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AsiaSat terminates deal to host GeoMetWatch sensor

24 April 2014

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Commercial satellite fleet operator AsiaSat of Hong Kong has formally terminated its cooperation agreement with GeoMetWatch to place a hyperspectral meteorological sensor on the AsiaSat 9 telecommunications satellite now in development.

The move, which was expected, follows a separation of GeoMetWatch from Utah State University, which designed the sensor. Utah State is now working with venture capital firm Tempus Global Data of Ogden, Utah, which hopes to raise the $150 million needed to build the 300-kilogram sensor in time to put it on AsiaSat 9.

Las Vegas-based GeoMetWatch has partnered with Exelis of McLean, Va., which has developed a competing sensor based on one it is providing for a major U.S. government weather satellite program.

Source: Space News

Image credit: Space Systems/Loral (SSL) - Artist's concept of AsiaSat 8