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Proton ILS Khrunichev

Proton Rocket Returns To Uneasy Expectations

[Via Satellite 09-30-2014] After four months, the conclusions regarding Proton’s May 16 failure have been released, citing a “loss of structural integrity of a bolted interface” as the probable cause that led to a series of consequences that ultimately undid the rocket. The International Launch Services (ILS) Failure Review Oversight Board (FROB) drew its conclusions [...]

By | September 30, 2014

Globalstar ground station

Globalstar Building new Gateway in Botswana for Simplex Services

[Via Satellite 09-30-2014] Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) provider Globalstar is seeking to build up its presence in Southern Africa by building a new gateway station in Gaborone, Botswana. Broadband Botswana Internet (BBi) has partnered on the new facility, which is already under construction and is expected to be complete by the end of the year. [...]

By | September 30, 2014

Hylas 2 Avanti

NSR Releases Satellite Operator Financial Analysis Report

[Via Satellite 09-30-2014] Northern Sky Research (NSR) has released its “Satellite Operator Financial Analysis (SOFA), 4th Edition,” report in which the research group finds an increased focus on operational efficiencies is driving both acquisitions and new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) payloads being launched. The report gives a detailed analysis of Avanti Communications in particular, focusing [...]

By | September 30, 2014

ATK propellant tank

ATK Delivers 6,000th Titanium Propellant Tank

[Via Satellite 09-30-2014] Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has shipped its 6,000 titanium propellant tank from the company’s Commerce, Calif. facility this month. Last year, ATK’s Commerce site reached its 50th anniversary, remaining in operation for pressure vessel design and manufacturing projects since 1963. ATK has expanded the number of qualified propellant tank designs it offers to [...]

By | September 30, 2014

Orbit Coaxial

Orbit Communications to Upgrade Alaskan Ground Station

[Via Satellite 09-30-2014] Orbit Communications Systems has been awarded a $725,000 contract to upgrade a ground station in Alaska for a U.S.-based system integrator. To reduce downtime, the company is performing the upgrade with its Pedestal Interface Unit (PIU) to accelerate the shift from a government analog system to digital without needing to replace the [...]

By | September 30, 2014

Macom GaN

Macom Unveils New GaN S-band Products

[Via Satellite 09-30-2014] Macom has released a new set of surface mount S-Band Gallium Nitride (GaN) power products: the 30 Wpk and 85 Wpk hybrid GaN amplifiers and a 350 Wpk pallet option based on aluminum. The new products are specialized for applications in commercial air traffic control, weather radar and military radar. The 30 Wpk hybrid [...]

By | September 30, 2014

Airplane IFC

Air To Ground Essential for Inmarsat’s IFC Plans

[Via Satellite 09-29-2014] Inmarsat sees an Air-to-Ground (ATG) network serving as the centerpiece for its In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) plans in high traffic areas. Speaking during Inmarsat’s Sept. 24 Investor Day, Leo Mondale, president of aviation at Inmarsat, said this realization was hard to embrace initially, but has been now accepted as a necessary step. “There’s [...]

By | September 29, 2014

Com Dev

Com Dev Inks Multimillion-Dollar Contract for HTS Components

[Via Satellite 09-29-2014] Com Dev International has received an Authorization to Proceed (ATP) contract worth more than $7.5 million from an undisclosed customer to manufacture components for a High Throughput Satellite (HTS). The company will provide multiplexer equipment, microwave components and waveguide and coaxial switches for the Ku-band spacecraft. Com Dev will fabricate the components [...]

By | September 29, 2014

Firefly Alpha

Firefly Space Systems Moves to Texas, Musing Launch Site Prospects

[Via Satellite 09-29-2014] Firefly Space Systems, a launch company dedicated to small satellites, is moving from Hawthorne, Calif. to Cedar Park, Texas following a commitment of $1.225 million from the City of Cedar Park Economic Development Corporation. The new office will be close to the company’s test site in Briggs, Texas, which has more than [...]

By | September 29, 2014

Proton ILS Roscosmos

Proton Returns, Russian Government Conducts Successful Launch

[Via Satellite 09-29-2014] The Russian Federal government has completed the first successful launch of the Proton rocket since the failure that destroyed the Russian Satellite Communications Company’s (RSCC) Express AM4R satellite in May 2014. The successful launch occurred on Sept. 28 at 12:23 Moscow Time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Khrunichev State Research and Space Production [...]

By | September 29, 2014

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