WBMSAT News Bits February 11, 2011

NASA testing survivability of smart phones in space, hoping to determine their capabilities, even of piloting spaceships.
[Fox News – 02/11/2011]

Arianespace to launch 18 Globalstar Next-Gen satellites by September.
[Satellite Today – 02/11/2011]




KVH’s mini-VSAT broadband helps fishing companies run more efficiently.
[Satellite Spotlight – 02/11/2011]

Marlink, provider of maritime satellite communications, gets new three-year contract from Norwegian based operator of offshore and subsea vessels, DOF ASA.
[Trading Markets – 02/11/2011]

Globecomm Systems enters into strategic teaming agreement within Fujitsu Frontech North America to provide wide range of advanced technology digital media solutions for commercial and government markets.
[SatNews – 02/10/2011]

Harris to supply four Saudi studios with entire HD broadcast portfolio.
[Satellite Today – 02/11/2011]

Star Asia wins multi-year satellite uplink contract in the Philippines.
[Satellite Today – 02/11/2011]

Speculation that AT&T could buy Dish Network Corp drives Dish shares up 6%.
[Reuters – 02/10/2010]

Telenor ASA board approves investing in a new expansion satellite, to be named THOR 7, to be launched toward end of 2013.
[SatNews – 02/10/2011]




O3b and Etisalat enter partnership to enable Etisalat’s operating companies to benefit from O3b’s services.
[Satellite Today – 02/10/2011]

Orbit-raising activities for the AEHF-1 satellite continue according to plan with satellite expected to reach geosynchronous orbit by late summer 2011.
[SatNews – 02/10/2011]

Stratos Global providing integrated media solutions including Inmarsat BGAN, enabling many of world’s largest news organizations to broadcast ongoing coverage of political developments in Egypt.
[SatNews – 02/10/2011]

DirecTV will be first distributor of 3D network 3net, joint venture of Sony, Discovery Communications, and Imax.
[Hollywood Reporter – 02/10/2011]

SES WORLD SKIES signs agreement with Supernet Limited of Pakistan for high powered Ku-band transponder capacity on NSS-6.
[SatNews – 02/10/2011]

Globe Wireless announces the E.R. Schiuffahrt of Hamburg, Germany will install the iFusion solution on nearly 90 vessels.
[SatNews – 02/10/2011]

U.S. Navy exercises contract option worth $339.6 million for Lockheed Martin to build MUOS satellite.
[TMCnet – 02/10/2011]

Russia to launch a new Glonass-K navigation satellite from Plesetsk space center on February 24.
[SatNews – 02/10/2011]

Boeing receives $900,000 study contract from the MILSATCOM Systems Directorate of the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center to explore ways to modify commercial satellites to meet MILSATCOM needs.
[SatNews – 02/10/2011]

Inmarsat wins Digital Studio ‘Satellite Services/Provider of the Year’ award.
[Zawya – 02/10/2011]

Dish TV India to use four 54 MHz Ku-band transponders on AsiaSat 5 to enhance its HD and SD DTH offerings in India.
[SatNews – 02/10/2010]

ATCi tailors Simulsat multibeam design for Middle East market.
[AMEinfo – 02/10/2011]

NASA selects 20 small satellites to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets planned to launch in 2011 and 2012.
[SatNews – 02/10/2011]

Bridging the Digital Divide in Europe with the Hylas satellite – toning down broadband expectations due to limits imposed by high latency of satellite communications.
[eWeek Europe – 02/10/2011]

SkyVision rolls out new satellite VPN services in Nigeria.
[Satellite Today – 02/10/2011]

TerreStar Networks receives 2010 Satellite Spotlight Product of the Year award.
[PR Newswire – 02/09/2011]

ND Satcom receives order for first 40 of a total of 200 XWARP stations from South African data center operator Business Connexion (BCX).
[SatNews – 02/09/2011]

Devas, partnering with Antrix, plans to commercially launch spot-beam technology platform in first quarter 2011 to provide mobile satellite services in India.
[Voice & Data – 02/09/2011]


FCC Commissioners vote to require television and radio stations, cable systems, and satellite TV providers to participate in a test that will broadcast an alert message directly from the President.
[Washington Post – 02/08/2011]

U.S. and French defense leaders sign cooperation agreement designed to help track space debris and avoid collisions of satellites.
[AFP – 02/08/2011]

Eutelsat to exhibit new broadcast and internet resources for users in North Africa and the Middle East at CABSAT in Dubai.
[Satellite Spotlight – 02/08/2011]

Australian Labor government confirms it secretly hosted U.S. military teams supporting operations of new ballistic missile defence satellites.
[The Age – 02/08/2011]

Iran unveils satellite prototypes, and plans for manned space missions.
[Satellite Today – 02/08/2011]

Comtech Telecommunications receives orders worth $1.4 million for SATCOM high-power amplifiers to be used in systems supporting commercial airborne satellite services.
[New York citybizlist – 02/08/2011]

Satellite service provider TigrisNet increases commitment to HYLAS 2 satellite with further 5 year $12.2 million contract for capacity.
[RTT News – 02/08/2011]

MTN Government Services earns ISO 9001:2008 certification.
[PR Newswire – 02/08/2011]

RRsat Global Communications signs with DISH Network for grant of license and delivery of a number of Israeli channels to be included in DISH Network’s new "ISRAELI SELECT" package.
[PR Newswire – 02/08/2011]

Comtech Telecommunications subsidiary Xicom receives $1 million order from U.S. Navy for high power amplifiers.
[Satellite Spotlight – 02/08/2011]

U.S. Electrodynamics of Brewster, WA achieves Department of Defense highest level security requirements for satellite services.
[GlobeNewsWire – 02/08/2011]

U.S. has secret tools capable of forcing internet on dictators.
[WIRED – 02/07/2011]

Last decade has been roller coaster ride in Latin American FSS market with numbers peaks and valleys in both supply and demand.
[NSR – 02/07/2011]

Integral Systems’ Raptor X-band ultra small aperture terminal receives Wideband Global SATCOM certification.
[The Street – 02/07/2011]

NASA’s twin STEREO solar observatories, on diametrically opposite sides of Sun for few seconds, stream back first 360 degree coverage of our solar system’s star.
[The Australian – 02/07/2011]

Educating Guatemala’s children via Internet key focus of NewCom address at Guateconnects summit.
[Newswire.com – 02/07/2011]

FAA to equip satellite air traffic control technology on JetBlue A320s.
[Satellite Today – 02/07/2011]

U.S. Military launches secret satellite to test new methods of collecting intelligence from space.
[Space.com – 02/06/2011]

New U.S. strategy aims to enlist other countries to help safeguard national space assets against both hostile threats and orbital space debris.
[msnbc – 02/04/2011]

RRSAT provides playout and distribution services to Ananey Communications for localized MTV Israel.
[Street Insider – 02/04/2011]

NSR report analyzes satellite capacity, VSAT and MSS opportunities in the Oil & Gas markets.
[NSR Report – February 2011]

VSAT success depends on up-to-date market perceptions as providers offer more services and number of competitors shrinks.
[Via Satellite Extra – February 2011]

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