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April 28th, 2015
 
 
The Mystery Tour... As ULA Plans Launch Of U.S.A.F.'s X-37B Space Plane
The United States Air Force's X-37B space plane will launch on its fourth mystery mission next month.
 
Instrument Integration Nearly Completed By Ball Aerospace For JPSS-1 — Environmental Testing Is Next
Polar weather satellites contribute 85 percent of the data that goes into numerical weather prediction models.
 
Checkout Of Sentinel-2A By Arianespace Preps Satellite For Fifth Vega Launch
Sentinal-2A will provide information for agricultural and forestry, as well as help to manage food security.
 
The U.N.'s Open Satellite Resources Will Provide Emergency Response Teams In Nepal With Assistance
To support the rescue efforts, several agencies are involved in producing satellite-based information. UN-SPIDER has now compiled this information into an easily accessible format.
 
Liftoffs For Lockheed Martin-Built Hellasat-4 | Saudi Geo Satellite-1 To Be Managed By Arianespace
This is the 10th launch contract that Arianespace has signed with Arabsat.
 
Airbus Defence & Space Satellites' Images Of Kathmandu Before + After The Explosive Earthquake
The before and after Pléiades images over Kathmandu, show the devastation caused by the earthquake. 

 
Airbus Defence & Space Deliver A Unique 'Comcept'...Super High-Speed Satellite Network
“With Comcept, the French Army joins the United States and the United Arab Emirates in a very select group of armed forces with satellite-based military Ka-band networks,”
 
U.S. Air Force Awards Orbit Logic Extension Of APS Architecture For Satellites + Ground-Based Assets
The modular design is flexible to support limited or extensive onboard automation of satellite operational decisions. 
 
Emergency Comms Equipment Rushed To Nepal By ITU In Response To Massive Earthquake
The emergency equipment includes 35 satellite mobile phones and 10 satellite Broadband Global Area Network terminals along with solar panels and laptops to support relief coordination efforts.
 
Dnepr Rocket Qualification Dispenser Is Completed For Iridium NEXT Initial Launch
“Completion of the dispenser confirms rocket readiness—another critical step toward the launch of our first satellites.”—Scott Smith, COO, Iridium.
 
Spacecom Comes To The Rescue For The Nepal Earthquake With Additional Capacity
"AMOS-4 at 65 degrees East is in an excellent position to provide emergency services and capacity for occasional use needs in Nepal and the region."—Eyal Copitt, Sr. V.P., Spacecom.
 
The MERLIN Build Requires Airbus Defence & Space's AstroBus-S Platform
MERLIN is the first institutional program to be based on the new AstroBus-S platform, developed by Airbus Defence and Space in partnership with CNES.
 
Boeing Puts A Halt To the April 29 Launch Of Mexico's Centenario Satellite
Boeing decided to postpone the launch due to a technical failure in a...
 
SSL's THOR-7 Is Smooth Sailing + Performs Post Launch Maneuvers
It will begin firing its main thruster later today in order to propel it toward its final geosynchronous orbit. 
 
Telenor Satellite Broadcasting Proud Of Successful Launch Of THOR 7...Their First Growth Satellite
THOR 7 will now undergo extensive in-orbit testing and will be ready to deliver DTH services in six weeks.
 
SICRAL 2 Military Telecommunications Satellite Launches
"The launch of the Sicral 2 satellite marks another major step forward in the successful French-Italian collaboration on space programs,"
 
DigitalGlobe's WorldView-3 Imagery Of Nepal Earthquake Available to Public
DigitalGlobe captured imagery of the area yesterday through heavy cloud cover with its WorldView-1, and WorldView-3, and GeoEye-1 satellites.
 
Of SatBroadcasting™ Interest: Arabsat's BADR-6 Bringing CNNI To MENA
The agreement gives Middle Eastern audiences the opportunity to watch CNN International’s broadcast mix.
 
Extension to Air Force Research Laboratory's APS Project Afforded To Orbit Logic
“We are developing a scalable and flexible software architecture that will make autonomous planning accessible for any mission."—Ella Herz,  COO, Orbit Logic.
 
Airbus Defence & Space's New Head Of Sales Latin America Also Continues As Head Of Governmental Sales Space Systems
He is taking over of this role in addition of his current responsibility in the Space Systems business line.
 
Cobham Antennas Make Their Way To iBwave
The range includes omnidirectional, bi-directional and directional antennas for use indoors and in large open areas.
 
Dynamic SATCOM Course To Start @ University of Oxford
“This course addresses the need for training the satellite communications specialists of the future to enable Europe to keep its place at the forefront of space technologies and services.”—Peter Holland, CPD Technology Program Manager, University of Oxford.
 
 
Ericsson Video Storage and Processing Platform 2015 NewBay Media Best of Show Award   
 TV service providers to give consumers control to record and watch TV content anytime, on any device.
 
Two New Upper Millimeter Wave Offerings Rollout From L-3 Electron Devices
The compact modules are designed to cover a broad range of applications, including performance capability at up to 50,000 feet in altitude.
 
Push Toward Solar Space Power By Northrop Grumman + Caltech Applauded By National Space Society
"At a time when the U.S. Government has virtually abandoned SSP research it is encouraging to see private industry and universities stepping forward to fill the gap."—Dale Skran, Executive V.P., NSS.
 
Global Net Vitality Leaders Measure Up In This New Broadband Comparison Index
The paper notes that innovation and investment are the most important building blocks for government policymakers to take into account, and finds that the five Net Vitality Index leaders have a powerful common driving force—innovation.
 
Of SatBroadcasting™ Interest: Partnership Between Albis + STMicroelectronics Will Result In TV Connect 2015 Solution For OTT
The solution will power NetTV Plus, an OTT application that provides viewers with over 200 TV channels in crystal-clear HD quality, radio listening, real-time news updates, and more.