Satellite, SatCom, and Space Technology

Technologies related to satellites, satellite communications, and spacecraft

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.


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.

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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.

NASA taps Draper to help accelerate planetary exploration using cold atom technology, ChipSats

NASA taps Draper to help accelerate planetary exploration using cold atom technology, ChipSats

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., 18 June 2014. Engineers at Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Mass., are developing a low-cost concept for NASA under $100,000 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC).

Three companies to design new L-band RF power amplifiers to improve GPS signals efficiency

Three companies to design new L-band RF power amplifiers to improve GPS signals efficiency

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., 16 June 2014. U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites may be on the way to becoming smaller and more power efficient with a series of planned upgrades to the way the satellites generate navigation signals.


ViaSat and U.S. Air Force demonstrate in-flight network switching between defense and commercial satellites

Carlsbad, Calif., 13 June 2014. ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT) engineers have demonstrated in-flight network switching between a U.S. Government Ka-band wideband global satellite communications (SatCom) satellite and a commercial Ka-band satellite.

Crane launches Ku-Band 4-Way Iso-Divider for space applications

Crane launches Ku-band, 4-way Iso-Divider for space applications

CHANDLER, Ariz., 12 June 2014. Crane Aerospace & Electronics Microwave Solution introduces Ku-Band 4-Way Iso-Divider for use in satellite applications.

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BetaDyne debuts high-performance EMI filter in 24-pin, dual inline package

BRIDGEWATER, Mass., 6 June 2014. BetaDyne is introducing its PFL100 high-performance electromagnetic interference (EMI) filter, designed to reduce conducted emissions from DC/DC, amplifiers, and control circuits.

Rhode & Schwarz

Rohde & Schwarz RF upconverter yields compact vector signal generator for radar, SatCom, other aerospace applications

MUNICH, 5 June 2014. The Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) SGU100A RF upconverter is designed to extend the frequency range of the R&S SGS100A vector signal generator from 12.75 gigahertz (GHz) to 20 GHz.

Snecma and Thales Alenia Space team on electric propulsion for satellites

VERNON, France, 27 May 2014. Snecma (Safran) and Thales Alenia Space France are partnering on new-generation Spacebus satellite platforms with "all electric" propulsion. Thales Alenia Space France will offer the Snecma PPS 5000 plasma thruster as standard equipment on its new Spacebus platforms, while Snecma will integrate Thales Alenia Space's requirements in its thruster qualification program.


Ridgetop Group offers ability to try radiation shielding software for space-based applications free

TUCSON, Ariz., 16 May 2014. Ridgetop Group’s RadChek software is now available for a no-obligation test drive to see how it can help engineers design, analyze, and optimize radiation shielding for space-based applications.

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