WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 08/20/2010




DARPA refocuses its System F6 program to allow an open community of researchers and developers to have more input in designing the architecture for a network of wirelessly connected small satellites.

[Information Week – 08/20/2010]


Viasat subsidiary WildBlue gets $19.5M stimulus grant to activate new subscribers on its satellite broadband services.

[socaltech – 08/20/2010]


Boeing wins $182m contract to start building a seventh military communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force.

[Reuters – 08/19/2010]


LightSquared notifies Inmarsat to begin implimenting Phase 1 of cooperation agreement to re-band L-Band radio spectrum, providing additional bandwidth to both parties in the contiguous spectrum.

[TeleGeography – 08/19/2010]


KVH boosts mini-VSAT broadband capacity more than 500% in North American waters with an additional full transponder and new spread spectrum waveform.

[Market Watch – 08/19/2010]


Thrane & Thrane furthers its aeronautical dealer network within the UlS. and Canada, appointing four new dealers, as demand for its extensive range of satellite communications services remains strong.

[SatNews – 08/19/2010]


Competetitors in the 2010-11 Velux 5 Oceans round-the-world yacht race will relay video action of the race using FleetBroadband, fitted with Thrane & Thrane Sailor 250 terminals.

[SatNews – 08/19/2010]


SatNews and Surrey Satellite Technology team to deliver learning experience in December regarding current and future technologies involved in small satellite design.

[SatNews – 08/19/2010]


Inmarsat puts cost of new Boeing communications satellites and associated ground systems at $1.2B.

[Bloomberg – 08/18/2010]


ARRA awards announced this week include $100M to four satellite broadband providers to cover remote areas.

[PC World – 08/18/2010]


Gilat Satcom reinforces its satellite activities in Africa.

[Satellite Spotlight – 08/18/2010]


Johns Hopkins Universithy, Boeing, and Iridium Communications announce ne space-based service to help scientists monitor magnetic storms around Earth to assist in forecasting space weather that might affect satellite communications.

[Cnet – 08/18/2010]


India begins testing Centralised Monitoring System which can track all communication traffic – wireless and fixed line, satellite, internet, e-mails, and VoIP, to gather intelligence inputs.

[The Economic Times – 08/18/2010]


Spot LLC and DeLorme announce that the DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT sSatellite Communicator wins Best in Show Award presented by GearJunkie.com at recent Outdoor Retailer trade show.

[Market Watch – 08/18/2010]


Intelsat IS-27 satellite to be C-Ku band hybrid augmented with 20 X 25 kHz channel UHF payload for government applications; will be launched in 2012 and will replace the Intelsat 805 satellite.

[TMCnet – 08/17/2010]


SES WORLD SKIES NSS-9 capacity to be used by the Nature conservancy on remote Palmyra Atoll 1000 miles south of Hawaii to establish connection with their National Wildlife Refuge.

[SatNews – 08/17/2010]





Fisher Communications of Seattle first to implement newly launched Streambox Avenir, a mobile device that can be carried as a side pack as alternative to SNG/ENG vehicles for field newsgathering.

[MarketWatch – 08/17/2010]


ViaSat deploys airborne Communications-On-The-Move terminals onboard several dozen U.S. Air Force Project Liberty aircraft to support ISR operations.

[SatNews – 08/17/2010]


Iran postpones satellite deployment as work on the satellite continues.

[Global Security Newswire – 08/16/2010]


Thuraya introduces Thuraya IP, a small 13.85 ounce package that allows users to control upload and download streaming bandwidths, contributing to significant savings.

[SatNews – 08/16/2010]


Google expances satellite ad offering via DirecTV deal.

[BtoB online – 08/16/2010]


New VC7700 series digital video compression and transmission system from NEC features one of industry’s lowest compression delays – 10 milliseconds.

[SatNews – 08/16/2010]


Social Media Venture launches national satellite service offering, an Internet satellite service to be provided through an agreement with YourNetPlus.com.

[Satellite Spotlight – 08/16/2010]


WBMSAT PS satellite communications consulting services