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A CPI radome under static loads testing

CPI Buoyed by Radant Technologies Division Sales

[Via Satellite 12-18-2014] Communications & Power Industries (CPI) brought in $475 million in sales during fiscal year 2014, a 13 percent increase from the year prior. Fiscal year 2014 was one of CPI’s strongest, with orders in defense and communications — the company’s two largest markets — topping all previous years save for fiscal 2013 [...]

By | December 18, 2014

One of the worst-hit towns by Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines.

Inmarsat, TSF Help Connect Philippine Towns Affected by Typhoon Hagupit

[Via Satellite 12-18-2014] Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF), the Inmarsat-sponsored telecoms agency, has entered Eastern Samar in the Philippines to provide crucial emergency communications in the wake of Typhoon Hagupit. Following assessments of the towns spanning Borongan to Artechi, many of which were destroyed by floods and landslides, TSF reported that mobile networks had been established [...]

By | December 18, 2014

A group of students who receive help from Tanzania Support Foundation.

Globecomm to Bring Computers to Rural African School

[Via Satellite 12-18-2014] Globecomm has donated desktop computers to a school in the Tanzanian village of Selela to support the mission of the Tanzania Support Foundation helping small communities become more self-sufficient in education, healthcare, hygiene and clean water. A total of 14 computers — last used for e-welfare support for military operations in Afghanistan [...]

By | December 18, 2014

Ball DigitalGlobe EO

DigitalGlobe Extends Useful Lives of Two Satellites

[Via Satellite 12-18-2014] As a result of its annual satellite life review, DigitalGlobe will extend the useful lives of two of its satellites: WorldView 1 and WorldView 2. The company has also assigned an initial useful life to its newest satellite, WorldView 3 that is slightly longer than the original use lives assigned to its [...]

By | December 18, 2014

GPS 3 satellite

Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Demonstrate Key Satellite Command and Control Capabilities for GPS III

[Via Satellite 12-18-2014] Raytheon and Lockheed Martin have completed the fourth of five planned launch and early orbit exercises for the U.S. Air Force’s next generation GPS 3 satellite and Operational Control System (OCX). Exercise 4 demonstrated new automation capabilities, information assurance, and launch readiness for the satellite, as well as the end-to-end capability to [...]

By | December 18, 2014

LPOD-R family of Outdoor Amplifiers / Block Up Converters (BUCs). Photo: Comtech EF Data

Comtech EF Data Introduces New LPOD-R Models Block Up Converter

[Via Satellite 12-18-2014] Comtech EF Data has introduced its new LPOD-R Block Up Converter models. Each LPOD-R consists of a Solid-State Power Amplifier (SSPA) module with a monitor/control processor, a power supply and a fan assembly. LPOD-R is equipped with temperature compensation, power monitor and power factor corrected supply as standard features. It also features [...]

By | December 18, 2014

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ViaSat Seeking to Make Passenger IFC ‘Ubiquitous’

[Via Satellite 12-17-2014] ViaSat is looking at new business models and opportunities to provide In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) services, according to ViaSat Director of Mobile Broadband Don Buchman. The company first launched into IFC almost year ago to the date in December 2013. What started as a single-digit number of aircraft has now swelled to roughly [...]

By | December 17, 2014

Raytheon GaN

Raytheon GaN Technology Ready for Satellites

[Via Satellite 12-17-2014] Satellites may soon carry Raytheon’s Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology into orbit. The company has successfully validated its GaN Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) technology for use in space-bound equipment. Raytheon GaN MMICs, manufactured at its Andover, Mass. foundry, demonstrated the radiation hardness required for space through Single Event Burn-out (SEB) and Total [...]

By | December 17, 2014

ESA testing its new storable fuel upper-stage propulsion system.

Airbus Develops New Storable Fuel Upper-State Propulsion System

[Via Satellite 12-17-2014] As commissioned by the European Space Agency (ESA), Airbus Defence and Space engineers have developed a new upper-stage engine demonstrator. Although engines that run on storable fuel are a core competency of German-European aerospace engineering, none are currently being produced in the three to eight kilonewton thrust class. Results of the recently [...]

By | December 17, 2014

Artist's rendition of Rosetta as it neared the comet 67P 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko

ESA Makes Rosetta Tank Test Available to all European Space Missions

[Via Satellite 12-17-2014] The European Space Agency (ESA) has made a test — originally created for its Rosetta comet-chaser mission — readily available to all European space missions. The test helps ensure propellant tanks will not crack up when subject to aggressive chemical corrosion. “Stress corrosion cracking has been termed the ‘sleeping monster’ of the [...]

By | December 17, 2014

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