Current Satellite News
March 23rd, 2009
GPS IIR-20 Launch Back On Track
With a window from 4:34 to 4:49 a.m., March 24th appears to be an auspicious day for the launch of the Delta II and the GPS IIR-20 payload.
Indian PSLV To Launch EO Sat Next Month
According to a spokesperson for the Indian Space Research Organization (SRO), India next month will launch a new "remote-sensing" satellite built with Israeli "inputs".
Malaysian Built Satellite Heads To Marshall Islands For Launch + Equator Orbit
Malaysia shipped their new RazakSAT satellite from the Royal Malaysian Air Force Subang airfield last Saturday to Kwajalein Island in the Republic of Marshall Islands, where the satellite will be launched on April 21st.
Piggybacking Anusat Will Launch In Early April
India's first student-made satellite will take off from Sriharikota on either April 5th or 6th, riding piggyback on ISRO's Risat satellite until it separates and flies into its own designated orbit.
ORBCOMM's M2M Solutions Make Light Of Hyundai's Heavy Equipment
Hyundai Heavy Industries Construction Equipment Division has selected ORBCOMMs [Nasdaq: ORBC] satellite network to provide global communications for Hi-Mate, its telematics application for heavy equipment.
Honeywell's SmartPath Makes For Smooth Sydney SatLandings
Honeywell has announced that Qantas Airlines has received approval by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to use the Honeywell SmartPath Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS) at Sydney International Airport for satellite-based landings on their A380 aircraft.
Spent Chinese Satellite Debris Requires Discovery Maneuvering + A Lifting Image
At 4:31 p.m. EDT on Sunday, space shuttle Discovery completed maneuvering the shuttle-space station stack 180 degrees to the "undock attitude," placing Discovery in front of the space station as they travel through space.
Duo Of Canadian Sats in Debris Danger
Two Canadian satellites are in danger of being damaged or destroyed because theyre passing through massive clouds of space junk caused by a recent collision between a Russian and an American satellite.
Here's Looking @ Earth... Risky Business With Popocatepetl A True Statovolcano
Volcan Popocatepetl, a large stratovolcano located approximately 70 kilometers southeast of Mexico City, is considered by many volcanologists to be the planets riskiest volcano.
Venus Is Up In Arms Over International Space Station
The news of late has been about the newest set of solar panels successfully installed on the ISS.
Pleasing To Pleiades Is e2v's Sensing CCDs
The e2v CCD (Charge Coupled Device) image sensors developed under CNES contract and selected by Thales Alenia Space to equip the high-resolution (HR) optical imaging instrument, for integration into the CNES (Centre National dEtudes Spatiales) Pleiades Earth observation satellite (which includes two e2v device types for panchromatic and multispectral imaging), have delivered a performance that exceeds the original specification.
Encore! Thales Alenia Receives Eutelsat's Vote of Confidence For W3C Telecom Sat
Validation of a job well done, Thales Alenia Space today was signed on again with Eutelsat Communications [Euronext Paris: ETL] to manufacture and deliver Eutelsats W3C communications satellite.
UltiSat Purchases TDC To Expand Core Competencies In FSS and MSS Markets
UltiSat, Inc. announced its purchase of the mobile and fixed satellite assets of TDC [NASDAQ OMX: TDC], headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, which includes the teleport infrastructure at the Blaavand Earth station in Western Denmark along with customer contracts spanning C- and Ku-band fixed satellite services (FSS) and Inmarsat and Iridium mobile satellite services (MSS).
High Seas Call For KVH SATCOM System
Commercial maritime professionals have a keen eye for versatile and affordable satellite communications solutions for their ships. Broadband connections onboard are playing a valuable role in enhancing operational efficiency, reducing costs, and increasing competitive position.
MITEQ | MCL Bring Triple Product Play To Fruition
MITEQ brings an Outdoor TWT Amplifier and two SSPA/Transmitter products to the light of day.
SNG Flyaways Colem's New Button Control For SATCOM Ops
Colem has announced the launch of its Wireless Intelligent Button Control for satellite operation.
Allocation Of Billions In Euros For Broadband Beef-up Applauded By ESOA
The European Satellite Operators Association (ESOA) welcomed the decision on March 19th by European Heads of State on the EU Economic Recovery Package (EERP), wherein 1.020B euros has been allocated to promote access to broadband, reflecting the Commissions desire to give coverage to all 500 million European citizens.
Advanced QoS For Multi-Use Nets XipLink'd With New Optimization Software
Xiplink has unveiled their XipLink Optimization Software (XipOS) Version 3.0, which is now available for controlled introduction, with general availability planned for May 15, 2009.
MonicsNet Called Into Action By HISPASAT
Integral Systems, Inc., (Nasdaq: ISYS), has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, SAT Corporation, has received a contract from HISPASAT to upgrade the Carrier Monitoring System throughout HISPASAT's network, extending the existing MonicsNet network to support the AMAZONAS 1 and AMAZONAS 2 communications systems.
Here's Looking @ Earth... Redoubt Isn't Recalcitrant Anymore Ash Alert Advisories
After two months of restlessness and a day of heightened earthquake activity, Alaskas Mount Redoubt Volcano erupted explosively on Sunday, March 22, 2009, at 10:38 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory.
NOAA-19 Orbit Okayed
The NOAA-N Prime spacecraft, the final Polar Operational Environmental Satellite (POES) launched on February 6, 2009, has completed a comprehensive 45-day on-orbit verification period.
Are You FIPS To Be Tried? Spacenet + Cisco Hope So...
Spacenet Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq:GILT), has introduced its new Cisco integrated Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certified encryption solution over satellite.
Bankruptcy Court Approves WorldSpace Purchase By... WorldSpace Founder...
WorldSpace, Inc. (WRSPQ.PK) has announced the United States Bankruptcy Court in Delaware has approved the sale of substantially all of the assets related to the satellite radio business of it and its U.S. subsidiaries, WorldSpace Systems Corporation and AfriSpace, Inc. to Yenura Pte. Ltd. (Yenura).
Satellite Biz Buzz Isle Of Man For Single Point Of Entry For Customs + Excise Imports
These days, the majority of International Trade coming in and out of the EU is increasingly relying upon electronic facilities for lodging their relevant import/export documents and declarations.
Major Moving On Ups... @ SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES
SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) has announced the senior management team for its SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES division, resulting from the recent integration of SES AMERICOM and SES NEW SKIES into a single operational unit.
From Truss To Coupler To Lubrication Final Spacewalk Accomplished
Astronauts Joseph Acaba and Richard Arnold ended the mission's third spacewalk at 6:04 p.m. EDT on Monday.
digiGO! NAB: HD + SD Playout Has Real-Time Codec Support From Omneon
Omneon Inc. will introduce three new MediaPort modules for its Omneon Spectrum and MediaDeck server systems that extend real-time codec support to facilitate flexible, cost-effective production and playout of SD and HD content.
digiGO! Inside The STB, QoE + QoS Witbe Triple Play Agents Can Reside
Witbes unique QoE approach, based on active robots watching TV, using the Internet and making phone calls, is recognized by operators throughout the world and the Company is now augmenting its QoS solutions by offering passive software agents deployed in the end user terminals.
digiGO! NAB: Harmonic Brings Full Frame Rate Encoding + Codec Support To DiviCom Electra
Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) will debut their DiviCom Electra? 8000, the world's first encoding and transcoding platform to support MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) and MPEG-2 codecs in standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) formats, up to full frame-rate 1080p 50/60, at both The Cable Show in Washington, D.C. (Booth # ES-56) and at NAB 2009 (Booth # SU7209).
digiGO! Satellite, IPTV, Telco Multichannel Encoder From Broadcast International Set To Demo
Broadcast International, Inc. (OTCBB: BCST) (BI) will demo the latest version of its patented CodecSys CE-1000 multi-channel H.264 / MPEG-4 Part 10 / AVC encoder at the IPTV World Forum on March 25-27 in London.
digiGO! Vaddio Whips Up Web Casting System
Vaddio has supplied Total Webcasting, a full-service webcasting company, with a combination of Vaddio products to create a live mobile webcasting system called TW Media Cart.
digiGO! Multiple HD Sources Possible With Gefen HDMI Matrix
Gefens new 8x4 CAT-5 HDMI Matrix performs matrix switching and signal extension, offering a convenient method of system integration.