Satellite, SatCom, and Space Technology

Technologies related to satellites, satellite communications, and spacecraft

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.

Honeywell to upgrade antenna electronics for Air Force satellite-control station

LOS ANGELES AFB, Calif., 14 July 2014. Satellite control experts at Honeywell Aerospace will upgrade the electronics at Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., under terms of a $12.9 million contract modification.

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ITT shows Cannon ruggedized locking coupling technology at FIA14

FARNBOROUGH, England, 14 July 2014. ITT Corp. (NYSE:ITT) is showcasing an expanded Cannon brand portfolio of customized interconnect solutions at the Farnborough International Airshow.

4DSP delivers data acquisition, signal processing, and storage solution in XMC form factor

AUSTIN, Texas, 3 July 2014. 4DSP’s new FM788 is an FPGA-based, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) card designed to deliver unparalleled performance for a variety of applications, including beamforming, direction finding, radar, and satellite communications.

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Iridium and SpaceX complete dispenser qualification tests, proving structural integrity and durability of launch equipment

MCLEAN, Va., 3 July 2014. Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:IRDM) and SpaceX have completed dispenser qualification testing for the Iridium NEXT constellation. The dispenser is the mission-unique assembly that holds the satellites during launch and manages the perfectly timed separation of each satellite from the rocket, placing each of the satellites into its proper orbit.

Intelligent Aerospace

Groundbreaking Intelligent Aerospace Event Issues Call for Papers

SPOKANE, Wash., 3 July 2014. Intelligent Aerospace Conference Director Courtney E. Howard is issuing a Call for Papers for the Intelligent Aerospace 2015 conference, to be held 6-8 Oct. 2015 at Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Geospatial technology spending to reach $2.43 billion by 2018 amid need for data

Geospatial technology spending to reach $2.43 billion by 2018 amid need for data

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., 23 June 2014. U.S. military spending for geospatial technologies will reach $2.43 billion in 2018, predict analysts at market researcher Frost & Sullivan in Mountain View, Calif.

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