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Satnews Daily
October 20, 2010

ULA Delta II To Take It To The COSMOS And Make History (Launch)

History in the making will take place on October 29 at Vandenberg’s Space Launch Complex-2. This is when a United Launch Alliance Delta II carries the COMSO-4 satellite into space at 7:20 p.m. PDT.  

This will represent the 350th launch in Delta program history and it will occur during our year long 50th anniversary celebration of the program.  The mission was procured by Boeing Launch Services and was launched for the Italian Space Agency, the Italian Ministry of Defence and Thales Alenia Space.  The first Delta launch occurred on May 13, 1960.  

COSMO-SkyMed, the new system for Earth observation entirely developed and produced in Italy, is based on a constellation of four radar satellites. Each satellite is equipped with a high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) operating in X-band and flexible and innovative transmission equipment for the high-speed downlink of the acquired data to the receiving ground stations.

The system ground segment consists of infrastructure devoted to the management of the constellation (Mission Planning and Control Center and Satellite Control Center), services for the management and planning of user requests, and services for the gathering, processing, archiving and distribution of data to the users.

Delta II’s launched the first three COSMO satellites on June 7, 2007; December 8, 2007 and October 24, 2008.
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20 Oct, 2010, 01.02PM IST,PTI
Pak, China to launch joint communications satellite in 2011:Envoy

BEIJING: Pakistan is closely collaborating with China to launch a joint space communications satellite next year that will be a milestone in their friendship, the country's envoy here said today.

The new satellite called Paksat-1R will bring immense economic benefits to Pakistan, Pakistani Ambassador to China, Masood Khan, said.

He made the remarks while addressing an official function here to mark the anniversary of the establishment of the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC).

The agreement to launch the satellite and set up a joint communications project was reached during Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's visit to China in 2008.

The CGWIC, established in 1980, is the sole commercial organisation authorised by the Chinese government to provide satellites, commercial launch services and carry out international space cooperation.

It is actively involved in the international marketing of products and services using space technology.

As China prepares to develop Mars exploration technologies for starting a joint mission with Russia in 2011, [color=yellow]Ambassador Khan expressed the hope that a Pakistani astronaut will travel aboard a Chinese spacecraft one day[/color].
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21 Oct, 2010, 01.49PM IST,PTI
China set to get big chunk of global satellite market by 2015

BEIJING: Bracing up to launch a host of new satellites, including a communication satellite for Pakistan next year, China has said it aims to become a major global player in the international aerospace industry by 2015 to get a big chunk of the commercial satellite market.

China is set to re-launch itself on the global aerospace industry with plans to take 10 per cent share of the world's commercial satellite and 15 per cent of the commercial launch business by 2015, Yin Liming, President of China Great Wall Industry Corp, (CGWIC) told state run 'China Daily' today.

Unveiling the specific target plans for the first time, he said China will conduct three commercial launches next year, including a communications satellite produced by France-based Thales Alenia Space for Eutelsat Communications.

"The other two launches, also communications satellites and both made in China, will be the PakSat-1R for Pakistan, and the NigComSat-1R for Nigeria, to replace a defunct Nigerian satellite launched in 2007", the Daily report said.

The PakSat-1R made in China was expected to be launched next year.

Pakistan Ambassador to China, Masood Khan, who addressed CGWIC yesterday, said the "joint space communication satellite" will be launched next year.

This will be a second satellite for Pakistan which currently has leased satellite called Paksat-1.

Khan also expressed hope that a Pakistan astronaut would travel to space in a Chinese spacecraft.

"We always say that Pakistan-China relations are deeper than oceans and higher than mountains. On the day a Pakistani astronaut boards Shenzhou we would say our friendship is as vast as the space itself," Pakistan news agency APP quoted him as saying.

Yin said his company plans to "invest hundreds of millions of yuan in the next few years to launch a batch of communications satellites and launch vehicles", to guarantee service", he said.

"This new business model will help sharpen our competitive edge in the global launch market. We aim to become a major player," he said.

China entered into the commercial launch market in the 1990s, and once enjoyed a nine per cent share of global business.

However, it suffered a major setback in 1996, when the launch of Intelsat 708 satellite failed.

Started in 1999, US banned the export of satellites to China containing components covered under the US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

Due to the trade barrier, China was stripped of opportunities in the market and did not conduct any commercial launches between July 1999 and March 2005.
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[color=yellow][b]Интересное применение спутников SPOT и GPS[/b][/color]


press release
Oct. 22, 2010, 7:00 a.m. EDT

SPOT Announces Availability of Intrinsically-Safe (IS) SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger
New Rugged IS Certified SPOT Messenger Helps Keep Workers Connected From Remote Areas Via Reliable Satellite Technology

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Oct 22, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Globalstar Canada Satellite Co., a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services, announced today its new Intrinsically Safe SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™ (SPOT IS™) is now available in Canada and the United States. Ideal for harsh environments, SPOT IS™ sends one-way location-based messages via satellite to others even from remote areas beyond cell phone range.

The easily identifiable blue SPOT IS™ is certified Intrinsically Safe meeting Class I, Division 1, Groups A-D standards under UL 913 and CSA C22.2 No. 157. These certifications allow companies operating in potentially combustible environments where the presence of flammable gases or vapors may exist such as oil and gas and natural resources including mining, transportation and government, to take advantage of SPOT messaging functionality. Certification was completed by MET Laboratories, Inc.

Using both the GPS and Globalstar communications satellite network, the handheld SPOT IS™ enables workers to send predefined messages with their GPS location for checking-in with contacts or to summon help in an emergency.

"Companies are often challenged to provide safe work practices for employees and ensure lone worker requirements are met," said Jim Mandala, General Manager for Globalstar Canada Satellite Co. "The most efficient way to accomplish this is through effective communication. SPOT IS™ provides a rugged and reliable solution for employees who operate remotely often alone and in potentially hazardous work environments."

SPOT IS™ transmits activated messages based on varying levels of need:

 --  SOS notifies the GEOS International Emergency Rescue Coordination Center
     of your GPS location in a critical emergency.
 --  Help requests assistance from your contacts including co-workers,
     friends and family.
 --  Check-in/OK lets contacts know where you are and that you're okay.
 --  Custom Message lets you send a second predefined message to a list of
     new contacts.
 --  Track Progress sends your location automatically allowing your contacts
     to track a virtual "breadcrumb trail" of your location in near real-time
     using Google Maps™.


SPOT satellite coverage works around the world, including all of the continental United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia, Northern and Central Africa, portions of South America and North-Eastern Asia and hundreds or thousands of miles offshore of these areas.
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Fri, 22 October, 2010

Marshall Ponders Debris Tracking Demo Satellite

WASHINGTON — NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center is gathering information for the possible development of a demonstration satellite to track pieces of orbital debris that are too small to be seen by current systems but still pose a threat to operating spacecraft.

Spurred by the new U.S. National Space Policy that emphasizes tracking and mitigating orbital debris, Huntsville, Ala.-based Marshall may partner with industry and academia to field a low Earth orbiting satellite as soon as 2014, said Bruce Wiegmann, an engineer in Marshall’s Advanced Concepts Office.

In the last decade, orbital debris has become a serious concern for spacefaring nations, with several high-profile events drastically increasing the amount of junk circling the Earth. China was widely criticized for shooting down one of its one weather satellites in 2007. Then in 2009, an operational Iridium communications satellite collided with a defunct Russian communications satellite. These two events increased the estimated number of pieces of small debris in low Earth orbit from 300,000 to 500,000, Wiegmann said in an Oct. 19 interview.

The U.S. Air Force has a mandate to catalog and track objects in Earth orbit with its network of ground radars, optical telescopes and the new Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) optical satellite that was launched in September. But the Air Force’s systems can track only the 11,000 or so objects in space that are 10 centimeters in size or larger.

There have been five or six incidents, mostly in the 1990s, in which space debris is believed to have caused the degradation or failure of satellites on orbit, though without more sensitive tracking capabilities this is impossible to know for sure, Wiegmann said.

“We decided to look at the small debris because it’s a hard problem and it’s untracked,” Wiegmann said.

In a notice posted Oct. 6 on the Federal Business Opportunities website, Marshall said it is seeking information for a potential demonstration satellite to track small debris in low Earth orbit and described a “straw man” set of requirements for the mission. Responses are due Oct. 27.

The satellite would use an optical, infrared, ultraviolet or other type of payload weighing between 100 and 200 kilograms and a platform weighing between 400 and 500 kilograms, the posting said. The satellite would launch around 2014 or 2015 on a Falcon 1e- or Minotaur 4-class U.S. rocket into a near-polar circular orbit between 800 and 850 kilometers high. It would be able to track objects between 1 and 10 centimeters in size from a distance of 1,000 kilometers, it said.

Marshall began drafting the mission concept in response to the U.S. National Space Policy issued June 28, Wiegmann said. The policy directs U.S. agencies to continue development and adoption of policies to minimize the creation of space debris; to develop and maintain systems for identifying and attributing actions in space; and to pursue research and development techniques and technologies to mitigate and remove on-orbit debris.

There are many challenges in tracking small pieces of debris, not the least of which is the great relative speed at which many of these pieces are traveling, which can exceed 15 kilometers per second, Wiegmann said. The albedo, or reflectivity of light, that debris has is also an issue because it widely varies depending on the type of object. This will be one factor in choosing the type of sensor, he said. The sheer quantity of debris in some orbits likely will make it necessary to have a sensor with a very limited field of view, one that perhaps observes only tens of pieces per day, he said.

Though the mission requirements are challenging, NASA and U.S. industry and academic institutions have the technology and engineering chops to get it done, Wiegmann said.

“You can’t do any type of debris removal until you can track it well,” he said. “A lot of people say it’s very hard to track the stuff. Just because it’s hard doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Let’s have the old American ingenuity and say, ‘We’re going to do it, and we’re going to do it within three years.’ It’s not that hard.”
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Fri, 22 October, 2010

Globalstar Paying $275,000 To Settle FCC Spectrum Dispute

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan — Mobile satellite services operator Globalstar Inc. has agreed to make a “voluntary contribution” to the U.S. government to settle a dispute with U.S. regulators about spectrum the company had promised to abandon but continued to use for months.

In a consent decree agreed to with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Globalstar has agreed to pay $275,000 to the U.S. Treasury by mid-November and to forgo any court challenge of the decision.

Milpitas, Calif.-based Globalstar also has agreed to cease using certain radio frequencies that the FCC had determined in late 2008 were no longer available to it. Globalstar had sought, and received, early exemptions from the rule by asking for more time to transition its ground stations in South America, Europe, Asia and Australia so they do not use the frequencies in question, which are from 1618.725 to 1621.35 megahertz.

Ground terminals in France, Brazil, Turkey and Australia were subsequently switched to the more-restricted frequencies, but Globalstar’s three Russian gateways continued using the forbidden radio waves.

The FCC decision, published Oct. 6, is worded in a way that makes clear the agency’s frustration with Globalstar’s behavior. The decision came just weeks after the FCC told a Globalstar customer, Open Range Communications, that it could no longer use Globalstar’s frequencies to develop a rural broadband service featuring ground transmitters combined with Globalstar’s satellite signals.

Barbee Ponder, Globalstar’s general counsel, said in response to Space News inquiries that the company “looks forward to a more positive working relationship with the Commission in the future.”

Globalstar on Oct. 20 launched the first six of 24 satellites it has ordered to form its second-generation constellation. The launches occurred here aboard Soyuz rockets operated by the French-Russian Starsem company.

For these satellites and the 18 others scheduled for launch in 2011, Globalstar’s regulatory home is France, not the United States. The regulatory authority for the eight most recent first-generation satellites in orbit, which will be part of the Globalstar system for another four or five years, remains the FCC.

Anthony J. Navarra, president of the company’s global operations, said here that Globalstar’s dispute with the FCC is not about a company flouting an FCC order, but rather a company questioning whether a national regulatory agency’s reach should extend worldwide. Globalstar, he said, was not violating international or Russian regulations in using the frequencies the FCC forced it to drop.

Navarra said that while Globalstar, as part of the consent decree, will not challenge the FCC ruling in a U.S. court, the company will exercise its right to make continued appeals to the FCC.

The FCC has signaled that it will be reviewing the regulatory environment under which mobile satellite services providers operate as part of a strategy to ensure that at least one service provider survives over the long term to provide emergency communications when terrestrial communications fail, such as in a natural disaster.

In an Oct. 20 interview, Navarra said Globalstar will be purchasing 100,000 new Globalstar handsets using chipset technology provided by Qualcomm Inc. even though Qualcomm will no longer be supporting Globalstar starting in 2013. Another 150,000 Qualcomm-equipped terminals are in storage at Globalstar, he said.

These phones will be distributed as needed when Qualcomm ends its involvement in Globalstar’s infrastructure. San Diego, Calif.-based Qualcomm has been replaced by Hughes Communications of Germantown, Md., to supply Globalstar chipsets.

Navarra said the Hughes gear is easily fitted side by side with Qualcomm’s at Globalstar’s gateway Earth stations and does not require a sizable investment. In some regions of the world, he said, markets will quickly upgrade to the faster service offered by the second-generation Globalstar. These markets will be using the Hughes technology.

In other markets, take-up of the second-generation capabilities will be slower, and these markets will be supported by the Qualcomm gear that Globalstar has in stock, in addition to hardware it can remove from gateway Earth stations whose markets have switched to the higher-capacity service, he said.
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Administration's weather satellite plan opposed globally
By Bob Brewin 10/22/2010

A host of weather-related groups around the globe strongly oppose the Obama administration's plans to reallocate spectrum weather satellites use to commercial cellular carriers in support of the National Broadband Plan. The groups include the World Meteorological Organization, weather agencies in countries such as Canada and Vietnam, state and local agencies, and commercial weather service providers in the United States.

Lawrence Strickling, assistant secretary for communications and information at the Commerce Department and head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, said on Thursday he recommended 15 megahertz of spectrum in the 1675-1710 MHz band that weather satellite systems worldwide use be reallocated to support the national broadband plan, strongly supported by President Obama to provide advanced wireless Internet services. NTIA oversees federal spectrum.

WMO said the NTIA plan could end up threatening the operation of a global constellation of 20 weather satellites, including four geostationary operational environmental satellites and four polar-orbiting satellites the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration operates.

Michel Jarraud, secretary-general of WMO, a United Nations agency, said in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission that a spectrum sharing plan for weather satellites in the United States could influence other countries to try the same thing, which "would put at risk meteorological and hydrological activities worldwide" and jeopardize a global system whose operation costs run between $2 billion and $3 billion annually. "There is no alternative to spectrum for METSAT [meteorological satellite operations], and no alternative frequency band that can provide similar reliable and available service," Jarraud wrote.

Weather balloons also rely on the 1675-1710 MHz band, and while Strickling said NOAA launches only two balloons per day, Jarraud said 100,000 weather balloons are launched around the world each year, carrying radiosondes which collect data necessary to fine tune weather forecasts.

This past summer, administration officials publicly discussed the idea of sharing spectrum. In a June speech, Strickling said since it was impractical to change the frequencies of satellites in space, NTIA and FCC should figure out how to share the spectrum with cellular companies. He said FCC and NTIA also want to determine the possibility of distributing weather information to end users by other means, such as the Internet or satellite systems outside the 1695-1710 MHz band.

FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology launched an inquiry in early June to determine if the band that weather satellites currently use could be shared with wireless broadband companies, on the assumption that it was "relatively lightly used." The agency said it also wanted to find out if weather information could be downlinked to a small number of satellite dishes protected from interference and then distributed by terrestrial services, such as the Internet.

Several commenters offered a range of other operations the plan could adversely affect.

Ernst Koenemann, director of program development for the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellite, which operates three weather satellites, expressed concern in his letter to FCC that spectrum sharing in the United States could lead to similar moves around the world, and he urged the agency to keep the weather satellite spectrum inviolate.

Barry Lee Myers, chief executive officer of AccuWeather Inc., a commercial weather company that provides services to a range of media outlets and 50,000 websites told FCC "if the current availability of the weather satellite downlink transmissions were to end, there would be significant adverse effects on safety and economic activity in the United States." Paul Drewniak, senior manager of the Global Forecast Center and senior meteorologist for The Weather Channel told the agency there is no viable alternative to direct downlink of weather data directly from satellites and Internet distribution is susceptible to interruptions and outages.

Raytheon, which is developing the ground segment for the next generation of weather satellites, said in its filing with FCC that spectrum sharing would not only impair distribution of weather data, but also threaten distribution of missing child Amber Alerts. Raytheon said state and local agencies use the NOAA satellites to distribute these alerts when other communication systems are down.

Water distribution systems nationwide operate 11,400 stream gauges to monitor water flow, and Diane VanDe Hei, executive director of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, said in her filing with FCC -- with distribution of that data performed in real time over the NOAA satellites. Internet distribution, she said, degrades the real-time function and reliability of the current stream gauge system and impairs quick response in case of floods if Internet connections are lost.

Robert McAleer, director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency said real-time stream gauge data is critical for public safety and the protection of property. "Should [weather satellite] frequencies be lost altogether, our ability to provide warning and protection to the public will be similarly degraded. This is a risk that is wholly avoidable, and a risk the public must not be made to bear."

Strickling said on Thursday NTIA and FCC have not yet made a final decision on how to allocate federal spectrum for the national broadband plan. "We are on a long-term mission here, and when we can identify spectrum that is suitable for wireless broadband and that can be made available with a minimum of disruption to existing federal users, it is incumbent on us to take that spectrum and put it in the bank so that industry knows there will be spectrum available in the future as the market develops and technology evolves," he said.
Operationally Responsive Space-1 (ORS-1)

Date Released: Friday, October 22, 2010
Source: Goodrich Corporation
Goodrich Achieves Major Integration Milestone on ORS-1 Satellite
Goodrich Corporation (NYSE:GR) has successfully integrated its electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) sensor payload with the spacecraft bus for ORS-1, the first satellite in the Operationally Responsive Space program designed to support Combatant Command operations. The successful integration effort paves the way for environmental and acceptance testing, the next steps of the program which lead to satellite delivery in the fourth quarter of 2010. The integration activity took place at Goodrich's ISR Systems facility in Danbury, Conn.

"The integration of the payload and spacecraft bus is a major milestone that moves this important program another step closer to delivering critical ISR capabilities to the warfighter," said Andreas Nonnenmacher, Goodrich ISR Systems' vice president.

The ORS-1 satellite will provide a multi-spectral imaging capability to support U.S. Central Command's Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission needs.

Goodrich, the lead systems integrator for the ORS-1 program, is providing the satellite's sensor payload. The payload leverages the latest evolution of the Goodrich SYERS-2 multi-spectral sensor, the primary imaging sensor used on the U-2 reconnaissance plane. Goodrich is also providing a ground segment that formats the data from the sensor payload to be compatible with the downstream processing, exploitation, and dissemination used for the operational SYERS-2 sensor. The ORS-1 spacecraft bus is built by ATK Space Systems and is based on their TacSat-3 bus. It includes an integrated propulsion system as well as other critical subsystems for communications, attitude control, thermal control, command and data handling.
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PAN: это что еще за чудо?
Date Payload Mass (kg) Launch Vehicle Launch Site/Pad

Mission 20
09/08/09 PAN 6,000 Atlas V/401 Cape Canaveral AFS/LC-41
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Satnews Daily
October 13, 2010

Nigeria... Pico Placement Planned (Satellite)

[SatNews] Business Day online is reporting that the Nigerian Federal Government, in its bid to avoid accidental loss of assets owned by the country in space, has instituted a mechanism to launch a locally built satellite that will monitor and download real time information about satellites.

This will be the first satellite to be launched in Nigeria before 2015. Known as a pico satellite, this will be one of the smallest satellites in the orbit for monitoring the country’s space assets. Spencer Onuh, director and chief executive, Centre for Space Science and Technology Development of the Ministry of Science and Technology, noted that the satellite will be built in Nigeria by Nigerians and that the chances are high it will be launched from Nigerian soil. Onuh noted that “the pico satellite can also form part of disaster management. If you consider the oil pipelines as your asset, you can monitor them, you can track vandalism and serious leakages will be detected. It is flying at an altitude of 700km above sea level.”

The satellite, according to Onuh, “is a five-year project plan and we hope that in the next four years we will be able to have it in space”, stressing that “everything was designed here in NARSDA and it will be launched from Nigerian soil. We have a propulsion unit in Epe. There are a number of engineers in Alabama, United States, training in rocketry — they have done one already that went up to 10,000km in Atlanta. This earned our engineers first prize of the America Society of Engineers. There are agencies that will be pleased to launch it for us because we are using their materials and we can say we have materials that are space qualified which are being used in space already. Onuh stated that Nigeria will blaze the trail in this technology on the continent as no African country has such in place. Some components of the craft are being sourced locally, while others are imported, he said.
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Oct. 13, 2010, 7:00 a.m. EDT
Photo Release -- Asia Broadcast Satellite Signs ABS-2 Satellite Manufacturing Contract With Space Systems/Loral

HONG KONG and PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct 13, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) and Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) today announced that they have contracted for Space Systems/Loral to manufacture the ABS-2 spacecraft which is scheduled for launch in 2013.


ABS-2 will be one of the most powerful commercial satellites launched for service in the Eastern Hemisphere. The satellite will have over 12 kW of payload power and up to a total of 87 active C-band, Ku-band and Ka-band transponders across 10 different beams bringing increased capacity and transmission power to the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and CIS/Russia. The ABS-2 spacecraft is based on Space Systems/Loral's 1300 satellite bus, with a separated mass in excess of 6,000 Kg at launch and is designed for 15 years of operational life.

ABS-2 will be located at the 75 degrees East Longitude, ABS' prime orbital location where ABS-1, ABS-1A, and ABS-1B are currently located. From the 75 degrees East Longitude location, ABS-2 will cover four-fifths of the world's population and will expand the already successful business base of ABS-1, which has a current fill rate of over 90%. With the addition of ABS-2 to its fleet, ABS will become one of the largest FSS satellite operators in Asia in terms of number of active transponders in orbit.

ABS-2 is specifically designed for a wide range of services including direct-to-home, cable TV distribution, VSAT services, data networks, and telecommunications services. ABS-2 will provide continuity of service and expansion capacity to existing ABS-1 customers, and will also act as in-orbit spare and provide full backup for the ABS-1 transponders.

Tom Choi, CEO of Asia Broadcast Satellite, said: "We are very excited to confirm that Space Systems/Loral will build the ABS-2 spacecraft. We originally announced the preliminary agreement with Space Systems/Loral in June of last year, but we have had to postpone the start of manufacturing while we completed the process of bringing in a new financial sponsor into ABS. We sincerely appreciate SS/L's endless dedication and commitment in working to meet our requirements. We chose SS/L for their industry leadership, quality, reliability and the performance of their products and services. SS/L offers us the best assurance that we need to complete this important project."

"It is communications satellites such as ABS-2 that help bring essential services to even the most remote areas," said John Celli, president of SS/L. "Like the Asia Broadcast Satellite company, SS/L has a commitment to expanding the infrastructure that promotes commerce, learning, and can protect populations in emergency situations. We are very happy to reinforce this commitment with our sixth satellite contract of the year."

About Asia Broadcast Satellite

Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) is one of the fastest growing premium satellite operators in the world. ABS serves a global customer base with representatives in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. ABS offers a complete range of End-to-End solutions including Direct to Home (DTH) and Cable TV distribution (CATV), Cellular Backhaul, VSAT and Internet Backbone services with diverse IP transit through its European and Asian internet gateways. ABS currently hosts over 175 TV channels making it as one of the fastest growing and top satellite distribution platforms and broadcaster of TV channels in the Asia Pacific.

ABS is rapidly expanding its satellite fleet and business worldwide through the recent acquisitions of ABS- 7 (formerly Koreasat-3), ABS-1A (formerly Koreasat-2) and ABS-5 (formerly Agila-2). ABS has also completed a strategic cooperation with Eutelsat for the ABS-1B/W75 satellite at 75 degrees E. ABS is planning the launch of a new state-of-the-art high powered satellite, ABS-2, that is scheduled to become operational in 2013. ABS-2 will be located at the 75 degrees East Longitude, ABS' prime orbital location covering four-fifths of the world's population across the Indian Ocean region.

ABS is committed to maintaining its aggressive growth through the announcement of more strategic partnerships, acquisitions and further additions to its satellite fleet of ABS-1, ABS-1A, ABS-1B, ABS-2, ABS-5 and ABS-7.
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Telesat satellite comms for Anik G1 sold to single customer

Two years ahead of launching Anik G1, Telesat announced on Wednesday that Paradigm Services, a subsidiary of Astrium Services' telecommunications division, has signed a 15-year contract to use all communications transponders on the satellite.

The deal, whose financial details were not disclosed, will give Paradigm full access to X-band communications – a frequency commonly used for radars in the defence industry.
Anik G1 will give Paradigm a field-of-view over Canada, North America, South America and part of the Pacific Ocean, making communications possible in those areas.
Paradigm is already a client of the Canadian Department of National Defence, the British Ministry of Defence and others, using both its own satellites and leases like the one just inked with Telesat.
“Our decision to incorporate a unique X-band payload on Anik G1, and Paradigm’s decision to lease the full payload for the satellite’s lifetime, represent the type of innovative thinking about new market opportunities that has driven the success of both companies," stated Dan Goldberg, the president and chief executive of the Ottawa-based company.
"It is gratifying to know that the capabilities of Anik G1 will provide fixed and mobile services to Canada’s DND and other allied civil and military agencies.”  
Anik G1 will work in "geostationary" orbit, hovering in approximately the same spot over the Earth's surface, upon launching some time in the second half of 2012.
Telesat previously sold access to Shaw Direct on Anik G1's Ku-band frequency, which is expected to let Shaw offer more video content and programming for its subscribers.
Anik is a 40-year-old line of satellites that has offered television, communications and other services to a number of firms over the decades.
Telesat operates in Canadian dollars. In August, after it posted a net loss of $72 million in its second quarter of 2010 compared with a $187 million profit at the same time last year, analysts asked Mr. Goldberg if he was considering a foreign takeover as most of the loss was due to foreign exchange changes.
Mr. Goldberg did not disclose if directors in his firm was considering it, noting only that under Investment Canada Act rules, "we would have to demonstrate that the change in ownership, in control, has a net benefit in Canada."[/url]
W3B & BSAT 3b = Ariane 5 ECA (V197)- 29.10.10 01:51 ЛМВ

Eutelsat W3B Satellite on Track for October 28 Ariane Launch
Source: EUTELSAT Posted Monday, October 4, 2010

The W3B satellite of Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) was flown into French Guiana on September 30 and has been transferred to the Guiana Space Centre to be readied for launch by Arianespace on October 28. Lift-off of the Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle is scheduled for October 28 in a launch window opening at 21.51 to 23.17 GMT (23.51 to 01.17 CET).

Built by Thales Alenia Space, and weighing in at 5.4 tonnes, Eutelsat's new satellite will be located at 16 degrees East to renew and expand resources at a longstanding orbital position that reaches out to some of the most dynamic markets in the satellite business.

In addition to providing increased capacity for rapidly-expanding video platforms in Central Europe and Indian Ocean islands, W3B will initiate a new mission at 16 degrees East, with bandwidth and coverage for telecom operators and Internet Service Providers in Africa to meet sustained demand for enterprise networks and GSM connectivity.

Scheduled to enter service at 16degrees East in December this year, the satellite will replace Eutelsat's EUROBIRD™ 16, W2M and SESAT 1 satellites which will all subsequently be redeployed to alternative positions.

W3B's 56 transponders will be connected to four distinct footprints:

- A high-power footprint of Central Europe for Direct-to-Home broadcasting;

- A widebeam spanning Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia for professional video links and data networks;

- A high-power beam over Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands for DTH broadcasting;

- A beam sweeping across Sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean islands for regional telecoms and Internet services. Interconnectivity with Europe will also be possible via a combination of Ka-band frequencies in Europe and Ku-band frequencies in Africa.

The satellite's launch marks the latest step in Eutelsat's far-reaching investment programme of seven satellites (W3B, KA-SAT, W3C, ATLANTIC BIRD™ 7, W5A, W6A, EUROBIRD™ 2) to be launched by early 2013 to expand, renew and secure the Group's in-orbit resources.

W3B vital statistics

   Platform:                           Thales Alenia Space Spacebus 4000

   Height:                              5.8 m
   Length:                              2.0 m
   Width:                               2.2 m
   Width with solar panels deployed:    34 m
   Mass at launch:                      5.4 tonnes
   Power at end-of-life:                12 kW
   Operational life:                    15 years +
   Orbital position:                    16 degrees East

About Eutelsat Communications

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is the holding company of Eutelsat S.A.. With capacity commercialised on 26 satellites that provide coverage over the entire European continent, as well as the Middle East, Africa, India and significant parts of Asia and the Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world's three leading satellite operators in terms of revenues. At 30 June 2010, Eutelsat's satellites were broadcasting more than 3,600 television channels. More than 1,100 channels broadcast via its HOT BIRD™ video neighbourhood at 13 degrees East which serves over 120 million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The Group's satellites also serve a wide range of fixed and mobile telecommunications services, TV contribution markets, corporate networks, and broadband markets for Internet Service Providers and for transport, maritime and in-flight markets. Eutelsat's broadband subsidiary, Skylogic, markets and operates access to high speed internet services through teleports in France and Italy that serve enterprises, local communities, government agencies and aid organisations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ nearly 661 commercial, technical and operational employees from 28 countries. http://www.eutelsat.com
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Satnews Daily
October 05, 2010

International Launch Services (ILS) + AsiaSat... Sequel Sign Up (Launch)

[SatNews] International Launch Services (ILS) and Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat) now have a contract for the launch of AsiaSat 7 satellite on an ILS Proton.


The satellite is under construction by Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, California. ILS and Khrunichev are implementing a mission integration schedule to support a 2011 launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. AsiaSat 7 is configured as a replacement satellite for AsiaSat 3S, one of AsiaSat's flagship satellites, operating at the orbital location of 105.5 degrees East. AsiaSat 7 is a Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform, with C- and Ku-band transponders, designed for a lifespan of 15 years. The projected orbital maneuvering lifetime of the satellite is expected to improve due to the performance of the ILS Proton launch vehicle.
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Terrestrial radio transmitters interfering with satellite

Radio signals on Earth are proving troublesome for scientists attempting to use data from a European Space Agency satellite to measure soil moisture and ocean salinity.


ESA officials say errant signals from television, radio and security networks have ruined early data collections by the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity satellite, which launched in November 2009 and began science operations in May.

Orbiting 500 miles above Earth, SMOS uses an array of small antennas to measure faint radio signals containing clues on the properties of land and sea surfaces.

Arranged on three deployable arm-like structures, the satellite's 69 L-band antennas are stringed together in an interferometer array to maximize the sensor's sensitivity.

The MIRAS instrument collects microwave radiation coming from Earth's surface, a measurement known as the brightness temperature. Scientists studying the data can extract details of moisture levels in soil and the salt content of oceans.

The $439 million SMOS satellite is probing Earth's water cycle in a three-year mission.

The MIRAS instrument does its observations at frequencies between 1400 megahertz and 1427 megahertz, a band reserved for satellite research and radio astronomy by the International Telecommunications Union.

But the first global maps from SMOS show clusters of interfering signals scattered across southern Europe, the Middle East, India and China. The most offensive transmissions were coming from locations in or near cities like Madrid, Athens and Beijing.

According to ESA, the signals were either illegal transmissions within the SMOS frequency band or amplified interference from other bands leaking into the protected range.


"To ensure that the excellence of the mission would not be compromised, ESA embarked upon the tricky and lengthy process of having the illegal transmissions shut down and the excessive out-of-band emissions reduced," the space agency said in a statement.

Authorities are using the satellite's own data to trace the source of the signals. SMOS is designed to pinpoint moisture and salinity levels for its research mission, but officials are calling upon that precision to identify the locations of interference.

Officials are already seeing improvements as regulators retune over-powered transmitters and shut down those operating illegally.

Working with national spectrum management authorities, ESA first focused on improving the frequency interference in Europe. Spain, one of the early offenders, has reduced its unwanted transmissions and data there is already improved, according to ESA.

The SMOS mission is designed to shed light on Earth's water cycle. Soil moisture is linked to atmospheric humidity and the formation of precipitation, and scientists hope SMOS results will be considered by numerical weather prediction models to help make more accurate forecasts.

The salt content of the sea is a factor in ocean circulation, a network of conveyor belts that transport warm water to high latitudes and cool water to low latitudes, moderating the planet's climate.
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Satnews Daily
October 07, 2010

Arianespace...Milestone 200th Flight Will Send Off Kepler (LAUNCH)


[SatNews] The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) to be orbited on Ariane's milestone 200th flight is a center of attention at the Spaceport in French Guiana as pre-launch preparations advance with this large resupply vessel for the International Space Station.

Named after the German astronomer and mathematician Johannes Kepler, the ATV is targeted for a February 15, 2011 liftoff on Ariane 5.  Its mission will mark the 200th flight of an Ariane since the start of operations with this launcher family in 1979, and is to deploy the ATV in low Earth orbit for a rendezvous with the International Space Station.

Recent ATV Johannes Kepler activity in the Spaceport's S5 payload preparation facility includes loading of the spacecraft's cargo and a validation of its solar panel deployment sequence.

The February 2011 mission will be Arianespace's second launch of an ATV, having orbited the ATV Jules Verne in 2008.  These unmanned logistics spacecraft are part of Europe's contribution to the International Space Station's operation and maintenance.  Arianespace is responsible for their launch, with six ATV flights currently included in the company's manifest.

Follow Arianespace's launch activity with Mission Update stories at.[url]http://www.arianespace.com/[/url][/url]
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October 07, 2010

Harris... A Controlling Influence (MILSATCOM)

Harris homepage link...[SatNews] Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has been awarded a 21-month, $25 million contract to upgrade the ground-based space control system for the U.S. Space and Missile Systems Center's Space Superiority Systems Wing at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.

Space Superiority Systems Wing infopage link...The Space Superiority Systems Wing is responsible for delivering and sustaining space control systems that gain and maintain space superiority for the United States, including ground terminal systems that provide both offensive and defensive counter-space and space situation awareness capabilities. Harris is leading a team to upgrade the Harris-developed ground-based terminal system that includes Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems, Aurora, Colorado; and General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Santa Clara, California

Sirius XM-5=Протон-М/Бриз-М–14.10.10 22:53:21 ЛМВ-Байконур

October 10, 2010

ILS To Take XM Radio SIRIUS(ly) While Launching On A Breeze (Launch)

[SatNews] All is currently proceeding on schedule, and the SIRIUS XM Radio audience should be pleased. Currently scheduled to launch on October 14-15 (depending on your Earthly location time zone) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The ILS Proton Breeze M is slated to launch their client's, SIRIUS XM Radio, New York, New York, the XM-5 satellite.

The XM-5 is a high-power geostationary satellite from SIRIUS XM Radio, America’s satellite radio company and the major player in audio entertainment. XM-5 is intended to serve as an in-orbit spare for the existing fleet of SIRIUS and XM satellites, and ensures SIRIUS XM’s array of audio and data services are reliably delivered to subscribers.

XM-5 will help with the delivery of more than 130 channels of commercial-free music, premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather to close to 20 million subscribers, as well as services such as XM NavTraffic®, which provides real-time traffic information to vehicles in markets across North America.

SIRIUS XM has arrangements with every major automaker and its radio products are available for sale at retail locations nationwide.

The mission's plan proceeds in the following manner: The Proton M launch vehicle, utilizing a 5-burn Breeze M mission design, will lift off from Pad 24 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, with the XM-5 satellite on board.

The first three stages of the Proton will use a standard ascent profile to place the orbital unit (Breeze M upper stage and the XM-5 satellite) into a sub-orbital trajectory. From this point in the mission, the Breeze M will perform planned mission maneuvers to advance the orbital unit to a circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to a geosynchronous transfer orbit. Separation of the XM-5 satellite is scheduled to occur approximately 9 hours, 12 minutes after liftoff.

You are invited to review a live webcast at[url]http://www.ilslaunch.com/[/url], which will begin approximately 30 minutes before liftoff. The direct link to the webcast is.[url]http://xm5satellite.imgondemand.com/[/url][/url]
Шесть Globalstar-2=Союз-2-1А/Фрегат-19.10.10 21:10-Байконур


October 10, 2010

Arianespace... Payload Placement (Launch)

[SatNews] Payload integration for Arianespace's upcoming Soyuz mission is nearly complete, as the dispenser with its six Globalstar satellites has been installed on the launcher's Fregat upper stage at Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The October 19th flight will be performed for Arianespace by its Starsem affiliate, and the integration of the dispenser with its satellite cluster on Fregat was completed yesterday in Starsem's Upper Composite Integration Facility (UCIF) located at Baikonur Cosmodrome's Site 112 facility. This step clears the way for the dispenser's encapsulation in the Soyuz ST payload fairing, which is planned for the weekend.
Arianespace has been contracted to perform four Soyuz launches carrying six satellites each, further building Globalstar's constellation with these 24 2G spacecraft. Their deployment will secure the company's space segment beyond 2025, ensuring continuity for its mobile satellite voice and data services provided to businesses, governments and consumers. Globalstar's new satellites will have a liftoff mass of approximately 700 kg. each, and are fitted with 16 transponders from C- to S-band, along with 16 receivers from L- to C-band. Arianespace's Globalstar missions will use the Soyuz 2 evolved version of Russia's venerable medium-lift workhorse launcher, which incorporates the enlarged ST payload fairing and an updated digital flight control system. Soyuz 2 is the same vehicle that Arianespace will use at the Spaceport in French Guiana, operating side-by-side with its heavyweight Ariane 5 and Vega lightweight launchers.

These four new missions follow eight flights performed by Starsem from 1999 to 2007 using an earlier Soyuz version to orbit a total of 32 1G Globalstar spacecraft. Each of those launches orbited four of the 450-kg. satellites.
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