Satellite, SatCom, and Space Technology

Technologies related to satellites, satellite communications, and spacecraft

High-power GaAs MMIC amplifier for X-band communications and radar introduced by M/A-COM

GaAs MMIC amplifier for X-band communications and radar introduced by M/A-COM

LOWELL, Mass., 8 Sept. 2014. M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. in Lowell, Mass., is introducing the MAAP-015036 high-power monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) amplifier for X-band communications and radar applications.

DigitalGlobe WorldView-3 satellite captures images with Exelis-built, integrated imaging system

DigitalGlobe WorldView-3 satellite captures images with Exelis-built, integrated imaging system

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 5 Sept. 2014. DigitalGlobe released the first images taken with the Exelis-built (NYSE:XLS) integrated, super-spectral imaging system on the WorldView-3 satellite, which launched last month from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The images, taken at 617 kilometers above earth, are of Madrid, Spain.

Dassault Falcon Jet expands in Little Rock, adds hangars for completing Falcon 5X and Falcon 8X

Dassault Falcon Jet expands in Little Rock, adds hangars for completing Falcon 5X and Falcon 8X

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., 3 Sept. 2014. Dassault Falcon Jet officials broke ground on a major expansion and upgrade of the company’s Little Rock, Arkansas completion facility dedicated to two new models, the Falcon 5X very large body twin jet and ultra-long range Falcon 8X trijet.

Mentor Graphics infuses Nucleus RTOS with capabilities for microcontroller and multicore applications

Mentor Graphics infuses Nucleus RTOS with capabilities for microcontroller and multicore applications

WILSONVILLE, Ore., 28 Aug. 2014. Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ:MENT) has announced a new version of the Mentor Embedded Nucleus real-time operating system (RTOS) targeting high-performance, next-generation applications for connected embedded devices.

Former NASA Administrator Griffin urges government to reduce dependence on Russia, proactively pursue space, and clearly define goals and policy

Former NASA Administrator Griffin urges government to reduce dependence on Russia, proactively pursue space, and clearly define goals and policy

A former NASA administrator discusses current and future aerospace opportunities and challenges, including U.S. dependence on foreign aerospace technologies and capabilities. 

Air Force looks to DRS ICAS to supply secure intelligence situational awareness data receivers

Air Force looks to DRS ICAS to supply secure intelligence situational awareness data receivers

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., 25 Aug. 2014. U.S. Air Force combat aircraft experts needed tactical receivers to enable air crews to receive situational awareness information in a secure environment. They found their solution from DRS ICAS LLC in Dayton, Ohio.

EIAST builds primay satellite manufacturing facility, preps to produce KhalifaSat

EIAST builds primay satellite manufacturing facility, preps to produce KhalifaSat

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 21 Aug. 2014. The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) is constructing its primary satellite manufacturing facility, which includes a clean room and electrical and mechanical labs. This facility marks the first phase of a larger development dedicated to satellite manufacturing; the whole project is expected to be completed within two years.

Cygnus cargo spacecraft

Cygnus cargo spacecraft

Orbital Sciences Corp. originally developed the Cygnus cargo spacecraft as part of a joint research and development initiative with NASA. Cygnus consists of a common Service Module (SM) and a Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM).

Orbital completes cargo delivery to ISS, plans next mission, praises public-private partnership

Orbital completes cargo delivery to ISS, plans next mission, praises public-private partnership

DULLES, Va., 19 Aug. 2014. Orbital Sciences Corp. (NYSE:ORB) has completed its third cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in the past 10 months, including the initial demonstration flight completed in October 2013 and the first two operational missions under the company’s $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. Its third CRS mission of 2014 is currently scheduled to take place in mid-October.

Aerojet Rocketdyne tests rocket motor for Low Earth Orbiting Nanosatellite Integrated Defense Autonomous System

Aerojet Rocketdyne tests rocket motor for Low Earth Orbiting Nanosatellite Integrated Defense Autonomous System

SACRAMENTO, Calif., 14 Aug. 2014. Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Low Earth Orbiting Nanosatellite Integrated Defense Autonomous System (LEONIDAS) first-stage, solid-propellant rocket motor (LEO-46) has completed a hot-fire static test at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

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Aerospace technology leaders open SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference

WARRENDALE, Pa., 13 Aug. 2014. SAE International is holding the SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference 23-25 Sept. 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Neil R. Garrigan, executive manager, Advanced Technology Systems, Programs and Strategy at GE Aviation, is delivering the keynote speech to open the conference.

in-flight entertainment and connectivity

Copper and fiber co-exist in commercial aerospace

Aircraft depend increasingly on digital electronics for information and control. The trend toward MEA (more electric aircraft) highlights the transition from mechanical systems to electronically controlled systems. As the electronics content in both aircraft operation and passenger amenities continues to grow, so do the processing loads. Embedded computers are evolving to allow ever-increasing sophistication in flight sensors and radar. Distributed processing—moving the processing power from a centralized location to the point of use—still requires communication between boxes.

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NovaWurks taps industry veteran to lead new commercial space-based services arm

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 5 Aug. 2014. “Traditional space programs will not survive without a new and innovative entrepreneurial strategy,” says Talbot Jaeger, founder and chief technologist at NovaWurks. NovaWurks Inc., a provider of high-technology space products and services, appointed industry veteran Paul Lithgow as chief, advanced concepts overseeing the company’s commercial arm in growing space-based services and technologies projects.

SPAWAR aims at upgrading MIDS LVT terminals to comply with JTRS software and protocols

SPAWAR aims at upgrading MIDS LVT terminals to comply with JTRS software and protocols

SAN DIEGO, 4 Aug. 2014. Military communications experts from two U.S. defense contractors are upgrading military tactical data communications terminals to standards of the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS).

Raytheon avionics radio demonstration paves the way for upgrading U.S. Army helicopter fleet

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 21 July 2014. Avionics radio experts at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in El Segundo, Calif., are providing the first major helicopter radio upgrade since to the U.S. Army rotorcraft fleet since 2005 with the company's RT-1987 radio, Raytheon officials say.

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