Europe

Astra 5B wide beam ku-band footprint over Europe. Photo: SES.

Globecast Extends SES Partnership for Services to Orange Romania

Globecast has extended its partnership with SES for the premium TV distribution services it provides to Orange Romania using SES’ satellite capacity. Under the multi-year extension, SES announced Globecast will lease several transponders on Astra 5B at 31.5 degrees east to serve Orange Romania, which uses the capacity to broadcast 112 channels, of which 52 […]

By | January 8, 2018

VIslink FocalPoint camera control system. Photo: Vislink.

AMP Visual TV Orders $1 Million in xG Hardware

France-based AMP Visual TV, a provider of Outside Broadcasting (OB) services has placed an order valued in excess of $1 million with xG Technology’s Vislink business. Equipment covered under the order includes Vislink HCAM 4K Ultra-High Definition (HD) systems, UltraReceivers, L1700s, L2174s and FocalPoint camera control equipment to provide wireless camera transmission. AMP Visual TV […]

By | January 5, 2018

View of Glasgow, Scotland from Queens Park. Photo: Wikimedia.

Scotland Hopes to Become a Major Player in NewSpace

Scotland has been a fast riser in the new era of space technology, with companies such as Clyde Space setting a high bar for other NewSpace entrants. The Scottish government is pushing to maintain this momentum through a multitude of different agencies that offer incentives to attract young tech companies to set up shop in the […]

By | January 2, 2018

Russia Restores Contact with AngoSat 1

RSC Energia announced Friday that it successfully restored its communications link with the AngoSat 1 spacecraft. Energia lost contact with the satellite shortly after its launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Dec. 26. In a press release, RSC Energia — AngoSat 1’s manufacturer — stated that its specialists received telemetric information from the satellite […]

By | December 29, 2017

The Women's March in Washington, D.C. on January 21, 2017. Photo: DigitalGlobe.

Satellite Images of the World in 2017

Like most years, 2017 was a mixture of great triumphs, inconceivable tragedies and controversial events whose lasting impacts on history remain to be seen. 2017, however, also marked a flagship year for the Earth Observation (EO) market, as companies such as DigitalGlobe and Planet continue to loft more powerful satellites than ever before. We’re quickly […]

By | December 28, 2017

AngoSat 1 during the integration phase. Photo: RSC Energia.

Russia Loses Contact With Newly Launched Satellite… Again

Russia promptly lost contact with Angola’s first telecommunications satellite after launching it from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Dec. 26. This comes just weeks after a similar incident in November, when Russia lost contact with a weather satellite it launched from a new complex in Vostochny. The question now is: do these subsequent failures […]

By | December 27, 2017

GomX 4 pair. Photo: ESA.

ESA’s Next Satellite Propelled by Butane

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) next miniature satellite will be its first able to change orbit, the agency announced. Thanks to a compact thruster resembling a butane cigarette lighter, the cereal box-sized satellite will fly around its near-twin to test their radio communications. Ready to be launched with its counterpart from China on Feb. 2, […]

By | December 26, 2017

Dassault Aviation Falcon 8X aircraft

ITU to Improve Safety In-Flight by Tracking Aircraft with Satellite

The United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), has now adopted the main technical principals of enhanced aircraft Automatic Dependent Surveillance (ABS) via satellite to track in-flight aircraft worldwide. At any given time, there are approximately 59,000 aircraft in flight worldwide. The ability to effectively track, monitor and […]

By | December 22, 2017

Sitael CEO Nicola Zaccheo, ASI General Director Anna Sirica, and ASI President Roberto Battiston at the Platino program contract signing. Photo: Sitael.

Sitael Joins Forces with ASI for SmallSat Program

Sitael and the Italian Space Agency (ASI) have signed the prime contract for the Platino program, which aims to develop a new generation of multi-purpose 200kg small satellites for multi-mission applications. For this program, Sitael has built up an industrial team that includes Thales Alenia Space, Space Engineering and Leonardo. According to Sitael, Platino is […]

By | December 22, 2017

SES' Astra satellite antennas. Photo: SES.

All Media Baltics to Deliver HD TV via SES Video

All Media Baltics’ pay TV subscribers will be able to watch the broadcaster’s channel package in HD quality, including its original premium TV channels, from 5 degrees east, following a multi-year capacity agreement announced by SES. Under the agreement, All Media Baltics will use several transponders of satellite capacity on Astra 4A to distribute its […]

By | December 22, 2017

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