WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 02/22/2013

SES confirms Padraig McCarthy as new CFO and announces full-year financial results, missing desired 2012 earnings due to three-week delay in launching SES-5 satellite. [Satellite Today – 02/22/2013]

Russia asks Germany for permission to buy two x-band reconnaissance satellites from Astrium for use by Russia’s military. [SpaceNews – 02/22/2013]

ViaSat mobile Ka-band satellite antenna gets FAA and International certification. [PR Newswire – 02/22/2013]

YAHSAT to fit state-of-the-art satellite communications systems to complete fleet of UAE Navy Baynunah-class corvettes. [Satellite Spotlight – 02/22/2013]

skyDSL signs five-year multiple spotbeam capacity contract on Eutelsat’s KA-SAT, to step up broadband deployment across Europe. [SatNews – 02/22/2013]

International Space Station hosts research on effects of microgravity on disease-causing organisms. [Space Daily – 02/22/2013]

Global VSAT Forum announces extensive series of scheduled, public Hands On Skills Test (HOST) sessions worldwide for the Spring of 2013. [SatNews – 02/22/2013]

NASA calls for proposals to develop miniaturized electrospray propulsion technologies that could revolutionize small satellite propulsion systems. [Satellite Evolution Group – 02/21/2013]

HispaSat’s Amazonas 3 begins in-orbit tests. [Satellite Today – 02/21/2013]

Telesat reports 2012 financial results, and notable achievements including refinancing of debt, bringing Nimiq 6 on line, and completion of construction of Anik G1 satellite. [SatNews – 02/21/2012]

After a year of significant investment, ViewSat plans to expand across global markets, including the middle East, Asia, Europe, and North America. [Satellite Today – 02/21/2013]

NSR to host free webinar “Where’s the demand in Military and Government SatCom” March 13 at 10:00 AM EDT. [SatNews – 02/21/2013]

ST Electronics announces commencement of design and development of the first made-in-Singapore commercial satellite. [Satellite Evolution Group – 02/21/2013]

NASA report attributes failure of Glory spacecraft to reach orbit in March, 2011, to failure of the Taurus launch vehicle’s fairing system to open fully, due to unknown factors. [SatNews – 02/21/2013]

EchoStar reports modest increase in subscribers to its Hughes U.S. satellite broadband service in 2012, but remains confident that EchoStar 17/Jupiter Ka-band high-throughput satellite is being well received by market. [SpaceNews – 02/21/2013]

CommunicAsia2013 Summit and BroadcastAsia 2013 back in a new format, participating in two-part visionary address on June 19, 2013. [Satellite Evolution Group – 02/21/2013]

Hispasat reports continued growth and profit increase in 2012. [SpaceNews – 02/21/2013]

Wireless Matrix extends satellite agreement with LightSquared. [Satellite Evolution Group – 02/21/2013]

Astrium crew communications survey reveals growing number of seafarers see on board Wi-Fi connectivity as essential. [SatNews – 02/21/2013]

Following the Russian meteor explosion last week, the international scientific community renews its call for U.S. military satellite data to be made available, since the satellites also detect incoming meteoroids. [Satellite Today – 02/20/2013]

Brazil hosts part of the Russian Glonass satellite navigation system. [Satellite Today – 02/20/2013]

Lockheed Martin completes successful demonstration of remote control of Squad Mission Support System vehicle via satellite. [Azorobotics – 02/20/2013]

India prepares Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C20) for February 25th launch of 7 satellites, including the Indo-French satellite SARAL which will study sea surface heights.. [SatNews – 02/20/2013]

Satellite TV widens market share gap with cable in Germany. [Satellite Today – 02/20/2013]

RV5MONDE Afrique joins AMOS-5 French-language broadcast bouquet. [Satellite Evolution Group – 02/20/2013]

Orbital Sciences executive expresses concern that tight budgets will limit U.S. government’s plan to move toward smaller satellites. [Satellite Today – 02/19/2013]

Azerbaijan’s first satellite, Azerspace/Africasat-1a, reaches final orbit and begins in-orbit testing. [Satellite Today – 02/19/2013]

Visiongain report estimates value of global military communications and COTS market at $17.46 billion in 2013. [Satellite Spotlight – 02/18/2013]

World Teleport Association rates Mexic0-based Elara Communicaciones as the second fastest growing teleport in 2012. [Satellite Today – 02/19/2013]

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