Publications

DARPA's Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) vehicle. Photo: DARPA.

What Could Satellite Servicing Mean for Space Warfare?

A research associate at the University of Maryland believes in-orbit satellite servicing spacecraft akin to the one under development at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) could heighten tensions between spacefaring countries. Could such spacecraft be used to sabotage our enemies’ — or our own — satellites in orbit? Read more at Motherboard

By | January 17, 2018

Connectivity

How Secure Are In-Flight Connectivity Systems?

The aviation world has come a long way from the days when the extent of connectivity in the cabin revolved around self-contained in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) systems comprising a server, distribution system and seatback displays. Being connected was limited to watching a movie offered by the airline or scanning pre-recorded news broadcasts. Then came […]

By | January 16, 2018

U.S. Army Rangers, assigned to 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment, prepare for extraction from their objective during Task Force Training on Fort Hunter Liggett, California, Jan. 30, 2014. Photo: U.S. Army/Spc. Steven Hitchcock.

Viasat to Supply Equipment to US Special Operations Forces

Viasat has won an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with an initial ceiling of $350 million for advanced equipment, systems, services and support to modernize ground/air situational awareness, tactical data links, terrestrial networking, Intelligence, Surveillance, And Reconnaissance (ISR), tactical satellite communications, information assurance, network management and cybersecurity for Special Operations Forces. According to Viasat, the […]

By | January 16, 2018

The Gatr 2.4m inflatable satellite antenna system. Photo: Cubic.

US Army Approves Gatr Antenna for Full Rate Production

Cubic Corporation announced its GATR satellite antenna systems will proceed to Full Rate Production (FRP) for the U.S. Army’s Transportable Tactical Command Communications (T2C2) program. The FRP decision will enable the Army’s program office to procure and field Cubic’s Gatr satellite antenna systems to Army units. The Gatr 1.2-meter and 2.4-meter inflatable satellite terminals provide […]

By | January 16, 2018

ULA's Delta 4 stands ready to launch NROL 47 on Jan. 12, 2018. Photo: ULA.

ULA Launches NRO 47 Payload on Delta 4 Rocket

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta 4 rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Jan. 12. Because the mission — designated NROL 47 — is classified, NRO has not released information on what the satellite will be used for, stating only that […]

By | January 16, 2018

Eutelsat 8 West B Ku-band MENA downlink coverage. Photo: Eutelsat.

Free-to-Air Channels on the Rise in the Middle East

Eutelsat Communications released new data about the TV channels it broadcasts from its 7/8 degrees west video neighborhood at the CABSAT trade show in Dubai. According to Eutelsat, the neighborhood’s attraction is driven by the growth of High Definition (HD) content now broadcast on 187 channels at this position. One visible shift can be noticed […]

By | January 16, 2018

Rendition of the SeaHawk 1 satellite in orbit. Photo: Clyde Space.

University of North Carolina Prepares to Launch Ocean Monitoring Payload

A team of oceanic researchers from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington is preparing to launch a new CubeSat this summer, dubbed SeaHawk 1. The satellite will fly into orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9, as part of Spaceflight Industries’ first dedicated rideshare mission, Sun-Synchronous Orbit A (SSO-A). According to oceanographer John Morrison, SeaHawk’s […]

By | January 12, 2018

ISRO's PSLV lifts off for its first mission of 2018 on Jan. 12. Photo: ISRO.

Telesat Celebrates Launch of Its First LEO Satellite

Telesat announced the successful launch of its first Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite, an important milestone in the company’s plans to deploy a global LEO constellation to provide broadband communications services around the world. Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite flew into orbit aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) operated by the Indian Space Research […]

By | January 12, 2018

Iceye's first proof-of-concept satellite, Iceye X1. Photo: Iceye.

Iceye Successfully Launches SAR Microsatellite on PSLV

Finnish startup Iceye announced the successful launch of its proof-of-concept satellite mission, Iceye X1, on the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) PSLV C40 rocket. The Iceye X1 microsatellite is equipped with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and, according to the company, is Finland’s very first commercial satellite. Iceye stated it has successfully established communications with the […]

By | January 12, 2018

Design concept for NorSat 3. Photo: SFL.

Norwegian Space Center Orders New AIS Microsatellite

The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) announced the Norwegian Space Center has ordered a new, 15 kg microsatellite satellite called NorSat 3. Construction is well underway at SFL’s manufacturing facility at the University of Toronto. NorSat 3 will carry an experimental navigation radar detector to augment ship detection capabilities from its Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver. […]

By | January 12, 2018

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