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Safran and Airbus Group Sign Second Agreement for Launcher Joint Venture

[Via Satellite 05-02-2016] Airbus Group and Safran have signed an agreement for the second and final phase of their 50/50 Joint Venture (JV): Airbus Safran Launchers. Under the first phase of the JV, Airbus Group and Safran created a joint program company with their respective civil program contracts and major participations related to civil launcher [...]

By | May 2, 2016

Eutelsat 65 West A

Eutelsat Starts Service with Eutelsat 65 West A satellite, Does EHF Test with SSL

[Via Satellite 05-02-2016] Eutelsat’s new satellite, Eutelsat 65 West A, which launched March 9, is now fully powered up and ready for service across Brazil and Latin America, the operator said May 2. Furthermore, the company also announced the completion of an Extremely High Frequency (EHF) transmission test with Space Systems Loral (SSL) using an [...]

By | May 2, 2016

OptiSAR UrtheCast

UrtheCast’s SAR Technology Passes Prototype Testing

[Via Satellite 05-02-2016] UrtheCast has successfully completed prototype hardware testing of the principal core enabling elements for its Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) technology. This includes the digital sensor electronics, which comprise the “heart” of the SAR instrument, and the dual-frequency, multi-aperture SAR antenna. UrtheCast, with its partners, built two multi-channel Digital Radio Frequency Units (DRFUs) and [...]

By | May 2, 2016

Intelsat Epic

Intelsat’s First EpicNG Satellite Exceeding Company Expectations

[Via Satellite 05-02-2016] The performance of Intelsat 29e, the first of Intelsat’s EpicNG High Throughput Satellite (HTS) series, is surpassing the company’s expectations, Intelsat said April 28. Intelsat 29e launched in January and entered service in March following in-orbit testing. “We are pleased to report that the performance is surpassing our design objectives,” Intelsat Chief [...]

By | May 2, 2016

JAXA Diwata 1 DOST Philippines

JAXA Deploys Diwata 1, First Philippine Microsatellite, from Space Station

[Via Satellite 05-02-2016] The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has deployed the Philippines’ 50-kilogram microsatellite Diwata 1 from Japan’s Kibo module on the International Space Station (ISS). A joint project of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of the Republic of the Philippines, the University of the Philippines Diliman, Tohoku University, and Hokkaido University, [...]

By | May 2, 2016

Norsat Median 40W BUC

Norsat Expands Median BUC Family, Adds LNBs to Microwave Product Portfolio

[Via Satellite 05-02-2016] Norsat International has added the Median 40W Ku-band Block Upconverter (BUC), along with a range of Low-Noise Block Downconverters (LNBs) to its microwave product line. All of the newly launched microwave products are used in satellite signal transmission and reception. The Median 40W BUC joins Norsat’s 16W and 25W versions announced earlier [...]

By | May 2, 2016

Azercosmos' main satellite ground control station.

Azercosmos Continues to Ramp up Satellite Capabilities

[Via Satellite 04-28-2016] Azercosmos is a rapidly evolving satellite operator, having not only brought significant business to its first telecommunications satellite, Azerspace 1, but also having teamed with Airbus Defence and Space to create an imaging capacity of 6 million square kilometers a day. Started as a vision of Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliyev, the company plays [...]

By | April 29, 2016


SES Becomes Majority Owner of O3b Networks, Muses IPO of Remaining Shares

[Via Satellite 04-29-2016] SES is paying $20 million to increase its fully diluted ownership of O3b Networks from 49.1 percent to 50.5 percent, thus taking a controlling share in the company. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals, which SES expects to reach completion during the second half of the year (H2 2016). The move [...]

By | April 29, 2016

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OneWeb Asks FCC for Permission to Access US Market

[Via Satellite 04-29-2016] OneWeb has filed an application with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting access to the U.S. market for its planned Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite system. The company’s constellation is anticipated to make broadband connectivity available in unserved or underserved regions today, and when fully deployed, to support services including cellular [...]

By | April 29, 2016

United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster ULA

ULA ID’s Source of Atlas 5 OA-6 Mission Anomaly

[Via Satellite 04-29-2016] United Launch Alliance (ULA) has traced the cause of an anomaly that occurred during the March 22 OA-6 Cygnus mission for Orbital ATK to the RD-180 engine’s Mixture Ratio Control Valve (MRCV). According to the company, the assembly of the valve caused a reduction in fuel flow during the boost phase of [...]

By | April 29, 2016

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