Satellite, SatCom, and Space Technology

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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.

UAE Air Force adopts Thales Alenia Space high-resolution optical payload for Falcon Eye

UAE Air Force adopts Thales Alenia Space high-resolution optical payload for Falcon Eye

CANNES, France, 19 Dec. 2014. United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAEAF) officials sought an industry partner to develop a high-resolution payload for their Falcon Eye program, within the scope of a consortium led by Airbus Defense and Space. They found their solution at Thales Alenia Space.

Lockheed Martin engineers select Northrop Grumman navigation system for SBIRS GEO-5 satellite

Lockheed Martin engineers select Northrop Grumman navigation system for SBIRS GEO-5 satellite

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., 18 Dec. 2014. Officials at prime contractor Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] needed a space-based 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 at Northrop Grumman Corp. [NYSE:NOC].

HISPASAT Group expands with SSL multi-mission communications satellite acquisition

HISPASAT Group expands with SSL multi-mission communications satellite acquisition

PALO ALTO, Calif., 10 Dec. 2014. Officials at Spanish satellite operator HISPASAT Group sought a multi-mission communications satellite to enable a broad range of services in Latin America. They found their solution at Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a provider of commercial satellites, and purchased the Amazonas 5 satellite.

ON Semiconductor collaborates with ICs LLC to develop radiation-hardened ASICs for aerospace applications

PHOENIX, 25 Nov. 2014. ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq:ONNN) has entered into a licensing/development agreement with ICs LLC to bring to market application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) resilient to radiation effects. 

FreeFlight Systems tests RANGR ADS-B system for UAS airspace integration test program

FreeFlight Systems tests RANGR ADS-B system for UAS airspace integration test program

WACO, Texas, 21 Nov. 2014. Engineers at Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s (TEES) Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory (VSCL) have installed and flown the FreeFlight Systems RANGR ADS-B Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) system on their Pegasus II unmanned aircraft system (UAS)—an historic first for a certified ADS-B UAT system to receive FAA approval to be flown on a UAS.

Honeywell and AVIAGE Systems adopt Crane Aerospace & Electronics power electronics for COMAC C919 narrow-body aircraft

Honeywell and AVIAGE Systems adopt Crane power electronics for COMAC C919 narrow-body aircraft

LYNNWOOD, Wash., 20 Nov. 2014. Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Power Solutions, officials in Lynnwood, Wash., is supplying its power electronics products for use on the much-anticipated C919 family of narrow-body aircraft from Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. (COMAC), a Chinese state-owned aerospace manufacturer in Shanghai, China.

Orbital wins NASA contract for scientific balloon engineering, flight operations for 15 missions annually

Orbital wins NASA contract for scientific balloon engineering, flight operations for 15 missions annually

DULLES, Va., 19 Nov. 2014. Space technology company Orbital Sciences Corp.’s (NYSE:ORB) Technical Services Division (TSD) in Greenbelt, Md., won a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contract to operate the space agency’s Science Balloon Operations program.

European Space Agency, NASA contractors deploy 15,000 Microsemi space products on Rosetta spacecraft mission

European Space Agency, NASA contractors deploy 15,000 Microsemi space products on Rosetta spacecraft mission

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., 18 Nov. 2014. Officials at Microsemi Corp. (Nasdaq:MSCC), a provider of semiconductor solutions, reveal that more than 15,000 of the company’s reliable space products -- including FPGAs, diodes, transistors, and integrated circuits (ICs) – have been and continue to be used in mission-critical applications over the 10-year, four-billion-mile Rosetta Spacecraft mission by the European Space Agency (ESA), NASA, and technology partners. Microsemi products, included in several avionics and platform functions built by multiple ESA contractors, continue to support the mission as it conducts a wide variety of research. The Microsemi products supporting the mission, they add.

Crane Aerospace & Electronics expands power electronics portfolio, introduces new products at Electronica

Crane Aerospace & Electronics expands power electronics portfolio, introduces new products at Electronica

MUNICH, 11 Nov. 2014. Crane Aerospace & Electronics officials in Redmond, Wash., are unveiling several new power electronics products well suited to commercial aircraft, military aircraft, and civil and defense space platforms during Electronica in Munich, Germany, this week.

U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin deliver third MUOS secure communications satellite for mobile warfighters

U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin deliver third MUOS secure communications satellite for mobile warfighters

SUNNYVALE, Calif., 7 Nov. 2014. The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) have delivered the third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) spacecraft to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, where it will be prepared for a January 2015 liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.

ATW debuts flexible waveguide, components for sattelite applications

ATW debuts flexible waveguide, components for satellite applications

WARWICK, R.I., 4 Nov. 2014. ATW Companies Inc., a supplier of precision tubing and fabricated metal components, provides flexible waveguide tubing and waveguide components for airborne, satellite, and space applications.

Orbital Antares rocket suffers catastrophic failure, destroying space vehicles and hosted payloads

Orbital Antares rocket suffers catastrophic failure, destroying space vehicles and hosted payloads

DULLES, Va., 31 Oct. 2014. Shortly after lift-off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A in Virginia at 6:22 p.m. (EDT), an Orbital Sciences Corp. (NYSE:ORB) Antares space launch vehicle suffered a catastrophic failure. No casualties were incurred and property damage was limited to the south end of Wallops Island, but the launch vehicle, onboard spacecraft, and hosted payloads went up in flames.

Boeing to install strategic communications gear in Air Force airborne command post

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 27 Oct 2014. Strategic communications experts at the Boeing Co., are developing a system to enable military emergency command post aircraft to communicate with submerged submarines in the event of nuclear war or other global disasters.

Spanish satellite engineers choose AdaCore development environment for satellite control software

Spanish satellite engineers choose AdaCore development environment for satellite control software

BRISTOL, United Kingdom, 24 Oct. 2014. Oficials at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid / UPM) have selected AdaCore’s GNAT Pro cross-development environment for the UPMSat-2 UNION satellite project’s real-time, on-board and ground-control software. The 50-kilogram micro-satellite, scheduled to be launched in Q4 2015, will provide a technology demonstration platform for the university from a sun-synchronous orbit nearly 600 kilometers above Earth.

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