SES Becomes Majority Owner of O3b Networks, Muses IPO of Remaining Shares

[Via Satellite 04-29-2016] SES is paying $20 million to increase its fully diluted ownership of O3b Networks from 49.1 percent to 50.5 percent, thus taking a controlling share in the company. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals, which SES expects to reach completion during the second half of the year (H2 2016). The move [...]

By | April 29, 2016

ESA, ViaSat Partner on High Capacity Satellite Product Development

[Via Satellite 04-29-2016] The European Space Agency (ESA) and ViaSat are launching a new three-year, multi-million dollar pilot program called the High Capacity Satellite Applications Factory Initiative (HCS Initiative) to spur on the development of new products to leverage “HCS” systems. The HCS Initiative involves the collaboration of ESA and its member states, industry, universities [...]

By | April 29, 2016

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UN and BlackSky Form Partnership

[Via Satellite 04-29-2016] BlackSky has established an official partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to jointly explore how satellite imaging can be applied to humanitarian relief, human security, climate change adaptation, sustainable water management, territorial management, high priority peace-keeping missions, maritime monitoring of illegal activity, and more. UNITAR, created in [...]

By | April 29, 2016

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Telesat Shares Details on LEO Constellation Expectations

[Via Satellite 04-28-2016] Telesat President and CEO Dan Goldberg is confident the operator is on the right path to developing a constellation of Ka-band High Throughput Satellites (HTS) in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to serve broadband customers around the world. Yesterday, the company revealed that it had signed contracts with two manufacturers — Space Systems [...]

By | April 28, 2016

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Dev Systemtechnik Releases 8to4ty L-Band Matrix Switch

[Via Satellite 04-28-2016] Quintech company Dev Systemtechnik has released its new 8to4ty L-Band Matrix Switch. The device comes in a 2RU chassis and is built for applications in mobile television studios, Satellite Newsgathering (SNG), teleport and High Throughput Satellite (HTS) systems, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) head-ends, and maritime TV systems. The 8to4ty L-band Matrix supports optical inputs, [...]

By | April 28, 2016

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Telesat Orders Two Prototype LEO HTS Satellites from SSL and SSTL

[Via Satellite 04-27-2016] Telesat has signed contracts with California-based Space Systems Loral (SSL) and U.K.-based Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) for two prototype Ka-band satellites to serve as part of a test and validation phase for an advanced, global Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation. Through an authorization from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), [...]

By | April 27, 2016

Decibel Technologies Appointed as Advantech Wireless Reseller in India

[Via Satellite 04-27-2016] Advantech Wireless has appointed Decibel Technologies as an authorized reseller/partner in India. Decibel Technologies will provide sales as well as customer service, support and training to customers throughout the country. “As a global company we are committed to supporting our customers in every region of the world, our recent expansion in Southern [...]

By | April 27, 2016

Made In Space 3-D Printer

Made In Space Taps Northrop Grumman as Subcontractor

[Via Satellite 04-26-2016] Northrop Grumman is serving as subcontractor to Made In Space, a nascent space company developing a product to enable additive manufacturing — or 3-D printing — aggregation and assembly of large and complex systems in space without astronaut Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA). Made In Space achieved success in two previous or 3-D printing [...]

By | April 26, 2016

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SSL Wins Undisclosed LEO Satellite Order

[Via Satellite 04-26-2016] Space Systems Loral (SSL) has received a contract from an undisclosed customer for a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite. Along with manufacturing the spacecraft, SSL will also provide the launch and will operate the satellite on orbit. SSL has a manufacturing facility for small satellite production, and has ramped up its focus [...]

By | April 26, 2016


Kacific Choses Newtec Dialog for Interim Satellite Service

[Via Satellite 04-26-2016] Kacific Broadband Satellites and Newtec have reached an agreement to use Newtec Dialog for powering Kacific’s interim services. Ahead of launching a Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS), Kacific plans to provide interim Ku-band capacity to customers in the Pacific. The company plans to use the Newtec Dialog multiservice platform initially to deliver [...]

By | April 26, 2016

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