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WBMSAT News Bits 04/04/2014

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Isro successfully launches navigation satellite IRNSS-1B.
[The Times of India - 04/04/2014]

Sentinel-1 – Credit: ESA/ATG medialab – RedOrbit

Sentinal-1A satellite, successfully launched on Thursday, is expected to provide regular access to key environmental data for European citizens, policymakers and service providers.
[RedOrbit - 04/04/2014]

RD180 engine in Atlas 5 rocket – Credit: NASA photo by Jack Pfaller – Space News

U.S. lawmakers press defense officials on use of Russian-made rocket engine.
[Space News - 04/04/2014]

With much more than the ISS at stake, Europe stays the course on Russian space partnerships.
[Space News - 04/04/2014]

Confrontation between SES and European Commission over a June launch slot on Arianespace seems to have been avoided by delay in delivery of Europe’s next Galileo GPS spacecraft.
[Space News - 04/04/2014]

Avanti and Quortus achieve world first in delivery of 4G over satellite.
[Satellite Spotlight - 04/04/2014]

Metop – Credit: ESA artist’s concept – Space News

Airbus is selected over Thales Alenia-OHB for billion-dollar ESA weather satellite contract.
[Space News - 04/04/2014]

Intelsat, BT, Ericsson, Newtec and Sony demonstrate next steps to make 4K UHDTV a commercial reality.
[Smart Grid - 04/04/2014]

After two-year hiatus following filing of bankruptcy, LightSquared has resumed cash payments to Inmarsat to reactivate an agreement on reorganization of L-band spectrum.
[Space News - 04/04/2014]

Optus signs $19.5 million deal with Australian Department of Defence to continue providing managed satellite services until 2018.
[Delimiter - 04/04/2014]

U.S. Air Force hopes to use Operationally Responsive Space (ORS)-5 mission as space surveillance gap filler and pathfinder for future SBSS satellite technologies.
[Space News - 04/04/2014]

Weather satellite launch, Vandenberg – Fox News

$518 million military weather satellite, Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 19, is successfully launched after 15 year wait.
[Fox News - 04/03/2014]

U.S. Air Force identifies six candidate payloads, half from civilian agencies, that could be matched with commercial host satellites in its soon-to-be -awarded Hosted Payload Solutions contract.
[Space News - 04/03/2014]

Large Iridium shareholder calls for sale of company, saying management has consistently ignored interests of shareholders and cannot estimate cost of second-generation satellite constellation.
[Space News - 04/13/2014]

Avanti Communications is selected by Turkish telecom operator ESEER Telekom to deliver its satellite broadband coverage in the Middle East Region.
[4-traders - 04/03/2014]

Arab States Broadcasting Union picks EUTELSAT 21B as broadcast exchange gateway between North Africa, Middle East and Europe.
[TMCnet - 04/03/2014]

Small eruption of Mount Rinjani in Indonesia. Credit: Oliver Spalt, Wikipedia – PHYS-ORG

Satellite view of volcanoes finds the link between ground deformation and eruption.
[PHYS.ORG - 04/03/2014]

KVH increases its lead in the maritime VSAT market according to latest report from Euroconsult, reaching a 26% share of the industry’s 11,000 activated maritime VSAT terminals.
[SatNews - 04/03/2014]

Comtech Telecommunications receives $3.7 million in orders from an international OEM for High Power Amplifiers to be used for jamming communications.
[Satellite Spotlight - 04/03/2014]

U.S. Air Force requested demonstration by Northrup Grumman shows Global Hawk can used additional satellite link to transfer command and control signals separately from mission data.
[Yahoo Finance - 04/03/2014]

Captain Judy Rice with Think Global Flight students – BlueSky

Inmarsat will provide satcom hardware and airtime to the Think Global Flight mission flying to 25 countries and 31 U.S. states to highlight importance of science, technology, engineering and math education.
[BlueSky Business Aviation News - 04/03/2014]

Australian satellite broadband provider NBN adds capacity for 9000 more users.
[The Sydney Morning Herald - 04/03/2014]

Asianet Satellite Communications expects to grow its broadband subscribers by 50% due to its migration from Docsis 2.0 to Docsis 3.0.
[Television Post - 04/03/2014]

Israel-based NovelSat is offering to provide broadcasters with free bandwidth, per se, through its newest product: FreeBand.
[Via Satellite - 04/03/2014]

GT-SAT  deploys MaxLinear MxL862 SoC in its new DLNB, allowing European and Latin American satellite operators to migrate to digital channel stacking.
[Business Wire - 04/03/2014]

Reference design from MaxLinear and STMicroelectronics to speed multi-channel Ultra HD HEVC satellite STB and gateway deployments.
[Financial Content - 04/03/2014]

Example of hyperspectral satellite imaging that STORM will provide. – Via Satellite

Tempus Global Data to use Utah State University-built STORM instrument to provide space-based weather data to commercial and government customers.
[Via Satellite - 04/03/2014]

Azerspace 1 satellite to broadcast Ukrainian TV channels.
[Via Satellite - 04/03/2014]

Skyline Communications announces new office for the Americas in Miami, Florida.
[Satellite Evolution Group - 04/03/2014]

Euroconsult report “Profiles of Government Space Programs” reveals decline in global budgets for space programs for first time in nearly 20 years.
[Via Satellite - 04/02/2014]

Ultra-secure communications payload on third AEHF satellite activated for first time, and user testing begins.
[4-traders - 04/02/2014]

The launch of Ukraine’s first-ever communications satellite has been delayed by the Russian annexation of Crimea.
[Broadband TV News - 04/02/2014]

China delivers communications satellite project to Bolivia.
[Global Times - 04/02/2014]

As U.S. and coalition forces draw down in Afghanistan, a suitcase-sized satellite communications kit will help keep communications disruptions to a minimum.
[ECN - 04/02/2014]

Goldin Associates acquires communications advisory firm Summit Ridge Group.
[Digital Journal - 04/02/2014]

The global M2M satellite communication market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.8% from 2014 to 2019 in new Research and Markets report.
[Satellite Spotlight - 04/01/2014]

Wikipedia photo – Via Satellite

Recent talks between Charlie Ergen of Dish and Mike White of DirecTV reignite discussions on whether a merger is possible – familiar FCC and DOJ objections likely remain in place.
[Via Satellite - 04/01/2014]

Ball Aerospace and Aerojet Rocketdyne green propellant test results surpass expectations.
[Via Satellite - 04/01/2014]

Emerging Markets Communications establishes new location in Aberdeen, Scotland.
[PR Web - 04/01/2014]

RRsat is selected as key delivery partner of DFH Network for North American distribution in $6 million deal.
[Via Satellite - 04/01/2014]

NASA Data Systems partners with Avanti Communications to deploy satellite broadband in Middle East.
[Yahoo Finance - 04/01/2014]

EM Solutions gets grant from Australian government under the Defence Science and Technology Organisation’s Capability and Technology Demonstrator Program.
[SatNews - 04/01/2014]

NSR’s Energy Markets via Satellite, 4th Edition provides the industry-leading, dedicated analysis on the energy markets – from pipeline SCADA applications to semi-submersible drilling platforms.
[NSR - April 2014]

“NAB 2014 to Highlight the New Multiplatform Media Environment” by Virgil Labrador, “Trends in Broadcasting” by Elisabeth Tweedie, “Direct-to-Home Satellite Trends” by Dmitri Buchs, “Back and Forth with Jorge Villareal, Tomaz Lovsin and Eric Greenberg” by Lou Zacharilla, and “The Road to Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Goes through DISH” by Armand Musey.
[Satellite Exeutive Briefing - April 2014]

Sea Launch advises Eutelsat Communications to postpone the scheduled launch of its Eutelsat 3B satellite on April 15 due to installation discrepancy.
[Wall Street Journal - 03/31/2014]

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISROI) scientists believe the failure of imported components for the satellite power supplies may be the cause of INSAT-4B glitches.
[SatNews - 03/31/2014]

Latest leak from Snowden – the NSA and GCHQ hacked into the systems of three German satellite communication providers.
[The Register - 03/31/2014]

Capacity on nine Eutelsat satellites mobilised for worldwide high definition coverage of canonisation of John XXIII and John Paul II.
[The Wall Street Journal - 03/31/2014]

Image: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center – R&D Magazine

Data on photosynthesis activity teased from current satellite data shows high productivity in U.S. corn belt.
[R&D Magazine - 03/31/2014]

Saft satellite battery. Photo: Saft – Via Satellite

Battery technology company Saft looks to discoveries across multiple industries in order to improve pace of development for space-specific batteries.
[Via Satellite - 03/31/2014]

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announces it has completed in-orbit delivery of TURKSAT-4A to Turksat.
[Financial Content - 03/30/2014]

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WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 03/21/2014

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

High winds delay launch of Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A.
[Broadband TV News - 03/21/2014]

Satellites pick up two significant objects in the southern Indian Ocean southwest of Australia, one estimated at 78 feet long, and ships are steaming quickly toward both.
[Hot Air - 03/20/2014]

Malaysia Airlines Jet – NDTV file photo

Missing flight MH370 puts spotlight on satellite technologies that could ensure tracking and communicating with aircraft over water and uninhabited areas.
[NDTV Gadgets - 03/20/2014]

Congress acknowledges need for new acquisition models for DOD to obtain needed satellite bandwidth – recorded Federal News Radio panel discussion with SES GS CEO and
government officials and consultants.
[Federal News Radio - 03/20/2014]

NewSpace Global releases 2014 SmallSat report examining global industry leaders, major investors, and sources of revenue in this sometimes obscure market.
[SatNews - 03/20/2014]

KazSat-3 at the testing and assembling division of Baikonur cosmodrome. ©RIA Novosti

KazSat-3 being readied for shipment to Baikonur.
[Tengri News - 03/20/2014]

Orbital drops antitrust lawsuit against United Launch Alliance.
[Space News - 03/20/2014]

Es/HailSat solicits bids for second satellite.
[Space News - 03/20/2014]

RRsat plans expansion in US market, opening a new office in the United States.
[Via Satellite - 03/20/2014]

Exelis installs its satellite communications on-the-move technology into the U.S. Army Stryker vehicle during the Army Expeditionary Warfighting Experiment at Fort Benning, GA.
[Executive Biz - 03/20/2014]

M7 group selects EUTELSAT 9A to launch its new pay-TV platform in Hungary.
[Satellite Evolution Group - 03/20/2014]

Speedcast strengthens it leadership position in the Asian maritime market with new facilities in Singapore.
[Satellite Evolution Group - 03/20/2014]

SES reaches 291 million TV homes around the world, with 151 million in Europe; sees room for growth in Latin America.
[Via Satellite - 03/19/2014]

DMSP-19 encapsulation within the Atlas V launch vehicle payload fairing represents an important milestone for the DMSP-19 launch campaign.
[Los Angeles AFB - 03/19/2014]

Arianespace launch – Satellite Evolution Group file photo

Arianespace calls for opening of U.S. government market to international launch services competition.
[Satellite Evolution Group - 03/19/2014]

Head of Germany’s space agency urges ESA to scrap the favored Ariane 6 plans.
[Space News - 03/19/2014]

Gogo receives supplemental type certificate from FAA to install Ku-band satellite connectivity service on Airbus A330 aircraft.
[Yahoo Finance - 03/19/2014]

Inmarsat signs contract with Hughes Network Systems to manufacture the new Low Profile BGAN terminal.
[Satellite Evolution Group - 03/19/2014]

Globecomm Maritime forms a strategic relationship with Future Care, Inc, to create Future Care Live, a video-enabled telemedicine solution.
[Satellite Evolution Group - 03/19/2014]

Gilat introduces StealthRay 300X-M Low-Profile Ultra-Compact X-Band Satellite-on-the-Move Antenna.
[ThomasNet News - 03/19/2014]

RSCC and Thales Alenia Space successfully launch two new Russian communications and broadcasting satellites, Express At1 and At2.
[Via Satellite - 03/18/2014]

Former Arianespace chief says SpaceX has advantage on cost in testimony to French Senate.
[Space News - 03/18/2014]

GeoStar 3 platform – Space Daily file photo

Orbital introduces the GEOStar-3 commercial communications satellite platform.
[Space Mart - 03/18/2014]

Pentagon weaning itself from controversial bandwidth lease with Hong Kong firm.
[Space News - 03/18/2014]

Ball Aerospace powers on bus of the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) satellite for the first time.
[Yahoo Finance - 03/18/2014]

File photo CCL3 – MarineLink.com

An alliance between France’s Orolia, and Transas Group aims to integrate Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) and Search and Rescue (SAR) functionality into enhanced marine communication solutions.
[MarineLink - 03/18/2014]

Harris Broadcast splits into two separate companies: Imagine Communications and Gates Air.
[Via Satellite - 03/18/2014]

Gogo’s business group Aircell unveils its ST 4300, a new in-flight communications system for business aircraft.
[Via Satellite - 03/18/2014]

Elektrobit completes a multi-year study with European Space Agency (ESA), analyzing the benefits of using multiple antennas (MIMO) in satellite communications.
[CIOL - 03/18/2014]

Airbus Defense and Space launch new high throughput satcom services featuring Ku-, X-, and Ka-bands without need to change antenna systems.
[Space Daily - 03/18/2014]

Gilat SkyEdge II-c Capricorn IP Router offers throughput exceeding 200 Mbps.
[Thomas Net - 03/18/2014]

Moscow accuses Ukraine of electronic attack on satellite.
[Free Beacon - 03/17/2014]

M2M satellite communication market to grow at a CAGR of 9.8% to 2019 according to RnRsMarketResearch report.
[Satellite Spotlight - 03/17/2014]

Global Satellite Communication market in the Oil and Gas industry is to grow at a CAGR of 5.74 percent over the period 2013-2018.
[Live - PR - 03/17/2014]

Arab satellite pay-TV market expected to grow at steady pace from 2014 to 2017, with room for more entrants into the market.
[Via Satellite - 03/17/2014]

Azerbaijan and Argentina to cooperate in outer space.
[azernews - 03/17/2014]

kangshutters/shutterstock.com – CGN

GSA renews satellite-based training network contract with Hughes Network Systems.
[GCN - 03/17/2014]

Orange Business Services joins European Union to assist in development of cloud-based ship management platform.
[Via Satellite - 03/17/2014]

Satellite signals can confirm plane’s identity.
[KETV - 03/17/2014]

PlanetLabs small satellite – New York Times

Start-up Planet Labs aims to conquer space market, launching dozens of small satellites to provide near constant observation of Earth.
[New York Times - 03/16/2014]

Arabsat issues an RFP for four new satellites, to be designated HS3, HS4, AR6E and AR6A.
[Broadband TV News - 03/16/2014]

Gilat Satellite Networks chosen by Inmarsat as Gobal Xpress services partner for new fixed land VSAT opportunities.
[Space Ref - 03/16/2014]

TECOM antenna – Avionics Intelligence

Ka-band tail-mounted satellite communications antenna for in-flight Internet connectivity introduced by TECOM.
[Avionics Intelligence - 03/16/2014]

VSAT Auto-commissioning systems enable accurate VSAT pointing, crosspol, and power adjustment, providing feedback to the installer from a carrier monitoring system over the VSAT link.
[SatMagazine - March issue]

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WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 03/07/2014

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Crystal Solutions will host a series of satellite interference prevention and Carrier ID detection workshops at Satellite 2014.
[SatNews - 03/08/2014]

Satmex adopts the Eutelsat brand, becoming Eutelsat Americas.
[The Wall Street Journal - 03/07/2014]

Disaggregation gets traction in 205 Pentagon budget request as the U.S. Air Force plans to take its initial steps toward adopting a new military space architecture.
[Space News - 03/07/2014]

U.S. Air Force is halving the number of space launches to be competitively awarded from 2015 to 2017 due in part to anticipated slowdowns in satellite programs.
[Space News - 03/07/2014]

Arabsat and Telesat sign new Hellas Sat agreement under which Telesat will utilise a lifetime Ku-band payload on the new Hellas Sat-4.
[Broadband TV News - 03/07/2014]

Credit: Virgin Galactic photo – Space News

Virgin Galactic nearing approval for SpaceShipTwo launch license.
[Space News - 03/07/2014]

Airbus and Thales poised to solicit bids for components for Neosat, a platform whose goal is to assure European commercial competitiveness with its U.S., Japanese, Chinese, Russian and other competitors.
[Space News - 03/07/2014]

Kratos is selected to upgrade the network operations center for the Vinasat-2 satellite.
[The Wall Street Journal - 03/07/2014]

KVH foresees big lift from rising tide of maritime broadband demand.
[Space News - 03/07/2014]

CEO of Liquid Telecom, builder of the largest fiber network in Africa, explains that the growth of fiber across Africa has actually driven up the need for more satellite services.
[Via Satellite - 03/07/2014]

Intrasky purchases Ka-band capacity on Eutelsat 8 West C satellite to improve Internet connectivity in Lebanon.
[Via Satellite - 03/07/2014]

CPI’s new LifeExtender technology for TWT amplifiers adjusts the heater voltage over time, resulting in up to 50% longer life.
[Via Satellite - 03/07/2014]

Arabsat to order four satellites, including two for Hellas Sat subsidiary.
[Space News - 03/06/2014]

Extreme Networks graphic – BGR

Chief marketing officer of network infrastructure company Extreme Networks posts image on Twitter showing every single satellite in space currently orbiting Earth in a single graphic.
[BGR - 03/06/2014]

Europa – Credit: NASA/JPL/DLR image – Space News

NASA to solicit ideas for $1 billion mission to Europa.
[Space News - 03/06/2014]

TrustComm signs agreements with Inmarsat and Spectra Group to distribute new L-TAC service with Slingshot adaptor.
[CNBC - 03/06/2014]

Global Xpress satellite – Credit: Boeing photo – Space News

Inmarsat remains confident Global Xpress will be a hit with U.S. military.
[Space News - 03/06/2014]

MTN expands into Southeast Asia and Oceania, extending C- and Ku-band satellite coverage in those regions through an agreement with NewSat.
[Yahoo Finance - 03/06/2014]

CSG to support Inmarsat Global Xpress offering with its next-generation convergent billing platform CSG Singleview, and offline and online network mediation platform CSG Intermediate.
[Satellite Spotlight - 03/06/2014]

Orbcomm releases next-generation OG2 satellite modems for OEM integration into satellite M2M applications.
[Via Satellite - 03/06/2014]

South Korean KNS acts as primary sponsor of MSUA-11 at Satellite 2014 in Washington DC March 11-13th.
[SatNews - 03/06/2014]

Iridium chosen by ZTR Control Systems to provide satellite connectivity to its inReach remote monitoring solution.
[4-Traders - 03/05/2014]

Eutelsat’s Ka-Sat – Credit: Astrium artist’s concept – Space News

El Al Israel Airlines to offer ViaSat in-air broadband service.
[Space News - 03/07/2014]

Strategy Analytics survey expects 55 percent of Europeans to buy Ultra HDTV in next two years.
[Satellite Markets & Research - 03/05/2014]

Elon Musk, whose company Space X has made headlines ferrying cargo to the International Space Station, ways the launching of national security satellites should be subject to bidding.
[USA Today - 03/05/2014]

C-COM iNetVu FLY-75V is first auto-deploying flyaway product type approved by ViaSat for use on its Exede Enterprise Service.
[SatNews - 03/05/2014]

Kratos’ RT Logic delivers 60th IP-routing Iridium modem.
[Yahoo Finance - 03/05/2014]

In deal with Disney, Dish secures Internet streaming rights for content from Disney’s ESPN, ESPN2, ABC Family and Disney Channel as well eight ABC television stations.
[LA Times - 03/05/2014]

Intrasky combines Eutelsat Ka-band capacity with Newtec technology for Internet connectivity in the Levant area of France.
[Satellite Spotlight - 03/05/2014]

ETL launches new range of RF over fiber equipment called the StingRay series.
[SatNews - 03/05/2014]

Pivotel joins Inmarsat distribution network for M2M services in the Asia-Pacific.
[ITWire - 03/05/2014]

Skylogic’s DataMiner end-to-end multi-vendor network management platform is expanded to include management of all antennas in its satellite earth station at Torino, Italy.
[Satellite Evolution Group - 03/05/2014]

 

Intelsat high capacity satellite – Credit: Boeing artist’s concept – Space News

Intelsat CEO pins Intelsat’s return to growth on promise of Epic series of high-throughput satellites and mobility applications, as military demand for bandwidth declines.
[Space News - 03/04/2014]

Iridium announces delivery by Thales Alenia Space of satellite simulators for Iridium Next launch testing.
[Yahoo Finance - 03/04/2014]

Digital Satellite News Gathering (DNSG) operators can now offer free of low-cost public Wi-Fi access to venue and event operators using NovelSat’s new portable, satellite-based wireless internet access solution Sky-Fi.
[SatNews - 03/04/2014]

Pentagon budget scraps two Lockheed satellites, postpones others.
[Reuters - 03/04/2014]

ITC Global debuts new brand and marks milestone as top 3 satellite network provider to remote industrial markets.
[Digital Journal - 03/04/2014]

UK based Ocean Signal, claiming the world’s smallest personal locator beacon, announces the appointment of All Sat Communications as its new distributor in Australia.
[mysailing.com.au - 03/04/2014]

Newly declassified military space program would utilize new Air Force spacecraft as orbital watchdogs to protect U.S. satellites.
[USA Today - 03/03/2014]

Hughes Network Systems is awarded new task order by GSA to provide commercial satellite communications end-to-end services to enable distance learning capabilities for the Education and Training Network (GETN).
[Yahoo Finance - 03/03/2014]

Hispasat and Asiasat, two of several foreign suitors of Israel’s Spacecom, raise their bids.
[Haaretz - 03/02/2014]

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WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 02/28/2014

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Satellite financing emerges as U.S. Export-Import banks fastest-growing sector, rising from $50 million annually in 20109 to $1 billion per year since then..
[Space News - 02/28/2014]

One of the three Joint Polar Satellite Systems satellites. (Credit: NOAA/NASA) – cnet.com

NASA’s Joint Polar Satellite System is getting $185 million worth of updates and upgrades that will support the system’s complete technological refresh.
[cnet - 02/28/2014]

New Vostochny space center a key priority for Russian Far East.
[Space Travel - 02/28/2014]

Thales Alenia staying silent on satellite order thought to be for Morocco.
[Space News - 02/28/2014]

Though delayed the second satellite launch in China’s seven-satellite CHEOS high resolution Earth observation system is expected this year, with three more by 2016.
[Space News - 02/28/2014]

Credit: NASA photo by Bill Ingalls – Space News

U.S.-Japan precipitation-measuring satellite reaches orbit.
[Space News - 02/27/2014]

Alliance of leading satellite industry associations issues a call for application case studies that illustrate the immense contribution of the global satellite industry to business, government and human welfare.
[Space Daily - 02/27/2014]

MTN announces availability of its first calling app, OceanPhone Mobile, for maritime crews, leveraging the MTN network and vessels’ Wi-Fi network.
[Via Satellite - 02/27/2014]

Norsat still suffering from effects of Sequestration.
[Via Satellite - 02/27/2014]

Ibetor to showcase latest Sat-On-The-Move terminal, Ib SOTM 100x, at Satellite 204.
[Via Satellite - 02/27/2014]

WorldView-3 – Credit: Ball Aerospace photo – Space News

DigitalGlobe hit by unexpected competition, and delay in launch of its WorldView-3 satellite.
[Space News - 02/27/2014]

Satmex-9 satellite being built by Boeing will carry a hosted payload enabling the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to enhance aviation safety.
[Satellite Spotlighjt - 02/26/2014]

Demand for CubeSat deployments nearing Space Station limit.
[Via Satellite - 02/26/2014]

Thales Alenia Space wins contract from French defense procurement agency DGA to provide operational support for the Syracuse 3, Athen-Fidus and Sicral 2 space systems.
[Via Satellite - 02/26/2014]

Kompsat-5 – Credit: Korea Aerospace Research Institute artist’s concept – Space News

German-Korean industrial team to build Kompsat-6 radar imager.
[Space News - 02/26/2014]

Newtec launches Newtec Dialog, a scalable and flexible multiservice platform that allows operators to build and adapt their infrastructure easily as business and satellite market needs change.
[SatNews - 02/26/2014]

ATCi announces at MilSatCom its complete all-inclusive Lawful Interception Warrior Satellite Monitoring System designed for the Middle Eastern region’s applications, capable of simultaneously monitoring sky activities over 140 degrees.
[Yahoo Finance - 02/26/2014]

TrustComm announces its international expansion with construction of the Starlight regional gateway in Cyprus.
[Via Satellite - 02/26/2014]

Comtech EF Data receives purchasing agreement from Harris CapRock Communications for satellite communications infrastructure equipment.
[financial news - 02/26/2014]

Inmarsat joins International M2M Council, a new trade association formed to promote the use of communications between machines.
[Yahoo Finance - 02/26/2014]

Euroconsult forecasts that satellite capacity revenue in the global maritime market will nearly double over the next decade, with a compound annual growth rate of 7%.
[Space Daily - 02/25/2014]

Former Goonhilly engineer purchases the earth station with great plans for the future.
[SouthWest Business - 02/25/2014]

Boeing receives first signals from GPS IIF satellite.
[Via Satellite - 02/25/2014]

Anik G1 – Credit: Space Systems Loral photo – Space News

Telesat sees growth as it navigates complex arrangements with RSCC and Apstar.
[Space News - 02/25/2014]

Inmarsat becomes first satellite network for RacoWireless’ multi-network M2M service.
[Satellite Spotlight - 02/25/2014]

ESA continues progress on Neosat program, with the goal of European satellite builders to capture half of the world’s satcom market between 2018 and 2030, expected to generate more than $34 billion in sales.
[Via Satellite - 02/25/2014]

Chinese contractor agrees to accelerated schedule for APT’s Apstar 9 satellite.
[Space News - 02/25/2014]

Emerging Markets Communications focusing on connectivity for high-speed trains.
[Via Satellite - 02/25/2014]

OneAccess and the Auriga Network announce new satellite VPN managed services available through Eutelsat’s next generation KaSat satellite.
[Via Satellite - 02/25/20014]

Key officials of the Arabic and Islamic Broadcasting Union (AIBU) meet with representatives of the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) to begin coordinating initiatives to facilitate effective use of state-of-the-art broadcasting solutions.
[SatNews - 02/25/2014]

Via Satellite interviews satellite industry visionaries regarding the world’s growing dependency on satellite, and finds agreement that innovation in the satellite industry moves at a snail’s pace compared with the wireless industry.
[Via Satellite - 02/24/2014]

Cobham Plc said it voluntarily notified the U.S. Department of Justice of possible wrongdoing by a satellite communications unit in Asian business dealings.
[Bloomberg - 02/24/2014]

Ship & Bunker file illustration

Maritime communications are evolving at a phenomenal rate and the market is showing signs that the maritime industry may have access to the same services and applications to that of land based services.
[Ship & Bunker - 02/24/2014]

Eleven Asia Pacific mobile operators under Bridge Alliance, including Airtel, Optus, and CSL, have formed the region’s largest Machine-to-Machine (M2M) alliance.
[Via Satellite - 02/24/2014]

Panasonic Avionics hints at upcoming satellite capacity deals as it pushes to complete the most robust satellite network specifically designed for in-flight connectivity services.
[Via Satellite - 02/24/2014]

ViaSat partners with SamsungKNOX to provide secure mobile enterprise services.
[Via Satellite - 02/24/2014]

Cinecolombia has selected International Datacasting Corporation’s digital cinema distribution technology SuperFlex Pro Cinema for its movie theater chains.
[Via Satellite - 02/24/2014]

Thuraya introduces the Thuraya IP Voyager, its first dedicated vehicular broadband terminal.
[Via Satellite - 02/24/2014]

MACOM sells its Mindspeed wireless infrastructure business unit to Intel.
[Via Satellite - 02/24/2014]

Globecast Australia launches Chinese TV channels.
[Via Satellite - 02/24/2014]

U.S. Air Force reveals two-satellite “neighborhood watch” spy satellite program.
[World Bulletin - 02/23/2014]

GVF launches task force to counter launches of cyber attacks.
[SatNews - 02/23/2014]

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Russian Bullshit

Monday, February 10th, 2014

The board of directors of Tricolor TV, a satellite TV bouquet in Russia, has decided to drop the channel Dozhd from their offerings, citing the most recent activity they had that pissed off Putin and his bully government: a poll regarding the siege of Leningrad during World War II, know as “the great patriotic war” during Soviet times.

If they really want the world to take them seriously, allowing for a free expression of ideas and opinions can only help their further their objectives. But this is Russia, so fuck the people. We are the boss of you.

Eutelsat, the carrier of the Tricolor package at 36 deg. east, should reach out to Dozhd and make space available elsewhere.


WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 02/07/2014

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Ariane 5 launches Athena-Fidus and ABS’s first built-to-order satellite. [Space News - 02/07/2014]

Experimental microsatellite launched three years ago for U.S. National Reconnaissance Office has operated nearly flawlessly according to manufacturer Millennium Space Systems’ press release also revealing some details about the classified launch. [Space News - 02/07/2014]

Proton M – © RIA Novosti. Oleg Urusov

Two Russian telecommunications satellites have been delivered to Baikonur in preparation for mid-March launch. [Ria Novosti - 02/07/2014]

U.S. satellite export regs remain a frustration for European industry. [Space News - 02/07/2014]

Credit: Exelis artist’s concept – Space News

Continuing problems with an Exelis-built payload will delay the delivery of the first of the GPS 3 next-generation navigation satellites. [Space News - 02/07/2014]

Canadian policy outlines broad national goals for space program. [Space News - 02/07/2014]

TCS gets $6.8m contract with U.S. Army for maritime-stabilized VSAT satellite systems and associated engineering systems. [Via Satellite - 02/07/2014]

SKY Perfect JSAT selects Kratos for command and control system for JCSAT-14 satellite. [Market Watch - 02/07/2014]

Globecomm founder and CEO David Hershberg to retire. [Satellite Markets & Research - 02/07/2014]

Credit: Astrium artist’s concept – Space News

Satellite builders likeliest to benefit from French satellite broadband funding. [Space News - 02/06/2014]

ST Electronics selects Antrix corporation to launch its first commercial satellite, TeLEOS-1 earth observation satellite, into a Near Equatorial Orbit. [Satellite Evolution Group - 02/06/2014]

ST Electronics to distribute its TeLEOS-1 satellite images globally, partnering with Satrec Initiative Co Ltd and SPOT Asia Pte Ltd. [Satellite Evolution Group - 02/06/2014]

The first Singapore-made commercial satellite will be put into orbit in the fourth quarter of next year. [Channel NewsAsia - 02/06/2014]

Airbus Defence and Space, formerly Astrium, has expands its Ku-band satellite services portfolio with new Terralink Companion Quick Deploy solution ideally suited for field communication in operations such as mining. [Mining Weekly - 02/06/2014]

Measat highlights satellite capabilities and announces launch of Measat 3b in May. [Via Satellite - 02/06/2014]

ViewSat to use Intelsat capacity to facilitate and enhance distribution service to the North American DTH market. [Via Satellite - 02/06/2014]

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to look into wholesale satellite service to local telecom providers across far north. [IT World Canada - 02/06/2014]

KVH ships 4,000th TracPhone system for mini-VSAT broadband network. [Satellite Evolution Group - 02/06/2014]

Colombian state telco ETB acquires local satellite communications firm to improve nationwide offer for corporate and government clients. [BNamericas - 02/06/2014]

Credit – SpaceX photo – Space News

Next SpaceX station cargo run slips into March. [Space News - 02/05/2014]

ITC Global expands reach in U.K. and European energy industry with new operations in Aberdeen, Scotland. [IT Business Net - 02/05/2014]

Globalstar Sat-Fi MSS solution enables users to use any Wi-Fi capable device through an app and a Sat-Fi hot spot – targets two billion-people market.. [Via Satellite - 02/05/2014]

Using a repurposed commercial satellite, Air Force crews flew MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers from Creech Air Force Base, Nev., during multiple missions in November and December. [U.S. Air Force - 02/05/2014]

Photo: SES – Via Satellite

SES’ Astra 2E satellite enters commercial service at 28.2/28.5 degrees east. [Via Satellite - 02/04/2014]

Inmarsat’s SF1 ready for launch – Photo: Inmarsat – Via Satellite

First of three Inmarsat Global Xpress satellites completes orbital deployment stages on scheduile. [Via Satellite - 02/04/2014]

Euroconsult to organise Latin American satellite summit [RAPIDTVNews - 02/04/2014]

Iridium introduces Wi-Fi hotspot, a high power broadcast service, and a maritime communications solution, and prepares for Iridium Next satellite replacement program [Via Satellite - 02/04/2014]

Globecomm Systems extends contract with Avanti Communications to deploy satellite broadband services in Cape Town and Johannesburg Africa. [Business Day - 02/04/2014]

AST works with SRI International to provide Iridium communications throughout the Arctic for safety of life purposes and tracking. [Via Satellite - 02/04/2014]

Hughes is providing broadband satellite Internet access to Yukon Quest dog sled crews. [Yahoo Finance - 02/04/2014]

SES-8 now fully operational, co-positioned with NSS-6 at 95 degrees East, to serve Asia Pacific region. [Yahoo Finance - 02/03/2014]

NSR’s take on Thuraya’s Satsleeve for Android – how it positions Thuraya in the addressable market, and how partnering with a competitor to enter the U.S. market could be of benefit. [NSR - 02/04/2014]

Hills Limited is partnering with BAE Systems to develop a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) terminal crucial to the satellite communication systems of Australian-USA and allied defence forces. [WhaTec - 02/04/2014]

Demand for Occasional Use (OU) and Satellite Newsgathering (SNG) is leveling out to a more regular year-over-year pace from the familiar even-odd year oscillation of demand in the past. [Via Satellite - 02/04/2014]

THAICOM launches fast Internet connectivity service, powered by Gilat satellite equipment. [Yahoo Finance - 02/03/2014]

After tests last year, “fifteen of fifteen company commanders found the” Soldier Network Extension (SNE) portion of the Army’s Warfighter Information Network “distracting and indicated they would not take the SNE to war.” [Nextgov - 02/03/2014]

Newtec and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), sign a multimillion-euro contract to deploy Newtec’s satellite broadcast solutions as part of the EBU’s major pan-European news exchange network. [SatNews - 02/03/2014]

RigNet completes acquisition of Inmarsat’s energy broadband business. [IT Business Net - 02/03/2014]

Transaero Airlines is expanding its in-flight Internet and mobile connectivity communication services. [Via Satellite - 02/04/2014]

Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) signs contract with Sudanese TV to broadcast the Sudanese TV channels bouquet exclusively on Arabsat satellites. [Korea IT News - 02/03/2014]

Australian telecommunications company Optus wins five-year satellite and broadband contract with NBN. [International Business Times - 02/03/2014]

Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) has enhanced its technology and infrastructure to deliver VSAT mobility services, currently active on trains across Europe and Africa. [Via Satellite - 02/03/2014]

Satcom Direct becomes an Inmarsat BGAN distribution partner. [Contact Center Solutions - 02/03/2014]

Iran unveils two domestically-made communication satellites, one to bolster its wireless connections and the other capable of taking high-resolution pictures, media reported. [ynet news - 02/03/2014]

“Satellite Manufacturing and Launching: The Dawn of a New Era” [NSR webinar February 12, 2014]

“High Utilization AND High Throughput Efficiency? Solving the TDMA vs. SCPC Dilemma” [Via Satellite webinar March 5, 2014]

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WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 01/24/2014

Friday, January 24th, 2014

NASA’s latest communications satellite, TDRS-L, gets a lift into space on a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket using a Russian designed RD-180 first stage engine. [CBS News - 01/24/2014]

Sentinel-1 satellite – Credit: ESA artist concept – Space News

Europe mounts defense of radar satellite spectrum against wireless broadband incursion. [Space News - 01/24/2014]

Space Travel file image

President Obama signs new spending bill including money to continue NASA’s human space exploration program, bringing back Project Constellation. [Space Travel - 01/24/2014]

Illustration only – Space Daily

Sierra Nevada reserves Atlas rocket for 2016 Dream Chaser test flight. [Space Travel - 01/24/2014]

Virgin Galactic reaches significant milestone in testing of new family of liquid rocket engines for LauncherOne, its small satellite launch vehicle. [Space Travel - 01/24/2014]

Small lander named Philae – Credit: ESA artist concept – Space News

ESA managing expectations for small lander to be launched from comet-chaser satellite Rosetta for attempt to latch onto Comet 67P by harpoon in November 2014. [Space News - 01/24/2014]

Airbus Defence and Space to build ground segment for France’s net-generation optical and infrared reconnaissance satellite system and maintain it for 12 years. [Space News - 01/24/2014]

GVF-EMP Conference – Creating the New “New” Verticals – Air, Water, Surface & Rail – coming to London February 11th and 12th will analyze “seamless connectivity” for today’s communications users. [SatNews - 01/24/2014]

ILS to launch Yamal 601 satellite for Russia’s Gazprom Space Systems in 2016. [Via Satellite - 01/23/2014]

Global Satellite Broadband Communication in Public Safety market forecast to grow at a CAGR of 8.45% over the period 2014 – 2018 in new report added to Research and Markets offering. [Yahoo Finance - 01/23/2014]

India’s satellite communication sector has experienced significant growth over past five years driven by demand from DTH payTV platforms and growing telecommunication needs in the country according to Euroconsult report. [SatNews - 01/23/2014]

Location Based Services (LBS) ,market in Asia Pacific region set to grow at CAGR of 32.98% over the period 2013-2018 according to new report by Research and Markets, but lack of knowledge among users could challenge the growth. [Satellite Markets & Research - 01/23/2014]

RFIEUI and IRG announce a merger helping the two groups to better serve the industry and combat satellite interference together. [Satellite Evolution Group - 01/23/2014]

NASA expected to miss congressional deadline for releasing call for proposals for concepts for Discovery-class planetary science missions later this year. [Space News - 01/23/2014]

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Gates says Pentagon believed PLA acted alone without knowledge of civilian Chinese leadership in 2007 Anti-satellite test. [Space News - 01/23/2014]

Spot 6 image of Bora Bora, French Polynésia. Credit: Astrium image – Space News

France to make older Spot optical Earth observation images available to researchers for free. [Space News - 01/23/2014]

SES selects Xstream to enhance Video on Demand platform. [Via Satellite - 01/23/2014]

Inmarsat Government finalizes agreement to be a Value Added Reseller for Inmarsat Global Xpress as a cleared company under a proxy agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense. [Via Satellite - 01/23/2014]

Telered and MEASAT provide TV services in Philippines. [Via Satellite - 01/23/2014]

GS Group survey shows high demand for quality digital TV in Pakistan, but reveals problems influencing the quality of TV services. [Via Satellite - 01/23/2014]

U.S. Navy accepts three MUOS ground stations built by General Dynamics. [The Wall Street Journal - 01/23/2014]

NSSLGlobal opens teleport in Perth, Australia. [Satellite Evolution Group - 01/23/2014]

Afghanistan drawdown that began in 2011 has led to diminishing growth in the global land mobile satcom market. [NSR report - 01/22/2014]

Telesat majority owner Loral Space & Communications explores a sale of the Canadian satellite communication services company. [Chicago Tribune - 01/22/2014]

ATK MegaFlex. Photo: ATK – Via Satellite

ATK demonstrates MegaFlex Solar Electric Propulsion solar array for NASA. [Via Satellite - 01/22/2014]

ILS president says it is too early to say if launch market is oversaturated. [Via Satellite - 01/22/2014]

U.S. Southern Command embarks on ambitious international CubeSat program, turning to the Naval Postgraduate School for evaluation of the micro satellites. [SIP Trunking Report - 01/22/2014]

Sierra Nevada Corp to announce expansion plans for its Dream Chaser Space System. [R&D Magazine - 01/22/2014]

Environmental & Safety Systems International spins of ESSI Communications division to create BlueTide Communications Corporation, focused on satellite communications for energy, maritime, and yacht leisure markets. [Via Satellite - 01/22/2014]

Alphasat’s high-frequency hosted payload set to begin experiments. [Via Satellite - 01/22/2014]

Digitaria International selects Signalhorn to provide satellite communications services to passengers and crew aboard fleet of twelve luxury vessels operated in the Americas, Mediterranean, and South African markets. [telecompaper - 01/22/2014]

MTN signs new agreement with Carnival Corporation extending partnership providing Internet services to customers and crew aboard several of their cruise ships. [Via Satellite - 01/22/2014]

New report added to offering of Research and Markets, “Analysis of Global Wireless Backhaul via Satellite Market,” discusses expected growth in the market in various regions, and key drivers for satellite backhaul. [Business Wire - 01/21/2014]

NASA and Roscosmos to sign new transportation services contract by summer. [Space News - 010/21/2014]

Gilat Satcom and Gilat Satellite Networks to supply fixed and on-the-move satellite services to the Israeli government. [Yahoo Finance - 01/21/2014]

Spacebel signs commercial contract to supply Vietnam with VNREDSat 1b, an Earth observation system made in Belgium set to launch in 2017. [Via Satellite - 01/21/2014]

Badan SAR Nasional selects Thuraya Telecommunications to provide satellite communications to improve search and rescue efforts in Indonesia. [National Post - 01/21/2014]

Globalstar launches industry’s lowest cost and most accessible prepaid service thoughout EMENA. [CIOL - 01/21/2014]

Telstra Global launches new Points-of-Presence increasing its global Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS) network in Western Europe and the American Midwest. [Via Satellite - 01/21/2014]

LiveTV and Eutelsat agree to launch new Ka-band satellite connectivity for airlines in Europe. [Yahoo Finance - 01/21/2014]

HISPASAT now offers HIGH TV 3D across Europe. [SatNews - 01/21/2014]

Australian Defense Force selects ViaSat terminal for data link network management. [Via Satellite - 01/21/2014]

With new HTS systems launching over next year or two, FSS C-band capacity might get lost in the mix, but it is not going anywhere, adding another 55 TPEs of capacity over the next ten years. [NSR Report - 01/20/2014]

SpeedCast re-branding positions it in a top five position in the international satellite telecommunications service provider market. [University Chronicle - 01/18/2014]

President of Astrium Services Government (now part of the Airbus group) calls the “Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA)” procurement strategy for the U.S. military dangerously flawed. [Via Satellite - 01/17/2014]

NASA Tech Briefs article discusses photonic laser thrusters for spacecraft maneuvering. [NASA Tech Briefs - January Issue]

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WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits – 01/17/2014

Friday, January 17th, 2014

 

Space Daily file photo

NASA Space Launch System could make ‘outside the box’ science missions possible. [Space Travel - 01/17/2014]

Marines build field-based command and control center for satellite and radio operations at Camp Hansen, Okinawa as part of pre-deployment communication exercise. [dvids - 01/17/2014]

GOES R – Lockhedd Martin artist’s concept – Space News

Omnibus bill fully funds primary NOAA satellites, but does not fund an adjunct satellite intended to host instruments that cannot fit on NOAA’s primary polar-orbiting platforms. [Space News - 01/16/2014]

NASA’s New Horizons – SatNews file image

Screaming through space at nearly one million miles a day, NASA’s New Horizons, launched in 2006, draws closer to its target Pluto, with encounter to begin in January 2015. [SatNews - 01/16/2014]

GATR Technologies spins diminished military spending into opportunity with latest $440 million contract. [Via Satellite - 01/16/2014]

Amid growing sentiment that U.S. military must adopt new ways of operating in space to cope with new threats and declining budgets, top executive with Lockheed Martin says the company must change as well. [Space News - 01/16/2014]

Harris Broadcast acquires Imagine Communications, a digital video solutions company that delivers bandwidth-efficient services with prime video quality for online applications and TV Everywhere. [Via Satellite - 01/16/2014]

Celebrity Solstice – Celebrity Cruises – Space News

KVH plans to debut multicast service intended to replace longstanding practice of sending DVDs by mail to ports in advance of ship arrivals. [Space News - 01/16/2014]

ILS to launch Eutelsat 9B satellite in 2015. [Via Satellite - 01/16/2014]

Dish and Southwest Airlines extend partnership and “TV Flies Free” promotion – through December 31, 2014 customers using iOS, Android, and other Internet-ready devices can get 20 live TV channels free, and VOD. [SatNews - 01/16/2014]

Thuraya Telecommunications launches latest version of Thuraya SatSleeve for Android-based smartphones. [Via Satellite - 01/16/2014]

Viking Satcom deploys ground station equipment to support SES’s new SES 6 satellite. [Via Satellite - 01/16/2014]

Free NSR webinar February 12 – “Satellite Manufacturing and Launching: The Dawn of a New Era.” [NSR - February 12 2014]

Government & Military Satcom – pessimistic views overshadow many opportunities for solutions that address military requirements of lower budgets while at the same time offering more bandwidth. [NSR - 01/15/2014]

Satellite Today file image

Boeing Space Surveillance system helps U.S. Air Force reduce satellite loss by 66%, detecting potential threats more quickly and allowing operators to take early action if necessary. [Via Satellite - 01/15/2014]

SpaceX drives sharp increase in projected launches at Cape Canaveral, which plans to support up to 21 rocket launches in 2014, a 50% increase from 2013. [Space News - 01/15/2014]

ViaSat sees future in aeronautical and maritime broadband markets. [Space News - 01/15/2014]

Members of Netherlands Parliament want Minister of Defense to explain the exact purpose of equipment owned by the American Defense Ministry in Burum, Friesland. [NLTimes - 01/15/2014]

KVH doubles capacity of global C-band beams as its mini-VSAT broadband customers increase reliance on broadband connectivity. [The Wall Street Journal - 01/15/2014]

Planning to connect your car to the Internet by satellite – Kymeta and UIEvolution. [Via Satellite - 01/15/2014]

GSLVD 5 liftoff – Space.com

Indian launch of GSAT-14 communications satellite validates technology of ISRO’s indigenous GSLV-D5 rocket. [Space.com - 01/14/2014]

Military & Aerospace image

Air Force searches for companies in the industry able to upgrade GPS satellite waveform generators. [Military & Aerospace - 01/14/2014]

General Shelton tells George Washington University students that space is the “ultimate high ground,” fundamental to the economy. [Milsat Magazine - January issue]

Boeing tests new anti-jamming technology making it easier and cheaper for the U.S. military to send secure communications via current satellites that do not have their own anti-jamming capability. [UPI - 01/14/2014]

The first of two Intelsat launches by ILS in 2015 will be Intelsat DLA-2, also known as Intelsat 31. [Via Satellite - 01/14/2014]

C-COM receives new orders from Russian reseller AltegroSky for additional iNetVu auto-deploy antenna systems. [Yahoo Finance - 01/14/2014]

Tethers Unlimited is testing new propulsion method that might greatly improve access to as well as capability of CubeSats. [Via Satellite - 01/14/2014]

RigNet and Harris CapRock target energy businesses in Houston Texas, naming Houston as its Americas regional headquarters. [Houston BizBlog - 01/14/2014]

ViaSat’s Fly-Fi premiers on JetBlue Airways, offering new in-flight high-capacity Wi-Fi, opening the skies to business passengers needing faster internet while traveling. [U-T San Diego - 01/14/2014]

Singapore Technologies Electronics wins $468 million in 4Q 2013 contracts for intelligent transportation, satellite communications, and advanced electronics and information communications technologies. [Via Satellite - 01/14/2014]

Fifth Lockheed Martin MUOS secure communications satellite completes assembly and enters system test. [Yahoo Finance - 01/13/2014]

2013 was an unprecedented year for satellite broadband access services with record subscriber growth – NSR forecasts the global satellite broadband assess market will add over 4.3 million net new subscribers in coming ten years. [NSR - 01/13/2013]

Technavio report projects global satellite broadband communication in the Public Safety market to grow at a CAGR of 8.45% in the 2013 – 2018 period. [SBWire - 01/13/2014]

TDRS L – Credit: Walter Scriptunas II – Spaceflight Now

NASA’s next-generation TDRS L satellite mounted atop Atlas 5 rocket in preparation for launch on Thursday, January 23. [Spaceflight Now - 01/13/2014]

SpaceX may pick Texas over controversial Merritt Island launch site. [Space News - 01/13/2014]

NASA/JPL Lunar Lasercomm OCTL Terminal. Credit: NASA/JPL – Novuslight

Future commercial prospects for laser satellite communication could include providing “broadband access to remote parts of the world without having to dig thousands of kilometres of trenches to lay down optical fibres.” [Novus LIght - 01/13/2014]

Comtech receives $4.4 million contract to provide upgrade to Brazilian Military satellite network. [CiOL - 01/13/2014]

Cloud Front Group and Saratoga Data Systems announce availability of Flume software protocol that transmits data up to 5-100X faster than TCP and 3X faster than SCPS acceleration protocol over satellite communications. [IT Business Net - 01/13/2014]

MTN pioneers new iDirect X7 high-performance satellite modem on the Norwegian Breakaway, dramatically improving the efficiency and throughput of the vessel’s communications system. [SatNews - 01/13/2014]

Bently Walker extends reach across Africa and the Middle East using Avanti’s HYLAS 2 satellite. [Satellite Spotlight - 01/13/2014]

Raytheon to develop strategic SATCOM system to link nuclear forces to national command authorities. [Military & Aerospace - 01/10/2014]

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WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 01/13/2014

Monday, January 13th, 2014

 

Cygnus berthing with ISS – NASA Photo – Space News

Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Cygnus space capsule berths with International Space Station on re-supply mission. [Space News - 01/13/2013]

China’s space policy is open to the world, according to the new chief of China’s space industry. [Space Mart - 01/13/2013]

Iran is preparing to orbit three new home-made satellites in the future, according to Vice-President for Executive Affairs Mohammad Shariatmadari. [Space News - 01/13/2013]

Boeing completes first of two 702HP geomobile satellites, Centenario. for government of Mexico. [Space Daily - 01/10/2014]

Sky Perfect JSat selects SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to launch JCSat-14 communications satellite in 2015. [Space News - 01/10/2013]

KVH surpasses 100-vessel mark in 10-year contract to supply next-generation satellite communications to U.S. Coast Guard cutter fleet, with 29.2 terabytes of data and over 835,000 VOIP minutes provided thus far. [SatNews - 01/10/2014]

SpaceShipTwo – Space News

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceshipTwo reaches highest altitude to date in rocket-powered test flight over Mojave desert. [Space News - 01/10/2013]

Falcon 9 v1.1 appears to have met U.S. Air Force’s requirements to bid for national security launches and challenge the market incumbent, United Launch Alliance. [Space News - 01/09/2013]

Nextgov file photo

Obama administration extends International Space Station support another four years. [Nextgov - 01/09/2013]

STPSat3 – Ball Photo – Space News

U.S. Air Force takes control of STPSat-3. [Space News - 01/09/2013]

Launch of Orbital Science’s Antares mission following one-day delay raises awareness of space weather-induced flight risks. [Via Satellite - 01/09/2014]

Sea Launch Launch – Space News

Energia chooses Sea Launch to launch the AngolaSat telecommunications satellite and the Energia 100 broadband satelli8te in 2016 in a dual-satellite mission. [Space News - 01/09/2013]

Lockheed Martin gets $3.9 million contract to track orbital debris. [Via Satellite - 01/09/2014]

Comtech gets $4.4 million contract from Brazilian military to upgrade its satellite network. [Yahoo Finance - 01/09/2014]

Macdonald Dettwiler & Associates gets $4 million deal for European communications satellite subsystem. [4-traders - 01/09/2014]

Hughes teams with Aruba Networks to provide retail Wi-Fi service. [Via Satellite - 01/09/2014]

Cobham Satcom and Comtech EF Data partner to provide collaborative maritime solutions. [Via Satellite - 01/09/2014]

X Class Solar Flare – NBC News

Huge solar flare causes Orbital Science’s Antares team to scrub ISS resupply mission. [NBC News - 01/08/2013]

Zinwell Corp is developing a new satellite digital outdoor unit (D-ODU) using MaxLinear’s channel stacking system on chip (SoC). [Via Satellite - 01/09/2014]

Use of satellite imagery is strongly related to economic growth – Asia good example as one of the most dynamic regional EO markets over the past five years. [NSR - 01/08/2014]

GATR Technologies wins $440 million contract with U.S. Army for inflatable satellite communications antennas. [BusinessWire - 01/08/2014]

Dish withdraws $2.2 billion bid to buy bankrupt LightSquared, as trial got underway over whether Dish’s Charles Ergen had unlawfully bought LightSquared’s debt in effort to take over the company. [Reuters - 01/08/2013]

ESA’s Gaia spacecraft reaches operational orbit. [Via Satellite - 01/08/2014]

Global Eagle plans expansion of in-flight connectivity across South Asia. [Via Satellite - 01/08/2014]

Spacecom to broadcast African CHAN football championships via Amos 5 satellite. [Via SAtellite - 01/08/2014]

Entropic announces first fully-integrated set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip for satellite receivers and IP clients. [Via Satellite - 01/08/2014]

Thaicom 6 launch – SpaceX – Via Satellite

SpaceX successfully completes second GEO communications satellite launch, delivering Thaicom 6 into orbit. [[Via Satellite - 01/07/2014]

Mars One plans two, or possibly three, communications satellites for the Red Planet. [Via Satellite - 01/07/2014]

Arian 5 on pad at ZL-3 node – Via Satellite

Arianespace postpones launch of Ariane 5 ECA mission, citing need to change-out unspecified equipment on the VA217 Ariane 5 ECA launcher. [Via Satellite - 01/07/2014]

Sea Launch photo – Via Satellite

Sea Launch Zenit 2S rocket completes inspection, preps for April launch. [Via Satellite - 01/07/2014]

Computer Security firm analysis states that VSAT terminals may pose a soft target for hackers, finding more than 10,000 terminals of 3 million investigated to be using default passwords or having open ports. [Computer World - 01/07/2014]

SES and EUTELSAT complete sale of Solaris Mobile to Echostar. [Market Watch - 01/07/2014]

Broadcom announces new Outdoor Unit (ODU) satellite chipset that enables wider range of services to more subscribers without additional dish installations. [Market Watch - 01/07/2014]

West African mining company uses satellite/cellular terminals to track mine vehicles where no other means of communications are available. [Directions Magazine - 01/07/2014]

ISRO launch – Via Satellite screen shot

ISRO completes successful GSLV D5 launch of GSAT 14 satellite. [Via Satellite - 01/06/2014]

Thales Alenia Space awarded Astrium contract for Ariane 5 Midlife Evolution (ME). [Via Satellite - 01/06/2014]

Pleiades satellite.(Image from smsc.cnes.fr)

France-UAE satellite deal shaky after U.S. spy tech discovered onboard. [RT - 01/06/2014]


WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 01/03/2014

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Navman Wireless adds satellite communications option to its OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking platform.
[Construction Equipment Guide - 01/04/2014]

Inmarsat PLC completes acquisition of Globe Wireless.
[The Wall Street Journal - 01/03/2014]

Columbus ISS (NASA Photo) – Space News

European Space Agency says that by late 2015 it will reduce its annual space station operating costs by 30% compared with 2010.
[Space News - 01/03/2014]

Mexican Oil and Gas reform opens up satellite opportunity for Jaba satellite engineering.
[Via Satellite - 01/03/2014]

Liberty Media reaches for control of SiriusXM satellite radio.
[LA Times - 01/03/2014]

Bolivian state-owned telecommunications company Entel establishes contact with the country’s first communications satellite, Tupac Katari, orbited in December.
[Hispanically Speaking News - 01/03/2014]

Eutelsat closes transaction to acquire 100% of share capital of SATMEX.
[The Wall Street Journal - 01/02/2014]

SpaceX rocket on pad (Space photo) – SatNews

SpaceX delays launch of Thaicom-6 by at least 3 days to allow launch team to resolve issue with Falcon-9 v1.1 rocket’s fairing.
[SatNews - 01/02/2014]

Amos 4 (IAI photo) – Via Satellite

Spacecom’s Amos 4 satellite concludes testing, prepares to enter commercial service.
[Via Satellite - 01/02/2014]

Soyuz 2.1v rocket – Via Satellite

New Soyuz 2.1v rocket completes first successful launch, carry8ing an AIST student built microsatellite and two SKRL 756 radar calibration spheres for the Russian Ministry of Defense into orbit.
[Via Satellite - 01/02/2014]

Airbus Defence and Space, formerly named Astrium, congratulates SpaceX for retaining focus on cost efficiency without veering off into fascinating but unnecessary engineering challenges.
[Space News - 01/02/2014]

Entropic Communications gets patent for “Method and Apparatus for Cross Polarization and Cross Satellite Interference Cancellation.”
[4-Traders - 01/02/2014]

CHIRP on SES-2 – Space News

U.S. Air Force targets 2016 for CHIRP follow-on.
[Space News - 01/02/2014]

Given the seriousness of the space debris problem, the Secure World Foundation discusses the need for space situation awareness among satellite operators.
[Via Satellite - 12/31/2013]

China puts into service its high-definition Earth observation satellite Gaofen 1.
[Via Satellite - 12/31/2013]

EIAST engineers. Photo: EIAST – Via Satellite

UAE announces plans to launch first domestically-built satellite in 2017.
[Via Satellite - 12/31/2013]

NASA artist’s concept showing the kinds of land surface data DESDynI mission will collect – Space News

Joint mission with India considered as NASA looks for savings in Earth science missions.
[Space News - 12/31/2013]

Energia completes full cycle of ground tests on Earth Observation Satellite EgyptSat 2, to be launched in April 2014.
[Via Satellite - 12/31/2013]

A Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, as captured by NASA’s SDO Telescope. Photo: NASA – Via Satellite

UK to invest approximately $7.6 million in space weather forecasting system to protect technology from solar activity.
[Via Satellite - 12/30/2013]

China says it will have 30 satellites in its Beidou navigation system by 2020 to improve accuracy to within inches to better compete with the U.S. GPS.
[GPS Daily - 12/30/2013]

Gazprom Space Systems’ board of directors unanimously approves several long-term company goals for development until 2020. including continued construction and sustainment of fleet of Yamal satellites..
[Via Satellite - 12/30/2013]

Newsat gets Malaysian satellite regulator’s confirmation with respect to the use of the orbital slot 91.5 degrees East for the Jabiru-1 satellite.
[4-Traders - 12/30/2014]

New report published by Reportbuyer.com, “Global Fixed Satellite Service Market 2012 – 2016,” forecasts the market to grow at a CAGR of 5.44% over the period.
[Yahoo Finance - 12/30/2013]

AEHF satellite – Lockheed Martin photo – Space News

Lockheed gets $116 million for AEHF launch support.
[Space News - 12/31/2013]

House Energy and Commerce Committee announces plans to use 2014 to begin process leading to an update of the Communications Act for the digital age.
[The Washington Times - 12/29/2013]

New law precludes Russian satellite monitor stations in U.S. unless Secretary of Defense and Director of National Intelligence certify they will not be used to spy.
[New york Times - 12/29/2013]

Euroconsult believes High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services are poised for record-breaking growth, with 33 HTS systems to be launched over the next three years (31 have been launched over past decade).
[Via Satellite - 12/27/2013]

Skybox Imaging releases first high resolution HD video images from SkySat 1.
[Via Satellite - 12/27/2013]

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