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ST Engineering iDirect Launches Mx-DMA MRC

April 13, 2021 – ST Engineering iDirect has successfully delivered its transformational Mx-DMA MRC (Multi Resolution Coding) technology to its flagship customers, including satellite service provider Ningbo BIRDSAT which is leveraging the technology to offer differentiated services in the highly competitive fishing market. Building on the award-winning Mx-DMA HRC (High Resolution Coding) technology, Mx-DMA MRC…

Astrobotic Selects SpaceX for Griffin-VIPER Moon Mission

April 13, 2021 – Astrobotic announced today its selection of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket in a competitive commercial procurement to launch its Griffin lunar lander to the Moon in late 2023. Griffin will be carrying NASA’s water-hunting Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER). Astrobotic was awarded a task order in 2020 from NASA to deliver…

OneWeb and Government of Kazakhstan Develop Partnership to Accelerate Connectivity

April 12, 2021 – OneWeb has announced that it has signed an MoU with subsidiaries of the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry: national satellite operator Republican Centre of Space Communications JSC, national company Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary, and Ghalam LLP, a spacecraft component supplier. The MoU develops OneWeb’s partnership with the Government of…

Telesat Joins MEF to Advance Digital Transformation through Telesat Lightspeed

April 8, 2021 – Telesat has joined MEF, a global federation of network, cloud, and technology providers working together to empower enterprise digital transformation. Telesat is building the advanced features that enterprise customers, telecom operators and service providers require, and its involvement with MEF will enable members to seamlessly integrate with the Telesat Lightspeed network…

Intelsat Announces Compact FlexMaritime 45cm Antenna Class

April 7, 2021 – Intelsat released a smaller antenna class for its FlexMaritime service today that will bring a new level of broadband connectivity performance and affordability to leisure, fishing and light-commercial maritime vessels around the world. The 45 centimeter (cm) antennas are small enough to hand carry aboard vessels and easy to install. They…

Thales Alenia Space Opens New FabLab at Charleroi Plant

April 2, 2021 – Thales Alenia Space announced today that it has set up a new FabLab (fabrication laboratory) at its plant in Charleroi, Belgium. This approach reflects the company’s ongoing digital transformation to anticipate disruptive advances in the space industry. Following the company’s first FabLabs in Toulouse, Cannes and Rome, this latest addition is…

RSCC’s Express-103 Satellite Enters Commercial Service

March 26, 2021 – On March 25, 2021, Express-103 spacecraft was put into operation, joining the orbital constellation of Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) at 96.5° E. All in-orbit flight tests of the service systems module and the payload of Express-103 satellite were carried out in full and with positive results. The new communication satellite…

OneWeb Welcomes TrustComm as a DoD Distribution Partner

March 26, 2021 – OneWeb announced a Memorandum of Understanding with US DoD satellite communications application specialist, TrustComm Inc. The agreement, signed on 16 March, envisions OneWeb and TrustComm working together to deliver OneWeb’s high speed, low latency, beyond line-of-sight communications services – with initial focus on the northern latitudes. The partnership between OneWeb and…

Arianespace Successfully Deploys OneWeb Constellation Satellites

March 25, 2021 – Today’s launch, Flight ST30, was the 55th Soyuz mission carried out by Arianespace and its Starsem affiliate. Performed on Thursday, March 25 at precisely 11:47 a.m. local time at Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome (02:47 a.m. UTC), Flight ST30 orbited 36 new OneWeb satellites – bringing the size of the fleet in orbit…

SKY Perfect JSAT Signs Contract with Airbus to Build Superbird-9 Satellite

March 25, 2021 – SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation has selected Airbus to build Superbird-9, a fully digital in-orbit reconfigurable telecommunications satellite. The satellite will be based on Airbus’ standardised OneSat product line. Airbus will provide a turnkey solution, including design and manufacture of the Superbird-9 spacecraft, associated services and support for in-orbit operations and ground…

SES Announces Total Rreach of 361 Million TV Homes Worldwide

March 23, 2021 – SES announced today the results of its annual Satellite Monitor market research, the industry’s premier accounting of satellite’s TV reach, which underscore SES’s established position as a leader in enabling direct and indirect content delivery via satellite. SES continues to lead the industry by delivering 8,265 channels, with almost 3,000 of…

Inmarsat Selected By UK Space Agency to Develop Satellite-Based Rocket Launch Telemetry System

March 18, 2021 – The UK Space Agency has awarded a National Space Innovation Programme (NSIP) contract to Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications to develop an in-orbit telemetry relay service for rockets called “InRange”. Inmarsat’s InRange service will reduce the dependency of space launch providers on traditional, expensive ground-based monitoring systems…

NASA and SpaceX Sign Joint Spaceflight Safety Agreement

March 18, 2021 – NASA and SpaceX have signed a joint agreement to formalize both parties’ strong interest in the sharing of information to maintain and improve space safety. This agreement enables a deeper level of coordination, cooperation, and data sharing, and defines the arrangement, responsibilities, and procedures for flight safety coordination. The focus of…

Amartus Supporting SES with O3b mPOWER Automation

March 18, 2021 – Amartus is supporting SES with its deep expertise in network automation standards and a proven track record adapting commercial B-OSS software platforms to meet the needs of SES’s next-generation non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) constellation called O3b mPOWER. The official, multi-faceted cooperation between the companies started in October 2020. O3b mPOWER is…