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Iridium NEXT SNOC

Iridium Beefs Up Partnerships, Certifications for Future Broadband Service

[Via Satellite 03-02-2015] Iridium has signed agreements with four different terminal manufacturers — and has tentative plans for a fifth — for its upcoming broadband service, Iridium Certus. The operator aims to provide data speeds for a single user terminal reaching 1.4 Mbps with this service. The four partners, Cobham Satcom, Rockwell Collins, L-3 Communications [...]

By | March 2, 2015

OneWeb 650 648

OneWeb, Honeywell to Bring IFC to Business, Commercial, Military Aviation

[Via Satellite 03-02-2015] Honeywell Aerospace has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with OneWeb to provide aircraft equipment and airtime services to OneWeb’s planned satellite constellation. Under the agreement, Honeywell will provide business jet, commercial airline and military aviation customers with aircraft hardware and airtime services that could include weather, navigation and health monitoring of the [...]

By | March 2, 2015

Tata Sky 4K

Tata Sky Begins 4K Broadcasts Using Ericsson Compression Technology

[Via Satellite 03-02-2015] Indian Direct-to-Home (DTH) operator Tata Sky has initiated its first 4K broadcasts in the subcontinent. The company launched its 4K Set-Top-Box (STB) this January in advance of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Taking place from Feb. 14 to March 29, 2015, this is the first Ultra-HD 4K broadcast of the sporting event. [...]

By | March 2, 2015

Melbourne ATC Tower

Inmarsat Teams with AirServices Australia to Trial Commercial ADS-C

[Via Satellite 03-02-2015] AirServices Australia has teamed with Inmarsat and other aviation stakeholders to trial improved flight tracking services on commercial airline flights to and from the country. The announcement follows an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) resolution on Feb. 6 to adopt a new 15-minute tracking standard for commercial aircraft. ASA is working with [...]

By | March 2, 2015

USAF SBIRS Radome

US Air Force Controls SBIRS Satellites with new Ground System

[Via Satellite 03-02-2015] The United States Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) completed a three-day test of the Increment 2 ground system for the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS). SMC and the 460 Space Wing, operator of the SBIRS missile warning satellites demonstrated transmit and receive to and from each of the satellites individually. [...]

By | March 2, 2015

SpaceX Falcon 9

Falcon 9 Dual Launch Lofts Two All-Electric Satellites

[Via Satellite 03-02-2015] At 10:50 p.m. EST March 1, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the ABS 3A satellite for Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) and the Eutelsat 115 West B satellite for Eutelsat. The two Boeing-built, all-electric spacecraft launched as a conjoined stack, mark the first part of a four satellite, two launch, multi-party [...]

By | March 2, 2015

NovelSat NS4 Waveform

NovelSat to Debut NS4 Waveform, Touts 45 Percent Improvement Over DVB-S2

[Via Satellite 02-03-2015] NovelSat announced plans to demonstrate its new NS4 waveform at SATELLITE 2015 and NAB this year. According to the company, NovelSat NS4 offers 45 percent higher spectral efficiency than Digital Video Broadcasting-Satellite Second Generation (DVB-S2). NovelSat intends to commercially release the waveform in the third quarter of 2015. The product requires no [...]

By | March 2, 2015

Superyacht maritime HTS

HTS Offers Solution to Rising Connectivity Demands at Sea

[Via Satellite 02-27-2015] Noting an uptick in expectation for faster bandwidth in the satellite communications market, NSSLGlobal recently ran a study that found nearly half of all superyacht crewmembers expect to receive the same connectivity speeds at sea as they do on land. With superyachts leading rapidly rising expectations for faster and more reliable maritime [...]

By | February 27, 2015

Saphir Robotics Project

Thales Alenia Space Bringing Robots into Clean Rooms to Work Alongside People

[Via Satellite 02-27-2015] As part of the company’s “Tomorrow’s Factory” initiative, Thales Alenia Space is deploying the Saphir Robotics Project in clean rooms tentatively starting the second half of this year. The project, developed collaboratively with KUKA and AKEO+, creates a workstation with two robotic arms: one to prepare the work and the other to [...]

By | February 27, 2015

DigitalGlobe WorldView 3 high resolution

DigitalGlobe Partners with United Nations On High Resolution Services

[Via Satellite 02-27-2015] DigitalGlobe signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) to collaborate on applications of Earth observation (EO) technologies for economic, social, and scientific benefits, with an emphasis on developing countries. Together DigitalGlobe and UNOOSA plan to create an online platform that streamlines access to [...]

By | February 27, 2015

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