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(24 September 2020 – ANYWAVES) ANYWAVES, the only European pure player antenna equipment manufacturer for satellite constellations, has just been selected by Thales Alenia Space, the prime contractor developing OMNISPACE’s satellite-based Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure.

ANYWAVES will deliver payload user antennas that will be embedded into the initial set of two satellites that Thales has been contracted to build.

The satellites will serve to advance the development and implementation of the first global hybrid communications network, which Omnispace will operate in non-geostationary orbit (NGSO).

(courtesy: Thales Alenia Space)

Thales Alenia Space selected ANYWAVES antenna solution for the OMNISPACE project based upon its expertise in deploying commercially available antennas (S-band, X-band and GNSS allbands antennas), as well as its industrial expertise in payload antenna design. The Omnispace satellite constellation will support 3GPP-defined standards and operate in the S-band.

The ANYWAVES payload antennas will be integrated into a NanoAvionics platform, and will be delivered by the second trimester of 2021. The small form factor of the payload antennas are optimized to support Omnispace’s unique mission of delivering satellite-based IoT communications direct to the device.

According to Pascal Dagras, ANYWAVES CPO, “This contract highlights our capacity to develop tailored antennas to meet the market’s needs. Being selected by an industrial player such as Thales Alenia Space is a great recognition of our know-how. ”

Julie Ruhlmann, OMNISPACE Program Manager at Thales Alenia Space comments: “ANYWAVES’ capacity to design customized antennas perfectly suited to our needs is the reason why we selected them to work alongside with us on this project. ”

This selection by Thales Alenia Space demonstrates ANYWAVES’ ability to quickly deliver reliable and competitive products for its clients’ payloads. It will also offer to this European « pure player » antenna equipment manufacturer a flight heritage regarding the satellite IoT market.

About ANYWAVES

ANYWAVES, CNES (French Space Agency) spin off created in 2017, develops revolutionary antennas for the satellites constellations market.

Based on a breakthrough technology and an expert team , ANYWAVES designs and manufactures according to space standards a new generation of high quality antennas , on demand or off-the-shelf. Unique European « pure player » antenna equipment manufacturer , ANYWAVES has tripled its work force within two years and reached a 1-million euros turn-over in 2019.

Based in Toulouse, the European Space capital , the company aims at becoming the leader of miniature antennas for critical systems.

ANYWAVES is also one of the founding members of Newspace Factory , a collective hub of companies from the Aerospace Valley cluster which gathers 12 very talented French SMEs and through focused export activities aims to support the development of the New Space market and to stimulate growth of the industrial sector.

About Thales Alenia Space

Drawing on over 40 years of experience and a unique combination of skills, expertise and cultures, Thales Alenia Space delivers cost-effective solutions for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures. Governments and private industry alike count on Thales Alenia Space to design satellitebased systems that provide anytime, anywhere connections and positioning, monitor our planet, enhance management of its resources, and explore our Solar System and beyond. Thales Alenia Space sees space as a new horizon, helping to build a better, more sustainable life on Earth. A joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), Thales Alenia Space also teams up with Telespazio to form the parent companies’ Space Alliance, which offers a complete range of services. Thales Alenia Space posted consolidated revenues of approximately 2.15 billion euros in 2019 and has around 7,700 employees in nine countries.

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Gilat Satellite Networks chosen by Southern Linc for 4G cellular backhaul services

Gilat Satellite Networks chosen by Southern Linc for 4G cellular

(19 October 2020 – Gilat) Gilat Satellite Networks has been awarded by three-year managed service contract for cellular backhaul by Southern Linc.

Gilat met Southern Linc’s requirements of enabling embedded accelerated MPLS traffic, coupled with cellular 4G with GTP acceleration, a major technological innovation in satellite transmission.

The agreement will enable Southern Linc to use satellite transmission for backhaul services when established networks are unavailable. Gilat satellite installations will be used to extend cellular coverage for voice and high-speed data services in remote and terrestrially challenged areas and in areas affected by severe weather. Gilat will also provide backup for terrestrial aggregation sites and an underlining level of monitoring and support for Southern Linc’s large-scale LTE network.

Gilat services met Southern Linc’s challenge to provide high reliability with very strict requirements, including MPLS support. Gilat services will provide transparent and simplified accelerated backhauling over satellite and enterprise and 4G cellular traffic over MPLS. These services, coupled with Gilat’s patented GTP acceleration technology are delivered with Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c platform.

“We are happy to award the managed service cellular backhaul over satellite contract to Gilat, who was really the only vendor that could meet Southern Linc’s demanding requirements,” said Southern Linc Director of Engineering Alan McIntyre. “Gilat services can help us improve service reliability and coverage particularly in more remote areas, and they will be a great support in times of emergency for our fleet of deployable network assets.”

“Gilat is honored to have been selected by Southern Linc for the managed service 4G CBH project and is proud to have been the sole vendor to meet their stringent requirements,” said Gilat Global Broadband Networks Vice President Michal Aharonov. “This achievement further validates Gilat’s proven technological superiority and testifies to our industry leadership in cellular backhaul.”

About Southern Linc

Southern Linc is a wireless communications company and wholly-owned subsidiary of Southern Company. Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers with clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy. Southern Linc delivers highly reliable, highly secure wireless voice and data services via the CriticalLinc™ 4G LTE Advanced network to Southern Company electric utilities as well as to a wide range of businesses and public sector agencies across Alabama, Georgia, southeastern Mississippi, and the Florida panhandle. The CriticalLinc network provides over-the-air encryption from devices to towers and supports encryption from towers to the network’s core data centers. This mission-critical network design conveys a highly reliable suite of LTE services that will support the most critical business processes.

About Gilat

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: GILT, TASE: GILT) is a leading global provider of satellite-based broadband communications. With 30 years of experience, we design and manufacture cutting-edge ground segment equipment, and provide comprehensive solutions and end-to-end services, powered by our innovative technology. Delivering high value competitive solutions, our portfolio comprises of a cloud based VSAT network platform, high-speed modems, high performance on-the-move antennas and high efficiency, high power Solid State Amplifiers (SSPA) and Block Upconverters (BUC).

Gilat’s comprehensive solutions support multiple applications with a full portfolio of products to address key applications including broadband access, cellular backhaul, enterprise, in-flight connectivity, maritime, trains, defense and public safety, all while meeting the most stringent service level requirements. Gilat controlling shareholders are the FIMI Private Equity Funds.

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NASA selects Intuitive Machines to deliver lunar ice drill in 2022

NASA selects Intuitive Machines to deliver lunar ice drill in

(16 October 2020 – Intuitive Machines) NASA has selected Intuitive Machines to deliver the Polar Resources Ice Mining Experiment (PRIME-1) drill, combined with a mass spectrometer, to the Moon by December 2022.

The ice drilling mission is the Houston-based company’s second Moon contract award under NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative.

(courtesy: Intuitive Machines)

“Laying the foundation to return humans to the Moon is an incredible honor and even greater challenge,” said Steve Altemus, President and CEO of Intuitive Machines. “At Intuitive Machines, we’re hungry for the pursuit of these audacious missions that will redefine what a small business is capable of.”

Intuitive Machines, a leading provider and supplier of space products and services, will deliver the approximately 88-pound payload to the Moon’s South Pole as a precursor to the TRIDENT drill and the MSOLO that will fly on VIPER, a mobile robot that will search for water and ice at the Moon’s South Pole.

PRIME-1 will drill into the lunar surface, harvest and bring ice to the Moon’s surface, and use a mass spectrometer to measure

how much is lost to sublimination as it turns from solid into vapor in a vacuum. The data from the PRIME-1 mission will help scientists understand how VIPER can search for water at the Moon’s pole, and how much water may be available to use as NASA plans to establish a sustainable human presence on the Moon by the end of the decade.

“Establishing a sustainable human presence on the Moon requires the success of the CLPS initiative,” said Altemus. “We have a tremendous responsibility to NASA and opportunity to animate humankind’s pursuit of knowledge through exploration.”

About Intuitive Machines

Intuitive Machines is a premier provider and supplier of space products and services that enable sustained robotic and human exploration to the Moon, Mars and beyond. We drive markets with competitive world-class offerings synonymous with innovation, high quality, and precision. Whether leveraging state-of-the-art engineering tools and practices or integrating research and advanced technologies, our solutions are insightful and have a positive impact on the world.

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New Shepard successfully completes mission with NASA precision lunar landing technology onboard

New Shepard successfully completes mission with NASA precision lunar landing

(13 October 2020 – Blue Origin) Blue Origin successfully completed the 13th New Shepard mission to space and back, and the 7th consecutive flight for this particular vehicle, a record.

There were 12 payloads onboard including the Deorbit, Descent, and Landing Sensor Demonstration under the NASA Tipping Point partnership. The lunar landing sensor demo was the first payload to be mounted on the exterior of a New Shepard booster and tested technology designed to achieve high accuracy landing. This will enable long-term lunar exploration, as well as future Mars missions.

New Shepard Mission NS-13 (courtesy: Blue Origin)

“Today’s flight was inspiring. Using New Shepard to simulate landing on the Moon is an exciting precursor to what the Artemis program will bring to America,” said Bob Smith, CEO, Blue Origin. “Thanks to NASA for partnering with us, and congrats to the Blue Origin team on taking another step toward returning to the Moon to stay.”

Key Mission Stats

  • 7th consecutive successful flight to space and back for this New Shepard vehicle (a record – previous booster completed 5 consecutive successful flights before retirement).
  • 13th consecutive successful crew capsule landing (every flight in program).
  • The crew capsule reached an apogee of 346,964 ft above ground level (AGL) / 350,611 ft mean sea level (MSL) (105 km AGL / 106 km MSL).
  • The booster reached an apogee of 346,563 ft AGL / 350,210 ft MSL (105 km AGL / 106 km MSL).
  • The mission elapsed time was 10 min 9 sec and the max ascent velocity was 2,232 mph / 3,592 km/h.
  • The mission carried tens of thousands of postcards from Blue Origin’s nonprofit, Club for the Future, some of which include a NASA Artemis stamp.

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