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Three factors that have changed the satellite industry forever

Three factors that have changed the satellite industry forever
Multi-national corporations and startups alike have begun to tackle the emerging sector of commercial spacecraft. Known as 'new space,' it is the sector where companies are introducing new designs that propel them to the forefront of technological advancement, in areas such as 5G networking and imaging.  Guest blog written by Wind River Intern Ranjan Sikand.
19th July 2019

Satellite IoT market to reach $5.9bn by 2025

Satellite IoT market to reach $5.9bn by 2025
The global market for IoT-focused satellite services, focused on end-device connectivity hardware and the annual connectivity fees charged, will grow to $5.9bn in 2025, after taking off in the 2021-2022 period. Incumbent satellite providers will be pressured by a new wave of startups that are leveraging the recent advances in smaller satellite technologies, but many of these new entrants are going to strike out or be absorbed by their larger and entrenched rivals.
16th July 2019

Milestone achieved for LoRa in Space

Milestone achieved for LoRa in Space
The successful conclusion of the first phase of testing has been completed by Lacuna Space in its mission to provide complete global coverage for LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) to anywhere in the world, no matter how remote. 
18th June 2019


Rad-hard 16-channel current driver with integrated decoder

Rad-hard 16-channel current driver with integrated decoder
Supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, Renesas Electronics, has announced a new radiation-hardened 16-channel current driver with integrated four-bit decoder for reducing the size, weight and power (SWaP) of satellite command and telemetry systems. The ISL72814SEH integrates the decoder, input level shifter, and 16 current driver arrays in a single monolithic IC.
30th May 2019

Next generation crystal oscillators for LEO applications

Next generation crystal oscillators for LEO applications
Supplier of crystal oscillators for space, military, avionics and high-temperature applications, Q-Tech Corporation, has introduced the QT780 Series of space qualified crystal oscillators, designed for use as primary clocks in low earth orbit, small communications and broadcasting satellites.
14th May 2019

Real-time operating system selected for next generation satellite

Real-time operating system selected for next generation satellite
IoT software provider for critical infrastructure, Wind River, has announced that satellite startup Astranis Space Technologies is using VxWorks real-time operating system for its next generation satellite that will deliver cost-effective high-speed internet to underserved markets.
2nd April 2019

High contact density connectors in nanosatellite network

High contact density connectors in nanosatellite network
Though most of us now live in the ‘Connected Age’, it must be conceded that not everyone is quite so lucky. There are still certain areas of the planet which are simply too sparsely inhabited for it to be economically viable to justify the roll-out of terrestrially-oriented communication infrastructure – such as cellular base stations or WiFi hotspots. By Giorgio Potenza, Strategic Market Manager, Avionics Defence & Space, Harwin
14th March 2019

One radio platform for all security and public safety needs

One radio platform for all security and public safety needs
Although communication needs of military and security response teams appear vastly different, at their core they are very similar. Effective communication and transfer of information is critical in both industries as lives are at risk if they are not done quickly and effectively. By Sausan Arebi, Technical Writer, Per Vices Corporation
18th February 2019

Tactical communications system showcased at IDEX 2019

Tactical communications system showcased at IDEX 2019
Following significant interest from the Middle East and Asia, particularly regarding their SlingShot tactical communications system, Spectra Group will be exhibiting at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference, IDEX, for the first time. IDEX a defence exhibition and conference in the Middle East and North African region, and takes place 17th to 21st February 2019 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). 
15th February 2019

Space-qualified Ka-band microwave rotary joint

Space-qualified Ka-band microwave rotary joint
Manufacturer of microwave and RF subsystems and components, Link Microtek, has designed and produced a spaceflight-qualified microwave rotary joint and associated waveguide components as part of a Ka-band antenna pointing mechanism (APM) being developed by Surrey Satellite Technology, which is an independent company within Airbus.
8th February 2019


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