Satellite News Bits

This week’s satcom news, courtesy of Bill McDonald

WildBlue to demonstrate 18 Mbps satellite-to-home service at Colorado capitol to showcase what satellite-delivered broadband can provide for rural residents.
[TMCNet – 04/24/2009]

Harris is awarded 10 year $600m contract to provide military satellite communications terminals for the U.S. Army, to provide worldwide backbone for high-priority military communications and missile defense systems.
[TradingMarkets – 04/23/2009]

Canadian broadcasters call for cable and satellite TV operators to compensate local TV stations for their signals in battle over Ottowa’s local TV station rescue package.
[ – 04/23/2009]

Dish network unveils Earth Channel, offering live views of earth from first earth camera installed on a commercial communications satellite.
[WorldScreen – 04/23/2009]

SES Astra signs second distribution agreement for the Spanish market with Net2, for Astra2Connect internet broadband service.
[Satellite Today – 04/23/2009]

SatCom Global is awarded full distribution partner status by Inmarsat for its FleetBroadband services.
[SatNews – 04/23/2009]

Six MTV HD channels are launched on SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES HD-PRIME platform.
[SatNews – 04/23/2009]

Axxon’s newest global asset tracking solution, SMARTONE, uses Globalstar Simplex data network, allowing customers to track the location of mobile assets virtually anywhere.
[SatNews – 04/23/2009]

IDC and SENSIO Technologies announce operational roll-out of 3D in HD for digital cinema in Europe.
[SatNews – 04/23/2009]

Sea Tel Cobham releases first and only 3-axis marine stabilized antenna capable of automatically skewing to enable reception of DIRECTV signals from three Ku and two Ka satellites when moving from region to region.
[SatNews – 04/23/2009]

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting signs contract with SES SIRIUYS for satellite capacity in the Nordic region.
[SatNews – 04/23/2009]

NOAA provides Google Earth data including three-dimensional mapping of the Great Lakes.
[SatNews – 04/23/2009]

China successfully launches remote-sensing satellite on Long March 2C for surveying land resources, the environment, urban areas, and farmers’ crops.
[SatNews – 04/23/2009]

Merging of IP and satellite communications finds impetus as TeleCommunication Systems marries IP and satellite communications to provide all-IP service to military, enabling broadband data speeds and VOIP over small, transportable dishes.
[Urgent Communications – 04/22/2009]

eLynx, of Tulsa, launches intelligent WellLynx XI, combining satellite communications and intelligent input/output technology for monitoring wells using the Iridium satellite network.
[businesswire – 04/22/2009]

Arrowhead Global Solutions becomes CapRock Government Solutions, marking final integration of the unit into the CapRock company structure.
[BusinessJournal – 04/22/2009]

Comtech Mobile Datacom wins $8m order to build, test, and deliver next-generation Blue Force Tracking High Capacity, BFT-HC satellite transceiver to U.S. Army.
[RTT News – 04/22/2009]

Hughes signs Clear Channel Satellite as reseller of HughesNet broadband satellite solutions in the U.S.
[PR Newswire – 04/22/2009]

SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES announces five-year contract with Turner Broadcasting System, Inc for distribution and contribution for CNN delivery to and from Europe and the Middle East.
[SatNews – 04/22/2009]

Sea Launch successfully launches Telespazio’s SICRAL 1B communications satellite into transfer orbit, while SpaceX is forced to delay launch of its first commercial payload due to potential compatibility issue between Falcon 1 vehicle and the payload.
[Aviation Week – 04/21/2009]

India launches Israeli-built spy satellite to boost its surveillance capabilities after last year’s Mumbai attacks exposed weaknesses in its defense apparatus.
[SatNews – 04/20/2009]

ORBCOMM provides satellite network for Manitowac’s CraneSTAR cran-tracking and asset management system.
[PR Newswire – 04/20/2009]

Stratos and SeaMobile partner to jointly market SeaMobile’s ClipWay real-time video transmission application.
[PR Newswire – 04/20/2009]

YAHSAT confirms landmark partnership deal with SES Astra to create new company offering direct-to-home satellite services to broadcast partners in Middle East, North Africa, and South-west Africa.
[Digital Production Middle East – 04/20/2009]

India launches radar-imaging satellite RISAT-2 to boost Earth observation, especially during natural disasters such as floods, cyclones and landslides.
[ – 04/20/2009]

SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES announces multi-year agreement to deliver THIS TV  chanhnel from MGM and Weigel Broadcasting.
[Business Wire – 04/20/2009]

Brazil’s "Operation Satellite" is first large-scale enforcement attempt against satellite hacking in Brazil, a wide-spread practice that uses homemade gear to illegally communicate over U.S. military satellite transponders.
[ – 04/20/2009]

NSR Report – churn pressures drive adoption of advanced DTH receivers in the U.S. market.
[NSR Report – April 2009]

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