SNC Dream Chaser

Sierra Nevada Corporation Details Future Dream Chaser Mission Concepts

[Via Satellite 03-31-2015] After a very public downselect from the final round of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) in 2014, the fate of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser space vehicle appeared unclear. However, the program is very much continuing, evidenced not only by the recently amended NASA Space Act Agreement (SAA) for another Commercial [...]

By | March 31, 2015

Arabsat RFP GMV

Arabsat Upgrades Earth Station to Boost Interference Detection

[Via Satellite 03-31-2015] Arabsat has signed a contract with Siemens Convergence Creators to provide a new Communication System Monitoring (CSM) for the Dirab Earth station. The system includes SIECAMS, which bolsters the operator’s satellite monitoring and interference detection capabilities. Siemens Convergence Creators’ CSM will monitor all the traffic from Arabsat’s satellite fleet, providing continuous awareness [...]

By | March 31, 2015

ISS-Reshetnev Academician

ISS-Reshetnev Ramps Up Modernization Program

[Via Satellite 03-30-2015] Russian satellite manufacturer Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems (ISS-Reshetnev) has initiated pre-construction procedures for the building of a new integration and test facility. The company is demolishing a derelict building from the early 1990s near its territory to make room for satellite transportation containers and employee parking, to accommodate staffing the new [...]

By | March 30, 2015


Broadcom Releases SoC for HD Satellite in China

[Via Satellite 03-27-2015] Broadcom Corporation has revealed a new System-on-a-Chip (SoC) for HD Set-Top-Boxes (STBs) targeting China’s Free-to-Air (FTA) satellite broadcast market. The BCM7228 SoC features 1080p Audio Video Coding Standard (AVS+) for decoding and display, more than 750 Dhrystone Million Instructions per Second (DMIPS) application, CPU and a graphics engine for 2-D graphic acceleration [...]

By | March 27, 2015


MACOM Announces New 650 W GaN on SiC HEMT Pulsed Power Transistor

[Via Satellite 03-26-2015] M/A-COM Technology Solutions announced the new MAGX-000912-650L00 and MAGX-000912-650L0S, a 650 W gallium nitride (GaN) on silicon carbide (SiC) HEMT pulsed power transistor for L-band pulsed avionics applications. The transistor is available in standard flange or earless flange packaging. The internally matched MAGX-000912-650L0x features 650 W of peak output power with 20 [...]

By | March 26, 2015

PPS5000 EOR Thruster

Snecma Receives Follow-on Contract from Airbus for All-Electric Thrusters

[Via Satellite 03-25-2015] Airbus Defence and Space has reselected Snecma to provide thrusters for the Eurostar E3000 Electric Orbit Raising (EOR) platform. The contract, signed this month, follows an original collaboration agreement from March 2014 for the 5-kilowatt PPS5000 thruster. According to Snecma, the PPS5000 thrusters reduce the launch weight of an all-electric satellite in [...]

By | March 25, 2015

Intelsat Paumalu Teleport

ETL Systems to Upgrade Intelsat Teleports

[Via Satellite 03-25-2015] Intelsat has awarded satellite communications RF signal distribution equipment specialist ETL Systems a contract to upgrade its teleport facilities. ETL Systems’ Enigma routers enable rapid switching time for continuous cycling through various channels to prevent missing an outage. Additionally, the Enigma matrix supports alarms and thresholds that customers can set to notify [...]

By | March 25, 2015

An offshore wind farm. Photo: Wikipedia

Marlink Ups Bandwidth to Support Maritime Wind Farm Engineering

[Via Satellite 03-24-2015] Marlink has concluded a project aimed at increasing Internet speeds aboard the Simon Mokster-owned Stril Server Multi-Purpose Support Vessel (MPSV). Client engineers on a project at the Westernmost Rough offshore wind farm on the U.K.’s east coast required the extra bandwidth. Marlink increased the available bandwidth on board to 8Mbps downlink and [...]

By | March 24, 2015

Monitoring of the Space Fence

Race to the Space Fence: Lockheed Martin, US Air Force Break Ground on New Space Surveillance System

[Via Satellite 03-24-2015] The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin broke ground at the future 6-acre site of the new Space Fence radar system in a special ceremony on Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean — more than 2,100 nautical miles southwest of Honolulu. The event marks the official start of construction for the S-band [...]

By | March 24, 2015

ProView 7100 Harmonic 4K

Harmonic Releases Integrated Receiver-Decoder for Ultra-HD

[Via Satellite 03-23-2015] Harmonic has improved the ProView 7100, a single-rack, multi-format Integrated Receiver-Decoder (IRD) to support High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) for Ultra-HD video content. The device enables the decoding of HEVC compressed streams at resolutions up to 1080p, 60 fps to boost bandwidth efficiency. Using a high-density 1RU chassis, the ProView 7100 IRD [...]

By | March 23, 2015

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