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Dish Calls Comcast-TWC Merger ‘Eerily Similar’ to Primestar

[Via Satellite 08-28-2014] Satellite pay-TV provider Dish Network has filed a petition to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) against the proposed $45.2 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, arguing that the combined cable company would irreparably hinder competition for video. The petition, which spans more than 200 pages, claims the merger bears [...]

By | August 28, 2014


ISS-Reshetnev Finishes Yamal 401 Satellite

[Via Satellite 08-28-2014] Russian satellite manufacturer ISS-Reshetnev has completed building the Yamal 401 telecommunications satellite. Fabricated for Gazprom Space Systems, the satellite is slated to launch on a Proton rocket. Yamal 401 is the third satellite ISS-Reshetnev has built on its heavy-class Express-2000 bus. The 2976-kilogram spacecraft can provide 11 kW of power and has [...]

By | August 28, 2014

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Brazil Plans Liquid Rocket Test at Alcântara Launch Center

[Via Satellite 08-28-2014] Brazil’s Institute of Aeronautics and Space (IAE) plans to conduct a sounding rocket test at the Alcântara Launch Center in São Luis, Maranhão on Aug. 29. Launch VS-30 V13, designated Operation Fox, is the first Brazilian space vehicle to use liquid propellant. Orbital Engineering and the IAE manufactured the liquid propellant, which [...]

By | August 28, 2014

KCA Deutag Signalhorn

KCA Deutag Ups Signalhorn Contract to Cover 10 Oil Rigs

[Via Satellite 08-28-2014] KCA Deutag has expanded its contract with Signalhorn for maintenance of its satellite and terrestrial network in Oman. Due to the requirements of KCA Deutag’s business, rigs must be constructed at a significant distance from terrestrial communications. Signalhorn’s previous contract was for hybrid communications platforms for seven Omani land rigs. The new [...]

By | August 28, 2014

Cosmo SkyMed Thales

Italian Space Agency Awards Cosmo-Skymed Contract to Thales Alenia Space

[Via Satellite 08-28-2014] Thales Alenia Space has received an $87 million contract from the Italian Space Agency for the Second Generation Cosmo-SkyMed Earth Observation (EO) satellite program. The contract is split between Thales Alenia Space Italia and Telespazio. Thales Alenia Space Italia will use approximately $57 million to construct two EO satellites. Telespazio is allocated [...]

By | August 28, 2014

Airbus Zephyr 7

Airbus Conducts Winter Test of Zephyr 7 ‘Psuedo-Satellite’

[Via Satellite 08-28-2014] Airbus Defence and Space has completed a nonstop 11-day flight test of its Zephyr 7 High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS). The Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) runs on solar power, making the shorter winter days a much more challenging test. The vehicles were also controlled and monitored through satellite communications for the first time. [...]

By | August 28, 2014

Delta-V Australia startup

New Space Accelerator Seeking to Jumpstart Australian Space Industry

[Via Satellite 08-26-2014] Delta-V, a new space industry accelerator, hopes to create a $1 billion commercial space industry in Australia. Ranked by the World Bank as a high-income country with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $1.561 trillion in 2013, Australia has high potential to be one of the world’s next satellite industry hubs. Delta-V [...]

By | August 27, 2014

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SpaceX Delays AsiaSat 6 Launch

[Via Satellite 08-27-2014] SpaceX has decided to reschedule the launch of AsiaSat 6, previously slated for today, in order to review all potential failure modes and contingencies. The company expects the inspection will take one to two weeks to complete. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, said that while the most likely outcome is no change, [...]

By | August 27, 2014

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ESA Seeking to Make Best Use of Mislocated Galileo Satellites

[Via Satellite 08-27-2014] The European Space Agency (ESA), having established control of the latest two Galileo satellites launched Aug. 22 by an Arianespace Soyuz rocket into an unintended orbit, is preparing to continue using the satellites. Intended for a circular Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), the satellites experienced a launch anomaly placing them in an elliptical orbit [...]

By | August 27, 2014

DigitalGlobe WorldView 3 Exelis

DigitalGlobe Unveils First WorldView 3 Images

[Via Satellite 08-27-2014] DigitalGlobe has released the first images from its high-resolution satellite WorldView 3, launched on Aug. 13 aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas 5 rocket. The satellite carries an Exelis super-spectral imaging system comprised of a sensor, a telescope and a Shortwave Infrared System (SWIR), which enables observations through interference such as [...]

By | August 27, 2014

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