Articles by Juliet Van Wagenen

Dirk Wallinger, CEO, York Space Systems

Standardizing Spacecraft: One Company’s Mission to Cut Time to Market

[Via Satellite 01-26-2017] Denver-based aerospace company York Space Systems is currently working with government and commercial customers to standardize spacecraft, hoping to slash both satellite price and time-to-market in the process. The company, which boasts alums from NASA, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK and Ball Aerospace, specializes in the mass manufacture of satellites for Earth sensing […]

By | February 3, 2017

Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Provost Marshal of the Army Maj. Gen. Mark Inch, and Executive Director Jeff Salyards tour the Defense Forensics Science Center Feb. 11. 2015. Photo: U.S. Army photo by John Martinez

UltiSat to Provide Ku-band Managed Network Services to Defense Forensic Science Center

[Via Satellite 01-26-2017] The Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC) has awarded UltiSat a commercial satellite communications (ComSatCom) subscription services task order. Through the contract, Ultisat will provide Ku bandwidth capacity with coverage of the United States Central Command (CENTOM) area of responsibility, teleport services, Network Operations Center (NOC) support, help desk support, and technical field […]

By | January 26, 2017

A SkySat 4 image over Google headquarters in Mountain View, California on Sept. 23, 2016. Photo: Terra Bella.

A Startup Perspective: Potential Impact of the Skybox, Planet Merger

[Via Satellite 01-25-2017] As rumors began to swirl in early January that Google’s parent company Alphabet could be selling Terra Bella (formerly Skybox Imaging) to breakout smallsat imaging start-up Planet (formerly Planet Labs), the market began to speculate about what such merger could signify. While representatives from Alphabet and Planet have yet to confirm, industry […]

By | January 25, 2017

SmallGEO Hispasat payload. Photo: ESA

ESA Set to Launch SmallGEO on Maiden Flight

[Via Satellite 01-25-2017] The European Space Agency (ESA) will launch their new versatile small geostationary platform (SmallGEO) on its maiden flight in the early hours of Jan. 28 on a Soyuz rocket. SmallGEO is carrying Hispasat’s Hispasat 36W 1 telecommunications payload, which marks the first partnership between ESA and a Spanish operator and will provide […]

By | January 25, 2017


Kymeta, Aurum Team to Offer HTS Antennas to Armored Vehicles

[Via Satellite 01-25-2017] Kymeta has announced plans to work with Aurum Security to bring Kymeta mTenna High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) connectivity to VIP and Civilian Armored Vehicles (CAV). According to a statement released by Kymeta, with the new antenna CAV manufacturers and integrators will be able to deliver global mobile connectivity without impacting the natural design […]

By | January 25, 2017

Photo: Mega-Choice Digital Network

Ghana Launches New DTH Service

[Via Satellite 01-25-2017] Mega-Choice Digital Network, an associate company of Crystal TV, Ghana’s first private television network, has launched its new Direct-to-Home (DTH) TV service in Ghana. The network inked a ten-year contract Eutelsat Communications for capacity connected to the African service area of the Eutelsat 16A satellite to support the launch of Mega-Choice that […]

By | January 25, 2017

SKY Brasil 1 and Telkom 3S readied for Arianespace’s initial 2017 mission. Photo: Arianespace

SKY Brasil 1 and Telkom 3S Readied for Arianespace’s Initial 2017 Mission

[Via Satellite 01-25-2017] Two telecommunications satellites for Arianespace’s first Ariane 5 liftoff of 2017 are undergoing checkout at the Spaceport in preparation for a mid-February flight from French Guiana to geostationary transfer orbit. Riding in the upper position of Ariane 5’s dual-payload dispenser system will be SKY Brasil 1, a satellite for operation by DIRECTV […]

By | January 25, 2017

ExactEarth’s payloads will deliver maritime satellite AIS data. Photo: ExactEarth

ExactEarth Focuses on AIS to Spark Growth

[Via Satellite 01-23-2017] ExactEarth, a Canadian company that provides satellite Automatic Identification System (AIS) data services, saw a huge drop in earnings in 2016, but is looking to newly struck contracts and collaborations to boost revenues in the coming year. The company rang in $14.2 million (CA$18.9 million) in revenue in 2016, a big dip […]

By | January 24, 2017

Phasor antenna technologies. Photo: Phasor

Phasor, Thales Alenia Space Collaborate on Ka Satellite Smart Terminal

[Via Satellite 01-24-2017] Phasor and Thales Alenia Space (TAS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a software-defined, smart terminal for commercial Ka-band satellite communications. The companies call on Phasor’s knowledge in the field of Electronically Steerable Antennas (ESAs), and Thales Alenia Space’s experience in satellite broadband technology across Geostationary, Medium and Low […]

By | January 24, 2017

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology ground station. Photo: Av-Comm

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology Taps Av-Comm to Upgrade Satellite Earth Station

[Via Satellite 01-24-2017] Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology has awarded Av-Comm a multi-antenna contract to refurbish and upgrade four 3.7-meter earth station satellite antennas at their Crib Point facility in Australia’s Victoria region. The contract includes refurbishment of the existing 3.7-meter parabolic antennas and feedhorns, and the installation of solid-state antenna controls and satellite tracking equipment. […]

By | January 24, 2017

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