Current Satellite News
September 21st, 2009
It's a First! Swiss Satellite In Space This Cube Isn't Cheese
It's official The date of the first ever Swisscube satellite launch is planned for next Wednesday September 23 according to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO); liftoff is expected at 8:23 a.m., Swiss time.
Amazing Arianespace's Amazonas 2's Adventure
Lots of activity at the satellite staging area of Ariane 5's Final Assembly Building at the Spaceport in French Guiana, where the final payload integration is underway for Arianespace's fifth Ariane 5 mission of 2009.
ISRO Set To Launch Oceansat-2... + 7 Others!
Seven satellites in 1,200 seconds that's one heckuva launch in fact, there was one similar in April 2008 when India's ISRO launched 10 satellites. The ISRO is all set to put six nano satellites and one major ocean satellite into orbit on Wednesday from Sriharikota. The final 51-hour countdown started on Monday at 9:00 a.m.
Here's Looking @ Earth... This Lava Is Cool...
Ol Doinyo Langai in Tanzania is the only volcano in the world that erupts natrocarbonatite lava, which is rich in calcium, sodium, and potassium, but low in silica (silicon dioxide).
iTRAC With SkyTrac
SkyTrac Systems has launched the Company's ITRACS, their nexgen portable transceiver for flight following and text messaging.
Coalition Calls For Worldwide Provisioning For SatLaunches
Led by former Sen. John Warner, the Coalition for Competitive Launches wants the U.S. federal government to foster worldwide competition in the provision of commercial satellite launches.
PAKSAT-1R On Pakistan's + China's Build Agenda
Pakistan and China have signed an agreement to develop a new satellite, PAKSAT-1R, in about a three year time period, Pakistan's Economic Affairs Division (EAD) said in a press release.
Stratos Dashboard Gives a New Meaning for Managing Minutes
Stratos Global Corporation today announced that its Iridium phone service customers now can conveniently manage their prepaid services via the online Stratos Dashboard application. Stratos provides advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, and now with Stratos Dashboard for Iridium, customers can activate, deactivate and reactivate their Iridium postpaid, Short Burst Data services, and now also prepaid, online.
Empowering EMCORE Is Northrop Grumman
The Solar Photovoltaics Division of EMCORE Corp., a provider of compound semiconductor-based components, subsystems, and systems for the fiber-optic and solar power markets, has entered into an agreement with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Sector.
AsiaSat 5 Beaming With Confidence
The new AsiaSat 5 communications satellite of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) began commercial service on September 17th, at the orbital location of 100.5 degrees East with enhanced power, coverage and connectivity, for advanced satellite broadcasting, telecommunications and broadband services across Asia Pacific.
KC09 SATCOM Needs Negated By NSSL
Royal Marine and Royal Navy personnel will be undertaking a truly inspiring expedition to Khumbu, the mountain range also known as the Everest region in the Himalaya.
Paradise Datacom SatModem's Gain FastLink
Paradise Datacom has released their FastLink, a low-latency Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) feature that is now available in their entire line of satellite modem products.
Nimiq 5 Now Maneuvering Magnificently
Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), a subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications (Nasdaq:LORL), has announced that Nimiq 5, a DTH television satellite built for Telesat, is performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan.
Japan's HTV-1 Supply Rendezvous With ISS Successful
The unmanned Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle arrived at the International Space Station and was successfully attached to the Earth-facing (nadir) port on the Harmony module using the Station's robotic arm.
New Innovative Couplers Come To Market
Innovative Power Products has introduced their Model IPP-7004, 3 dB, 90 degree surface mount hybrid coupler and their IPP-8001, 20 dB, Surface Mount Directional Coupler.
Vizada Networks Gets to the Hub of the Matter Buying iDirect Satellite Hub
Vizada Networks and VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Vizada Networks has purchased an iDirect Series 15000 Universal Satellite Hub.
Cassini Captures: Heightened Rings + Bumps
NASA scientists are marveling over the extent of ruffles and dust clouds revealed in the rings of Saturn during the planet's equinox last month. Scientists once thought the rings were almost completely flat, but new images reveal the heights of some newly discovered bumps in the rings are as high as the Rocky Mountains.
Maritime Seamless SatTransitions Offered By MTN's ABS
MTN Satellite Communications, a global provider of communications, connectivity and content services to remote locations around the world, has launched Automatic Beam Switching (ABS) that extends the companys ability to provide global, always-on, effortless connectivity for maritime vessels operating on its global Ku-Band network.
Latitude Sends Seaplanes SATCOM Solution
Pacific Coastal Airlines has selected Latitude Technologies state-of-the-art ?Iridium based flight tracking systems for installation in its seaplane fleet based in Port Hardy, B.C.
Integral Will Integrate Products For ST-2 Satellite
Integral Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISYS) will provide satellite ground systems for the ST-2 telecommunications satellite.
Financially Speaking... ICO Global Communications...
ICO Global Communications (Holdings) Limited (ICO) (NASDAQ: ICOG) has received notification from Nasdaq that for the last 30 consecutive business days the bid price of the Companys Class A common stock on the Nasdaq Global Market has closed below the minimum $1.00 per share required for continued inclusion under Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 5450(a)(1).
Moving On Out... And Up... At Northrop Grumman
Ronald D. Sugar, chairman and chief executive officer of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) since 2003, has announced his plan to retire from the company in June 2010, following 29 years of service to Northrop Grumman and its predecessor companies.
Moving On Up @ ITT Corporation
Today ITT Corporation announces Daniel J. Hucko has joined ITT Space Systems Division as director of communications.
SatBroadcasting: A Winning Graphics Switcher From PixelPower
Pixel Power, a provider of broadcast graphics systems, has announced that the Company's BrandMaster Branding Switcher is the recipient of a 2009 STAR (Superior Technology Award Recipient) Award given by the editorial staff of TV Technology Europe magazine at IBC2009.
SatBroadcasting: EchoStar Slings Around Awards
EchoStar Europe has been awarded the Best Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) at Cable and Satellite Internationals (CSI) prestigious Product of the Year Awards held at IBC2009.
SatBroadcasting: Eyeheight Offers An Eyeful @ IBC2009
Eyeheight, a manufacturer of broadcast-quality modular infrastructure for the television production and post-production market, reports a successful IBC2009. There were eight additions to Eyeheight's product family...
Valiant Angel Becomes Extremely Visible For Lockheed Martin
The U.S. Joint Forces Command awarded a Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] team a $29 million contract for Valiant Angel, a new system that will apply highly advanced broadcasting technologies to help commanders collect, manage, process, exploit and disseminate full-motion video.
Harris Corporation Chooses 12 to ONE, Great Odds for Success
Harris Corporation [NYSE:HRS] has received an order from Merediths Local Media Group, owner of 12 television stations in the U.S., to supply a fully integrated Harris ONE solution for the broadcasters Atlanta central casting hub.
More Stealth Planned For Avenger UAV
According to Graham Warwick of Aviation Week, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and Lockheed Martin are partnering to fly an Avenger UAV with a version of the F-35's stealth-imbued electro-optical targeting system (EOTS).
Shuttle Shuttling Off, Piggyback, To Kennedy Space Center
Yesterday (Sunday), Shuttle Discovery sat atop its 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft are at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana, where the ferry flight team will stay overnight. Discovery arrived at 6:39 p.m. EDT, about 20 minutes behind the ferry flight's "pathfinder" support aircraft, a NASA C-9 plane.
Bittersweet NASA Names Last Mission Crew For ISS
With the last scheduled space shuttle mission slated for September 2010, a crew to staff this momentous ride has been named.