WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 01/27/2012

SES-4 launch delayed again “for technical reasons.”
[SAT PR – 01/27/2012]

Vessel carrying Atlas booster and Centaur upper stage for Air Force’s AEHF-2 mission contacts bridge over Tennessee River, causing part of the bridge to collapse – no damage to the rocket.
[SatNews – 01/27/2012]

Namibia’s national electricity utility slashes costs of dealing with temporary outages by using GSM and satellite communications to link remote recloses with its head office.
[IT Web – 01/27/2012]

Harris CapRock gets 3 year contract from Siem Offshore to deliver turnkey VSAT communications to five of its supply vessels located offshore in Brazil.
[Scandinavian Oil & Gas Magazine – 01/27/2012]

SkyCasters partners with Ka You Communications on turnkey satellite communications solution called IPReady for EAS CAP (Emergency Alert System/Common Alerting Protocol) compliance.
[SatNews – 01/27/2012]

AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems and ViaSat sign strategic agreement to develop capabilities for beyond-line-of-sight satellite communications in new AAI unmanned aircraft systems aircraft.
[Azo Robotics – 01/27/2012]

SkyBitz expands footprint with new Iridium-based global solution.
[SAT PR – 01/27/2012]

SBCA accepting grant requests from members and consumer satellite industry professionals until February 1, with grants to be awarded to deserving non-profits or individuals involved in worthy community efforts.
[SatNews – 01/27/2012]

South African communications regulator refuses permission for satellite television network TopTV to broadcast sexually explicit channels.
[Reuters – 01/27/2012]

2012 World Radiocommunications Conference to review and modify global spectrum regulations to ensure the resource is “used effectively to benefit all players.”
[TV Technology – 01/27/2012]

Russian Soyuz-U is launched toward International Space Station carrying the Progress M-14M cargo spacecraft.
[SatNews – 01/26/2012]

Trichet joins board of EADS amid shakeup, with Enders slated to become new CEO.
[Reuters – 01/26/2012]

Delta Airlines announce exclusive marketing agreement with OnAsset Intelligence, enabling Delta Cargo customers to view GPS location information on deltacargo.com.
[SatNews – 01/26/2012]

Space Systems/Loral selected to provide high power communications satellite.
[Space Ref – 01/26/2012]

Sea Launch manifest for 2012 includes Intelsat 19 in the spring and Intelsat 21 in the fall.
[Spaceflight Now – 01/25/2012]

Russia’s Chibis (Peewit) microsatellite, which studies gamma-radiation generated by lightning in the atmosphere, is placed into orbit from the International Space Station.
[SatNews – 01/25/2012]

Space storm predicted by NOAA hits satellites, airlines, but most communication systems not affected.
[Computer World – 01/25/2012]

AMOS 5 begins commercial operation.
[SAT PR – 01/25/2012]

Frontline, leading international seaborne oil transporter, commits to Inmarsat XpressLink for more than 100 vessels.
[Market Watch – 01/25/2012]

U.S. Electrodynamics expands on-net coverage with Zayo ethernet services.
[Market Watch – 01/25/2012]

All Cirrus Aircraft can now be equipped with Perspective Global Connect, integrating worldwide weather, satellite phone, and text messaging features.
[Market Watch – 01/25/2012]

Technion of Israel is developing 3 tiny, unique satellites which could be used for locating missing persons and people in distress.
[The Jerusalem Post – 01/24/2012]

Calian Technologies signs two new contracts for satellite ground systems with combined value of $7.6 million, including installation of Inmarsat BGAN RF ground system in China for Thrane & Thrane.
[Market Watch – 01/24/2012]

LightSquared fights results of USAF interference testing, even as it faces accusations of bribery.
[Daily Tech – 01/24/2012]

Novelsat’s 3G-Sat modulation solution NS3(TM) is first to make satellite data broadcasting possible at fibre level costs, successfully demonstrated in tests by SES and Satellite Mediaport Services.
[Market Watch – 01/24/2012]

Military satellite communications market expected to be worth $9 billion by 2018. [Zawya – 01/23/2012]

Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, accuses backers of LightSquared’s proposed LTE network of trying to pressure him into giving up investigation.
[NextGov – 01/23/2012]

China aims to launch 21 rockets and 30 satellites as part of its 2012 space program.
[Satellite Today – 01/23/2012]

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a watch for the strongest solar radiation storm since 2005.
[R&D Magazine – 01/23/2012]

International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran urges World Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva to take decisive steps to end Iranian government’s illegal jamming of satellite signals.
[International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran – 01/22/2012]

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