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NewSat, ITC Global Team Up on Energy Strategy for Jabiru Program

By | October 1, 2014

[Via Satellite 10-01-2014] Australian operator NewSat and partner ITC Global have tightened their partnership to focus on opportunities in the energy sector. NewSat’s Jabiru 2 hosted payload launched recently with Measat 3b on an Ariane 5 rocket. The launch marks the beginning of the company’s constellation, with the next spacecraft, the High Throughput Satellite (HTS) [...]

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Dream Chaser SNC

Sierra Nevada Corp Partners With Stratolaunch for Dream Chaser Derivative

[Via Satellite 10-01-2014] Following NASA’s decision not to use the Dream Chaser “mini-shuttle” to ferry astronauts for the Commercial Crew Program (CCP), Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has ramped up its efforts to find other commercial uses for its space vehicle. In addition to continuing to pursue human spaceflight, the company has also begun exploring other [...]

By | October 1, 2014

SES Astra

SES, Swisscom to Launch Astra Connect in Switzerland

[Via Satellite 10-01-2014] Swisscom, a Switzerland-based telecommunications provider, is using Ka-band capacity from SES’ Astra 2E satellite to power the Astra Connect service over the country. The telco is using the service and upgrading existing access lines to provide nationwide Internet access, which is required as part of Switzerland’s Universal Broadband Service Obligation. Roughly two [...]

By | October 1, 2014

exactEarth AIS Canada

Canadian Government Ups exactEarth Contract for More AIS Data

[Via Satellite 10-01-2014] Com Dev’s subsidiary exactEarth has received a contract from the Canadian government that effectively supersedes a 2012 agreement with new terms and an additional $1.6 million. The newly agreed upon contract is worth more than $17 million and extends the availability of satellite-based Automatic Identification System (AIS) data from exactEarth to the [...]

By | October 1, 2014

SkyVision VPN to Connect Unity Bank Branch Offices in Africa

[Via Satellite 10-01-2014] Unity Bank has partnered with SkyVision Global Networks for the satellite-based SkyVision Virtual Private Network (VPN) to connect its 236 branch offices to its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria. The service enables rural offices to connect to the bank’s Local Area Network (LAN) through SkyVision’s local Nigerian hub. SkyVision deployed the VPN and [...]

By | October 1, 2014

YahSat Yahclick

YahSat Begins Two-Month ‘Yahclick’ Promotion in Select African Countries

[Via Satellite 10-01-2014] UAE-based satellite operator YahSat has initiated a two-month promotional offer for satellite broadband through Yahclick. The promotion is available in several countries such as Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan and Tanzania. Depending on location, new subscribers can receive a free satellite modem and dish along with discounts on business subscription plans. Local Internet [...]

By | October 1, 2014

Proton ILS Khrunichev

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 [...]

By | September 30, 2014

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. [...]

By | September 30, 2014

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 [...]

By | September 30, 2014

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 [...]

By | September 30, 2014

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