CubeQuest Challenge

NASA Hosts $5 Million CubeSat Challenge

[Via Satellite 11-25-2014] NASA has opened the registration process for its Cube Quest challenge, a CubeSat competition focused on developing space exploration technology. Competitors will vie for a piece of the $5 million prize along with a chance at launching their CubeSat to the Moon and beyond as a secondary payload on the first integrated [...]

By | November 25, 2014

Figure 1 - SCPC vs TDMA Bandwidth Utilization Profile

TDMA vs SCPC for Satellite Backhaul – The Decision is Simple

Wireless Access Market Drivers /Trends Wireless access has completely changed the way we live, work, and play. Everywhere you look, people are using their mobile devices to talk, text, watch videos, and adopt new applications that seem to appear on a daily basis. As the number of people and machines to be wirelessly connected — [...]

By | November 24, 2014

MACOM, Canare Collaborate Support 4K Video Transmission over a Single Link at 12Gbps

[Via Satellite 11-21-2014] M/A-COM Technology Solutions (MACOM) and Canare Electric announced a collaborative solution that enables high-quality, long distance transmission for next-gen editing, routing and switching applications. MACOM’s 12G-SDI Chipset now supports transmission of 4k60p video using a single 12Gbps link over 80 meters of L-4.5CHD coaxial cable. “As SDI data rates evolve to 12Gbps [...]

By | November 21, 2014

Antares ATK Orbital NASA

ATK Still Ready to Continue with Orbital Sciences Merger

[Via Satellite 11-20-2014] After a thorough review of Orbital Sciences’ go-forward plan following the Oct. 28 Antares rocket failure, ATK remains confident in continuing the merger of its aerospace and defense groups with Orbital. The launch mishap, for which Orbital’s Antares launch failure Accident Investigation Board (AIB) has traced the likely cause to one of [...]

By | November 20, 2014


Inmarsat Joins Forces with Alcatel-Lucent for EU Aviation Network

[Via Satellite 11-20-2014] Alcatel-Lucent has become an Inmarsat technology partner to help develop an aviation broadband network across the European Union (EU). The company will provide its experience with 4G LTE Air-to-Ground (ATG) technology and collaborate with Inmarsat to adapt this technology to support S-band spectrum. Inmarsat and Alcatel-Lucent will work jointly on the ground [...]

By | November 20, 2014

Photo: IsoTropic Networks.

IsoTropic Networks Renews iDirect iSupport Premium Package

[Via Satellite 11-20-2014] IsoTropic Networks, a satellite broadband provider and iDirect Host Network Operator (HNO) has extended its iDirect iSupport Premium Package for three additional years. The company has seen growth in maritime and oil and gas verticals, prompting the need for new hires. IsoTropic will use the premium iSupport options for training new employees. [...]

By | November 20, 2014

Yamal 402 Gazprom

Gazprom Space Systems Expands Capacity Lease with Globecomm

[Via Satellite 11-19-2014] Globecomm has leased additional capacity on Gazprom Space System’s Yamal 402 satellite, totaling 36MHz. The new capacity will serve customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Globecomm offers services on two Gazprom Space Systems satellites, Yamal 402 and Yamal 202, with uplinking services at teleports in the Netherlands, the United [...]

By | November 19, 2014

Busek electric thruster BHT-1500

Aerospace Corporation Tests Electric Satellite Thrusters from Busek

[Via Satellite 11-18-2014] The Aerospace Corporation has tested Busek Co.’s BHT-1500 Hall Effect Thruster, used for electric propulsion of satellites. The nonprofit found the thruster to be largely unaffected by test facility pressure. According to Busek, the BHT-1500’s design enables it to operate with higher efficiency in the high-vacuum conditions of space. “The BHT-1500’s superior [...]

By | November 18, 2014

Hyperspectral imaging Boeing HySpecIQ

Raytheon to Build Hyperspectral Sensor Payloads for HySpecIQ

[Via Satellite 11-17-2014] HySpecIQ, a commercial remote sensing startup, has selected Raytheon to build hyperspectral payloads for the company’s two upcoming satellites. Raytheon will develop the payloads in El Segundo, Calif. and expects to finish them in 2017. Once manufacturing is complete, the payloads will be integrated into the satellites, which are the first to [...]

By | November 17, 2014

Jabiru 2 footprint

NewSat’s Jabiru 2 Hosted Payload Enters Service

[Via Satellite 11-17-2014] Airbus Defence and Space has completed Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) operations, and in-orbit trials for the Measat 3b satellite. NewSat’s Jabiru 2 hosted payload is now also operational and is supporting its first carriers. Measat has collocated the new satellite with Measat 3 and Measat 3a at 91.5 degrees east. [...]

By | November 17, 2014

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