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Archive for November 20th, 2008

Loss of both solar arrays knocked out NigComSat 1

November 20th, 2008 by

It took Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat) a week to confirm that its NigComSat 1 has not only temporarily failed in orbit but actually is a total loss. The spacecraft lost both solar arrays in two separate incidents, and independent observations indicate that a hasty emergency attempt to put the satellite into graveyard orbit has failed.

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Quo vadis, Dongfanghong IV?

November 20th, 2008 by

The loss of NigComSat 1 will undoubtedly be viewed by some as a huge setback for China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC), although the root cause of the failure isn’t known yet. However, future commercial contracts will not only depend on technology and reliability.

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Preparations for last Ariane launch in 2008 have started

November 20th, 2008 by

The dual-satellite payload for Arianespace’s sixth mission of 2008 is beginning its integration process with launcher hardware as preparations move forward for the year-end flight of Hotbird 9 and W2M at the service of Europe’s telecommunications operator, Eutelsat.

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Fengyun 3A enters test service

November 20th, 2008 by

China’s new polar orbiting meteorological satellite, Fengyun 3A and its ground application system, started trial business operation, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) said.

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Arrowhead books 90 MHz of satellite capacity on NSS-12

November 20th, 2008 by

Arrowhead Global Solutions has concluded a multi-year agreement for 90MHz of capacity on the upcoming NSS-12 satellite. Arrowhead will use the capacity to support U.S. government needs over the Middle East and East Africa.

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