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A Disaster Tech Lab satellite dish installed in the Philippines. Photo: Disaster Tech Lab

Disaster Tech Lab Completes Typhoon Haiyan Report, Plans Second Trip

[Via Satellite 07-25-2014] Disaster Tech Lab recently completed its after-action report following a 163-day deployment in the Philippines. The non-profit was an active participant in the relief effort following Typhoon Haiyan, a Category 5 cyclone recognized as one of the strongest cyclones in recorded history. The storm struck the Philippines on Nov. 8 2013, making [...]

By | July 25, 2014

Iridium's satellite network operations center (SNOC). Photo: Iridium

Iridium to Select Manufacturing Partners for Iridium Next Products by End of 2014

[Via Satellite 07-25-2014] In preparation for Iridium’s next generation constellation Iridium NEXT, the company has issued more than 30 Request for Proposals (RFPs) to build new broadband subscriber products. Iridium anticipates providing speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps to commercial, government and safety communications users with the new constellation in place. The first products designed [...]

By | July 25, 2014

Northrop Grumman's headquarters. Photo: Northrop Grumman

Dried-Up Government Funds Hurt Northrop Grumman in Q2

[Via Satellite 07-25-2014] Northrop Grumman reported lower sales in three of the company’s four main sectors during second quarter 2014. aerospace systems experienced a 4 percent decrease, electronic systems a 2 percent decrease, and information systems an 8 percent decrease. Technical services increased during Q2 by 1 percent. Northrop Grumman attributed the lower sales in [...]

By | July 25, 2014

A Skymark Airlines Boing 737-800. Photo: Wikipedia

Skymark Airlines to Provide Free IFC through Panasonic Avionics

[Via Satellite 07-25-2014] Japanese airline Skymark Airlines is providing In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) free of charge to fliers via Panasonic Avionics’s eXConnect global connectivity service. The airline intends to equip Airbus A330s with Panasonic IFC for domestic flights, and said it expects to offer the same free service internationally on the Airbus A380. The first international [...]

By | July 25, 2014

Digital rendering of the Orbital Test Bed. Photo: SSTL

Surrey Satellite Technology US Selects Five Payloads for 2016 Ride-Share Mission

[Via Satellite 07-25-2014] Surrey Satellite Technology US has decided on five payloads to carry on the company’s Orbital Test Bed (OTB) mission in 2016. Using the SSTL-150 satellite bus, the OTB provides a means to test and space-qualify new technology in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The U.S. Air Force Academy will test its Integrated Miniaturized [...]

By | July 25, 2014

A view of the 2009 payloads just after deployment from the rocket. Photo: Ball Aerospace/ULA

Ball Aerospace and United Launch Alliance to Host Seventh Annual Student Rocket Launch

[Via Satellite 07-25-2014] Interns from United Launch Alliance and Ball Aerospace are planning to launch Colorado’s largest rocket on July 26, 2014. More than 100 students are participating in the seventh annual Student Rocket Launch, where a total of 18 payloads will be carried on three high-power sports rockets. The Ball Aerospace interns collectively known [...]

By | July 25, 2014

Shelton Sequester Atlantic

Air Force Space Command Warns Security Risks from Further Sequestration

[Via Satellite 07-24-2014] The U.S. Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) does not have a clear way of enduring another round of sequestration, Gen. William Shelton said Tuesday at the Atlantic Council. With budgets remaining tight, the general insisted that the challenges faced by AFSPC differ in ways that make sustaining more cuts next to impossible. [...]

By | July 24, 2014

Thales Hughes LTE

Hughes and Thales Test Satellite-Based Deployable LTE Mobile Network

[Via Satellite 07-24-2014] Hughes Network Systems and Thales Defense & Security have successfully tested a Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mobile satellite network designed for rapid deployment in emergency situations. The LTE network uses Hughes high throughput Jupiter and Spaceway 3 products, connecting them to the Thales B-14 system-on-wheels. Hughes said the private network solution is deployable [...]

By | July 24, 2014

NASA Mars

NASA Issues RFI for Mars Communications Satellites

[Via Satellite 07-24-2014] NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to build a set of communications satellites for Mars. The approach signals a major change in the way NASA procures services from the commercial sector, as the operator would continue to own the satellites while in orbit around the Red Planet. The space agency [...]

By | July 24, 2014

NASA Tempus Sounder

Tempus Global Data Receives License from NOAA for GEO-Sounder Constellation

[Via Satellite 07-24-2014] The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded a license to Tempus Global Data for a hyperspectral imaging and sounding system constellation. Tempus will leverage the Sounding and Tracking Observatory for Regional Meteorology (STORM) instrument through an exclusive agreement with Utah State University (USU) who built the instrument for NASA. The [...]

By | July 24, 2014

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