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Eutelsat Maintains LATAM Momentum, KA-SAT Filling Up

By | August 3, 2015

[Via Satellite 08-03-2015] Emerging markets, and Latin America in particular, are expected to be primary drivers of growth for Eutelsat Communications, according to Chairman and CEO Michel de Rosen. The satellite operator has four satellites pending launches by year’s end — Eutelsat 8 West B, Eutelsat 36C, Eutelsat 9B and Eutelsat 117 West B — [...]

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RUAG Space Setting up Shop at ULA’s Alabama Factory

[Via Satellite 08-03-2015] Switzerland-based RUAG Space has agreed to establish a composites production capability in the United States at United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Decatur, Ala., factory. RUAG provides carbon fiber structures for ULA’s Atlas launch vehicles, namely the payload fairing for the larger Atlas 5-500 launcher as well as the interstage adapter for the smaller [...]

By | August 3, 2015

NASA Lori Garver

Lori Garver Joins MDA Board of Directors

[Via Satellite 08-03-2015] NASA’s former deputy administrator Lori Garver has joined MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates’ (MDA) board of directors, effective immediately. Garver served as deputy administrator at NASA from 2009 to 2013, and from 1996 to 2001, she worked within the agency’s office of policy and plans, culminating in reporting directly to the NASA administrator [...]

By | August 3, 2015

AEHF FAB-T nuclear

AEHF Achieves Initial Operational Capability

[Via Satellite 08-03-2015] The United States Air Force declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite system on July 28. The constellation currently consists of three in-orbit spacecraft with three more, AEHF-4, AEHF-5, and AEHF-6, scheduled to launch in 2017, 2018, and 2019 respectively. The AEHF system is a joint [...]

By | August 3, 2015

Yamal 300K Gazprom

US Electrodynamics Teleport Links with Gazprom Space Systems’ Yamal 300K Satellite

[Via Satellite 08-03-2015] Russian satellite operator Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) has initiated cooperation with U.S. Electrodynamics (USEI) of Brewster, Wash., for teleport services. USEI has pointed one of its 9-meter antennas to Yamal 300K to operate the satellite’s Northern Beam 1 for a large communications services provider serving the aeronautics industry. Gazprom Space Systems recently relocated [...]

By | August 3, 2015

SSTL CEO Patrick Wood

SSTL CEO Sees Stronger Demand Going Forward for SmallSats

[Via Satellite 08-03-2015] Over the last few months, the area of small satellites has been one of the hottest topics in the industry, partly as OneWeb, SpaceX and LeoSat all announce aggressive plans to launch new constellations of satellites. For Surrey Satellites Technology Limited (SSTL), a company that has a rich heritage in the small [...]

By | August 3, 2015

A Spire engineer building a CubeSat

Inside Spire: How SmallSats Are Enabling A Successful Startup

[Via Satellite 08-03-2015] Startups often fail, it’s a well-known fact. Space is hard; this is also well known. Put the two together, and the barrier to entry for new satellite companies could appear insurmountable. Fortunately that is not the case. Today satellite companies are popping up all over the world as the miniaturization of technology [...]

By | August 3, 2015

House of Representatives Congress

Missed Ex-Im Bank Authorization Opportunity Leaves Industry in Limbo

[Via Satellite 07-31-2015] On July 30 the United States Congress missed what many considered to be the soonest viable attempt to reauthorize the Export-Import bank — an important player in the satellite industry — leaving the Export Credit Agency (ECA) inactive for a lengthier amount of time. Ex-Im bank requires regular reauthorization, which in the [...]

By | July 31, 2015

Rocket Lab Electron

Rocket Lab Signs NASA Partnership to Tap Launch Resources

[Via Satellite 07-31-2015] Small satellite launch company Rocket Lab has signed a Commercial Space Launch Act Agreement with NASA, enabling the company to use NASA resources such as personnel, facilities and equipment for launch efforts. The partnership opens up the opportunity for Rocket Lab to conduct missions from the space agency’s launch complexes in addition [...]

By | July 31, 2015

Inuvik Canada

Canada Makes Multimillion Dollar Inuvik Satellite Station Facility Investment

[Via Satellite 07-31-2015] The government of Canada has announced an investment of CA$3.7 million ($2.8 million) in the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility (ISSF) to improve and build roads granting access to the facility. Canada collaborated with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and PrioraNet Canada in 2010 to build the ISSF, and earlier this year awarded [...]

By | July 31, 2015

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