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Aeromexico Gogo 2Ku

Gogo Signs First 2Ku IFC Customer

[Via Satellite 08-26-2014] Global Mexican airline Aeromexico has signed a definitive agreement with Gogo for the company’s new 2Ku In Flight Connectivity (IFC) solution. The new agreement solidifies discussions from December 2013, where the principal terms and conditions were established. Gogo will connected a minimum of 20 of Aeromexico’s Boeing 737 aircraft and will provide IFC for at [...]

By | August 26, 2014

Lockheed Martin Fence SSA

Lockheed Martin, Electro Optics Systems to Build Space Debris Observatory

[Via Satellite 08-26-2014] Lockheed Martin and Electro Optics Systems have agreed to build a space object tracking facility in Western Australia. Through the use of both lasers and sensitive, telescope-like optical systems, the companies plan to use the site for a combination of government and commercial customers. Lockheed Martin anticipates electro-optical technologies will effectively complement [...]

By | August 26, 2014

Comtech EF Data

Comtech Considering Sale or Merger Opportunities

[Via Satellite 08-26-2014] Comtech Telecommunications Corporation has confirmed rumors that it is considering a possible merger or sale in order to increase shareholder value. The company reports that there is no definitive timetable for completing this evaluation, nor will it disclose any further information except if required by law. Comtech has seen declining revenue in [...]

By | August 26, 2014

UKube 1 ClydeSpace

Communications Anomaly Hampers UK SmallSat

[Via Satellite 08-26-2014] The United Kingdom Space Agency’s first CubeSat mission, UKube 1, is experiencing an anomaly with its primary communications link. The agency reports that while the satellite is healthy and its attitude has been stabilized, the anomaly is preventing normal operations for payload commissioning. Launched in July, the satellite hosts payloads developed by [...]

By | August 26, 2014

TRMM NASA JAXA weather

NASA, JAXA Plan Deorbit Procedure for ’90s Weather Satellite

[Via Satellite 08-26-2014] The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) a joint satellite program between NASA and JAXA, has nearly exhausted its fuel supply. Based on fuel tank pressure readings NASA estimates the satellite will deorbit in November 2016. The TRMM satellite continues to send data that is used to study tropical rainfall’s influence on global [...]

By | August 26, 2014

Arianespace Soyuz Anomaly

Launch Anomaly Leaves Uninsured Galileo Satellites in Flawed Orbit

[Via Satellite 08-25-2014] The Aug. 22 Soyuz launch originally celebrated as the beginning of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) fast-paced deployment of the Galileo GPS network, is now the subject of investigation after officials discovered the two satellites did not reach their intended orbits. The first two Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites, named “Doresa” and [...]

By | August 25, 2014

RD-180 DoD Atlas 5

Air Force Issues RFI for RD-180 Engine Replacement

[Via Satellite 08-25-2014] The United States Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (AFSPC) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) on a new booster as well as a potential new launch system for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program. Conclusions drawn from the RFI process may constitute sufficient market research for a follow-on [...]

By | August 25, 2014

Spacex F9R Explosion

SpaceX Reusable Falcon 9 Self-Terminated During Test Mission

[Via Satellite 08-25-2014] On Aug. 22, SpaceX conducted a test of a reusable rocket in McGregor, Texas. The rocket, a three-engine version of the Falcon 9R, experienced an anomaly resulting in automatic termination by its flight termination system. SpaceX said in a statement that detecting vehicle anomalies during testing is the purpose of its Research [...]

By | August 25, 2014

Astrotech Kepler Lockheed

Lockheed Martin Completes Astrotech Space Operations Acquisition

[Via Satellite 08-25-2014] Lockheed Martin has finalized the purchase of Astrotech Corporation’s Space Operations business, first announced in May 2014. Now complete, Astrotech Space Operations is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, and will report to the company’s Space Systems business area. Astrotech Space Operations has assisted more than 300 launches, providing final testing [...]

By | August 25, 2014

Ka You Uplink

Ka You Systems Installs Uplink System for Laredo Community College

[Via Satellite 08-25-2014] Ka You Systems has installed a satellite uplink system for Laredo Community College (LCC), located in Southern Texas. The academic institution serves more than 12,000 students across two campuses, and can now transmit video, audio and data to global audiences. Ka You has trained LCC staff on operating the uplink system, and [...]

By | August 25, 2014

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