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SNC Dream Chaser

Sierra Nevada Corporation Details Future Dream Chaser Mission Concepts

[Via Satellite 03-31-2015] After a very public downselect from the final round of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) in 2014, the fate of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser space vehicle appeared unclear. However, the program is very much continuing, evidenced not only by the recently amended NASA Space Act Agreement (SAA) for another Commercial [...]

By | March 31, 2015

Africa Case Study

Gilat Satcom Creates Low Cost Solution for Nano-ISPs

[Via Satellite 03-31-2015] Gilat Satcom has released a portfolio of connectivity solutions for remote communities in Africa to access a satellite network for prices starting at $1 a month. The company’s “Village Island” offerings provide satellite solutions for low Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) customers in rural areas. The Village Islands portfolio has three components that customers [...]

By | March 31, 2015

AN/PRC-152A Radio Harris

NATO Members Order Harris Corp Falcon Radios

[Via Satellite 03-31-2015] Harris Corporation has received orders from two countries in the North American Treaty Organization (NATO) for Falcon radios for secure military communications. One nation is acquiring $16 million of Falcon 3 AN/PRC-117G manpacks, AN/PRC-152A handheld radios, and AN/PRC-150 High Frequency (HF) radios. Each enables Type-1 secure voice and data communications for wideband [...]

By | March 31, 2015

Arabsat RFP GMV

Arabsat Upgrades Earth Station to Boost Interference Detection

[Via Satellite 03-31-2015] Arabsat has signed a contract with Siemens Convergence Creators to provide a new Communication System Monitoring (CSM) for the Dirab Earth station. The system includes SIECAMS, which bolsters the operator’s satellite monitoring and interference detection capabilities. Siemens Convergence Creators’ CSM will monitor all the traffic from Arabsat’s satellite fleet, providing continuous awareness [...]

By | March 31, 2015

XipLink XipOS QoS

Xiplink, SES GS Partner on US Government Solution

[Via Satellite 03-31-2015] XipLink and SES Government Solutions (SES GS) have teamed up to deploy advanced acceleration and optimization technology for the U.S. government at a lower cost per bit. SES GS customers will use XipLink’s XipOS system, which provides Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) acceleration using the Space Communications Protocol Standard (SCPS), byte caching for [...]

By | March 31, 2015

Artemis Avanti ESA GNSS

Avanti Nabs New Africa Contracts

[Via Satellite 03-30-2015] British satellite operator Avanti is launching two new programs in Africa in partnership with the United Kingdom Space Agency through the International Partnership Space Program (IPSP). Additionally, TS2 Satellite recently launched Africa-focused Ka-band satellite services from Avanti’s Hylas 2 satellite, making Africa an even larger focus for the company. Supported by the [...]

By | March 30, 2015

ISS-Reshetnev Academician

ISS-Reshetnev Ramps Up Modernization Program

[Via Satellite 03-30-2015] Russian satellite manufacturer Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems (ISS-Reshetnev) has initiated pre-construction procedures for the building of a new integration and test facility. The company is demolishing a derelict building from the early 1990s near its territory to make room for satellite transportation containers and employee parking, to accommodate staffing the new [...]

By | March 30, 2015


ISRO Launch Marks Halfway Point for IRNSS Constellation

[Via Satellite 03-30-2015] The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched the fourth of seven satellites in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). The March 28 launch of a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, the 28th successful mission and seventh in the XL configuration, delivered the satellite into an elliptical orbit close to its intended location. [...]

By | March 30, 2015

Arianespace Soyuz Galileo

Arianespace Soyuz Successfully Launches Two Galileo Satellites

[Via Satellite 03-30-2015] On March 27 Arianespace completed the launch of the third and fourth Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites for Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Galileo. The 700-kg satellites, known as Adam and Anastasia, reached their intended deployment point following two burns of the Fregat upper stage, separated by a three-hour-plus ballistic phase. [...]

By | March 30, 2015

Eutelsat Africa Pay-TV

Eutelsat Gains Multi-Year Africa Pay-TV Customer

[Via Satellite 03-30-2015] Strong Media SAL-Off-Shore (SMO), a digital television receiver equipment specialist, has entered a new multi-year agreement with Eutelsat to launch pay-TV services in Sub-Saharan Africa. The company leased capacity on the Eutelsat 16A satellite in order to launch a variety of channels in English, French and Arabic. SMO owns operations for distribution, [...]

By | March 30, 2015

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