WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits for April 9, 2010

European scientists relieved when a Russian rocket put their Cryosat-2 satellite into a perfect Earth orbit after a catastrophic failure of the previous attempt.
[UK Financial Times – 04/09/2010]

SES announces the consolidation of all US Government sales and delivery activities into a single business unit, naming it SES WORLS SKIES, U.S. Government Solutions.
[SatNews – 04/09/2010]

GOES-15 takes its first full-disk visible image of the Earth on April 6.
{SatNews – 04/09/2010]

TCS receives additional $7.1 million in funding from U.S. Army for maintenance of Secret Internet Protocol Router and Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Access Point VSAT terminal systems outside the U.S.
[SatNews – 04/09/2010]

FCC may alter broadband plan to comply with Federal Appeals ruling on Comcast challenge that invalidated the FCC’s Net Neutrality policy.
[Information Week – 04/09/2010]

Expand Networks announces major upgrade to operating system of its Accelerators that will significantly improve functionality, value, and installation.
[SatNews – 04/09/2010]

Canadian phone giant Bell Canada to introduce the country’s first national 3D HD TV broadcast this weekend from the Masters golf tournament on its Bell TV satellite TV service.
[Hollywood Reporter – 04/09/2010]

DISA and GSA preview details of the draft request for proposals for $3.5B commercial satellite communications services planned to be purchased by U.S. government between 2011 and 2016.
[Washington Technology – 04/08/2010]

Intelsat’s Galaxy 15 anomaly did not cause immediate service interruption to customers, but plan to transition to Galaxy 12 is in the works.
[SatNews – 04/08/2010]

MTN signs agreement with Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines, an international shipping company based in Norway, to outfit its entire fleet of ships with MTN’s VSAT equipment and services.
[SatNews – 04/08/2010]

India plans to launch satellite using a rocket powered by a cryogenic engine developed by scientists in India.
[redOrbit – 04/08/2010]

ND SatCom to demonstrate XWARP technology which provides nearly latency-free virtualized and bandwidth-optimized software performance at user’s front end for geographically distributed entities.
[SatNews – 04/08/2010]

VISLINK News & Entertainment to debut latest vehicle-mounted satellite antenna, NewSwift LT, at NAB,
[SatNews – 04/08/2010]

Harmonic will feature 3D television demonstration at NAB in conjunction with Panasonic and DIRECTV.
[SatNews – 04/08/2010]

Chairman John Malone will cut voting interest in DirecTV to about 3% from 24% and leave the board of directors.
[Business Week – 04/06/2010]

SIS LIVE will unveil uPak, a new Ku-band flat-panel antenna system for satellite contribution at low data rates at NAB.
[SatNews – 04/08/2010]

RRSAT to distribute iConcerts High Definition channel on Measat 3A satellite.
[PR Newswire – 04/08/2010]

Latitude Technologies announces receipt of Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificate number SH10-16 covering Bell Helicopter and Eurocopter models for their satellite based tracking/messaging device SkyNode S100-001.
[SatNews – 04/08/2010]

Comtech EF Data announces availability of the CDM-625 Advance Satellite Modem with IP Packet Processor.
[SatNews – 04/08/2010]

Goodrich to display scale model of its Operationally Responsive Space satellite at Natioinal Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, CO April 12-14.
[SatNews – 04/08/2010]

Federal Appeals cou8rt says the FCC does not have authority to enforce Net Neutrality regulations (part of it’s broadband initiative) on ISPs.
[SatNews – 04/07/2010]

Canadian service provider BCE to use proceeds from sales of its stake in SkyTerra to fund its wired and wireless broadband ambitions.
[Fierce Telecom – 04/07/2010]

Harris Corporation completes successful operational test of first U.S. Navy satellite communications terminal to simultaneously communicate at X and Ka band through single dual-band feed.
[CNN Money – 04/07/2010]

Vizada renews partnership with Telecoms Sans Frontiers; will provide mobile satellite communications services including training program in 2010.
[TMCnet – 04/07/2010]

C-COM receives $750,000 worth of new orders for its iNetVu mobile antenna systems from the Asia Pacific region.
[SatNews – 04/07/2010]

Newtec announces multi-million US$ order from North America’s leading provider of horse and greyhound simulcast racing for high definition and IP based DVB-S2 using its DualFlow technology.
[SatNews – 04/07/2010]

SES ASTRA announces scheduled launch for ASTRA 3B of April 9.
[SatNews – 04/07/2010]

SES WORLD SKIES announces that its SES-1 satellite has safely arrived at the Baikonour Cosmodrome, scheduled for April 24 liftoff.
[SatNews – 04/06/2010]

NASA signs $335M modification to current International Space Station contract with Russian Federal Space Agency for crew transportation, rescue, and related services in 2013 and 2014.
[SatNews – 04/06/2010]

CPI gets $3.8M contract from Harris to provide satellite communications amplifiers for Navy program meant to boost broadband capability of Navy ships 10 fold.
[San Francisco Business Times – 04/06/2010]

SPOT sponsors Backpacker Magazine’s 10th annual Get Out More Tour, a national interactive mobile media and education road tour..
[SatNews – 04/06/2010]

Bolivia, China sign satellite launching agreement; Chinese will help Bolivia launch communications satellite "Tupac Katari."
[Space Travel – 04/06/2010]

iDirect announces Global Crossing launch of next-generation satellite network for Brazilian ISPs and enterprises using iDirect Series 14000 universal satellite hub and 600 X3 satellite remotes, with plans to service as many as 2000 sites.
[SatNews – 04/06/2010]

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