Arianespace Chosen to Launch Kazakhstan’s DZZ-HR Satellite on Vega Rocket
Arianespace has been selected to launch the DZZ-HR high-resolution observation satellite being built by Astrium for the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Arianespace’s Vega light launcher will send the satellite into a Sun-synchronous orbit from the Guiana Space Center in the second quarter of 2014. Astrium-trained Kazakh operators will independently control the DZZ-HR system, which aims to will high-quality panchromatic and multispectral products for a wide range of applications, including cadastral surveys, management of natural resources, environmental monitoring and homeland surveillance.
Boeing Teams Up with Raytheon, Harris to Support Air Force GPS Contract
Boeing, Raytheon and Harris Corp. have partnered to complete development and sustainment work on a U.S. Air Force contract for GPS ground hardware and software for space vehicles.
The team will work on the GPS Operational Control Segment program for Air Force space vehicles and their payloads, which will eventually transition to the GPS OCX next-generation control segment that is being designed to provide more precise satellite navigation for military and commercial use. Raytheon is developing GPS OCX with support from Boeing.
Com Dev Wins Follow-On Contract for TDRS Satellite Hardware
Com Dev has received a follow-on contract from Boeing Satellite Systems to supply filters, switches and ferrite components for use in NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) program.
The TDRS System is a constellation of satellites that aim to provide high bandwidth communications services for low-Earth orbiting spacecraft and expendable launch vehicles. The TDRS-M flight set contract is valued at about $12 million. Com Dev said that it had successfully completed the engineering and production of more than 800 flight-qualified components for the TDRS-K and TDRS-L satellites last year.
Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems was awarded the TDRS-K and TDRS-L contract in December 2007. The contract has options for two additional spacecraft, TDRS-M and TDRS-N.
Eutelsat Selects SBB to Distribute Tooway Service in the Balkans
Serbia Broadband (SBB) has signed a contract with Eutelsat Communications’ Skylogic affiliate to distribute the operator’s Tooway satellite broadband service in six Balkan countries.
The new agreement enables SBB to bundle its Total TV platform on the Eutelsat 16A satellite with Tooway broadband services via the Ka-Sat high-throughput satellite.
SBB said it plans to use the service to offer satellite broadband solutions to users in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, FYRO Macedonia, Croatia and Montenegro located in areas with limited or no access to terrestrial broadband.