Current Satellite News
October 4th, 2010
Arianespace... Six Set For Space (Launch)
[SatNews] All six Globalstar satellites for the upcoming Soyuz flight from Baikonur Cosmodrome have been integrated on their dispenser system, marking a new milestone in this key mission to be performed October 19 for Arianespace by its Starsem affiliate.
U.S.A.F. The 24th Is For Real!
[SatNews] Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of Air Force Space Command, declared Full Operational Capability (FOC) for 24th Air Force, headquartered at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
Let Us Not Forget Sputnik 1's Anniversary
[SatNews] A metal sphere measuring just 23-inches in diameter and weighing 184 pounds "beeped" its then-alarming message of spatial timeliness 53 years ago... Sputnik 1 had been successfully launched by the Soviet Union and attained elliptical orbit, where everyone could hear of its success.
Arianespace Preps Ariane 5 To Handoff In Eutelsat W3B Relay (Launch)
[SatNews] The Eutelsat W3B satellite for Arianespaces upcoming Ariane 5 mission on Ariane Flight V197 has arrived at the Spaceport, where it will undergo final checkout for its October 28 liftoff.
SpaceX Prepares Another Dragon For First Launch Under NASA's COTS
[SatNews] Since the successful inaugural launch of Falcon 9 in June, SpaceX has been preparing for their next launch, which includes the first flight of an operational Dragon spacecraft. ?
Globecomm Systems... Net-Net, Good News (SATCOM)
[SatNews] Globecomm Services Maryland, a subsidiary of Globecomm Systems inc. (NASDAQ: GCOM), has received a $2.5 million increase in the total value of a four-year contract from a major U.S. Government prime contractor.
Harris... Unifying Communications For Combat Forces (MILCOM)
[SatNews] Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) has received a $9.6 million order for the Harris RF-310M-HH, a new handheld tactical radio designed to simplify and improve secure communications interoperability for U.S. and allied forces in combat.
RRsat... A Fashionable Statement (Content)
[SatBroadcasting(tm)] RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd. (NASDAQ: RRST) will be providing uplink, playout, and connectivity services for the widely-viewed Fashion TV Paris HD channel, FTV HD.
SIS Live... A Major Game Involvement (Content)
[SatBroadcasting(tm)] SIS LIVE, Europes largest outside broadcast (OB) and satellite uplink company, has more than 1,600 staff in India prepare all the venues for television coverage of the Commonwealth Games.
JAXA... Receiving Loud + Clear In Nepal (SATCOM)
[SatNews] A Japanese satellite receiving station, the first of a series being set up in South Asia, has been inaugurated at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) headquarters in Lalitpur, Nepal.
China... Trajectory Tampering (Spacecraft)
[SatNews] China's second unmanned lunar probe, Chang'e-2, was maneuvered to correct its trajectory on the earth-moon transfer orbit Saturday.
Cassini Captures... Presenting The Plumes (NASAImagery)
[SatNews] At least four distinct plumes of water ice spew out from the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus in this dramatically illuminated image.
Integral Systems... An Epochal Decision (C2)
[SatNews] At the 2010 Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC) Satellite Conference and Exhibition, Integral Systems announced that the Company has been selected by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems (LMCSS) to provide the primary and backup satellite control systems for the VINASAT-2 satellite.
Indra + ESA... An Objective View For SSA
[SatNews] The European Space Agency (ESA) has commissioned Indra to design the future radar system for the surveillance of objects close to the Earth, as well as the development of its working prototype of the Space Situational Awareness (SSA).
Orbit Showtime Network... Moving On Up...
[SatBroadcasting(tm)] Panther Media Group (PMG), the company operating OSN, the Orbit Showtime Network, announced today the immediate appointment of Mr. David Butorac as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Norsat Int'l... Terminal Conditions (SATCOM)
[SatNews] Norsat International Inc. (Norsat") (TSX: NII and OTC BB: NSATF) has received several contracts for Norsat satellite terminals in support of U.S. Government organizations in recent weeks, with a total value in excess of $4.2 million.
NASA | JPL... A WISE Decision (Imagery)
[SatNews] After completing its primary mission to map the infrared sky, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has reached the expected end of its onboard supply of frozen coolant.
Lockheed Martin + GeoEye... Eleven Image-Filled Years (Imagery)
[SatNews] IKONOS, the worlds first commercial, high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and currently operated by GeoEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEOY), has achieved 11 years of successful on-orbit operations.
atrexx... A BGAN Better Buy (SATCOM)
[SatNews] atrexx is offering customers that activate new SIM cards the opportunity to purchase pre-paid BGAN vouchers at discounted rates until December 31, 2010.
Russia... Two For Rockot (Launch)
[SatNews] Russia's Rokot carrier rockets will carry two European Space Agency (ESA) scientific satellites into orbit during 2012 and 2013, the head of the ESA Moscow Office said last Monday.
LightSquared... Financially Speaking...
[SatNews] LightSquared(tm) has closed on $850 million of debt, which represents the initial round of a syndicated secured credit facility arranged and led by UBS AG.
GeoEye... Financially Speaking...
[SatNews] GeoEye, Inc. (Nasdaq: GEOY) has priced its underwritten offering ("Notes Offering") of $125 million in aggregate principal amount of 8.625 percent Senior Secured Notes due 2016 (the "Notes").
SkyTrac... Pausing In Portugal (Event)
[SatNews] SkyTrac Systems will be exhibiting at HeliTech Portugal in Cascais, October 5-7.
NASA... A Big Thank You...
[SatNews] The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden regarding last Wednesday's action by the House of Representatives on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010.
NASA's ISS Manifest Of International Partners Is An Interesting Read
[SatNews] NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) agreed on Friday to update the International Space Station launch schedule.
Astrium + Jena-Optronik... Acquiring Minds Wish To Know...
[SatNews] Astrium will acquire Jena-Optronik, a German specialist in space sensors and optical systems.
Iridium... Financially Speaking... NEXT...
[SatNews] Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:IRDM) has signed the definitive Coface Facility Agreement to finance its next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT.