WBMSAT Satelite Industry News Bits 12/21/2012

U.S. Navy to install Raytheon Company’s Navy Multiband Terminal on over 300 ships.
[Satellite Spotlight – 12/21/2012]

Telefonica will use Eutelsat’s high-performance KA-SAT to provide satellite Internet connectivity across Europe.
[msn money – 12/21/2012]

Globalstar’s common stock to be delisted by NASDAQ.
[Satellite Today – 12/20/2012]

British-made military satellite with ‘anti-jamming’ capability is orbited.
[Yahoo News UK & Ireland – 12/20/2012]

ViaSat receives $52 million contract from unnamed U.S. government agency to provide broadband services via satellite to government aircraft.
[North County Times – 12/20/2012]

China Mobile Satellite Communications Group and Thuraya Telecommunications announce successful launch of a new business focusing on mobile satellite phones. [People’s Daily Online – 12/20/2012]

UK-based GVF adds three authorized test entities in three major regions, doubling the size of the industry network of authorized test entities to provide type-approved equipment for the satellite industry.
[Broadcast Engineering – 12/20/2012]

Mexsat Bicentenario satellite sends first signals from space.
[Satellite Today – 12/20/2012]

Gilat will begin supplying satellite-based communications solutions for all Israeli governmental offices and defense organizations.
[Israel Defense – 12/20/2012]

Kratos gets $17.5 million U.S.A.F. contract for Command and Control System for current and future military communication satellites.
[Street Insider – 12/20/2012]

Export-Import Bank of Chine to provide Belarus with $280.8 million load for development of national communication and broadcasting satellite service.
[Belarusian Telegraph Agency – 12/20/2012]

Airtel and Comtech EF Data get award for Best Backhaul Solution for Africa at 5th annual AfricaCom Awards ceremony.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 12/20/2012]

Racking up over 100 million flight hours in more than 40 years, Honeywell Reaction Wheel Assemblies have never caused a satellite to fail or abort a mission. [Satellite Evolution Group – 12/20/2012]

Astronomers using Europe’s Herschel Space Observatory ask public for help in finding holes in the dust clouds throughout the galaxy using images from Herschel.
[SatNews – 12/20/2012]

GoGo, a leader in in-flight connectivity, signs major satellite capacity deal with SES. [Satellite Evolution Group – 12/20/2012]

Map of Earth at night published by NASA two weeks ago showed large number of lights in uninhabited areas of Western Australia that turned out to be lightning and wildfires.
[SatNews – 12/20/2012]

U.S. House and Senate agree on satellite export reform legislation.
[Space Policy Online – 12/19/2012]

Ariane 5 completes it’s 67th launch, the 7th and final of 2012, accurately delivering Skynet-5D and Mexsat Bicentenario into their respective orbits.
[European Space Agency – 12/19/2012]

Independent Oversight Board formed to investigate solar array deployment anomaly following launch of Intelsat 19 exonerates Sea Launch rocket in the incident.
[Satellite Today – 12/19/2012]

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two completes first test glide flight with rocket motor components installed and thermal protection applied to its leading edges.
[SatNews – 12/19/2012]

United Space Alliance closes its Washington lobbying operation.
[Space News – 12/19/2012]

SES announces that it is the first satellite operator to offer satellite broadband service with download speeds up to 20Mbit/s for consumers in France.
[SatNews – 12/19/2012]

NASA’s next-generation communications satellite, TDRS-K, arrives at Kennedy Space Center in preparation for January 29, 2013 launch.
[Bloomberg – 12/18/2012]

XTAR retools and reconfigures infrastructure to provide new potential for its X-band bandwidth, including Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (AISR).
[Satellite Today – 12/18/2012]

Eutelsat 21B fully enters commercial service at 21.5 degrees East.
[Satellite Today – 12/18/2012]

Member of European Space Agency officially approve cooperation between ESA and Roscosmos on European Mars exploration ExoMars, led by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor.
[SatNews – 12/17/2012]

Thuraya Telecommunications combines with Japan’s SoftBank Mobile to provide Japanese business, enterprise, and consumer subscribers across Thuraya’s satellite network with mobile satellite communication services.
[Satellite Today – 12/17/2012]

NASA’s Commercial Drew Program selects Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser Space System Program to receive a Certification Products Contract, a first step to enabling International Space Station transportation services and provide government certification of its commercial crew orbital transportation system. [SatNews – 12/17/2012]

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