SpaceX to Help NASA Launch Exoplanet Survey Satellite

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Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has been selected to supply services for NASA’s nearly $87 million satellite launch mission set to take place in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey satellite is scheduled for liftoff in August 2017 on board a Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle, NASA said Tuesday. The three-year mission aims to detect a sample of exoplanets in...

Stephen Spengler to Become Intelsat CEO in April 2015

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Stephen Spengler Stephen Spengler, formerly president and chief commercial officer at satellite services contractor Intelsat (NYSE: I), has been promoted to deputy CEO and will transition into the chief executive role on April 1, 2015. Intelsat said Thursday the move is part of a succession plan that will see current Chairman and CEO David McGlade move into the executive chairman role at...

Iridium Records 7% Revenue Hike for 3Q 2014, Gov’t Services Sales Up 14%

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Iridium Communications (NASDAQ: IRDM) has announced financial results for the third quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, 2014. Revenue for the McLean, Virginia-based satellite services contractor rose 7 percent to $107.5 million from the prior-year quarter and profit increased approximately 22.9 percent to $20.4 million. The company’s government services revenue increased 14...

Robert Delorge: Raytheon Extends Work on FAA’s Dual Frequency System

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Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) has received a $131 million contract to update the Federal Aviation Administration’s wide area augmentation system as the agency moves into a dual frequency system. WAAS serves as a satellite-based augmentation system for air traffic safety functions, Raytheon said Friday. “Continuing to enhance the WAAS system is an important step for the national air space,”...

Steve Lynch: Navy Selects Rome Research to Operate Civilian, Military Satellite Terminals

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Steve Lynch A PAR Technology Corp. (NYSE: PAR) subsidiary will operate and maintain the U.S. Navy’s Chesapeake, Virginia-based satellite communications facility under a five-year, $23.5 million contract. Rome Research Corp. will also support a Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Station Atlantic component, PAR Technology said Wednesday. The firm-fixed price contract contains a one-year base...

DigitalGlobe Targets $400M Hi-Res Satellite Imagery Market; Yancey Spruill Comments

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Yancey Spruill DigitalGlobe Inc. (NYSE: DGI) is seeking to enter the higher-resolution satellite imagery global market which is worth around $400 million annually, Reuters reported Friday. Abhirup Roy and Mridhula Raghavan write DigitalGlobe last year applied with the Commerce Department for a permit to increase the resolution of its images from 50 centimeters to 25 cm. “There is a market opportunity...

Harris, Dynetics Seek Investors for $250M Satellite Imagery Project; Mike Graves Comments

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A team comprising of Dynetics, Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) Draper Laboratory and OmniEarth LLC have launched a $250 million venture to develop and operate an 18-satellite constellation that provides Earth imagery, Space News reported Monday. Debra Werner writes the joint venture will offer multispectral data of the Earth and change-detection systems for clients in the agriculture, oil and natural gas,...

Roger Krone: Boeing Sees Continued Int’l SATCOM Market Demand as Air Force Eyes 2 More WGS Satellites

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Roger Krone Boeing (NYSE: BA) could receive an additional order for two communications satellites from the U.S. Air Force and that purchase would be backed by international partners, Space News reported Thursday. Mike Gruss writes the seventh Wideband Global Satcom satellite is scheduled for launch in 2015 while development of WGS-9 is underway with funding from a consortium between Denmark, Canada,...

Hughes to Continue SATCOM Work for GSA Distance Learning Program

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Hughes Network Systems will continue to provide its satellite-based technical services for the General Services Administration’s government distance learning program, GCN reported Monday. Kathleen Hickey writes Hughes will help install and maintain a one-way video and two-way audio network for students in the U.S. and the Caribbean region to connect with remote instructors through broadband satellites. The...

Harris CapRock Orders Comtech Subsidiary’s Comm Infrastructure Tools; Fred Kornberg Comments

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Harris CapRock Communications has awarded a $5.4 million order for satellite communications infrastructure tools to a Comtech Telecommunications (NASDAQ: CMTL) subsidiary. Comtech EF Data Corp. booked that initial order in its fiscal quarter ending Jan. 31 as part of a purchasing agreement for VSAT services and radio frequency products with Harris CapRock, Comtech said Tuesday. Fred Kornberg, president...