WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 05/05/2013

Khathmandu government forms committee to study feasibility of launching Nepal’s first satellite to a slot assigned the the ITU in 1984.
[The Himalayan – 05/05/2013]

Second launch of Vega rocket is scrubbed by Arianespace due to high altitude winds.
[NASA Spaceflight – 05/03/2013]

U.S. Air Force has been quietly developing and has finally fielded measures to counter interference and electronic attacks directed against satellite communications.
[Defence Update – 05/03/2013]

China launches state-owned communications satellite to transmit TV and data to commercial customers across Asia, Africa and Australia for the next 5 years.
[RapidTV news- 05/03/2013]

Pentagon indirectly leases capacity on a Chinese satellite, leading to criticism from Capitol Hill – situation could become commonplace without reform in the way the military procures commercial satellite capacity.
[SpaceNews – 05/03/2013]

Steve Birnbaum of the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) is honored by the White House for expertise and innovative HTS satellite solutions that enabled locally-driven community response during Hurricane Sandy relief operations.
[SatNews – 05/03/2013]

Inmarsat and Honeywell partner with Ka-band; as Inmarsat prepares to launch first Global Xpress Ka-band satellite, Honeywell completes preliminary design review of satcom hardware for aircraft.
[AIN online – 05/03/2013]

A top line-up of global satellite communications experts to meet in Abu Dhabi and discuss next steps forward in global military telecom market expected to reach $7.4 billion in 2013.
[TradeArabia – 05/02/2013]

Iridium joint venture Aireon, developer of world’s first satellite-based global air traffic surveillance system, signs long-term commercial. data services contract with NAV CANADA.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 05/02/2013]

Harris Caprock completes installation of advanced communications solutions onboard 33 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. vessels that will improve crew morale, guest experiences, and company operational efficiencies.
[Harris Caprock – 05/02/2013]

Comtech Xicom gets $1.2 million contract from a leading European integrator for antenna-mount Ku-band ampliviers to be used in transportable uplink systems for a TV broadcast network.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 05/02/2013]

NASA pays Russia $70 million per astronaut to ISS; blames Congress for expense.
[R&D Magazine – 05/01/2013]

Chinese launch Chinasat-ll (Zhongxing-1) aboard a Long March 3B/E (Chang Zheng-3B/E) rocket form the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
[NASA Spaceflight – 05/01/2013]

Militaries worldwide forced to face same questions as businesses and demand for satellite capacity increases – is Ka-band the way forward, and can they modernize while cutting costs?
[Satellite Today – 05/01/2013]

Sea Launch failure identified as hydraulic oil pump not built to specifications, company aims to return to flight by year’s end.
[Space News – 05/01/2013]

TeleCommunicaton Systems receives $4 million funded order for satellite modems from U.S. Army.
[Sacramento Bee – 05/01/2013]

Hiltron products to be showcased at Broadcast Asia 2013 include advanced motorized antenna mount. control system, and SNG satellite link monitor and controller that allow SNG uplinks to be operated on inclined orbit satellites.
[4rfv.co.uk – 05/01/2013]

Advantech Wireless releases new Sapphire Series 600W Ku-band UltraLinearTM GaiN SSPA/BUC, the ultimate solution for Direct to Home TV.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 05/01/2013]

May Satellite Executive Briefing magazine includes: ‘Update on the African Satellite Market’ by Virgil Labrador, ‘The Lack of Consensus on Spectrum Demand’ by Armand Musey, and ‘Back and Forth with O3b Networks CEO Steve Collar’ by Lou Zacharilla. [Satellite Markets – May 2013]

Russia wins, SpaceX loses, as NASA budget cuts force choice for manned space missions.
[Quartz – 04/30/2013]

SES hopes for strong impact in the UK satellite broadband market, signing a deal with BeyonDSL for the distribution of SES Broadband in the U.K. and Ireland.
[Satellite Today – 04/30/2013]

NordNet deploys Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c VSATs for high-end broadband-over-satellite service in France.
[Yahoo Finance – 04/30/2013]

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo makes its first powered flight, breaking the sound barrier in a test over the Mojave Desert.
[R&D Magazine – 04/29/2013]

As O3b’s first satellites arrive in French Guiana, the Exploration & Production, and Mining operations segment represents a small but high-end market awaiting the availability of fiber speeds by satellite.
[NSR – 04/29/2013]

Orbital sciences will design and build a new satellite for NASA that will investigate the connection between space weather and Earth’s terrestrial weather.
[R&D Magazine – 04/29/2013]

ViaSat Exede Internet receives 2013 Edison Award for Innovation.
[Yahoo Finance – 04/29/2013]

Is space junk a market waiting to be exploited?
[Quartz – 04/25/2013]

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