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NOAA mishap board completes investigation into GOES-17 anomaly

September 16th, 2019 by

A blockage in the loop heat pipe of the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), the primary instrument on NOAA’s GOES-17 satellite, prevented the instrument from cooling properly and impeded its ability to collect data, according to a special Mishap Investigation Board.

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Airbus to develop technology for ultra-high-resolution satellites

September 11th, 2019 by

Airbus has won a design study from the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to develop the technologies for a cluster of ultra-high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites for the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). The satellites will also have the ability to collect radio frequency (RF) signals.

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Thales Alenia Space to offer fully digital satellite

September 10th, 2019 by

Thales Alenia Space launched its new Space Inspire satellite product line (INstant SPace In-orbit Reconfiguration) which allows seamless mission and services reconfiguration, instant in-orbit adjustment to the demand, transition from video broadcasting to broadband connectivity services while maximising the efficiency and effective use of satellite resources.

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Suomi-NPP instrument restored after radiation damage

September 10th, 2019 by

A team of engineers, scientists, and satellite operators recently restored the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS), which was damaged by radiation as it flew on the Suomi-NPP satellite. The team made a successful switch to the sensor’s electronic B-side, returning the instrument to full capability.

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Boeing to build, SpaceX to launch new O3b satellites

September 9th, 2019 by

Boeing unveiled its 702X family of software-defined satellites, highlighting a 1,900kg variant for geosynchronous orbit. The 702X technology enables operators to adapt to changing market conditions by dynamically allocating bandwidth. The first customer is SES, which will use the spacecraft for their planned O3b mPOWER system.

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Vikram located on lunar surface, but still no contact

September 8th, 2019 by

ISRO has located its Vikram lander on the moon’s surface with the help of the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, which has taken a thermal image of the lander. Attempts to communicate with the lander have so far been unsuccessful.

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