Satellite Completes Launch Environment Simulation Test

Lockheed Martin’s second, fully-assembled GPS 3 Space Vehicle (SV) completed a realistic simulation of its future launch experience and passed this critical acoustic environmental test with flying colors on July 13, the company stated on Sept. 5. During acoustic testing, technicians continuously blasted the GPS 3 SV02 satellite with sound reaching 140 decibels in a […]

By | September 6, 2017

Royal Canadian Navy's Fredericton frigate on Nov. 6, 2014. 

Photo: Lt. Jennifer Fidler, Royal Canadian Navy Public Affairs.

ViaSat Supplies Communications System for Royal Canadian Navy

ViaSat announced it has delivered an end-to-end Link 16 communications system to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) for its Halifax-class frigates. The upgrade will enable the RCN to more effectively communicate with the United States, NATO and other allied forces through Link 16 interoperability, and will serve as a bridge to the future fleet communications. […]

By | September 6, 2017

In a testing procedure, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle taxis on the flightline at Vandenberg AFB. Photo: U.s Air Force.

Air Force Prepares to Launch its Fifth Orbital Test Vehicle Mission

The U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office is undergoing final launch preparations for the fifth mission of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV). The OTV is scheduled to launch on Sept. 7 onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The fifth OTV mission continues to advance the X-37B’s performance and flexibility as a space technology […]

By | September 1, 2017

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BlackSky to Develop GEOINT Broker Platform for Air Force Research Lab

Spaceflight Industries announced that the Air Force Research Lab has awarded its BlackSky division a two-year $16.4 million cost-plus-prime contract to develop and deliver a cloud-based Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) broker platform. The brokering platform will provide on-demand analytics, collection, and information services from global data sources. According to Spaceflight, the BlackSky geospatial solutions team will […]

By | August 30, 2017

United States Capitol Building, Washington, D.C. Aerial view. Photo: Wikimedia.

New Study Highlights the Weaknesses of US Government Cybersecurity

A new cybersecurity analysis placed the United States government at 16 out of a ranking of 18 industries, highlighting some of the most salient shortcomings of its defensive capabilities. Aging software, improper basic security hygiene and weak endpoint defense are just some of the weaknesses pointed out in the report. Read more at Wired.

By | August 25, 2017

Enterprise SATCOM Gateway Landstuhl (ESG-L) facility, the largest Army-operated SATCOM facility outside the continental U.S. Photo: Business Wire.

UltiSat to Support Envistacom at the Largest US Army Teleport Overseas

Envistacom, a technology company that offers counterterrorism, cyber and communications solutions to the United States and coalition partners, has awarded UltiSat a subcontract to provide Tier 2 technical support of its teleport and Regional Hub Node (RHN) at the Enterprise Satellite Communications Gateway Facility (ESG-L) located in Landstuhl, Germany. As part of this subcontract, UltiSat […]

By | August 24, 2017

An Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Industry-Developed Terminal Successfully Tested with AEHF Satellite

An industry team led by Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin successfully tested a Low Cost Terminal (LCT) this month with an on-orbit Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. This milestone demonstrates the ability of an affordable tactical terminal to connect with the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) protected communications network. The AEHF system, designed for […]

By | August 24, 2017

ViaLight HD rack chassis. Photo: ViaLite.

ViaLite’s RF Links Qualified for US Military WGS Standard

ViaLite has announced that its Radio Frequency (RF) over fiber links are compliant with the U.S. Army MIL-STD-188-164B ARSTRAT-WGS standard. Craig Somach, director of sales for North America, confirmed the ViaLiteHD RF over fiber transmission equipment successfully completed tests carried out in conjunction with a U.S. systems integrator.  Following qualification, ViaLite’s links can be used to connect ground stations […]

By | August 22, 2017

Photo: NASA.

5 Stunning NASA Images of the US Total Eclipse

The total solar eclipse Monday was the first time one has occurred and was visible from the U.S. in more than 30 years. Relive the experience below with some of the best pictures captured by NASA. 1) An image captured by NASA of the moon transiting across the sun. 2) A silhouette of the International Space Station with […]

By | August 22, 2017

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