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GSA Awards A Wallops Win
"The team has made tremendous strides over the past several years and has been consistently recognized by the scientists we support for our capabilities and 'can do' spirit."—Shane Dover, chief of the Wallops' aircraft office and NASA research pilot.
 
NASA's Lucky 13 Contracts ... Awards Aerospace Propulsion, Communications Research Contracts
Each of the 13 indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts provide for fixed price, cost share and cost reimbursement competitive tasks with a cumulative maximum value of $190 million over the next five years.
 
Ferra Brought Into Northrop Grumman's MQ-4C Triton UAS Project In Australia
In March 2014, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the Australian Government's intent to purchase the Triton UAS for high-altitude, long-endurance surveillance missions.
 
Major Collaboration Among Organizations Delivers Survivable AEHF System ... Achieves Initial Operational Capability
This significant achievement reflects superb collaboration between numerous organizations
 
NASA's OSIRIS-REx In Pursuit Of Astroid Bennu Gets Pushed Around By Sun + Asks "Where Did We Come From?"
Bennu is also one of the most potentially hazardous asteroids and it has a relatively high probability of impacting the Earth late in the 22nd century.
 
Crop Yields For Canadian Farmers To Receive SMAP Support, Thanks To Canada Parliament Project Funding
"By providing our farmers with key data to better manage their land, we are helping to ensure the agricultural sector continues to drive productivity and prosperity in the province."—Member of Parliament Lawrence Toet (Elmwood-Transcona).
 
C-COM Satellite Systems ... It's Official ... ViaSat® Gives The Nod To iNetVu®'s 1.2m Ka-Band Vehicle Antenna
The Ka-1202V system is the second antenna system to have successfully passed all testing as required by the ViaSat Auto-acquire Terminal Qualification process...
 
Sentinel-2A's First Applications Are Realized
Launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on June 23, Sentinel-2A is the second satellite in orbit for Europe’s Copernicus environmental monitoring program.
 
A Successful Two Years For India's Insat-3D Satellite
The main objective of the Insat-3D mission is to provide high quality observations for monitoring and prediction of weather events as well as for the study of climate.
 
NASA Lobster-Eye Optics' X-Rays' SMILE About Mission To Detect Dangerous Weather + Gas 
"Because all of the energy that powers dangerous space weather events near Earth comes from solar wind, this capability allows us to better protect our space assets—particularly geosynchronous spacecraft, such as those that carry cell phone signals,"
 
TeleCommunication Systems Awarded $14.2 Million... DISA Extends Task Order For U.S. Marine Corps' Tactical Satellite Communications Network
The U.S. General Services Administration and DISA are managing this procurement through the $2.6 billion Custom SATCOM Solutions (CS2) contract vehicle
 
Beidou Betterment x2 Blasts Off From Xichang Satellite Launch Center
The two satellites reached their target orbits 3-1/2 hours after the launch and they will be used to test a new type of navigation signaling and inter-satellite links, and also provide navigation services.
 
Airbus Defence and Space Moves Skynet 5A Satellite 41,631 Miles... Better Asia Pacific Protection + Secure Military Satcom 
“The Skynet 5 constellation consists of the world’s most powerful, nuclear hardened and protected, military X-band and UHF satellites.”
 
Thuraya + Airtel Ghana To Provide Ghanaians 100 Percent Terrestrial + Mobile Sat Connectivity
The unique agreement gives people living in rural and remote areas greater and clearer access to voice and data connectivity. 
 
UK Space Agency + The South African Space Agency Sign MOU = Collaboration + Common Interest In Space Programs
"...which reflects the growing strength in collaboration in cutting edge science between our two countries."
 
China Preps Real FAST For World's Largest Radio Telescope 
The dish will have a perimeter of about a mile, according to Xinhua, and there are no towns within three miles, which researchers said was ideal for minimizing sound interference.
 
Frequency Electronics Delivers To FAA's GPS WAAS Program ... Unique Proprietary High Precision Quartz Technology 
These multi-channel receiver/down converters on hosted payloads are integral to the WAAS program serving as air navigation aids
 
Harris + CPqD Contracted Monitor + Control Brazilian Air Force 
The contract will enable network operations center personnel to remotely monitor Brazilian Airspace Control System equipment, including surveillance, navigation, and communications systems.
 
Moog Crossbow Receives EASA Approval ... Use Of ILC2000 Airborne Cargo Monitoring + Tracking Device
"...currently being used by airlines, logistic providers, OEMs and end users to monitor and track their cold chain and high value shipments."
 
Scientific Satellite Launch Is In China's Plans For 2016
The first satellite of the space studies program is a dark matter particle explorer satellite, expected to be launched by the end of this year.