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The Blue Origin team celebrates with founder Jeff Bezos at the site of the New Shepard rocket booster landing.

Musk Reacts to Blue Origin’s Successful Historic Landing

[Via Satellite 11-25-2015] Blue Origin has accomplished a significant milestone in the launch industry. Its New Shepard space vehicle successfully flew to space, reaching its planned test altitude of 329,839 feet (100.5 kilometers) before executing a landing back at the launch site in West Texas. “Now safely tucked away at our launch site in West [...]

By | November 25, 2015

Lisa Scalpone Horizontal

ViaSat Exec Says Pricing Plan Changes Key for Exede

[Via Satellite 11-25-2015] ViaSat has taken its next evolutionary step in the residential broadband market in North America by upgrading its residential broadband service, Exede. The service now potentially provides download speeds of up to 25 Mbps, but crucially allows many more customers more flexibility in terms of their data caps. The company has also [...]

By | November 25, 2015

Telesat's first high throughput satellite, Telstar 12 Vantage, before shipping to the launch site.

Telesat Orders New HTS Telstar 19 Vantage from SSL to Launch in 2018

[Via Satellite 11-25-2015] Just after successfully launching its latest satellite, Telstar 12 Vantage, Telesat has selected Space Systems Loral (SSL) to build its new High Throughput Satellite (HTS), Telstar 19 Vantage. The new satellite will be based on the SSL 1300 platform and have two high throughput payloads, one in Ku-band and the other in [...]

By | November 25, 2015


KBZ Selects Hughes Jupiter System for New Satellite Network in Myanmar

[Via Satellite 11-25-2015] KBZ Gateway, a subsidiary of Myanmar’s KBZ Group of Companies, has selected Hughes Network Systems’ Jupiter system as the platform for a new high-availability satellite broadband network in Myanmar. Currently under construction, the Jupiter ground control gateways and remote terminals will operate over both Ku- and C-band satellite links to power broadband [...]

By | November 25, 2015

Synertone in China Selects Gilat for $12 Million Deal

[Via Satellite 11-25-2015] Synertone, a Hong Kong satellite solutions provider, has selected Gilat Satellite Networks’ baseband equipment to enable fixed and mobility applications on its High Throughput Satellite (HTS), Ipstar-based network, offering coverage throughout China. Synertone placed orders totaling approximately $12 million for Gilat’s solutions. Powering Synertone’s network will be Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c platform with [...]

By | November 25, 2015

SmartSky NBAA Booth

SmartSky Receptive to Partnering ATG with Satellite

[Via Satellite 11-24-2015] SmartSky Networks, designer of a new 4G LTE Air-to-Ground (ATG) network for the aviation sector, is open to partnering with satellite companies to augment its future connectivity solution. Ryan Stone, president of SmartSky, told Via Satellite that the perception of needing to have “either/or” is a misnomer, and that where satellite can [...]

By | November 24, 2015

How a proposed constellation of satellites with thermal infrared imaging sensors would locate wildfires

Satellite Sensors Would Deliver Global Fire Coverage

[Via Satellite 11-24-2015] NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., is working on a concept for a network of space-based sensors called FireSat in collaboration with Quadra Pi R2E, form San Francisco, Calif. FireSat would be a constellation of more than 200 thermal infrared imaging sensors on satellites designed to quickly locate wildfires around [...]

By | November 24, 2015

Satellite Applications Catapult Headquarters

Satellite Applications Catapult Signs MOU for Joint Activities with JAMSS

[Via Satellite 11-24-2015] The Satellite Applications Catapult has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with JAMSS America Inc. (JAI) to create a framework of activities between the two organizations. Under the terms of the MOU, Catapult and JAI will cooperate to stimulate further commercialization of their respective space applications technologies and facilities. The agreement will [...]

By | November 24, 2015

Telstar 12 Vantage Launch

MHI, JAXA Successfully Launch Telesat’s Telstar 12 Vantage

[Via Satellite 11-24-2015] Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have successfully launched Telesat’s broadcast and telecommunication satellite, Telstar 12 Vantage. An H-IIA Launch vehicle No. 29 (H-IIA F29) blasted off from the Tanegashima Space Center at 3:50 p.m. on Nov. 24 (Japan Standard Time, JST). The launch vehicle flew as [...]

By | November 24, 2015

Intelsat General to Provide Connectivity in Support of U.S. Air Force Middle East Operations

[Via Satellite 11-24-2015] Intelsat General has been awarded a contract to provide satellite services to the U.S. Air Force Central Command. The one-year contract calls for 144 MHz of Ku-bandwidth to support U.S. military operations in the Central Command area of responsibility. The service, which began in September 2015, has three one-year renewal option periods and [...]

By | November 24, 2015

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