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SIA Lauds FCC For Maintaining Satellite Spectrum

The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) has commended the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its decision to maintain spectrum in the 48.2-50.2 GHz and 40-42 GHz bands for satellite use. This high frequency millimeter wave spectrum could prove to be useful for a number of business opportunities for satellite, including supporting 5G wireless applications. The SIA […]

By | November 17, 2017

A lighthouse off the coast of Unst in the Shetlands. Photo: Shetlands.org.

Small UK Island Could Be the Next Premier Spaceport

A study supported by the UK Space Agency revealed the northernmost island in the Shetlands, Unst, could be a promising new spaceport for launching satellites. According to a Sceptre report, rockets launched from the island could carry very large payloads with low risk to inhabitants in the event of a mission failure. But could a […]

By | November 15, 2017

The second launch of China's heavy-lift carrier rocket, the Long March-5, on July 2 was unsuccessful. Photo: CGTV.

Competition Heats Up in China’s Private Satellite Sector

Since 2014, China has allowed private companies to build and launch their own satellites. Compared to the United States though, the trickle of venture capitalist funds has been slow to flow — but that could soon change as the Chinese government works to coordinate technological capabilities across civil and military space. Read more at the […]

By | November 13, 2017

Understanding the Language of Intermodulation Specifications in HPA Data Sheets

High power amplifiers (HPAs) are a critical component in the uplink earth station RF chain and are generally the most expensive components, after antennas, in that chain. For this reason, integrators or users in the market for HPAs must take great care to ensure that like-for-like comparisons are made when evaluating HPAs. Typically, linear output power

By CPI | Nov 08, 2017

Angela Merkel, German Chancellor. Photo: Flickr/Pro Medienmagazin.

Germany to Fund Development of Three New Spy Satellites

Germany has allocated 400 million euros ($465 million) to build three spy satellites for the country’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND). If launched by the 2020s as is expected, the system, known as “Georg,” will be the first domestic space hardware launched for the intelligence service. Does this mean Germany is on its way to catch up to […]

By | November 8, 2017

ISRO's PSLV launches the IRNSS-1F mission in March 2016. Photo: ISRO.

ISRO Plans to Double Its Launch Frequency

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) plans to reach a launch cadence of 18 liftoffs per year by 2018 or 2019, according to officials. To accelerate launch operations, the agency intends to outsource to more companies in the Indian space industry, including the possibility of building a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) with industry partners. […]

By | November 6, 2017

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai during the Inaugural Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force Meeting on June 15, 2017. Photo: Flickr/USDA.

FCC to Vote on Dedicated Spectrum for Satellite

Ajit Pai, head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in a blog post this week that the FCC will vote on providing 4 GHz of spectrum exclusively for satellite use on Nov. 16. The spectrum would be separate from another 1,700 MHz made available for terrestrial wireless use, he said. Some in the wireless […]

By | November 3, 2017

Associate Professor Law Kay Soon, research engineer Chin Shi Tong, NTU undergraduate A Saravanan, and PhD student Charlie Soon at the NTU Mission Control Room, where X-Sat satellite operations are controlled daily. Photo: National Singapore University.

Could Singapore Become the Next Spacetech Hub?

According to Kay Soon Low, director of the Satellite Technology and Research Center (STAR) at the National University Singapore, interest in satellite technology has exploded in recent years — particularly after the launch of Singapore’s X-Sat in 2011. While the country’s space industry is still relatively young, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) veterans are […]

By | October 30, 2017

Rendition of the European Aviation Network (EAN). Photo: Deutsche Telekom.

ViaSat Threatens Lawsuit Over Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network

ViaSat has not been subtle in its threats of legal action over Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network (EAN). In a statement, ViaSat Chief Operating Officer (COO) Rick Baldridge accused Inmarsat of abusing its initial Ofcom grant of the 2GHz spectrum by using it for an Air-to-Ground (ATG) network rather than a mobile satellite system. “This blatant […]

By | October 27, 2017

Photo: Government of South Australia.

South Australia Seeks Experts to Support Space Startups

As South Australia awaits its long-anticipated national space agency, industry heads in the region are looking for organizations to help run its Space Incubator and Space Accelerator programs at the South Australian Space Industry Centre. The programs have been established to support startups and early stage businesses in the hopes of nurturing a thriving Australian […]

By | October 25, 2017

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits the Thrice Three-Revolution Red Flag Kamnamu Company under the Korean People's Army Unit 4302 in this undated picture released on Aug. 24, 2012. Photo: KCNA News Agency.

North Korea to Launch More Satellites Despite US Opposition

North Korea’s deputy United Nations (UN) ambassador stated that the country intends to launch many more satellites in the future, and also pointed a finger at the United States for attempting to “illegalize” the country’s space capabilities. But with geopolitical tensions rising, the U.S. and the United Nations have expressed concern that North Korea’s satellite […]

By | October 23, 2017

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