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SES 10 coverage. Photo: SES

Oil and Gas Satellite Needs Increasing in Americas, Says SES Exec

[Via Satellite 01-30-2015] The digitization of the oil and gas (O&G) sector is spurring on demand for new satellite capacity to keep pace with data needs. Dave Sikorski, sales director of North American enterprise and mobility at SES, names three reason for the increase in demand: crew welfare, monitoring regulations and production efficiency. O&G companies [...]

By | January 30, 2015

European Data Relay System (EDRS). Photo: ESA

ESA, Airbus Confirm Partnership for European Data Relay System

[Via Satellite 01-30-2015] Following the successful test campaign of the first multigigabit optical intersatellite link between the Copernicus Sentinel 1A and Alphasat satellites, the European Space Agency and Airbus have entered a partnership to complete the full European Data Relay System (EDRS). This test campaign paved the way for an entirely new approach of delivering [...]

By | January 30, 2015

Global Xpress Inmarsat

Satcom Direct Named Value Added Reseller for Inmarsat Global Xpress

[Via Satellite 01-30-2015] Satcom Direct’s Land Mobile group, which focuses on satellite communications solutions for its land-based enterprise customers, is now authorized to provide Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) products and services to its clients. Satcom Direct has been an Inmarsat partner since 1997 and has now been appointed as a Value Added Reseller (VAR) by [...]

By | January 30, 2015

US Stratcom Signs SSA Agreement with Germany

[Via Satellite 01-30-2015] The U.S. Strategic Command (Stratcom) signed a technical arrangement with Germany to share Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services and information. The arrangement, signed by Maj. Gen. David D. Thompson, Stratcom director of plans and policy, and German army Brig. Gen. Dirk H. Backen, the defense attaché at the Embassy of the Federal [...]

By | January 30, 2015

Participants of the 4H HughesNet program Photo: HughesNet

HughesNet and National 4-H Council Announce 2015 Youth STEM Program

[Via Satellite 01-30-2015] Building on momentum generated in 2014, National 4-H Council and HughesNet, Hughes Network Systems’ satellite Internet service, are announcing a new 2015 program supporting their commitment to introduce more American youth to hands-on, community-based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. The partnership brings STEM learning experiences to youth across the country, [...]

By | January 30, 2015

Comtech Xicom TWTAs. Photo: Comtech Xicom

Comtech Xicom Receives $3.8 Million Order for TWTAs for US Army

[Via Satellite 01-30-2015] Comtech Xicom Technology, a subsidiary of Comtech Telecommunications, has received a $3.8 million follow-on order from a U.S.-based system integrator for Traveling Wave Tube Amplifiers (TWTAs). These TWTAs are for a major U.S. Army program for transportable satellite communications (satcom) systems providing voice, data, video conferencing, Internet and high resolution video connectivity [...]

By | January 30, 2015

Spire RO SmallSat

Spire to Launch 20-Satellite Weather Constellation This Year

[Via Satellite 01-29-2015] Spire, formerly known as Nanosatisfi, unveiled plans to launch and operate a constellation of 20 commercial weather SmallSats by the end of 2015. The satellites have already been manifested on different launch vehicles around the world and will use a technique known as Radio-Occultation (RO) to provide precise and accurate meteorological measurements [...]

By | January 29, 2015

Ball Aerospace engineer integrates instruments onto JPSS 1

CERES and OMPS-N Instruments Integrated into JPSS 1

[Via Satellite 01-29-2015] Ball Aerospace & Technologies has integrated two of the five instruments scheduled to fly on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s (NOAA) next polar-orbiting weather satellite, the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) 1. The Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite-Nadir (OMPS-N), produced by Ball Aerospace, along with the Clouds and Earth’s Radiant Energy [...]

By | January 29, 2015

Inuvik Satellite Station Facility in Inuvik, Canada

Swedish Space Corporation Expands Canadian Facility, Coverage

[Via Satellite 01-29-2015] The Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) is increasing its capacity at the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility in Inuvik, Canada, with the addition of a new multi-mission antenna. The increasing customer demand for communication with polar-orbiting satellites, normally used for Earth observation and atmospheric monitoring, is driving the expansion. Inuvik’s location in Canada’s Northwest [...]

By | January 29, 2015

Artist's rendition of the deployed CFOSAT spacecraft in orbit

China and France Bolster Agreement for Research Satellite

[Via Satellite 01-29-2015] CNES, the French space agency, and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) have signed an agreement to step up the schedule for the China-France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSAT) mission. This agreement ties into the broader contract signed by CNES and CNSA in March 2014 aimed at achieving closer cooperation between France and China [...]

By | January 29, 2015

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