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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

Launch of the Soyuz-2.1a from Vostochny 2016-04-28. A speech by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation. There is also Yuri Gagarin's face and slogan "Raise your head!" to commemorate the 55th anniversary of Gagarin's flight visible on the photo.

Russia’s First Steps into the Commercial Satellite Industry – From our Archive

Russian President Vladimir Putin has long been a vocal advocate for the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome, a new spaceport in the Russian Far East that he hoped would reduce the country’s dependency on the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Unfortunately, the first two launches from Vostochny have been abject failures, including this week’s failed mission […]

By | November 30, 2017

OmniAccess teleport in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Photo: OmniAccess.

Marlink Absorbs OmniAccess to Corner Maritime VSAT Market

Backed by Apax Partners, Marlink has signed a definite agreement to acquire a majority stake in OmniAccess. The existing management team of OmniAccess will remain unchanged and continue to keep a significant shareholding in the company. According to Marlink, the new combined group generates close to $500 million in revenues, employs about 1,000 people and […]

By | November 27, 2017

Hiber Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ernst Peter Hovinga. Photo: Hiber.

Ahead of 2018 LPGAN Launch, Magnitude Space Rebrands as Hiber

Dutch satellite company Magnitude Space is rebranding under a new name, Hiber, to reflect the importance of the launch of its new Low Power Global Area Network (LPGAN) in 2018. According to Hiber, the LPGAN represents the company’s transition to a “global internet service company” rather than one focused exclusively on space. Helping tackle climate […]

By | November 27, 2017

An Iceye rendering of the first SAR microsatellite deployed in orbit. Photo: Iceye.

NewSpace Investments Could Start to Pay Off Soon

The commercial satellite industry is on the cusp of seeing a slew of exits from former NewSpace startups, according to Seraphim Capital Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Boggett. In an interview with Via Satellite, Boggett pointed to the growing sum of venture-backed capital in the space industry as evidence that a number of young companies […]

By | November 24, 2017

Carlo Elia, Head of the Telecommunications Technologies, Products and Systems Department, ESA, and Gerhard Bethscheider, Managing Director of SES TechCom Services, SES Networks

Industry Consortium Partners with ESA for Government Platform

SES is leading a European consortium of industry partners to sign an agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA) to set up Pacis 1, a new satellite communication platform for governments aimed at making secure satellite communications accessible and available to governments and institutions. Pacis 1 is part of the ESA’s Govsatcom Precursor program and […]

By | November 24, 2017

Rendition of the all-electric Eutelsat 172B satellite. Photo: Eutelsat.

Eutelsat’s New All-Electric Satellite Goes Live

Eutelsat Communications’ all-electric Eutelsat 172B satellite that went into full commercial service this morning is now offering enhanced flexibility, power and connectivity for users in a region stretching from the West coast of the Americas to Asia, Oceania and across the Pacific, the company stated. The operator completed transfer of services to Eutelsat 172B from […]

By | November 21, 2017

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