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Rendition of space junk surrounding Earth. Photo: ESA.

This Company Believes Its Motor Can Help Mitigate Space Junk

Nearly everyone in the satellite industry has expressed concerns about the growing pile of space junk in Earth’s orbit. NewSpace company D-Orbit believes it has come up with a simple solution, centered on a plug-and-play “death device” that pushes satellites back into the atmosphere. Read more at Wired.

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

Kymeta mTenna at the Monaco Yacht Show 2016.

Kymeta “Years Away” from Cracking Aviation Market

Kymeta could be years away from bringing its products to the aviation market, although it made big strides developing relationships with train and bus operators in 2017. Steve Sybeldon, the company’s vice president of business development and sales, told Via Satellite that while Kymeta still has its eye on aviation it does not expect to […]

By | December 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

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

Connected car. Photo: Via Satellite

The Connected Car and Where Satellite Fits In

The dream of hybrid sat-cell connectivity in moving vehicles lives on in the commercial vehicle space with satellite connections providing tracking and some communications capability and cellular providing dispatching and emergency coms. The applications for satellite connections have expanded as the variety of satellite players has grown and interest in the automotive market has increased… […]

By | December 11, 2017

Satellite Images of the Wildfires Scorching Southern California

Thick layers of smoke and ash still hover over the Los Angeles metropolitan area Monday as fire crews continue to defend against the wildfires that have raged on the West coast for more than a week. According to the Los Angeles Times, the blaze had scorched more than 230,000 acres by Sunday evening. Authorities are […]

By | December 11, 2017

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

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