miniaturized satellite

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miniaturized satellite

A communications satellite that is considerably smaller and lighter than the geostationary satellites that weigh several tons. Smaller satellites are less costly to manufacture and deploy and can be piggybacked on rockets with the launch of larger satellites. Miniaturized satellites are designated by their maximum weight, as follows:
 Approximate             Maximum WeightType                    (pounds)

 minisatellite (minisat)   1,100

 microsatellite (microsat)   220

 nanosatellite (nanosat)      22

 picosatellite (picosat)       2.2
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OpenTV (Nasdaq:OPTV) (AEX: OPTV) and French applications pioneer MiniSAT today announced that they are jointly developing an interactive television (iTV) application and delivery solution for network operators that could potentially enable millions of viewers worldwide to access classified advertisements -- including the search for homes, jobs, second-hand cars, etc.
This new partnership with MiniSAT underscores our commitment to developing and implementing timely and popular applications that meet the leading-edge needs of network operators," said James Ackerman, OpenTV president and COO.
April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (Nasdaq: ORBI) announced today that it is planning to launch Spain's first scientific satellite, MiniSat, into low-Earth orbit on Monday, April 21, 1997.
On Saturday, April 19, Orbital will ferry the Pegasus XL launch vehicle and the MiniSat satellite aboard the company's L-1011 aircraft to Spain's Gando Air Force Base in the Canary Islands, from which the aircraft will depart on launch day.
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10 /PRNewswire/ -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (Nasdaq: ORBI) announced that the Pegasus XL rocket that will launch Spain's MiniSat satellite into orbit, arrived in Spanish territory in the Canary Islands at approximately 10:35 a.
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The Telstra MiniSat portable terminal allows people to travel beyond the reach of cellular or fixed communications, for business or pleasure, and still call home," said Senator Alston.
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