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Express AM6 Launch Revives RSCC’s Constellation Renewal Efforts

[Via Satellite 10-22-2014] On Oct. 21 a Proton rocket carried the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) Express AM6 satellite into orbit. The government launch marks the second consecutive successful Proton mission since its May failure, and gives a fresh restart to RSCC’s fleet renewal plan. Originally RSCC intended to conduct five launches this year, with [...]

By | October 22, 2014

Fillmore Teleport Intelsat

Intelsat General and Braxton Technologies to Study Commercializing US Air Force Satellite Control Network

[Via Satellite 10-22-2014] Intelsat General has partnered with Braxton Technologies to study the use of commercial systems for Tracking, Telemetry and Command (TT&C) of government satellites for the U.S. Air Force. Currently, the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) uses 15 ground-based TT&C antennas located at seven different sites globally to operate government satellites. While [...]

By | October 22, 2014

ATC Air Force

MDA to Update US Air Force’s Flight Safety System to Include Satellite Navigation

[Via Satellite 10-22-2014] The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $6.4 million Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) to improve the flight path safety system currently in use by the military. MDA developed the system in 2004 to design flight paths for aircraft with ground-based navigation equipment. The update [...]

By | October 22, 2014

Elara Comunicaciones VSAT

IDT Global, Elara Comunicaciones Partner on Rural Mexico Telecoms Project

[Via Satellite 10-22-2014] Elara Comunicaciones has decided to implement IDT Global’s VoiceLine app to bring voice and data connectivity to more than 3,000 towns in Southeast Mexico as part of a government project. The international calling app will be used on Elara Comunicaciones’ satellite network to simplify phone calls and reduce costs. The VoiceLine app [...]

By | October 22, 2014

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Comtech EF Data Wins Advanced VSAT Platform Contract for HTS Connectivity

[Via Satellite 10-22-2014] Comtech EF Data, a subsidiary of Comtech Telecommunications, has received a $2.3 million order for the Advanced VSAT networking platform from a systems integrator in Asia. The customer specified a mission requirement for high-throughput, bi-directional connectivity with the ability to support greater throughput demand in the future. Advanced VSAT is a fully [...]

By | October 22, 2014

BlackBridge EO Imagery

Earth Observation Satellite Product Revenues to Exceed $5 Billion by 2023

[Via Satellite 10-23-2014] Satellite Earth Observation data, value-added services and information products are expected to more than double from $2.3 billion in 2013 to $5.1 billion in 2023, according to NSR’s new “Satellite-Based Earth Observation (EO), 6th Edition” report. Driving this growth is a combination of higher resolution imagery and increasing demand from public authorities. [...]

By | October 22, 2014

HPSS Hosted Payload SmallSat Summit

ViviSat MEVs Join Growing List of Hosted Payload Launch Opportunities

[Via Satellite 10-21-2014] ViviSat will soon begin orbiting a constellation of Mission Extension Vehicles (MEVs) with room to carry hosted payloads into Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO). Jim Armor, Vice President, ATK Space Systems Division, which has invested in the in-orbit servicing venture, as has U.S. Space, said they are planning regular launches starting in three [...]

By | October 21, 2014

SmartSky IFC

SmartSky Gains Five Partners for New 4G LTE Air to Ground Network

[Via Satellite 10-21-2014] SmartSky Networks, an In Flight Connectivity (IFC) startup with intentions of launching a high-bandwidth Air-to-Ground (ATG) service in the United States has announced partnerships with Textron Aviation, Duncan Aviation, Satcom Direct, ICG, and Harris Corporation. Together, SmartSky and its partners intend to launch an aviation-focused broadband service using 60 MHz of spectrum. [...]

By | October 21, 2014

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ViaSat Takes Exede In The Air to General Aviation

[Via Satellite 10-21-2014] ViaSat is expanding its Exede satellite Internet service to the general aviation market. The new Exede In The Air for general aviation is faster than ViaSat Yonder, and employs the same broadband technology used for residential Exede Internet in the United States. ViaSat conducted flight tests of the new service, which the [...]

By | October 21, 2014

DLR Solar Study

World Bank Taps DLR for Satellite Data on Solar Power

[Via Satellite 10-21-2014] The World Bank has reached out to the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to map Pakistan’s potential for solar energy. The agency will use 15 years of satellite imagery data, complemented by ground measurements to identify the optimum locations for solar power generation. DLR will lead a team effort with spin-off company CSP [...]

By | October 21, 2014

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