WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 04/08/2011

Iran attempting to retrieve Mesbah-1 satellite from Italy – satellite was to have been launched by Russia in 2005, but Russia denies having received satellite.
[Payvand Iran – 04/08/2011]

KVH creates Brazilian subsidiary in ongoing effort to offer sales, service, and support in key commercial maritime regions.
[SatNews – 04/08/2011]

Intelsat gets series of new contracts with media customers using Intelsat’s video satellite neighborhoods.
[SatNews – 04/08/2011]

Innovations related to space technologies developed today define crucial role of space in first step toward an integrated European Space Policy under Lisbon Treaty.
[Space Daily – 04/07/2011]

Dish Network may be preparing for competition with Netflix, with a winning bid of $228M at auction for bankrupt Blockbuster.
[Wall Street Journal – 04/07/2011]

Harris merges Schlumberger, CapRock, and Core180 acquisitions into a single unit.
[Satellite Today – 04/07/2011]

U.S. Space launches mobile communications business targeting government agencies.
[PR Newswire – 04/07/2011]

Row 44 partners with Hughes and Intelsat to expand Ku-band in-flight coverage of international in-flight broadband platform.
[Satellite Today – 04/07/2011]

U.S.A.F. forwards contract modification directing SBIRS contractor team to implement revised ground delivery strategy to receive data from both DSP satellites and SBIRS satellite.
[SatNews – 04/07/2011]

Ocean Systems Engineering Corporation wins $12M task order from U.S. Marines for engineering and scientific support for networking and satellite communications.
[SIGNALSCAPE – 04/07/2011]

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates contracts with Boeing to provide advance technology solutions for the 702HP satellites.
[SatNews – 04/07/2011]

Vizada is among first Inmarsat Distribution Partners to roll out new IsatPhone Pro email and data transfer capability to its entire network of service provider partners.
[SatNews – 04/07/2011]

GMPCS Personal Communications offers Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro data service and email.
[Benzinga – 04/07/2011]

Bosnia’s Mreza Plus TV now distributed by AMOS satellite fleet.
[SatNews – 04/07/2011]

RRsat’s new MCPC platform on Hispasat 1E to bring digital HD, 3D, and SD satellite video to tens of millions of viewers in Latin America.
[SatNews – 04/07/2011]

Space X unveils plans to launch the world’s most powerful rocket since man went to the moon.
[R&D Magazine – 04/06/2011]

Mitsubishi announces completion of construction of the ST-2 communications satellite ordered by Singapore Telecommunications and Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom.
[4-traders – 04/06/2011]

Twice last week space junk approached International Space Station too closely for comfort, and experts predict more close calls over next several years.
[Fox News – 04/06/2011]

U.S. Army’s WIN-T program accelerates efforts in the at-the-halt and fixed satellite communications programs.
[Defense Systems – 04/06/2011]

Recently signed multi-year network partnership agreement with Open Range Communications may be key to filling out LightSquared’s nationwide network.
[Urgent Communications – 04/06/2011]

Integral Systems wins $8.6M contract modification to its Command and Control System-Consolidated with U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center.
[Satellite Today – 04/06/2011]

Eutelsat signs another deal, with French Internet service provider Sat2Way, as it looks to fill Ka-Sat before operations begin.
[Satellite Today – 04/06/2011]

Hughes Europe to spotlight advanced satellite technology and services at Antibes Yacht Show in Antibes, France, from April 7 – 10.
[SatNews – 04/06/2011]

OnAir’s combined GSM and inflight internet services using SwiftBroadband prove to have sufficient capacity for passengers’ needs after 1 year of service.
[SatNews – 04/06/2011]

ViaSat and JetBlue finalize plans for Ka-band in-flight broadband service.
[Satellite Today – 04/05/2011]

TriaGnoSys launches GSMConneX, an end-to-end solution providing GSM services to aircraft passengers.
[SatNews – 04/05/2011]

Q-KON SA provides mobile satellite service for users in South Africa requiring high-speed Internet access in remote locations.
[PRLog – 04/05/2011]

Russian spacecraft named for Yuri Gargarin reaches orbit on way to International Space Station.
[SatNews – 04/05/2011]

International Launch Services gets Mitsubishi’s contract for launch of Turksat 4A and Turksat 4B on ILS Proton.
[SatNews – 04/05/2011]

Gilat partners with Ethiopian wireless business solution specialist Global Tracking to provide comprehensive fleet tracking services in Ethiopia.
[Satellite Today – 04/05/2011]

SkyVision establishes enterprise hub in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
[Satellite Today – 04/05/2011]

Communications crosslink between STSS satellites built by Grumman extends real-time “stereo tracking” of space objects.
[ComSpaceWatch – 04/04/2011]

Dual-purpose Indian satellite GSAT-8, with Ku-band and navigation payloads, arrives in French Guiana.
[SatNews – 04/04/2011]

Rafael Advance Defense Systems developing micro-satellite concept employing low-earth-orbit high resolution imaging satellites suitable for airborne launch.
[SatNews – 04/04/2011]

Iridium announces operational launch of Global Service Program to support all users of Iridium OpenPort broadband maritime satellite communication service.
[Traders Huddle – 04/04/2011]

New consortium headed by Astrium to demo telemedicine network for Africa under award by the European Space Agency.
[SatNews – 04/04/2011]

Surrey Satellite Technology expands on-line e-commerce product offering to include space-qualified satellite platforms.
[SatNews – 04/04/2011]

KVH extends availability of recently introduced simple, fast rate plans for mini-VSAT maritime broadband to all new miniVSAT broadband subscribers.
[Globe Newswire – 04/04/2011]

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