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Blue Origin ULA

ULA, Blue Origin Join Forces on RD-180 Rocket Engine Successor

[Via Satellite 09-18-2014] United Launch Alliance (ULA) has selected Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company Blue Origin to build the Blue Engine 4 (BE-4) to replace the Russian-built RD-180, which is currently used to power ULA’s Atlas 5 launch vehicle. The decision follows news from earlier this summer that that ULA had signed multiple contracts to evaluate domestically [...]

By | September 18, 2014


China Reviews Final Design of CBERS 4 Satellite

[Via Satellite 09-18-2014] Beijing-based China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) has completed the Final Design Review (FDR) of the China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite 4 (CBERS 4) in collaboration with Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE). The completed FDR paves the way for a December launch aboard a Long March 4B rocket from the Taiyuan [...]

By | September 18, 2014

emcore maven solar

Emcore Sells Space Photovoltaics Business for $150 million

[Via Satellite 09-18-2014] Emcore has agreed to sell its space photovoltaics business to private equity firm Veritas Capital, including all rights to the buildings and 275 employees in Albuquerque, N.M. An affiliate of Veritas has agreed to purchase the business for $150 million in cash. Founded in 1998, Emcore’s space photovoltaics business manufactures products for [...]

By | September 18, 2014


Harris Corp Installs Weather Product Creator Into GOES-R Ground Segment

[Via Satellite 09-18-2014] Harris Corporation completed the integration of the first weather product applications onto the ground segment hardware for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R (GOES-R) Series program. Harris delivered the ground system to NOAA earlier this year, for which it is the prime contractor. The recent [...]

By | September 18, 2014

Lockheed DMSP

USSTRATCOM Grafts DMSP 19 into Constellation

[Via Satellite 09-18-2014] The United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) has taken operational control of the Lockheed Martin-built Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) 19 satellite. United Launch Alliance (ULA) launched the satellite on April 3, 2014, after which Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force performed on-orbit checkout procedures. The Air Force and the [...]

By | September 18, 2014

airplane seats

Virgin Atlantic Selects Gogo’s 2Ku Service for IFC

[Via Satellite 09-18-2014] Virgin Atlantic has partnered with Gogo to install the new 2Ku In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) service on the airline’s existing fleet. The companies have agreed on principle terms and are working together to finalize a definitive agreement. Virgin Atlantic is Gogo’s first European airline customer. In August the company signed its first 2Ku [...]

By | September 18, 2014

Jim Bridenstine official portrait 113th Congress

Congressman Bridenstine: NOAA Satellite Strategy Should be More Like DoD

[Via Satellite 09-17-2014] United States Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., called for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to make use of commercial weather data to mitigate risk from both pending and potential future weather data gaps. Speaking at the Washington Space Business Roundtable on Sept. 16, the congressman said the agency should look to [...]

By | September 17, 2014

NBN Co Walumla ground station

NBN Co Nears Completion of Satellite Ground Station Network

[Via Satellite 09-17-2014] Australia’s government-owned National Broadband Network (NBN Co) has completed its ninth satellite ground station, located in Waroona in Western Australia. The organization has one more station to finish in order to complete the network, which is to consist of 10 sites featuring 24 satellite dishes. The ground stations support NBN’s Long Term [...]

By | September 17, 2014

A CPI radome under static loads testing

CPI Industries Builds on Quad-Band Radome Following Roaming Demo with ViaSat

[Via Satellite 09-17-2014] Communications and Power Industries (CPI) provided a quad-band satellite communications radome to ViaSat in support of the company’s recent flight demonstrations using an integrated Ku-band and Ka-band airborne satellite terminal. The hybrid Ku-/Ka-band terminal and radome enable roaming between beams for In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) and other services to both commercial [...]

By | September 17, 2014

Gazprom Space Systems and Bentley Walker Execs

Bentley Walker Purchases Capacity on Yamal 402 Satellite

[Via Satellite 09-17-2014] European Internet Service Provider (ISP) Bentley Walker has signed an agreement with Gazprom Space Systems for capacity on the Yamal 402 satellite. The company intends to use the capacity for services in Africa. Following the purchase, Bentley Walker deployed an iDirect Evolution hub at Telekom Austria’s Aflenz Teleport. The 9-meter antenna will [...]

By | September 17, 2014

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