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GPS 3 SV02 at Lockheed Martin's processing facility near Denver, Colorado. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin to Upgrade GPS Ground Systems for US Air Force

The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $45.5 million contract to provide Military Code (M-Code) Early Use (MCEU) capability to the Global Positioning System (GPS). Part of the Air Force’s overall modernization plan for the GPS, M-Code is a new signal designed to improve anti-jamming and protection from spoofing, as well as to increase […]

By | September 13, 2017

LeoSat

Supernet to Develop New Enterprise Solutions with LeoSat Capacity

LeoSat Enterprises, which is launching a constellation of up to 108 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) communications satellites, has entered into a strategic agreement with Supernet, based in Pakistan. Through this agreement, LeoSat will provide Supernet with more than 3 Gbps of capacity on its LEO network infrastructure. LeoSat’s network combines the speed of fiber with […]

By | September 13, 2017

Mike Collett, founder and managing partner of Promus Ventures, and Will Porteous, general partner and COO of RRE Ventures, share their thoughts on stage during World Satellite Business Week. Photo: Mark Holmes, Via Satellite.

VC Investors Explain the Buzz Behind NewSpace Startups

Day Two of Euroconsult’s 21st Summit for Satellite Financing kicked off with a panel called “Venture Capital: Fueling Both Satellite Systems and Applications,” where two investors gave insights into how the Venture Capital (VC) community sees satellite. Mike Collett, founder and managing partner of Promus Ventures, began by saying one of the reasons why Promus […]

By | September 12, 2017

Arianespace performs the second launch of four O3b satellites in July 2014. Photo: Arianespace.

SES Selects Arianespace Soyuz for its Fifth O3b Launch

SES has selected Arianespace for its fifth launch of four O3b satellites joining its Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) fleet. The satellites will fly on a Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, in 2019. Arianespace previously orbited the existing 12 satellites in the O3b fleet in 2013 and 2014, and will […]

By | September 12, 2017

Rendition of EchoStar 24 satellite, which SSL is building for EchoStar/Hughes. Photo: SSL.

L3 Electron Devices to Supply Next-Gen TWTAs for SSL

Space Systems Loral (SSL) has selected L3 Electron Devices to provide next-generation Traveling Wave Tube Amplifiers (TWTAs) for its High Throughput Satellites (HTS). According to L3, the new TWTA provides high-power signal amplification and significantly expands SSL’s HTS capacity. Adapting to complex waveforms and enabling high data transmission rates, L3’s TWTA addresses increasing power requirements […]

By | September 12, 2017

Kymeta mTenna at the Monaco Yacht Show 2016.

Kymeta Forms New Business Unit Ahead of Kalo Launch

Kymeta has spun out a new division, the Kalo Business Unit, in preparation for the launch of commercial availability of the service. The company joined forces with Intelsat in Q1 2017 to offer a new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) access service. Kalo leverages fully integrated KyWay terminals and mTenna Antenna Subsystem Modules (ASMs) to provide wireless mobile […]

By | September 11, 2017

Rendition of new O3b mPower network. Photo: SES.

Boeing to Manufacture 7 MEO Satellites for SES’ New Network

SES has contracted Boeing to build seven Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites for its new network system, O3b mPower. According to SES, O3b mPower will deliver fully managed services in the dynamic mobility, fixed data and government markets, using multiple terabits of throughput globally. The constellation will have 30,000 shapeable and steerable beams that can […]

By | September 11, 2017

NASA's Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image of smoke crossing the U.S. on a jet stream. Photo: NASA.

US Forest Service Turns to Satellite to Monitor Wildfires

As the southern United States recovers from two monstrous back-to-back hurricanes, states in the Pacific Northwest continue to battle ash and smoke drifting from wildfires raging nearby. Almost 1.5 million acres are currently ablaze in the region — and the U.S. Forest Service, a small, arguably underfunded agency, is seeking more efficient ways to monitor […]

By | September 11, 2017

Rendition of SDC 2.0 system. Photo: SDA.

SDA Chairman on the New SDC 2.0 Space Traffic Management Service

Recent studies have presented higher probabilities of in-orbit spacecraft collision risk compared to previous models, according to Space Data Association (SDA) Chairman Mark Dickinson. In light of these findings, Via Satellite spoke with Dickinson about the consortiums’ plans to improve our visibility into Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO). Specifically, Dickinson went over SDA’s recent signing of […]

By | September 8, 2017

Overhead view of Buckeye's Bahamas Hub. Photo: Buckeye Global Marine Terminals.

Ursa Launches New Weekly Reports on Caribbean Oil Stocks

Ursa Space Systems has unveiled its Caribbean Oil Storage Report, a weekly report of Caribbean oil inventories. The product is the newest release in a series of regional expansions to achieve global oil storage coverage in early 2018. According to Ursa, the Caribbean islands serve as a “stopping point” for crude oil exporters in South America, […]

By | September 8, 2017

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