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Andrew Ruszkowski XTAR

XTAR Evaluating Options for New Capacity in Asia Pacific

[Via Satellite 08-20-2014] Private satellite operator XTAR is considering ways to expand its fleet to include coverage over the Asia-Pacific region. Currently, the company has two satellites in orbit — XTAR LANT and XTAR EUR — providing coverage over the Americas, Europe, Africa and parts of Asia, exclusively for government customers. XTAR’s satellites currently do [...]

By | August 20, 2014


EIAST Satellite Manufacturing Facility Nears Completion

[Via Satellite 08-20-2014] The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) is a few months away from finishing construction of the United Arab Emirate’s first domestic satellite manufacturing facility. Once complete, the facility, which spans more than 210 square meters, will house an electrical laboratory, a mechanical laboratory and a clean room for domestic [...]

By | August 20, 2014

A Panasonic 4KTV. Photo: Panasonic

New NSR Report Forecasts 820 Ultra-HD Channels by 2025

[Via Satellite 08-20-2014] NSR analysts predict satellites will distribute 820 Ultra-HD channels through Direct to Home (DTH), IPTV and satellite-to-cable headends in their newest report “Ultra-HD via Satellite, 2nd Edition.” DTH broadcasts comprise the majority of channels with an estimated 560 in 4K and 8K broadcast in this manner 11 years from now. NSR predicts [...]

By | August 20, 2014

The Long March 4B rocket carrying China's Gaofen 2 satellite. Photo: Xinhua

China Launches Gaofen 2 Earth Observation Satellite

[Via Satellite 08-20-2014] On Aug. 19, China launched the Gaofen 2 Earth Observation (EO) satellite from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, located in the country’s Shanxi Province, aboard a Long March 4B rocket. Gaofen 2 is the second of seven planned high definition EO satellites China plans to place in orbit by 2020. The country [...]

By | August 20, 2014

Panamax space 2014

US Air Force Partners with 3 LatAm Countries on Panamax 2014 Space Component

[Via Satellite 08-20-2014] The United States Air Force partnered with three officers from the Dominican Republic, Peruvian and Brazilian militaries to work collectively on the space component of Panamax 2014, a multinational exercise that focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal. This was the third year partner nations joined the U.S. in Panamax’s [...]

By | August 20, 2014


CPI Canada Wins CSA Contract for SWOT Mission

[Via Satellite 08-20-2014] The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has awarded Communications & Power Industries Canada (CPI Canada) a $3.3 million contract for a Ka-band Extended Interaction Klystron (EIK). The 35 GHz EIK will enable space-based radar for the Surface Water & Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission. Canada and the U.K. are providing assistance for SWOT, which [...]

By | August 20, 2014

Hispasat Amazonas Latin America

Hispasat Pivots to Latin America as New Top Market

[Via Satellite 08-19-2014] Spain-based satellite operator Hispasat has set its sights on Latin America as the company’s new top growth market. The consequences of Europe’s economic situation have resulted in a “lack of dynamism,” according to Hispasat CEO Carlos Espinós. Hispasat is seeing much more growth across the Atlantic and is pivoting to have an [...]

By | August 19, 2014

NASA Peru UNI Chasqui 1

Cosmonauts Manually Deploy Peruvian Satellite During Spacewalk

[Via Satellite 08-19-2014] During the 181st spacewalk for assembly and maintenance of the International Space Station (ISS) Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev released by hand a 1-kg Peruvian nanosatellite dubbed Chasqui 1. Students at the National University of Engineering in Peru built the satellite for the purpose of gaining experience in satellite manufacturing [...]

By | August 19, 2014

TeLEOS 1 Earth Observation Satellite

ST Electronics Opens New Satellite Systems Center

[Via Satellite 08-19-2014] Singapore Technologies Electronics (ST Electronics) has opened a new satellite systems center with a 12-meter high bay clean room capable of simultaneous assembly, integration and testing of two satellites. The facility has more than 11,00 square meters of floor space and took approximately one year to construct. ST Electronics new facility is [...]

By | August 19, 2014

SES Anatel Brazil

SES Nabs Rights for Two Brazilian Orbital Slots

[Via Satellite 08-19-2014] After an auction held in May, Anatel, Brazil’s national telecommunications agency, has approved satellite exploitation rights to SES-subsidiary SES DTH do Brasil’s for orbital positions at 48 degrees west and 64 degrees west. SES invested more than $26 million for the locations, which the company now has rights to for 15 years [...]

By | August 19, 2014

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