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Orbital Sciences Initiates Investigation into Antares Explosion

[Via Satellite 10-29-2014] An Orbital Sciences Antares rocket suffered a launch failure at 6:22 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Oct. 28. The mission, the third of eight in the company’s $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply (CRS) contract with NASA, was carrying 2215 kg of cargo, including 26 satellites for Planet Labs, the Arkyd 3 satellite [...]

By | October 29, 2014

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Arianespace Purchases 10 Vega Launchers from ELV

[Via Satellite 10-29-2014] Arianespace has signed a contract with Italian manufacturer European Launch Vehicle (ELV) for 10 Vega rockets. The order will supply enough of the light-lift launcher to fulfill Arianespace’s small- to medium-sized satellite missions for more than three years. The first of the new orders is set to enter service in 2015. The [...]

By | October 29, 2014

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Satcom Digital Networks Extends Use of Amazonas 2 Capacity in US

[Via Satellite 10-29-2014] Satcom Digital Networks has reached a multi-year agreement with Hispamar, the Brazilian arm of the Hispasat Group, to extend services on the Amazonas 2 spacecraft located at 61 degrees west. Satcom Digital will use capacity on the satellite to serve customers in the United States. Satcom Digital Networks has been operating on [...]

By | October 29, 2014

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RUAG Space 3-D Prints Satellite Part

[Via Satellite 10-29-2014] Using additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, RUAG Space, in collaboration with Altair, has produced an antenna support. EOS, a German specialist for industrial 3-D printing, finished the product, which was designed using Altair software. The 3-D printed antenna support is similar to the one used on the Sentinel 1A radar satellite. According [...]

By | October 29, 2014


Elbit Systems to Supply ELSAT 2100 SOTM Systems to Canadian Armed Forces

[Via Satellite 10-29-2014] Rheinmetall Canada has awarded Elbit Systems a contract for ELSAT 2100 Satellite-on-the-Move (SOTM) systems that will be provided to the Canadian Armed Forces. The ELSAT 2100 SOTM system is used for high data rate broadband communications and is ruggedized for harsh environments. Elbit Systems said the contract value is not material to [...]

By | October 29, 2014

Orbcomm M2M Swing Transport

Orbcomm Receives Largest GT 1100 Order to Date

[Via Satellite 10-29-2014] Orbcomm, a Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions provider, has received an order for 16,000 GT 1100 trailer tracking and monitoring devices. The order came from one of the largest retail fleets in the United States. The customer will use the dual-mode GT 1100 solution to track dry van assets through a combination of Orbcomm’s [...]

By | October 29, 2014


Global Pay-TV Subscriptions to Top 1 Billion Before Decade Ends

[Via Satellite 10-26-2014] The number of pay-TV subscribers is expected to reach 1.1 billion worldwide by 2019, according to ABI Research. Growth in this sector has not been easy as competition from online services increasingly chips away would-be subscribers. Alternative viewing options such as Netflix and Hulu are driving lower Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) [...]

By | October 28, 2014

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O3b Networks’ Next Launch Accelerated to December

[Via Satellite 10-28-2014] O3b Networks’ next four satellites have been fast tracked from a 2015 launch date to Dec. 18, 2014. The earlier launch date follows the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) decision to delay the launch of the next two Galileo navigation satellites. In September O3b launched its second batch of four satellites on an [...]

By | October 28, 2014

Copernicus ESA Sentinel

ESA, European Commission Finalize Copernicus Budget

[Via Satellite 10-28-2014] The European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission have established the budget for the Copernicus environmental monitoring program. The European Union’s seven-year Multiannual Financial Framework provides nearly $5.5 billion for Copernicus, of which approximately $4 billion will be allocated for the space component. The Sentinel satellites comprise the backbone of Copernicus. [...]

By | October 28, 2014

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Foxtel Signs Multi Year Agreement With Optus Satellite

[Via Satellite 10-28-2014] Foxtel has entered a new five-year agreement with Australia-based Optus Satellite for capacity on the Optus D3 satellite. The company will broadcast nine new High Definition (HD) channels, accessible by customers with an IQ2 or MyStarHD Set Top Box (STB) service and an HD subscription. Optus D3 is the only satellite in [...]

By | October 28, 2014

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