WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 04/19/2013

The 6th European Conference on Space Debris will be held at ESOC, ESA’s European Space Operations Center, Darmstadt, Germany, 22 – 25 April. [Space Daily – 04/19/2013]

Orbital now plans April 20 launch for Antares rocket. [Space News – 04/19/2013]

Galileo In-Orbit Verification In Orbit Test Review Board held at European Space Agency facility in Noordwijk, Netherlands, is declared a full success. [SatNews – 04/19/2013]\

Capacity on Azerbaijan’s first communications satellite, with Ku- and C-band transponders but no Ka-band, may be too expensive for internet providers. [ABC.AZ – 04/19/20103]

NASA seeks proposals for suborbital technology payloads and spacecraft capability enhancements that could be used on future space missions. [Space Travel – 04/18/2013]

Intelsat raises $347.8 million in IPO, less than hoped for, but stocks rise 7% in first day after offering. [Bloomberg – 04/18/2013]

Libya participates in Arabsat’s General Assembly Meeting. [Libya Herald – 04/18/2013]

COM DEV built multiplexers and switches populate Telesat’s Anik G1 satellite successfully launched April 15. [SatNews – 04/18/2013]

Responder to Superstorm Sandy disaster in Breezy Point, NY turns to Global VSAT Forum to put him in touch with satellite communications companies that are helping the community recover. [Urgent Communications – 04/18/2013]

TSF brings satellite broadband communications to Syrian refugee camps. [SatNews – 04/18/2013]

Beam Communications provides satellite communication solution to Australian charity organization Just 4 Kids. [Satellite Today – 04/18/2013]

General Dynamics PRC-155 manpack radio is successfully tested through on-orbit MUOS satellite network. [Wall Street Journal – 04/18/2013]

GMPCS introduces new line of Ka-band uplink field kits for satellite newsgathering applications. [Broadcast Engineering – 04/18/2013]

The Saturno project, centering on distribution of satellite content to all domestic devices (television, laptops, tablets, or smartphones) using current infrastructure, led by HIspasat, successfully concludes its work  with a meeting in Madrid. [Satellite Evolution Group – 04/18/2013]

Digiturk and Eutelsat partner on Turkey’s first Ultra HD channel. [Satellite Evolution Group – 04/18/2013]

Comtech EF Data gets a $1.1 million equipment order from an Asian telecommunications operator to support high-speed trunking links transporting 880 Mbps of data traffic, software upgradeable to over 3 Gbps. [Satellite Evolution Group – 04/18/2013]

SES announces that IN DEMAND has renewed an integral part of its cornerstone capacity agreement with SES for delivery of Pay-Per-View and Video ON Demand sports and entertainment television content .. [Satellite Evolution Group – 04/18/2013]

British firm unveils a sat-nav system that warns lorry drivers when they are approaching roads where they are at high risk of hitting a cyclist. [GPS Daily – 04/18/2013]

Proba-3 mission will be first in which two spacecraft will fly through space as a single unit – relative position accuracy to within less than one millimeter. [SatNews – 04/17/2013]

Eutelsat satellite Eutelsat 3D is undergoing final preparations for May 14 launch aboard an ILS Proton Breeze M rocket at Baikonour. [Satellte Today – 04/17/2013]

Astrium study, under contract with French space agency CNES, will analyze existing concepts and technologies and determine which can be used to successfully tackle large items of space debris. [SatNews – 04/17/2013]

MilSatCom Asia-Pacific 2013 – the largest SatCom event within the APAC region, to take place in Singapore May 9th and 10th. [Yahoo News – 04/17/2013]

Canadian company Norsat acquires US-based satellite communications business. [Wall Street Journal – 04/17/2013]

French company Astrium approaches near-global X-band satellite communications for government and military customers with entry into service of its Skynet 5D and the launch of its hosted payload on Telesat’s Anik G1. [UPI – 04/17/2013]

Thuraya expands GSM roaming coverage across 11 additional countries in the Americas. [Wall Street Journal – 04/17/2013]

Eastern Africa regional conference on satellite communication is held in Uganda. [UN-SPIDER – 04/17/2013]

Honeywell’s Sky Connect Tracker III combines voice, text and flight-tracking technologies into single system designed for helicopters, using the Iridium satellite network. [AIN online – 04/17/2013]

Wireless Innovation provides satellite communications solution for the British Antarctic Survey’s “Project Javelin.” [Satellite Spotlight – 04/17/2013]

Anik G1, successfully launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan; aims to ease overcrowded communications networks in Latin America and add capacity to DTH services in Canada, and government and military users across the Americas. [Universe Today – 04/16/2013]

U.S. State Department eases export rules on aerospace parts. [Space Daily – 04/16/2013]

Air Force Space Command developed database that was turned over to Stratcom maintains a registry of tens of thousands of man-made objects in space and shares the information freely with anyone who seeks it through a command-run website. [SatNews – 04/16/2013]

New Nigerian Permanent Secretary to the Communications Technology Ministry, on tour of NIGCOMSAT facility, expresses regret that the government has not properly harnessed the facilities for nation building. [allAfrica – 04/16/2013]

Spacecom of Israel wins three-year contract with one of Africa’s largest Internet Communications Service Providers for VSAT services on AMOS-5. [SatNews – 04/16/2013]

NSSLGlobal opens new Singapore office. [Satellite Today – 04/16/2013]

Charlie Ergen’s company bids $25.5 billion for Sprint. [Multichannel News – 04/15/2013]

Ecuador is scheduled to launch its first satellite, a nanosatellite named Pegasa, from China April 26. [SatNews – 04/16/2013]

The U.S. Air Force is requesting a space program budget for fiscal year 2014 that is nearly one-third smaller than the 2013 request, at $6.4 billion. [SatNews – 04/15/2013]

Arianespace hopes to equal its 2012 performance in 2013. [Satellite Today – 04/15/2013]

ABI Research reports the Over The Top (OTT) video market is now worth over $8 billion, but does not yet see it as a threat to satellite. [Satellite Today – 04/12/2013]

Northrup Grumman Aerospace Systems Business Development Director discusses need for protected MILSATCOM and an affordable solution. [MILSATMAGAZINE – April issue]

Satellite Short Burst Data is cost-effective Beyond-Line-of-Sight transmission for multiple military units in the field. [MILSATMAGAZINE – April issue]

iDirect VP of Technology feels High Throughput Satellites can help solve biggest challenges of using satellite communications in the military – bandwidth and cost. [MILSATMAGAZINE – April issue]

Delivery of two state-of-the-art Ka-band Satellite On-The-Move terminals to the Japanese National Institute of Information and Communications Technology by Australian company EM Solutions represents key milestone for the firm for a partnership project with Tokyo-based Jepico Corporation. [MILSATMAGAZINE – April edition]

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