Having previously offered transcontinental airline passangers to ability to connect to the internet via ground based transmitters and receivers, the Gogo firm announced in May 2012 that it intended to offer similar services on trans-oceanic routes by leasing Ku-band communications satellite capacity to provide this. The firm has followed through with this pledge by announcing in December 2012 that it had leased capacity on SES-1, SES-4 nd NSS-703 satellites. The firm is also expected to take capacity on SES-6 when it is launched later this year.
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SES announced the procurement of its new satellite SES-9 from Boeing. The new satellite – ordered through SES’ affiliate company SES-SL – will be built by Boeing’s El Segundo Satellite Development Center based on the Boeing 702HP platform. The satellite is designed to operate for 15 years in geosynchronous orbit with a 12.7-kilowatt payload and 57 high-power Ku-band transponders (equivalent to 81 x 36 MHz transponders). The spacecraft will carry a xenon ion propulsion system (XIPS) for all on-orbit maneuvering and a chemical bi-propellant system for initial orbit raising.
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and SES announced an agreement to launch three additional SES satellites, on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 or Falcon Heavy rockets.
This launch agreement – concluded through SES’ affiliate company SES-SL – adds to the luanch agreement siged in March 2011 for the launch by SpaceX of SES-8 in 2013. All four Falcon missions will support the enhancement of SES’ global fleet of satellites. The first of the new batch of SES/Space X launches is scheduled for 2015.
India’s test of a new rocket engine had to be stopped early according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) while Aviation Week’s Beijing correspondent Bradley Perrett scores a scoop with Chinese Moon rocket planning
France and Russia are to co-operate on a light weight reusable first stage demonstrator under the two countries joint Oural programme
In the picture above Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dreamchaser reusable vehicle concept docks with the International Space Station. Of NASA’s five Commercial Crew Development initiative funded space act agreements announced on 2 February Sierra Nevada won the largest sum, $20 million out of a total fund of $50 million
As part of the UK space exploration review report an economic study was undertaken of reusable launchers, namely Virgin Galactic’s air launched system, Reaction Engine’s single stage to orbit Skylon and Bristol Spaceplanes Ascender and Spacebus concepts
Newlands’ British nanosat launcher presentation that includes data on Black Cab can be downloaded here. Designed for a presentation given at the 2009 UK Space Conference Rick Newlands has since started analysis of expendable and reusable options for LauncherOne
Back in February NASA’s head of its Altair lunar lander project office Kathy Laurini spoke to Flight about the agency’s ideas for a reusable or recycleable lander. A few days earlier NASA exploration expert Wendell Mendell had mentioned the reuse of landers during an event held here in London
For those of you wondering about this blog post yesterday, at 0001h today this story about the European Space Agency and UK government funding technology that could be used for the Reaction Engines Skylon spaceplane went up on flightglobal.com. You can watch Reaction Engines’ Skylon spaceplane animation in the extended portion of this blog post and nicely detailed it is too
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