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Rocket Lab Electron

Electron to Launch at Least Once Per Week, Says Rocket Lab CEO

[Via Satellite 10-23-2014] Rocket Lab, manufacturer of the Electron small satellite launch vehicle, has set its sights on launching no less than once per week when commercial operations begin. The company grabbed headlines after announcing that it had already signed 30 customers for the as-of-yet proven launch vehicle. With a price tag of $5 million [...]

By | October 23, 2014

SOS Children's Villages

Thuraya Donates Telecoms Equipment to NGO for Central African Republic

[Via Satellite 10-23-2014] Thuraya Telecommunications is working with the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) SOS Children’s Villages to bring satellite connectivity to the Central African Republic. The company donated public calling office units, SatSleeves and Thuraya IP+ broadband terminals along with Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards and airtime. The equipment will be used for communications between villages [...]

By | October 23, 2014

Oil Derrick exploration

Globecomm Finishes VSAT Network in Iraq

[Via Satellite 10-23-2014] Globecomm, in partnership with a top Iraqi telecommunications provider, has completed a 158-Mb VSAT network that will support oil and gas exploration. A European-based client will use the network to connect its main exploration site, which has more than 5,000 residents, along with other locations. The connectivity solution also includes 100-MB terrestrial [...]

By | October 23, 2014

Shipping Crates

Iridium Inks M2M Agreement with Trimble

[Via Satellite 10-23-2014] Iridium has signed an agreement to provide Machine-to-Machine (M2M) services to Trimble for its transportation and logistics business. The partnership helps Trimble expand coverage of assets beyond North America to include Europe and other parts of the world. Iridium’s M2M business has swelled to comprise more than one-fifth the company’s commercial service [...]

By | October 23, 2014

M-OV Mishaal Aerospace

SpaceQuest Signs Future Satellites to Mishaal Aerospace SmallSat Launcher

[Via Satellite 10-23-2014] SpaceQuest has signed a letter of intent to launch satellites on Mishaal Aerospace’s M-OV orbital launch vehicle once it is ready. The agreement defines the launch requirements and minimum payload requirements necessary for launch. SpaceQuest has launched its past four satellites on Kosmotras Dnepr rockets, but has expressed a strong preference for [...]

By | October 23, 2014

Inmarsat IsatPhone Colombia

Inmarsat, Globalsat to Sell IsatPhones in Brazil

[Via Satellite 10-23-2014] Inmarsat’s IsatPhone portfolio has been approved for sale in Brazil. Globalsat Brazil, a regional arm of the larger Globalsat Group, will distribute the phones. Inmarsat’s IsatPhone Pro and IsatPhone 2 use the company’s I-4 satellite network. Each device supports voice, data and GPS location services and is ruggedized to operate in extreme [...]

By | October 23, 2014

Proton

Express AM6 Launch Revives RSCC’s Constellation Renewal Efforts

[Via Satellite 10-22-2014] On Oct. 21 a Proton rocket carried the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) Express AM6 satellite into orbit. The government launch marks the second consecutive successful Proton mission since its May failure, and gives a fresh restart to RSCC’s fleet renewal plan. Originally RSCC intended to conduct five launches this year, with [...]

By | October 22, 2014

Fillmore Teleport Intelsat

Intelsat General and Braxton Technologies to Study Commercializing US Air Force Satellite Control Network

[Via Satellite 10-22-2014] Intelsat General has partnered with Braxton Technologies to study the use of commercial systems for Tracking, Telemetry and Command (TT&C) of government satellites for the U.S. Air Force. Currently, the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) uses 15 ground-based TT&C antennas located at seven different sites globally to operate government satellites. While [...]

By | October 22, 2014

ATC Air Force

MDA to Update US Air Force’s Flight Safety System to Include Satellite Navigation

[Via Satellite 10-22-2014] The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $6.4 million Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) to improve the flight path safety system currently in use by the military. MDA developed the system in 2004 to design flight paths for aircraft with ground-based navigation equipment. The update [...]

By | October 22, 2014

Elara Comunicaciones VSAT

IDT Global, Elara Comunicaciones Partner on Rural Mexico Telecoms Project

[Via Satellite 10-22-2014] Elara Comunicaciones has decided to implement IDT Global’s VoiceLine app to bring voice and data connectivity to more than 3,000 towns in Southeast Mexico as part of a government project. The international calling app will be used on Elara Comunicaciones’ satellite network to simplify phone calls and reduce costs. The VoiceLine app [...]

By | October 22, 2014

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