The contract in which Orbital ATK will build one, and possibly three, JPSS spacecraft, is just the sort of medium-sized spacecraft the company hoped to compete for when it bought the Gilbert, Arizona, plant.
The Boeing contract is the first for the ComSpoc, which tracks satellite orbits and space debris using a network of optical and radio-frequency sensors combined with proprietary software.
AsiaSat reported a 9 percent drop in revenue and a 27 percent drop in new and renewal contracts in 2014, saying declining military sales and a regional oversupply are putting downward pressure on transponder-lease prices.
A new wave of small-satellite constellations for communications and remote sensing applications is attracting growing amounts of venture capital funding, but regulators worry they will struggle to keep up with the licenses these systems require.
Thales Alenia Space says its Russian and Turkish satellite production programs are back on track and that tensions between Russia and the West haven't impeded ExoMars work.
Gilat’s second senior management change this year comes as the satellite terminal manufacturer shifts its focus from military markets to faster-growing commercial businesses
In an upset for incumbent Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp., Orbital ATK won a NASA contract to build a U.S. civilian polar-orbiting weather satellite, and possibly two more after that in a deal potentially worth $470 million, the space agency announced March 23.
The Satellite 2015 conference featured repeated exhortations for the satellite sector to defend itself against any encroachment onto its reserved C-band spectrum from terrestrial broadband. But there were exception
Panasonic Corp., whose Panasonic Avionics subsidiary has cobbled together a global network of satellite bandwidth for an in-flight Internet service, has reached agreement to acquire ITC Global, which provides satellite connectivity to the energy, mining and maritime markets.
Mobile satellite services operator Thuraya is looking to sell itself to rival Inmarsat in a transaction that has long been expected but has been stalled by the two sides’ inability to agree on a price.
Satellite fleet operator Yahsat of the United Arab Emirates has been able to offset to lower demand from the U.S. Defense Department for Yahsat’s military Ka-band capacity over the Middle East by increased use by regional governments, starting with the UAE.
Airbus, Lockheed Martin, OHB AG, Space Systems/Loral and Thales Alenia have submitted bids to build some 900 small Internet-delivery satellites for OneWeb.
Current and would-be providers of Ku- and Ka-band satellite broadband on March 18 said they have no concern that the high-throughput spacecraft on the way will cause a glut of in-orbit capacity.
OneWeb LLC Chief Technology Officer Dave Bettinger on March 18 said the company is within weeks of selecting a prime contractor for its 900 low orbiting Internet delivery satellites and that the first launches would occur in 2017.
Mobile satellite services operator Thuraya Telecommunications Co. of Dubai posted revenue of $140 million, up 14 percent over 2013 on the strength of continued strong sales of its Satphone handset, Thuraya Chief Executive Samer Halawi said March 18.
Sierra Nevada Corp., looking to rebound from a failed commercial crew bid, said March 17 it has proposed to NASA a variant of its Dream Chaser vehicle for shuttling cargo to and from the International Space Station.