Rendition of the JPSS 2 satellite. Photo: Orbital ATK.

JPSS 2 Passes CDR, Moves Closer to Launch

Representatives from NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), and Orbital ATK recently completed a successful spacecraft Critical Design Review (CDR) for Joint Polar Satellite System 2 (JPSS 2), which demonstrated that the program met all system and schedule requirements. Also evaluated was Orbital ATK’s responsibility for integrating five government-furnished instruments, and supporting the […]

By | December 1, 2017

General John E. Hyten AFSC

Does the US Air Force Need to Rethink its Launch Strategy?

Cybersecurity expert Josh Hartman has spoken at length about the benefits of disaggregation when it comes to military space systems. U.S. Air Force Gen. John Hyten, head of U.S. Strategic Command, seems to agree, stating publicly that he opposes the development of large, expensive satellites. And yet a launch service agreement the Air Force is […]

By | November 29, 2017

DARPA's Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) vehicle. Photo: DARPA.

DARPA Initiates Consortium for On-Orbit Satellite Servicing

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has coalesced a group of organizations to mock up new rules governing commercial on-orbit satellite repair and refueling. Its Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS) seeks to set standards that will ensure on-orbit activities do not endanger the long-term sustainability of the satellite servicing industry. […]

By | November 27, 2017

GPS 3 SV03 fully assembled at Lockheed Martin's satellite manufacturing facility near Denver, Colorado. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Now Fully Assembled, GPS 3 Prepares for Environmental Testing

The U.S. Air Force’s third GPS 3 satellite (GPS 3 SV03) in production flow at Lockheed Martin’s satellite manufacturing facility is now fully integrated into a complete space vehicle. Now fully assembled, the third satellite is being prepared to begin environmental testing. GPS 3 SV03 closely follows the company’s second satellite in production flow. GPS […]

By | November 27, 2017

The amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney conducts operations along the East Coast. Photo: US Navy/Ryan O'Connor.

US Navy Seeks Info on Maritime Satcom Technology

The U.S. Navy has posted a solicitation for information from manufacturers of maritime satellite communications technology. The potential procurement will be for at least eight rugged, weather-resistant radio systems, with the possibility of up to 24. To gauge sources for the procurement, the Naval Station Weapons Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) will be holding […]

By | November 27, 2017

Carlo Elia, Head of the Telecommunications Technologies, Products and Systems Department, ESA, and Gerhard Bethscheider, Managing Director of SES TechCom Services, SES Networks

Industry Consortium Partners with ESA for Government Platform

SES is leading a European consortium of industry partners to sign an agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA) to set up Pacis 1, a new satellite communication platform for governments aimed at making secure satellite communications accessible and available to governments and institutions. Pacis 1 is part of the ESA’s Govsatcom Precursor program and […]

By | November 24, 2017

The light-lift Vega ascends from the Spaceport's SLV launch complex with the Mohammed 6-A satellite. Photo: Arianespace

Morocco’s Observation Satellite is Making its Neighbors Nervous

Arianespace successfully launched the Mohammed 6-A Earth observation satellite for Morocco on November 7 aboard a Vega rocket. The satellite has a 70cm resolution, according to France24, which makes Morocco the first African nation with such a powerful observation satellite. This is making some of its neighboring countries’ a bit nervous, Spain included. Read more […]

By | November 24, 2017

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai during the Inaugural Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force Meeting on June 15, 2017. Photo: Flickr/USDA.

Could Satellite Broadband Allay Concerns About Net Neutrality?

Next month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to do away with laws regulating the power of broadband providers in the United States. Could new Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations provide an alternative option for consumers concerned about the monopolistic nature of terrestrial broadband? Read more at GeekWire

By | November 22, 2017

This image was compiled using data gathered by NASA's Aqua satellite on Sept. 3, 2010. Credit: NASA Goddard's Scientific Visualization Studio.

$518 Million Down the Drain: Weather Satellite Will Never Launch

Although NOAA added new weather reporting capabilities with the launch of Joint Polar Satellite System 1 (JPSS 1) over the weekend, scientists have expressed dismay at the aging infrastructure monitoring climate change at the poles. Will the private industry have to step in to avoid a blind spot in important weather data collection? Read more […]

By | November 20, 2017

MUOS SV 3 (MUOS 5) final SAWA installation at Lockheed's satellite manufacturing facility. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin Hands Over 5th MUOS Satellite to the US Navy

The U.S. Navy’s Communications Satellite Program Office, PMW 146, and Lockheed Martin handed over full operational control of the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite to the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC). The milestone follows the successful completion of the MUOS 5 satellite’s on-orbit testing and delivery of all operational products needed to fly […]

By | November 17, 2017

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