Hylas 2 Avanti

NSR Releases Satellite Operator Financial Analysis Report

[Via Satellite 09-30-2014] Northern Sky Research (NSR) has released its “Satellite Operator Financial Analysis (SOFA), 4th Edition,” report in which the research group finds an increased focus on operational efficiencies is driving both acquisitions and new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) payloads being launched. The report gives a detailed analysis of Avanti Communications in particular, focusing [...]

By | September 30, 2014

ATK propellant tank

ATK Delivers 6,000th Titanium Propellant Tank

[Via Satellite 09-30-2014] Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has shipped its 6,000 titanium propellant tank from the company’s Commerce, Calif. facility this month. Last year, ATK’s Commerce site reached its 50th anniversary, remaining in operation for pressure vessel design and manufacturing projects since 1963. ATK has expanded the number of qualified propellant tank designs it offers to [...]

By | September 30, 2014

Orbit Coaxial

Orbit Communications to Upgrade Alaskan Ground Station

[Via Satellite 09-30-2014] Orbit Communications Systems has been awarded a $725,000 contract to upgrade a ground station in Alaska for a U.S.-based system integrator. To reduce downtime, the company is performing the upgrade with its Pedestal Interface Unit (PIU) to accelerate the shift from a government analog system to digital without needing to replace the [...]

By | September 30, 2014

Macom GaN

Macom Unveils New GaN S-band Products

[Via Satellite 09-30-2014] Macom has released a new set of surface mount S-Band Gallium Nitride (GaN) power products: the 30 Wpk and 85 Wpk hybrid GaN amplifiers and a 350 Wpk pallet option based on aluminum. The new products are specialized for applications in commercial air traffic control, weather radar and military radar. The 30 Wpk hybrid [...]

By | September 30, 2014

Com Dev

Com Dev Inks Multimillion-Dollar Contract for HTS Components

[Via Satellite 09-29-2014] Com Dev International has received an Authorization to Proceed (ATP) contract worth more than $7.5 million from an undisclosed customer to manufacture components for a High Throughput Satellite (HTS). The company will provide multiplexer equipment, microwave components and waveguide and coaxial switches for the Ku-band spacecraft. Com Dev will fabricate the components [...]

By | September 29, 2014


National Geographic to use Imaging Tools on ISS

[Via Satellite 09-29-2014] National Geographic, in partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) intends to develop new imagery from the International Space Station (ISS) for educational purposes. The interest demonstrated by National Geographic and others has prompted CASIS to expand the “Good Earth” imaging suite to encompass hyperspectral sensors, Synthetic [...]

By | September 29, 2014

Spire Platzer Nanosatisfi

From Silicon Valley to Singapore: Spire’s Ambitious Remote Sensing Strategy

[Via Satellite 09-25-2014] Spire, a fast-paced remote sensing company with roots in Silicon Valley, has leapfrogged from incubation just two years ago at Lemnos Labs into a multi-million dollar startup with four satellites in orbit. Formerly known as Nanosatisfi, the company recently raised $25 million in Series A funding, bringing the total amount raised to [...]

By | September 25, 2014

Electric Snecma Airbus

Airbus Sees Greater Promise in All-Electric Satellite Sales, Fierce Competition Ahead

[Via Satellite 09-23-2014] Bolstered by recent new deals, Airbus Defence and Space has pulled ahead with two contract wins for all-electric satellites during 2014; a year where, so far, no other manufacturer has received any all-electric orders. Now in the process of building those satellites — Eutelsat 172b and SES 12 — the company expects [...]

By | September 24, 2014

Telefonica del Peru

Telefonica del Peru Upgrades to iDirect Evolution 3.2

[Via Satellite 09-24-2014] Telefonica del Peru, the Peruvian arm of the Telefonica Group, has upgraded to iDirect Evolution using iDX 3.2 software in order to increase data rates and bandwidth efficiency. According to iDirect, the decision was prompted by one of Telefonica del Peru’s customers, telemedicine provider Essalud, opening up a bidding process for a [...]

By | September 24, 2014

Iridium Next satellite

Iridium NEXT Solar Panels Complete Thermal Cycle Test

[Via Satellite 09-24-2014] Iridium has finished testing a new solar panel design for use on the Iridium NEXT constellation. Built by Spectrolab and Mitsubishi Electric, the improved triple junction solar cells are based on six-inch wafers, providing 50 percent more solar cell surface area than those on Iridium’s current satellites. At full extension, the solar [...]

By | September 24, 2014

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