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A CPI radome under static loads testing

CPI Industries Builds on Quad-Band Radome Following Roaming Demo with ViaSat

[Via Satellite 09-17-2014] Communications and Power Industries (CPI) provided a quad-band satellite communications radome to ViaSat in support of the company’s recent flight demonstrations using an integrated Ku-band and Ka-band airborne satellite terminal. The hybrid Ku-/Ka-band terminal and radome enable roaming between beams for In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) and other services to both commercial [...]

By | September 17, 2014

CPI GaN BUC

CPI Debuts New 100 W C-band GaN-based Solid State BUC

[Via Satellite 09-15-2014] Communications & Power Industries’ (CPI) Satcom Products group has released a 100-Watt C-band solid state Block Upconverter (BUC), based on Gallium Nitride (GaN). The new device complements existing Ku-band and X-band GaN BUC’s from CPI and, according to the company, is almost twice as power efficient as Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) counterparts. “CPI’s [...]

By | September 15, 2014

Orbital Sciences Chairman, President & CEO David

Orbital Sciences Exec ‘Disappointed’ by Hosted Payload Market

[Via Satellite 09-11-14] Orbital Sciences Chairman, President and CEO David Thompson told World Satellite Business Week (WSBW) delegates in Paris that he was unsure about the immediate prospects for the hosted payload market. “If you asked me about the potential for the hosted payload market one to two years ago, I would have said it [...]

By | September 11, 2014

Optical Satellite OSS

Ball Aerospace to Build Optical Satellite System for Laser Light

[Via Satellite 09-11-2014] Laser Light Communications, a company dedicated to creating the first Optical Satellite System (OSS), has selected Ball Aerospace as its prime contractor. Ball Aerospace is responsible for a first phase design analysis, preceding an initial eight-satellite Medium Earth Orbiting (MEO) constellation. According to Laser Light, at 12 satellites the optical constellation should [...]

By | September 11, 2014

Yahsat Orbital Arianespace

Yahsat Picks Orbital Sciences to Build Al Yah 3 High Throughput Satellite

[Via Satellite 09-10-2014] United Arab Emirates (UAE) based satellite operator Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), has selected Orbital Sciences to build its next satellite, Al Yah 3. Slated for launch in late 2016 aboard an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket, Yahsat expects the new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) will provide capacity to more than 600 [...]

By | September 10, 2014

Boeing Phoenix 502

Boeing Secures First 502 Phoenix Small Satellite Contract

[Via Satellite 09-10-2014] Boeing has received a contract for two 502 Phoenix small satellites from HySpecIQ. The satellites will carry hyperspectral payloads for advanced imaging capabilities. As part of the agreement, Boeing will handle sales, as well as processing and distribution for the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and the intelligence community. HySpecIQ will [...]

By | September 10, 2014

SSTL SmallSat Kyprosat

SSTL and Kyprosat Partner on GEO Telecom SmallSat Platform

[Via Satellite 09-10-2014] Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) and Kypros Satellites (Kyprosat) have teamed up to provide a turnkey telecommunications SmallSat for Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO). Kyprosat is providing orbital slot assets and asset management services, while SSTL is providing its GMP-T satellite platform capable of delivering up to 5.5 KW of power. The GMP-T [...]

By | September 10, 2014

Lockheed A2100

Lockheed Martin Unveils Reprogrammable A2100 Satellite Bus With Dual Launch Capability

[Via Satellite 09-09-2014] Lockheed Martin has announced two new upgrades to the A2100 satellite bus, which the company has been aggressively renovating to play a more prominent role in the commercial sector. The improved bus now features a fully reprogrammable payload processor through which users can modify payload configurations and performance in-orbit, adjust satellite to ground [...]

By | September 9, 2014

Mitsubishi Electric Es'hail

Mitsubishi Electric to Manufacture Es’hailSat’s Next Satellite

[Via Satellite 09-09-2014] Qatar based Es’hailSat has awarded a contract to Mitsubishi Electric for the manufacture of its second satellite: Es’hail 2. The project, which began in July 2014, is expected to take 27 months and has an anticipated launch in late 2016. Additionally, Mitsubishi Electric is training Qatari engineers throughout the satellite’s production. Through [...]

By | September 9, 2014

bulgariasat 1 SSL

SSL to Build Bulgarian Satellite, SpaceX to Launch

[Via Satellite 09-09-2014] SSL has been selected by Bulgaria Sat, a joint stock company established by the owners of Bulsatcom, to build the company’s first satellite: BulgariaSat 1. Slated for launch in 2016 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the satellite will provide Direct-To-Home (DTH) TV services in the Balkan region. BulgariaSat 1 is based [...]

By | September 9, 2014

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