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GeoMetWatch Musing Fewer Hosted Payloads, More Satellites

[Via Satellite 08-29-2014] Commercial weather company GeoMetWatch is reevaluating its original plan to orbit six geo-hyperspectral sounders as hosted payloads. Instead, the company hopes a new approach that includes separate satellites will help to bring the constellation online by 2020. “We are looking at some free-flyer opportunities which, for some of our potential investors, are much [...]

By | August 29, 2014

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ISS-Reshetnev Finishes Yamal 401 Satellite

[Via Satellite 08-28-2014] Russian satellite manufacturer ISS-Reshetnev has completed building the Yamal 401 telecommunications satellite. Fabricated for Gazprom Space Systems, the satellite is slated to launch on a Proton rocket. Yamal 401 is the third satellite ISS-Reshetnev has built on its heavy-class Express-2000 bus. The 2976-kilogram spacecraft can provide 11 kW of power and has [...]

By | August 28, 2014

Airbus Zephyr 7

Airbus Conducts Winter Test of Zephyr 7 ‘Psuedo-Satellite’

[Via Satellite 08-28-2014] Airbus Defence and Space has completed a nonstop 11-day flight test of its Zephyr 7 High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS). The Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) runs on solar power, making the shorter winter days a much more challenging test. The vehicles were also controlled and monitored through satellite communications for the first time. [...]

By | August 28, 2014

Delta-V Australia startup

New Space Accelerator Seeking to Jumpstart Australian Space Industry

[Via Satellite 08-26-2014] Delta-V, a new space industry accelerator, hopes to create a $1 billion commercial space industry in Australia. Ranked by the World Bank as a high-income country with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $1.561 trillion in 2013, Australia has high potential to be one of the world’s next satellite industry hubs. Delta-V [...]

By | August 27, 2014

DigitalGlobe WorldView 3 Exelis

DigitalGlobe Unveils First WorldView 3 Images

[Via Satellite 08-27-2014] DigitalGlobe has released the first images from its high-resolution satellite WorldView 3, launched on Aug. 13 aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas 5 rocket. The satellite carries an Exelis super-spectral imaging system comprised of a sensor, a telescope and a Shortwave Infrared System (SWIR), which enables observations through interference such as [...]

By | August 27, 2014

Iridium SNOC NEXT

Iridium ‘Operationally Ready’ for Iridium NEXT Constellation

[Via Satellite 08-27-2014] Iridium has completed its Launch and Early Operations (LEOP) control center for Iridium NEXT. Located next to the Iridium Mission Control Center, the LEOP facility will be used to manage the NEXT constellation, test on-orbit functionality, and maneuver and monitor satellites as they are transferred into the mission constellation. Iridium also completed [...]

By | August 27, 2014

ViaSat Books More than 3000 L-band Terminal Orders

[Via Satellite 08-27-2014] ViaSat reports it has received 3,150 orders for fixed-site Machine to Machine (M2M) and airborne terminals for its upcoming L-band network. The company is also selling vehicular, maritime and asset tracking terminals in advance of the network. ViaSat announced its new L-band network in May 2014, predicated on agreements reached with LightSquared [...]

By | August 27, 2014

Lockheed Martin Fence SSA

Lockheed Martin, Electro Optics Systems to Build Space Debris Observatory

[Via Satellite 08-26-2014] Lockheed Martin and Electro Optics Systems have agreed to build a space object tracking facility in Western Australia. Through the use of both lasers and sensitive, telescope-like optical systems, the companies plan to use the site for a combination of government and commercial customers. Lockheed Martin anticipates electro-optical technologies will effectively complement [...]

By | August 26, 2014

Comtech EF Data

Comtech Considering Sale or Merger Opportunities

[Via Satellite 08-26-2014] Comtech Telecommunications Corporation has confirmed rumors that it is considering a possible merger or sale in order to increase shareholder value. The company reports that there is no definitive timetable for completing this evaluation, nor will it disclose any further information except if required by law. Comtech has seen declining revenue in [...]

By | August 26, 2014

UKube 1 ClydeSpace

Communications Anomaly Hampers UK SmallSat

[Via Satellite 08-26-2014] The United Kingdom Space Agency’s first CubeSat mission, UKube 1, is experiencing an anomaly with its primary communications link. The agency reports that while the satellite is healthy and its attitude has been stabilized, the anomaly is preventing normal operations for payload commissioning. Launched in July, the satellite hosts payloads developed by [...]

By | August 26, 2014

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