Inmarsat, the global mobile satellite communications provider, has announced a key infrastructure milestone for its European Aviation Network (EAN), following the successful test and validation of the EAN Satellite Access Station (SAS). As the first solution in the world to integrate connectivity from a satellite, operated by Inmarsat, and a LTE-based ground network, operated by Deutsche Telekom, EAN will provide a true in-flight broadband experience for millions of airlines passengers traveling throughout Europe. The SAS is located in the Greek…
Leading Asian satellite operator Thaicom Public Company Limited announced the appointment of satellite veteran Dr. Supoj Chiveeraphan as its Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) on February 6. Among Dr. Chinveeraphan’s responsibilities will be leading the growth of Thaicom as an Asian brand, inclusive of marketplace strategy, market positioning, partnerships, and operations. Supoj Chinveeraphan recently joined Thaicom after holding a number of high-ranking positions within the telecommunications industry, including the role of Director and General Manager of IPSTAR Australia and New Zealand…
Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system (GNSS) reportedly suffered a recent setback when the clocks onboard a number of satellites failed in space. The incident was reported by the European Space Agency (ESA) which created the ‘satnav’ system along with the European GNSS Agency (GSA). The cause of the failure is being investigated, according to ESA director general Jan Woerner. The 10 billion-euro project (US$11 billion) was intended to separate Europe from its reliance upon GPS provided by the United States.…

SpaceX makes a comeback launching 10 satellites into orbit

Written on Monday, 16 January 2017 10:28
SpaceX launched 10 satellites into orbit on January 14 in a rousing return-to-flight mission that also included a rocket landing on a ship at sea. SpaceX's two-stage Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from a launch pad in California at 9:54 a.m. local California time, carrying 10 communications satellites to low-Earth orbit for the Virginia-based company Iridium, a global satellite communications, M2M and broadband company. According to SpaceX representatives, deployment of the satellites began 59 minutes after liftoff and took about…
Chinese authorities refuted allegations from the U.S. Defense Department - and insisted that its space program is aimed at bolstering the country’s national development and security. The U.S. Defense Department expressed their fears over China’s space strategy, claiming that it was pursuing space activities that were specifically designed to prevent adversaries from using space-based assets during a time of crisis. Government officials have brushed off the scathing US assessment of their space program policy - and reiterated that China was…
Two weeks ago the CEO of Japanese group SoftBank, Masayoshi Son, met with US President-elect Donald Trump, pledging to invest $50 billion in the US economy and create 50,000 jobs. On Monday 19 December, satellite broadband firm OneWeb announced a $1.2bn funding round led by SoftBank, which is the first confirmed investment as part of the deal between Trump and the SoftBank CEO. "Earlier this month I met with President-elect Trump and shared my commitment to investing and creating jobs…
American global security company Intel, are predicting that ‘Drone-jacking’ is set to become the next major cyber threat. There has been a significant increase in the use of drones – which security experts have warned that is likely to lead to a new wave of ‘Drone-jacking.’ A report published by Intel’s McAfee Labs indicated that hackers will start targeting drones used for deliveries, law enforcement or camera crews, in addition to hobbyists. A spokesman for Intel Security, Bruce Snell outlined…
US satellite radio station Sirius XM have agreed to pay $100 million in order to settle a dispute over playing music prior to 1972 – which is when US copyright laws came into force. Just last year, Sirius XM, which has its headquarters in New York, was forced to pay out a whopping $210 million over pre-1972 songs which were owned by major record labels. Sirius XM – whose audience would be of the more mature variety, generally plays rock…
Global leaders in the satellite industry have combined to help support the humanitarian community in times of devastation and crisis - by signing a Crisis Connectivity Charter which will effectively enhance connectivity during humanitarian emergencies. There have been a number of dreadful humanitarian emergencies across the globe in the last twelve months alone: Vanuatu, Nepal and the Philippines all felt the devastating effects of natural disasters which were brought on as a result of climate change, and those disasters also…
U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump came face-to-face in the first television debate on Monday, September 26, after months of trading vicious insults. NBC claimed ratings gold from the event, which drew over 83 million viewers, setting a record as the most watched broadcast in history. The televised debate was commercial-free. The previous broadcast viewing record was also set by a presidential debate during the 1980 contest between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Regan, which drew 80.6 million viewers.…
India is an emerging power in the space industry. On September 26, The Wall Street Journal reported that the country’s space agency had sent up eight satellites into two separate orbits in a single flight, which is a first for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), allowing it to reach another milestone in its low-cost space mission. The mission’s first rocket launched at 9am local time from Sriharikota's Satish Dhawan Space Center in Andhra Pradesh, India. It was the 37th…

World’s largest telescope in China begins testing phase

Written on Monday, 26 September 2016 11:36
Located in Guizhou Province in southwest China, the world’s largest telescope, an ambitious project for the National Astronomical Observatories of China, is beginning an intensive testing phase. It measures 500m across and is said to be nearing completion, having received its first signals from space. It will now take a further three years to calibrate the dish to make it fully operational. The telescope’s facility was opened on Sunday, September 25. It marks China’s move to become a science powerhouse,…
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