Monday, December 11, 2017

Esri Adds Airbus Global Elevation Data to Online Maps

Image of the coast of Japan from ArcGIS. Photo: Esri.Esri announced that Airbus Defence and Space WorldDEM4Ortho elevation data will soon become part of the growing ArcGIS Online Living Atlas of the World.

DigitalGlobe Boasts 28 Percent Jump in Revenue

DigitalGlobe’s headquarters set for 2015 in Westminster, Colo. Photo: Griffin CapitalIn its financial results for the second quarter, DigitalGlobe reported a 28 percent increase in overall revenue driven largely by the company’s acquisition of The Radiant Group and strong performance in both the government and civil sectors.

Boeing Reports Strong Earnings in the Second Quarter

Logo atop Boeing headquarters. Photo: Boeing.Boeing reported a pop in earnings and operating cash flow in the second quarter of this year, driven by improved operating performance, according to the company. Revenue for the its network and space systems division came in at $1.7 billion, with operating margin increasing to 9.1 percent. Backlog for the full defense, space and security division was $58 billion, of which 37 percent represents orders from international customers.

Norwegian Microsatellite Deploys Antenna for VHF Data Exchange

Rendition of Norsat-1. Photo: ESA.The Norwegian Space Center has announced successful deployment of critical antennas and probes on the NORsat 1 and NORsat 2 microsatellites built by Canada’s Space Flight Laboratory (SFL), which launched on July 14 from Kazakhstan. Most notable was deployment of a large Yagi antenna from NORsat 2 that will provide first-of-its-kind Very High Frequency (VHF) Data Exchange (VDE) from space, according to the Norwegian Space Center.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Completes Hot-Fire Tests of Electric Propulsion System

13-kilowatt Hall thruster being evaluated at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. Photo: NASA.

Boeing Exec on Surviving the Slowdown in GEO

Boeing’s 3D printed parts that were incorporated in the SES 15 satellite. Photo: Boeing.To combat the slowdown in Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite orders, Boeing Satellite Systems International is rapidly implementing new technology in its satellite designs and manufacturing processes, Mark Spiwak, the company’s president, said in an interview with Via Satellite. According to Spiwak, the company’s advanced payloads can help accommodate customers who desire more flexible assets as they prepare for the future of the industry.

XipLink Announces Multi-Gigabit Hubs for HTS and Hybrid Networks

One of the XA-200K predecessors, XA-60K. Photo: XipLink.XipLink has announced immediate availability for its new XA-200K model, a 1U form factor appliance that supports up to 200,000 simultaneous sessions for Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) acceleration and IP traffic optimization to 1.3 Gbps. In addition, XipLink is offering two sister products using the same scalable technology for TCP acceleration applications only, the XS-SCPS-200K, and a virtual version leveraging high performance hypervisors supporting all XipOS optimization features called the XV-Gig. XipLink also announced future availability for a horizontally scalable platform running multiple Virtual Machines to obtain aggregate capacities of 10 to 15 Gbps and more than one million TCP sessions later in 2017.

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Quintech Exec on Where Software-Defined Radios Fit in Satellite

A soldier uses a Harris manpack radio. Photo: Harris.Quintech Electronics & Communications recently announced that a government contractor will use its Nexus-4 16 port mesh test matrix switch to expedite development of its Software-Defined Radio (SDR) systems. In an interview with Via Satellite, David Chan, Quintech’s vice president of sales and marketing, explained why SDR is critical to the satellite systems of today and the future, and how Quintech plans to position itself as the technology grows in use and capability.

Boeing Reports Strong Earnings in the Second Quarter

Logo atop Boeing headquarters. Photo: Boeing.Boeing reported a pop in earnings and operating cash flow in the second quarter of this year, driven by improved operating performance, according to the company. Revenue for the its network and space systems division came in at $1.7 billion, with operating margin increasing to 9.1 percent. Backlog for the full defense, space and security division was $58 billion, of which 37 percent represents orders from international customers.

Norwegian Microsatellite Deploys Antenna for VHF Data Exchange

Rendition of Norsat-1. Photo: ESA.The Norwegian Space Center has announced successful deployment of critical antennas and probes on the NORsat 1 and NORsat 2 microsatellites built by Canada’s Space Flight Laboratory (SFL), which launched on July 14 from Kazakhstan. Most notable was deployment of a large Yagi antenna from NORsat 2 that will provide first-of-its-kind Very High Frequency (VHF) Data Exchange (VDE) from space, according to the Norwegian Space Center.