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Airbus Wins UK Deal For Skynet 6A Military Satellite

August 1, 2017 @ 03:46 PM

Airbus has won UK ministry of defence contract to replace the current Skynet 5 network military satellite communications capability with new Skynet 6A satellite. The British Ministry of Defence said it opted for the noncompetitive route with Airbus, in part, to maintain domestic space capabilities,

Iran Conducts Rocket Space Launch

July 28, 2017 @ 09:51 AM

Iran successfully launched a satellite-carrying rocket into space on Thursday, Iranian news outlets reported. The rocket launched is a Simorgh, or Phoenix missile, which experts said was a copy of North Koreas Unha space-launch rocket

Northrop Grumman, ViaSat To Deliver Satellite Communications For Aussie Defence Force

July 27, 2017 @ 12:50 PM

Northrop Grumman has selected Australias ViaSat as a key partner to deliver a next-generation satellite communications (SATCOM) network to the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Under a program known as Joint Project 2008 Phase 5B2, a large multiphase project to deploy an integrated wideband SATCOM system for the ADF, ViaSat will provide...

3-D Printed Rocket Could Challenge India, China For Affordable Satellite Launch Services

May 26, 2017 @ 11:27 AM

The successful launch of California-based Rocket Labs' battery-powered and 3-D printed rocket yesterday that costs $5 million per flight could challenge affordable satellite launch services from India and China. The first flight was conducted in New Zealand facility because of the open seas to its south, and a relatively low amount...

Woman Charged For Smuggling US Space Tech, Military Communications Equipment To China

May 24, 2017 @ 02:47 PM

A Chinese woman residing in California is facing federal law charges for smuggling sensitive space communications technology, including the components in military communications jammers, from the United States to China. The US Justice Department said Si Chen, also known as Cathy Chen, faces 14 charges that accuse her of purchasing and...

USAF Awards $208M Contract For Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program

May 20, 2017 @ 09:55 AM

United Launch Services has won more than $208 million contract from the US Air Force to provide production services for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV). “United Launch Services LLC, Centennial, Colorado, has been awarded a $208,140,481 modification (P00163) to previously awarded contract FA8811-13-C-0003 for launch vehicle production services,” the US Department of Defense said in a press release Friday

USAF AEHF-6 Satellite To Feature 3-D Printed Parts

April 5, 2017 @ 09:29 AM

The US Air Force's sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) satellite will feature the first 3-D printed part, a Remote Interface Unit, an aluminum electronic enclosure designed to hold avionic circuits. By going from multiple machined parts to one 3-D printed part, Lockheed Martin was able to save time in the design and production cycle, as well as increase the quality and consistency of the units, the company press release stated

NATO Plans $3.2 Billion Spend To Upgrade Military Communication Satellite Tech

March 27, 2017 @ 01:46 PM

NATO is eyeing to spend $3.24 billion to upgrade its satellite and computer technology over the next three years

Russia Working On Electronic Intelligence Satellite System

January 11, 2017 @ 09:33 AM

Russia is developing a new satellite space radio intelligence system, the nation's defense Ministry announced Tuesday. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was quoted as saying by Sputnik that Russia continues to develop the Liana Electronic Intelligence Program (ELINT) using Lotos-S and Pion-NKS radio surveillance satellites that are planned to replace two aged Soviet Tselina satellites

Lockheed Martin Wins USAF Contract For GPS III Satellites Production

September 29, 2016 @ 12:36 PM

Lockheed Martin has won a $395 million from US Air Force for the production of the ninth and tenth Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellite. GPS III satellites will deliver three times better accuracy, provide up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities and extend spacecraft life to 15 years, 25 percent longer than any GPS satellites on orbit today

China Launches First Quantum Enabled Satellite

August 17, 2016 @ 03:00 PM

China launched first quantum-enabled satellite Tuesday. The 631-kg satellite lifted off at 1:40 am atop a Long March 2D rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in north-western China

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