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Social Engineering: The Next Era of Cybersecurity

Satellite communications technology has reached a “zero delta position,” says Envistacom’s Vice President of Business Operations Nelson Santini. According to Santini, the industry has matured to a point where the key differentiators in the future will be new social engineering practices, as well as how satcom manufacturers embed security in the design process from inception, […]

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

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

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

Low level radioactive waste storage pit in Nevada. Photo: Wikimedia/U.S. Government.

Could Satellites Help Manage Nuclear Decommissioning?

Popularized by the likes of DigitalGlobe and Planet, Earth Observation (EO) data from satellites has already become an indispensible tool in monitoring the natural environment. Could similar methodology be applied to the nuclear waste industry? Read more at Gov.UK.

By | December 7, 2017

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Behind the Scenes: How IOActive Revealed Inmarsat Security Flaws

IOActive’s process of reverse engineering satellite communications products has unveiled a range of potential vulnerabilities that have become commonplace across maritime connectivity. The security consultancy’s discoveries contributed to Inmarsat discontinuing its AmosConnect 8 platform in June, and in a recent blog post, principal advisor Mario Ballano laid out the technical details of the weaknesses they […]

By | December 6, 2017

Orbital ATK's OA-8 Cygnus prepares to leave the International Space Station. Photo: NASA.

Cygnus to Deploy Record Number of CubeSats

Orbital ATK announced that its Cygnus spacecraft, following a successful stay as a part of the International Space Station (ISS), is now set to deploy a record number of CubeSats in orbit before reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere. The mission, dubbed OA-8, marks the fourth time that Cygnus has been used for NanoRacks CubeSat deployments […]

By | December 6, 2017

Rendition of satellite laser communication links. Photo: Mynaric.

AWN Closer to Testing Airplanes as Communications Satellites

Airborne Wireless Network announced that, in preparation of its upcoming hybrid radio and laser communications flight test, Mynaric (formerly ViaLight Communications) has arranged for the shipment of two flight laser terminals and associated components to AWN. The confirmed shipment will allow AWN to conduct a two-plane test using two Cessnas or equivalent planes. The Cessna tests […]

By | December 6, 2017

The light-lift Vega ascends from the Spaceport's SLV launch complex with its Mohammed 6a satellite passenger on Nov. 7. Photo: Arianespace.

New Entrants to Satellite in 2017 from Africa to Asia

Despite tough margins across the market, 2017 marked a number of significant milestones for the global space industry. In March, SpaceX successfully launched and relanded a flight-proven, first-stage booster for the first time; in February, the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) PSLV broke a record for the most satellites launched simultaneously at 104; and in […]

By | December 5, 2017

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