Author Archives: Alun Williams

Researching offshore windfarms interference with military comms

The UK government has awarded contracts worth £3.8 million for Phase 2 of Windfarm Mitigation for UK Air Defence, a competition to develop technologies that reduce the impact of offshore windfarms on Air Defence surveillance. Seven projects, from six companies, have been awarded selected and the initiative will be funded through the Department for Business, ...

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UK government publishes first National Space Strategy

The UK government has published what it describes as the UK’s first National Space Strategy. A joint initiative by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Ministry of Defence, it’s intended to outline a “national vision” to grow the UK’s space sector. For context, it points out that the global space ...

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Seraphim backs Isotropic to unblock satellite comms bottleneck

Seraphim, a London-based investment group that has a focus on the Space sector, has announced a $25 million investment into Isotropic Systems. The UK company, which is based in Reading, is a developer of broadband terminal technologies for satellite communications. Its flat panel antennas will be capable of creating a mesh network by simultaneously connecting ...

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OneWeb completes acquisition of TrustComm

OneWeb has completed its acquisition of TrustComm – creating a US government-focused subsidiary. The deal enables it to offer its Low Earth Orbit (LEO) network and connectivity services to U.S. government clients. In corporate terms, TrustComm will become known as OneWeb Technologies Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of OneWeb, and will be led by its former ...

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Danish drones guide OneWeb’s antenna testing

OneWeb, the satellite company partially owned by the UK government, is using drones to carry out an antenna validation campaign at the Telespazio teleport in Scanzano, Italy. The low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications company has turned to QuadSAT, a Danish startup that does the test and measurement of satellite antennas by the use of ...

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NASA selects Aerojet Rocketdyne for Orion spacecraft engine propulsion

NASA has chosen Aerojet Rocketdyne, the aerospace and defence rocket engine manufacturer, to build the primary propulsion element for its Orion spacecraft, the Orion Main Engine (OME). Under the terms of the contract, which runs to April 2032, with a maximum value of $600 million, Aerojet Rocketdyne will deliver up to 20 new OME engines ...

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Glasgow Prestwick Spaceport signs Astraius for horizontal launches

Glasgow Prestwick Spaceport has secured a launch partner for its development: the UK-based ‘horizontal’ launch service provider Astraius, which is promising to provide state of the art launch facilities. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with Astraius for the organisations to collaborate for the orbital launch of small satellites from 2023. They will ...

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Inmarsat researches Covid-19 impact on Industrial IoT

Inmarsat is highlighting research that suggests a rapid increase in adoption of industrial IoT in 2021 across global supply chains. According to its report, “Industrial IoT in the Time of Covid-19”, this applies in agriculture, electrical utilities, mining, oil and gas, and transport and logistics sectors. The company is involved in this area through its ...

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NASA selects landing site for Artemis lunar robotic rover, Viper

Nasa has announced the destination for its Artemis lunar robotic rover, which is dubbed Viper (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover). The site, to be explored in 2023, is the western edge of the Nobile Crater near the Moon’s South Pole. The region features areas permanently covered in shadow as well as areas that are bathed ...

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Northrop Grumman plans Blackjack positioning, navigation and timing LEO payload

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a DARPA (US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) contract for a low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite payload. It’s part of DARPA’s Blackjack programme. Specifically, a contract for “Phase 2 development” of an advanced, software-defined positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) payload. The contract includes options to build units destined for space ...

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