COM DEV equipment launched on US Air Force AEHF-2 satellite

CAMBRIDGE, ON, May 9, 2012 /CNW/ – COM DEV International Ltd. (CDV.TO), a leading manufacturer of space hardware subsystems, today announced that the AEHF-2 satellite has been successfully launched with COM DEV-built switches, filters and other microwave components on board.  The satellite was launched May 4 th from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard an Atlas V rocket.

AEHF-2 is the second of four planned “Advanced Extremely High Frequency” satellites being built for the U.S. Air Force.  AEHF is the next-generation military strategic and tactical relay system.  It will provide survivable, global, secure, protected, and jam-resistant communications for high-priority military ground, sea and air assets. The AEHF constellation will also serve international partners including Canada , the Netherlands and the United Kingdom .

“AEHF is one of the most technologically advanced satellite programs in the world,” said Michael Pley, CEO of COM DEV.  “It’s a great example of how space technology can be used to help ensure greater security for all of us.  We are pleased to be able to contribute, with multiple COM DEV divisions providing equipment for this satellite.”

A single AEHF satellite provides greater total capacity than the entire five-satellite Milstar constellation currently on-orbit.

Lockheed Martin is the AEHF prime contractor, space and ground segments provider as well as system integrator, and Northrop Grumman is the payload provider.  COM DEV has been involved in the program since 2002, and is supplying equipment for all four satellites.  The program has begun advanced procurement of long-lead components for the fifth and sixth AEHF satellites.


COM DEV International Ltd. ( is a leading global provider of space hardware and services.  With facilities in Canada , the United Kingdom and the United States , COM DEV manufactures advanced subsystems and microsatellites that are sold to major satellite prime contractors, government agencies and satellite operators, for use in communications, space science, remote sensing and defense applications. COM DEV’s majority-owned subsidiary, exactEarth Ltd., provides satellite data services.

This news release may contain certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from results indicated in any forward-looking statements. The Company cautions that, among other things, in view of the rapid changes in communications markets and technologies, and other risks including the cost and market acceptance of the Company’s new products, the level of individual customer procurements and competitive product offerings and pricing, and general economic circumstances, the Company’s business prospects may be materially different from forward-looking statements made by the Company.

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AMSAT-UK 80 Meter Net recording 8th April 2012

The AMSAT-UK net is held every Sunday morning at 10am local time on a nominal frequency of 3.780 MHz. Due to interference the net may move either side of that frequency so tune around. Newcomers are most welcome to call-in.

Latest AMSAT-UK 80 Meter Net recording- HERE Sunday 8th April 2012.


SDR-Radio Console

Simon Brown HB9DRV in Switzerland has made available  recordings of Sunday’s AMSAT-UK 80m net that he made using a remote receiver in Poole, Dorset. What is remarkable about this recording is that a 20 km long experimental 2.4 GHz WiFi link was used at the Dorset end.

You can listen to the remote radio of Paul M0EYT in Poole, Dorset as well as other remote receivers in the United Kingdom and around the world via the Web Servers (Free)  page at

or try listening to the Dutch 80m web SDR at

Previous Net Recordings

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OSCAR-9 and OSCAR-11 TV News Reports

The original TV news reports about the United Kingdom’s first Amateur Radio satellites, UOSAT-1 (OSCAR-9) and UOSAT-2 (OSCAR-11), can now be seen on the web.

In ‘Talking Satellite’, made February 15, 1983, Martin Sweeting G3YJO talks about OSCAR-9 and its speech synthesizer.
The ITN description reads: “The World’s first talking satellite begins to speak. It was launched 18 months ago in America for the University of Surrey and one of its purposes is to encourage interest among school children in space technology.
Watch it at

In ‘British Satellite’, made February 7, 1984, Martin Sweeting G3YJO talks about OSCAR-11 due to be launched the following month.
The ITN description reads: “Staff at the University of Surrey have designed and built a spacecraft in 5 months after being challenged by NASA.  Intvw Dr Martin Sweeting, University of Surrey.
Watch it at

30th anniversary of UoSAT-1 (OSCAR-9)

UoSAT-2 (OSCAR-11) Report September 1, 2011

OSCAR News is published quarterly by AMSAT-UK and posted to members.
To get your copy join AMSAT-UK online at
Free sample issue at