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FCC fines Swarm $900,000 for unauthorized smallsat launch - SpaceNews.com Dec 2018 Dec 2018
Swarm Technologies will pay $900,000 to settle an investigation by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission into the startup’s launch of four picosatellites on an Indian rocket this January without regulatory approval, the FCC announced Dec. 20.
space  FCC  enforcement  Enforcement-Bureau  EB  Satellites  SwarmTechnologies  satellite 
december 2018 by pierredv
Will Software-Defined Satellites Take Off? - NSR Nov 2018
"... new architectures, multiple forms of heightened risk taking, and adoption of low or no heritage technologies. SES is pushing this process even further with proposals for a standard-build, software-defined satellite that could be purchased off the shelf for use in any orbital slot by any operator. Yet, with buy-in needed from both manufacturers and competing operators, will the idea take off?"

"The ability to change frequency bands, coverage areas, power allocation, and architecture (widebeam vs HTS, for example) on-demand, at any point in satellite lifetime, enables an operator to capture diverse markets. It can address new applications as they emerge, compensating if the initial target market falters, or more simply respond to a rebalancing of demand. Standard-build satellites also add flexibility to an operator’s fleet, making satellites interchangeable in the case of anomaly or shifting priorities."

"as is the case with any generalist/specialist tradeoff, a standard-build satellite will be able to address a broader overall array of demand but might not address individual markets as competitively as a tailored satellite."

"not only are standard-build/software-defined satellites on the table, but very high throughput satellites (e.g. ViaSat-3), smallsats in GEO (e.g. Astranis), condosats (e.g. GeoShare), blended GEO/MEO/LEO constellations, and in-orbit servicing and assembly, amid other budding ideas, are feasible pathways as well"

"While this cost and risk must be resolved, in principal standard-build satellites dovetail with what manufacturers have been considering for years: standardization as a way to cut costs and reduce production timelines."
SDR  NSR  satellites  SES  standards 
november 2018 by pierredv
The Afternoon Constellation - A-Train
NASA and its international partners operate several Earth-observing satellites that closely follow one after another along the same orbital “track.” This coordinated group of satellites, constituting a significant subset of NASA’s current operating major satellite missions, is called the Afternoon Constellation, or the A-Train, for short. The satellites are in a polar orbit, crossing the equator northbound at about 1:30 p.m. local time, within seconds to minutes of each other. This allows near-simultaneous observations of a wide variety of parameters to aid the scientific community in advancing our knowledge of Earth-system science and applying this knowledge for the benefit of society. Six satellites currently fly in the A-Train: OCO-2, GCOM-W1, Aqua, CALIPSO, CloudSat, and Aura.
NASA  space  satellites  EarthObservation  orbits 
february 2018 by pierredv
Russian Satellite Maneuvers, Silence Worry Intelsat - Oct 2015
A mysterious Russian military satellite parked itself between two Intelsat satellites in geosynchronous orbit for five months this year, alarming company executives and leading to classified meetings among U.S. government officials.
SpaceNews  Intelsat  satellites  collision  space-debris  Russia 
october 2017 by pierredv
orbital lifetime - How long does a CubeSat last? - Space Exploration Stack Exchange
A few numbers for circular orbits and 1U cubesats: ~1 year @ 450 km, 25 years @ 640 km (maximum allowed life time in or below geosynchronous orbit for every satellite launched in 2008 or later - IADC).
CubeSats  satellites  orbit 
may 2017 by pierredv
Meet The World’s Most Advanced Telecom Satellite | Aviation Week Apr 2017
"ViaSat-1 was a technical marvel when it entered service over North America five years ago, with 10 times the capacity of any Ka-band satellite previously launched. But its beams filled up quickly. Boeing-built ViaSat-2, which was supposed to launch from Kourou on April 25, will have a throughput of 300 Gbps, offering more than double the capacity and seven times the coverage area of ViaSat-1."

"And as it prepares for the $600 million ViaSat-2 to come online later this year, the company already has embarked on an ambitious development of ViaSat-3, a family of three 1,000-Gbps satellites aimed at taking its network global by the early 2020s."
AviationWeek  ViaSat  satellites  broadband 
may 2017 by pierredv
Rumor Mill: Google-backed venture will launch satellites in 5 years to deliver global Internet access - FierceWirelessTech
"In April, it was widely reported that Google was eyeing Skybox Imaging, a California-based startup that builds imaging microsatellites. Nothing appears to have transpired on that front, but WorldVu Satellites--a new company Google is reportedly backing--has secured spectrum rights for a low-earth-orbit satellite constellation."
Google  LEO  WorldVu  Skybridge  satellites  FierceWireless 
june 2014 by pierredv
Wall Street Finally Starting to Understand High Throughput Satellites = Summit Ridge Group Jul 2013
"A recent Morgan Stanley research report suggest they are cooling on their view of SES, in part, due to the expanded capacity upcoming High Throughput Satellites (HTS) may bring the industry. Each of these satellites has 40x to 100x the capacity of a traditional single-beam satellite. The Morgan Stanley report estimates that industry capacity may increase by 75% by 2016. We suspect the actual capacity increase may much higher by 2017-2018."
satellite  High  Throughput  Satellites  Inmarsat  ex  Armand  Musey 
july 2013 by pierredv

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