Satellite, SatCom, and Space Technology

Technologies related to satellites, satellite communications, and spacecraft

Engility acquires TASC, expands into analysis of space systems architectures, data, geospatial intelligence

Engility acquires TASC, expands into analysis of space systems architectures, data, geospatial intelligence

CHANTILLY, Va., 26 Feb. 2015. Engility Holdings Inc. (NYSE:EGL) has completed its acquisition of TASC Inc. for approximately $1.3 billion, creating “a leading government services provider with a customer footprint that spans the federal services market,” officials say.

Boeing to build all-electric propulsion satellite for SES

Boeing to build all-electric propulsion satellite for SES

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., 19 Feb. 2015. Boeing [NYSE:BA] will build for SES S.A. a new, all-electric 702SP satellite that will enable SES’s airline customers to provide in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) over North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Particle-filled silicones provide EMI shielding and environmental sealing

Particle-filled silicones provide EMI shielding and environmental sealing

By Dominic Testo
Particle-filled silicones are elastomeric compounds that combine the advantages of silicone with the electrical properties of metals. An inert, synthetic rubber, silicone offers thermal stability over a wide temperature range and resists ozone and ultraviolet (UV) light. Silicone rubber also resists water, and can be formulated to impart electrical conductivity. When filled with tiny metal particles, typically silver-plated or nickel-coated, silicone compounds can be used for environmental seals that resist electromagnetic interference (EMI).

Harris to acquire Exelis

Harris Corp. to acquire Exelis for $4.75 billion; combined company to make $8 billion annually

MELBOURNE, Fla., 6 Feb. 2015. Officials at Harris Corp. (NYSE:HRS) and Exelis Inc. (NYSE:XLS) have signed a definitive agreement under which Harris will acquire Exelis in a cash and stock transaction valued at roughly $4.75 billion. The Boards of Directors of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction, which is expected to close in June 2015 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory and Exelis shareholder approval.

High-linearity 4-Watt power amplifier for Ka-band high-data-density SATCOM offered by M/A-COM

LOWELL, Mass., 2 Feb. 2015. M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. in Lowell, Mass., is introducing the MAAP-011139 high-linearity 4-Watt power amplifier for Ka-band high-data-density satellite communications (SATCOM).

Aerospace community partners to advance SpaceVPX industry standard, sensor open systems architecture

Aerospace community partners to advance SpaceVPX industry standard, sensor open systems architecture

PHOENIX, 20 Jan. 2015. Aerospace platform and systems designers partner to advance SpaceVPX standard and Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) for current and future space and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) programs, explains Patrick Collier, senior electrical research engineer and deputy program manager, Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) in Albuquerque, N.M.

Aerospace engineers need to look at liquid cooling, Curtiss-Wright technical fellow advises

Aerospace engineers need to look at liquid cooling, Curtiss-Wright technical fellow advises

PHOENIX, 20 Jan. 2015. High-density, high-performance processors can create thermal management challenges. Extended temperature operating environments and long life exacerbate system design issues. VITA is helping to solve a lot of these problems, admits Ivan Straznicky, technical fellow, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions in Ottawa, Canada.

Power amplifier for avionics communications and EW applications introduced by NuWaves

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio, 19 Jan. 2015. NuWaves Engineering in Middletown, Ohio, is introducing the NuPower 13G05A small, lightweight and high-efficiency power amplifier for a wide variety of air- or ground-based tactical, test, or training platforms.

Aerojet Rocketdyne completes hot-fire test with RS-25 engine controller unit

Aerojet Rocketdyne completes hot-fire test with RS-25 engine controller unit

SACRAMENTO, Calif., 15 Jan. 2015. Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp (NYSE:GY) company, has completed the first in a series of hot-fire tests on the RS-25 rocket engine, which will help power NASA's new Space Launch System (SLS) and carry humans into space.

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), an advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle, is the most world’s most powerful rocket that provides an entirely new capability for exploration.

Space Launch System (SLS)

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), an advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle, is the most world’s most powerful rocket that provides an entirely new capability for exploration.

The RS-25, also known as the Space Shuttle Main Engine

RS-25 engine from Aerojet Rocketdyne

The RS-25, also known as the Space Shuttle Main Engine, is the world’s most reliable rocket booster engine. For three decades, these liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engines powered humans and payloads on all 135 Space Shuttle flights, enabling advancements such as the construction of the International Space Station, deployment and servicing of the Hubble Space Telescope, and furthered our scientific knowledge of the Universe.

Satellite firm Stevenson Astrosat moves into spacecraft systems

Satellite firm Stevenson Astrosat moves into spacecraft systems

EDINBURGH, Scotland, 7 Jan. 2015. Space technology company Stevenson Astrosat is accelerating into spacecraft systems to boost its business growth trajectory, officials say.

Lockheed Martin, Raytheon demonstrate key GPS satellite command and control capabilities

Lockheed Martin, Raytheon demonstrate key GPS satellite command and control capabilities

NEWTOWN, Pa., 6 Jan. 2015. Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] and Raytheon Company [NYSE:RTN] completed the fourth of five planned launch and early orbit exercises, demonstrating new automation capabilities, information assurance, and launch readiness of the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS), the GPS III satellite and Operational Control System (OCX).

Northrop Grumman to provide inertial reference system for fifth SBIRS reconnaissance satellite

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., 29 Dec. 2014. Satellite designers at Lockheed Martin Corp. needed a space-qualified inertial reference system for the U.S. Air Force Space-Based Infrared System's (SBIRS) fifth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite. They found their solution from the Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems segment in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Satcom Direct’s TerraCom Direct data center solutions provider to provide airborne and terrestrial data security

Satcom Direct’s TerraCom Direct data center solutions provider to provide airborne and terrestrial data security

VIERA, Fla., 24 Dec. 2014. Satcom Direct, a provider of satellite communications products, training, and support services, has expanded its capabilities by launching a new data center solutions provider, TerraCom Direct.

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