EM Research Unveils New Ka-band Frequency Synthesizer
Satellite hardware manufacturer EM Research has introduced a new 39.5 GHz Ka-band frequency synthesizer.
EM Research’s KB-39500 frequency synthesizer is available in fixed or programmable frequencies to 40 GHz, with internal or external references, improved phase noise and reduced package sizes. Programmable designs are available with step sizes as low as 100 Hz, the company said.
MDA To Develop Five Advanced Technology Solutions for EADS Astrium
Canadian satellite and information solutions company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) has received a contract to provide five advanced technology solutions to EADS Astrium.
MDA previously signed a multi-million dollar contract with EADS Astrium in October 2010 to provide three advanced technology solutions for integration into the SES-6 satellite. SES-6, scheduled to launch in 2013, aims to provide increased C-band broadcast capacity for the Americas and Europe and add new capacity to support maritime and aeronautical services.
ViaSat IPS-250 Encryption Software Receives NSA Certification
ViaSat has received U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) certification for the second release of its AltaSec IPS-250 inline network encryption system, a software-only upgrade for ViaSat’s IPS-250.
The IPS-250 is used for operations in high-risk and unmanned environments. The new release of the AltaSec IPS-250 was designed to enable over-the-air and network HAIPE-to-HAIPE key transfer to minimize the risk of manually re-keying in the field, ViaSat said.
SpaceX Test Fires New SuperDraco Engine
SpaceX has successfully test fired its new, reusable SuperDraco engine, which is an advanced version of the Draco engines currently used by its Dragon spacecraft to maneuver on orbit and during re-entry.
The tests were conducted at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas, during which the SuperDraco sustained full duration, full thrust firing as well as a series of deep throttling demonstrations. The engine feature an escape system that is not jettisoned, which provides astronauts with an ability to escape the vehicle at any point during its launch.