Northrop Grumman's headquarters. Photo: Northrop Grumman

Dried-Up Government Funds Hurt Northrop Grumman in Q2

[Via Satellite 07-25-2014] Northrop Grumman reported lower sales in three of the company’s four main sectors during second quarter 2014. aerospace systems experienced a 4 percent decrease, electronic systems a 2 percent decrease, and information systems an 8 percent decrease. Technical services increased during Q2 by 1 percent. Northrop Grumman attributed the lower sales in [...]

By | July 25, 2014

Digital rendering of the Orbital Test Bed. Photo: SSTL

Surrey Satellite Technology US Selects Five Payloads for 2016 Ride-Share Mission

[Via Satellite 07-25-2014] Surrey Satellite Technology US has decided on five payloads to carry on the company’s Orbital Test Bed (OTB) mission in 2016. Using the SSTL-150 satellite bus, the OTB provides a means to test and space-qualify new technology in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The U.S. Air Force Academy will test its Integrated Miniaturized [...]

By | July 25, 2014

A view of the 2009 payloads just after deployment from the rocket. Photo: Ball Aerospace/ULA

Ball Aerospace and United Launch Alliance to Host Seventh Annual Student Rocket Launch

[Via Satellite 07-25-2014] Interns from United Launch Alliance and Ball Aerospace are planning to launch Colorado’s largest rocket on July 26, 2014. More than 100 students are participating in the seventh annual Student Rocket Launch, where a total of 18 payloads will be carried on three high-power sports rockets. The Ball Aerospace interns collectively known [...]

By | July 25, 2014

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GMV to Build Satellite Control Center for Arabsat

[Via Satellite 07-23-2014] Arabsat has contracted Spanish technology group GMV to construct a new satellite control center (SCC) capable of managing the company’s six current satellites, with room for two more by the end of 2014. The decision was influenced by Arabsat’s desire to shift to a homogenous SCC solution that can seamlessly operate different [...]

By | July 23, 2014

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Thales Alenia Space to Build New Satellite for Telkom

[Via Satellite 07-22-2014] Telekomunikasi Indonesia TbK (Telkom) has selected Thales Alenia Space to build a new 3,500 kg satellite named Telkom 3S for HD broadcasts and Global System for Mobile communications (GSM)/Internet services. Thales Alenia Space said the satellite will likely launch with preferred bidder Arianespace in late 2016. Telkom 3S will carry a C-band [...]

By | July 22, 2014

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NSR Releases New Report on Global Satellite Capacity

[Via Satellite 07-22-2014] Northern Sky Research (NSR) has released the 11th edition of the “Global Satellite Capacity Supply and Demand” report, which finds the growing amount of available capacity will exceed demand as more High Throughput Satellite (HTS) systems come online. While this poses a risk of oversupply, NSR projects market growth of 76 percent, [...]

By | July 22, 2014

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STMicroelectronics Radiation Hardened Devices Qualified for Sale in US

[Via Satellite 07-22-2014] STMicroelectronics’ JANSR+ series of radiation-hardened (rad-hard) transistors has been qualified for use in U.S. products. The series is comprised of 100krad JANSR high-dose-rate bipolar transistors with an additional 100krad low-dose-rate (100 mrad/s) test performed on each wafer. The company said it will complete its JANSR+ offer with data from very-low-dose-rate (10 mrad/s) [...]

By | July 22, 2014

Iridium NEXT MMA

Iridium Approves High Volume Production for Main Mission Antennas

[Via Satellite 07-21-2014] Following the completed manufacturing of the first five main mission antennas (MMAs) for Iridium NEXT, Iridium has tasked Thales Alenia Space with ramping up production for the rest of the constellation. Thales Alenia Space is responsible for building 81 MMAs, which will provide one for all 66 satellites as well as the [...]

By | July 21, 2014

Wicked Cool Space

Satellite Execs Talk ‘Wicked Cool’ Space Technology

[Via Satellite 07-18-2014] Satellite companies on the Future Space 2014 event panel  “Return of Wicked Cool Space Technology,” wasted no time in their discussions of advanced satellite manufacturing and launch systems. Industry veterans Intelsat and SSL joined smaller companies Made in Space and the normally quiet Blue Origin to talk technologies such as in-orbit servicing, [...]

By | July 18, 2014

Singapore Technologies Engineering Reports $580 Million in New Contracts from Electronics Arm

[Via Satellite 07-14-2014] Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) earned approximately $580 million in new contracts during the second quarter 2014 from the electronics arm of its business. The company reported new contracts totaling $272 million for intelligent transportation, $211 million in advanced electronics and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and $93 million for satcom networks [...]

By | July 18, 2014

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