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DMCii CEO: Comfortable Level of EO Satellites at Least Five Years Away
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:25:21 +0000

[Via Satellite 04-15-2014] With the number of Earth observation (EO) satellites planned on the rise, the planet is nearing a point of regular photographic coverage. A powerful application for such imagery is in disaster planning and relief efforts. However, David Hodgson, Managing Director and CEO of DMC International Imaging (DMCii), the company that manages the [...]

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SpaceX to Use Historic NASA Complex for Commercial Launches
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:25:09 +0000

[Via Satellite 04-16-2014] SpaceX has signed a 20-year agreement with NASA for use of the agency’s historical Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, the launch site of numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions. The platform will serve to support SpaceX’s commercial launch activities, which include nearly 50 missions in development. SpaceX’s use of pad [...]

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DigitalGlobe and MDA to Offer Combined Solution for Intelligence and Defense Customers
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:24:53 +0000

[Via Satellite 04-16-2014] DigitalGlobe and MDA will together offer a combined optical and synthetic aperture radar satellite data solution to their global defense and intelligence customers. The solution will allow customers to task and collect information using DigitalGlobe’s high-resolution Earth-imaging satellites, as well as obtain and process close to real-time data from MDA’s Radarsat 2 [...]

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Measat 3b Satellite Transported to Launch Base
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:23:26 +0000

[Via Satellite 04-16-2014] Airbus has successfully completed the final integration and testing of Measat 3b. The satellite was transported to Kourou, French Guiana for a dual launch with the SSL-built Optus 10 by an Arianespace Ariane 5 launcher. Measat 3b is the 36th  satellite based on the Eurostar E3000, and was designed with 48 Ku-band [...]

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DubaiSat 2 Completes in Orbit Commissioning, Declared Fully Operational
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:23:13 +0000

[Via Satellite 04-16-2014] The DubaiSat 2 satellite has completed in-orbit commissioning and is now fully operational according to the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST). Starting last November, the satellite underwent the Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP), which calls for verification of the satellite’s operating systems and subsystem level electronics, and testing [...]

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Arabsat CEO: Satellite Industry is Moving too Slow
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:17:24 +0000

At SATELLITE 2014, Satellite Executive of the Year award winner Khalid Balkheyour, CEO of Arabsat, called for the satellite industry to up the pace of progress. “It’s over 50 years of development in the satellite business, but in the last 10 years since I have been with Arabsat, I haven’t seen much change in the [...]

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Frost and Sullivan Cellular Backhaul Report Foresees Greater Use for Satellite
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:50:35 +0000

[Via Satellite 04-15-2014] The average amount of data used by smartphones is closing in on 2 GB per month, according to a research report by Frost and Sullivan. As more people boost their data use, the consulting company anticipates satellite-based cellular backhaul will play and increasingly vital role. “The reality is that although perceived connectivity [...]

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Anomaly Detected in Hispasat’s Amazonas 4A Satellite
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:15:57 +0000

[Via Satellite 04-15-2014] An anomaly has been detected in Hispasat’s Amazonas 4A satellite’s performance of its power subsystem. Hispasat and Orbital, the company responsible for constructing the satellite, are looking into the possible causes of the anomaly. Amazonas 4A is secure in its geostationary orbit, in a position where in-orbit tests will be carried out. [...]

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Iveriasat to Broadcast to Europe and Middle East via Azerspace 1 Satellite
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:15:46 +0000

[Via Satellite 04-15-2014] Azercosmos, an Azerbaijani satellite operator, has signed an agreement with Iveriasat, a Georgian Direct-to-Home (DTH) operator, for a long-term capacity lease and DTH platform launch on its Azerspace 1 satellite. Once uplinked to the satellite, the DTH platform will broadcast to Georgia, as well as Europe and the Middle East. The platform [...]

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NASA Seeks New Energy Storage Solutions
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:15:25 +0000

[Via Satellite 04-15-2014] NASA is pursuing new energy storage technologies to replace the battery technology it has used for the majority of its space exploration projects. The agency released a call for proposals to solicit technologies that will be used to power the space program and other government agencies, such as the Department of Energy’s [...]

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