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Thales UK to Introduce ‘Mini-GEO’ Satellite Bus

By | July 29, 2014

[Via Satellite 07-29-2014] Thales Alenia Space’s recently created subsidiary Thales U.K. is preparing to take on a major company project, according to CEO Martin Gee. Roughly three months after forming, the subsidiary is planning to take a lead role in the creation of a new “mini” geostationary satellite bus. “Thales Alenia Space has made of [...]

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GSA Approves SES GS to Sell O3b Service to US Government

[Via Satellite 07-29-2014] SES Government
 Solutions (SES GS) reports that as of July 8, 2014, the company has received approval from the General Services Administration (GSA) to
 offer O3b Networks services on the agency’s schedule. The approval makes SES GS the first distribution partner offering services from O3b’s Medium Earth Orbiting (MEO) constellation to U.S.
government [...]

By | July 29, 2014

Rocket Lab Electron

Rocket Lab Announces Electron SmallSat Launcher, First 30 Launches Booked

[Via Satellite 07-29-2014] Rocket Lab revealed plans to build a carbon-composite dedicated small satellite launch vehicle named Electron. Currently under construction in New Zealand, the company anticipates launching payloads of up to 100-kg to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) for less than $5 million. Silicon Valley venture firm Khosla Ventures is the principal funder. The Electron [...]

By | July 29, 2014

ULA Air Force GSSAP

ULA Completes 85th Launch with Three-Satellite Mission

[Via Satellite 07-29-2014] United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, launched three Air Force satellites on July 28, 2014. Using a Delta 4 rocket, the company carried two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites and the Automated Activation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space (ANGELS) satellite to near-Geostationary Orbits [...]

By | July 29, 2014

IPstar NBN Co

IPstar to Supplement NBN Co’s Satellite Offering

[Via Satellite 07-29-2014] NBN Co has selected Thaicom subsidiary IPstar Australia (IPA) to provide interim satellite capacity for remote and regional areas of Australia and Tasmania. The agency anticipates the service will connect as many as 9,000 locations, easing the demand from customers until the NBN Co Satellite Support (NSS) Scheme is implemented in 2015. [...]

By | July 29, 2014

DeLorme inReach GPS

DeLorme inReach Satellite Communicator Receives Approval from Lockheed Martin

[Via Satellite 07-29-2014] Lockheed Martin Flight Services (LMFS) has approved DeLorme’s inReach satellite communicator for use in the company’s Adverse Condition Alerting Service (ACAS) and Surveillance-Enhanced Search and Rescue. Pilots using an inReach device as part of LMFS can obtain ACAS alerts for severe weather, closed airports and other scenarios. The inReach satellite communicator supports [...]

By | July 29, 2014

SSA debris NASA

US-Russian Cooperation Essential for Space Debris Mitigation

[Via Satellite 07-28-2014] To reign in the ever-expanding proliferation of space debris, cooperation between the governments of the United States and Russia is essential, said Jer-Chyi Liou, chief scientist for orbital debris with NASA’s orbital debris program office. Speaking at the NewSpace 2014 conference, Liou admitted that, though tensions with Russia do currently exist, working [...]

By | July 28, 2014

Rockwell Collins DataPath

Rockwell Collins Sells Satellite Communications Systems Branch

[Via Satellite 07-28-2014] Rockwell Collins has sold its satellite communications business to an Atlanta-based private investor group. Roughly 365 employees along with operational centers in Duluth, Ga., and Stockholm, Sweden, have now become a new entity named DataPath. The company will keep its focus on designing, manufacturing and servicing ground-based satcom systems mainly for military [...]

By | July 28, 2014

Gray ViaSat ISR

ViaSat Acquires ISR Assets from Gray Labs

[Via Satellite 07-28-2014] ViaSat has acquired a high-rate modem product line and custom spacecraft technologies for Earth observation from Gray Labs. As part of the agreement, Gray Labs president Jim Gray has taken a senior consulting position with ViaSat to guide the company’s satellite-to-Earth Information, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities. “The output of ISR sensors [...]

By | July 28, 2014

MTN Maritime Cruise

MTN to Provide Satellite Connectivity for Three Cruise Lines

[Via Satellite 07-28-2014] MTN Communications has signed contracts for expanded and new services with three cruise ship operators. Pearl Seas Cruises, Lindblad Expeditions, and Windstar have selected MTN to enhance communications, crew welfare solutions, entertainment and corporate operations. Pearl Seas Cruises chose MTN for its inaugural ship, the Pearl Mist, for connectivity on routes that [...]

By | July 28, 2014

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