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BRICS Leaders

BRICS Nations Promising for Future Capacity Demand

[Via Satellite 11-25-2014] Representing close to half the world’s population, the BRICS nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — are markets the satellite industry has been watching closely to gauge how their national growth rates correlate to that of the industry. In its “BRICS Satellite Capacity Supply and Demand Report,” NSR estimates [...]

By | November 25, 2014

SMAP Satellite

Northrop Grumman Delivers AstroMesh Reflector for SMAP Satellite

[Via Satellite 11-25-2014] Northrop Grumman has provided the AstroMesh reflector to Vandenberg Air Force Base for NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite. The device, which has a 19-foot aperture when deployed, will provide a conically scanning antenna beam covering a swath of 621 miles to map the planet every two to three days. Northrop [...]

By | November 25, 2014

SES Playout Center

Turkshow to Expand Broadcast Reach With SES

[Via Satellite 11-25-2014] Turkshow, a German-based television channel dedicated to providing films, series and lifestyle programs reflecting Turkish culture, has signed a contract with SES to broadcast throughout Western Europe from Astra at the 19.2 degrees east orbital position. The majority of TurkShow’s programs are in the Turkish language with a few also broadcast in [...]

By | November 25, 2014

Eagle Vision 5

Airbus Defence and Space to Upgrade and Maintain Eagle Vision Ground Stations for US Air Force

[Via Satellite 11-25-2014] The United States Air Force has awarded Airbus Defence and Space with a system evolution and maintenance contract for its five Eagle Vision ground stations. Eagle Vision is a lightweight deployable, commercial satellite imagery downlink ground system. Under the contract, Airbus Defence and Space will provide 24/7 support, spares management, preventative maintenance, [...]

By | November 25, 2014

MSC Divina ship

MSC Cruises Completes iDirect X7 Upgrade

[Via Satellite 11-25-2014] Marlink has installed the Marlink Global C-band iDirect service on MSC Cruises fleet of 12 ships. The upgrade brings iDX 3.2 software and the X7 modem from iDirect for improved VSAT connectivity. Marlink completed the installation in October following successful tests of the modem in August. MSC Cruises is using the C-band [...]

By | November 25, 2014

CubeQuest Challenge

NASA Hosts $5 Million CubeSat Challenge

[Via Satellite 11-25-2014] NASA has opened the registration process for its Cube Quest challenge, a CubeSat competition focused on developing space exploration technology. Competitors will vie for a piece of the $5 million prize along with a chance at launching their CubeSat to the Moon and beyond as a secondary payload on the first integrated [...]

By | November 25, 2014

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 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

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