A crew of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution show their skills during a capsize drill. Photo: Wikimedia.

New Constellation to Reduce the “Search” in Search and Rescue

Time is of the essence when crises happen at sea — and satellites are a critical tool in maritime search-and-rescue operations due to their wide footprint. Once complete, the Medium-Altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) system is poised to significantly improve authorities’ reaction times in the event of an emergency. Read more at Cruising […]

By | December 1, 2017

An island, Nishinoshima, rises out of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan in this December 31, 2013 image captured by WorldView 2. Photo: DigitalGlobe.

DigitalGlobe Transfers Entire Library to Amazon Web Services

DigitalGlobe, now a business unit of Maxar Technologies, has migrated its entire 100-petabyte imagery library to Amazon Web Services (AWS), which will give its customers instant access to its vast library of geospatial images, eliminating the need to wait for tapes and disks to be retrieved for content, the company stated. DigitalGlobe, its sister division […]

By | November 30, 2017

The Iridium Next production line at Orbital ATK's satellite manufacturing facility in Gilbert, Arizona. Photo: Orbital ATK.

2016 Was a Shabby Year for Satellite Manufacturing

Global satellite manufacturing revenues plummeted 13 percent in 2016 from the year prior, according to a recently released Satellite Industry Association (SIA) report. Analysts at Bryce Space and Technology, who gathered data based on unclassified sources, revealed that worldwide revenues came in at just $13.9 billion in 2016 — a marked drop from the $16 […]

By | November 29, 2017

Microsemi headquarters in Aliso Viejo, California. Photo: Microsemi.

Microsemi’s Telemetry Controller IC Qualified for Space

Microsemi announced the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has qualified and certified its LX7730 radiation-tolerant telemetry controller Integrated Circuit (IC) as Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) Class V and Q. The qualifications, key requirements for the LX7730 to operate in space environments, are mandatory for design-ins for space programs and for manufacturers to be listed on […]

By | November 29, 2017

The MUOS ground station in Wahiawa, Hawaii. Photo: U.S. Navy/John W. Ciccarelli Jr..

Kratos VP on the New Era of Ground Segment Technology

The influx of High Throughput Satellites (HTS) is forcing ground segment companies to rethink how they architect their traditional systems. While these new high-powered assets on-orbit unlock a range of new capabilities, along with them comes an unfamiliar set of costs and challenges related to the infrastructure that supports them from the ground. In an […]

By | November 28, 2017

Speedcast terminals. Photo: Speedcast.

Speedcast Announces Upgrades to its Global Infrastructure

Speedcast International has finalized upgrades to its global network in coverage and ground infrastructure to better serve the maritime and offshore industry. Achieved by investments in Ku-band infrastructure and merging of network assets from previous acquisitions, Speedcast’s new Ku-band network combines wide-beam satellites for coverage and narrower, higher throughput beams for better efficiency and bigger […]

By | November 28, 2017

Lockheed Martin's GPS 3 clean room at its manufacturing facility near Denver, Colorado. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

How Lockheed Martin Plans to Compete with NewSpace Startups

The space community has latched onto the idea of “NewSpace” much like any tech industry gravitates to a sexy new buzzword. In reality, though, the division between NewSpace companies and their established predecessors — or “Old Space” — is a false dichotomy, says Rick Ambrose, Lockheed Martin’s executive vice president of space systems. In an […]

By | November 21, 2017


DigitalGlobe Adds New SecureWatch Functionalities

DigitalGlobe has announced the latest release of SecureWatch, a geospatial intelligence subscription service that provides on-demand access to DigitalGlobe’s entire 17-year library of high-resolution satellite imagery, as well as more than 3 million square kilometers of new image collections daily. The first enhancement gives SecureWatch users a new interface with more control for managing Geographic […]

By | November 14, 2017

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General Atomics Acquires Surrey’s US Division

General Atomics announced that it has acquired the majority of the assets of Surrey Satellite Technology US, an Englewood, Colorado-based provider of small satellite technologies, systems and services. The assets and workforce will be integrated into General Atomics’ Electromagnetic Systems Group (GA-EMS) to support the organization’s growth initiatives focused on the development and delivery of […]

By | November 14, 2017

Photo: Access Intelligence/Vince Lim.

Experts Discuss Key Tactics for Cybersecurity at CyberSat

Cybersecurity threats and protocols aren’t exactly the most comfortable topics for public discussion. Few are eager to reveal their practices and even fewer are willing to ask for guidance out of fear that they will be perceived as vulnerable. The cybersecurity discussion at the 2017 Via Satellite CyberSat Summit, however, felt long overdue — and […]

By | November 13, 2017

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