L-R: Julian Brown and Keaton Stubis, top prize winners of the Frank J. Redd Student Competition. Photo: AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites.

MIT, Johns Hopkins Students Win Top Prize at SmallSat Conference

Julian Brown, a doctoral student and researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Space Systems Laboratory, and Keaton Stubis, an MIT mathematics graduate and Johns Hopkins University doctoral student in mathematics, were awarded the top prize at the 2017 Conference on Small Satellites, hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and Utah […]

By | January 8, 2018

Astra 5B wide beam ku-band footprint over Europe. Photo: SES.

Globecast Extends SES Partnership for Services to Orange Romania

Globecast has extended its partnership with SES for the premium TV distribution services it provides to Orange Romania using SES’ satellite capacity. Under the multi-year extension, SES announced Globecast will lease several transponders on Astra 5B at 31.5 degrees east to serve Orange Romania, which uses the capacity to broadcast 112 channels, of which 52 […]

By | January 8, 2018

A consumer using the Oculus Rift VR headset. Photo: Oculus Rift.

5 Predictions for the OTT Market in 2018

The technology and trends opening new opportunities in the broadcasting market continue to make strides, from the emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR) to new legislation about consumer privacy. In this article, Chem Assayag runs down how these elements will impact the Over-the-Top (OTT) sector in 2018. Read more at Viaccess-Orca.

By | January 8, 2018

The high-resolution, far-ultraviolet imaging spectrograph for the GOLD mission on a clean-room bench at University of Colorado Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (CU/LASP). Photo: LASP/GOLD.

SES Satellite to Host NASA Payload for the First Time

A NASA research mission is hitching a ride to orbit on a commercial communications satellite this month for the first time in the agency’s history. NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission, an instrument designed to monitor the upper layers of the Earth’s atmosphere, will operate as a hosted payload on SES’ new […]

By | January 5, 2018

Mogadishu skyline looking towards the city centre and central business district of the Somali capital. Photo: Wikimedia/Stuart Price.

Dalkom Somalia Expands Satellite in Somalia with iDirect

VT iDirect announced that Dalkom Somalia has installed an iDirect Hub and will leverage iDirect’s series remotes to provide high-speed satellite connectivity in Somalia. The new iDirect network will enable Dalkom Somalia to scale its service more cost-effectively, expand end-user data rates up to 38.5 Mbps, and improve Service Level Agreements (SLAs) by reducing service […]

By | January 5, 2018

The Republic of Singapore Navy's RSS Intrepid, RSS Supreme, and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen trail the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth during the underway phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) in the South China Sea. Photo: U.S. Pacific Command/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Bishop.

New Satellites to Secure China’s Grip on South China Sea

For decades, several countries have competed to claim territory within the South China Sea, and China is no exception. Now, the country — which already has more advanced maritime technology than its rivals nearby — is launching multiple observation satellites to improve its situational awareness in the region. Read more at VOA

By | January 5, 2018

The "Golden Plaza" in Ikoyi, Lagos. Photo: Wikimedia.

Nigeria and China Sign $550 Million Satellite Deal

Sensing market opportunities in Africa, China Exim Bank and manufacturer China Great Wall have agreed to pay $550 million to procure two new satellites for Nigeria. The contract comes after Nigeria renegotiated an earlier deal which required it to front 15 percent of the satellites’ cost — now, the country isn’t paying anything for it. […]

By | January 5, 2018

VIslink FocalPoint camera control system. Photo: Vislink.

AMP Visual TV Orders $1 Million in xG Hardware

France-based AMP Visual TV, a provider of Outside Broadcasting (OB) services has placed an order valued in excess of $1 million with xG Technology’s Vislink business. Equipment covered under the order includes Vislink HCAM 4K Ultra-High Definition (HD) systems, UltraReceivers, L1700s, L2174s and FocalPoint camera control equipment to provide wireless camera transmission. AMP Visual TV […]

By | January 5, 2018

AeroVironment's Helios prototype. Photo: NASA/Tom Tschida.

SoftBank Backs New High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite Venture

A High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) is a category of unmanned aircraft that AeroVironment thinks could deliver a multitude of benefits to the commercial market through use of Internet of Things (IOT) and other technologies and concepts. The company has announced a joint venture with a Japanese firm to develop a solar-powered, high-altitude, long-endurance Unmanned Aircraft […]

By | January 4, 2018

Rendition of MEV. Photo: Orbital ATK.

Intelsat Bets More on In-Orbit Servicing with Orbital ATK

Intelsat has awarded a contract to Orbital ATK for a second Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV 2) to provide life extension services for an Intelsat satellite. Orbital ATK is now producing MEV 1 for Intelsat with launch scheduled for late 2018. Under this new agreement, Orbital ATK will manufacture, test and launch MEV 2, and begin […]

By | January 4, 2018

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