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HPSS 2015 Weather

Weather Analytics to be PlanetiQ Customer, Invests in OmniEarth

[Via Satellite 10-12-2015] Weather Analytics, a commercial weather data company, has invested in remote sensing startup OmniEarth, and also intends to become a customer of PlanetiQ when its constellation is active. Bill Pardue, chairman and CEO of Weather Analytics, said Oct. 8 that the company is confident in the ideas presented and is eager to [...]

By | October 12, 2015

SNC Dream Chaser

Dream Chaser Readied for Free Flight and Orbital Testing

[Via Satellite 10-12-2015] Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is preparing two Dream Chaser spacecraft, the atmospheric Engineering Test Article (ETA) and the advanced composite orbital vehicle, for suborbital and orbital flight regimen, respectively. Dream Chaser is a reusable multi-mission space vehicle for manned and unmanned missions to Low-Earth Orbit. SNC also announced significant progress on the [...]

By | October 12, 2015

Moonitor Cow

Globalstar Wins Chipset Contract for Cattle Monitoring Collars

[Via Satellite 10-12-2015] Globalstar subsidiary Globalstar Europe Satellite Services is supplying its STX3 chipset for integration into an upcoming cattle-monitoring solution called MOOnitor. Scheduled for production in 2016, the device uses neck-mounted collars to measure cattle activity and convert it to herd management information, allowing ranchers to quickly react to developing situations and events. Each [...]

By | October 12, 2015

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NASA Confirms Operational Status of Laser Communications CubeSat

[Via Satellite 10-12-2015] NASA and The Aerospace Corporation have received confirmation the Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration (OCSD) CubeSat, launched Oct. 8 by an Atlas 5 rocket, is in orbit and operational. The OCSD is testing a unique space-based laser communications system. The laser is hard-mounted to the spacecraft body, and the orientation of the [...]

By | October 12, 2015

Gilat Makes Structural Organization Changes, Gets New CFO

[Via Satellite 10-12-2015] Gilat Satellite Networks is implementing structural changes to focus on five primary growth drivers: High Throughput Satellites (HTS), In-Flight Connectivity (IFC), rural Internet broadband, turnkey solutions, and the Chinese market. The company is making two main changes: it’s commercial division will focus on creating broader solutions while continuing to focus on HTS, [...]

By | October 12, 2015

HPSS Launch Panel

Reusability, Mass Production Top the List for SmallSat Launch Priorities

[Via Satellite 10-09-2015] Emerging small satellite launch providers are eager to speed up the production of rockets and introduce reusability in new launch systems. Speaking at the Hosted Payload and SmallSat Summit in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 8, executives from Virgin Galactic, Firefly Space Systems and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) all described [...]

By | October 9, 2015

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Marlink Gains Three-Year C-band VSAT Extension from Polarcus

[Via Satellite 10-09-2015] Marlink customer Polarcus, a Dubai-based geophysical services company has extended its global VSAT contract for an additional three years. The renewed agreement includes ongoing provision of voice and data connectivity through Sealink, Marlink’s C-band VSAT solution for Polarcus’ fleet of seismic vessels. Polarcus and Marlink will also migrate the seismic fleet from [...]

By | October 9, 2015

Wind Farm Offshore

RigNet TSI Gets Communications Contract from Offshore Wind Farm

[Via Satellite 10-09-2015] RigNet’s Telecom systems Integration (TSI) business has received a multi-million dollar contract to deliver communications systems and infrastructure for a high-voltage transmission platform in an offshore wind farm. A U.K.-based offshore contractor issued the contract award for a wind farm in the German sector of the North Sea. RigNet TSI’s scope of [...]

By | October 9, 2015

An Atlas V rocket carrying the NROL-55 mission lifts off from Space Launch Complex 3. Photo: ULA

ULA Launches NRO Satellite, CubeSats on Atlas 5 Rocket

[Via Satellite 10-09-2015] United Launch Alliance (ULA) orbited a defense satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) along with 13 CubeSats on Oct. 8 using an Atlas 5 rocket. The 13 Government Rideshare Advanced Concepts Experiment (GRACE) CubeSats are comprised of nine NRO-sponsored CubeSats and four NASA-sponsored CubeSats. Manufacturers of the CubeSats consist of [...]

By | October 9, 2015

Intelsat 15 Coverage Map

Orion Express Adds Viasat SD Channels to Intelsat 15

[Via Satellite 10-09-2015] Orion Express, one of the top satellite communications providers in Russia, has transferred all the Standard Definition (SD) channels for Russian broadcaster Viasat to its media platform on Intelsat 15. The channels, formerly on Asia Broadcast Satellite’s ABS 2 satellite, were broadcast on both ABS 2 and Intelsat 15 in parallel until [...]

By | October 9, 2015

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