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New Market Opportunities for Satellite Start to Emerge From Global Connectivity Boom

By | February 26, 2015

[Via Satellite 02-26-2015] The “connected car” and “smart cities” are two potentially new and exciting markets the satellite industry could play in over the coming years, particularly the former as the potential for “always-on” connectivity could be a big draw for satellite. Andrew Lee, principal consultant on automotive and transportation at Frost & Sullivan, says this [...]

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MDA Provides Payload Equipment to Growing Turkish Communications Market

[Via Satellite 02-26-2015] MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has signed a contract valued at more than $23 million with Aselsan Electronic Industries to provide Ku-band payload equipment for a communications satellite subsystem. This award is in addition to the existing contract announced in April 2014 for the provision of a X-band communication hosted payload solution. [...]

By | February 26, 2015


Intelsat and ITC Provide Communications to Solar Impulse’s Round-the-World Flight

[Via Satellite 02-26-2015] Intelsat and ITC Global will provide ground-to-ground satellite communication services to Solar Impulse, a completely fuel-free aircraft, during its first round-the-world solar flight. Intelsat and ITC Global will enable the ground crew and support teams to communicate from anywhere to anyone in the world. Using a quick-deploy antenna, the crew will leverage [...]

By | February 26, 2015

Canadian Armed Forces Lockheed CP-140 Aurora

ViaSat Upgrades Airborne ISR for Canadian Department of National Defense

[Via Satellite 02-26-2015] The Canadian Department of National Defense is upgrading its Lockheed CP-140 Aurora aircraft with advanced airborne satellite communication systems from ViaSat in cooperation with L-3 Electronic System Services (ESS). The collaboration on the Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) program between the three parties, as well as Canadian aircraft integrator IMP Aerospace, delivered the [...]

By | February 26, 2015

Optus Thuraya SatSleeve on iPhone; communications coverage chart

Optus Thuraya SatSleeve Turns iPhone 6 into Satellite Phone

[Via Satellite 02-26-2015] The Optus Thuraya SatSleeve, which transforms a smartphone into a satellite phone, is now available for iPhone 6. The SatSleeve attaches to the back of a compatible device and is activated through the SatSleeve app. It enables iPhone and Samsung Galaxy users to quickly turn their handsets into a satellite phone with [...]

By | February 26, 2015

SpaceX Fairing Falcon 9

SpaceX Weighs in on FCC Spectrum Debate, Wins Two SES Launches

[Via Satellite 02-25-2015] SES has awarded launches for two of its three recently announced satellites to SpaceX. Of the recently announced SES, 14, 15 and 16/GovSat, SES 14 and 16 will liftoff on Falcon 9 missions in 2017. The contracts further tighten the satellite operator’s relationship with SpaceX, whose ability to launch to Geostationary Transfer [...]

By | February 25, 2015

Cryofenix sounding Ariane 6

SSC Sounding Rocket Tests Cryogenic Fuel for Ariane 6

[Via Satellite 02-25-2015] Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) has launched a Cryofenix sounding rocket from the Esrange Space Center in Sweden filled with liquid hydrogen to study the propellant’s behavior in microgravity. The French space agency CNES and partner Air Liquide Advanced Technologies conducted the experiment and will use the data to validate and refine simulation [...]

By | February 25, 2015

Digitalglobe DGI WorldView

DigitalGlobe Begins Commercial Sales of 30 cm Satellite Imagery

[Via Satellite 02-25-2015] DigitalGlobe announced today it has started selling high resolution, 30 cm imagery from its latest satellite, WorldView 3. At this resolution, rated 5.7 on the National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS), details such as aboveground utility lines in residential neighborhoods, manhole covers, building vents, fire hydrants, and individual seams on locomotives can [...]

By | February 25, 2015

NOAA Maryland GOES

Harris Corp Finishes GOES-R Ground Segment IT Infrastructure

[Via Satellite 02-25-2015] Harris Corporation, prime contractor and systems integrator for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) ground segment for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite–R (GOES–R) series program, has completed the computer hardware delivery, installation and integration for the necessary operational systems. The improved system totals three petabytes and delivers approximately 40 trillion floating-point [...]

By | February 25, 2015

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SpeedCast Acquires Geolink Satellite Services to Bolster Africa Business

[Via Satellite 02-25-2015] Hong Kong-based SpeedCast International has purchased CETel Group company Geolink Satellite Services. The acquisition is expected to boost the company’s presence in Africa, where Geolink is active in more than 20 countries. In a statement, SpeedCast said a growing number of its customers in the Asia-Pacific are requesting services in Africa. Geolink, [...]

By | February 25, 2015

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