ST Briefs

Rendition of PeruSat in orbit. Photo: Airbus.

PeruSat 1 Satellite Sees ROI in Just One Year

PeruSat 1 has completed its first year of operation and the Peruvian government has recently declared that, in that time, the investment it has made into the satellite program has already been recouped. The Airbus-built Earth Observation (EO) satellite has acquired more than 71,000 images which have been delivered to more than 80 organizations across […]

By | December 13, 2017

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CASBAA Chairman Calls for Policy Reforms in India

Speaking at the India Satcom 2017 forum in New Delhi, Joe Welch, chairman of regional pay-TV industry association CASBAA, applauded the Indian government’s emphasis on improving the ease of doing business in the country. A great deal of attention has been paid to the power and infrastructure sectors, Welch noted, but “the key to … […]

By | December 13, 2017

Rendition of an OMS smallsat. Photo: OMS.

OMS Miniaturized Weather Observation Tech is Going to Space

Orbital Micro Systems (OMS) has executed a contract with the Satellite Applications Catapult, to put its miniaturized weather observation technology into space. The mission is part of the In Orbit Demonstration (IOD) Program, funded by Innovate UK and managed by the Catapult. The IOD space mission, scheduled for autumn 2018, will deliver the first OMS […]

By | December 13, 2017

Successful DVB-S2X Demonstration over Intelsat Epic HTS Spot Beams

On October 18, 2017, Advantech Wireless announced the successful implementation of DVB-S2X, with its ASAT-II™ System, over the Intelsat 29e EpicNG High Throughput Satellite’s (HTS) southern hemisphere spot beams.

By Advantech Wireless | Dec 12, 2017

Superyacht as seen from above. Photo: OmniAccess.

Marlink Acquires Livewire Connections, Targeting Superyachts

Marlink has signed a definite agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares in Livewire Connections, a UK-headquartered satellite communications service provider with focus on superyacht customers. The move follows the recent announcement that Marlink intends to acquire a majority stake in the Spanish superyacht service provider OmniAccess. With its headquarters in Chessington, Surrey and […]

By | December 12, 2017

President Donald Trump holds up the Space Policy Directive-1 after signing it, directing NASA to return to the moon, alongside members of the Senate, Congress, NASA, and commercial space companies in the Roosevelt room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Photo: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani.

Manned Flights to the Moon Will Lead to Mars, Says President Trump

President Donald Trump signed a directive Dec. 11 instructing NASA to send American astronauts to the Moon for the first time since the Apollo 17 mission 45 years ago. At a White House signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive-1, Trump said that “long-term exploration and use” of the Moon will restore U.S. leadership in space […]

By | December 12, 2017

Rendition of a Galileo satellite on orbit. Photo: ESA.

RUAG Space to Build the Brain for Next 12 Galileo Satellites

Arianespace launched four additional Galileo satellites this afternoon from Kourou in French Guiana, aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. These are all carrying a control and data unit from RUAG Space, as well as further electronics and mechanical products designed and manufactured at sites in Sweden, Switzerland and Austria. OHB System, which is the prime contractor for […]

By | December 12, 2017

Frontal view of Dream Chaser vehicle. Photo: Sierra Nevada Corporation.

Azur Space to Build Solar Panels for Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser

Sierra Nevada has selected Azur Space to provide solar panels for its first Dream Chaser spacecraft. The Dream Chaser is scheduled to provide cargo services to and from the International Space Station (ISS) for at least six missions between 2019 and 2024 as part of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services Contract (CRS2). Azur Space will manufacture the […]

By | December 12, 2017

Photo: 4K Universe.

SES Launches New Ultra-HD Channels in Germany, Switzerland

Travelxp 4K will start delivering its programs in Ultra High Definition (Ultra-HD) and High Dynamic Range (HDR) to HD+ viewers across Germany as of Dec. 13. SES will broadcast the channel via Astra 19.2 degrees east, while MX1 will provide playout and uplink services. The Ultra-HD HDR channel first launched on SES’ North American Ultra-HD […]

By | December 12, 2017

Alcomsat 1 before integration with the Long March 3B rocket. Photo: ASAL.

Algeria Joins the Space Club with New Satellite in Orbit

The Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) announced that the China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC) successfully launched the country’s first telecommunications satellite, Alcomsat 1, just after midnight on Sunday, Dec. 10. A Chinese Long March 3B rocket carried the satellite into orbit from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province. ASAL engineers will control and monitor […]

By | December 11, 2017

mu Space's executive team. Photo: Mu Space.

Mu Space Receives 15-Year Satellite License in Thailand

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has awarded mu Space a license to operate a satellite service in the country. The 15-year license covers the operation of a satellite and provision of satellite-based services until 2032. According to Thailand’s telecom industry database, nearly 12 percent or 8 million of the country’s 68 million population […]

By | December 11, 2017

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