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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

Hamadan Toure, Inmarsat board member

Hamadoun Toure Joins Inmarsat Board

[Via Satellite 01-29-2015] Inmarsat has appointed Hamadoun Toure as an additional non-executive member of the board. Toure, who will join the board on March 1 as a member of the Nominations Committee, was previously secretary general of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). In his previous role he worked to fulfill the ITU’s mandate to “connect [...]

By | January 29, 2015

UltiSat teleport at its Denmark location

UltiSat to Provide VSAT Communications Network to US Agency

[Via Satellite 01-29-2015] UltiSat, a provider of managed network services, has been awarded a multi-year contract to provide a managed Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) communications network solution to an undisclosed United States government agency. The communications infrastructure includes teleports, hub equipment, VSAT terminals, commercial Ku-band space segment, and terrestrial backhaul capacity. The solution will [...]

By | January 29, 2015

Vega ESA Arianespace

Arianespace Sees Promise for Vega in SmallSat Market

[Via Satellite 01-28-2015] With nine flights booked and three more in negotiations, Arianespace is confident it will have regular launches of the Vega small satellite rocket starting this year. The long-awaited demonstration of the European Space Agency’s Intermediate Experimental Vehicle (IXV), is currently planned for Feb. 11. Two more launches, one for a Sentinel satellite [...]

By | January 28, 2015

Lockheed Orion NASA

Lockheed Martin Space Systems’ Net Sales Gets 19 Percent Boost

[Via Satellite 01-28-2015] Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems segment increased net sales by 10 percent during the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to the same quarter in 2013. The $368 million increase mainly stemmed from higher net sales of approximately $325 million for the Orion program, which saw its first unmanned test flight of the Multi-Purpose [...]

By | January 28, 2015

Satmex Eutelsat LatAm

Satellite Industry Urges Africa to Protect C-band

[Via Satellite 01-28-2015] Leaders from African nations have gathered for a meeting arranged by the African Telecommunication Union to ready for the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) this November in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting, held in Abuja, Nigeria, is where African states will define their stance on whether or not to give mobile operators access [...]

By | January 28, 2015

Proton Khrunichev ILS

Fueling Begins for Inmarsat 5 F2 Proton Launch

[Via Satellite 01-28-2015] Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center reports the Proton Integrated Launch Vehicle (ILV) has been transferred to the fueling area at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Fueling the Breeze-M upper stage low-pressure tanks will take two days to complete, after which the rocket will be rolled out to the launch complex. International Launch [...]

By | January 28, 2015

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