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Space and Satellite
Lockheed Martin - Development Contract for U.S. Air Force Space Fence
Defence Satellites : 01 July, 2009
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $30 million contract to begin concept development for Space Fence, a system of land-based S-Band radars and supporting operations centers that will detect and report on objects and debris orbiting the Earth. Lockheed Martin was one of three industry teams to receive contracts.
 
$51 million contract from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center
Defence Satellites : 19 June, 2009
General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a $51 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR). The single-award contract covers a five-year base period with eight potential six-month option periods and has a total potential value of $98 million if all options are exercised.
 
AMTS offers Iridium-based long-range identification and tracking services
Observation, mapping and positioning satellites : 11 June, 2009
Absolute Maritime Tracking Services (AMTS) and Iridium Satellite LLC (Iridium) announce that AMTS is now offering Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) through the Iridium satellite network. AMTS is a joint venture of Absolute Software, Inc. and PC Holdings.
 
Iridium awarded U.S. Navy contract for DTCS development
Defence Satellites : 10 June, 2009
Iridium Satellite LLC (Iridium) announces that the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren has awarded one of its subsidiaries a $21,688,808 indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity cost-type contract to support development and delivery of the Distributed Tactical Communications System (DTCS). DTCS is an extension of "Netted Iridium,’ the company’s push-to-talk communications capability. DTCS will provide over-the-horizon, on-the-move, beyond line-of-sight netted voice and data communications over the Iridium network for the tactical warfighter.
 
General Dynamics - New satellite terminals
Defence Satellites : 06 June, 2009
Communication bandwidth for soldiers' network increased with added Ku-and Ka-band terminals
 
U.S. Air Force $1.5-billion contract For SBIRS follow-on spacecraft
Observation, mapping and positioning satellites : 03 June, 2009
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.5-billion contract for the third highly elliptical orbit (HEO-3) payload, the third geosynchronous orbit (GEO-3) satellite and associated ground modifications for the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) constellation.
 
Lockheed Martin GPS III team successfully completes major design review phase on schedule
Observation, mapping and positioning satellites : 23 May, 2009
The Lockheed Martin team developing the U.S. Air Force's next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS) spacecraft, known as GPS III, has successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) phase, a major program milestone that allows the team to begin the Critical Design Review (CDR) stage.
 
Orbit wins contract to supply satellite communication systems to French Navy
Defence Satellites : 21 May, 2009
This $4 million contract marks yet another selection of an Orbit satellite communication system by a European Navy
 
Vizada successfully completes testing of the Inmarsat BGAN X-Stream
Communication Satellites : 14 May, 2009
Vizada has successfully completed testing of the Inmarsat BGAN X-Stream service with a number of media customers, including CNN and Al-Arabiya News Channel. The service is now commercially available through Vizada.
 
Inmarsat type approval for two new SwiftBroadband (SBB) products
Communication Satellites : 13 May, 2009
Cobham has received Inmarsat Type Approval for two new SwiftBroadband (SBB) products that set new standards in size, weight and power consumption, making them suitable for even the smallest business aircraft.
 
TeleMedic Systems? new lightweight VITALLINK3 is certified for Iridium
Observation, mapping and positioning satellites : 28 April, 2009
Iridium Satellite data links offer complete global coverage for mobile vital signs monitoring system
 
Vizada and Inmarsat renew distribution agreement
Communication Satellites : 17 April, 2009
Deal ensures continuation of long-standing, 30 year partnership
 
Lockheed Martin - Second EHF military communications satellite
Defence Satellites : 17 April, 2009
Lockheed Martin has successfully completed thermal vacuum testing of the second Advanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF) military communications satellite, a major program milestone that proves spacecraft performance and functionality in a complete test-like-you-fly environment.
 
Lockheed Martin SBIRS team advancing to follow-on production phase
Defence Satellites : 11 April, 2009
The Lockheed Martin Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) team has submitted its proposal for the program's follow-on production phase and has completed a major Preliminary Design Review (PDR) milestone with the U.S. Air Force. The SBIRS program is designed to provide early warning of missile launches, and simultaneously support other missions including missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness.
 
Boeing-built satellite WGS-2 sends 1st signals from space
Communication Satellites : 07 April, 2009
Boeing has acquired the first on-orbit signals from the second of six Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellites that the company is building for the U.S. Air Force. The signals indicate that the spacecraft is healthy and ready to begin orbital maneuvers and operational testing.
 
AIA - Satellite export control rules are damaging space industrial base
Space research and development : 04 April, 2009
Satellite export control rules are hampering U.S. national security and economic interests, and must be updated to protect the U.S. space industrial base, AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey said Thursday in written testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee.
 
Blue Oceans - Iridium used for remote monitoring of explosive magazines
Observation, mapping and positioning satellites : 04 April, 2009
Blue Oceans Satellite Systems Inc. today announced its newest application for asset tracking and remote monitoring with the addition of its Explosives Regulatory Division (ERD)-Compliant Satellite-Based Explosive Magazine Monitoring Solution (EMMS).
 
Iridium - Aeronautical mobile satellite (route) services update
Observation, mapping and positioning satellites : 03 April, 2009
The Radio-Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) Special Committee 215 (SC-215) has finalized key documents to facilitate evaluation and approval of Iridium-based critical safety communications for air carriers on transoceanic flights.
 
U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin team set to launch modernized GPS satellite
Defence Satellites : 03 April, 2009
A U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team is gearing up to launch a modernized Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) satellite, which includes a demonstration payload that will transmit a new third civil signal, known as L5. This spacecraft is set for launch aboard a Delta II rocket on March 24, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
 
COM DEV awarded $9.4 million space contract
Subsystems and Components : 16 March, 2009
COM DEV International Ltd. has been awarded a number of contracts and authorizations to proceed (ATPs) for work on a large European commercial satellite program.
 
Iridium Provides Update on Satellite Constellation
Observation, mapping and positioning satellites : 10 March, 2009
Iridium has announced that on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, the company completed the replacement of the operational Iridium satellite lost in the collision three weeks ago with a non-operational Russian satellite.
 
Hemisphere GPS Releases New Software for Outback S3
Observation, mapping and positioning satellites : 03 March, 2009
Hemisphere GPS has announced the availability of new supplemental software release for the popular Outback S3&. Outback S3 software release version 2.11 includes new features and enhancements that elevate Outback S3’s performance to a new level.
 
ATK and NASA Team Complete Successful Ares I Parachute Drop Test
Propulsion : 03 March, 2009
Drogue Parachute Passes Second Key Test for the NASA Program
 
Lockheed Martin-Built DSCS Satellites Achieve Historic Milestone
Defence Satellites : 19 February, 2009
A U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team announced today that the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) III constellation has surpassed 200 years of on-orbit operations, the longest total operational experience of any U.S. military communications satellite constellation.
 
Boeing Delivers 1st Communications Payload to MUOS Prime Contractor
Communication Satellites : 18 February, 2009
The Boeing Company has delivered the first Legacy Communications payload and the first digital channelizer to Lockheed Martin in support of the U.S. Navy's new Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) communications system.
 
Aerojet,- 20th anniversary of the Delta II rocket's inaugural launch
Propulsion : 17 February, 2009
Aerojet, a GenCorp company, recognizes the U.S. Air Force, NASA, United Launch Alliance, Boeing and industry partners on the 20th anniversary of the Delta II rocket's inaugural launch.
 
First Lockheed Martin-Built Milstar Satellite Marks 15 Years On Orbit
Defence Satellites : 13 February, 2009
The first U.S. Air Force Milstar communications satellite, built by a Lockheed Martin [NTSE:LMT] team, has achieved 15 years of on-orbit operations.
 
Lockheed Martin-Led Team to Extend TSAT Risk Reduction/System Definition Phase
Defence Satellites : 10 February, 2009
The U.S. Air Force has awarded the Lockheed Martin/Northrop Grumman Transformational Satellite Communications System (TSAT) Space Segment Team a $75-million, six-month extension to its Risk Reduction and System Definition (RR&SD) contract.
 
Boeing - Wideband global SATCOM satellite shipped for launch
Defence Satellites : 05 February, 2009
Boeing has shipped the second in a series of new, high-capacity military communications satellites to Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida, where it will be readied for a March launch.
 
CLS Installs the First Iridium-Based Compliant LRIT Terminals Onboard French Flag Ships
Defence Satellites : 04 February, 2009
Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS) announces it has sold its first Iridium-based compliant Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) terminals in partnership with Iridium Satellite LLC. CLS is a major provider of satellite-based environmental data collection, location and ocean observation services. Through the CLS-Iridium partnership, CLS also delivered corresponding LRIT Conformance Test Certificates on behalf of the flag administration.
 
First SBIRS Satellite With New Flight Software Completes Key Test
Defence Satellites : 30 January, 2009
The first Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous orbit (GEO-1) satellite, built by a Lockheed Martin team for the U.S. Air Force, has successfully completed a major test utilizing new flight software that will enable highly reliable spacecraft command and control operations.
 
Boeing - USAF Contract for Transformational Satellite Communications
Defence Satellites : 29 January, 2009
Boeing has received a $75 million contract extension from the U.S. Air Force to continue risk reduction and system definition for the Transformational Satellite Communications System (TSAT).
 
U.S. Air Force's Transformational Satellite Communications System (TSAT)
Defence Satellites : 25 January, 2009
Lockheed Martin/Northrop Grumman Team Advances New High Speed Data Transfer Technology For TSAT
 
Iridium based secure global asset tracking solution delivers using the web
Observation, mapping and positioning satellites : 23 January, 2009
Having developed and delivered a secure global asset tracking solution to the British military, QinetiQ can now offer a low-cost yet secure end-to-end Iridium satellite based managed service solution to commercial customers. …
 
ImageScape improves 3D world imagery models with a fast, flexible viewer and lower cost of production
Observation, mapping and positioning satellites : 17 January, 2009
DigitalGlobe and AEgis Technologies Join Together to Launch ImageScape with Rapid 3D Simulation of Any Point on the Globe
 
Boeing Increases Capability of On-Orbit US Navy Satellite
Defence Satellites : 10 January, 2009
Boeing has successfully reconfigured an on-orbit U.S. Navy satellite, adding 30 percent more communications capability
 
Lockheed Martin - Major Subsystems For Second GEO Satellite Delivered
Observation, mapping and positioning satellites : 27 December, 2008
The Lockheed Martin-led team developing the U.S. Air Force's Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) has achieved major milestones on the second geosynchronous orbit (GEO-2) spacecraft with the with completion and delivery of the remaining major spacecraft bus subsystems.
 
XCOR Aerospace - Lynx first test fire of rocket engine
Launchers and Boosters : 27 December, 2008
XCOR Aerospace, Inc. has successfully completed its first test fire of the rocket engine that will be used to power its Lynx suborbital launch vehicle to the edge of space.
 
Lockheed Martin & Thales Alenia - Space Radar Solutions
Defence Satellites : 22 December, 2008
Lockheed Martin, Thales Alenia Space Partner To Deliver Space Radar Solutions For Global Customers
 
Boeing - 4th Earth-Observation Satellite for Italy
Observation, mapping and positioning satellites : 20 December, 2008
Boeing through its commercial launch business, has received a contract to launch the fourth satellite for the COSMO-SkyMed (Constellation of Small Satellites for Mediterranean basin Observation) program for Thales Alenia Space Italia, prime contractor of the Italian Space Agency.
 
Lockheed Martin - First SBIRS HEO System Achieves USSTRATCOM Certification
Defence Satellites : 16 December, 2008
The first Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO-1) payload and ground system, built by a Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team, has been certified for operations by U.S. Strategic Command.
 
ATK - contract to produce the first operational Air Force ORS satellite
Defence Satellites : 06 December, 2008
Alliant Techsystems , in partnership with Goodrich ISR Systems Division, was awarded a contract to produce the first operational Air Force ORS satellite, designated ORS Sat-1
 
Lockheed Martin - Next Generation GOES-R Series Weather Satellites
Observation, mapping and positioning satellites : 04 December, 2008
Lockheed Martin Selected For Contract By NASA For Next Generation GOES-R Series Weather Satellites
 
COM DEV - global search and rescue system Cospas-Sarsat.
Observation, mapping and positioning satellites : 02 December, 2008
COM DEV International Ltd. has won a contract to begin work on the satellite payload of the global search and rescue system known as Cospas-Sarsat.
 
XCOR - Latest newsnew on space travel costings
Launchers and Boosters : 26 November, 2008
In a display of the power of competition, American entrepreneurs have broken the government monopoly on space travel, and succeeded in lowering the cost of space access before a single paying participant has taken a flight.
 
Ball Aerospace - Operational Land Imager
Observation, mapping and positioning satellites : 26 November, 2008
The Operational Land Imager (OLI) being built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), the eighth in the Landsat satellite series, has successfully passed the Instrument Critical Design Review (ICDR).
 
Harris Corporation - Study into new modular communications architecture for satellite
Communication Satellites : 26 November, 2008
Harris Corporation has been awarded an eight-month study contract by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Sensors Directorate Wright Patterson AFB to develop a new modular communications architecture for satellites that weigh less than 400 kilograms and can be deployed quickly and cost-effectively.
 
U.S. Air Force Accepts First Lockheed Martin SBIRS HEO System For Operations
Defence Satellites : 19 November, 2008
The first Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO-1) payload and ground system, built by a Lockheed Martin team, has been accepted for operations by the U.S Air Force.
 
Boeing to Add New Technology to US Air Force GPS IIF Ground Segment
Defence Satellites : 18 November, 2008
Boeing has announced that it will add improved capabilities to its technology for the U.S. Air Force's Operational Control Segment (OCS) satellite ground-control system. The new technology will allow the system to operate the new Boeing-built Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellites in addition to the current on-orbit GPS fleet, and provide advanced encryption and data-protection capabilities. The first of 12 GPS IIF satellites is scheduled to launch in the third quarter of 2009.
 
Boeing Develops Common Software to Reduce Risk for TSAT
Communication Satellites : 12 November, 2008
Boeing has announced the successful demonstration of a common software application that can support the space and ground segments of the Transformational Satellite Communications System (TSAT).
 
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