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IFC Going the Wrong Way? - Northern Sky Research
"... since the seminal contract to Panasonic to install connectivity on Lufthansa’s wide-body airframes in 2010, more than 3,000 commercial aircraft on 40 different airlines have installed Ku-band satellite connectivity. And these have generated roughly $1.7 B in retail revenues since the first year it was online (2012)."
NSR  aviation  IFC  broadband  satellite  business 
yesterday by pierredv
Consultation: Satellite filings cost recovery - Ofcom
"This consultation document provides our proposed charging approach to recovering the costs of our satellite filings work, and the charges that we propose to apply."
Ofcom  satellite  regulations  fees 
7 days ago by pierredv
US Spy Satellites Used to Drop Photos in 'Film Buckets' from Space for Airplanes to Catch in Mid-Air
1960s US Air Force satellites had to drop film with a parachute to be caught by a plane.

Strange as this seems, this is in fact how it worked, as you can see in the video above. Photographs captured by these so-called “Corona” satellites were shot on special 70 millimeter Kodak film using two panoramic cameras that evolved over the course of the program.

The satellites carried anywhere between 8,000 and 16,000 feet of film per camera (depending on the year and thickness of the film) and once one of these rolls was spent, it would be jettisoned in a GE reentry capsule nicknamed “film bucket.” This is where it gets interesting.

Of course, there were other, less dramatic ways to recover these capsules. They were also designed to be able to land at sea, where a salt plug would slowly dissolve and sink the film if it wasn’t recovered within two days. And after one was discovered by a Venezuelan farmer in ’64, the US Government stopped labeling them “Secret” and instead offered a reward in eight languages to anyone who returned it to the United States.
spy  history  photography  satellite  coldwar  video  petapixel 
10 days ago by bwiese
Altius Space Machines Selected for 2 NASA SBIR Phase 1 Awards – Parabolic Arc
MagTag could be the new lego for cubesats to heterogeneously recombine based on work objective.
MagTag  electropermanent  magnet  EPM  newspace  satellite  bus  modular  block  interface  space  research  technology 
11 days ago by asteroza
Comtech, Kepler to Drive Rapidly Deployable LEO Comms - Via Satellite - June 2018
"Comtech EF Data, a subsidiary within Comtech Telecommunications’ Commercial Solutions segment, and Kepler Communications, a nano-satellite telecommunications company, have announced a collaboration to advance rapidly deployable, low-cost, low-latency communications via Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites and ground station infrastructure equipment.

Kepler’s first Ku-band LEO satellite, Kipp, was launched on Jan. 19, enabling data offload services to remote communities and maritime markets. Kipp is the first in a planned constellation of up to 140 LEO satellites that will provide real-time global connectivity by 2022. "
Kepler  Comtech  LEO  satellite  NGSO 
13 days ago by pierredv
How Global Eagle and Telesat Aim to Bridge Mobility Gaps - Via Satellite - June 2018
In mid-May, news surfaced that In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) provider Global Eagle will facilitate Telesat in designing and testing its Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation. This tie-up, which effectively made Global Eagle the first IFEC player to announce a collaboration with Telesat, followed a comprehensive review of planned Non-Geostationary-Orbit (NGSO) constellations.
ViaSatellite  Telesat  GlobalEagle  LEO  NGSO  satellite 
13 days ago by pierredv

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