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Rendition of the Star One D2 satellite. Photo: SSL.

SSL Wins Contract to Build New Embratel Star One Satellite

Maxar Technologies (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, or MDA) announced that its SSL business unit has signed a contract to provide a multi-mission communications satellite called Star One D2 to Brazilian satellite operator Embratel Star One. The satellite will improve access to entertainment and information services for consumers and businesses in Latin America, and expands […]

By | October 30, 2017

ILS launches Hispasat's Amazonas 5 satellite on Sept. 11 aboard a Proton Breeze M. Photo: Hispasat.

ILS Successfully Launches Amazonas 5 for Hispasat

International Launch Services (ILS) successfully orbited Hispasat’s 11th satellite, Amazonas 5, on Sept. 11 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The satellite flew aboard a Proton Breeze M rocket and has begun maneuvering to the Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) point where Hispasat will carry out the test phase over the next several weeks. Once the […]

By | September 12, 2017

NASA's Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image of smoke crossing the U.S. on a jet stream. Photo: NASA.

US Forest Service Turns to Satellite to Monitor Wildfires

As the southern United States recovers from two monstrous back-to-back hurricanes, states in the Pacific Northwest continue to battle ash and smoke drifting from wildfires raging nearby. Almost 1.5 million acres are currently ablaze in the region — and the U.S. Forest Service, a small, arguably underfunded agency, is seeking more efficient ways to monitor […]

By | September 11, 2017

Kymeta terminals installed atop the White Rose yacht. Photo: Kymeta.

Kymeta Runs Superyacht Sea Trials Ahead of Monaco Yacht Show

Kymeta and e3 Systems revealed that the White Rose of Drachs yacht successfully performed the first-ever motor yacht sea trials with Kymeta communications solutions over the last several months. Kymeta and e3 Systems worked with the owner, captain, and IT manager of the White Rose to perform the months-long sea trial, and outfitted the yacht […]

By | September 8, 2017

Mark Holmes Aviation Fest Takeaways Video

Artificial Intelligence, Social Media Hot Topics for Airlines

Airlines are increasingly looking at technology, social media and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve their customers’ experience. These were some of the key takeaways Via Satellite’s Editorial Director Mark Holmes reported back from the Aviation Festival 2017 in London today. He shares some of the highlights from the event, including Netflix announcing more deals with […]

By | September 6, 2017

A Marine Corps operator launches a UAS. Photo: U.S. Naval Air Systems Command.

Ligado, Harris Corp Partner to Improve BLOS Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Ligado Networks has formed a collaborative partnership with Harris Corporation to enable Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight Operations for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (BVLOS UAS). According to Ligado, the two companies share a vision with respect to the commercial market for BVLOS UAS applications and will demonstrate how their joint expertise and technological capabilities can enable the safe […]

By | May 8, 2017

Innovative Solid State Amplifier Technology in the 21st century

From the early 1980s until just a few years ago, Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) field effect transistors (FETs) were the mainstay of the Solid State High Power Amplifiers (HPA) industry for Radio Frequency (RF) transmission.

By CPI | May 08, 2017

Horizons 2 Intelsat JSAT

Intelsat, Orion Express Extend Russia Media Services Agreement

Intelsat announced that Orion Express signed a multi-year extension with Intelsat for satellite services supporting Direct-to-Home (DTH) and media distribution services in Russia via the Intelsat 15 satellite. Orion Express uses multiple Ku-band transponders on Intelsat 15 and Horizons 2, co-located at 85 degrees east, to deliver DTH services to customers and TV content to […]

By | March 21, 2017


The 10 Things NSR is Most Looking Forward to at SATELLITE 2017

Northern Sky Research president and founder Christopher Baugh outlines the 10 things he’s looking forward to at SATELLITE 2017.

By | March 6, 2017


Trumpeting in a New Era

Maury Mechanick tries to make some sense of what the Trump presidency will mean for the space industry considering three key indicators that more broadly affect satellite and space enterprises: vision, finance and regulation.

By | February 7, 2017

York Space Systems Announces Space Segment Enterprise Program with Partners

York Space Systems announced the launch of its Space Segment Enterprise Program (SSEP) in collaboration with its network of partners. Under the program, York will now offer complete space segment solutions to both government and commercial customers to provide services for mission planning and design, spacecraft bus(es), payload design and manufacture, integration and test capabilities, […]

By | February 6, 2017

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