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September 1st, 2009
 
The Rescue Of Palapa D...
Yesterday, the story below was published when the Palapa D satellite failed to achieve its correct orbit, blamed on the failure of the 3rd stage of the Chinese Chang Zheng-3B launch vehicle. Just as in the movies, the cavalry has come to the rescue!
Satellite Groups Oppose DeFazio Plan To Halt Cell Use On Planes
A flight attendants' union says it supports a U.S. congressional bill to ban cell phone use by passengers while a plane is in flight.
AST Brings iDirect Functionality To Services
VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems) has announced that Applied Satellite Technology Ltd (AST) has launched a maritime VSAT broadband service built on the iDirect Intelligent Platform.
SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES Links Their Huge World Using ScheduLINK
Today ScheduALL announced that its ScheduLINK transmission management and optimization software is being used by satellite communication services company SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES to manage bookings across its special events and occasional use departments in The Hague, Netherlands, and Princeton, New Jersey.
Power Player — Saft + Their Li-Ion Batteries
Built by Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) and powered by Saft's lithium-ion (Li-ion) technology, the MEASAT-3a was successfully launched into space on Monday, 22 June, 2009, from a Land Launch rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan launch site.
E-Cab Event Includes TriaGnoSys Inflight 3G Demo
TriaGnoSys recently presented a live demo of its inflight 3G solution with its onboard communications manager.
When You Call "911" It's Nice To Know SDN Global Has Your Backup
SDN Global has unveiled its answer to emergency management’s backup requirements with PSAT™ (Public Safety Access Terminal) connecting 911 callers to their Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP).
Thuraya Speaks Up With Speakerbus Luring Mil Customers at Show in London
Thuraya will be exhibiting at a key London defense show next week.
ESA's SMOS Sat Prep Continues In Russia
With the launch just two months away, members of the SMOS team are currently in Russia inspecting the facilities where the launch campaign will soon get underway to prepare the ESA’s water mission for liftoff on 2 November.
Moving On Up... @ DigitalGlobe...
DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI) welcomes Mr. Alden Munson Jr. and Mr. James Whitehurst to the DigitalGlobe board of directors.
Moving On Up... @ Overwatch...
Overwatch, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has appointed Jon Percy as their vice president of business development and strategy.
GVF + UK-EMP Bring Around Another Oil & Gas Communications Conference
The organizers of the Oil & Gas Communications Conference Series, Global VSAT Forum (GVF) and UK Event Management Partners (UK-EMP), have announced that the 2nd Annual Oil & Gas Communications South East Asia Conference: Redefining the Digital Oilfield Onshore, Offshore, Deep & Ultra-Deepwater Conference (O&GCSEA2009) taking place at the Kuala Lumpur Crowne Plaza Mutiara Hotel, Malaysia, November 18 to 18, 2009.
Biz Strats For Homeland Security @ GovSec Event
GovSec, produced by 1105 Government Information Group, has announced the launch of the Homeland Security Finance Forum in collaboration with VB/Research.
Hughes Network Systems Garners Frost & Sullivan Award
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) has been presented with the 2009 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Leadership.
SAT Corp @ Patuxent With RF Demo
SAT Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Integral Systems Inc., and partner, TCI Corp. provided radio-frequency (RF) clearance and deconfliction support for the 5th Biennial Unmanned Systems Demonstration at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Webster Field Annex.
It's Not Easy Being — On the Orion Project
NASA has taken a major step toward building the next crew exploration vehicle by completing the Orion Project's preliminary design review, or PDR. Orion is being designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station and other destinations.
SatBroadcasting: Time To Really Play With Newtec's New Mod + Coding Scheme
Newtec will unveil next week at IBC in Amsterdam its 4CPM modulation and coding scheme, which dramatically increases the speed and bandwidth efficiency of the return link of Newtec’s Sat3Play system.
Opening Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy To All Possibilities
He would have been proud — the festive August 26 opening celebration for the Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy in Colorado Springs featured special guest Virginia Swigert, sister of astronaut John L. "Jack" Swigert, for whom the school is named.
A Hunting We Do Go... With Upgraded Weapons System For The Hunter UAS...
Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), in use with the U.S. Army since 1996, has successfully completed testing of the new GPS-guided Viper Strike (VS) weapons system at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. — GPS VS will soon deploy to theater on board Hunter in support of contingency operations.
China Wants Their Own Space Station
According to Russian news agency RIA Novosti, China will start the construction of its own orbital space station in 2020, the Sina news service said on Monday, citing a top official with the country's manned spaceflight program.
SpaceX's Dragon (Without Using Fire) Communicates With COTS
Arriving at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in preparation for launch on Space Shuttle Atlantis, STS-129 today is the Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) delivery of the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Communication Unit.
digiGO! — The Digital (R)Evolution
—Strategy Analytics Sizes Up U.S. IPTV Market — Former Homeland Security Secretary Joins Brightpoint As Director — WiMAX In Costa Rica Gets The DragonWave Treatment — FFV Helps To Make Mobile Broadcasting Work — Voicing It Up With Fonix — 3D Rigs Run Rampant At IBC2009 From P+S Technik — Pro Switching With Ross — A Lot Of TV Magic Brought To TV Azteca —
digiGO! — The Digital (R)Evolution
— Moving On Up... @ ActiveVideo Networks — Gefen Gets Converting — U.S. Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Cable Comanies Re: Cap —