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Spaceflight Networks

Spaceflight Inc to Build 12 Ground Stations, Starts New Business Division

[Via Satellite 07-31-2014] Spaceflight Inc. is expanding its business from focusing primarily on rideshare opportunities for small satellites to include a ground network branch. Officially named Spaceflight Networks, the new branch will provide satellite communications through a global series of ground stations. The company expects the first of 12 stations to go online during the [...]

By | July 31, 2014

Eutelsat 172B 2017

Eutelsat Selects Airbus to Build Eutelsat 172B, Arianespace to Launch in 2017

[Via Satellite 07-31-2014] Eutelsat has announced the manufacturer and launch provider for the early add-on satellite Eutelsat 172B. The company selected Airbus Defence and Space to build the 13 kW satellite with electric propulsion for both orbit raising and station keeping using the Eurostar E3000 bus. Arianespace was chosen to launch the satellite in 2017, [...]

By | July 31, 2014


General Dynamics to Build Network Communications Element for Two More GPS 3 Satellites

[Via Satellite 07-31-2014] Lockheed Martin has awarded $25.4 million to General Dynamics for the construction of the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System (GPS) 3 Network Communications Element (NCE) for the next two satellites in production: SV07 and SV08. The new contract makes General Dynamics the provider of NCE components for GPS 3 satellites SV01 [...]

By | July 31, 2014

SES Princeton SOC

SES Opens New Satellite Operations Center in Princeton

[Via Satellite 07-31-2014] SES has moved the operations for 23 satellites — roughly half the company’s fleet — to a new Satellite Operations Center (SOC) in Princeton, N.J. Satellite controllers are tending to the satellites, which provide broadband and television services around the world, on a 24/7 basis from the new site. The other half [...]

By | July 31, 2014

Airbus Safran Launch

Airbus and Safran Pick Leadership for New Joint Venture Launch Company

[Via Satellite 07-31-2014] Airbus Group and Safran have selected a chief executive officer and outlined the board of directors for their new 50-50 joint European launch venture. Alain Charmeau the current head of operations at space systems for Airbus Defence and Space was appointed to CEO, while Safran’s Deputy CEO & COO Marc Ventre was [...]

By | July 31, 2014


Surrey Satellite Technology US Planning Second OTB Rideshare Mission

[Via Satellite 07-31-2014] SSTL subsidiary Surrey Satellite Technology US announced it is pursuing a second Orbital Test Bed (OTB) mission for 2016. The first OTB mission, also planned for 2016, is slated to carry payloads from NASA, the Air Force and others to test technologies in space. “As soon as we closed the OTB manifest, [...]

By | July 31, 2014

Asia DTH

DTH Numbers To Break 100 Million Mark in Asia by 2018

[Via Satellite 07-30-2014] The number of Direct-to-Home (DTH) subscribers in Asia is set to nearly double between 2013 and 2018. This was one of the key findings of a major new report by Media Partners Asia (MPA). MPA predicts that DTH numbers in Asia will reach 110 million by 2018, up from 56.3 million in [...]

By | July 30, 2014

Eutelsat MultiChoice DStv

MultiChoice Africa Anchors Ku-band Payload on Upcoming Eutelsat 36C

[Via Satellite 07-30-2014] MultiChoice Africa has purchased the entire 15 Ku-band transponder payload on Eutelsat’s upcoming satellite Eutelsat 36C. The satellite is scheduled to launch in 2015. MultiChoice plans to use the capacity for Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) channels, along with in-orbit back-up capacity for network continuity. The 15-year agreement provides a [...]

By | July 30, 2014

GES Oman Brazil

Orbcomm Purchases GES Site in Brazil, Gains Regulatory Approval in Oman

[Via Satellite 07-30-2014] Mahd Telecom, Orbcomm’s, Oman-based national service provider partner, has received regulatory approval to provide Orbcomm services in Oman. Following the authorization, Orbcomm plans to build a Gateway Earth Station (GES) in the country and is able to complete the licensing process for spectrum. Orbcomm has also purchased the GES facility it was [...]

By | July 30, 2014

Global Xpress Inmarsat

Boeing Makes Global Xpress Capacity Sale to US Government

[Via Satellite 07-30-2014] Boeing, working with ViaSat, has signed its first U.S. government customer for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX). Boeing reports the customer has rights to military Ka-band capacity on the first GX satellite, Inmarsat 5, until Sept. 30, 2015. Inmarsat is launching three high throughput satellites (HTS) for GX, with the option of launching [...]

By | July 30, 2014

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