General Atomics' Maritime Predator B UAS. Photo: General Atomics.

Intelsat, General Atomics Demo UAS Beam Switching Capabilities

Intelsat General, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intelsat, announced that it has successfully demonstrated beam switching capabilities of an in-flight Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operating on the company’s Intelsat 29e satellite. The tests validated the compatibility of the Intelsat Epic platform with the newly developed beam switching capability of the Block 5 Predator B/MQ-9 from […]

By | November 17, 2017

SatComRus 2017 RSCC

SatComRus 2017: Celebrating the Past with a Look to the Future

At SatComRus 2017 in Moscow, the underlying theme was how Russian space companies could build for a more prosperous future. However, SpaceX was mentioned a number of times as both an inspiration, and an example of a space company setting a new agenda…

By | November 16, 2017

General Services Administration (GSA) headquarters in Washington, D.C. Photo: GSA.

GSA Awards Hughes a Complex Commercial Satcom Contract

Hughes Network Systems announced it has been named one of multiple awardees on the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Complex Commercial Satcom Solutions (CS3) contract. CS3 is a multiple-award, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) multiple-award contract vehicle with a period of performance of up to 10 years, including a base period of five years, with two option […]

By | November 15, 2017

A panel of experts discuss government cybersecurity during a panel titled "Military Satcom and Cybersecurity: The New Paradigm" at the 2017 CyberSat Summit. Photo: Access Intelligence/Vince Lim.

Leveraging Deep Learning to Keep Cyber Assets Safe

Deep learning could prove to be one of the most critical tools for those engaged in ongoing cyber warfare, said a group of experts at the 2017 CyberSat Summit. During a Nov. 8 panel discussing the new paradigm of military satcom, Jon Korecki, who develops ViaSat’s cybersecurity and information assurance strategy, said that deep learning […]

By | November 14, 2017

The MDU on navigation payloads being delivered for GPS III Space Vehicles 1-10. Photo: Harris Corp.

Harris Corp Finalizes Digital Payload for GPS 3 Satellites

Harris Corporation has completed development of the company’s fully digital Mission Data Unit (MDU), which is at the heart of its navigation payload for Lockheed Martin’s GPS 3 satellites 11 and beyond. The current Harris payload for GPS 3 Space Vehicles (SVs) 1 through 10 includes a greater than three times reduction in range error, […]

By | November 10, 2017

Telecoms and Postal Services Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. Photo: GCIS.

South Africa Considering Satellite for National Broadband

South Africa’s Department of Telecoms and Postal Services is considering leveraging satellite technology to connect all of the country’s residents. South Africa hopes to deliver broadband to 90 percent of its population by 2020, but is already lagging behind its connectivity goals. As a result, officials are now in discussions with experts to see if […]

By | November 10, 2017

Angela Merkel, German Chancellor. Photo: Flickr/Pro Medienmagazin.

Germany to Fund Development of Three New Spy Satellites

Germany has allocated 400 million euros ($465 million) to build three spy satellites for the country’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND). If launched by the 2020s as is expected, the system, known as “Georg,” will be the first domestic space hardware launched for the intelligence service. Does this mean Germany is on its way to catch up to […]

By | November 8, 2017

U.S. Congressman Brian Babin, R-Texas, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Space

Congressman Babin Hints that Cybersecurity Could be Included in Larger Commercial Space Legislative Package

U.S. Congressman Brian Babin, R-Texas, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Space, said his group is working on legislation with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to conduct a new cybersecurity defense audit of U.S. government space and defense agencies as part of a larger commercial space enterprise bill. While he could not name the […]

By | November 7, 2017


ESA, ViaSat Partner for ViaSat 3 Components

ViaSat announced a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between its subsidiary ViaSat Antenna Systems and the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop key components of the ViaSat 3 satellite communications system with European industry. ESA kicked off the 68 million euro ($78.9 million) PPP, known as Project Aidan, with an initial 31.2 million euros ($36.2 million). The […]

By | November 6, 2017

Harris Corporation's Cross-track Infrared Sounder will support extended weather forecasts aboard the JPSS 1 satellite. Photo: Harris.

Harris Payload on NOAA’s JPSS 1 to Improve Forecasting Accuracy

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System 1 (JPSS 1), scheduled to launch Nov. 10, will carry an advanced Harris Corporation environmental measurement instrument to improve U.S. weather forecasting. Harris’ Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS), one of the main payloads in NOAA’s polar weather satellite program, will help improve forecasting accuracy by […]

By | November 6, 2017

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