NASA Awards Launch Services Contract to SpaceX for Astrophysics Mission

July 8, 2019 – NASA has selected SpaceX to provide launch services for the agency’s Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission, which will allow astronomers to discover, for the first time, the hidden details of some of the most exotic astronomical objects in our universe. The total cost for NASA to launch IXPE is approximately…

China’s Ocean Observation Satellites Put into Operation

July 8, 2019 – China’s two ocean observation satellites, HY-1C and HY-2B, have completed their in-orbit delivery, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources. The two satellites represent the country’s highest level of marine remote sensing satellites and the delivery signified that China’s first batch of ocean observation satellites became operational. The HY-1C was launched…

Airbus to Develop CO3D Earth Observation Programme for CNES

July 8, 2019 – The French Space Agency (CNES) has awarded the CO3D (Constellation Optique 3D) contract to Airbus. Under this agreement, Airbus will deliver a global high-resolution Digital Surface Model (DSM).  Following launch, expected end of 2022, the Airbus-made CO3D constellation, comprising four identical satellites, will deliver 50cm resolution stereo imagery across the world…

Thales Alenia Space to Provide SATRIA Telecommunication Satellite for Indonesia

July 1, 2019 – Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo) has selected the consortium led by the domestic satellite operator Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) to deploy and operate a broadband telecommunication satellite. This consortium has awarded Thales Alenia Space to design and manufacture the satellite named SATRIA. The Consortium PSN has formed Satelit…

Hughes JUPITER System Selected to Power New Indonesian High-Throughput Satellite

July 1, 2019 – Hughes Network Systems, LLC announced that its JUPITER™ System has been chosen as the ground network platform for a new satellite over Indonesia. The contract for construction and operation of the 150 Gbps “Multifunctional Satellite” has been awarded by the Government of Indonesia, through its Ministry of Communication and Informatics, to…

Intelsat and Lintasarta to Expand Internet and Mobile Access across Indonesia

July 1, 2019 – Intelsat has been selected by PT. Aplikanusa Lintasarta, a data communication, internet service, and IT services provider, to support the deployment and expansion of Indonesia’s broadband and wireless communications infrastructure, bringing reliable, consistent, and affordable connectivity to millions of Indonesians. Indonesia is home to the world’s fourth largest population. Its citizens…

Speedcast Achieves Advanced Consulting Partner Status in the AWS Partner Network

June 26, 2019 – Speedcast International Limited has achieved Advanced Consulting Partner status in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN). This achievement demonstrates Speedcast’s ability to deliver proven customer solutions leveraging cloud-based technologies on AWS that seamlessly interoperate with its global satellite and terrestrial infrastructure. Speedcast is the first satellite services provider to achieve…

Arianespace Launched T-16 and Eutelsat 7C by Ariane 5

June 20, 2019 – Arianespace confirms its status as a trusted partner to world-class operators of communications satellites with the launch of T-16 and Eutelsat 7C. The company’s fifth launch of 2019 took place on June 20 from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. With this latest success, the second…

Speedcast Launches Cobham SAILOR 800 HP for Maritime and Offshore Customers

June 6, 2019 – Speedcast International Limited has successfully included the new, innovative Cobham 800 HP VSAT terminal as part of their Maritime and Offshore VSAT portfolio. To celebrate this exclusive new terminal launch, Speedcast is introducing a new Cobham dual system promotion for commercial maritime vessels, adventure cruise ships, and offshore supply vessels. Cobham’s…

Success of China’s First-ever Sea Launch Is Achieved by CZ-11 WEY

June 5, 2019 – CZ-11 Solid-fuel Space Launch Vehicle (CZ-11 WEY), jointly named by CASC and a corporate brand, sees its first sea launch on the Yellow Sea, successfully sending seven commercial satellites into a circular orbit of about 600 kilometers, including Bufeng No.1 A/B Satellite, China125 No. 1 A/B Satellite, Jilin No. 1 High-definition…

Inmarsat, MTI and RINA Join Shipping’s Autonomous Shipping Alliance

June 5, 2019 – Three of the leading influencers in the international maritime sector have joined One Sea, the industry alliance that brings together leading exponents of autonomous ship technology. Global satellite group Inmarsat and NYK Group research subsidiary MTI (Monohakobi Technology Institute) have joined One Sea as full members, while the Royal Institution of…

Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Launches Space & Sensing Systems Division

June 5, 2019 – Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. has launched a Space & Sensing Systems division at its Cypress, CA headquarters. The new division will sell satellite on-board equipment, including solar array panels, lithium-ion batteries, and RF equipment. The division will also sell the company’s Mobile Mapping System (MMS) and centimeter-level high-accuracy positioning receiver (AQLOC). MMS…

Inmarsat Orders 3 New GX Satellites from Airbus

May 30, 2019 – Airbus has signed a contract with Inmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, to design, manufacture and build the first in their next generation of geostationary Ka-band satellites, Inmarsat GX7, 8 & 9. The three satellites are the first to be based on Airbus’ new OneSat product line, which…