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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

Artist's rendition of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite]

NASA Selects SpaceX to Launch Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite

[Via Satellite 12-17-2014] NASA has selected SpaceX to provide launch services for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission. TESS will launch aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, with liftoff targeted for August 2017 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The total cost for NASA to launch TESS is approximately $87 million, which includes [...]

By | December 17, 2014

Advantech's 2.5kW TROPO C-Band Modular Solid State GaN Power Amplifier

Advantech Wireless Releases New Modular Tropo C-Band SSPA

[Via Satellite 12-17-2014] Advantech Wireless has released its new 2.5kW Tropo C-Band Modular GaN-based Solid State Power Amplifier (SSPA). The new model ARMA-CL2500A operates over the low C-band tropo frequency of 4.4 – 5.0 GHz, and it is fully modular with built-in redundancy for all critical RF and power supply modules. These new SSPAs are [...]

By | December 17, 2014

Airplane aircraft plane IFC

Gogo Deems Satellite Essential to In-Flight Connectivity Business

[Via Satellite 12-16-2014] Gogo does not see Air-to-Ground as sufficient as a standalone solution for in-flight connectivity, according to President and CEO Michael Small. “I would say that an air-to-ground solution by itself is no longer competitive,” said Small during a UBS investor presentation. “If connectivity is transformative to aviation, you can’t have it some [...]

By | December 16, 2014

metamaterial photo electromagnetic antenna

Kymeta CEO Vern Fotheringham to Step Down

[Via Satellite 12-16-2014] Vern Fotheringham, CEO of Kymeta, is stepping down at the end of the year. In his place, Nathan Kundtz, president, CTO and co-founder will serve as CEO on an interim basis while the board of directors initializes a search for a new CEO. “We are extremely grateful to Vern for his contributions [...]

By | December 16, 2014

ESA Ministerial Council

UK Space Agency Allocates More Than $315 Million for European Space Programs

[Via Satellite 12-16-2014] Based on negotiations at the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Ministerial Council in Luxembourg on Dec. 2, the U.K. Space Agency has decided on an extra investment worth more than $315 million into European space programs. Approximately $205 million is dedicated to satellite telecommunications programs. A large chunk, roughly $90 million, is for [...]

By | December 16, 2014

Hot Bird Eutelsat

Eutelsat Receives Contract Renewal from nc+ for Nine Transponders

[Via Satellite 12-16-2014] Eutelsat Communications has received a contract renewal from Poland’s nc+ for nine transponders at the Hot Bird video neighborhood. Through this renewal, nc+ plans to expand the digital services it broadcasts Direct to Home (DTH) for 2.2 million subscribers. Today nc+ broadcasts more than 160 channels through Hot Bird satellites, along with [...]

By | December 16, 2014

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