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FADA-CATEC uses 3D printing to slim down the CHEOPS satellite

2018-12-06
The Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (FADA-CATEC) has collaborated with the Spanish engineering company CiTD in the design, development, and manufacture of new aerospace components through 3D printing for the European Space Agency CHEOPS satellite.
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Production of satellite with first all-electric propulsion system advances

2014-07-15
Electric propulsion has been limited so far to small movements of the satellites once it is in its geostationary orbit. The Boeing 702SP innovation is its use of electric propulsion to raise the satellite from its launch-vehicle drop-off point to geostationary orbit. ...The Boeing 702SP innovation is its use of electric propulsion to raise the satellite from its launch-vehicle drop-off point to geostationary orbit.
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Pseudo satellite, potential disrupter, flies on sunlight

2016-04-26
Zephyr 8 has a wingspan of 25 m and can carry 50% more batteries than the earlier version, yet is 30% lighter. This translates into a UAV that can carry a heavier payload and is designed to, typically, stay in the air continuously for over a month
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Japan’s IBUKI-2 (GOSAT-2) satellite launches, powers up, completes critical phase

2018-10-30
The IBUKI-2 (GOSAT-2) greenhouse gas observation satellite co-developed by the Japanese Ministry of Environment, National Institute of Environmental Studies Japan, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has completed the critical operations phase following its launch into orbit. ...JAXA officials have received telemetry data from the satellite that confirm the attitude control system has transitioned to a steady, stable state.
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Lockheed Martin ships AEHF satellite in advance of ULA rocket launch

2018-08-07
Lockheed Martin has shipped the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) military communications satellite from its facility in Sunnyvale, Calif., to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., where it will be prepared for an October liftoff aboard an Atlas V rocket from United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security, in Centennial, Colo.
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Iridium, Aireon, SpaceX celebrate satellite launch, system deployment

2018-07-26
Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on July 25, 2018 and placed 10 new Iridium NEXT satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO), bringing the total number of Aireon space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) payloads in orbit to 65 as global air traffic surveillance service nears debut and satellite constellation nears completion. ...Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on July 25, 2018 and placed 10 new Iridium NEXT satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO), bringing the total number of Aireon space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) payloads in orbit to 65 as global air traffic surveillance service nears debut and satellite constellation nears completion.
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FLYHT and Spectralux Avionics integrate systems to deliver FANS-over-Iridium satellite communications to airlines

2018-09-14
FLYHT Aerospace Solutions and Spectalux Avionics have teamed up to integrate FLYHT’s Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) 228S component into Spectralux’s Envoy Future Air Navigation System (FANS) Data Link Unit (DLU). Together the systems offer a streamlined upgrade option for airlines to obtain a cost-effective, FANS-over-Iridium (FOI) solution – a requirement for flying over the world's oceanic regions.
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Kepler Communications will flight test a transmission optimizing “smart radiator device” on its next satellite mission

2019-04-16
Kepler Communications, Inc.’s (Kepler’s) TARS six-unit cubesat – the company’s third satellite scheduled for launch later this year – will feature an innovative smart radiator device (SRD) designed to significantly optimize heat dissipation on communication satellites where environmental conditions have a big impact on transmission signals. ...Kepler Communications, Inc.’s (Kepler’s) TARS six-unit cubesat – the company’s third satellite scheduled for launch later this year – will feature an innovative smart radiator device (SRD) designed to significantly optimize heat dissipation on communication satellites where environmental conditions have a big impact on transmission signals.
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DigitalGlobe taps satellite imagery, data analytics, AI, and machine learning to map continent for PSMA Australia

2018-11-09
DigitalGlobe, a Maxar Technologies company (NYSE:MAXR), in Westminster, Colorado, has harnessed artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and crowdsourcing technologies to map the entire continent of Australia at a unprecedented level of detail, officials say. PSMA Australia, an organization offering geospatial data to public and private institutions across the continent, selected DigitalGlobe to produce data layers to develop Geoscape, a commercial location intelligence dataset about the Australian-built environment designed to enable end users to make business decisions.
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Clamoring for a connection

2016-01-03
Commercials airlines are responding to customer demands by forging links with satellite providers that give flyers the same connection capabilities they have on the ground.
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New Zealand and LeoLabs establish the first low-Earth orbit regulatory platform

2019-06-26
The rapid shift of commercial focus toward LEO has resulted in thousands of new satellites. An expected growth in satellite constellations requires space-faring nations such as New Zealand to engage in monitoring and regulating satellite activity. ...An expected growth in satellite constellations requires space-faring nations such as New Zealand to engage in monitoring and regulating satellite activity.
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First Lockheed Martin-built GPS III ready for system-level testing

2015-05-19
Lockheed Martin is currently under contract to build eight GPS III satellites at its GPS III Processing Facility near Denver, a factory specifically designed to streamline satellite production. ...Lockheed Martin is currently under contract to build eight GPS III satellites at its GPS III Processing Facility near Denver, a factory specifically designed to streamline satellite production.
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Airbus D&S designs new RF filter for 3D printing

2017-08-04
Deemed "the first" 3D printed metal radio frequency filter for use in a telecommunications satellite, the filter, a culmination of the research funded by the European Space Agency, was created using a direct-metal-printing process.
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