The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency says it will launch a satellite Dec. 20 from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture to study high energy electrons.
The satellite, named the Exploration of Energization and Radiation in Geospace, will study the region of outer space near Earth, including the upper atmosphere, ionosphere and magnetosphere. This region is called “geospace.”
JAXA said Tuesday the satellite will gather information meant to clarify how highly charged electrons in the Van Allen radiation belt are created, as they are generated and vanish repeatedly along with space storms.
The satellite will be carried aloft by a second-generation Epsilon rocket.
The 26-meter-tall Epsilon Launch Vehicle is a revamped version of the first one launched in September 2013, with enhanced launch capability and artificial intelligence that performs checks and monitors operations.
The rocket is to be launched between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Dec. 20 from the space center in Kimotsuki, Kagoshima Prefecture.
Eutelsat, Broadpeak claim ‘game-changer’ for live, VOD delivery to mobile
Leading French satellite provider Eutelsat is teaming with its compatriot CDN supplier Broadpeak to offer content providers a satellite-based solution for multiscreen video delivery to connected devices.
The new offer is claimed to be a ‘game-changer’ for extending access to video content on mobile devices beyond terrestrial networks. Moreover, the partners say that the combination gives a competitive edge for mass market delivery of OTT services.
The partnership sees Eutelsat’s new SmartBeam service combined with the Broadpeak nanoCDN. SmartBeam is designed to enable broadcasters and pay-TV operators to use satellite coverage of broadcast video content in IP format, creating a network that is completely dedicated to IP-native terminals, including tablets and smartphones. SmartBeam works with any Wi-FI-enabled device, supporting instant channel change, DRM security and low latency.
nanoCDN is the underlying streaming technology for SmartBeam, allowing operators and content providers to contain bandwidth requirements in order to multicast OTT services to simultaneous devices. By managing video consumption peaks that are not supported by terrestrial network infrastructure, nanoCDN is said to make multiscreen satellite delivery scalable and affordable for content providers, including key live sporting events that create surges in consumption.
“SmartBeam redefines how satellite can extend access to live and on-demand content on mobile devices, enabling an exceptional quality of experience for OTT customers located beyond range of terrestrial networks,” explained Eutelsat chief development and innovation officer Jacques Dutronc. “In combining our skills with Broadpeak we are ready to support TV broadcasters as they evolve into a multi-platform environment, starting with Tricolor TV, Russia’s leading pay-TV operator, that has selected SmartBeam for the first satellite network in Russia to deliver video content to mobile devices.”