WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 06/22/2012

ILS postpones launch of SES-5 due to technical issues with Proton launch vehicle.
[Satellite Spotlight – 06/22/2012]

China Investment Corp buys 7 percent stake in satellite company Eutelsat from Spain’s Abertis Infraestructuras.
[Bloomberg – 06/22/2012]

Point Topic report says Ka-band broadband subscriber base is set for strong growth.
[Satellite Today – 06/22/2012]

SAIC gets $36 million contract to provide consolidate logistics management support for the Air Force Space Command.
[Satellite Today – 06/22/2012]

NASA selects team including Southwest Research Institute to develop Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System utilizing a constellation of eight nanosatellites.
[R&D Magazine – 06/21/2012]

Iridium to begin launching new satellites in 2015 which will include tracking devices enabling Iridium to keep tabs on airplanes everywhere in the world.
[Discovery News- 06/21/2012]

Air traffic services provider Nav Canada teams up with American satellite company Iridium Communications in joint venture Aireon to allow air traffic authorities to track airplanes beyond radar range.
[Vancouver Sun – 06/21/2012]

Bentley Walker purchases iDirect Ka-band hub for Middle East services.
[Satellite Today – 06/21/2012]

United Launch Alliance successfully launches 50th commercially developed Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, following deployment of National Reconnaissance Office’s NROL-38 mission.
[SatNews – 06/21/2012]

Astrium building DZZ-HR high-resolution observation satellite for Kazakhstan, which will be launched by Arianespace in 2014.
[SatNews – 06/21/2012]

Uganda to host 35th Assembly of Parties of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation July 3 to 6.
[All Africa – 06/21/2012]

L-3 is awarded indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity contract (minimum value $7.6 million – potential value up to $500 million over 5 years) to supply portable satellite-communications gear to the U.S. Special Operations Command.
[Zacks – 06/21/2012]

“Iridium’s unveiling of the Aireon service could be the boost that the hosted payload ecosystem needed.”
[NSR – 06/20/2012]

Harris receives order to supply 81 Automatic Dependant Surveillance-Broadcast receiver payloads to Aireon LLC (joint venture between NAV Canada and Iridium) for next generation Iridium satellites, for aircraft tracking.
[Zacks – 06/20/2012]

Boeing successfully demonstrates end-to-end communication using terminal from Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals (FAB-T) and the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite.
[Defense Professionals – 06/20/2012]

AT&T and SiriusXM file spectrum interference proposal dealing with longstanding concerns over interference between AT&T’s unused spectrum in 2.3 GHz band and Sirius’s satellite radio service.
[Satellite Today – 06/20/2012]

RRsat to launch new Ku-band platforms on AMOS-5 satellite over Africa.
[Sacramento Bee – 06/20/2012]

SkyWave Mobile Communications announces introduction of IP SCADA service, to allow IP-based point-to-point satellite communication between small remote sites and SCADA systems where terrestrial communications are not reliable.
[Market Watch – 06/20/2012]

According to SES media briefing at CommunicAsia2012, the company leads the market in Asia-Pacific in meeting DTH demand, delivering approximately 700 DTH channels and serving 20 million payTV homes.
[SatNews – 06/20/2012]

Eutelsat, in bid to expand footprint to high-growth Asia-Pacific markets, buys GE-23 satellite, to be renamed EUTELSAT 172A.
[SatNews – 06/19/2012]

ESA helps improve Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband system through its ARTES telecommunications programme, to allow the same terminal to offer up to nine simultaneous telephone calls instead of one.
[ESA News – 06/19/2012]

Europe’s MSG-3 meteorological satellite is being fueled at Spaceport in French Guiana.
[SatNews – 06/19/2012]

Gilat Satellite Networks SkyEdge IIc Aries Ka-band VSAT, designed by TRIM Industrial Design, wins Bronze A’ Design Award; will initially be used to support SES Broadband satellite-based Internet service.
[MENA FN – 06/19/2012]

Beam Communications has new satellite piracy solution for Iridium-based secure communications aboard vessels.
[SatNews – 06/19/2012]

Newtec breaks 500 Mbps bandwidth barrier on a 72 MHz transponder during a test on a Eutelsat satellite performed at Eutelsat’s Rambouillet teleport.
[SatNews – 06/18/2012]

Lockheed wins $4.6 billion 7-year (if all options exercised) Global Defense Network contract, beating out SAIC.
[Business Week – 06/18/2012]

Lockheed successfully completes thermal vacuum testing on Navy’s second Mobile User Objective System satellite, MUOS-2.
[Market Watch – 06/18/2012]

Avanti to install Newtec Sat3Play Hubs in its earth stations to extend its IP broadband service on its satellites HYLAS 1 and HYLAS 2.
[Telecom Lead – 06/18/2012]

O3b launches O3bMaritime, first-of-its-kind broadband solution capable of providing cruise ship guests and crew with more than 100 times the average internet access rates at sea, delivering over 500 mbps in aggregate to a single vessel [SatNews – 06/18/2012]

O3b announces multi-year, multi-million dollar agreement with AMRTUR Corporation of Brunei, to provide private high-speed satellite-delivered internet to various industries, including reaching 200 oil rigs on a single beam. [SatNews – 06/18/2012]

Lockheed Martin is awarded a $10.7 million firm-fixed-price/cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to operate, maintain, and sustain Camp Parks Communication Annex site equipment to support WGS satellite in orbit testing.
[SIGNALSCAPE – 06/18/2012]

Intelsat signs multiple Asia-Pacific capacity agreements.
[SatNews – 06/18/2012]

Air Force asks satellite industry for ideas on developing the next generation oif military weather satellites and satellite sensor payloads.
[Satellite Today – 06/18/2012]

Kratos selected by AsiaSat to enhance its Tai Po satellite communications ground station.
[Sat PR News – 06/18/2012]

Optimal Satcom selected by O3b to provide enterprise capacity management systems to O3b and its customers; O3b to launch first 8 of its medium-earth orbit (MEO) high capacity Ka-band satellites in 2013 and another 4 in 2014.
[SatNews – 06/17/2012]

Australian enterprise NewSat gets $280 million worth of U.S. ImportExport bank backing for its planned satellite Jabiru-1, to be built by Lockheed Martin.
[SatNews – 06/17/2012]

RRsat’s Station711, a distribution partner for Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband, announces that Ofer Ship Holding has adopted the new FleetBroadband Multi-voice capability just days after it became commercially available.
[SatNews – 06/17/2012]

Telesat announces it has initiated commercial service on its new Nimiq 6 satellite, whose complete capacity has been leased for 15 years to Canada’s largest DTV provider, Bell TV.
[SatNews – 06/17/2012]

Free NSR webinar July 31 – The Key to Maritime Satcom Growth: Capacity or Customers?
[NSR Web Site}

NSR Report, “Global Assessment of Satellite Supply and Demand, 9th Edition” now available.
[NSR Web Site]

WBMSAT satellite communications consulting services