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DSSP Soon to Test ‘Holy Grail’ of Propulsion Systems

[Via Satellite 08-22-2014] Digital Solid State Propellants (DSSP) is nearing the long awaited test of its Electrically controlled Solid Propellants (ESPs) — a new alternative to hydrazine and a potential competitor for electric propulsion. In January 2014 the company proved its thrusters, which are powered using a technique called double-diffusion, successfully reached an efficiency that [...]

By | August 22, 2014


Arianespace Soyuz Launches Twin Galileo GPS Satellites

[Via Satellite 08-22-2014] Following a one-day weather-induced delay, Arianespace has successfully launched Galileo satellites 5 and 6 for the European Space Agency (ESA). A Soyuz rocket carried the spacecraft to Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), deploying them 3 hours and 47 minutes after liftoff. ESA and the CNES, the French Space Agency, will conduct initial checks [...]

By | August 22, 2014

Sea Launch

Sea Launch Scaling Back Amid Manifest Gap

[Via Satellite 08-22-2014] Sea Launch is reducing its head count among staff at both its Nyon, Switzerland headquarters and at Energia Logistics’ Long Beach, Calif. site to compensate for the lack of launches this year. Sea Launch is also temporarily taking its Launch Commander and Odyssey vessels out of service, a move the company said [...]

By | August 22, 2014

Airbus Sentinel 2A

Airbus-Built Sentinel 2A Satellite Enters Environmental Testing

[Via Satellite 08-22-2014] Airbus Defence and Space has delivered the Sentinel 2A Earth Observation (EO) satellite to IABG, near Munich, Germany, for environmental testing. Engineers will evaluate the 1.2-ton spacecraft’s readiness for space prior to its launch in the first half of 2015. Sentinel 2A is one of the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) satellites for [...]

By | August 22, 2014

Japan Mitsubishi Himawari

Mitsubishi Electric Finishes Himawari 8 Satellite

[Via Satellite 08-22-2014] Mitsubishi Electric has completed the manufacturing of Himawari 8, a geostationary weather satellite for the Japan Meteorological Agency. The satellite will soon be delivered to the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan where Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will conduct an October launch using the H2A rocket. The [...]

By | August 22, 2014

Vuelta a España Hispasat

Hispasat to Provide Telecom Services for Vuelta a España Cycling Race

[Via Satellite 08-22-2014] Hispasat is providing two mobile units equipped with satellite transmission systems to provide satellite communications for the 2014 Vuelta a España cycling race. Journalists and the host organization will have access to Hispasat services for broadband, video and voice, among other services. Hispasat is placing the first mobile unit at the finish [...]

By | August 22, 2014

ESA Galileo

ESA Keeping Pace with Galileo Despite Satellite Anomalies

[Via Satellite 08-21-2014] The European Space Agency has not yet identified the cause of several anomalies that have affected some of the first Galileo satellites. Three of the first four in orbit have experienced irregularities that officials said are so far unrelated. ESA is taking steps to prevent further troubles with the GPS satellites but [...]

By | August 21, 2014

Airbus Newtec

Airbus Defence and Space Begins Newtec-Enabled Terralink Service

[Via Satellite 08-21-2014] Airbus Defence and Space is growing its Terralink satellite connectivity service for enterprise users. The expanded service employs the Newtec Dialog platform, which was introduced earlier this year. Airbus is the first user for the Newtec platform. The enterprise-targeted solution uses new coding as well as upgrades for compatibility and processing to [...]

By | August 21, 2014

Army soldier

NSA Certifies Harris Corp’s Manpack for Top Secret Missions

[Via Satellite 08-21-2014] The National Security Agency (NSA) has granted Type 1 certification for Harris Corporation’s Falcon 3 RF-340M multi-channel manpack radio. Harris is now able to field the radios for secure communications reaching up to the top secret level of information assurance. The company expects to make the first delivery to the U.S. Navy [...]

By | August 21, 2014

Firefly Alpha

Firefly Space Systems Partners with TACC and ANSYS on Rocket Simulations

[Via Satellite 08-21-2014] Small satellite launch company Firefly Space Systems has teamed up with Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and ANSYS to conduct rocket simulations using the Stampede supercomputer. Firefly will use TACC’s supercomputer to run ANSYS software analysis for simulations of rocket subsystems. According to the company, this method reduces the amount of time [...]

By | August 21, 2014

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