Western Australia to host space communications station

Moon to Earth: WA to host space communications station
A 0.7-metre optical telescope that will be used for the ground station. Credit: ICRAR

An optical communications station capable of receiving high-speed data transmissions from space is set to be built in Western Australia.

The advanced communications ground station will be able to receive data from spacecraft anywhere between low-Earth orbit and the surface of the moon.

It has the potential to support ground-breaking space projects, including NASA’s Artemis mission to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024.

The station will be installed at The University of Western Australia (UWA).

It is a joint initiative of UWA’s Astrophotonics Group, which is part of the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), as well as the ARC Center of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) and UK industry partner Goonhilly Earth Station.

ICRAR-UWA Astrophotonics Group leader Dr. Sascha Schediwy said optical communications is an emerging technology

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Communications Platform Experiencing Connection, ‘Degraded’ Performance Issues

With the start of the workweek underway, many at-home workers woke up to a Slack (WORK) outage that has made it difficult to send messages or use the platform at all.

Customers reported on Twitter that they were having problems with the communications site on Monday. The program’s name even trended on the social media platform nationwide with many users saying that “If Slack isn’t working today neither are we.”

Slack updated its status site multiple times on Monday, noting the issues.

The status site said there are issues with the platform which is preventing some users

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The most sensitive optical receivers yet for space communications — ScienceDaily

Communications in space demand the most sensitive receivers possible for maximum reach, while also requiring high bit-rate operations. A novel concept for laser-beam based communications, using an almost noiseless optical preamplifier in the receiver, was recently demonstrated by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

In a new paper published in the scientific journal Nature: Light Science & Applications, a team of researchers describes a free-space optical transmission system relying on an optical amplifier that, in principle, does not add any excess noise — in contrast to all other preexisting optical amplifiers, referred to as phase-sensitive amplifiers (PSAs).

The researchers’ new concept demonstrates an unprecedented receiver sensitivity of just one photon-per-information bit at a data rate of 10 gigabits per second.

“Our results show the viability of this new approach for extending the reach and data rate in long-distance space communication links. It therefore also has the promise to

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Boeing wins $298 million Space Force contract for jam-resistant communications satellite

The contract is for the Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications program, known as Evolved Strategic Satcom

WASHINGTON — Boeing received a $298 million contract to build a satellite payload prototype and develop a secure communications architecture for the U.S. Space Force’s Evolved Strategic SATCOM (ESS) program, the company announced Oct. 1.

The ESS will replace the existing Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellites made by Lockheed Martin.

Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin will be developing competing designs for the ESS program.

Each company is building prototypes to be completed by 2025. Like AEHF, the new ESS program is intended to provide secure, jam-resistant communications for high-priority military operations and national command authorities.

Boeing is a longtime supplier of military communications satellites. It is the prime contractor for the Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) constellation, and is also working on the Protected Tactical Enterprise Service and Protected Tactical Satcom programs. These programs

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Better detection of microwave radiation will improve thermal imaging, electronic warfare, radio communications — ScienceDaily

Army-funded research developed a new microwave radiation sensor with 100,000 times higher sensitivity than currently available commercial sensors. Researchers said better detection of microwave radiation will enable improved thermal imaging, electronic warfare, radio communications and radar.

Researchers published their study in the peer-reviewed journal Nature. The team includes scientists from Harvard University, The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pohang University of Science and Technology, and Raytheon BBN Technologies. The Army, in part, funded the work to fabricate this bolometer by exploiting the giant thermal response of graphene to microwave radiation.

“The microwave bolometer developed under this project is so sensitive that it is capable of detecting a single microwave photon, which is the smallest amount of energy in nature,” said Dr. Joe Qiu, program manager for solid-state electronics and electromagnetics, Army Research Office, an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory.

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Axis Communications Launches VISCA Compatible PTZ Camera for Broadcasting and Live Streaming

AXIS V5925 PTZ Network Camera combines PTZ control with studio-grade audio and image quality.

As more organizations plan to broadcast or live stream their events, and consumers expect high-quality video and a seamless viewing experience, Axis Communications introduces a new solution: The AXIS V5925 PTZ Network Camera, a feature-rich camera that offers excellent video quality and studio-grade audio for professional live streaming and broadcasting. The AXIS V5925 is ideal for use in auditoriums, classrooms, and for indoor sports events–allowing users to effectively reach a broader, remote audience through the internet and other broadcast media.

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The AXIS V5925 PTZ Network Camera is ideal for classrooms, auditoriums and inside sports venues. (Photo: Business Wire)

The AXIS V5925 is a versatile, high-quality camera that combines excellent image quality with smooth PTZ control including sports mode and stage mode, and studio-grade audio for

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How advanced communications technology has created a ‘new normal’ in healthcare

For obvious reasons, coronavirus has brought a great number of new challenges to healthcare systems. And as has been the case across so many other sectors, communications technology has stepped in to plug the gaps caused by the pandemic.

The good news is that not only have commnications solutions successfully filled a void, but they’ve also provided a blueprint for the future of healthcare. As we’ve found in other industries, we’ve seen the intelligent adoption of this technology lead to better experiences for patients, and better outcomes for providers, than were present before.

Contact tracing is key

The most important (and immediate) area where this is most obvious is in contact tracing – tracking the physical, interpersonal interactions of those who have tested positive for Covid-19. This helps identify people who may need to be quarantined more quickly, therefore reducing the spread of the virus.

It’s no secret that the

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The Future Of Unified Communications In The Wake Of Covid-19

SVP of Product & Design at Fuze, a global cloud communications and collaboration software platform for the enterprise.

In recent years, business leaders have increasingly turned to unified communications as a service (UCaaS) to keep distributed teams connected and to remain competitive in the ever-evolving digital economy. However, after the global Covid-19 outbreak and the subsequent rapid shift to remote work, practically overnight UCaaS no longer became a nice-to-have investment but rather a key pillar for business success across the majority of industries.

In fact, according to a recent report from Avant Research & Analytics (via Computer Weekley), general interest in UCaaS increased by 86% immediately after the Covid-19 pandemic. While it’s clear that UCaaS is a foundational tool for businesses today, the increase in demand raises a critical question for business leaders: “What will the future of UCaaS look like after the threat of Covid-19 subsides?”


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The impact of COVID-19 on Free-Space Optical Communications Technology Market 2020 Key Players, Industry Overview, Supply Chain and Analysis to 2026

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The Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties Partners with Martin Communications on “Bringing You Home” Campaign

Durham, NC, Sept. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties (HBA DOC) has partnered with Martin Communications, an integrated marketing and communications agency, to create and launch a campaign to educate homeowners on the significance of utilizing industry professionals for home construction and renovation projects.

A result of joint efforts between The HBA DOC and Martin Communications, the digital Bringing You Home campaign features a set of rotating ads promoting HBA DOC member services in the categories of home improvement, new construction, healthy living, home maintenance and industry professionals.

“We launched this campaign to provide consumers with an extensive pool of licensed, knowledgeable experts for their home building and renovation needs,” said Holly Fraccaro, CEO, HBA DOC.  “We also wanted to highlight our incredible sponsors to recognize the generous support they provide to our industry, members and greater community.”

The campaign—which will

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