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Orbital ATK Builds Propulsion, Other Hardware for Rockets to Carry Large Payloads

TYSONS CORNER, VA, April 5, 2017 — Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA) has begun work to produce hardware for large and intermediate-class space launch vehicles as part of a U.S. Air Force effort to develop rockets that could carry sizable payloads to space, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday. The company said Monday it completed design …

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Serco to Manage Operations of 4 European Meteorological Satellites

TYSONS CORNER, VA, March 20, 2017 — Serco will provide operations management services to the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites under a potential nine-year contract, ExecutiveBiz reported Friday. The company said March 13 it will oversee the operations of four EUMETSAT geostationary meteorological satellites and the associated mission control center, ground …

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SpaceX Wins Potential $97M GPS III Satellite Launch Service Contract

SpaceX has won a potential two-year, $96.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to help the service branch send a GPS III satellite into orbit. The Defense Department said Tuesday that SpaceX will conduct satellite launch vehicle production, launch operations, mission integration, mission and spaceflight worthiness efforts under the firm-fixed-price contract. DoD noted …

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Hughes’ Rick Lober: Backlog in Launch Schedule for Military Comms Satellites Eases

TYSONS CORNER, VA, March 14, 2017 — Rick Lober, vice president and general manager of defense and intelligence systems at Hughes Network Systems, has said commercial satellite operators have expressed some concern over the schedule backlog in the launch of military communications satellites, ExecutiveBiz reported Friday. National Defense Magazine reported …

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Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium Communications, Named to 2017 Wash100

Executive Mosaic, Tysons Corner, VA March 7, 2017 — Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium Communications, has been inducted into this year’s Executive Mosaic Wash100, for his leadership in the launch of the company’s NEXT satellite constellation. The Wash100 is the premier group of private and public sector executives selected by …

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Lockheed-Northrop-Comtech Team Integrates Comms Terminal With AEHF Network

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Feb. 13, 2017 — A Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and Comtech Telecommunications (Nasdaq: CMTL) team has integrated and tested a new communications terminal with the Advanced Extremely High Frequency network, ExecutiveBiz reported Friday. The test works to check the Low Cost Terminal‘s hardware and software …

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DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-4 Satellite Begins Operations After Testing & Calibration

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Feb. 7, 2017 — DigitalGlobe‘s (NYSE: DGI) WorldView-4 satellite has entered service after it completed in-orbit testing and calibration activities, ExecutiveBiz reported Monday. The company said Friday WorldView-4 will work to provide customers direct access to 30-centimeter resolution images, as well as satellite tasking and archive support by the latter half of …

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Boeing Extends Sustainment Support for Air Force GPS II Constellations

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Feb. 6, 2017 — The U.S. Air Force has tasked Boeing (NYSE: BA) to extend its sustainment support for the service branch’s on-orbit Global Positioning System II satellites for another five years, ExecutiveBiz reported Friday. The company said Thursday it will help sustain the GPS IIA and IIF satellites as it works …

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Iridium, SpaceX Close Deal on NEXT, NASA-GFZ Satellite Rideshare; Matt Desch Comments

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Feb. 1, 2017 — Iridium Communications (Nasdaq: IRDM) has closed a deal with SpaceX for the simultaneous launch of the former’s NEXT communications satellites and the NASA-GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences mission’s twin satellites, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday. Five Iridium NEXT satellites will be deployed with the NASA/GFZ Gravity Recovery and Climate …

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Air Force Launches Latest Lockheed-Built Missile Warning Satellite

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Jan. 24, 2017 — The U.S. Air Force has launched the third Lockheed Martin-built (NYSE: LMT) missile warning satellite that will work to perform infrared surveillance and provide global situation awareness to the U.S. and its allies, ExecutiveBiz reported Monday. The Space Based Infrared System GEO Flight 3 satellite was launched aboard …

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