October 2015 Edition
Off To Orbit
Launch-O-Rama, A Host of Nations and Companies Have Successfully Launched Satellites in 2015
Both Commercial and Government Entities Have Entered the Space Realm.
In-Space Trucking With VASIMR® Engines, By Dr. Mark Carter, Senior Vice President for Technology Development, Ad Astra Rocket Company
Throughout history, improved logistics have been needed to conquer new frontiers.
A New Gun For Hire: An Interorbital Systems Perspective, By Randa Relich Milliron, Co-Founder, Interorbital Systems
The realm of New Commercial Space is like a foreign land to those who have been approaching launch vehicle development in the conventional manner: using unlimited funding and wildly expensive ‘standard industry practices’. These elements bear astronomically high price-tags from suppliers who simply get on the gravy train, or as a representative of a prime contractor once facetiously related to an IOS founder, “I’ll bet you think we just back our big vacuum cleaner up to NASA and the DoD, hook it up and turn it on and suck all the money out… we’ll, you’d be right!”
Effective Maintenance + Troubleshooting Of Earth , By Dan Dunn, General Manager, RF/Microwave Handheld Instruments, Component Test Division, Keysight Technologies, Inc.
If recent forecasts come to pass over the next few years, governments and commercial entities around the world will be placing hundreds of new satellites into orbit—they also will be constructing new ground stations and teleports to manage the satellites and their high-volume data traffic.
Advanced Smallsat Technologies Take On Commercial Markets , A Tyvak Perspective
The small satellite (smallsat) industry is receiving significant attention these days, specifically when it comes to the US military and NASA-based applications.
Protect C-Band Satellite Networks—An AsiaSat Perspective, By Vicky Wong, Senior Engineer, AsiaSat
C-band frequencies (3 400-4 200 MHz (space-to-Earth), 5 725-6 725 MHz (Earth-to-space) have been shared with terrestrial applications throughout the entire satellite era.
The Growing Value Of VSAT At-Sea: An iDirect , By Terry Neumann, Director of Market Strategy, iDirect
High throughput capacity and efficient ground infrastructure meets rising demand for staying connected aboard maritime vessels.
Commercial Launch Sector’s Rapid Growth For Smallsats, By Jamie Welton, Program Director, Space Launch Services (SpaceLS)
As 2016 approaches the horizon, the varied range of potential launch options for small satellites grows exponentially—what are they and what does this mean for the launch sector?
Is GaAs Dead?, By Sheri Morita, Senior Product Manager, Norsat International Inc.
Every other day there seems to be an article story regarding a new gallium nitride (GaN) based microwave communications device that has just been released to the market.
Space Tech Expo Launches In Bremen, Germany, For a full three days in November, thousands of engineers, contractors, system integrators, buyers, manufacturers and industry leaders will converge
After five years on the US West Coast, Space Tech Expo has established itself as one of the leading events on the global space calendar.
Executive Spotlight: Rick Goerner, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales + Marketing, Microsemi Corporation
European EO Industry Survey Is Examined, By EARSC
The European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC) is the European organization which—on a non-profit basis—promotes the use of Earth Observation (EO) technology and, especially, the companies in Europe which offer EO-related products and services. This is a membership based organization whose mission is to foster the development of the European EO geo-information service industries.