WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 11/23/2012

European Space Agency enters cooperation arrangement with Russia under which Roscosmos will provide two Proton rockets to launch the Euro-Russian ExoMars mission in 2016 and 2018.
[SatNews – 11/21/2012]

SES’ Astra 2F successfully completes in-orbit testing and is now fully operational and in commercial service.
[SatNews – 11/21/2012]

China will launch Democratic Republic of the Congo’s first satellite, which will also be developed by China, in 2015.
[SatNews – 11/21/2012]

Ball Aerospace & Technologies part of team to build first space-based instrument to monitor major air pollutants across North America for NASA.
[SatNews – 11/21/2012]

International Launch Services successfully delivers the EchoStar XVI satellite into orbit aboard an ILS Proton rocket.
[SatNews – 11/20/2012]

Shipments of satellite nodes for smart-grid applications projected to quadruple by 2020.
[Telecom Engine – 11/20/2012]

Passengers aboard historic first flight of Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner made heavy use of in-flight broadband and cellular networks to tweet, text, make phone calls, and browse the Internet.
[SatNews – 11/20/2012]

Frontier Communications Offers Satellite Broadband to Washington State
[Daily Finance – 11/20/2012]

Lockheed Martin selected to support new generation of agile, commercially based military satellite communications technologies.
[Sacramento Bee – 11/19/2012]

Following successful financial and operational restructuring, SATMEX reveals new branding image, “SATMEX Reaching Higher.”
[SatNews – 11/19/2012]

Rockwell Collins gets $35 million award for satellite communications services from the U.S. Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
[Equities – 11/19/2012]

China sends third satellite in its “Environment I” family into orbit.
[SatNews – 11/19/2012]

Hughes wins $24 million contract from Mexican government for 11,000 site satellite broadband system.
[Sacramento Bee – 11/19/2012]

University of Glasgow’s School of engineering led development of Aerodynamic End Of Life Deorbit System for cubesats to ensure de-orbit and incineration in atmosphere at end of life.
[Satnews – 11/19/2012]

MTN to transform at-sea communications with first ever hybrid satellite and land-based solution for maritime industry.
[Sacramento Bee – 11/19/2012]

Having already delivered most accurate gravity map of Earth, ESA’s GOCE gravity satellite’s orbit is being lowered to obtain even better results.
[SatNews – 11/19/2012]

Dual effect of optimizing operational efficiency and improving crew welfare expected to drive strong marine satellite communications market growth over the next ten years.
[gnom.es – 11/19/2012]

Television stations in Chicago and Houston successfully complete alpha-phase field testing to Exede Newsgathering service from ViaSat using first High-Capacity Ka-band SNG vehicle built in the U.S.
[SatNews – 11/19/2012]

With 25 percent of all ships sailing the world’s oceans using satellite communications using Marlink’s equipment, the company turns to Asia and China for further growth.
[China Daily – 11/19/2012]

Iridium finalizes agreement with NAV CANADA regarding Aireon LLC, a joint venture to provide air traffic management agencies around the globe the ability to continuously track aircraft anywhere in the world, leveraging Iridium’s NEXT LEO constellation.
[SatNews – 11/19/2012]

Charlie Ergen’s bet to enter wireless industry frustrated by failure of bid to acquire MetroPCS Communications.
[Wall Street Journal – 11/18/2012]

FCC close to granting Dish Network approval to use spectrum for ground-based network, but may attach limits unpalatable to Charlie Ergen.
[Denver Post – 11/17/2012]

Air Force decision on disaggregation (disperse payload sets to larger numbers of smaller satellites) not expected until 2015.
[Space News – 11/16/2012]

While U.S. worries about Chinese efforts in space, European governments are concerned about American competitors such as SpaceX.
[Citizens in Space – 11/15/2012]

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