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Wildfires by DMCii imagery EO

DMCii CEO: Comfortable Level of EO Satellites at Least Five Years Away

[Via Satellite 04-15-2014] With the number of Earth observation (EO) satellites planned on the rise, the planet is nearing a point of regular photographic coverage. A powerful application for such imagery is in disaster planning and relief efforts. However, David Hodgson, Managing Director and CEO of DMC International Imaging (DMCii), the company that manages the [...]

By | April 16, 2014

Kennedy Space Center

SpaceX to Use Historic NASA Complex for Commercial Launches

[Via Satellite 04-16-2014] SpaceX has signed a 20-year agreement with NASA for use of the agency’s historical Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, the launch site of numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions. The platform will serve to support SpaceX’s commercial launch activities, which include nearly 50 missions in development. SpaceX’s use of pad [...]

By | April 16, 2014

MDA Radarsat 2 MDA

DigitalGlobe and MDA to Offer Combined Solution for Intelligence and Defense Customers

[Via Satellite 04-16-2014] DigitalGlobe and MDA will together offer a combined optical and synthetic aperture radar satellite data solution to their global defense and intelligence customers. The solution will allow customers to task and collect information using DigitalGlobe’s high-resolution Earth-imaging satellites, as well as obtain and process close to real-time data from MDA’s Radarsat 2 [...]

By | April 16, 2014

MEASAT-3b shipped to Kourou

Measat 3b Satellite Transported to Launch Base

[Via Satellite 04-16-2014] Airbus has successfully completed the final integration and testing of Measat 3b. The satellite was transported to Kourou, French Guiana for a dual launch with the SSL-built Optus 10 by an Arianespace Ariane 5 launcher. Measat 3b is the 36th  satellite based on the Eurostar E3000, and was designed with 48 Ku-band [...]

By | April 16, 2014

Dubaisat 2

DubaiSat 2 Completes in Orbit Commissioning, Declared Fully Operational

[Via Satellite 04-16-2014] The DubaiSat 2 satellite has completed in-orbit commissioning and is now fully operational according to the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST). Starting last November, the satellite underwent the Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP), which calls for verification of the satellite’s operating systems and subsystem level electronics, and testing [...]

By | April 16, 2014

Khalid Balkheyour interview SATELLITE

Arabsat CEO: Satellite Industry is Moving too Slow

At SATELLITE 2014, Satellite Executive of the Year award winner Khalid Balkheyour, CEO of Arabsat, called for the satellite industry to up the pace of progress. “It’s over 50 years of development in the satellite business, but in the last 10 years since I have been with Arabsat, I haven’t seen much change in the [...]

By | April 16, 2014

Frost and Sullivan Chart

Frost and Sullivan Cellular Backhaul Report Foresees Greater Use for Satellite

[Via Satellite 04-15-2014] The average amount of data used by smartphones is closing in on 2 GB per month, according to a research report by Frost and Sullivan. As more people boost their data use, the consulting company anticipates satellite-based cellular backhaul will play and increasingly vital role. “The reality is that although perceived connectivity [...]

By | April 15, 2014

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Anomaly Detected in Hispasat’s Amazonas 4A Satellite

[Via Satellite 04-15-2014] An anomaly has been detected in Hispasat’s Amazonas 4A satellite’s performance of its power subsystem. Hispasat and Orbital, the company responsible for constructing the satellite, are looking into the possible causes of the anomaly. Amazonas 4A is secure in its geostationary orbit, in a position where in-orbit tests will be carried out. [...]

By | April 15, 2014

Azerspace 1 launch

Iveriasat to Broadcast to Europe and Middle East via Azerspace 1 Satellite

[Via Satellite 04-15-2014] Azercosmos, an Azerbaijani satellite operator, has signed an agreement with Iveriasat, a Georgian Direct-to-Home (DTH) operator, for a long-term capacity lease and DTH platform launch on its Azerspace 1 satellite. Once uplinked to the satellite, the DTH platform will broadcast to Georgia, as well as Europe and the Middle East. The platform [...]

By | April 15, 2014

Fly wheel NASA

NASA Seeks New Energy Storage Solutions

[Via Satellite 04-15-2014] NASA is pursuing new energy storage technologies to replace the battery technology it has used for the majority of its space exploration projects. The agency released a call for proposals to solicit technologies that will be used to power the space program and other government agencies, such as the Department of Energy’s [...]

By | April 15, 2014