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Iridium’s Matt Desch: Legacy LEO Satellites to Complete Deorbiting in Q1 2019 Amid Transition to NEXT

TYSONS CORNER, VA, September 24, 2018 — Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium Communications (Nasdaq: IRDM), has said the company’s first-generation low-Earth-orbit communications satellites are scheduled to finish the deorbiting process within the first quarter of 2019, with 41 of 66 units in the constellation already removed, ExecutiveBiz reported Sept. 13. …

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Lockheed Gets $7.2B Air Force Follow-On Contract for GPS III Satellites

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has secured a potential $7.2B follow-on contract from the U.S. Air Force to build an additional 22 GPS III satellites. The service said Friday it expects the initial GPS IIIF satellite to be available for liftoff by 2026 under the fixed-price contract. “Getting to a manufacturing …

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General Dynamics to Help Develop Terminals for Telesat LEO Satellites; Manny Mora Comments

TYSONS CORNER, VA, July 17, 2018 — A General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) business unit has partnered with Telesat to build user terminals for the latter’s low Earth orbit satellites that will work to provide broadband connectivity services for government and commercial clients, ExecutiveBiz reported Wednesday. General Dynamics Mission Systems will leverage …

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Iridium CEO Matt Desch: Personal Mobile Connectivity a Top Trend in Satcom Market

TYSONS CORNER, VA, July 5, 2018 — Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium Communications (Nasdaq: IRDM), has said the satellite communications industry has seen the “bring your own device” movement become one of the top trends in the sector, ExecutiveBiz reported Friday. Desch, a four-time Wash100 recipient, said in an interview …

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L3 Buys Applied Defense Solutions in Space Capability Expansion Push; Christopher Kubasik Comments

L3 Technologies (NYSE: LLL) has purchased Columbia, Md.-based aerospace engineering and space situational awareness services provider Applied Defense Solutions for approximately $50 million in a move to build up its space mission capabilities. L3 said Monday it will operate the newly acquired firm as L3 ADS to provide space exploration, space systems mission …

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SpaceX Wins $130M Air Force Launch Services Contract; Gwynne Shotwell Comments

SpaceX has received a potential two-year, $130 million contract to bring into orbit a U.S. Air Force satellite. The firm-fixed-price contract covers launch vehicle manufacturing, spaceflight worthiness activities, integration and launch operations support for the Air Force Space Command-52 satellite, the Defense Department said Thursday. The service’s space and missile …

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Inmarsat to Collaborate With Greek Space Agency for Technology R&D

TYSONS CORNER, VA, June 8, 2018 — Inmarsat has signed an agreement with the space agency of Greece to collaborate on technology research and development as well as information-sharing efforts, ExecutiveBiz reported Thursday. The company said Wednesday its partnership with the Hellenic Space Agency covers the development of technologies for …

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Lockheed Completes Launch Environment Tests on Air Force AEHF-5 Satellite

TYSONS CORNER, VA, May 23, 2018 — Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite has completed a series of launch environment tests in preparation for its delivery to the U.S. Air Force in 2019, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday. The company said Monday it performed a 39-day thermal vacuum …

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Iridium Preps 5 ‘NEXT’ Satellites for May 19 Launch From Vandenberg AFB

TYSONS CORNER, VA, April 27, 2018 — Iridium Communications (Nasdaq: IRDM) has delivered the sixth batch of Iridium NEXT satellites to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in preparation for their launch on May 19, ExecutiveBiz reported Thursday. The company said Wednesday the five satellites will undergo pre-launch processing procedures, including fueling, …

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General Atomics Unit Concludes Pre-Flight Tests on Orbital Test Bed Satellite

TYSONS CORNER, VA, April 25, 2018 — A business unit of General Atomics has completed tests on the Orbital Test Bed satellite platform ahead of its launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket to perform on-orbit demonstrations of various hosted technologies, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday. General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems conducted full-system pre-flight tests …

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