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December 30th, 2009
 
A Joyous Season To All — SatNews Publishers
With the Christmas and Hanukkah observances forthcoming this week, all of us with SatNews Publishers extends to those in celebration our wishes for your total happiness and enjoyment with your family and friends.
SES — Purchase Of Protostar 2
SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) has announced the Company's SES Satellite Leasing business unit in the Isle of Man was selected as the successful bidder in yesterday’s public auction for the Protostar 2 satellite with a US $185 million, all cash offer.
Ariane 5 — Oui! Eye Spy In The Sky As French Helios 2B Launches
No slowing down as the seventh and final Ariane 5 launch for 2009 has launched at the second attempt on Friday following a 24 hour scrub due to an unspecified issue with the launch platform.
Lockheed Martin's GOES-R Gets The Go
Thumbs up for the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team, originally awarded a contract by NASA in 2007 to design and build the agency's Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-R Series.
Sianara Soyuz! A Successful Launch For Christmas At The ISS
NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, all flight engineers, launched in their Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:52 p.m. EST Sunday to begin a two-day journey to the International Space Station.
Here's Looking @Earth — Laurence Concerns Diminish But Do Not Disappear
Although the center of Tropical Cyclone Laurence has been over land for two days, it's still holding together and bringing heavy rains and gusty winds to the northern coastal areas of West Australia.
NASA | NOAA — GOES-P Enters Post Storage Testing Phase
The latest Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, GOES, developed by NASA for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), called GOES-P, arrived on Thursday, December 17, on a C-17 military cargo aircraft at the Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility from its manufacturing plant in El Segundo, California.
Lockheed Martin — GPS2+ Conveyed To Inmarsat
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has completed site acceptance testing over the Inmarsat-4 satellite network and delivered the Global Satellite Phone Service (GSPS) gateway in Subic Bay to Inmarsat.
ESA — Gaia To Glean Galaxy Goodies
ESA will launch the Gaia satellite into space using the Soyuz-STB/Fregat launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center (French Guiana) in 2012.
ESA — Mars Missions
ESA's Council has given the go-ahead to proceed with the implementation of the ExoMars Program.
NASA | Cassini — A View Of The Lake... On Titan
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has photographed a flash of sunlight reflecting from a lake on Saturn's moon, Titan, confirming the presence of liquid hydrocarbons on a part of the moon dotted with many lake-shaped basins.
Applied Satellite Engineering — A Whale Of An Operation
Chrisar Software Technologies (Chrisar), an IT company specializing in software systems engineering and signal processing in the marine environment, selected Applied Satellite Engineering (ASE) to develop a satellite data solution for a whale reporting program that uses the global satellite network operated by Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:IRDM).
COM DEV Int'l — ComSat Switch Success
COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX:CDV) has won a contract valued at approximately CDN$7 million to provide waveguide and coaxial switches for a commercial broadband communication satellite.
TIA — Hoping To Provide Insight To The FCC Re: OTATV Spectrum
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has filed their comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide insight into factors the Commission should consider when evaluating benefits of spectrum being used for over-the-air television broadcasting or for wireless broadband.
ARINC + Vizada — Getting Flighty With Inmarsat
ARINC Incorporated and Vizada Americas has announced the availability of Inmarsat Classic Aeronautical voice and data services using the Inmarsat I-4 satellite constellation.
DIRECTV — ILS Preps For December 29th Launch Of DIRECTV-12
The DIRECTV 12 communications satellite is now scheduled for launch from Baikonur on December 29th at 06:22 local time, 00:22 GMT, and 19:22 EST (December 28th). The launch will be undertaken by a Proton M/Breeze M rocket from Launch Pad 39.
Orbital Sciences — Avanti Orders Up HYLAS-2
Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) has signed a contract with London-based Avanti Communications Group plc for a new geosynchronous (GEO) communications
Gateway Communications — Spectrum License Sewn Up In Nigeria
Gateway Communications has announced the acquisition of a 10.5Ghz spectrum license for 10 states in Nigeria.
SatMax — Important ITT Delivery Completed
SatMAX Corp. (PINKSHEETS: SATM) has delivered an order for additional satellite communications antennae to ITT Corporation.
U.S. Congress — SHVERA Gets 60 Day Extension
John Eggerton of Multichannel News reports that the U.S. Congress has agreed to extend the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act for a period of 60 days.
Quixel Research — SatTV Providers, Listen Up — 3D Is The Way To Go!
In a recent online survey, more than three-fourths of responding consumers stated they would rather receive 3D content via their satellite or cable or provider compared with those respondents who prefer Blu-ray/DVD, which was the second choice overall.
COM DEV International... Moving On Up...
COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX:CDV) has appointed Dave Lizius as the President of COM DEV Canada, the Ottawa-based division responsible for the Company's Canadian government business
Roscosmos — The Plan Is Cooperation With Japan
Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will draft an agreement on space cooperation, the Roscosmos chief said last Sunday.
Overwatch — Moving On Up...
Overwatch has announced that Karl Stupnik has joined Overwatch, a Textron Systems company, as Business Development Manager.
Globalstar + AXONN — Acquiring Minds Want To Know...
Globalstar, Inc. (Nasdaq:GSAT) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Spot LLC, have acquired substantially all of the assets of Axonn, L.L.C. (Axonn).
Avanti Communications Fund$ Hylas 2 $atellite
Start-up satellite broadband service provider Avanti Communications of London announced that it has secured more than $300 million in loans and guarantees from the U.S. and French export-credit agencies for a Hylas 2 Ka-band satellite to be built by Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Virginia, and launched in the first half of 2012 by France’s Arianespace launch consortium.
Russia — Going Nuclear With Spacecraft Engines
In a web posting at the RIANovosti site, Russia is apparently going to launch research into nuclear engines for spaceships from 2010, according to the head of the country's Federal Space Agency.