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Brazil Orders Hybrid Satellite from Thales Alenia Space

By | September 16, 2014

[Via Satellite 09-16-2014] Telebras and the Brazilian Ministry of Defense have ordered a X- and Ka-band satellite from Thales Alenia Space. The Geostationary Satellite Defense and Strategic Communications (SGDC) spacecraft is planned to serve both military applications as well as provide telecommunications to rural parts of the country. Currently, Brazil relies heavily on foreign satellites [...]

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United Launch Alliance Closing in on Domestic Engine Decision

[Via Satellite 09-16-2014] United Launch Alliance (ULA) has announced it has completed a study on domestically produced engines that could replace the Russian-built RD-180 for the Atlas 5. In June 2014 the joint Boeing-Lockheed Martin venture signed several contracts with U.S. companies to evaluate domestic alternatives following the degradation of political relations between the United [...]

By | September 16, 2014

Artist rendition of the SES 12

Future SES Satellites To Focus Heavily on In-Flight Connectivity

[Via Satellite 09-16-2014] SES is preparing future satellites to include a greater focus on mobility, especially regarding In-Flight Connectivity (IFC). Two upcoming SES spacecraft, SES 9 under construction by Boeing, and the High Throughput Satellite (HTS) SES 12 by Airbus Defence and Space, will have features enabling them to bolster service for aircraft traveling to [...]

By | September 16, 2014

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NSR Sees Mobile Video as Key Satellite Opportunity

[Via Satellite 09-15-2014] The world is on track to see mobile subscriptions outpace the human population in a short period of time, according Ericsson’s August 2014 interim update of the “Ericsson Mobility Report.” In Q2 2014, there were 80 million new mobile subscriptions, raising the number of global subscriptions to 6.8 million. As a result, [...]

By | September 15, 2014

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Orbcomm OG2 Satellites Enter Commercial Service

[Via Satellite 09-15-2014] Orbcomm has confirmed that all six of the company’s second-generation satellites, OG2, have begun providing Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Automatic Identification System (AIS) services. The satellites, which were launched on July 14 by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, are now processing more than 20 percent of Orbcomm’s M2M traffic. Five of the six [...]

By | September 15, 2014

Gazprom Onlime Africa

Onlime Signs Capacity Contract with Gazprom Space Systems

[Via Satellite 09-15-2014] Onlime has entered an agreement with Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) for capacity on the upcoming Yamal 402 satellite. GSS will provide Ku-band capacity, which will expand Onlime’s coverage across the continent. Onlime is currently bolstering its presence across Africa through the provision of satellite and fiber based networks, Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), [...]

By | September 15, 2014

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Avanti Incorporates Satellite App into Google Glass

[Via Satellite 09-15-2014] Avanti Communications has created an app for Google Glass that works alongside the company’s proprietary Avanti Mobile Assist (AMA) app released earlier this year. The Google Glassware app provides users with the relative location of Hylas 1 and Hylas 2 satellites with hands-free alignment for satellite dishes. Together, AMA and Google Glassware [...]

By | September 15, 2014

Eutelsat Nilesat Ku-band

Nilesat Signs Capacity Deal on Upcoming Eutelsat 8 West B Satellite

[Via Satellite 09-15-2014] Egyptian satellite operator Nilesat has leased multiple transponders on Eutelsat 8 West B, slated to launch in mid-2015. The deal will expand Nilesat’s operational flexibility and improve signal integrity for client broadcasters in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Currently Nilesat uses capacity on Eutelsat 8 West C. Once Eutelsat [...]

By | September 15, 2014

CPI GaN BUC

CPI Debuts New 100 W C-band GaN-based Solid State BUC

[Via Satellite 09-15-2014] Communications & Power Industries’ (CPI) Satcom Products group has released a 100-Watt C-band solid state Block Upconverter (BUC), based on Gallium Nitride (GaN). The new device complements existing Ku-band and X-band GaN BUC’s from CPI and, according to the company, is almost twice as power efficient as Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) counterparts. “CPI’s [...]

By | September 15, 2014

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Flying Light: Evaluating Dedicated SmallSat Launches

[Via Satellite 09-12-2014] Small satellite manufacturer SpaceQuest is looking to accelerate the pace of launches for its satellites. In December 2013 the company launched AprizeSat 7 and AprizeSat 8, and in June 2014 it launched two more satellites. But the limited availability of cost-effective launch options for small satellites, or SmallSats, has become a hindrance. [...]

By | September 12, 2014

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