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ULA Launches NASA's SMAP Mission + A Secondary Payload Of Educational CubeSats + Including A Second Stage Miniskirt
The SMAP mission is NASA’s first Earth-observing satellite mission designed to collect global observations of surface soil moisture and its freeze/thaw state...
 
Saving Lives Is A Crucial Charter For NOAA
NOAA satellites are part of the international Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking System, known as COSPAS-SARSAT.
 
An OASIS In Alaska For Harris
“OASIS is critical to ensuring the safety of general aviation aircraft operating in Alaska’s challenging weather conditions and remote mountainous terrain.”—John O’Sullivan, V.P., NextGen Initiatives, Harris Government Communications Systems.
 
Sequestration Squelches Success For U.S.A.F.
“Pilots sitting in a squadron looking out at their airplanes parked on a ramp certainly feels like a hollow force, whether we define it that way or not.—General Mark A. Welsh III, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff.
 
Sequestration Is Far From Being A Friend To The U.S. Military
"We start with space-based assets—satellites, which in relatively small numbers provide an important function for intelligence, targeting and communications."—Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.
 
Current USMC Challenges Exacerbated By Sequestration
"In a major conflict, those shortfalls will result in a delayed response and/or additional casualties."—General Joseph F. Dunford, United States Marine Corps Commandant.
 
Sky...Is The Limit w/New Range Of Offerings
“Sky was forced down this route. It can’t afford to be left behind in the multi-play market..."
 
Eutelsat + European Parliament Get Together To Promo SATCOM As Digital Divide Solution
Speakers joined together for a panel debate and questions on the role of satellite broadband in national regional strategies within the EU Framework and the way forward with the new EU Digital Agenda and Single Market.
 
Airbus Defence and Space's Military Aircraft, A400M Business Segment...Executive Shuffle
"But as for the integration of military capabilities and the industrial ramp-up in particular, we have not been performing at the level which had been expected from us."
 
Telit Wireless Solutions Makes IoT A Lot Simpler... Launches Three New Positioning Modules + Embedded Smart Antennas
The two are interchangeable to support a choice of functionalities for a single customer design—saving both time and money
 
NASA EO's Images Reveal 2014 As Driest Year On Record In California
But as a result of the drought, many growers received less than a tenth of their full water allotment from state surface water supplies.
 
Air National Guard To Bring Harris Vehicle Comms Into Play
“The system will allow the ANG to quickly respond to calls for assistance, establish communications, and coordinate missions with local authorities.”—George Helm, President, DoD Business, Harris RF Communications.
 
NASA's Sounding Rockets Head Into Auroras
NASA suborbital sounding rockets carrying university-developed experiments were launched into auroras from the Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska.
 
More Engagement With Industry Is The Goal Of The NGA, According To Cardillo
"We use geospatial data to analyze questions with scientific methods that give unique perspectives grounded in reality."—Robert Cardillo, Director, NGA.
 
ILS Proton Preps ...First Globally Available High-Speed Broadband Network Over Three Inmarsat-5 Sats
GX will consistently deliver higher performance through more compact terminals at a lower cost than existing VSAT services, making it accessible to many more users. 
 
Northern Sky Research...Putting The Brakes On India's Satcom Growth
...the Digital India initiative, a $20B program meant to improve governmental accountability and participation by connecting some 1.3 billion Indians to the World Wide Web.
 
EUMETSAT + Others Digging Into EU Space Policy @ Brussels Conference
The EUMETSAT Director-General will address the session “The fight against climate change: the contribution of satellite technology, in particular Copernicus, in the run-up to COP21.”
 
SSC...Swedes Expand Inuvik Satellite Station Facility For Canuck's
...driven by increasing customer demand for communication with polar-orbiting satellites, normally used for Earth observation and atmospheric monitoring. 
 
Orbital + ATK’s Aerospace and Defense Groups... Get The Nod As Stockholders Approve Merger
Approximately 99 percent of the votes cast at the special meeting voted in favor of the adoption of the transaction agreement...
 
ULA's Delta II Delayed...No Go...SMAP Satellite's Insulation Debonds
During inspections following the January 29 launch attempt, minor debonds to the booster insulation were identified.