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DSCOVR Solar Space Weather

US Agencies Prepare for Resurrected Space Weather Satellite Launch

[Via Satellite 12-21-2014] NASA, the United States Air Force and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have joined forces to revive the Triana satellite, renamed the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), for a five year space weather mission. First planned in the late 1990s, the mission was cancelled and put into storage in 2001. [...]

By | December 22, 2014

Proton ILS Russia

SES’ Astra 2G Set for December 28 ILS Proton Launch

[Via Satellite 12-21-2014] The 6-ton Astra 2G satellite is scheduled to launch on Dec. 28, 2014 at 3:37 Baikonur Time aboard a Proton rocket through International Launch Services (ILS). Built for SES by Airbus Defence and Space, the Astra 2G satellite carries 62 Ku-band transponders and four Ka-band transponders for broadcast and broadband services in [...]

By | December 22, 2014

Inmarsat 2 F2 Airbus Eurostar

Airbus-built Inmarsat 2 F2 Satellite Breaks World Record for Mission Lifespan

[Via Satellite 12-21-2014] The Inmarsat 2 F2 satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space was decommissioned this week after 23.5 years of performance in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO). Lasting more than two decades, the satellite took the world record for longevity from a previous Airbus Defence and Space satellite, Inmarsat 2 F1, which operated in [...]

By | December 22, 2014

Globalstar Peru Gateway

Globalstar Selects Level 3 Communications for MPLS Network Upgrade

[Via Satellite 12-21-2014] To upgrade its ground stations around the world, Globalstar has selected Level 3 Communications to supply a fully meshed Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) network. Globalstar is upgrading its backbone infrastructure, and chose Level 3 Communications for global connectivity and continuity. “By selecting Level 3′s meshed MPLS architecture, we are enhancing our reliability [...]

By | December 22, 2014

Gilat IP VSAT

Gilat Wins SkyEdge 2 VSAT Customer in the Philippines

[Via Satellite 12-21-2014] Delnet International Corp., a Philippine communications solutions provider, selected Gilat’s Ku-band SkyEdge 2 VSAT network to enable Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) to offer an enterprise VSAT connectivity service. PLDT will use a SkyEdge 2 hub that was operated by a subsidiary named Cignal. The hub was installed at an Earth station [...]

By | December 22, 2014

Optical Satellite OSS

Laser Light, Pacnet Services Asia Pacific Partner on SpaceCable

[Via Satellite 12-21-2014] Laser Light, designer of an all-Optical Satellite System (OSS), and Pacnet Services Asia Pacific, a prominent independent regional communications service provider, have partnered on commercial opportunities for SpaceCable. Laser Light is planning a constellation of eight to 12 Medium Earth Orbiting (MEO) satellites for a global, optical SpaceCable service with a completed [...]

By | December 22, 2014

4K HEVC OTT

India 4K Market Could be One to Watch ABI Research Analyst Says

[Via Satellite 12-19-2014] The 4K market will begin in earnest in 2016. This is the view of the Michael Inouye, a research analyst at ABI Research who looks in-depth at pay-TV markets around the world. Inouye believes the nascent 4K market will expand and likely by the 2018-2020 timeframe in some markets, begin to stand [...]

By | December 19, 2014

Arianespace’s December 18, 2014 mission with four O3b Networks connectivity satellites

Arianespace Launches Four More Satellites in the O3b Constellation

[Via Satellite 12-192014] In its 11th launch of the year, Arianespace successfully took four more satellites in the O3b Networks constellation to orbit. Using the Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Center, the flight follows the successful launches of the first eight O3b satellites in two batches in June 2013 and July 2014. The O3b [...]

By | December 19, 2014

Galileo ESA Soyuz

Salvaged Galileo Performs its First Navigation Fix

[Via Satellite 12-192014] Galileo’s fifth satellite, which was recently salvaged from the wrong orbit to begin navigation testing, has been combined with three of its predecessors to provide its very first position fix. This achievement is particularly significant because the fifth satellite is the first of a new design of 22 Galileos set to launch [...]

By | December 19, 2014

Exelis soldier radio

Exelis and Iridium Demonstrate New DTCS Global Services

[Via Satellite 12-192014] Exelis and Iridium Communications have successfully demonstrated a new global-reach communications capability for the United States Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) Distributed Tactical Communication System (DTCS). The capability, once deployed, will advance the Department of Defense’s (DOD) critical satellite communications network, bringing secure, reliable and global communications services to users in the [...]

By | December 19, 2014

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