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Telesat Shares Details on LEO Constellation Expectations

[Via Satellite 04-28-2016] Telesat President and CEO Dan Goldberg is confident the operator is on the right path to developing a constellation of Ka-band High Throughput Satellites (HTS) in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to serve broadband customers around the world. Yesterday, the company revealed that it had signed contracts with two manufacturers — Space Systems [...]

By | April 28, 2016

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SpaceX Wins First Competed National Security Award with GPS 3 Launch

[Via Satellite 04-28-2016] The U.S. Air Force has awarded SpaceX an $82.7 million firm-fixed price, standalone contract to launch a GPS 3 satellite, marking the first competitively sourced National Security Space (NSS) launch services contract in more than a decade. SpaceX will provide the government with a total launch solution, which includes launch vehicle production, [...]

By | April 28, 2016


ISRO Completes Navigation Constellation with Seventh IRNSS Satellite Launch

[Via Satellite 04-28-2016] The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) completed the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) constellation April 28 with the successful launch of IRNSS 1G. The satellite, seventh in the fleet, launched aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). IRNSS 1G separated from the rocket’s fourth stage after 19 minutes and 42 seconds, and [...]

By | April 28, 2016

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JAXA Ends Efforts to Restore Hitomi X-ray Astronomy Satellite

[Via Satellite 04-28-2016] The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced it will cease its efforts to restore the ailing X-ray Astronomy Satellite Astro H (Hitomi). Based on most of its analyses, including simulations on the mechanisms of object separation, the agency reported it is likely that both solar array paddles had broken off at [...]

By | April 28, 2016

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New Micro-Sat Launch Company Vector Space Systems Raises $1 Million

[Via Satellite 04-28-2016] Vector Space Systems, a startup company focusing on launch services for micro satellites, has raised more than $1 million in angel funding at Silicon Valley-based Space 2.0. With an executive team comprised of original SpaceX founders, as well as space industry veterans from Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas and Sea Launch, the company’s goal is [...]

By | April 28, 2016

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Dev Systemtechnik Releases 8to4ty L-Band Matrix Switch

[Via Satellite 04-28-2016] Quintech company Dev Systemtechnik has released its new 8to4ty L-Band Matrix Switch. The device comes in a 2RU chassis and is built for applications in mobile television studios, Satellite Newsgathering (SNG), teleport and High Throughput Satellite (HTS) systems, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) head-ends, and maritime TV systems. The 8to4ty L-band Matrix supports optical inputs, [...]

By | April 28, 2016

Thaicom and SLNTV Ink Global Distribution Deal

[Via Satellite 04-28-2016] Thaicom has entered into a multi-year agreement with Somaliland National Television (SLNTV), Somaliland’s national broadcaster. Under the terms of the agreement, Thaicom will provide SLNTV with C-band capacity on the Thaicom 5 satellite and a complete end-to-end solution that includes the design, installation and commissioning of the uplink facility. The satellite operator’s [...]

By | April 28, 2016

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Eurovision Signs SES Capacity Deal for Rio 2016 Olympics

[Via Satellite 04-28-2016] SES has signed a capacity agreement with Eurovision to broadcast the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics to sports fans around the world. As part of the agreement, Eurovision will lease several transponders on the NSS-806 satellite between July and August 2016 to enable broadcasters across the globe to provide extensive coverage of [...]

By | April 28, 2016

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EMC to Provide Broadband Satcom for Oilfield Services Company Fleet

[Via Satellite 04-28-2016] EMC has signed a multi-year contract with a global oilfield services company to provide mission-critical satellite broadband communications for its vessels worldwide. Under the contract, EMC will provide equipment, global bandwidth, services and support for seismic vessels and service vessels. EMC will deliver its solution via a global Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) [...]

By | April 28, 2016

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LauncherOne to Start Test Missions in 2017

[Via Satellite 04-27-2016] Virgin Galactic is planning a test campaign for its LauncherOne small satellite launch vehicle next year consisting of multiple trial-launches to pave the way for commercial missions. The air-launched vehicle, first announced in 2012, has undergone some significant evolutions since inception, including a doubling of its payload performance, improved engines and switching [...]

By | April 27, 2016

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