[Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS)] Great American Eclipse on 21 August 2017: public release of images and videos taken by the “Hinode” satellite

Aug 22, 2017

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ/NINS), and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), release partial eclipse images and videos taken on August 22 (JST) with the solar observation satellite “Hinode”.

The images and videos were taken on August 22, 2017 at 1:57 JST with the X-Ray Telescope (XRT) aboard “Hinode” during its flight above the Pacific Ocean (off the west coast of the US) at an altitude of 680km. The silhouette of the new moon was approaching from the south west (the lower right side of the image) and passing across the solar disk toward the north east (the upper left side of the image) against the solar corona seen in X-rays. It was a partial eclipse, the maximum magnitude of which was 0.714. Since the flight speed of “Hinode” was very fast (27,000 km per hour), the duration of the partial eclipse was only about 15 minutes.

Minimum (eclipse magnitude: 0.714) (22nd 1:57 JST, 21st 16:57 UT)

Caption: Minimum (eclipse magnitude: 0.714) (22nd 1:57 JST, 21st 16:57 UT)

The total eclipse is a precious opportunity to deepen our understanding of the Sun. “Hinode” jointly observed the eclipse with ground observers. The scientific target of observation was to see the coronal structure in the polar region and the mechanism of jets which are frequently created there. Moreover, during the 90 minutes when the zone of totality crosses the continent of USA, “Hinode” took a series of X-ray coronal images collaborating on the project to produce the video of white light corona participated by many citizens (Eclipse Megamovie 2017, https://eclipsemega.movie). Electron densities can be measured by comparing the X-ray images and the white light images taken during the total eclipse. We would get a clue to understand the mechanism of polar jet creation and the dynamics of the coronal structure taking place in these 90 minutes. We hope the success of the eclipse observations will lead to more precise prediction of solar flare and solar storm occurrences that result to the geomagnetic storms, sometimes affecting electronic devices in the artificial satellites and on the ground.

The X-ray solar images and videos can be downloaded from below.

Solar eclipse captured by “Hinode” | The Great American Eclipse on 21 August 2017: public release of images and videos taken by the “Hinode” satellite

Solar spectacular

Total eclipse

Total eclipse

The total solar eclipse seen from Casper, Wyoming (US), by a team of ESA astronomers.

The image shows the moment of totality, when the Moon passed directly in front of the Sun, blocking its light and revealing the details of the Sun’s atmosphere, its corona.

Solar eclipse seen from Space Station

Solar eclipse seen from Space Station

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli took this picture during the total solar eclipse of the Sun over the US on 21 August 2017. 

From their unique vantage point 400 km above Earth’s surface, astronauts aboard the International Space Station saw the Moon’s fuzzy shadow on the surface of our planet during the eclipse. The space station crossed the path of the eclipse three times on its 90 minute-long orbits around the Earth.

Follow Paolo Nespoli during his six-month Vita mission at paolonespoli.esa.int

Credits: ESA/NASA

Moon's shadow on Earth

Moon’s shadow on Earth

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli took this picture during the total solar eclipse of the Sun over the US on 21 August 2017. 

From their unique vantage point 400 km above Earth’s surface, astronauts aboard the International Space Station saw the Moon’s fuzzy shadow on the surface of our planet during the eclipse. The space station crossed the path of the eclipse three times on its 90 minute-long orbits around the Earth.

Follow Paolo Nespoli during his six-month Vita mission at paolonespoli.esa.int

Credits: ESA/NASA

Proba-2 partial eclipse

Proba-2 partial eclipse

As the US enjoyed a total solar eclipse on 21 August 2017, ESA’s Sun-watching Proba-2 satellite captured partial eclipses from its viewpoint, 800 km above Earth. Proba-2 orbits Earth about 14.5 times per day, and thanks to the constant change in viewing angle, it can dip in and out of the Moon’s shadow several times during a solar eclipse.

This still image shows one of the first images available from today’s eclipse, taken at 17:08 GMT.

The image was taken by the SWAP imager, and shows the solar disc in extreme-ultraviolet light to capture its turbulent surface and swirling corona corresponding to temperatures of about a million degrees.

Credits: ESA/Royal Observatory Belgium

Total eclipse

Total eclipse

The total solar eclipse seen from Casper, Wyoming (US), by a team of ESA astronomers.

The image shows the Baily’s Beads effect, as sunlight glints through gaps in the rugged lunar topography, and the Sun’s chromosphere, which sits just above the Sun’s visible surface, and appears red during a total solar eclipse.

Total eclipse

Total eclipse

The total solar eclipse seen from Casper, Wyoming (US), by a team of ESA astronomers.

The image shows the ‘diamond ring’ effect, which is visible just before or just after totality when the last or first sliver of sunlight glints through a gap in the lunar topography.

The chromosphere can also be seen, which sits just above the Sun’s visible surface, and appears red during a total solar eclipse.

Partial eclipse from Kourou

Partial eclipse from Kourou

Astronomers observing from ESA’s Spaceport in Kourou enjoyed views of the partial eclipse yesterday. The image here was taken during the maximum extent of the partial eclipse. Sunspots are also visible on the solar disc.

Credits: Cédric Laffay (2017)

ESA logo eclipses

ESA logo eclipses

The image shows a projection of multiple partial eclipses through a specially cut mask and onto a piece of white card in the shape of an ESA logo.

The image was prepared by ESA astronomers observing the total solar eclipse from Casper, Wyoming (US).

Credits: ESA

Solar spectacular

Images from Earth and space as 21 August’s solar eclipse swept over the globe

Telesat Welcomes and Echoes Recommendations in the Space Advisory Board’s Report

OTTAWA, CANADA, August 21, 2017 – Telesat welcomes the release of the Space Advisory Board’s report: Canada’s Future in Space: What We Heard and is particularly pleased to see a number of important recommendations reflected in the report including, the need to establish a whole of government, new space policy for Canada that is funded and supports, promotes and prioritizes the Canadian space sector.

“The Canadian space sector has a long history of contributing to Canada’s economic and employment growth,” said Dan Goldberg, President and CEO of Telesat. “Actively promoting and prioritizing the Canadian space sector for our own government and private citizen satellite communication requirements, as our like-minded allies around the world have done, will create and support employment, spur innovation and enhance the competiveness of our domestic firms while improving export opportunities.”

Telesat is also pleased to see an emphasis on procuring, to the extent possible, space services from Canadian industry (rather than acquiring, launching and operating space systems) to meet government needs. This approach promotes private sector investment while shifting the fiscal, schedule and operational risks of space procurements away from the government and the taxpayer, to commercial enterprises, employing the same, highly successful model used with their own sophisticated commercial customers.

This is exactly the same model Telesat has proposed to the government to provide access to secure, highly reliable and high-capacity narrow and wideband telecommunications services on a 24 by 7 basis throughout the entire Arctic region where none exists today. Known as the Enhanced Satellite Communications Project – Polar, Telesat has proposed a Made-in-Canada solution by forming a consortium of Canadian companies who are all global leaders in their respective fields to deliver an innovative, world-class technical solution and service delivery model.

“Telesat, acting as the Prime Contractor and Service Provider, would design, procure, deploy, operate and maintain the satellites and ground segments as well as provide operations support for which the government would pay a recurring fee for the satellite communication services. This is precisely the type of procurement that supports government objectives while investing in Canada’s domestic space industry,” said Mr. Goldberg.

With the release of the report by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), the government has highlighted the importance of establishing a whole of government space strategy to support the Canadian space sector to ensure that it can remain competitive, viable and relevant in the decades ahead.

About Telesat (www.telesat.com)

Telesat is a leading global satellite operator, providing reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, the company’s state-of-the-art fleet consists of 15 satellites, the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1, and two new satellites under construction. An additional two prototype satellites are under construction for launch into low earth orbit (LEO) as part of Telesat’s plans to deploy an advanced, global LEO satellite constellation offering low latency, high throughput broadband services. Telesat also manages the operations of additional satellites for third parties. Privately held, Telesat’s principal shareholders are Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL).

For further information:                                                                               

Gerry Nagler, Telesat +1 908 470-4907 (gnagler@telesat.com) 

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Boeing-Built Satellite Completes NASA’s Space Communications Network

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 18, 2017 – The sixth and final Boeing [NYSE: BA] Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS), launched today, will enhance NASA’s space communications network when the satellite becomes fully operational early next year.

TDRS-M is the latest satellite in NASA’s TDRS constellation and will provide high-bandwidth communications to spacecraft in low-Earth orbit. The TDRS network enables continuous communication with the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Earth Observing System and other programs supporting human space flight.

This is the sixth TDRS satellite Boeing has built for NASA, the first of which was delivered in 2000. After reaching its final orbit, the satellite will undergo testing and checkout before being declared operational.

“This TDRS-M milestone is another step forward in Boeing’s commitment to developing technologies to support future NASA near-Earth, moon, Mars and deep space missions – and to do so affordably, drawing on our 40-plus years of strong Boeing-NASA partnership,” said Enrico Attanasio, executive director, Department of Defense and Civil Programs, Boeing Satellite Systems.

Boeing has provided space communication services to NASA for more than four decades, and has been NASA’s sole provider of tracking and data relay satellites since 1995.

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Don Brown Joins Telesat to Lead Government Business Growth in the U.S. and Overseas

OTTAWA, CANADA, August 17, 2017 – Telesat announced today that Don Brown, a satellite industry expert with a 20+ year record of innovation in the use of commercial satellites by major government customers around the world, has joined Telesat as General Manager, Government Services. He will be based in the company’s Washington, DC office.

Mr. Brown will focus on creating and executing Telesat’s business strategy in global government markets for Telesat’s geostationary fleet, specifically the company’s high throughput satellite (HTS) Telstar VANTAGE series. He will do the same for Telesat’s low earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation, now in development. As previously announced, Telesat has obtained priority ITU rights on a global basis to LEO Ka-band spectrum and has developed an innovative (patent pending) constellation design and system architecture. Telesat’s LEO constellation is being optimized to offer superior performance for government communications by combining low latency with gigabits of speed and terabits of total capacity. It will also provide industry leading security and resiliency, plus the ability to seamlessly integrate with existing networks – both satellite and terrestrial.

Mr. Brown’s achievements of enabling government customers to benefit from the capabilities and cost advantages of commercial satcom have been widely recognized. In 2016 Via Satellite magazine named the Australian Defence Force Hosted Payload program, conceived and led by Mr. Brown, as one of the “30 Key Satellite Industry Events of the Last 30 Years.” Mr. Brown also won the first “Joint Capability Technology Demonstration” (JCTD) award to the commercial satellite industry from the U.S. Department of Defense. He co-founded the Hosted Payload Alliance and led the “IP Router in Space” hosted payload program sponsored by the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM).

“Don Brown has built one of the best records in our industry developing hosted payload agreements and other high profile initiatives that benefit government customers,” said Tom Eaton, Telesat’s Vice President, International Sales. “Don’s technical and commercial expertise, along with his knowledge of how government satcom needs are evolving, will provide greater opportunities for Telesat to deliver powerful communications solutions to government customers in the U.S. and overseas – solutions that offer new levels of performance, security and reliability.”

“Telesat is one of the largest, most successful satellite operators and its record of innovation has transformed communications for both commercial and government markets,” said Don Brown, Telesat’s General Manager, Government Services. “Now with its Telstar VANTAGE HTS fleet and global LEO constellation, Telesat is well positioned to bring a new level of performance, security and reliability for government customers around the world. I look forward to working with my Telesat colleagues and delivering satcom solutions that can meet government requirements today and those being planned for the next decade and beyond.”   

About Telesat (www.telesat.com)

Telesat is a leading global satellite operator, providing reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, the company’s state-of-the-art fleet consists of 15 satellites, the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1, and two new satellites under construction. An additional two prototype satellites are under construction for launch into low earth orbit (LEO) as part of Telesat’s plans to deploy an advanced, global LEO satellite constellation offering low latency, high throughput broadband services. Telesat also manages the operations of additional satellites for third parties. Privately held, Telesat’s principal shareholders are Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL).

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For further information:

Gerry Nagler, Telesat +1 908 470-4907 (gnagler@telesat.com)

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Cobham Adds Kenwood NX-5000 Radios to Its Auto-Test Library

Auto-Test and Alignment for Kenwood NX-5000 Radios Now Available on the 3920B Radio Test Platform

DENVER, Colorado—APCO International 2017— Cobham announced today that fully automated test and alignment capabilities for Kenwood NX-5000 portable and mobile radios are now available on the Cobham 3920B Radio Test Platform. This option includes Auto-Test functionality for both the Kenwood NX-5000 Series and the TK-5X30 Series of radios without the need for user interaction.

“With a proven track record for speed and accuracy, the 3920B provides repeatable and highly accurate test and alignment to manufacturer-recommended specifications and to industry standards,” said Lyndon Zielke, Sr Product Marketing Engineer. “This ensures proper interoperability and a uniform standard of performance within the radio’s network technology. 

Price and Availability

The Kenwood NX-5000 Auto-Test Software (Option 640) will be available 1 October 2017, and can be ordered by contacting the Cobham AvComm sales team. This software option, like all options for the 3920B, is field upgradeable and uses precision instrumentation within the 3920B. For more information about pricing, contact your local Cobham AvComm sales office by calling Cobham AvComm Sales at (800) 835-2352 or emailing avcomm.techsales@cobham.com.

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Our integrated, portable solutions enable our customers to carry out simultaneous testing on-site, reducing downtime of mission critical platforms and increasing operational efficiency.

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Cobham offers an innovative range of technologies and services to solve challenging problems in commercial, defence and security markets, from deep space to the depths of the ocean.

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Thuraya Poised for Government Collaborations, Post KSA Roadshows

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 13 August 2017: Thuraya Telecommunications Company recently held meetings with senior-level officials and government system integrators in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to present its latest product portfolio and explore possibilities for collaborative ventures. The roadshow that took place in July and included visits to Jeddah, Riyadh and Damam, was exclusively developed in line with increasing KSA’s public sector interests. Thuraya’s national service partner, Farhan Commercial Company played a pivotal role in enabling meetings with the country’s commanding officers and decision makers.

From formal introductions with new potential partners to sit-downs with long term clients, each meeting maintained a live demo component: Thuraya’s suite of land voice and data products was on display and customers were allowed to conduct testing on the equipment of their interest. Many meetings were held with specialized solution integrators who work with the government to deliver customized applications for military and government vehicles. Thuraya also held discussions to determine the scope for developing specific M2M solutions such as seismic sensors for the KSA market.

Fahad Kahoor, Director of Market Development at Thuraya and team lead on the KSA trip says, “Our relationship with influential companies like Farhan has given us a strong foothold in KSA and helped us gain steady growth in key vertical markets across the region. Having completed our most recent series of meetings, we are poised to deliver tailored solutions for existing clients and look forward to actualizing partnerships that add advanced satellite capabilities to the KSA government’s technology-centric plans.” He added, “By being in close contact with service partners and clients, we had the advantage of listening to customer feedback in a face-to-face setting. We value these comments as these help us improve our value proposition and product features in a manner that best benefits the end-user.”

Thuraya’s leading-edge land data products have long served government and military sectors around the world with satellite-based communication needs. Its devices are compact, ruggedized and offer advanced vehicular broadband connectivity and secure communications on-the-move. Thuraya’s unique SatSleeve+ for example is another popular device that caters to the rising ‘bring your own device’ phenomenon and presents the fastest way for an individual to transform their existing phone into a satellite smartphone.

With the recent launch of Thuraya IP M2M, the company now offers superior capabilities for IoT connectivity in remote locations and industrial sites. The service supports high volume, high throughput machine-to-machine (M2M) applications and can deliver an extended range of solutions, including video-capturing and seismic sensors for surveillance and security; real-time applications for oil and gas, environmental and water monitoring, and wind and solar farm monitoring.

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About Thuraya Telecommunications Company

Thuraya Telecommunications Company is an industry leading MSS operator and a global telecommunication provider offering innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including energy, broadcast media, maritime, military and humanitarian NGOs. The company’s diverse range of technologically superior and highly reliable mobile satellite handsets and broadband devices provide ease of use, value, quality and efficiency. Thuraya remains committed to serving humanity through delivering the essential tools for optimal connectivity, never leaving anyone out of reach. Visit www.thuraya.com

For further information, please contact:

Rim Sadek

Communications Manager
Tel: + 971-4-4488-863
Email: rim.sadek@thuraya.com

[ISS / Japanese Experiment Module (KIBO)] Release on updated images of Kibo's internal drone “Int-Ball” (Int-Ball Letter Vol. 3)

Release on updated images of Kibo’s internal drone “Int-Ball” (Int-Ball Letter Vol. 3)

Last Updated: August 10, 2017

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has disclosed “Int-Ball Letter” Vol. 3 in which the latest video of the Kibo’s internal drone on the International Space Station is presented.

Approximately 15 cm in diameter and with 12 small fans in its body, Int-Ball moves by releasing the air through the fans under commands of the ground. The featuring “Miniaturized Attitude Control Sensors and Actuators in an All-in-one Module,” developed by the Research and Development Directorate of JAXA, not only controls the body direction by rotating its wheel, but also controls its location and direction by operating its fans, which enables Int-Ball to fly to locations as commanded.

This time, we will introduce how Int-Ball flies inside “Kibo”.

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JEM Internal Ball Camera (Int-Ball) (2m41s) (Credit:JAXA)

See here for the Int-Ball Letter Vol. 1:
Started working in space!
See here for the Int-Ball Letter Vol. 2:
Body control
See here for further information on Int-Ball and the first disclosures of images: 
First disclosure of images taken by the Kibo’s internal drone “Int-Ball”
See here for further information on the Miniaturized Attitude Control Sensors and Actuators in an All-in-one Module installed in the Int-Ball: 
JAXA Research and Development Directorate

*All times are Japan Standard Time (JST)

Thuraya Facilitates UAE Road Trips and Desert Adventures

3 August 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Thuraya caters to individuals who are eager to set out on road trips and off-roading adventures in the UAE with vital mobile satellite communication equipment, providing a connectivity assurance for ventures into the country’s harsh, unexplored territories that lie outside GSM coverage. The company’s robust satcom services have consistently provided effective channels for emergency communications during solo and small-group expeditions.

As the first homegrown MSS operator with over 20 years of experience in shaping the UAE’s satcom industry, Thuraya has a superior network reach in the region and has been able to establish unique partnerships with local entities to deliver a variety of specified connectivity solutions. For example, the company’s strong ties with the Dubai Police enabled the launch of the Thuraya SOS Service, allowing users of Thuraya XT handsets to send a pre-defined SMS with GPS coordinates directly to Dubai police when in crisis. In the recent past, a Thuraya satellite phone has particularly helped two Emiratis lost in the vast desert expanses of the Empty Quarter (Rub’ al Khali) to seek urgent assistance from authorities.

Fahad Kahoor, Market Development Director at Thuraya says, “Many Emirati families and outdoorsy expatriates in the region enjoy driving into the desert or up into the mountains for camping or hunting trips, for the sake of exploration, or simply for an exciting getaway. Our equipment is easily accessible in the country and is compact, affordable and dependable; it has proved to be the favored choice for those locals who rely on satellite communication while on rural adventures.” He adds, “At our core, we deeply value each human life and are serious about our responsibility to support every person’s ability to stay in touch, share memorable experiences and foster community. We are proud that our technology has come through for many people in dire situations and are continuously advancing our capabilities to support human endeavors in remote areas.”

For leisure adventurers on a short trip, a Thuraya SatSleeve+ is a highly convenient product, allowing users to transform their own smartphone with satellite-based connectivity for voice, SMS, messaging, email, and apps in a fast and efficient manner. A satellite phone such as the Thuraya XT Lite is also user-friendly and delivers uninterrupted coverage via satellite mode, is compatible with accessories like solar chargers, has up to 80 hours of standby time, and offers an ‘always on’ connectivity feature even when the antenna is stowed. For advanced explorers, Thuraya’s phones like the XT-PRO and XT-PRO DUAL are equipped with added capabilities to withstand harsh environments, function on residual battery and provide excellent navigational support. For those planning an extended stay outdoors, Thuraya’s broadband terminals such as the IP+ or IP Voyager deliver internet access with data speeds of up to 444Kbps, giving users the convenience of indoor connectivity while in a vehicle or at a remote campsite.

Thuraya also enables easy access to its satellite services via a partnership made with Etisalat in 2015. Known as ‘Ana Emirati,’ the mobile package offers Etisalat’s post-paid users calling minutes and SMS via Thuraya’s satellite network, even on a roaming basis. Outdoorsy customers who opt for this bundle get an additional SIM card with the same number as their regular mobile line, which is used in conjunction with the SatSleeve+.

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