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Azercosmos Continues to Ramp up Satellite Capabilities

[Via Satellite 04-28-2016] Azercosmos is a rapidly evolving satellite operator, having not only brought significant business to its first telecommunications satellite, Azerspace 1, but also having teamed with Airbus Defence and Space to create an imaging capacity of 6 million square kilometers a day. Started as a vision of Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliyev, the company plays [...]

By | April 29, 2016


SES Becomes Majority Owner of O3b Networks, Muses IPO of Remaining Shares

[Via Satellite 04-29-2016] SES is paying $20 million to increase its fully diluted ownership of O3b Networks from 49.1 percent to 50.5 percent, thus taking a controlling share in the company. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals, which SES expects to reach completion during the second half of the year (H2 2016). The move [...]

By | April 29, 2016

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OneWeb Asks FCC for Permission to Access US Market

[Via Satellite 04-29-2016] OneWeb has filed an application with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting access to the U.S. market for its planned Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite system. The company’s constellation is anticipated to make broadband connectivity available in unserved or underserved regions today, and when fully deployed, to support services including cellular [...]

By | April 29, 2016

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ULA ID’s Source of Atlas 5 OA-6 Mission Anomaly

[Via Satellite 04-29-2016] United Launch Alliance (ULA) has traced the cause of an anomaly that occurred during the March 22 OA-6 Cygnus mission for Orbital ATK to the RD-180 engine’s Mixture Ratio Control Valve (MRCV). According to the company, the assembly of the valve caused a reduction in fuel flow during the boost phase of [...]

By | April 29, 2016

ESA, ViaSat Partner on High Capacity Satellite Product Development

[Via Satellite 04-29-2016] The European Space Agency (ESA) and ViaSat are launching a new three-year, multi-million dollar pilot program called the High Capacity Satellite Applications Factory Initiative (HCS Initiative) to spur on the development of new products to leverage “HCS” systems. The HCS Initiative involves the collaboration of ESA and its member states, industry, universities [...]

By | April 29, 2016

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UN and BlackSky Form Partnership

[Via Satellite 04-29-2016] BlackSky has established an official partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to jointly explore how satellite imaging can be applied to humanitarian relief, human security, climate change adaptation, sustainable water management, territorial management, high priority peace-keeping missions, maritime monitoring of illegal activity, and more. UNITAR, created in [...]

By | April 29, 2016

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DigitalGlobe Gains New WorldView 4 Commitment

[Via Satellite 04-29-2016] A new international defense and intelligence customer has signed a letter of intent with DigitalGlobe to have direct access capacity on the operator’s WorldView 4 satellite. The three-year agreement increases the amount of annualized contracted revenue from international defense and intelligence customers to $43 million from $38 million, nearly all of which [...]

By | April 29, 2016

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Telesat Shares Details on LEO Constellation Expectations

[Via Satellite 04-28-2016] Telesat President and CEO Dan Goldberg is confident the operator is on the right path to developing a constellation of Ka-band High Throughput Satellites (HTS) in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to serve broadband customers around the world. Yesterday, the company revealed that it had signed contracts with two manufacturers — Space Systems [...]

By | April 28, 2016

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SpaceX Wins First Competed National Security Award with GPS 3 Launch

[Via Satellite 04-28-2016] The U.S. Air Force has awarded SpaceX an $82.7 million firm-fixed price, standalone contract to launch a GPS 3 satellite, marking the first competitively sourced National Security Space (NSS) launch services contract in more than a decade. SpaceX will provide the government with a total launch solution, which includes launch vehicle production, [...]

By | April 28, 2016


ISRO Completes Navigation Constellation with Seventh IRNSS Satellite Launch

[Via Satellite 04-28-2016] The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) completed the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) constellation April 28 with the successful launch of IRNSS 1G. The satellite, seventh in the fleet, launched aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). IRNSS 1G separated from the rocket’s fourth stage after 19 minutes and 42 seconds, and [...]

By | April 28, 2016

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