Loss of the OTS 1 Satellite

This is a sorry tale of how four years’ work was destroyed in 54 seconds. Some say that the number thirteen is unlucky and on 13th September 1977, exactly 35 years ago today, this proved to be the case for me and the whole team that developed the OTS satellite. Here’s how things played out. […]

Vega Launch – Europe’s Newest Satellite Launcher

Watch live streaming video from eurospaceagency at livestream.com Tomorrow, 13th February 2012 will see the launch of Europe’s newest satellite launch vehicle, Vega, from the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Spaceport at Kourou, weather permitting. This first test flight Vega launch will carry 9 payloads – seven Cubesat satellites plus two Italian Space Agency satellites. The […]

WGS-4 Military Communications Satellite Launch

Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from the fourth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite it is delivering to the U.S. Air Force. The signals indicate that WGS-4, the first in the Block II series, is healthy and ready to begin orbital manoeuvres and operational testing. Further detailed information can be found on Boeing’s website […]

Watch the Mars Science Lab (MSL) Launch Here

Watch Dramatic NASA NPP Launch

Prior to presenting the launch video itself, the following video link gives a real, behind the scenes look at the launcher integration and final launch preparations. Viewing this 6 minute video will put the launch itself into perspective => NPP Launch Preparations Right, the “quick” version of the launch itself: NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental […]

LA Confidential – X-Band & Artichokes

I’m the sort of person who likes to plan, but despite my best intentions life always seems to be event-driven. Such is the case today, which is why I’m writing this. Let me explain: I’m on Linkedin and am a member of some 30+ Groups relating to satellite communications. Being a helpful sort of guy […]