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April 3rd, 2017

Satnews Publishers Finds a Bright Future at the 33rd Space Symposium

Satnews Publishers is attending the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and there's a whole universe that is ripe for discovering.

From greener types of energy and future journeys into deep space, to bright futures for educational STEM programs ...and small sats puts everyone on a level playing field—whether in the military or a military school, NASA or a college experiment—new ideas are as wide open as space.

Boeing Deep Space Gateway

Just a few samples from the opening night include:

Boeing's Space Launch System

Boeing presented unveiled their concepts for their deep space gateway and transport systems. 

These systems will assist NASA in the agency's goal to develop human space exploration from the Moon to Mars. Boeing is helping to develop the Space Launch System, a NASA project, which will deliver a habitat to cislunar space close to the Moon. This is called the Deep Space Gateway and the habitat is being designed to support crucial research as well as to open opportunities for governments or commercial entities through partnerships in deep space, to include lunar missions. The mission hardware would be powered by the SEP (Solar Electric Propulsion) system.  Future Human Space Activities Concepts.


Sofradir Group pioneers developments in high performance IR detectors based on sophisticated technologies: Mercury Cadmium Telluride (MCT), Indium Antimonide (InSb), Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors (QWIP), Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs), and a-Si Microbolometers.

Thomas Piehn of Sofradir

The company provides advanced infrared (IR) detectors for military, space and industrial applications, and they provided 24 shortwave IR detectors (SWIR) to Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) for the European Space Agency (ESA) Sentinel-2 mission, with monitoring and food security studies mission for the ESA. 

Working with ADS they provided two MultiSpectral Imager instruments (MSI) for the Sentinel-2 mission that offer high-resolution infrared optical imagery now providing high-resolution optical imaging to monitor the Earth and thereby provide continuity for the SPOT (an Earth observation system) and Landsat missions.

The MSI measures the Earth's reflected radiance in 13 spectral bands from the visible (440nm) to shortwave infrared (2190nm), and 12 Sofradir‘s SWIR detectors are on board the Sentinel-2A satellite. The remaining 12 devices are on the Sentinel 2B satellite.

Large format SWIR detectors (1200 x 3 effective lines, 15 micron pitch) are highly complex devices that only a handful of manufacturers in the world can produce to space-grade standards. Sofradir is the sole European manufacturer to have its IR detectors deployed in space. Learn  much more http://www.sofradir.com


L3 to Co-Sponsor Inaugural Women’s Global Gathering as a Guest Luncheon Panelist

Susan Opp President of L3’s Space & Power sector, will be a guest panelist.

L3 is a co-sponsor of the inaugural Women’s Global Gathering, which coincides with the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Thursday, April 6. Additionally, Susan Opp, President of L3’s Space & Power sector, will be a guest panelist at the event’s luncheon.

The Gathering will provide a unique opportunity to hear about the accomplishments and opportunities for women in the space industry. A diverse panel of senior leaders, including Ms. Opp, will share their insights on the important role of women in space exploration.

“I am honored to represent L3 as a member of the panel of experts for this luncheon,” said Ms. Opp. “I look forward to sharing my many positive experiences in the industry and interests in aerospace and satellite communications.”

Headquartered in New York City, L3 Technologies employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication, electronic and sensor systems used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The company reported 2016 sales of $10.5 billion.