Archive for the ‘Satellites’ Category

Putin’s “Mafia in Space” Episode

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Did Russia’s boss of bosses just bully his way through space? Reports of Russian FSB-owned spacecraft Luch/Olymp-K1 being moved to Intelsat 901’s 18.1-deg. West orbital location came to light earlier this month in a detailed report by Brian Weeden in The Space Review. Since Putin owns them, the Russian story — typically full of lies — was parroted by the BBC as “U.S. anxiety.”

Not true.

Was the old KGB club looking to intercept the Palestine Al Yawm feed? Probably not.

The spacecraft is being portrayed as a data-relay Luch payload, but it has much more — including special laser capabilities. It is a military spacecraft with multiple missions, including RPO, destroying space assets and providing satcom links to the Russian navy.

If the Luch/Olymp spacecraft came with 10 km of Intelsat’s, that’s cause for concern. Putin and his criminal state doesn’t care about anyone or any entity, and the Russians are testing the world order to see whether anyone’s able to respond with force.

Facebook, Ka-band and Africa

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Using state of the art satellite technology, Eutelsat and Facebook will each deploy Internet services designed to relieve pent-up demand for connectivity from the many users in Africa beyond range of fixed and mobile terrestrial networks. Satellite networks are well suited to economically connecting people in low to medium density population areas and the high throughput satellite architecture of AMOS-6 is expected to contribute to additional gains in cost efficiency.

That quote is not from a press release issued in 1999. It’s from Eutelsat’s announcement of a partnership with Facebook on 5 October 2015, leasing Ka-band capacity on Spacecom’s forthcoming spacecraft. In 1999, satellite was seen as the “leapfrog” technology, intended to bypass old wireline or tower-based schemes to get the Internet out to the people of Africa. Although “good for data” Ka-band payloads were not widely available back then, the same disadvantages are still lingering:

  1. the high cost of space segment
  2. customer premises equipment is not cheap
  3. latency will always be an issue

Unless Facebook dollars subsidize the first two costs, we’ll only need to deal with physics.

The RF signal to and from the geosynchronous spacecraft will always require a 1/4-second to complete, then add a little bit of time to get the content, then another 1/4-second to serve it up. We’re not getting into video or any rich media — just the basics. Fine. People without any connection will be happy with whatever they get. High-throughput or not, you get what’s allocated to you.

Let’s consider reliability. First, there’s the issue of a reliable electric supply. Do we have enough of that in Sub-Saharan Africa? Next, there’s the signal itself. Even with a good link budget, and backing-off on the data rate a bit, you’re dealing with a considerable amount of rainy conditions for wider areas, so you can expect the signal to fade or experience complete outages during the rainy season.

Considering satcom’s promise hasn’t been kept for so many years, true “leapfrogging” is happening everywhere. In Rwanda, for example, 4G LTE is being built out and it kills any comparison to satcom alternatives using geo satellites. Using LEOs from O3b Networks works well, but somebody stills has to make the economics work.

So good luck to to Facebook and their internet.org effort.

Two Launches in One Day!

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Both Atlas V and Ariane 5 rockets went up recently. Both were equipped with rocketcams, but the weather was better at The Cape than in Kourou, so the Atlas launch’s lookback was really cool.


Ukrainian Engines Help Vega Launch

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Regardless of the final outcome regarding Sea-Launch and Boeing’s mess (Boeing Co. et al. v. KB Yuzhnoye et al., case number 13-cv-00730, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California), Ukrainian rocket engines are a good alternative to Russian RD-180’s.

The Arianespace Vega launch yesterday (#VV05) was powered by Yuzhnoye’s RD-843 engines, which are good for LEO/sun-synch orbits and earth observation missions. Their technical reliability — combined with Ukrainian honesty — makes them viable alternatives. In fact, they should be encouraged to join the ESA, too!


LightSquared’s Lawyer Dollars

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Sure, it all makes sense now.

LightSquared had a plan to use frequencies for mobile services. That turned into a fight with the GPS industry. They fucked with the farmers, too.

Just before they filed for bankruptcy protection, they paid Dennis Hastert’s lobbying firm $200,000 to keep an eye on GPS legislation. And the science behind the interference issue was real.

All this seems like a waste of money, right? Think again and bring the bankruptcy fees. Case Number 1:12-bk-12080 got their exit financing approved on 2 June 2015, so the end is near. The FCC is asking for comment on the available frequencies.

Who’s involved in this bankruptcy? These are the entities for Reston, VA-based LightSquared:

LightSquared Inc.
LightSquared
Investors Holdings Inc.
One Dot Four Corp.
One Dot Six Corp.
SkyTerra Rollup LLC
SkyTerra Rollup Sub LLC
SkyTerra Investors LLC
TMI Communications Delaware, Limited Partnership
LightSquared GP Inc.
LightSquared LP
ATC Technologies, LLC
LightSquared Corp.
LightSquared Finance Co.
LightSquared Network LLC
LightSquared Inc. of Virginia
LightSquared Subsidiary LLC
Lightsquared Bermuda Ltd.
SkyTerra Holdings (Canada) Inc.
SkyTerra (Canada) Inc.
One Dot Six TVCC Corp.

Are we counting the “lawyer dollars” now? More, please. Here are the people on the other side of the table…

Creditor
ACE American Insurance Company and other members of the ACE group of companies
Represented by:
Karel S. Karpe, KarpeLaw

Creditor
APA Properties No. 10, LP
Represented by:
Patrick J. Potter, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Creditor
ASM Capital IV, L.P.
Represented by:
Douglas Wolfe, ASM Capital, LP

Creditor
ASM Capital, L.P.
Represented by:
Douglas Wolfe, ASM Capital, LP

Unknown
AT&T Corp.
Represented by:
David A. Rosenzweig, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Creditor
Ad Hoc Group of LightSquared LP Lenders
Represented by:
Glenn M. Kurtz, White & Case, LLP
Julia M Winters, White & Case LLP

Unknown
Ad Hoc Preferred LP Group
Represented by:

Creditor
Alcatel-Lucent USA, Inc.
Represented by:
Alyse M. Aruch, McCarter & English

Unknown
Donna Pelligrini Alderman
Represented by:
Joel M Melendez, Molo Lamken LLP

Financial Advisor
Alvarez & Marsal North America, LLC
Represented by:
Karen Gartenberg, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Unknown
BDC Parkridge LLC
Represented by:
Anthony D. Boccanfuso, Arnold & Porter

Stockholder
Blue Line DZM Corp.
Represented by:
Paul Nii-Amar Amamoo, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP
David M. Friedman, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, LLP

Creditor
Boeing Satellite Systems, Inc.
Represented by:
Todd J. Rosen, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Bradley Schneider, Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP

Creditor
Cates Strategy Group, LLC
Represented by:
Leon S. Jones, Jones & Walden, LLC

Interested Party
Centaurus Capital LP
Represented by:
Jeffrey S. Sabin, Venable LLP

Claims and Noticing Agent
Kurtzman Carson Consultants LLC, Claims Agent
Represented by:

Unknown
Clerks Office of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Represented by:
Creditor
Raymond Coburn
Represented by:

Creditor
Comerica Bank
Represented by:
Ronald Scott Beacher, Pryor Cashman LLP
Conrad Chiu, Pryor Cashman LLP

Unknown
Covington & Burling LLP
Represented by:
Ronald A. Hewitt, Covington & Burling LLP

Unknown
Crown Castle USA Inc.
Represented by:
Leslie Ann Berkoff, Moritt, Hock & Hamroff, LLP

Creditor
DACA VI LLC
Represented by:

Unknown
DISH NETWORK CORPORATION
Represented by:
Brian D. Glueckstein, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Attorney
DLA Piper LLP (US)
Represented by:
Gregg M. Galardi, DLA Piper LLP (US)

Creditor
Dallas County
Represented by:
Elizabeth Weller, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP

Creditor
Debt Acquisition Co of America V, LLC
Represented by:

Interested Party
Deere & Company
Represented by:
Philip Le B. Douglas, Jones Day

Attorney
Dentons Canada LLP
Represented by:
Karen Gartenberg, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Unknown
Dickstein Shapiro LLP
Represented by:
Shaya M. Berger, Dickstein Shapiro, LLP

Mediator
Robert D. Drain
Represented by:

Interested Party
Charles W. Ergen
Represented by:
James C. Dugan, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Other Prof.
Ernst & Young LLP
Represented by:
Karen Gartenberg, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Lars A. Peterson, Foley & Lardner LLP
John A. Simon, Foley & Lardner LLP

Unknown
FCDB LSQ LLC
Represented by:

Creditor
Fortress Credit Investments I Ltd., Fortress Credit Investments II Ltd., Fortress Credit Funding IV LP, Fortress Credit Opportunities I LP, Worden Master Fund LP, Worden Master Fund II LP, Drawbridge
Represented by:

Unknown
Fortress Investment Group LLC
Represented by:
Kristopher M. Hansen, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Other Prof.
Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP
Represented by: Interested Party
Garmin International, Inc.
Represented by:
Philip Le B. Douglas, Jones Day
Paul Bartholomew Green, Jones Day

Unknown
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Represented by:
Michael A. Rosenthal, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Stockholder
HGW US Holding Company, L.P.
Represented by:
Paul Nii-Amar Amamoo, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP
David M. Friedman, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, LLP

Stockholder
Harbinger Capital Partners LLC
Represented by:
Paul Nii-Amar Amamoo, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP
Daniel A. Fliman, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP
David M. Friedman, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, LLP

Unknown
Harbinger Capital Partners LLC, et al.
Represented by:
Ronit J. Berkovich, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Debra A. Dandeneau, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP

Stockholder
Harbinger Capital Partners SP, Inc.
Represented by:
Paul Nii-Amar Amamoo, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP
David M. Friedman, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, LLP

Unknown
Intelsat Corporation
Represented by:
Stephen B. Selbst, Herrick, Feinstein LLP

Interested Party
Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund
Represented by:
Michael S. Etkin, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Cassandra M. Porter, Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Unknown
STEPHEN KETCHUM
Represented by:
Charles E. Bachman, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Peter M. Friedman, O’MELVENY & MYERS LLP

Attorney
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Represented by:
Paul M. Basta, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP

Christopher Marcus, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Joshua Sussberg, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Unknown
Kurtzman Carson Consultants LLC
Represented by: Interested Party
L-Band Acquisition, LLC
Represented by:
Brian D. Glueckstein, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Rachel C. Strickland, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Unknown
Latham & Watkins LLP
Represented by:

Debtor
LightSquared Inc.
Represented by:
Matthew Scott Barr, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Paul M. Basta, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP
Karen Gartenberg, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Christopher Marcus, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Alan Stone, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP
Mitchell S. Bigel, Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A.

Creditor
Liquidity Solutions, Inc.
Represented by: Unknown
MAST Capital Management LLC
Represented by:
Philip Dublin, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP
Lawrence S. Robbins, Robbins Russell Englert Orseck Untereiner

Interested Party
Melody Business Finance, LLC
Represented by: Attorney
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Represented by:
Matthew Scott Barr, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

Creditor
Missouri Department of Revenue
Represented by:
Steven A. Ginther, Missouri Department of Revenue

Financial Advisor
Moelis & Company LLC
Represented by:
Karen Gartenberg, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Unknown
New York State Department of Labor
Represented by:

Creditor
One Beacon Street Limited Partnership
Represented by:
Douglas B. Rosner, Goulston & Storrs, P.C.

Creditor
Oracle America, Inc.
Represented by:
Shawn M. Christianson, Buchalter Nemer Fields & Younger
Amish R. Doshi, Magnozzi & Kye

Creditor
James Paull, IV
Represented by:
Lawrence A. Katz, Leach Travell Britt PC

Creditor
Jay Paull, IV
Represented by:
Lawrence A. Katz, Leach Travell Britt PC

Creditor
John Paull
Represented by:
Lawrence A. Katz, Leach Travell Britt PC

Unknown
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Represented by:
Bruce D. Jacobs, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Brandon Johnson, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Matthew J Oliver, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Patrick J. Potter, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Dania Slim, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Unknown
Providence TMT Special Situations Fund LP and TMT Debt Opportunity Fund II LP, investment funds managed by affiliates of Providence Equity Partners LLC (collectively, the “Providence Funds”)
Represented by:
Emanuel C. Grillo, Baker Botts L.L.P.

Creditor
SBA Structures Inc. and SBA Towers III LLC
Represented by:
Lucian Murley, Saul Ewing LLP

Interested Party
SIG Holdings, Inc.
Represented by:
Nicholas E. Baker, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Sandeep Qusba, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Interested Party
SP Special Opportunities, LLC
Represented by:
James C. Dugan, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Tariq Mundiya, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Rachel C. Strickland, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Interested Party
Lili Schad
Represented by:
Scott D. Cousins, Bayard, P.A.
Kevin D. Galbraith, Zamansky & Associates LLC
Jacob H. Zamansky, Zamansky & Associates, LLC

Unknown
Sandeep Singh
Represented by:

Unknown
Solus Alternative Asset Management LP
Represented by:
Malek Schiffrin LLP, Malek Schiffrin LLP

Interested Party
Sound Point Capital Management, L.P.
Represented by:
Charles E. Bachman, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Peter M. Friedman, O’MELVENY & MYERS LLP

Unknown
Special Committee of the Board of Directors of LightSquared Inc. and LightSquared GP Inc.
Represented by:
Paul M. Basta, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP
Joshua Sussberg, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Interested Party
TR Capital Management, LLC
Represented by: Creditor
Tennessee Department of Revenue
Represented by:
Marvin E. Clements, Jr., Office of the Tennessee Attorney General

Unknown
The Law Office of John T. Whelan, LLC
Represented by:
John T. Whelan, The Law Office of John T. Whelan LLC

Interested Party
The U.S. GPS Industry Council
Represented by:
Philip Le B. Douglas, Jones Day

Interested Party
Trimble Navigation Ltd.
Represented by:
Philip Le B. Douglas, Jones Day

Unknown
U.S. Bank National Association
Represented by:
Philip Dublin, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP

John W. Weiss, Alston & Bird LLP

Creditor
UBS AG
Represented by:
Adam J. Goldberg, Latham & Watkins, LLP
David S. Heller, Latham & Watkins

U.S. Trustee
United States Trustee
Represented by:
Susan D. Golden, Office of United States Trustee SDNY

Unknown
United States of America on behalf of the Federal Communications Commission
Represented by:
Alicia M. Simmons, U.S. Attorney’s Office, SDNY

Creditor
Universal Service Administrative Company
Represented by:
Michael L. Schein, Vedder Price, P.C.

Unknown
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Represented by:
Debra A. Dandeneau, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP

Interested Party
Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB
Represented by:
Darren T. Azman, McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Unknown
Wilmington Trust, National Association
Represented by:
David S Forsh, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP


Turkmen Satcom Irony

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Nice job by both Thales Space in building a Spacebus 4000C2 in 27 months and by SpaceX for launching it via the Falcon 9 from The Cape yesterday.

The spacecraft is going into a slot allocated to Monaco (52 deg. East). What they plan to do with it, we don’t know. First on the list is always some TV mux for direct-to-home application. It covers Africa, too, so I’m sure they’ll come up with something.

Ironically, the Turkmen government has issued an order to destroy all satellite dishes.

Authorities in Turkmenistan have started a new campaign of demolishing satellite dishes, aiming at fully blocking independent access to international TV and radio in the country, the Civic Solidarity Platform reported on April 19.

The government of Turkmenistan has taken a decision to liquidate all privately owned TV and radio satellite dishes in the country, demanding all of them to be demolished, be they on apartment buildings or private houses, and fully prohibit their use. This information has come from governmental sources.

This decision is aimed at fully blocking access of the population of Turkmenistan to hundreds of independent international media outlets which are currently accessible in the country only through satellite dishes, including all leading international news channels in different languages. The main target of this campaign is Radio Azatlyq, the Turkmen-language service of Radio Liberty/Free Europe. It is the only independent source of information about Turkmenistan and the world in the Turkmen language and is widely listened to in the country.

Overwhelming majority of the Turkmen public is able to listen to independent radio and watch foreign television through satellites; all houses in the cities of the country are equipped with dishes, legally bought by people in the last 20 years.

The demolition campaign started in the end of March. There have been earlier attempts in the course of the last few weeks when the local authorities at the level of communal management demanded that people take down the dishes or they will be demolished. However, residents refused, relocating the dishes from the walls to the roofs and collectively organising neighborhood watch groups on the roofs to protect their property from demolition. When local authorities demanded that people uninstall the dishes they did not present any legal grounds and did not produce any official documents, just citing a decision of the superior authorities. Now the government has started to use a new tactic: seasonal workers hired by municipal authorities come during the day when residents are at work and destroy the dishes, breaking the equipment. In Ashgabat the satellite dish demolition campaign is going full speed now, and thousands of satellite dishes have been already destroyed in many districts of the city in the last two weeks.

As a “replacement” for the demolished satellite dishes, the authorities offer “cable TV packages”, which include mostly entertainment channels produced by Russia, Turkey, and India. All TV and radio channels offering news are excluded from these “packages”.

The main argument used by the authorities to justify demolition of the dishes is that they “distort the architectural-urban image of the city.”

Experts believe that the authorities are now aiming at solving the problem of independent access to information through the satellite dishes for the third – and the last – time in anticipation of the next presidential elections scheduled for the beginning of 2017 to ensure full control over information.

You can’t be a modern country if you don’t allow free speech.


WBMSAT News Bits 03/15/2015

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Featured Article

Photo – U.S. Air Force – C4ISR&Networks

Commercial firm will take over the Air Force’s Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) constellation by 2016.
[C4ISR&Networks – 03/13/2015]

Read rest of WBMSAT News Bits current issue here.


WBMSAT News Bits 02/20/2015

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Featured Article

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory mission – Credit: SpaceX – Space News

SES agrees to be the inaugural customer aboard an enhanced version of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket following careful review of its more powerful first stage engine block.
[Space News – 02/202015]

Read this week’s entire issue here


WBMSAT News Bits 02/06/2015

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

A diagram shows the coverage areas of each of OneWeb’s planned satellites. – OneWeb – VOX

SpaceX, working with Google, and OneWeb, teamed with Virgin Galactic, race to build satellite internet.
[VOX – 02/05/2015]

Read entire News Bits issue here.

WBMSAT News Bits 10/10/2014

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Featured Article

European Commission decides to allow terrestrial broadband operators to use a portion of C-band spectrum that had been exclusive for satellite operations.
[Space News – 10/09/2014]

Industry Reports

New Companies and Markets report “Global Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) Market 2014 – 2018” projects CAGR growth during the period of 5.48%.
[Live-PR – 10/09/2014]

“Global Enterprise VSAT Market 2014-2018″ report at ReportsnReports projects CAGR growth of 10.49% by 2018.
[Green Technology World – 10/08/2014]

Euroconsult – 353 Earth observation satellites are expected to be launched over the next decade.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 10/09/2014]

Broadband now installed in more than 700 million homes worldwide.
[Satellite Markets & Research – 10/06/2014]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

NSR Space and Satellite Regulatory Colloquium focused on emerging space law and regulatory issues facing the U.S. Administration and International governments will be held in Washington D.C. at the W Washington Hotel October 23.
[Satnews – October 2014]

Myanmar Satellite Forum to be attended by a number of global satellite operators at Myanmar Event Part, Yangon on November 19, 2014.
[telecomlead – 10/09/2014]

Launch Activity

O3b and Galileo satellites swap places in Soyuz launch queue; with the next O3b launch to now be in mid-December.
[Space News – 10/10/2014]

The commercial arrangement for NASA’s scheduled December 4 Orion EFT-1 launch  requires both a commercial launch license and a commercial re-entry license from the Federal Aviation Administration.
[Space News – 10/10/2014]

Tourists find it difficult to visit the Baikonur Cosmodrome to see a Soyuz launch- Space News

Space-launch tourism not blasting off as promised in Kazakhstan.
[Space News – 10/10/2014]

JAXA’s Himawari 8 satellite on its way to orbit. Photo: JAXA. – Via Satellite

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and JAXA launch Himawari 8 weather satellite.
[Via Satellite – 10/08/2014]

Frozen hydrazine lines blamed for August 25 Fregat launch anomaly that left two uninsured Galileo navigation satellites in unintended orbits.
[Via Satelite – 10/08/2014]

Artist’s rendition of ArSat-1 – NASA Spaceflight

Ariane 5 scheduled to launch ArSat-1, Argentina’s first satellite, on October 15, 2014.
[NASA Spaceflight – 10/06/2014]

Satellite Construction

Space Based Infrared System payload delivered by Northrop Grumman to Lockheed Martin for SBIRS BEO-4, to be launched in 2016.
[Space Ref – 10/07/2014]

Venezuela signs contract with China Great Wall Industry Corporation to build and launch its third satellite, earmarked for regional development.
[Venezuelanalysis – 10/07/2014]

Satellite Operations

TRA hosts frequency coordination meeting for officials from UAE and Republic of Belarus to discuss techniques to resolve interference between their satellite networks.
[TMCnet – 10/08/2014]

Satellite Technology

South Africa to commercialize its first indigenous micro satellite, using advanced remote sensing system based on hyperspectral imaging.
[Via Satellite – 10/07/2014]

Image: Journal of Micrelectromechanical Systems/colorized by MIT News – R&D Magazine

MIT Microsystem’s Technology Laboratories develops dense arrays of microscopic cones that eject streams of ions, and could provide propulsion for nanosatellites.
[R&D Magazine – 10/06/2014]

Ground Systems Technology

ViaSat tests 1 Mbps L-band terminal throughput over LightSquared satellite.
[Via Satellite – 10/09/2014]

Government, Military & Defense

Inmarsat’s L-band Tactical Satellite (L-TAC) service delivers a resilient Ultra High Frequency (UHF)-like tactical satellite capability to existing military and commercial radios used by the U.S. government.
[Intelligent Aerospace – 10/10/2014]

General Dynamics’ MUOS-Manpack PRC-155 radio connects U.S. Air Force aircraft to Operations Center via MUOS satellite system.
[TMCnet – 10/10/2014]

U.S. ceases decades-long practice of jamming television and radio broadcasts from Cuba, a decision that will strengthen the U.S. position against intentional jamming by Iran, China, Ethiopia and elsewhere.
[Space News – 10/10/2014]

Russian government keen to develop space infrastructure amid turbulent political backdrop.
[Via Satellite – 10/09/2014]

Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Amber Whittington – Space News

U.S. Air Force awards $26 million contract extension to Harris satellite-control support contract.
[Space News – 10/09/2014]

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) has won the Ellersick Best Paper Award at MILCOM 2014 Conference for its Faster-Than-Nyquist (FTN) technology.
[Satnews – 10/08/2014]

Intelsat focuses on interference reduction in its next generation  EpigNG High Throughput Satellites to provide advantages in its marketing to government entities.
[Via Satellite – 10/07/2014]

Northrop Grumman features three variants of protected low-cost terminals to protect nation’s warfighters and advance military satellite communications.
[Satellite Spotlight – 10/07/2014]

Iridium complains to Indian government that state-run Gharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. did not follow fair process in selecting Inmarsat as partner for establishing mobile satellite communications gateway.
[Business Standard – 10/09/2014]

Zambian government ministry plans to link remote districts using satellite technology.
[Zambia Daily Mail – 10/09/2014]

Thales Canada completes trials for new system for Royal Canadian Navy.
[Ottawa Citizen – 10/08/2014]

Rockwell Collins’ ARC-210 becomes first airborne radio to operate on MUOS satellite system.
[Aerospace Manufacturing and Design – 10/07/2014]

Inmarsat’s Global Xpress begins service for U.S. government customers.
[Via Satellite – 10/07/2014]

GVF certifies 21 militaries in Asia-Pacific area in use of satellite communications systems for disaster preparedness.
[GVF Press Release – 10/07/2014]

Tesacom has won a contract for the provision of fixed and mobile satellite communications to government buildings and top officials in Peru.
[telecompaper – 10/07/2014]

Intelsat General gets contract extension for delivering American Forces Radio and TV service.
[The New York Times – 10/06/2014]

Inmarsat signs MOA with TECOM to manufacture Global Xpress aviation terminals for the government market.
[TWST – 10/06/2014]

Regulatory

Signal interference proposal could make the ITU a watchdog with some teeth.
[Space News – 10/10/2014]

FCC is trying to overhaul its existing satellite supervisory framework.
[RapidTV News – 10/06/.2014]

Aeronautical

Boeing completes testing of low profile aeronautical satellite antenna developed for Al Yah Satellite Company of the United Arab Emirates.
[Defense World – 10/10/2014]

Testing Transaero Airlines InFlight Connectivity (IFC) – it “is kind of like a swimming pool at a hotel: You don’t use it every time — maybe not even 50 percent of the times — but it is always nice to know it is there.”
[Via Satellite – 10/06/2014]

Broadband

Squire Tech Solutions updates website with extensive satellite product and service information to help customers and partners understand the complete range of satellite internet communication solutions.
[Broadway World – 10/09/2014]

Vizocom partners with Eutelsat for Internet connectivity in Middle East and Africa.
[TMCnet – 10/06/2014]

Earth Observation

AP Photo/NASA, JPL-Caltech, Univ. of Michigan – R&D Magazine

Satellite data shows surprising hot spot of potent global-warming methane gas over part of southwestern U.S.
[R&D Magazine – 10/10/2014]

Exelis and Airbus team up to streamline access to and use of geospatial imagery products from both companies.
[Via Satellite – 10/06/2014]

Enterprise

Earth observation satellite images used to compose animations of severe cyclone Hudhud, approaching India.
[Wall Street Journal, India – 10/10/2014]

Home improvement project at International Space Station will continue next year with addition of large, inflatable workroom from Bigelow Aerospace.
[venturebeat – 10/06/2014]

Oil & Gas

Elite Communications selects Emerging Markets Communications as its satellite connectivity provider for existing oil and gas customers in North America and prospects worldwide.

[Satnews – 10/06/2014]

Video

One of Toshiba’s currently available 65? 4K TVs. Photo: Toshiba – Via Satellite

ViXS XCode 6400 High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) System on a Chip (SoC) to be used in Toshiba Ultra HD TV sets for Sky Perfect JSAT’s 4K broadcasts.
[Via Satellite – 10/09/2014]

International sports broadcaster Setanta Sports selects SES Astra 5B satellite to broadcast two HD sports channels to 13 countries in Central Asia.
[Via Satellite – 10/08/2014]

Space

Russia to build space-based ballistic missile warning system.
[Satnews – 10/10.2014]

SpaceX Dragon 2 (left) and Boeing CST-100 capsules. Credit: SpaceX artist’s concept and Boeing artist’s concept – Space News

NASA resumes work on commercial crew contracts, ending delay during the ongoing contract protest.
[Space News – 10/09/2014]

Mars Curiosity rover – Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS image – Space News

NASA IG says planetary science senior review process needs work.
[Space News – 10/09/2014]

Cygnus cargo tug foundation for an Exploration Augmentation Module? Credit: NASA – Space News

NASA examines adding a habitation module to the agency’s proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission.
[Space News – 10/08/2014]

An analysis by a team of MIT students of the Mars One concept to send people to Mars on one-way missions to establish a settlement there offers a bleak picture of the outcome.
[Space News – 10/08/2014]

Downtown Seattle. Credit: Photo by Daniel Schwen courtesy of Wikimedia Commons – Space News

Space X gears up a new Seattle-area office, heavily recruiting engineers from Microsoft and other companies in the region.
[Space News – 10/07/2014]

Artist’s concept of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). Image Credit: Bigelow Aerospace – Via Satellite

“Home improvement” at the International Space Station to continue, with a large, inflatable workroom from Bigelow Aerospace to be added in 2015.
[Via Satellite – 10/09/2013]

Legal

Inmarsat issues LightSquared a Notice of Default for $17.5 million.
[Via Satellite – 10/06/2014]

Capacity Agreements

Orange ramps up Africa satellite coverage with multi-year agreement for C-band capacity on EUTELSAT 3B.
[Market Watch – 10/08/2014]

Services Contracts

BringCom gets $1.1 million in orders for managed communications services including satellite circuit services in last 3 months.
[MarketWatch – 10/06/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Globalstar strikes back against short-seller attack, with its CEO saying he stands by to add to his current investment in the company.
[Space News – 10/10/2014]

Hedge fund manager claims Globalstar Inc’s business is worthless, and sends the company’s stock tumbling.
[Reuters – 10/06/2014]

GS Group plans to implement a satellite-broadcasting project in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
[telecompaper – 10/06/2014]

Skyline Communications, provider of network management and OSS software for satellite and other telecom industries, is 1 of Belgium’s 50 fastest growing companies.
[Satnews – 10/06/2014]

WBMSAT satellite communications consulting services