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Honeywell In-Flight Connectivity Survey Shows How Badly Passengers Crave Wi-Fi

[Via Satellite 07-22-2014] Honeywell’s latest passenger survey on In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) shows just how much the mindset toward flying connected has changed. Led by Kelton, a market research group, the survey queried 1045 U.S. adults between June 6 and June 19 2014 who used Wi-Fi on planes within the past 12 months. The results showed [...]

By | July 22, 2014


DARPA Awards SSL Contract for Orbital Delivery System

[Via Satellite 07-22-2014] The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected SSL to build flight hardware capable of taking a variety of small missions to space aboard the company’s geostationary (GEO) satellite platform. SSL said it intends to use the SSL 1300 platform, integrating the first Payload Orbital Delivery System (PODs) for carrying [...]

By | July 22, 2014

Tip Osterthaler SES Government Solutions

SES Wins Pathfinder Contract to Support US Africa Command

[Via Satellite 07-22-2014] The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has awarded SES Government Solutions a firm-fixed-priced Pathfinder contract for commercial satellite communications. The contract, worth more than $8 million, covers Ku-band communications for U.S. Africa Command. Pathfinder is a procurement method the Department of Defense is trialing for multi-year agreements, which [...]

By | July 22, 2014

Thales Telkom Indonesia

Thales Alenia Space to Build New Satellite for Telkom

[Via Satellite 07-22-2014] Telekomunikasi Indonesia TbK (Telkom) has selected Thales Alenia Space to build a new 3,500 kg satellite named Telkom 3S for HD broadcasts and Global System for Mobile communications (GSM)/Internet services. Thales Alenia Space said the satellite will likely launch with preferred bidder Arianespace in late 2016. Telkom 3S will carry a C-band [...]

By | July 22, 2014

NSR 2023 HTS

NSR Releases New Report on Global Satellite Capacity

[Via Satellite 07-22-2014] Northern Sky Research (NSR) has released the 11th edition of the “Global Satellite Capacity Supply and Demand” report, which finds the growing amount of available capacity will exceed demand as more High Throughput Satellite (HTS) systems come online. While this poses a risk of oversupply, NSR projects market growth of 76 percent, [...]

By | July 22, 2014

rad-hard transistors STMicroelectronics

STMicroelectronics Radiation Hardened Devices Qualified for Sale in US

[Via Satellite 07-22-2014] STMicroelectronics’ JANSR+ series of radiation-hardened (rad-hard) transistors has been qualified for use in U.S. products. The series is comprised of 100krad JANSR high-dose-rate bipolar transistors with an additional 100krad low-dose-rate (100 mrad/s) test performed on each wafer. The company said it will complete its JANSR+ offer with data from very-low-dose-rate (10 mrad/s) [...]

By | July 22, 2014

Orbcomm Inmarsat Satellites M2M

Analysts Spirited by OG2 Launch, Give Strong Outlook for Orbcomm

[Via Satellite 07-21-2014] Orbcomm’s long-awaited launch of second-generation satellites (OG2) has cast the company in a positive light by several leading analysts. On July 14, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 vehicle carried six OG2 spacecraft into Low Earth Orbit, patching a hole that developed in the original 25-satellite OG1 constellation. With the first launch complete and the [...]

By | July 21, 2014

O3b fiber MEO

O3b Begins Service With Full Initial Constellation

[Via Satellite 07-21-2014] O3b Networks reports that its four new Medium Earth Orbiting (MEO) satellites have begun on-orbit testing and that customers are already trialing the service. The latest four satellites, launched July 10, 2014, doubled O3b’s constellation and raised the company to the level of a global operator. O3b has customers in East Timor, [...]

By | July 21, 2014

Iridium NEXT MMA

Iridium Approves High Volume Production for Main Mission Antennas

[Via Satellite 07-21-2014] Following the completed manufacturing of the first five main mission antennas (MMAs) for Iridium NEXT, Iridium has tasked Thales Alenia Space with ramping up production for the rest of the constellation. Thales Alenia Space is responsible for building 81 MMAs, which will provide one for all 66 satellites as well as the [...]

By | July 21, 2014

sentinel 1a EU Commission Soyuz

Arianespace Wins Launch Contract for Sentinel 1B Satellite

[Via Satellite 07-21-2014] Arianespace has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to launch Sentinel 1B, the second radar satellite in the Copernicus program. The launch is planned for 2016 using a Soyuz rocket and will deliver the satellite into a sun-synchronous orbit. Sentinel is a joint environmental monitoring program between the European [...]

By | July 21, 2014

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