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SSL to Help Build DigitalGlobe’s Earth-Observation Satellite Constellation; Richard White Comments

A MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates subsidiary has received a firm-fixed-price contract to build satellites for DigitalGlobe’s WorldView Legion satellite constellation designed to collect Earth imaging data. Space Systems Loral will produce the low-Earth orbit satellites at its Palo Alto, California-based facility, SSL said Thursday. Richard White, president of SSL’s government systems …

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OneWeb Gets FCC Clearance to Launch Satellite Constellation; Iridium’s Matt Desch Comments

OneWeb has received approval from the Federal Communications Commission to launch later this year its constellation of 720 satellites that will work to provide broadband internet services worldwide, Daily Breeze reported Saturday. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai cleared OneWeb’s application on June 22. “We hope to approve many more constellations because we …

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Airbus-OneWeb JV Opens Satellite Assembly Hub

A joint venture of OneWeb and Airbus’ defense and space business has opened a new facility in Toulouse, France, to support assembly and integration work on a constellation of 900 satellites designed to provide internet communications services. OneWeb Satellites will use the 49,000-square-foot production line to validate manufacturing methods for the low-Earth …

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Inmarsat’s Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: Ka-band Satcom Key to Military’s Manned, Unmanned Airborne Missions

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, senior vice president for government strategy and policy at Inmarsat, has said she believes Ka-band satellite communications can help military and government agencies support manned and unmanned aerial missions amid the evolving global security environment. Cowen-Hirsch wrote in an op-ed piece published in MilSatMagazine that Ka-band satellite constellations work to …

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Orbital ATK Tests Hostile-Fire Indication Tech on Fixed-Wing ISR Aircraft

Orbital ATK has installed and tested an acoustic hostile-fire indication system on a fixed-wing aircraft that was configured to perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. ShotFinder was integrated onto a Cessna-built Grand Caravan aircraft to collect data in various operating missions as part of the test, Orbital ATK said Wednesday. Orbital ATK developed the warning …

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Braxton to Help Air Force Build Navigation Tech Satellite Ground Segment

Braxton Technologies has received a five-year, $9.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to build a ground control segment for the service branch’s Navigation Technology Satellite-3. The company will help the Air Force construct ground-based infrastructure to support NTS-3 orbit operations as well as demonstrate and mature satellite navigation ground command-and-control …

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Matt Desch: Iridium Considers Pre-Flown Falcon 9 1st Stage to Expedite ‘NEXT’ Satellite Launch Schedule

Iridium Communications is open to the possibility of using pre-flown first-stage boosters of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to launch Iridium NEXT satellites in 2018 provided that such a move can help reduce wait times for launches, Space News reported Tuesday. “While we are currently flying first flown launches, I’m open to previously …

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Iridium Readies 2nd ‘NEXT’ Satellite Batch for June 25 Launch; Matt Desch Comments

Iridium Communications has initiated final measures to prepare for the June 25 launch of the second batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, Get Connected reported Monday. “Once deployed, this batch of satellites will be tested and validated and inserted one-by-one into our existing constellation, replacing our …

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