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Analysts Spirited by OG2 Launch, Give Strong Outlook for Orbcomm

[Via Satellite 07-21-2014] Orbcomm’s long-awaited launch of second-generation satellites (OG2) has cast the company in a positive light by several leading analysts. On July 14, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 vehicle carried six OG2 spacecraft into Low Earth Orbit, patching a hole that developed in the original 25-satellite OG1 constellation. With the first launch complete and the [...]

By | July 21, 2014

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O3b Begins Service With Full Initial Constellation

[Via Satellite 07-21-2014] O3b Networks reports that its four new Medium Earth Orbiting (MEO) satellites have begun on-orbit testing and that customers are already trialing the service. The latest four satellites, launched July 10, 2014, doubled O3b’s constellation and raised the company to the level of a global operator. O3b has customers in East Timor, [...]

By | July 21, 2014

Iridium NEXT MMA

Iridium Approves High Volume Production for Main Mission Antennas

[Via Satellite 07-21-2014] Following the completed manufacturing of the first five main mission antennas (MMAs) for Iridium NEXT, Iridium has tasked Thales Alenia Space with ramping up production for the rest of the constellation. Thales Alenia Space is responsible for building 81 MMAs, which will provide one for all 66 satellites as well as the [...]

By | July 21, 2014

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Arianespace Wins Launch Contract for Sentinel 1B Satellite

[Via Satellite 07-21-2014] Arianespace has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to launch Sentinel 1B, the second radar satellite in the Copernicus program. The launch is planned for 2016 using a Soyuz rocket and will deliver the satellite into a sun-synchronous orbit. Sentinel is a joint environmental monitoring program between the European [...]

By | July 21, 2014

CBERS China Brazil EO

China, Brazil Extend CBERS Satellite Program

[Via Satellite 07-21-2014] China and Brazil have agreed to continue the China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite (CBERS) program with an additional satellite, CBERS 4A. Xu Dazhe, China’s minister of science, technology and defense industry also expressed interest in creating CBERS 5 and 6 satellites as part of a 10-year plan between the two countries. Discussions regarding [...]

By | July 21, 2014

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Videocon d2h Selects Broadcom to Boost HD Services

[Via Satellite 07-21-2014] Indian Direct-to-Home satellite service provider Videocon d2h has chosen Broadcom’s integrated satellite Set-Top Box (STB) System-on-a-Chip (SoC) device to increase its High Definition (HD) television services. Videocon d2h is installing the Broadcom BCM7358 HD satellite STB SoCs in the company’s universal serial bus (USB) digital video recorder (DVR) for recording content at [...]

By | July 21, 2014

Wicked Cool Space

Satellite Execs Talk ‘Wicked Cool’ Space Technology

[Via Satellite 07-18-2014] Satellite companies on the Future Space 2014 event panel  “Return of Wicked Cool Space Technology,” wasted no time in their discussions of advanced satellite manufacturing and launch systems. Industry veterans Intelsat and SSL joined smaller companies Made in Space and the normally quiet Blue Origin to talk technologies such as in-orbit servicing, [...]

By | July 18, 2014

SNC OG2 Orbcomm

Sierra Nevada Corp Initiates Contact with Orbcomm’s OG2 Satellites

[Via Satellite 07-18-2014] Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), prime contractor for Orbcomm’s OG2 satellites, has established communication with the first six spacecraft launched July 14, 2014. The company is working with Orbcomm to complete the early on-orbit checkout. SNC confirmed the deployment of all solar arrays and antennas as well as connectivity with Orbcomm’s gateway Earth [...]

By | July 18, 2014

Liquid Telecom Eutelsat

Liquid Telecom Extends Eutelsat Contract to 2019

[Via Satellite 07-18-2014] African telco and IP provider Liquid Telecom has expanded its preexisting contract with Eutelsat for additional capacity over Sub-Saharan Africa. Under the new multi-transponder agreement, Liquid Telecom gains capacity from Eutelsat 7B. The satellite, formerly Eutelsat 3D, was renamed and relocated following the launch of Eutelsat 3B. The contract stretches to 2019, and [...]

By | July 18, 2014

Singapore Technologies Engineering Reports $580 Million in New Contracts from Electronics Arm

[Via Satellite 07-14-2014] Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) earned approximately $580 million in new contracts during the second quarter 2014 from the electronics arm of its business. The company reported new contracts totaling $272 million for intelligent transportation, $211 million in advanced electronics and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and $93 million for satcom networks [...]

By | July 18, 2014

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