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Lockheed Martin Space Systems’ Net Sales Gets 19 Percent Boost

[Via Satellite 01-28-2015] Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems segment increased net sales by 10 percent during the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to the same quarter in 2013. The $368 million increase mainly stemmed from higher net sales of approximately $325 million for the Orion program, which saw its first unmanned test flight of the Multi-Purpose [...]

By | January 28, 2015

Iridium's satellite network operations center (SNOC). Photo: Iridium

Appareo Systems to Use Iridium Connectivity and Chipsets

[Via Satellite 01-28-2015] Appareo Systems, an electronics and software service provider for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) has entered a long-term partnership with Iridium to provide its customers with satellite connectivity. Customers in agriculture and general aviation will be the first focus, followed by the aerospace and construction industries. Appareo provides a variety of telematics solutions [...]

By | January 28, 2015

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Orbital Sciences and ATK Stockholders Approve Merger Next Month

[Via Satellite 01-27-2015] In separate meetings, stockholders from Orbital Sciences and Alliant Techsystems (ATK) voted to approve the merger of Orbital Sciences with ATK’s Aerospace and Defense Group originally announced April 2014. Approximately 99 percent of the votes cast in Orbital Sciences special meeting were in favor, representing about 85 percent of the total number [...]

By | January 27, 2015


GeoOptics Continues Constellation Preparations Through New Partnerships

[Via Satellite 01-23-2015] Commercial environmental data company GeoOptics is in the process of establishing partnerships to support, build and launch a constellation of Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) small satellites called the Community Initiative for Continuous Earth Remote Observation (CICERO). The company’s plan is to launch the satellites six at a time, leading up to an initial constellation of [...]

By | January 23, 2015


L-3 Buys Miteq for $41 Million

[Via Satellite 01-23-2015] L-3 Communications has acquired Miteq, manufacturer of specialized RF microwave products and solid-state components for satellite communications, for $41 million, subject to customary adjustments. Miteq will be merged with L-3’s Narda Microwave-East business, which will be renamed L-3 Narda Miteq. L-3 expects the Miteq acquisition to create roughly $60 million in sales [...]

By | January 23, 2015

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Advantech Wireless Wins More Than $1 Million for SNG Products

[Via Satellite 01-21-2015] Advantech Wireless has received orders for its redundant/phase 250W/500W Extended Ku-Band SapphireBlu Gallium Nitride (GaN) based Solid State Power Amplifier (SSPA) solution totaling more than $1 million. The orders are for customers in the Satellite News-Gathering (SNG) industry. The extended Ku-band SapphireBlu GaN based SSPA systems are designed to operate as 1:1 [...]

By | January 22, 2015

DataMiner Network Management

Mobile Telesystem Deploys DataMiner for Satellite TV Earth Station

[Via Satellite 01-21-2015] Mobile Telesystems (MTS) has selected Skyline Communications’ DataMiner end-to-end, multi-vendor network management platform to monitor and control the equipment at the company’s Moscow, Russia-based satellite Earth station. The DataMiner solution for MTS provides fully unified remote monitoring and control of all system components, as well as fault and performance management. The solution [...]

By | January 22, 2015

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SpaceX Satellite Project Boosted by $1 Billion Google, Fidelity Investment

[Via Satellite 01-21-2015] Google and Fidelity have confirmed an investment of approximately $1 billion in SpaceX, powering the second large-scale Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications constellation announced in a mere five days. Together the two new investors own slightly less than 10 percent of SpaceX — a company founded by serial entrepreneur Elon Musk, [...]

By | January 21, 2015

Planet Labs Doves

Planet Labs Raises $95 Million From Investors

[Via Satellite 01-21-2015] Planet Labs, operator of a constellation of 73 small Earth observation satellites, has completed the first closing of the majority of its $70 million Series C round which, led by Data Collective, garnered support from both new and existing investors. In tandem with the closing of a $25 million debt facility from [...]

By | January 21, 2015

Orbcomm Acquires IoT Specialist InSync Software

[Via Satellite 01-21-2015] Orbcomm has purchased InSync Software from the privately-held Identec Group AG, closing the acquisition on Jan. 16. InSync Software is a California-based provider of Internet of Things (IoT) enterprise solutions. The company’s software products are used in sensor-driven asset tracking and remote monitoring applications worldwide. Orbcomm plans to expand InSync’s uniform software platform from Radio-Frequency Identification [...]

By | January 21, 2015

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