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NASA Optical

BridgeSat Plans Optical Network for SmallSats, UAVs

[Via Satellite 10-02-2015] BridgeSat, a startup satellite operator focusing on optical connectivity, is planning a network of SmallSats and ground stations designed to aid other small satellites in beaming data down from Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The company is part of the portfolio of Allied Minds, a U.S. science and technology development and commercialization company, [...]

By | October 2, 2015


ILS Appoints Execs to Boost Confidence in Proton’s Reliability

[Via Satellite 10-02-2015] In order to restore faith in Proton, International Launch Services (ILS) has implemented an organizational realignment to expand the role of engineering and mission assurance. The company has appointed Jim Kramer, formerly VP of sales, marketing and communications, and also formerly ILS’ chief engineer, as VP of engineering and mission assurance. Thomas [...]

By | October 2, 2015

Thales Alenia Space

Thales Alenia Space’s Optical Integration Center Can Handle Four Satellites Simultaneously

[Via Satellite 10-02-2015] Thales Alenia Space has opened its new Selene building in Cannes, which has a footprint of 1,500 square meters, including four separate integration zones for handling four satellites at the same time. The building, for which construction began in October 2014, is designed for the integration and testing of optical observation instruments, [...]

By | October 2, 2015

Atlas 5 Morelos

ULA Conducts 100th Mission with Mexico’s Morelos 3 Satellite

[Via Satellite 10-02-2015] United Launch Alliance (ULA) reached a launch milestone Oct. 2, completing its 100 successful launch since forming in 2006. The Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture orbited the Morelos 3 satellite using an Atlas 5 rocket for Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT). Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services procured the contract for the [...]

By | October 2, 2015

Expansys Thuraya

Thuraya and Expansys Link up for Retail and Online SatPhone Sales in Europe

[Via Satellite 10-02-2015] Thuraya Telecommunications has reached an agreement with leading online retailer Expansys to offer SatSleeve+ and SatSleeve Hotspot products in 28 countries across Europe. The full scope of the Expansys distribution agreement also means that Thuraya SatSleeve models will be available in high profile third party stores, such as Amazon, Orange and Carrefour. [...]

By | October 2, 2015

Ariane 5 VA226

NBN Co, ARSAT Boosted by Ariane 5 Launch

[Via Satellite 10-01-2015] European launch provider Arianespace has orbited two telecommunications satellites for customers in Latin America and Australia. The Flight VA226 Ariane 5 mission carried NBN Co’s first satellite, Sky Muster, and Empresa Argentina de Soluciones Satelitales Sociedad Anonima’s (ARSAT) second satellite, ARSAT 2. Flight VA226 is Arianespace’s ninth mission of 2015. The company [...]

By | October 1, 2015

S3 SOAR Shuttle

Swiss Space Systems Partners with D&B Group for Launches in the Middle East

[Via Satellite 10-01-2015] Swiss Space Systems has teamed up with D&B Group to open a subsidiary named S3 Middle East, laying the framework for small satellite launch activity in the Arab World. Together, the companies will seek through the subsidiary to develop, manufacture, certify and operate unmanned suborbital shuttles to locally launch spacecraft up to [...]

By | October 1, 2015

Alphatron Marine Acta Coastal Chariot

Acta Marine Picks Alphatron Marine To Equip Fleet with VSAT Connectivity

[Via Satellite 10-01-2015] Alphatron Marine will integrate a VSAT system with wireless access into Acta Marine’s IT infrastructure for its fleet of multicats, tugs and shoalbusters, the company announced Sept. 29. The 13 vessels will have unlimited dataflow for both operations and crew welfare. Acta Marine’s vessels will use Alphatron Marine’s new global iDirect platform [...]

By | October 1, 2015

Space Fence

US Space Fence Passes Air Force Critical Design Review

[Via Satellite 10-01-2015] Lockheed Martin has approval to start building the U.S. Air Force’s Space Fence, having successfully completed a three-day Critical Design Review (CDR). Government officials reviewed Lockheed Martin’s S-band radar system design at the company’s Moorestown, NJ facility, deeming the project technically mature. “Completion of CDR marks the end of the design phase [...]

By | October 1, 2015

Inmarsat to Relocate I-4 F2 Satellite, Picks Kratos SpaceNet System for Support

[Via Satellite 10-01-2015] Inmarsat is planning to shift voice and broadband data services for the Europe, Mid-East and Africa region from the Inmarsat-4 F2 (I-4 F2) satellite to Alphasat, and then move I-4 F2 to a new position in order to create a fourth L-band region. To do so, the company has selected SpectralNet from [...]

By | October 1, 2015

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