WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 05/24/2013

French space agency, CNES, to freeze final design of new-generation Ariane 6 launcher by July, triggering work on new launch pad in French Guiana whose location has already been decided.
[Space News – 05/24/2013]

Russian biological research satellite mission termed a “success” in spite of the deaths of most of the animals on board.
[Space Daily – 05/24/2013]

Hopes are high for a successful launch of the WGS-5 satellite today, which was scrubbed yesterday for an issue with a ground support helium pressurization line. [SatNews – 05/24/2013]

Weather satellite glitch prompts NOAA to activate on-orbit spare.
[Space News – 05/23/2013]

Ecuador’s new and only satellite collides with debris from old Russian rocket, but it’s not clear whether damage resulted.
[Space Mart – 05/23/2013]

Leading global satellite players look to capitalize on expected $17 billion military communications sector.
[AMEinfo – 05/23/2013]

Intelligence community and military face challenges from High Throughput Satellites, including jamming, increased demand and routing issues.
[Satellite Today – 05/23/2013]

Draft bill in House of Representative would put greater emphasis on the NOAA operation weather forecasting activities at the expense of climate research, and create inroads for increased government use of commercial satellites and weather data.
[Space News – 05/23/2013]

NASA’s plans to downsize Kennedy Space Center and shift shuttle-era facilities into private sector hands get $20 million boost from Florida.
[Space News – 05/23/2013]

ScheduALL releasing new ScheduALL 5 (S5) software for automating previously labor-intensive functions such as slack capacity optimization, media system integration and third-party connectivity.
[Satellite Today – 05/23/2013]

ViaSat executes contract for Boeing to build next generation broadband satellite, expected to be by far the world’s highest capacity satellite at the time of its launch in 2013.
[Satellite Spotlight – 05/23/2013]

Astrium to expand its space propulsion production facilities in Germany.
[Space News – 05/23/2013]

Newtec to host a Government and Defense Seminar in Washington DC on the topic of satellite communications efficiency and best practices in the market.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 05/23/2013]

Advantech Wireless announces release of new Sapphire Series 2,500W Ku-band UltraLinearTM GaN SSPA/BUC modular design with built-in redundancy.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 05/23/2013

Sprint Emergency Response Team in Moore, OK shortly after tornado, providing local responders and officials with mobile devices, and wireless voice and secure IP data communications using its Satellite Cell on Light Trucks.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 05/23/2013]

Atrexx adds new service platform to its portfolio targets at meeting broadband demand in Libya and Afghanistan.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 05/23/2013]

ORBCOMM’s self-powered M2M asset tracking and monitoring device wins 2013 CTIA E-Tech award.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 05/23/2013]

Hermes Datacomms Malaysia provides VSAT services across Malaysia’s offshore fields via the MEASAT-3 satellite.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 05/23/2013]

House defense legislation would enable long-term commercial satellite leases and fair evaluation of companies seeking to win U.S. Air force satellite launch contracts.
[Space News – 05/22/2013]

EUsatcom 2013 is a new type of fast-paced satcom event which for the second year provides opportunity for those in the European satellite industry to come together and learn about major developments in the industry.
[infoTECH News – 05/22/2013]

ITT Exelis gets $435 million deep space network contract from NASA.
[Space News – 05/22/2013]

Australian satellite company NewSat buys land next to its existing premises at Mawson Lakes to double its presence and hopefully create up to 50 high-tech jobs over the next few years.
[news.com.au – 05/22/2013

Hughes will showcase next generation broadband satellite technology at SatCom Africa 2013.
[Yahoo Finance – 05/22/2013]

Hermes Datacomms wins contract to support Tullow Oil with their African operations using Hermes’ pan-African satellite platform.
[Satellite Today – 05/22/2013]

Congress debates best location for deep-space dry run for future Mars mission – an asteroid, or the moon?
[Space News – 05/22/2013]

DISA cancels $45 million sole source contract to store terabytes of satellite and drone imagery files, planning to pursue contract through competitive means.
[Nextgov – 05/21/2013]

5th WGS satellite is prepared for launch on May 23.
[Los Angeles Air Force Base – 05/21/2013]

House panel inserts language in next year’s defense budget bill that would prevent Defense Department from entering into contracts for satellite services with countries like China and North Korea.
[Wired – 05/21/2013]

Dish remains hopeful it can show Sprint the superiority of its offer to acquire the U.S. wireless giant.
[Satellite Today – 05/21/2013]

Hughes Communications India is named best VSAT operator in India for sixth year in a row at Telcom Operator Awards.
[Yahoo Finance – 05/20/2013]

Telit Communications to expand its line of multi-constellation satellite global positioning receivers for the M2M market.
[4-traders – 05/20/2013]

Inmarsat Plc announces Satcom Direct as a distributor of GX Aviation to the business aviation market.
[4-trader – 05/202013]

Ottawa, Ontario – SkyWave Mobile Communications announces SCADAconnect, and end-to-end connectivity solution targeting the oil & gas, utilities, heavy equipment and industrial automation markets.
[eon – 05/20/2013]

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