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Rendition of Orbital ATK's ESPAStar platform. Photo: Orbital ATK.

Orbital ATK Will Build a SmallSat Deployer for the Air Force

The U.S. Air Force Space and Missiles Center (AFSMC) has awarded Orbital ATK a contract to build the Long Duration Propulsive Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) space platform, or LPDE. The platform, positioned between the launch booster and a primary space vehicle, will be used to carry small payloads or deploy […]

By | December 11, 2017

Detail shot of SSL's PODS. Photo: SSL.

SSL’s PODS to Deploy SmallSats to Supersynchronous Orbit

SSL has partnered with a team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the University of Michigan (UM) to conduct a Phase A mission study under NASA’s Explorers Program. SSL’s role in the mission, called the Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment (SunRISE), is to provide a ride beyond Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) for a constellation […]

By | December 11, 2017

Dream Cruises' World Dream megaship. Photo: Dream Cruises.

SES Expands Footprint in Maritime with Dream Cruises Deal

SES will provide capacity onboard the recently launched World Dream, Dream Cruises’ second megaship under Genting Cruise Lines. With the enhanced connectivity, guests can stream movies, game online and share real-time vacation travel videos and photos across social media platforms, Dream Cruises stated. The low-latency connectivity leverages SES’ O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) constellation and […]

By | December 8, 2017

Aerojet Rocketdyne's hot-fire test of an additively manufactured thrust chamber assembly at its West Palm Beach, Florida facility. Photo: Aerojet Rocketdyne.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Hot-Fire Tests a Solid Rocket Motor

Aerojet Rocketdyne has completed a successful hot-fire test of a controllable solid rocket motor under the U.S. Air Force Demonstration and Validation Post Boost Study A program. According to Aerojet Rocketdyne Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President Eileen Drake, applying this technology could provide increased mission flexibility and capability in a future post boost propulsion […]

By | December 8, 2017

U.S. Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit unload food and supplies to Pakistanis in support of the flood relief effort in Pano Aqil, Pakistan, Sept. 11, 2010. Photo: U.S. Army/Sgt. Jason Bushong.

ICIMOD, RadiantEarth Cooperate to Advance Earth Observation

The International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Radiant.Earth have signed a strategic partnership agreement for knowledge and technology transfer of Earth Observation (EO). Under this agreement, the parties will establish and implement new EO and geospatial application services to support monitoring and assessment of climate change related impacts in the Hindu Kush Himalayan […]

By | December 8, 2017

Sample missile launch. Photo: Wikimedia.

Orbit to Provide Telemetry Systems to Asian Defense Organization

Orbit Communications announced that an undisclosed Asian defense organization ordered aeronautical telemetry systems for approximately $7 million. The turnkey solution — including several shipborne 1.8-meter S-band antennas, full ground stations and a mission control center — will be used for test range applications. Orbit expects delivery of the high-precision systems to continue until 2020. According […]

By | December 8, 2017

Rendition of LeoSat constellation. Photo: LeoSat.

Globecomm Considers Expanding its Network with LeoSat

LeoSat, a company that plans to launch a constellation of up to 108 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) communications satellites, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore a potential service agreement with Globecomm. According to LeoSat, its constellation can provide instant infrastructure that is fast, secure and reliable, opening up new opportunities for […]

By | December 7, 2017

Colombian Air Force Kfir aircraft prepare for a mission during Red Flag 12-4 July 18, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Photo: U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. William P. Coleman.

Eutelsat to Support Defense Networks in Colombia

The Colombian Ministry of Defense has signed an agreement with Eutelsat for capacity on the Eutelsat 115 West B satellite. The multi-transponder contract, the first between Eutelsat and the Colombian Ministry of Defense, follows the signature of a government-to-government agreement between France and Colombia designed to encourage cooperation in the context of the France-Colombia Year. […]

By | December 7, 2017

The Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Station in Iceland. Photo: Wikimedia/Gretar Ivarsson.

Kymeta Expands into Energy Sector with FMC GlobalSat

Kymeta announced it has expanded its distribution network to include FMC GlobalSat. The new partnership will make Kymeta’s satellite communications and internet connectivity capabilities available to wind, solar, geothermal, and other renewable energy facilities. According to the company, the renewable energy market has traditionally been limited to available connectivity options, such as fiber optic cables […]

By | December 7, 2017

Altair Pathfinder successfully deploying its solar arrays just after deploying from the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer on the iSS. Photo: NASA/Millennium Space Systems.

Millennium Space Systems Completes Tech Demonstration Objectives

Millennium Space Systems announced the successful completion of its Altair Pathfinder mission objectives last week as the spacecraft reached its six-month milestone and 4,500 hours of successful operations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Millennium Space recently received approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to continue to operate the mission for an additional six months, […]

By | December 7, 2017

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