Articles by Kendall Russell

An Ariane 5 vehicle lifts off carrying four Galileo satellites on Dec. 12, 2017. Photo: Arianespace.

Ariane 5 Logs 82nd Successful Mission with Galileo Launch

Arianespace has successfully launched satellites 19, 20, 21 and 22 in the Galileo constellation, using an Ariane 5 heavy launcher on behalf of the European Commission and under a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA). The launch took place on Dec. 12 from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana. Arianespace […]

By | December 14, 2017

Iceye plans to bring its SAR data to a range of new markets including agriculture and finance. Photo: Iceye.

Iceye Targets New Use Cases Beyond Ice Monitoring

As Finnish startup Iceye prepares to launch its first satellite in January, the company has set its sights on new markets and use cases beyond the ice monitoring that originally inspired its name. According to co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rafal Modrzewski, Iceye will apply the data derived from its Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)-based […]

By | December 13, 2017

Runner will be based on Tyvak subsidiary Terran Orbital's microsatellite platform. Photo: Tyvak Nano Satellite Systems.

Terran Orbital to Build ISI’s Earth Observation Microsatellite

ImageSat International (ISI) has contracted Terran Orbital to develop a high-performance microsatellite, Runner, to be used for Earth Observation (EO) and imaging. According to ISI, Runner will provide ISI with wide swath multi-spectral video and imagery, with a spatial resolution better than 1 meter, high bandwidth communications, massive-capacity recording, and high throughput onboard processing capability. […]

By | December 13, 2017

Rendition of PeruSat in orbit. Photo: Airbus.

PeruSat 1 Satellite Sees ROI in Just One Year

PeruSat 1 has completed its first year of operation and the Peruvian government has recently declared that, in that time, the investment it has made into the satellite program has already been recouped. The Airbus-built Earth Observation (EO) satellite has acquired more than 71,000 images which have been delivered to more than 80 organizations across […]

By | December 13, 2017

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CASBAA Chairman Calls for Policy Reforms in India

Speaking at the India Satcom 2017 forum in New Delhi, Joe Welch, chairman of regional pay-TV industry association CASBAA, applauded the Indian government’s emphasis on improving the ease of doing business in the country. A great deal of attention has been paid to the power and infrastructure sectors, Welch noted, but “the key to … […]

By | December 13, 2017

Rendition of an OMS smallsat. Photo: OMS.

OMS Miniaturized Weather Observation Tech is Going to Space

Orbital Micro Systems (OMS) has executed a contract with the Satellite Applications Catapult, to put its miniaturized weather observation technology into space. The mission is part of the In Orbit Demonstration (IOD) Program, funded by Innovate UK and managed by the Catapult. The IOD space mission, scheduled for autumn 2018, will deliver the first OMS […]

By | December 13, 2017

Rendition of space junk surrounding Earth. Photo: ESA.

This Company Believes Its Motor Can Help Mitigate Space Junk

Nearly everyone in the satellite industry has expressed concerns about the growing pile of space junk in Earth’s orbit. NewSpace company D-Orbit believes it has come up with a simple solution, centered on a plug-and-play “death device” that pushes satellites back into the atmosphere. Read more at Wired.

By | December 13, 2017

Successful DVB-S2X Demonstration over Intelsat Epic HTS Spot Beams

On October 18, 2017, Advantech Wireless announced the successful implementation of DVB-S2X, with its ASAT-II™ System, over the Intelsat 29e EpicNG High Throughput Satellite’s (HTS) southern hemisphere spot beams.

By Advantech Wireless | Dec 12, 2017

Kymeta mTenna at the Monaco Yacht Show 2016.

Kymeta “Years Away” from Cracking Aviation Market

Kymeta could be years away from bringing its products to the aviation market, although it made big strides developing relationships with train and bus operators in 2017. Steve Sybeldon, the company’s vice president of business development and sales, told Via Satellite that while Kymeta still has its eye on aviation it does not expect to […]

By | December 12, 2017

Superyacht as seen from above. Photo: OmniAccess.

Marlink Acquires Livewire Connections, Targeting Superyachts

Marlink has signed a definite agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares in Livewire Connections, a UK-headquartered satellite communications service provider with focus on superyacht customers. The move follows the recent announcement that Marlink intends to acquire a majority stake in the Spanish superyacht service provider OmniAccess. With its headquarters in Chessington, Surrey and […]

By | December 12, 2017

Rendition of a Galileo satellite on orbit. Photo: ESA.

RUAG Space to Build the Brain for Next 12 Galileo Satellites

Arianespace launched four additional Galileo satellites this afternoon from Kourou in French Guiana, aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. These are all carrying a control and data unit from RUAG Space, as well as further electronics and mechanical products designed and manufactured at sites in Sweden, Switzerland and Austria. OHB System, which is the prime contractor for […]

By | December 12, 2017

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