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Fulmar UAV

Different Industries Debate the Potential of UAVs and the Need for Satellite

[Via Satellite 10-24-2014] Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are growing in popularity with a number of industries looking into the potential and benefits of using UAVs for their businesses. From train operators and energy companies, to farming and environmental organizations, the interest grows by the minute. As many UAV systems use some kind of satellite technology, [...]

By | October 24, 2014

Skybox Imaging SkySat Good

Skybox Imaging Announces Skybox for Good Program

[Via Satellite 10-24-2014] Skybox Imaging, the satellite imagery company purchased by Google for nearly $500 million in cash, has initiated the Skybox for Good program where the company will provide current satellite imagery for projects dedicated to environmental sustainability, education and humanitarian goals. Currently in the beta phase, Skybox for Good provides satellite imagery using [...]

By | October 24, 2014

SpaceX Merlin Engine

SpaceX Finishes 100th Merlin 1D Engine

[Via Satellite 10-24-2014] SpaceX has completed the 100th Merlin 1D engine used to power the Falcon 9 rocket less than two years since beginning production. SpaceX currently manufactures four engines per week; by the end of the year, that number is projected to reach five per week. The Merlin 1D engines are manufactured in California [...]

By | October 24, 2014

WAAS FAA NAS

FAA Awards $131 Million Contract to Raytheon for WAAS Enhancement

[Via Satellite 10-24-2014] Raytheon has received a $131 million contract from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) Dual Frequency Operations (DFO) Segment 1. WAAS augments GPS data for use in providing more accurate navigation information for pilots, which use it for highly precise approaches requiring vertical guidance, along with [...]

By | October 24, 2014

satellite uplink station

Advantech Wireless Ramps Up Production of GaN Products

[Via Satellite 10-24-2014] Advantech Wireless has boosted the rate of manufacture for its Gallium Nitride (GaN) product line after demand exceeded production capacity. Cristi Damian, VP of business development at Advantech Wireless, said the company was previously unable to keep pace with the requests for GaN Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs), prompting the decision to [...]

By | October 24, 2014

ATMS NASA JPSS NOAA

Northrop Grumman Wins $121 Million JPSS 2 Instrument Contract

[Via Satellite 10-24-2014] Northrop Grumman has received a $121 million award from NASA for the Joint Polar Satellite System 2 Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS). Under the sole source contract modification, Northrop Grumman will build the instrument using the same design employed on JPSS 1 and the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite. ATMS [...]

By | October 24, 2014

Rocket Lab Electron

Electron to Launch at Least Once Per Week, Says Rocket Lab CEO

[Via Satellite 10-23-2014] Rocket Lab, manufacturer of the Electron small satellite launch vehicle, has set its sights on launching no less than once per week when commercial operations begin. The company grabbed headlines after announcing that it had already signed 30 customers for the as-of-yet proven launch vehicle. With a price tag of $5 million [...]

By | October 23, 2014

SOS Children's Villages

Thuraya Donates Telecoms Equipment to NGO for Central African Republic

[Via Satellite 10-23-2014] Thuraya Telecommunications is working with the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) SOS Children’s Villages to bring satellite connectivity to the Central African Republic. The company donated public calling office units, SatSleeves and Thuraya IP+ broadband terminals along with Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards and airtime. The equipment will be used for communications between villages [...]

By | October 23, 2014

Oil Derrick exploration

Globecomm Finishes VSAT Network in Iraq

[Via Satellite 10-23-2014] Globecomm, in partnership with a top Iraqi telecommunications provider, has completed a 158-Mb VSAT network that will support oil and gas exploration. A European-based client will use the network to connect its main exploration site, which has more than 5,000 residents, along with other locations. The connectivity solution also includes 100-MB terrestrial [...]

By | October 23, 2014

Shipping Crates

Iridium Inks M2M Agreement with Trimble

[Via Satellite 10-23-2014] Iridium has signed an agreement to provide Machine-to-Machine (M2M) services to Trimble for its transportation and logistics business. The partnership helps Trimble expand coverage of assets beyond North America to include Europe and other parts of the world. Iridium’s M2M business has swelled to comprise more than one-fifth the company’s commercial service [...]

By | October 23, 2014

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