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Eutelsat capacity leased to test electronically steered antenna

NXT Communications Corporation (NXTCOMM) made a public announcement on 28 October on the plans to initiate the demonstration of its antenna’s performance, which is steered electronically. To carry out the test successfully, NXTCOMM did lease capacity on a communication satellite belonging to Eutelsat.

  The company, which is based in Atlanta, initially presented its electronically steered antenna to the public in June this year. The company considers the antenna crucial for an array of satellite antennas for mobile connectivity. The company aims to use its technology for high-speed transmission of data for aviation, military, and mobility clients. In a contract that the company signed with Eutelsat Communication, the former will lease the Ku-band capacity starting this November on Eutelsat’s 117 West A satellite, preceding the detailed antenna testing low-rate production next year. 

 Tim Morton, NXTCOMM co-founder, gave a statement, and president, he labeled Eutelsat as the perfect partner to help the company to drive its products into the market and also be able to offer the pre-existing managed satellite services capacity to the clients as NXTCOMM looks to increase the production of their game-altering flat panel antennas. With various companies making considerable efforts to develop and produce electronically steered flat-panel antennas which can trail broadband satellites send into the low earth orbit by companies and government agencies, NXTCOMM opened a 929-square-meter production plant for the project in Cherokee County, Georgia. 

 In his statement, Mike Antonovich, Eutelsat Americas CEO, implied the delight the company has. It works with NXTCOMM to help it in the testing and implementation phase of its high-performance antennas. The CEO further indicated his company’s willingness to support NXTCOMM in their inventions for many years to come. There is a projected shipment of around 628,000 flat panel antennas pers year by the year 2029 with a compounded fiscal growth rate of 54.5 percent, according to Northern Sky Research (NSR), a consulting firm. 

 Despite the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, long production cycles and strong demand will assist in the gadgets market re-bounce in the mid-term when constellations are expected to come online. At the same time, some challenges in the production scale will have been overcome. 

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Ligado might endanger the future of a try-out space military navigation satellite

Executives managing a promising fresh satellite undertaking cautioned this week that Ligado Networks could endanger the future of the forthcoming-generation positioning, direction finding, as well as timing with the present global positioning system enterprise.

Arlen Biersgreen from the Air Force Research revealed to Air Force Magazine around September that as they interfaced with their workforce colleagues, the message they relayed was that there would be collateral damage if it went forward. The global positioning system was going to be damaged, as well as the work they were going to do.

The NTS-3 slate of the Space Force is a try-out attempt to give more dependable, correct location information through satellites that complement the global positioning system. It is among the three “Vanguard” study schemes to which the Air Force Department is throwing further concentration as well as resources due to the worth it could offer in America as a complete program. The foremost satellite shall dispatch in the late financial year of 2022 for a yearlong experimental run.

It was not transparent whether Ligado would attain permission to go further until after the NTS-3 operation, L3Harris representative Kristin Jones stated. Hence the abilities they showcased would be wedged down the way by the time they shall be a part of the functional set. Nonetheless, whether the NTS-3 try-out itself would be wedged would be any person’s guess during that stage.

NTS-3 would convey its signal by means of the L-band of the infrared spectrum, close to a portion of the spectrum whereby Ligado newly earned authorization of the 5G wireless network as well as the Internet-of-Things services. The pentagon robustly opposes to the Federal Communication Commission’s choice in Ligado’s favour, stating that the firm’s adjacent technology shall drown out global positioning system signals. That would affect ATMs, vehicle navigation systems, and everything that depends on global positioning system information to locate places and time on the universe, DOD contends.

Global positioning system satellites also hold sensors that perceive, locate, and publicize atomic explosions as a portion of the Nuclear Detonation Detection System. The work of Ligado would override NTS-3 in a similar way as the global positioning system satellites, Biersgreen stated.

The chair of PNT business advancement at L3Harris, Joe Rolli, stated that the firm is still working out on how a future NTS-3 set may evade the prospective signal intrusion that has flashed disputes at Capitol Hill and throughout federal firms. Rolli stated that they were all focusing on that for clarification purposes. Still, he assured that both the government and their technical teams were partnering to make sure the danger was being comprehended.

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Falcon 9 Research Continues as SpaceX Carry on With the Starlink Take-off

A SpaceX Falcon 9 set in motion a different kind of Starlink space station on the 18th of October as the survey into another Falcon 9 launch terminate more than 14 days ago remain. The Falcon 9 took off from launch center 39A at the Kennedy Space grounds at around 45 minutes to 9.00 am. The Spacecraft superior stage arrayed the shipment of 60 Starlink space stations 63 minutes after the Take-off. Moreover, the spacecraft did manage to descend in the Atlantic Ocean on a drone ship; this was its sixth launch. With the many launches, SpaceX has set 835 Starlink space stations in orbit. Though over 50 of the space stations have withdrawn, especially the 45 of the 60 Starlink space stations activated in the fifth month of 2019, the first two models started in February 2018.

Nevertheless, Starlink is now in the process of privately testing the internet structure; furthermore, the firm has stated that it is arranging to give a more intense public test before the year finishes. In the two launches webcast and current filings with the State Communications Commission, the organization has underlined the technology’s primary consumers. For example, the emergency management segment in the City of Washington, which utilized Starlink to offer connectivity in the past wildfires in the City, also the Hoh tribe in the town, which recently had limited broadband entrée due to its remote setting.

The launch is the subsequent Starlink Task in not more than 14 days as SpaceX aims to handle a rate of about twofold Starlink takes offs in a month. The launches have made progress while another Falcon9, having a GPS 3 map reading space station for the United States Space Army, fails to take off after a test result of a faulty engine in the rocket. The issue made the National Aeronautics and Space Administration call off a Falcon 9 take-off of the Team 1 commercial team mission, which had been programmed for the 31st of October. Furthermore, NASA mentioned on the 10th of October that it was pushing ahead the launch to mid-November as the examinations remain.

Subsequently, NASA has not given any news on the Crew 1 launch; nevertheless, a NASA website shows an upcoming launch of no dates before the 11th of November. Although, Tim Dunn of the NASA’s Launch Services Program said on the 16th of October that the launch examinations are still in progress. Furthermore, it was noted that there had been rigorous testing, which has involved a lot of Stakeholders coming on board.  

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Kratos launches OpenSpace for Easy Adaptation of Ground Systems

On October 20, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions unveiled a virtual product. It gave the software platform the name OpenSpace. Its purpose is to make it easy for the satellite ground system to adapt as soon as possible whenever the conditions change. The president of the Training and Cyber division, Phil Carrai, says that the software will make it easy for the satellite ground system to transition to the 5G infrastructure. He also said that it is the first ground system that is both dynamic and software-based.

As far as government and commercial satellites are concerned, software-defined payloads make communication easy and flexible. Nevertheless, that is not true about satellite ground systems. The period required for installing a ground station’s custom hardware or software is a couple of weeks. Consequently, it takes a relatively long time for successful communication with a new constellation or satellite.

Over the years, a lot has been done regarding the space side. Now, Carrai wants the same to happen on the ground side. Once that happens, it will be possible to have ground systems that are reliable and resilient.

Fortunately, OpenSpace can fix that. It makes it possible to carry out RF data transfers through internet-protocol networks. The RF data packaging becomes possible because of the digitization of the radiofrequency spectrum around the antennas. Kratos achieves that through the software platform.

According to its product management vice president Greg Quiggle, the ground system will soon resemble an Ethernet network. The software will benefit both satellite and ground station operators. It will promote its ground systems’ reliability, security, resiliency, and adaptability. Equally important, an exercise that took several weeks will be happening in real-time. Consequently, responding to changes in network resources, threats, and user demands improves. It also marks the end of the manual implementation of ground functions.

So far, Kratos has released three virtual network functions. The inaugural one was a wideband receiver released in August. Then, it released a pair on October 20, responsible for missions involving remote sensing and Earth observation.

In progress is a collaboration between Kratos and Microsoft to develop Azure Orbital fully. Upon its completion and launch, users will transfer data from satellites to the Azure cloud, then process and store it accordingly.

According to Microsoft’s principal product manager in charge of Azure Networking Yves Pitsch, OpenSpace is a savior. It allows the company to provide its customer with a functional, easy-to-use, and economical platform. He added that being a virtual operation makes it easy for Microsoft to achieve scalability and flexibility. As a result, serving various customers, satellites, and missions regardless of their needs using corresponding hardware, becomes achievable.

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United States Shipping Command to Learn the Work of SpaceX Space Crafts to Ship Goods Worldwide

The United States Army command that checks the transportation operations has signed a contract with SpaceX and XArc to examine space launch ships’ function to deliver goods in a crisis. It was stated by the chief leader of the United States Logistics command named Stephen Lyons on the 7th of October at the National Defense Transportation Association online meeting. Furthermore, he announced that the company should Ibrain the storm on transporting the correspondent of ta C-17 payloads anyplace in the world in less than 60 minutes. According to him, this was a good idea. He said that the C-17 is a very big army cargo rocket possible of shipping a 70-ton war tank. The logistic command has contracted a cooperative study and development contract called the CRADA, with SpaceX and XArc, to examine ideas for intense logistics in space.

However, Lyons stated that there is a great possibility in the idea; he identified that one of the problems of military transportation is the accessibility and time, not to forget the distance. Space logistics is limited by mass and heaviness more than airlift; it also has little choices for other tasks. The United States TRANSCOM assistant commander Vice Administrator, Dee Mewbourne. He said that as the sector developed to solve these problems and reduce the charges, space logistic ability to put an important cargo faster on target at normal distance enables it to be a good option. In CARDA, industry players utilize their free time to assist the government in examining technological ideas to make space a channel of passage. One plan would be to deploy a space logistic flow possibility, the same to the current Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) disaster readiness program.

Lyons mentioned and declared that he had no idea of how quick SpaceX was operating, but he got their new method and noticed that they were moving quickly. They noted the ability to utilize SpaceX cars to transfer army goods was started in 2018 by the Air Mobility Command’s past Chief leader, General Carlton Everhart. The Chairman of SpaceX and the Chief Operations Officer (COO) Gwynne Shotwell at a meeting the previous year mentioned the firm was communicating to the Military concerning utilizing the Starship Car for a place to place shipping all over the earth and deliver goods in lesser than hours halfway globally.