WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits for January 22, 2010

ViaSat is awarded limited order valued at $14.4M for 41 MIDS JTRS terminals for F/A-18E/F and E-8C Joint STARS aircraft and spares.
[SatNews – 01/22/2010]


Gilat is awarded a one-year contract extension from the Columbian Ministry of Communications to support certain rural communications projects in the country.
[Satellite Today – 01/22/2010]

Broadcast Facilities, Inc., a media services company, acquires the Satellite Services Division of Crawford Communications. Inc.
[SatNews – 01/22/2010]


Blue Sky Network receives GPS tracking contract from Peruvian oil company Pluspetrol.
[Satellite Today – 01/22/2010]

Comtech EF Data introduces CDM-750 high-speed trunking modem combining DVB-S2, Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM), and DoubleTalk carrier-in-carrier technology.
.[Satellite Today – 01/22/2010]


Israel Defense Forces team in Haiti sets up $2M satellite-based communications system.
[JTA – 01/21/2010]

SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corp. do not meet required safety standards to transport NASA personnel for the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (SOTS) program according to the U.S. Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel.
[Satellite Today – 01/21/2010]

Cisco successfully tests IP router in orbit, part of the DoD’s Internet Routing in Space (IRIS)
program to route IP traffic between satellites instead of relaying it through ground stations (double hopping).
[engadget – 01/21/2010]

FCC order gives telephone and satellite companies a victory in the pay television market, preventing cable operators from blocking access to some sports programming.
[Reuters – 01/21/2010]

Group is formed in attempt to save NASA’s Australian satellite antenna which was used to communicate with astronauts on the moon during the Apollo program.
[Echos of Apollo Space News – 01/21/2010]

COMSYS announces release of eleventh edition of The COMSYS VSAT Report, a product or 12 months of research and site visits with companies from the world over.
[SatNews – 01/21/2010]

Vizada Networks and SES World Skies donate satellite and service capacity to allow the World Health Organization’s VSAT site in Port au Prince to cover for increased communications needs in Haiti.
[SatNews – 01/20/2010]

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MFA) missionaries set up GATR VSAT satellite communications system donated by GATR Technologies in Haiti to provide high-bandwidth communications to workers from over 16 international aid groups.
[7th Space Interactive – 01/20/2010]

SES World Skies announces that NSS-12, at 57 degrees East has entered into commercial service.
[Satellite Today – 01/20/2010]

Norsat’s GlobeTrekker and NewsLink satellite communications terminals deployed in Haiti to offer immediate communications solutions on the ground.
[Trading Markets – 01/20/2010]

China may be ready to launch Tiangong-1, its first space laboratory, in less than a year, yet little is known about the program.
[Space Daily – 01/20/2010]

Dish Network announces upgrade for its entire ad insertion systems supplied by Seachange, along with migrating to new conditional access technology by Nagravision.
[CED Magazine – 01/20/2010]


EchoStar announces agreement to provide 49 HDTV channels to IPTV headend of BTC Broadband in Oklahoma.
[CNN Money – 01/20/2010]

Iran’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology says three new home-built satellites will be launched by Iran on February 3.
[Washington TV – 01/20/2010]

Iridium unveils its nexgen Iridium 9609 satellite data transceiver with built-in GPS input/output ports to interface with external GPS receiver; unit is smaller and less costly.
[SatNews – 01/20/2010]

Russia to orbit Intelsat 16, European Space Agency’s CryoSat-2, and a freighter to the International Space Station with three different rockets next month from Baikonur.
[Space Travel – 01/19/2010]

Globecomm Systems supports disaster relief in Haiti
[Satellite PR News – 01/19/2010]

Federal Emergency Management Agency is tapped to provide tactical communications for U.S. Embassy and U.S. Agency for International Development in Haiti; Joint Communication Support Element of Joint Forces Command moves satellite-based system to the embassy.
[nextgov – 01/19/2010]

EchoStar donates satellite services to Haiti relief agencies.
[Broadcasting & Cable – 01/19/2010]

KVH expands mini-VSAT broadband satellite coverage for Internet and voice to Africa.
[PR Newswire – 01/19/2010]

ATCi and Solana HK accounce joint agreement to offer affordable industry broadband satellite and fiber services to underserved markets throughout Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
[SatNews – 01/19/2010]

India will soon become self-reliant in cryogenic propulsion technology
[Satellite PR News – 01/19/2010]

OmniGlobe Networks announces subsidiary RAMTelecom has been awarded three-year contract by the government of Canada to provide, operate, and maintain comprehensive Iridium satellite services and equipment.
[SatNews – 01/19/2010]

International Datacasting Corporation is awarded $5.3M contract to update and refurbish the Public Radio Satellite System.
[SatNews – 01/19/2010]


Garmin to offer DigitalGlobe satellite imagery with its service, allowing users of select handheld Garmin GPS navigators to load highly-detailed photo-based maps.
[SatNews – 01/19/2010]

Europe’s new Vega small satellite launcher may not have its launch debut until 2011 because of potential delays in development of ground systems in South America.
[Spaceflight Now – 01/18/2010]

Eutelsat expands presence in Russia
[Satellite PR News – 01/18/2010]

China successfully launches its third orbiter for its independent global navigation network.
[GPS Daily – 01/18/2010]

Globalstar prepares for launch of second generation satellites
[Satellite PR News – 01/18/2010]


MTN Satellite opens office in Houston, Texas area to service customers operating in Gulf of Mexico.
[Houston Business Journal – 01/18/2010]

Intersputnik signs long-term contract to lease 16 transponders from Eutelsat on Eutelsat W7 for its entire in-orbit life.
[SatNews – 01/15/2010]

iDirect’s December announcement that SpaceCom International deployed a GSM cellular backhaul based on iDirect’s satellite communications platform in Afghanistan is examined in NSR Report.
[NSR – Wireless Backhaul via Satellite, 3rd Edition – January 2010]

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