This view shows the 1.5m by 1.4m by 1.5m CHEOPS spacecraft platform from the top of the spacecraft. Photo: ESA.

ESA Selects Arianespace to Launch Satellite for Exoplanet Mission

Arianespace has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to launch the Characterising Exoplanet Satellite (CHEOPS), which is its upcoming exoplanet mission as part of ESA’s science program. Arianespace will launch the satellite from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, between late 2018 and early 2019 using a Soyuz […]

By | December 21, 2017

Captured by the Copernicus Sentinel 3 mission on Dec. 11 2017, this image shows flames and smoke from the fierce blazes devastating northwest Los Angeles in Southern California. The image combines data from the mission's SLSTR and OLCI instruments. Photo: ESA.

Serco to Develop Cloud Sharing Platform for ESA

The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded Serco a contract to facilitate open and unlimited access to Earth Observation (EO) data and geospatial information collected as part of the Copernicus program, paving the way for entrepreneurs and developers to use the data to create a range of innovative new applications and services. The four-year contract […]

By | December 19, 2017

Gwynne Shotwell at the 33rd Space Symposium.

SpaceX, Satellite Images and OneWeb – Year in Review

Like any year in the fast-paced satellite industry, 2017 was brimming with new innovations, earth-shaking business deals, and some competitive drama for good measure. Just in case you missed anything, here’s a wrap-up of our top 10 most read stories of the year. 1. Is This the End of DSTV’s Reign in the Nigerian Pay […]

By | December 18, 2017

Rendition of SES' combined GEO/MEO constellation. Photo: SES.

SES to Enable Satellite 5G Demonstrations for ESA

SES is expanding its efforts to support 5G developments as part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) project, SATis5, where it will be enabling demonstrations of satellite-terrestrial integration for 5G networks. The testbed infrastructure will comprise SES’ fleet of Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites, which […]

By | December 18, 2017

A nanosatellite in ELSE’s AstroCast constellation, rendering. Photo: ELSE

Astrocast Oversubscribes Seed Round for a Total of $4.1 Million

Astrocast (formerly known as Else) announced its latest seed round funding was oversubscribed by $1.1 million Swiss Francs ($1.1 million), bringing the total seed round to $4.1 million., a Swiss start-up investor, provided the additional capital, adding to the current seed investors which includes Airbus Ventures as well as numerous additional Swiss- and internationally-based […]

By | December 15, 2017

Iceye plans to bring its SAR data to a range of new markets including agriculture and finance. Photo: Iceye.

Iceye Targets New Use Cases Beyond Ice Monitoring

As Finnish startup Iceye prepares to launch its first satellite in January, the company has set its sights on new markets and use cases beyond the ice monitoring that originally inspired its name. According to co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rafal Modrzewski, Iceye will apply the data derived from its Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)-based […]

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

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

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

A crew of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution show their skills during a capsize drill. Photo: Wikimedia.

New Constellation to Reduce the “Search” in Search and Rescue

Time is of the essence when crises happen at sea — and satellites are a critical tool in maritime search-and-rescue operations due to their wide footprint. Once complete, the Medium-Altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) system is poised to significantly improve authorities’ reaction times in the event of an emergency. Read more at Cruising […]

By | December 1, 2017

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