Satellite, SatCom, and Space Technology

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Space company Astrotech acquires imaging technology in auction

Space company Astrotech acquires imaging technology in auction

AUSTIN, Texas, 24 March 2015. Astrotech Corp. (Nasdaq:ASTC), a provider of disruptive technology solutions, acquired certain key assets and intellectual property from Image Trends Inc. during a bankruptcy auction. Company officials coupled the acquired technologies, intellectual property, and know-how with selected high-performance space imaging technologies to establish Astral Images Inc., intended to revolutionize the film-to-digital conversion process for the new ultra-high definition 4K standards, affirms Thomas B. Pickens, CEO of Astrotech.

Sparton acquires Stealth.com, expands into ruggedized electronics space

Sparton acquires Stealth.com, expands into ruggedized electronics space

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., 19 March 2015. Sparton Corp.’s (NYSE:SPA) wholly owned subsidiary, Sparton of Canada Ltd., has acquired Stealth.com Inc., an Ontario-based manufacturer of built-to-order and custom-configured ruggedized computers and peripherals – such as mini PCs, rackmount server PCs, portable PCs, and touch-screen displays – for military, government, industrial, and commercial applications.

SAIC services to support U.S. Strategic Command systems and missions

SAIC services to support U.S. Strategic Command systems and missions

MCLEAN, Va., 19 March 2015. Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE:SAIC) in McLean, Va., won a subcontract from Constellation West, a provider of mission-critical technology solutions for the U.S. government, to support the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Systems and Missions Support (USAMS) III program.

Crane Aerospace & Electronics Microwave Solutions targets space with new Ku-Band Iso-Divider

Crane Aerospace & Electronics Microwave Solutions targets space with new ku-band iso-divider

CHANDLER, Ariz., 18 March 2015. Crane Aerospace & Electronics Microwave Solutions is introducing an 8-way unit to its family of Ku-Band Iso-Divider products, designed to deliver small size, low weight, and high reliability for space applications.

Marines ask ViaSat for hatch-mount SATCOM streaming-video antenna for KC-130J aircraft

QUANTICO MARINE BASE, Va., 16 March 2015. U.S. Marine Corps aviation experts needed hatch-mount satellite communications (SATCOM) antennas for the KC-130J Super Hercules utility turboprop aircraft. They found their solution from ViaSat Inc. in Carlsbad, Calif.

Upgraded Blue Sky Networks asset-tracking software has SMS and email formatting

LA JOLLA, Calif., 2 March 2015. Blue Sky Network (BSN) in La Jolla, Calif., is introducing upgrades to the company's SkyRouter’s Alert Notification system for tracking aircraft and other assets by satellite.

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.

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