WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 01/04/2013

Congress approves bill supporting human space exploration.
[Space Travel – 01/04/2013]

Florida state conducts studies on viability of new commercial launch complex at north end of Kennedy Space Center.
[Satellite Today – 01/04/2013]

Vietnam’s first Earth observation satellite, VNREDSat-a, to be launched in April by Arianespace aboard new Vega small-satellite launcher.
[Space News – 01/04/2013]

New ground-based positioning technology that works indoors as well as out could compete with satellite-based global positioning systems (GPS).
[Space Daily – 01/04/2012]

Landsat 5 to be decommissioned over the coming months.
[SatNews – 01/03/2013]

THAICOM reaches Framework Agreement with China Telcom Satellite and Synertone Communication Corporation to sell IPSTAR bandwidth in China.
[Satellite Evolution – 01/03/2013]

Harris is awarded fifth year of its Network and Space Operations and Maintenance contract, worth $151 Million.
[Satellite Today – 01/03/2013]

FleetBroadband Multi-voice is integrated with RRsat Global Communications’ Crewtalk solution.
[Sacramento Bee – 01/03/2012]

South Atlantic British dependency St. Helena island pleas for undersea cable connection for Internet.
[BBC News – 12/03/2012]

“Triple-seven” goal set for Ariane 6 rocket – seven years of development, seven metric tons of satellite payload to geostationary transfer orbit, and a price of 70 million euros for satellite launch customers.
[Space News – 01/02/2013]

A fourth British military communications satellite built by Astrium is launched.
[UPI – 01/02/2012]

Boeing and NASA complete Preliminary Design Review for the Space Launch System core stage and avionics, validating design of rocket to send humans beyond low Earth orbit to places like the moon and Mars.
[Satellite Evolution – 01/02/2013]

Patent issued to ViaSat for Flexible Forward and Return Capacity Allocation in a Hub-Spoke Satellite Communication System.
[equities.com – 01/02/2012]

KVH doubles capacity in Caribbean region for its mini-VSAT broadband network.
[Satellite Evolution – 01/02/2013]

ITC Global to provide C-band services to mining customers in eastern Russia using Intelsat 18 capacity under two multi-year agreements with Intelsat.
[SatNews – 01/02/2013]

Roscosmos identifies turbopump of the Briz-M upper stage as most likely reason for initial failure of theYamal-402 satellite to reach designated orbit.
[SatNews – 01/02/2013]

FCC moves to ease restrictions on Internet use in commercial airlines with new regulations.
[TechWeek Europe – 01/01/2013]

FCC extends deadline for comments on Comprehensive Review of Licensing and Operating Rules for Satellite Services to January 14, 2013.
[Satellite Spotlight – 12/31/2012]

SES offers consumer broadband in France with downlink speeds up to 20 Mbit/s using Ka-band on ASTRA 2F.
[Satellite Spotlight – 12/31/2012]

SES signs long-term capacity deal with Anadolu Networks for 1 transponder on ASTRA 31.5 degrees East for DTH  broadcast of local TV channels to all of Turkey. [Satellite Evolution – 12/29/2012]

Lockheed Martin will build two more AEHF military satellites for $1.9 billion.
[Chicago Tribune – 12/28/2012]

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