WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 10/11/2013

Global VSAT and terrestrial connectivity provider Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) is sponsoring the annual NetHope Global Member Summit, October 14-18, 2013 in St. Charles, Illinois.
[WatchList News – 10/12/2013]

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Chinese BeiDou satellite navigation system will include more than 30 satellites and a ground control operation system by 2020 in order to serve global clients according to mid and long-term okab approved by China’s State Council.
[GPS Daily – 10/11/2013]

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Russia may build its own space station with International Space Station (ISS) units after 2020 if the ISS partners choose not to extend the project and there is political will to do so.
[Space Daily – 10/11/2013]

Iran launch pad – SatNews

Iranian aerospace official says the country plans to launch three indigenously designed and manufactured satellites into orbit by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2014).
[SatNews – 10/11/2013]

The SENER engineering and technology group has finished installing the deployable sunshield for the GAIA satellite in preparation for the final tests prior to its launch, slated for late November.
[Your Communication News – 10/11/2013]

Startup imagery provider Skybox Imaging executives view the company’s first satellite boxed up for its journey to the Yasny launch site in Russia, where it is scheduled to lift off Nov. 21 on a Russian Dnepr rocket.
[Space News – 10/11/2013]

Russia replaces space agency Roscosmos chief in bid to reform and turn around the program following series of high-profile setbacks.
[Space Daily – 10/10/2013]

SATCON, The Satellite Communication Conference & Expo, runs from November 13-14, 2013, New York, NY; the keynote is “Leadership Dialogue: Present Priorities, Future Vision.”
[SatNews – 10/10/2013]

The international space station’s robotic arm grapples the Cygnus spacecraft. – Space News, Credit: NASA TV

Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Cygnus capsule set to burn up in atmosphere October 23 following its first supply mission to ISS; NASA to decide upon review of report from Orbital Sciences whether to give go-ahead for 8 additional supply missions for Orbital Sciences.
[Space News – 10/10/2013]

Newtec webinar addresses threat to VSAT service providers presented by the introduction of the first Ka-Band High Throughput Satellites (HTS) a few years ago. [SatNews – 10/10/2013]

Laser Light™ intends to deploy and operate what it believes to be the world’s 1st commercial satellite communications constellation based entirely on optical wave technology.
[SatNews – 10/10/2013]

DARPA’s Phoenix experimental satellite servicing and salvaging project. – Space News; Credit: DARPA artist’s concept

Novawurks Inc. wins contract worth up to $40 million from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for another round of work on experimental satellite servicing and salvaging project known as Phoenix.
[Space News – 10/10/2013]

Harris Corporation is one of 12 companies selected for $4 billion U.S. Army Communications and Transmission Systems IDIQ contract
[Satellite Spotlight – 10/10/2013]

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. receives a letter of award for equipment and services from Entel S.A., the largest telecom operator and satellite network operator in Bolivia.
[Financial News – 10/10/2013]

YahClick continues to boost connectivity across Kenya helping businesses flourish, offering business users free modem, free YahClick dish and reduced installation charges.
[Sacramento Bee – 10/10/2013]

Turksat satellite – World Bulletin

Turkey’s third satellite, Turksat 5A, to be commissioned in 2016, following launches of 4A and 4B.
[World Bulletin – 10/10/2013]

The U.S. Air Force has gives the Harris Corporation a $65 million contract modification for worldwide satellite data and communications support for the Air Force’s Satellite Control Network and Global Positioning System antenna sites.
[UPI – 10/10/2013]

Gilat Satcom to unveil new services tailored to help SMEs, larger enterprises and Governments in West Africa improve their broadband connectivity and reduce costs at the Niger HTA telecoms conference.
[Satellite Spotlight l- 10/10/2013]

Singapore Technologies Engineering secures approximately $333 million worth of contracts including satcom in Q3 2013 and its Agilis compact Ka-band VSAT transceivers are certified for use with the latest generation of Inmarsat Global Xpress High Throughput Satellites.
[Via Satellite – 10/10/2013]

Harris Broadcast creates global sales organization with four customer-facing regions.
[Via Satellite – 10/09/2013]

Joint venture in Brazilian pay-TV market planned by Vivendi subsidiary GVT and EchoStar Technologies makes sense for both companies,but not expected to challenge market dominance of two main players – DirecTV (Sky) and Americ Movil.
[Via Satellite – 10/09/2013]

Swiss Space Systems and Spaceport Colorado sign Memorandum Of Understanding formalizing a collaborative relationship and advancing the spaceport’s long-term development and licensing plans.
[Via Satellite – 10/09/2013]

Mobile communications improve disaster relief – Haiti disaster highlighted the importance of satellite backup networks, which are not dependent on terrestrial cell towers to broadcast signals.
[USA Today – 10/09/2013]

The U.S. Army has given CACI International Inc. two prime contracts worth a combined total of $237 million to support encrypted and open communications for deployed troops and command centers.
[UPI – 10/09/20132]

Acquisition plans of Comtech Telecommunications stymied by fuzzy U.S. Defense Department spending.
[Space News – 10/09/2013]

 

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and suporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi march through Cairo’s Maadi Neighborhood on September 6, 2013 – Yahoo News; (AFP Photo/Gianluigi Guercia)

 

Jihadist group claims responsibility for an attack on a Cairo satellite communications dish it said was an “infidel mouthpiece” of Egypt’s military- installed authorities.
[Yahoo News – 10/08/20132]

A string of attacks killed nine members of Egypt’s security and military forces and hit the country’s main satellite communications station Monday.
[The Vancouver Sun – 10/08/2013]

Accepting satellite control authority of Wideband Global SATCOM-5 at Schriever AFB Oct. 7, the 3rd Space Operations Squadron added increased capability to the constellation.
[Shriever AFB News – 10/08/2013]

ArabSat to invest $700 million in HellasSat expansion, planning to launch three new 6th generation satellites.
[Financial Mirror – 10/08/2013]

Inmarsat triggers option to purchase fourth Inmarsat-5 satellite from Boeing to be delivered in mid-2016.
[Marine Line – 10/07/2013]

Inmarsat Government says its new L-band tactical satellite solution has been tested and acquired by the U.S. government, enhancing military communications capabilities.
[UPI – 10/07/2013]

The movie “Gravity” – Space News

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, and Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, both convinced that space object tracking system programmatic risks have been eliminated, both submit fixed-cost bids for U.S. Air Force’s next generation system.
[Space News – 10/09/2013]

Hughes Communications India Ltd wins orders worth Rs 150 crore in the first half of this fiscal year for providing satellite-based solutions to banks and other institutions in India.
[The Times of India – 10/07/2013]

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting A.S. (TSBc) selects iDirect’s new Velocity® product line as the ground infrastructure solution for its new THOR 7 high throughput satellite (HTS).
[SatNews – 10/07/2013]

SES 8 arrives in Florida ready for next launch of Falcon 9 rocket no earlier than November 1, 2013.
[Spaceflight Now – 10/05/2013]

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