KVH announced a new distribution agreement with Japan Radio Co., Ltd. for KVH’s TracPhone® V7 satellite communications system and the mini-VSAT Broadband service, which will become JRC’s hardware and airtime solution for maritime VSAT communications.
Eutelsat’s W3B telecommunications satellite is now on the fast track for launch in late 2010, reinforcing Arianespace’s ability to accommodate customer mission timing needs. This spacecraft will provide Eutelsat with significant new capacity for broadcasting, telecommunications and broadband services.
KVH received a new $3.1 million order for its precision fiber optic gyros (FOGs) for use in remote stabilized weapon stations (RWS).
Germany’s COMSATBw-2 has arrived in French Guiana, joining this secure relay platform with its “sister” payload, ASTRA 3B – which is undergoing pre-launch checkout at the Spaceport. This upcoming dual-payload mission – planned for March 24 – will kick off Arianespace’s schedule of seven Ariane 5 missions in 2010.
Payload preparations are underway for Ariane 5’s year-opening flight, with the first-arrived payload now undergoing initial checkout at Europe’s Spaceport. This upcoming flight will orbit ASTRA 3B along with another satellite produced by EADS Astrium, COMSATBw-2 – initiating Arianespace’s busy schedule of seven Ariane 5 missions in 2010.
The optional Ka/Ku-band Tri-Americas LNB makes it possible for mariners to switch seamlessly from DIRECTV’s Ka- and Ku-band satellites in U.S. waters to DIRECTV Latin America service as their boats travel throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.
The first of two payloads for Ariane 5’s initial mission of 2010 has landed in French Guiana, arriving yesterday aboard an Antonov An-124 cargo jetliner. SES ASTRA’s ASTRA 3B is a state-of-the-art Ku- and Ka-band spacecraft designed for the distribution of both direct-to-home (DTH) broadcast services and two-way broadband services across Europe.
Arianespace has been selected to orbit the Athena-Fidus satellite within the scope of a contract signed by Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio and the French and Italian space agencies, CNES and ASI. An Ariane 5 or Soyuz vehicle is scheduled to launch this spacecraft – which will weigh about 3,000 kg. – from the Spaceport in French Guiana during the second half of 2013.
Record quarterly revenue of $26.3 million up 24% from prior year; net income of $1.8 million or $0.13 per diluted share; and quarterly fiber optic gyro revenues totaled $9.3 million
Launch campaign activity is in full swing at Europe’s Spaceport, where Arianespace’s year-opening March 24 mission has moved into its second phase of preparations. Meanwhile, the follow-on flight’s launch vehicle has arrived in French Guiana after its trans-Atlantic voyage aboard the MN Toucan transport ship.