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CMMB Vision to Expand the Commercialization of Mobile Broadcast Infrastructure in China

[Via Satellite 10-20-2014] CMMB Vision is getting ready to offer satellite based mobile multimedia services in China. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics China began using the China Mobile Multimedia Broadcast (CMMB) standard, created by CMMB Vision CTO Hui Liu, for mobile and handheld television. The standard, which bears similarities to Europe’s Digital Video Broadcasting-Satellite to [...]

By | October 20, 2014

Thales Qatar

Thales to Provide Military Satcom System to Qatar

[Via Satellite 10-20-2014] The Qatari Armed Forces have selected Thales to supply a military satellite communications (satcom) system following a yearlong bid-process. The company will provide a Network Operations Center (NOC) and the systems needed for transmitting communications and processing data on the ground. Thales plans to use its System 21 technology for secure, high-data-rate [...]

By | October 20, 2014

Xinhua Long March

Long March 4C Carries Remote Sensing Satellite Into Orbit

[Via Satellite 10-20-2014] China has launched Yaogan 22, a new remote sensing satellite using a Long March 4C rocket according to Xinhua, China’s state-run media agency. The launch — the 195th for the Long March family — occurred on Oct. 20 from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, located in Taiyuan, the capital of north China’s [...]

By | October 20, 2014

Kacific Pacific Islands

Kacific Inks Fifth Customer for Upcoming High Throughput Satellite

[Via Satellite 10-20-2014] Kacific has signed a five-year multimillion-dollar agreement to provide broadband services to the island nation of Kiribati on the Kacific 1 High Throughput Satellite (HTS) when it launches in early 2017. To cover the 100,000 citizens dotted on 33 islands and atolls that stretch across 3.5 million square kilometers, the company intends [...]

By | October 20, 2014

Intelsat Galaxy Ku-band

Hispasat, Intelsat Extend Partnership at 55 Degrees West

[Via Satellite 10-20-2014] Intelsat and Spanish satellite operator Hispasat have agreed to continue working together at the 55 degrees West orbital location over Latin America. Hispasat has collocated its Amazonas 1A satellite with Intelsat’s Galaxy 11 since June 2014. The company reports it has purchased capacity on the upcoming Intelsat 34 satellite, set to launch [...]

By | October 20, 2014

EIAST KhalifaSat

EIAST Finishes Design Review of KhalifaSat, On Track for 2017 Launch

[Via Satellite 10-20-2014] The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) has concluded a Detailed Design Review of KhalifaSat, the first satellite to be fully manufactured in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The KhalifaSat bus will resemble DubaiSat 2, but with room to support a more developed camera. “The technologies for KhalifaSat were enhanced [...]

By | October 20, 2014

Orbital Sciences Antares

Orbital Sciences’ Antares to Launch With New Engine in Two to Three Years

[Via Satellite 10-17-2016] Orbital Sciences has committed to a new engine for the Antares launch vehicle that it expects will suite both NASA and non-NASA customers. The company did not disclose the engine, nor its manufacturer, but expects it to be ready for a first launch in late 2016 or early 2017. Orbital Sciences has [...]

By | October 17, 2014

Arianespace VA220 Ariane 5

Arianespace Lofts Two LATAM-Focused Satellites

[Via Satellite 10-17-2014] Arianespace conducted the 62nd successful Ariane 5 launch on the night of Oct. 16, carrying the Intelsat 30 satellite with DirecTV’s DL1 A payload and the Empresa Argentina de Soluciones Satelitales Sociedad Anonima’s (ARSAT’s) ARsat 1. Both satellites bring new capacity to Latin American markets. Intelsat 30, built by SSL, carries C- [...]

By | October 17, 2014

MetOp Second Generation

Airbus Defence and Space Awarded $1.65 Billion MetOP-SG Contract

[Via Satellite 10-17-2014] The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected Airbus Defence and Space to design and build six second-generation Meteorological Operational (MetOP-SG) satellites in a $1.65 billion contract. The constellation is split into two series with three satellites each. The first of the six is planned to launch in 2021, and each spacecraft will [...]

By | October 17, 2014


Lockheed Martin Finishes First Geostationary Lightning Mapper for GOES R Satellite

[Via Satellite 10-17-2014] Lockheed Martin has transferred the first Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) instrument to its Denver Colo. facility for integration into the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R (GOES R) series. The GLM leverages technology originally designed for the Lightning Imaging Sensor used on NASA‘s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission. The device has a 1.8-megapixel focal [...]

By | October 17, 2014

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