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GeoMetWatch Musing Fewer Hosted Payloads, More Satellites

[Via Satellite 08-29-2014] Commercial weather company GeoMetWatch is reevaluating its original plan to orbit six geo-hyperspectral sounders as hosted payloads. Instead, the company hopes a new approach that includes separate satellites will help to bring the constellation online by 2020. “We are looking at some free-flyer opportunities which, for some of our potential investors, are much [...]

By | August 29, 2014


Argentine Space Agency Conducts Experimental Launch Vehicle Test

[Via Satellite 08-29-2014] The National Commission on Space Activities (CONAE), Argentina’s space agency, has completed the second experimental flight of the Tronador 2 launch vehicle. The rocket, VEX 1B, reached a height of 2,200 meters during the 27 second flight. CONAE launched the Tronador 2 rocket in Pipinas, near Buenos Aires. Engineers tested the propulsion [...]

By | August 29, 2014

C-com invetvu Japan

C-Com Satellite Antennas Deployed in Response to Hiroshima Landslide

[Via Satellite 08-29-2014] C-Com Satellite Systems reports its customer Japan Satellite Communications (JSC) has deployed iNetVu mobile antennas in response to landslides in Hiroshima, Japan. Heavy rain triggered the landslides, which have displaced more than 1,500 people and killed more than 70. “JSC has deployed over 350 iNetVu(R) mobile antennas across Japan,” said Yoshiya Kato, CTO [...]

By | August 29, 2014

NASA Boeing Launch

NASA Tests Lightweight Composite Cryotank from Boeing

[Via Satellite 08-29-2014] NASA has completed an extensive set of tests on a new large 5.5-meter diameter composite cryogenic fuel tank. Built by Boeing, the lightweight tank is being evaluated for use on rockets. Engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. simulated the physical stresses experienced during launch by applying structural loads [...]

By | August 29, 2014


LightSquared Pays $9.1 Million to Inmarsat

[Via Satellite 08-29-2014] Inmarsat has received a $9.1 million dollar Phase 2 quarterly payment from LightSquared within the 60 day contractual cure period. LightSquared’s July 2, 2014 notice of default was issued by Inmarsat following a missed payment. As of July 1, LightSquared owed a quarterly Phase 2 payment of approximately $4.1 million along with [...]

By | August 29, 2014

Newtec Hylas HTS

Bentley Walker to Extend Coverage to Iraq Using Hylas 2 HTS Satellite

[Via Satellite 08-29-2014] VSAT service provider Bentley Walker has expanded its coverage to include Iraq. The company has installed a Newtec IP Broadband Hub at Avanti’s Makarios Teleport gateway, located in Cyprus, to begin providing service throughout the country. Last year Bentley Walker used thousands of Newtec terminals for its Freedomsat service in Libya. The [...]

By | August 29, 2014

Dish antenna

Dish Calls Comcast-TWC Merger ‘Eerily Similar’ to Primestar

[Via Satellite 08-28-2014] Satellite pay-TV provider Dish Network has filed a petition to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) against the proposed $45.2 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, arguing that the combined cable company would irreparably hinder competition for video. The petition, which spans more than 200 pages, claims the merger bears [...]

By | August 28, 2014


ISS-Reshetnev Finishes Yamal 401 Satellite

[Via Satellite 08-28-2014] Russian satellite manufacturer ISS-Reshetnev has completed building the Yamal 401 telecommunications satellite. Fabricated for Gazprom Space Systems, the satellite is slated to launch on a Proton rocket. Yamal 401 is the third satellite ISS-Reshetnev has built on its heavy-class Express-2000 bus. The 2976-kilogram spacecraft can provide 11 kW of power and has [...]

By | August 28, 2014

AEB Alcantara launch

Brazil Plans Liquid Rocket Test at Alcântara Launch Center

[Via Satellite 08-28-2014] Brazil’s Institute of Aeronautics and Space (IAE) plans to conduct a sounding rocket test at the Alcântara Launch Center in São Luis, Maranhão on Aug. 29. Launch VS-30 V13, designated Operation Fox, is the first Brazilian space vehicle to use liquid propellant. Orbital Engineering and the IAE manufactured the liquid propellant, which [...]

By | August 28, 2014

KCA Deutag Signalhorn

KCA Deutag Ups Signalhorn Contract to Cover 10 Oil Rigs

[Via Satellite 08-28-2014] KCA Deutag has expanded its contract with Signalhorn for maintenance of its satellite and terrestrial network in Oman. Due to the requirements of KCA Deutag’s business, rigs must be constructed at a significant distance from terrestrial communications. Signalhorn’s previous contract was for hybrid communications platforms for seven Omani land rigs. The new [...]

By | August 28, 2014

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