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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

RSCC Russia Ka-band

Russia Reaches 5000 Ka-band Broadband Subscribers

[Via Satellite 08-19-2014] Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) reports that the number of citizens accessing the Internet via Ka-band satellites has crested 5,000 users. On average, the speed of user access is approximately 6 Mbps, with each terminal reaching a monthly average of more than 8 GB. Russian’s on the European side of the country [...]

By | August 19, 2014

Zeta Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Closes Zeta Associates Acquisition

[Via Satellite 08-19-2014] Lockheed Martin has completed the purchase of Zeta Associates, a software, communications and ground systems company dedicated to national security missions. The terms of the purchase, which was announced in June 2014, have not been disclosed. Now a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, Zeta Associates will report through the company’s Space [...]

By | August 19, 2014

SSL ABS Ex-Im Bank

SIA Deems Ex-Im Bank ‘Critical’ to US Satellite Industry

[Via Satellite 08-18-2014] In less than two months the United States Congress must make a decision on the fate of the Export-Import Bank, an independent federal agency designed to provide export financing when private banks are not able. The satellite industry around the world stands out as the quickest-growing market the bank supports, which makes [...]

By | August 18, 2014

General John E. Hyten AFSC

General Hyten Takes Helm at Air Force Space Command

[Via Satellite 08-18-2014] General William Shelton’s successor, General John Hyten, has been promoted to commander of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC). In this role, Hyten is tasked with maintaining mission-ready space and cyberspace forces and capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and other combatant commands around the world. As commander he [...]

By | August 18, 2014

LEO-46 engine hot-fire

Aerojet Rocketdyne Completes Final Hot-Fire Test for LEONIDAS SmallSat Launcher Engine

[Via Satellite 08-18-2014] Aerojet Rocketdyne has conducted the third and final hot-fire test for the Low Earth Orbiting Nanosatellite Integrated Defense Autonomous System (LEONIDAS) at the Air Force Research Laboratory located at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The test fired up the first stage solid propellant rocket motor (LEO-46) for 73 seconds, generating close [...]

By | August 18, 2014

Optus D3 satcom

ITC Global Signs Two-Year Capacity Agreement with Optus

[Via Satellite 08-18-2014] ITC Global, a satellite communications provider for maritime, oil and gas and mining sectors, has extended its contract with Australian satellite operator Optus. ITC Global will use a 16-meter C-band satellite antenna in order to reach remote, often-isolated locations. The two-year agreement provides additional capacity, equipment hosting, uplinking and downloading services through [...]

By | August 18, 2014

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