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News briefs: December 18
Posted: Wed, Dec 19, 2001, 9:58 AM ET (1458 GMT)
  • Space Systems/Loral announced Tuesday that it has signed a contract with Japanese company Mobile Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) to build a communications satellite for mobile communications services. The MBSAT satellite, a 1300-series spacecraft scheduled to go into service in 2004, will provide music, video, and data to mobile receivers, including PDAs and cell phones.
  • Integral Systems announced Tuesday that it has won a contract to provide satellite control software for PanAmSatís Galaxy 12 spacecraft. The software, based on Integral's EPOCH product line, will be used by the primary and alternate ground control facilities for the spacecraft.
  • The ESA/NASA Ulysses spacecraft is now working with NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft to detect gamma ray bursts, ESA announced this week. The two spacecraft jointly detected a burst last month about four billion light years away, the closest ever recorded.
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