ATOM series Norsat

Norsat Receives Follow-on Order for Atom series of BUC

[Via Satellite 12-192014] Norsat International has received an approximately $430,000 order for its Atom series Block Upconverter (BUC) products from a large international defense electronics company. This represents the second largest single order for the Atom series. Norsat said it has worked closely with this customer since the product was introduced in April 2014 and [...]

By | December 19, 2014

A CPI radome under static loads testing

CPI Buoyed by Radant Technologies Division Sales

[Via Satellite 12-18-2014] Communications & Power Industries (CPI) brought in $475 million in sales during fiscal year 2014, a 13 percent increase from the year prior. Fiscal year 2014 was one of CPI’s strongest, with orders in defense and communications — the company’s two largest markets — topping all previous years save for fiscal 2013 [...]

By | December 18, 2014

Ball DigitalGlobe EO

DigitalGlobe Extends Useful Lives of Two Satellites

[Via Satellite 12-18-2014] As a result of its annual satellite life review, DigitalGlobe will extend the useful lives of two of its satellites: WorldView 1 and WorldView 2. The company has also assigned an initial useful life to its newest satellite, WorldView 3 that is slightly longer than the original use lives assigned to its [...]

By | December 18, 2014

LPOD-R family of Outdoor Amplifiers / Block Up Converters (BUCs). Photo: Comtech EF Data

Comtech EF Data Introduces New LPOD-R Models Block Up Converter

[Via Satellite 12-18-2014] Comtech EF Data has introduced its new LPOD-R Block Up Converter models. Each LPOD-R consists of a Solid-State Power Amplifier (SSPA) module with a monitor/control processor, a power supply and a fan assembly. LPOD-R is equipped with temperature compensation, power monitor and power factor corrected supply as standard features. It also features [...]

By | December 18, 2014

Raytheon GaN

Raytheon GaN Technology Ready for Satellites

[Via Satellite 12-17-2014] Satellites may soon carry Raytheon’s Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology into orbit. The company has successfully validated its GaN Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) technology for use in space-bound equipment. Raytheon GaN MMICs, manufactured at its Andover, Mass. foundry, demonstrated the radiation hardness required for space through Single Event Burn-out (SEB) and Total [...]

By | December 17, 2014

ESA testing its new storable fuel upper-stage propulsion system.

Airbus Develops New Storable Fuel Upper-State Propulsion System

[Via Satellite 12-17-2014] As commissioned by the European Space Agency (ESA), Airbus Defence and Space engineers have developed a new upper-stage engine demonstrator. Although engines that run on storable fuel are a core competency of German-European aerospace engineering, none are currently being produced in the three to eight kilonewton thrust class. Results of the recently [...]

By | December 17, 2014

Artist's rendition of Rosetta as it neared the comet 67P 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko

ESA Makes Rosetta Tank Test Available to all European Space Missions

[Via Satellite 12-17-2014] The European Space Agency (ESA) has made a test — originally created for its Rosetta comet-chaser mission — readily available to all European space missions. The test helps ensure propellant tanks will not crack up when subject to aggressive chemical corrosion. “Stress corrosion cracking has been termed the ‘sleeping monster’ of the [...]

By | December 17, 2014

Advantech's 2.5kW TROPO C-Band Modular Solid State GaN Power Amplifier

Advantech Wireless Releases New Modular Tropo C-Band SSPA

[Via Satellite 12-17-2014] Advantech Wireless has released its new 2.5kW Tropo C-Band Modular GaN-based Solid State Power Amplifier (SSPA). The new model ARMA-CL2500A operates over the low C-band tropo frequency of 4.4 – 5.0 GHz, and it is fully modular with built-in redundancy for all critical RF and power supply modules. These new SSPAs are [...]

By | December 17, 2014

Horse Race

Technology Company of the Year: The Runners and Riders

When we launched the Via Satellite Excellence Awards in 2013, the response from the industry was overwhelming with companies entering across the board. It was also the first time that Via Satellite expanded

By | December 17, 2014


Ground Players Tackle Bandwidth Optimization in an HTS World

The launch of ViaSat 1, Intelsat Epic NG and other new High Throughput Satellites (HTS) is increasing the amount of bandwidth in the sky by a factor of eight to 10. At the same time, the promise of performance

By | December 17, 2014

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