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Solar plasma CME

US Government Agencies Desirous of More Space Weather Data

[Via Satellite 11-24-2014] Several agencies of the United States government are interested in greater amounts of data on solar activity. Flares and dramatic high energy bursts called Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) can and do bombard Earth’s atmosphere with highly energized particles. When a CME occurs, research satellites such as NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), the [...]

By | November 24, 2014

XCOR ULA LH2 Piston

XCOR Reaches Milestone on ULA Next Generation Upper Stage Engine

[Via Satellite 11-24-2014] XCOR has successfully conducted hot fire testing of the XR-5H25 engine’s regeneratively cooled thrust chamber, with both liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen propellants supplied in pump-fed mode through the company’s proprietary piston pump technology. The engine is under development for United Launch Alliance (ULA) under the liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen (LH2) [...]

By | November 24, 2014

OTE Eutelsat KA-SAT

OTE selects Eutelsat KA-SAT for Satellite Broadband Service Across Greece

[Via Satellite 11-21-2014] OTE, a telecoms operator in Greece, has selected Eutelsat’s KA-SAT to deliver its new satellite broadband service to homes across Greece. The OTE Satellite Internet Service, aims to deliver download speeds of up to 22 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 6 Mbps. The Greek operator will offer services across the [...]

By | November 24, 2014

Thuraya Dubai Police

Dubai Police Start SOS Texting Service with Thuraya

[Via Satellite 11-24-2014] The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Dubai Police has launched a new emergency service for the Thuraya XT handset. The Thuraya SOS service enables users to send a preprogrammed Short Message Service (SMS), or text message, by pressing the soft key on the right side of the keypad for two seconds. The Dubai [...]

By | November 24, 2014

Pegasus Orbital Sciences

Orbital Sciences to Launch NASA’s ICON Satellite

[Via Satellite 11-24-2014] Orbital Sciences has received a launch contract from NASA for the agency’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) scientific satellite. Orbital will use the air-launched Pegasus rocket to deliver the satellite into Low Earth Orbit (LEO). ICON’s launch is slated for mid-2017 from the Reagan Test Site at Kwajalein Island, located in the Pacific [...]

By | November 24, 2014

Gilat SkyEdge Hub

Three European ISPs Order Gilat SkyEdge 2-c for SES Astra Connect

[Via Satellite 11-24-2014] Gilat Satellite Networks has received orders for its SkyEdge 2-c terminals from Internet Service Providers (ISPs) RDN in Italy, Europasat in the United Kingdom, and Switzerland’s Swisscom. The ISPs plan to use the terminals to provide satellite broadband through SES’ Astra Connect Internet services for enterprise and consumer end users. “The number [...]

By | November 24, 2014

Combined coverage at 16/17 east

Eutelsat and Spacecom Execs Explain Importance of Africa Partnership

[Via Satellite 11-21-2014] In a highly important strategic move, Eutelsat and Spacecom have joined forces to better serve the African broadcast market. The two companies have agreed to establish a framework for cross-commercialization of Ku-band capacity connected to the high-power African service areas of Eutelsat’s Eutelsat 16A satellite at 16 degrees east and Spacecom’s Amos-5 [...]

By | November 21, 2014

JPSS 1 satellite NASA

Northrop Grumman Awarded Third Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder Contract for the Joint Polar Satellite System

[Via Satellite 11-21-2014] NASA has awarded Northrop Grumman a $121 million contract to build and deliver the third Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS). ATMS provides critical atmospheric temperature and moisture profiles to support weather forecasting. The instrument has 22 channels spanning the frequency band from 23.8 GHz to [...]

By | November 21, 2014

O3b Networks MEO

O3b Networks, Hermes Datacomms to Deliver Advanced Communications to Energy Company in Angola

[Via Satellite 11-21-2014] O3b Networks and Hermes Datacomms have partnered to deliver advanced communications services to a major energy customer in Angola. O3b and Hermes will provide ultra low latency services to deployed bases and camps in Angola before extending network reach offshore. The end-to-end service will seamlessly connect the customers’ sites in Africa with [...]

By | November 21, 2014

SmartSky 4G LTE Network rendering.

Satcom Direct Selected as Exclusive Provider of SmartSky 4G LTE-Based Wireless Network

[Via Satellite 11-21-2014] Satcom Direct has been selected as the exclusive provider or SmartSky services for the business aviation community. SmartSky Networks is planning a 2016 rollout of its first airborne 4G LTE-based wireless network, SmartSky 4G. The service aims to provide real-time, business-grade connectivity with more than 10 times the typical speed and capacity [...]

By | November 21, 2014

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