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Airplane IFC

Air To Ground Essential for Inmarsat’s IFC Plans

[Via Satellite 09-29-2014] Inmarsat sees an Air-to-Ground (ATG) network serving as the centerpiece for its In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) plans in high traffic areas. Speaking during Inmarsat’s Sept. 24 Investor Day, Leo Mondale, president of aviation at Inmarsat, said this realization was hard to embrace initially, but has been now accepted as a necessary step. “There’s [...]

By | September 29, 2014

Com Dev

Com Dev Inks Multimillion-Dollar Contract for HTS Components

[Via Satellite 09-29-2014] Com Dev International has received an Authorization to Proceed (ATP) contract worth more than $7.5 million from an undisclosed customer to manufacture components for a High Throughput Satellite (HTS). The company will provide multiplexer equipment, microwave components and waveguide and coaxial switches for the Ku-band spacecraft. Com Dev will fabricate the components [...]

By | September 29, 2014

Firefly Alpha

Firefly Space Systems Moves to Texas, Musing Launch Site Prospects

[Via Satellite 09-29-2014] Firefly Space Systems, a launch company dedicated to small satellites, is moving from Hawthorne, Calif. to Cedar Park, Texas following a commitment of $1.225 million from the City of Cedar Park Economic Development Corporation. The new office will be close to the company’s test site in Briggs, Texas, which has more than [...]

By | September 29, 2014

Proton ILS Roscosmos

Proton Returns, Russian Government Conducts Successful Launch

[Via Satellite 09-29-2014] The Russian Federal government has completed the first successful launch of the Proton rocket since the failure that destroyed the Russian Satellite Communications Company’s (RSCC) Express AM4R satellite in May 2014. The successful launch occurred on Sept. 28 at 12:23 Moscow Time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Khrunichev State Research and Space Production [...]

By | September 29, 2014

Long March-2C

China Conducts Launch of Experimental Science Satellite

[Via Satellite 09-29-2014] Xinhua, China’s state-run media agency, reports the country has successfully completed the launch of an experimental scientific satellite on Sept. 28 at 1:13 p.m. Beijing time. A Long March-2C carrier rocket delivered the Shijian-11-07 satellite into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, located in the northwestern part of the Gobi Desert. [...]

By | September 29, 2014


National Geographic to use Imaging Tools on ISS

[Via Satellite 09-29-2014] National Geographic, in partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) intends to develop new imagery from the International Space Station (ISS) for educational purposes. The interest demonstrated by National Geographic and others has prompted CASIS to expand the “Good Earth” imaging suite to encompass hyperspectral sensors, Synthetic [...]

By | September 29, 2014

SES Antenna Uplink

Orbitcom to Deliver Astra Connect Service from SES in Germany

[Via Satellite 09-26-2014] SES Broadband Services has extended its April 2014 partnership with Orbitcom, an Internet Service Provider (ISP), to distribute Astra Connect to German communities. Orbitcom will be responsible for the service, as well as providing equipment and customer support. Astra Connect can deliver satellite broadband services to a community through a single antenna [...]

By | September 26, 2014


Via Satellite Russia: The Top Quotes

[Via Satellite 09-26-2014] Few countries have as much history in satellite as Russia. As the country that sparked a global technology revolution and one of the today’s well-known and promising BRIC nations, Russia is a stalwart of the satellite industry but, as a market, it has seen challenges. In our regional edition, Via Satellite Russia, [...]

By | September 26, 2014

Soar S3 Engine

Swiss Space Systems Evaluates NK-39 Engine for SOAR SmallSat Vehicle

[Via Satellite 09-26-2014] Executives from Swiss Space Systems (S3) met with Russia’s JSC Kuznetsov to check the NK-39 engines planned to power the unmanned suborbital shuttle SOAR. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding at the Sochi Winter Olympics to collaborate on the engine, which would enable SOAR to launch satellites weighing up to [...]

By | September 26, 2014

JSAT J-league stadium

Sky Perfect JSAT To Launch Dedicated 4K Channels on March 1, 2015

[Via Satellite 09-26-2014] Japan-based Sky Perfect JSAT has set the date for the launch of two Ultra-HD 4K channels on March 1, 2015. The channels will be available on the Sky PerfecTV! premium service. Sky Perfect JSAT plans to broadcast sports, movies, live concerts and other content, including J-league matches on the channels. To view [...]

By | September 26, 2014

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