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SpaceX Launches and Relands First Used Rocket for NASA Mission

SpaceX successfully completed its 13th cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) this afternoon. The launch marked the first time SpaceX used previously flown hardware — a Falcon 9 and Dragon capsule — to send cargo up to the ISS, signifying NASA’s confidence in the viability and reliability of its reusable launch vehicles. Notably, […]

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US Air Force Closer to Launching First GPS 3 Satellite

The Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) successfully established remote connectivity and communicated with the first GPS 3 satellite, further validating that the U.S. Air Force is ready to launch the first in a series of new GPS assets. According to the Air Force, GPS 3 Space Vehicle 01 (GPS 3 SV01), the first of […]

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Satellite’s Play in Global Sporting Events – From our Archive

The sporting world is looking forward to a momentous 2018, as Russia will host the FIFA World Cup next year despite being banned from participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Sporting events always offer huge opportunities for the satellite/broadcast industries, particularly as they generate gargantuan global audiences and can be a showcase for […]

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Globecomm Considers Expanding its Network with LeoSat

LeoSat, a company that plans to launch a constellation of up to 108 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) communications satellites, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore a potential service agreement with Globecomm. According to LeoSat, its constellation can provide instant infrastructure that is fast, secure and reliable, opening up new opportunities for […]

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Eutelsat to Support Defense Networks in Colombia

The Colombian Ministry of Defense has signed an agreement with Eutelsat for capacity on the Eutelsat 115 West B satellite. The multi-transponder contract, the first between Eutelsat and the Colombian Ministry of Defense, follows the signature of a government-to-government agreement between France and Colombia designed to encourage cooperation in the context of the France-Colombia Year. […]

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FMC GlobalSat to Distribute Kymeta Tech to the Energy Sector

Kymeta announced it has expanded its distribution network to include FMC GlobalSat. The new partnership will make Kymeta’s satellite communications and internet connectivity capabilities available to wind, solar, geothermal, and other renewable energy facilities. According to the company, the renewable energy market has traditionally been limited to available connectivity options, such as fiber optic cables […]

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Millennium Space Systems Completes Tech Demonstration Objectives

Millennium Space Systems announced the successful completion of its Altair Pathfinder mission objectives last week as the spacecraft reached its six-month milestone and 4,500 hours of successful operations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Millennium Space recently received approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to continue to operate the mission for an additional six months, […]

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Could Satellites Help Manage Nuclear Decommissioning?

Popularized by the likes of DigitalGlobe and Planet, Earth Observation (EO) data from satellites has already become an indispensible tool in monitoring the natural environment. Could similar methodology be applied to the nuclear waste industry? Read more at Gov.UK.

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Behind the Scenes: How IOActive Revealed Inmarsat Security Flaws

IOActive’s process of reverse engineering satellite communications products has unveiled a range of potential vulnerabilities that have become commonplace across maritime connectivity. The security consultancy’s discoveries contributed to Inmarsat discontinuing its AmosConnect 8 platform in June, and in a recent blog post, principal advisor Mario Ballano laid out the technical details of the weaknesses they […]

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Cygnus to Deploy Record Number of CubeSats

Orbital ATK announced that its Cygnus spacecraft, following a successful stay as a part of the International Space Station (ISS), is now set to deploy a record number of CubeSats in orbit before reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere. The mission, dubbed OA-8, marks the fourth time that Cygnus has been used for NanoRacks CubeSat deployments […]

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AWN Closer to Testing Airplanes as Communications Satellites

Airborne Wireless Network announced that, in preparation of its upcoming hybrid radio and laser communications flight test, Mynaric (formerly ViaLight Communications) has arranged for the shipment of two flight laser terminals and associated components to AWN. The confirmed shipment will allow AWN to conduct a two-plane test using two Cessnas or equivalent planes. The Cessna tests […]

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SES Delivers First Live Broadcast from Easter Island

Global Teleports and QuadSat have provided the first-ever live broadcast stream from Easter Island, using SES satellite capacity. Captured and delivered by QuadSat, using Global Teleports’ VipNet Event service, the broadcast featured the second annual Rapa Nui Rugby Sevens Tournament, which took place between Nov. 23 through 25. The tournament features teams from Rapa Nui […]

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How Worried Should We Be About North Korean Satellites?

Intelligence experts have been unnerved by North Korea’s recent Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) tests amid a tense and uncertain geopolitical environment. But according to one analyst, the U.S. government should be equally concerned about the potential of a nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attack from space. Read more on The Hill.

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New Entrants to Satellite in 2017 from Africa to Asia

Despite tough margins across the market, 2017 marked a number of significant milestones for the global space industry. In March, SpaceX successfully launched and relanded a flight-proven, first-stage booster for the first time; in February, the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) PSLV broke a record for the most satellites launched simultaneously at 104; and in […]

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