Nuclear propulsion would aid military satellites in maneuvering out of harm’s path, according to a report

A spacecraft propelled by a nuclear propulsion technology will be launched into orbit as part of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency experiment. This technology, according to Michael Leahy, who is the director of DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office, might provide the US military an edge over adversaries by making satellites highly maneuverable and far less vulnerable… Continue reading Nuclear propulsion would aid military satellites in maneuvering out of harm’s path, according to a report

The breakup of China’s Yunhai-1 (02) satellite has been related to a collision with space debris

According to NASA, an encounter with a minor piece of debris from a Russian satellite launch led the Chinese spacecraft Yunhai-1 (02) to break down. The Yunhai-1 (02) satellite was built by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology and deployed into the Sun-synchronous orbit having a height of around 783 kilometers in September 2019. It disintegrated… Continue reading The breakup of China’s Yunhai-1 (02) satellite has been related to a collision with space debris

An anomaly in orbit affects a powerful European Earth-observation satellite

In orbit, one of humankind’s most impactful Earth-observing satellites is experiencing some issues. Since December 23, the Sentinel-1B radar satellite, which is a portion of the European Union’s Copernicus Earth monitoring program, has not transmitted any data. And it appears that the matter is quite significant. The Copernicus program is a European Space Agency (ESA) and… Continue reading An anomaly in orbit affects a powerful European Earth-observation satellite

Inmarsat’s first dual-band satellite is launched by MHI

On December 22, Inmarsat launched its first-ever dual-band telecommunications satellite atop a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-2A rocket. At 10:32 a.m. Eastern, the rocket blasted off from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center, putting the Inmarsat-6 F1 satellite into the geostationary transfer orbit (GEO) 26 minutes later. Inmarsat, based in London, tweeted a little over two hours later that it had… Continue reading Inmarsat’s first dual-band satellite is launched by MHI

DARPA has chosen Mynaric to develop next-generation optical terminals

The company announced on December 20 that it had been chosen to engage in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency project to create next-generation laser communications terminals to be able to connect commercial and government satellites. Germany-based Mynaric creates optical communication terminals or gadgets that transport data over space using lasers. DARPA is working on a new laser terminal… Continue reading DARPA has chosen Mynaric to develop next-generation optical terminals

The deal between India and China’s Oppo generates security concerns

As China continues to weaken India’s control of its region in the Himalayas, a new partnership between India’s space agency and China’s Oppo has prompted security concerns. Oppo India (a local affiliate of the Chinese parent firm) announced the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Friday (December 10). The goal of the agreement is to create a… Continue reading The deal between India and China’s Oppo generates security concerns

Vodacom Tanzania will use Eutelsat Konnect to provide service

Eutelsat has inked a new deal with a large telecommunications company, this time in Africa. Eutelsat has inked a service contract with Vodacom Tanzania for the packaged services to bring the connection to underserved areas of Tanzania, leveraging Eutelsat’s Eutelsat KONNECT high-throughput satellite, following a recent arrangement with Deutsche Telecom. The agreement was announced on December… Continue reading Vodacom Tanzania will use Eutelsat Konnect to provide service

Fixed wireless and LEO satellite broadband are the best options for unserved and underserved locations, according to a new study

Low-Earth orbit (LEO) and Fixed wireless access (FWA) satellite broadband services appear to be best suited for locations that are underserved or unserved by terrestrial broadband, according to recent performance data. In its review of confidential data from Comlinkdata as well as its Tutela business, MoffettNathanson came to a conclusion. T-Mobile’s Home Broadband (provided through fixed wireless),… Continue reading Fixed wireless and LEO satellite broadband are the best options for unserved and underserved locations, according to a new study

Capella will put optical terminals on the imaging satellites so that data may be shared with the Department of Defense’s space agency

Capella Space announced on November 9 that it will start deploying optical communications terminals on the SAR (synthetic-aperture radar) satellites in the year 2022 as part of an effort to send data to DoD customers swiftly via the Space Development Agency’s low-Earth-orbit constellation. Capella Space’s chief technology officer, Christian Lenz, stated in a statement, “Our team at Capella… Continue reading Capella will put optical terminals on the imaging satellites so that data may be shared with the Department of Defense’s space agency

As it files an application for a satellite constellation, Astra says its focus is on launch

Astra Space officials indicated that their near-term priority remains on refining their launch capabilities, a week after filing an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a constellation of over 13,000 satellites. Astra’s third-quarter financial results were revealed on November 11th, revealing an estimated net loss of about $34.5 million for the quarter as well as $72.4… Continue reading As it files an application for a satellite constellation, Astra says its focus is on launch