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Globalstar ADS-B Flight

Globalstar, ADS-B Technologies Complete Space-Based Aircraft Tracking Demonstration

[Via Satellite 09-19-2014] Globalstar, in collaboration with ADS-B Technologies, recently completed a four-day 7,000-mile flight test of a dual-link Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system. The space-based ADS-B Link Augmentation System, or ALAS, is capable of tracking an aircraft’s location for every second of its trip. Traditional terrestrial ADS-B lacks the global coverage capability of satellite-enabled [...]

By , | September 19, 2014

ISS NASA ESA

MDA’s UK Subsidiary Wins ESA Contract for ISS Component

[Via Satellite 09-19-2014] The European Space Agency (ESA) as awarded MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates’ (MDA’s) Harwell U.K.-based subsidiary a contract to build a Ka-band data relay terminal flight model for the agency’s Columbus module on the International Space Station (ISS). MDA anticipates contract finalization by the end of 2014, which has an expected value of [...]

By | September 19, 2014

GOES-R Lockheed NOAA

Lockheed Martin Mates GOES-R Modules, Readies for Testing

[Via Satellite 09-19-2014] Lockheed Martin has successfully mated the large system and propulsion modules of NOAA’s first Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series (GOES-R) next-gen weather satellite. Now, with the core spacecraft assembled, the company will install the six weather and solar monitoring instruments. The GOES-R satellite is scheduled to launch in early 2016, and will [...]

By | September 19, 2014

Asian Games AsiaSat

Globecast, KTsat Choose AsiaSat to Broadcast the 2014 Asian Games

[Via Satellite 09-19-2014] Globecast and KTsat have selected AsiaSat to provide transponder capacity for live coverage of the 2014 Asian Games based in Incheon, South Korea. The operator will provide C-band capacity for television feeds from AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5 and AsiaSat 7. Viewers will be able to watch the games on their televisions or [...]

By | September 19, 2014

ISRO IRNSS GNSS

ISRO Releases IRNSS Interface Control Document to Jumpstart Commercial Applications

[Via Satellite 09-19-2014] The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has released the Signal-in-Space Interface Control Document (ICD) for Standard Positioning Service (SPS) for the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). Currently under development, the IRNSS constellation will serve as India’s domestic Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). The first two of seven satellites, IRNSS 1A and [...]

By | September 19, 2014

PlanetiQ Signs as Subcontractor with Millennium Engineering and Integration Company for HoPS Contract

[Via Satellite 09-19-2014] Commercial satellite weather company PlanetiQ has partnered with Millennium Engineering and Integration to provide hosted payload opportunities on its upcoming satellite constellation. Millennium received a Hosted Payloads Solutions (HoPS) Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Air Force earlier this summer. PlanetiQ is building a privately funded weather constellation starting [...]

By | September 19, 2014

Blue Origin ULA

ULA, Blue Origin Join Forces on RD-180 Rocket Engine Successor

[Via Satellite 09-18-2014] United Launch Alliance (ULA) has selected Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company Blue Origin to build the Blue Engine 4 (BE-4) to replace the Russian-built RD-180, which is currently used to power ULA’s Atlas 5 launch vehicle. The decision follows news from earlier this summer that that ULA had signed multiple contracts to evaluate domestically [...]

By | September 18, 2014

AEB China CBERS

China Reviews Final Design of CBERS 4 Satellite

[Via Satellite 09-18-2014] Beijing-based China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) has completed the Final Design Review (FDR) of the China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite 4 (CBERS 4) in collaboration with Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE). The completed FDR paves the way for a December launch aboard a Long March 4B rocket from the Taiyuan [...]

By | September 18, 2014

emcore maven solar

Emcore Sells Space Photovoltaics Business for $150 million

[Via Satellite 09-18-2014] Emcore has agreed to sell its space photovoltaics business to private equity firm Veritas Capital, including all rights to the buildings and 275 employees in Albuquerque, N.M. An affiliate of Veritas has agreed to purchase the business for $150 million in cash. Founded in 1998, Emcore’s space photovoltaics business manufactures products for [...]

By | September 18, 2014

Goes R NASA

Harris Corp Installs Weather Product Creator Into GOES-R Ground Segment

[Via Satellite 09-18-2014] Harris Corporation completed the integration of the first weather product applications onto the ground segment hardware for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R (GOES-R) Series program. Harris delivered the ground system to NOAA earlier this year, for which it is the prime contractor. The recent [...]

By | September 18, 2014

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