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Firefly Space Systems Partners with TACC and ANSYS on Rocket Simulations – Satellite Today

A digital model of an aerospike. Photo: Firefly Space Systems [Via Satellite 08-21-2014] Small satellite launch company Firefly Space Systems has teamed up with Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and ANSYS to conduct rocket simulations using the Stampede supercomputer. Firefly will use TACC’s supercomputer to run ANSYS software analysis for simulations of rocket subsystems. According…

NanoSpace Building Large Electric Propulsion Thruster – Satellite Today

Xenon flow control module. Photo: NanoSpace [Via Satellite 08-21-2014] The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected NanoSpace, an SSC company, to build a bigger version of the NanoSpace Xenon flow control product. Both Airbus and ESA have tested NanoSpace’ Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)-based Xenon flow control technology, which directs Xenon to ion thrusters. The improved larger…

ViaSat Rolls Out ‘Virtually Unlimited’ Exede Service in Alaska, Hawaii and Florida – Satellite Today

Exede Evolution. Photo: ViaSat [Via Satellite 08-21-2014] ViaSat has begun initial offerings of its “virtually unlimited” satellite broadband service in Alaska, Hawaii and Florida. Customers can access up to 150 GBs of data per month without resulting in strict data allowances using the ViaSat 1 High Throughput Satellite (HTS).  Additional rollouts are planned across the…

XTAR Evaluating Options for New Capacity in Asia Pacific – Satellite Today

Andrew Ruszkowski, CCO of XTAR. Photo: XTAR [Via Satellite 08-20-2014] Private satellite operator XTAR is considering ways to expand its fleet to include coverage over the Asia-Pacific region. Currently, the company has two satellites in orbit — XTAR LANT and XTAR EUR — providing coverage over the Americas, Europe, Africa and parts of Asia, exclusively…

EIAST Satellite Manufacturing Facility Nears Completion – Satellite Today

EIAST’s new satellite facility. Photo: EIAST [Via Satellite 08-20-2014] The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) is a few months away from finishing construction of the United Arab Emirate’s first domestic satellite manufacturing facility. Once complete, the facility, which spans more than 210 square meters, will house an electrical laboratory, a mechanical laboratory…

New NSR Report Forecasts 820 Ultra-HD Channels by 2025 – Satellite Today

A Panasonic 4KTV. Photo: Panasonic [Via Satellite 08-20-2014] NSR analysts predict satellites will distribute 820 Ultra-HD channels through Direct to Home (DTH), IPTV and satellite-to-cable headends in their newest report “Ultra-HD via Satellite, 2nd Edition.” DTH broadcasts comprise the majority of channels with an estimated 560 in 4K and 8K broadcast in this manner 11…

China Launches Gaofen 2 Earth Observation Satellite – Satellite Today

The Long March 4B rocket carrying China’s Gaofen 2 satellite. Photo: Xinhua [Via Satellite 08-20-2014] On Aug. 19, China launched the Gaofen 2 Earth Observation (EO) satellite from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, located in the country’s Shanxi Province, aboard a Long March 4B rocket. Gaofen 2 is the second of seven planned high definition…

Spaceflight Inc to Build 12 Ground Stations, Starts New Business Division – Satellite Today

Spaceflight Network’s map of projected ground station sites. Photo: Spaceflight Inc. [Via Satellite 07-31-2014] Spaceflight Inc. is expanding its business from focusing primarily on rideshare opportunities for small satellites to include a ground network branch. Officially named Spaceflight Networks, the new branch will provide satellite communications through a global series of ground stations. The company…