WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 11/16/2012

Highway work knocks out communications to Russian space facility, putting at risk return of astronauts from International Space Station until repair was affected.
[South China Morning Post – 11/16/2012]

Sri Lanka’s first communications satellite expected to be launched November 22 from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in China.
[Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses – 11/16/2012]

Hunter Communications and SATMEX announce multi-transponder agreement for Satmex 7, and entrance into the Canadian marketplace.
[Sacramento Bee – 11/16/2012]

Google reportedly has held talks with DISH Network regarding potential mobile network joint venture.
[TeleGeography – 11/16/2012]

Lack of commercial satellite capacity in Asia-Pacific region huge risk for defense agencies’ ability to find capacity on the spot market in case of Pacific region engagement requiring communications capabilities for the warfighter.
[National Defense Magazine – 11/15/2012]

As Afghanistan drawdown progresses, EADS Satcom venture expects shift in customer base from military to organizations involved in emergency management and humanitarian relief.
[Bloomberg Business Week – 11/15/2012]

The second Advanced Extremely High Frequency U.S. military communications satellite is turned over to the 14th Air Force for operation following successful in-orbit testing.
[UPI – 11/15/2012]

Delivery of satellite-based communications nodes for smart grid applications expected to quadruple by 2020.
[DailyFinance – 11/15/2012]

Mark Dankberg of ViaSat named Visionary Executive of the Year at SATCON 2012.
[SatNews – 11/15/2012]

Spacecom, operator of AMOS satellite fleet, named Most Promising Company of the Year at SatCon 2012.
[SatNews – 11/15/2012]

Newtec IP modem capable of up to 380 Mbps wins Satellite Markes and Research Most Innovative Product Award.
[SatNews – 11/15/2012]

No new expensive satellite programs for the military in the foreseeable future, given today’s budgetary environment, according to Air Force’s Space and Missiles Center commander General Ellen Pawlikowski.
[National Defense Magazine – 11/14/2012]

Soyuz rocket launch puts Russian Meridian communications satellite into orbit. [Spaceflight Now – 11/14/2012]

Hughes contract  is to help the Air Force develop options and reduce acquisition risk for architecture to provide the U.S. and allied forces with protected satellite communications in future hostile environments.
[UPI – 11/14/2012]

Mexico says Orbital Sciences-built Bicentenario satellite is ready for January, 2013 launch.
[Fox News Latino – 11/14/2012]

Inmarsat’s $1.2 billion Global Xpress system will be focused on service quality, requiring mandatory Earth station testing in co-ordination with the Global VSAT Forum.
[SatNews – 11/14/2012]

Cobham is selected by Inmarsat to provide land-based satellite communication terminal antennas specifically designed to support the Global Xpress network.
[SatNews – 11/14/2012]

RRsat acquires SM2 Sports & Media Solutions, a U.S-based premier provider of occasional-use international sports distribution and syndication services.
[SatNews – 11/14/2012]

Globecomm Systems gets NATO contract to upgrade the GPS-Based Force Tracking System for more capacity and additional features.
[SatNews – 11/14/2012]

ATCi provides multiple cable TV and satellite channels with disaster recovery services to ensure seamless, uninterrupted programming.
[Herald Online – 11/14/2012]

Thuraya recognized as Satellite Communications Player of the Year by the Arab States Broadcasting Union.
[AME Info – 11/14/2012]

SES announces contract with Telespazio Brasil to uses SES-4 Ku-band capacity for high-speed broadband and high quality voice to companies operating in remote inland communities.
[SatNews – 11/14/2012]

Avanti begins installation of Ka-band VSAT services on HYLAS-2 for South African “Working for Water” programme.
[Gadget – 11/14/2012]

Paradigm to provide Global Xpress land terminal integration services for the Inmarsat Global Xpress global Ka-band network.
[SatNews – 11/14/2012]

Telesat and Panasonic sign pre-launch long-term agreement for capacity on Anik G1 allowing Panasonic to expand aeronautical broadband service over Latin America.
[SatNews – 11/14/2012]

Globalstar petitions FCC to use its licensed MSS spectrum terrestrially to support mobile broadband applications throughout the U.S.
[SatNews – 11/13/2012]

SES announces iPad application showcasing the SES global fleet of 52 satellites and including over 150 satellite footprints, with 3D earth navigation and augmented reality view.
[SatNews – 11/13/2012]

Beam Communication’s RapidSat700 offers portable satellite solution for disaster recovery, operating with the Inmarsat BGAN network.
[Sacramento Bee – 11/13/2012]

MTN extends contract with Norwegian Cruise Line for VSAT communications, crew calling, Internet services, access to MTN Worldwide TV, and related services around the globe.
[Sacramento Bee – 11/13/2012]

Inmarsat promoting new satellites and technologies it says will transform communications in Africa.
[IT Web – 11/13/2012]

RRsat will launch new C-band DVB-S2 MCPC platform with complete coverage of Africa.
[Sacramento Bee – 11/13/2012]

Red Cross chooses Exede Enterprise satellite services from ViaSat to provide satellite connectivity during disaster response.
[Sacramento Bee – 11/13/2012]

Israel’s Orbit Technologies announces contract worth up to $150 million to provide hundreds of Ka-band communications systems to one of the world’s largest satellite ventures, a consortium providing high-speed broadband to billions of people.
[Globes – 11/12/2012]

Satellite imagery shows North Korea has been testing rocket engines.
[abc6 – 11/12/2012]

Ka-band comes of age as enterprise, defence, and military organizations look at Ka-band to upgrade capability and capacity of their satellite communications.
[Milsat Magazine – November 2012]


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