Archive for June, 2013

O3b Launch — “пуск!”

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Happy people at O3b Networks, watching their payload launch into space yesterday.

WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 06/23/2013

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Armenian government official says the former Soviet republic will launch its own satellite into orbit, with the newly created company called Armcosmos now busy registering an orbital position for the satellite.
[Ria Novosti – 06/23/2013]

Speedcast announces buyout of Pactel.
[Satellite Today – 06/23/2013]

SES, Inverto, Abilis and MaxLinear partner to develop IP-LNB for satellite TV home distribution.
[Satellite Today – 06/22/2013]

Republican-backed NASA authorization bill backs development of crew transportation systems to end reliance on Russia.
[Space Mart – 06/21/2013]

ESA’s SatFinAfrica pilot project begun in 2011 was so successful that a company called SatADSL was established in Belgium to provide SATCOM for financial services to Africa and now serves more than 100 offices.
[SatNews – 06/21/2013]

Turkmenistan’s first satellite to be launched by SpaceX, under contract with Thales Alenia Space.
[Venture Beat – 06/21/2013]

Intelsat decides to stop providing satellite services in Iran.
[SatNews – 06/21/2013]

EUSATCOM 203 coming up in Amsterdam at the Casa 400 conference centre on June 27th. [SatNews – 06/21/2013]

GVF expands its VSAT Installation Training & Certification in Asia Pacific.
[Satellite Today – 06/21/2013]

Secret, highly secure quantum communications system used at Chinese Party Congress in Beijing.
[South China Post – 06/21/20013]

OHB and Astrium to share work on German radar satellites.
[Space News – 06/21/2013]

Canada becomes first international partner to connect over U.S. Air Force’s protected comms AEHF satellite system.
[Defense Systems – 06/20/2013]

Satellite manufacturing sector cuts jobs in spite of 23 percent revenue increase in 2013.
[Satellite Today – 06/20/2013]

EUTELSAT 3D goes into full commercial service at 3 degrees East.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 06/20/2013]

Falcon 9 selected to launch German military radar satellites.
[Space News – 06/20/2013]

Astrium Services plans to sign a bulk-purchase agreement with Inmarsat for Ka-band capacity aboard Inmarsat’s three Global Xpress mobile communications satellites.
[Space News – 06/20/2013]

Chinese seek greater share of global satellite-launching market.
[China Daily – 06/20/2013]

Honeywell develops new broadband satcom hardware for Inmarsat’s new Global Xpress Ka-band satellite network.
[AIN online – 06/20/2013]

ViaSat partners with Boeing for inline in-flight satellite connectivity system.
[Satellite Today – 06/20/2013]

World Teleport Association will explore development of quality certification program for teleports based on clearly defined technical and operational standards. [Satellite Evolution Group – 06/20/2013]

Cobham announces Aviator S series at Paris Air Show, which will allow secure data communication for aircraft operation, maintenance and management services.
[SatNews – 06/20/2013]

OmniAccess becomes first iDirect customer to go live with iDX 3.2 and X7, successfully launching a live satellite communications network that reached data throughput of 50 Mbps.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 06/20/2013]

European Defense Agency says consolidating European countries’ military telecommunications satellite networks would result in huge savings, but obstacles are faced if European defence ministries fear their budgets would be cut.
[Space News – 06/19/2013]

European rocket designers crafting a defense against U.S. startup rocket builder SpaceX.
[Space News – 06/19/2013]

Scientists and engineers from around the world meet in South Dakota to discuss collecting images from Landsat 8.
[R&D Magazine – 06/19/2013]

Mexico’s state-owned Mexsat system to be augmented by second nearly six-ton Centenario satellite in 2014.
[Fox News – 06/19/2013]

Asia DTH executives outline their satellite capacity plans.
[Satellite Today – 06/19/2013]

ORBIT Technologies receives order for $3 million worth of ORION-based Communications Management Systems to major European aircraft manufacturer.
[SatNews – 06/19/2013]

Gilat Satellite Networks and Thaicom sign Cooperation Framework Agreement to provide customers across the Asia -Pacific regions with integrated solution using Gilat’s ground equipment and the Thaicom 4 satellite.
[Satellite Today – 06/19/2013]

O3b signs deal with Maju Nusa to provide ultra-high speed 3G backhaul services across rural Malaysia.
[National Post – 06/19/2013]

SpeedCast sees substantial gains with Newtec MDM6000 modem on multicarrier applications during intensive trial of Newtec’s latest S2 Extensions and Clean Channel Technology.
[MENAFN – 06/19/2013]

PolarSat’s hubless VSATPlus3 network control algorithms allow for geographic redundancy and ensure no single point of network failure is ever present at any one time. [SatNews – 06/19/2013]

The worlds most sophisticated commercial communications satellite, Alphasat, built by Astrium for Inmarsat, and carrying four technological demonstration payloads for ESA, is shipped to its launch site in Kourou, French Guiana.
[Astrowatch – 06/18/2013]

Sprint files suit to stop Clearwire, DISH tie-up.
[Bloomberg – 06/18/2013]

Thuraya strengthens its partnership with Astrium Services with launch of IP+, SatSleeve and Maritime Broadband in Asia.
[Herald online – 06/18/2013]

Initial Defense Communications Satellite Program launched first cluster of 7 small satellites 47 years ago.
[Seattle PI – 06/18/2013]

SES CEO Romain Bausch to be succeeded by Karim Michel Sabbagh.
[ – 06/17/2013]

Google Internet balloons – what do they mean for VSAT, and satellite communications in general?
[Newtec blog – 06/17/2013]

Lockheed Martin promises to support South Korea’s effort to develop and launch military communications satellites if it wins Seoul’s multi-billion dollar fighter jet deal.
[Global Post. – 06/17/2013]

Watch George Clooney Puts Spotlight on Bloodshed, Crisis in Sudan on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

George Clooney’s Satellite Sentinel project reveals war crimes and security violations using DigitalGlobe imagery.
[Satellite Today – 06/17/2013]

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Rocket de l’Europe répond

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Naturally, Arianespace participates in the Paris Air Show and the swirling questions are related to a competitor who isn’t there: SpaceX. Their response is predictable and defensive, and with a billion euros at stake, can you blame them?

There’s a real need for commercial launch services and well-run commercial satellite operators want to make sure there’s viable set of competitors out there. Spreading business around to Sea-Launch, Arianespace and ILS (Proton) helps keep them in business and assures the operators a way into space when needed. Commercial launches from Cape Canaveral were always preferred — both for location and reliability. The cost, however, made the bean-counters squirm.

Reading the Reuters report by Irene Klotz about how there were no commercial launches struck me as naive. The U.S. Air Force reserved all the available launch vehicle manifests for Atlas and Delta in the U.S. for their payloads — not because of competition from foreign-based companies. Yes, there’s the cost factor. If you could save $20 million on a single launch by going to Kazakhstan or French Guiana, why not?

And that’s why SpaceX is set to grab a bunch of business by launching from the Cape at a lower cost. If you factor in the prospect of all-electric spacecraft, then you could see a seismic shift in the market dynamics of launch services. So you shouldn’t wonder why Arianespace is being defensive, as cited by Space News

One of the Falcon 9’s most potent arguments is that it is capable of carrying two all-electric-propulsion satellites at a time into geostationary transfer orbit. But according to the first customer of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems’ all-electric 702SP platform, Satmex of Mexico, it will take the Satmex satellite about eight months to reach its final orbital position and begin generating revenue.

Factoring in a longer orbit-raising into the overall spacecraft replacement cycle is certainly possible. Now, if only satellite operators start passing along these savings from simplified spacecraft design, lower-cost launch and cost-effective propulsion systems to lowering the cost of leasing bandwidth to customers remains to be seen.

Mr. Sabbagh: Tear Down This Logo!

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

The executive succession at SES S.A. has begun, with the anointment of Dr. Karim Sabbagh and CEO-designate, replacing Romain Bausch in April of 2014. Holding dual citizenship in Canada and Lebanon, he’s been in Dubai for years and apparently knows his Arabic Internet trends.

What I’m most excited about is his background with Leo Burnett MENA (lame Flash site), where he may have learned how important it is for a company to have a sense of personality. SES, which used to stand for Société Européenne des Satellites, clearly needs to find it’s global brand and tell people what it stands for besides being “your satellite company.”

Rocket scientists who care about marketing space-based businesses will be watching this closely.

Non-stop Greek TV

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Δεν μπορείτε να σταματήσετε ελληνική TV!

The Greek government shut down state broadcaster ERT for austerity budgeting reasons, letting go a few thousand employees. So they took it upon themselves to go pirate and broadcast via the EBU last week. Via HuffPo

Journalists from axed Greek state broadcaster ERT returned to the airwaves Thursday amid an escalating crisis that saw the country rocked by a general strike, a sharp rebuke from Europe’s top human rights official and widening divisions in the fragile coalition government.

Officials at the Geneva-based European Broadcasting Union on Thursday said they had successfully relayed a live pirate broadcast from the sacked journalists to Greece, Europe, Asia and Oceania. The move is in defiance of the country’s conservative-led government, which shut down state TV and radio Tuesday as part of the its austerity measures.

“We have just had our signal broadcast on satellite. We thank everyone who helped us,” ERT newsreader and union representative Chrysa Roumlelioti said on the broadcast.

Way to go, EBU — rile up the Greek government.

Big Bang Monday: Little Green Men

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Very interesting piece by Liz Fuller-Wright in the CSM last week on the discovery of variably-pulsating stars. Intially referred to as LGM-1 by the astronomers at the European Southern Observatory’s La Silla Observatory in Chile, including graduate student Jocelyn Bell. The “LGM” stood for “little green men.”

For seven years, the research team observed more than 3,000 young stars in the star cluster NGC 3766 for a few weeks each year. They found variable stars – 163 of them – including 36 that seem to break all the rules of pulsars. In fact, they held off on labeling the stars “pulsars,” choosing the less controversial label of “periodic variable stars,” though they said that they expect the scientific community to confirm that they are, in fact, pulsars.

As with many astronomic discoveries, it takes quite a while to confirm “discoveries.” This one in particular may rewrite the book on pulsar formation.

That’s pretty awesome. Maybe we’ll see pulsars in BigBangPrints soon.

WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 06/14/2013

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Proposed ITAR reform removes may of glaringly perverse effects on space commerce but does nothing to make it easier for industry to work with U.S. Defense Department on hosted payloads.
[Space News – 06/14/2013]

Draft NASA authorization bill bars funding for asteroid rendezvous mission.
[Space News – 06/14/2013]

FCC probes satellite fleet management practices for abuse including holding on to orbital slots without making maximum use of them.
[Space News – 06/14/2013]

Iridium NEXT is promoted as the world’s largest ongoing commercial space venture, designed to drive innovation, create opportunities, and change the way people and organizations communicate – everywhere on the planet.
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Boatracs completes fleet-wide implementation for Fleet Operators, Inc. of Boatracs Narrowband satellite solution for communications beyond cellular range for vessel tracking and electronic logs.
[SatNews – 06/14/2013]

Decommissioned Russian satellite burns brightly over Australia during re-entry.
[Coffa Coast Advocate – 06/14/2013]

SES’s ASTRA 2E satellite begins trip to Baikonur where it will be integrated for a Proton launch.
[SatNews – 06/14/2013]

Europe’s Proba-V satellite successfully demonstrates that it can capture data on aircraft speed, position, and altitude.
[Space News – 06/13/2013]

Satellite Interference Reduction Group to host series of interference-related breakfast sessions at CommunicAsia2013.
[SatNews – 06/13/2013]

Space Systems Loral executive expects additional orders this year for High Throughput Satellites (HTS).
[Satellite Today – 06/13/2013]

FTC opens antitrust probe of Lockheed-Boeing joint venture that launches U.S. government satellites.
[Space News – 06/13/2013]

U.S. Army begins fielding smaller, lighter SNAP satellite terminals following network integration evaluations.
[Satellite Spotlight – 06/13/2013]

Astrium renews partnership contract with Telecoms Sans Frontieres, pledging to continue satellite communications support for their many disaster and emergency relief missions across the world.
[SatNews – 06/13/2013]

Northrop Grumman keeps nonrecurring engineering costs and other first time expenses down for U.S. Air Force’s Enhance Polar System satellites, using hardware and software designs developed for the AEHF satellites.
[SatNews – 06/13/2013]

Internal audit puts heat on NASA for giving Orbital Sciences Corp. more than $600 million to build hardware for six space station resupply missions before the company has fully demonstrated that its Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo tug are up to the task.
[Space News – 06/13/2013]

Applied Satellite Engineering debuts Osprey TMC Iridium Short Burst Data (SBD) modem terminal that can provide GPS tracking, analog and digital monitoring and control, and over-the-air configuration and programming of assets anywhere in the world.
[SatNews – 06/13/2013]

Clearwire urges shareholders to accept takeover offer from satellite communications giant Dish Network instead of the Sprint offer backed by Japan’s SoftBank.
[Yahoo News – 06/13/2013]

NSSL Global and Telemar Scandinavia announce free-of-charge upgrade doubling return speed on their Standard and Premium packages.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 06/13/2013]

Content delivery’s astronomical costs avoided by partnership between Latele Novela Network (LNN) and Spanish channel 8Madrid using Newcom International’s services and LNN’s innovative cloud-based video transport solution.
[SatNews – 06/13/2013]

Foreign commercial satellite services bill advances through House committee; would prohibit Secretary of Defense from procuring satellite services from foreign entity under certain circumstances.
[Satellite Today – 06/12/2013]

Another space storm like 1859 Carrington event could wreak havoc on global economy.
[NextGov – 06/12/2013]

Emiratis advised by UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs not to enter India carrying any satellite communication devices, such as Thuraya or Iridium, citing Indian Government banning use of such devices on its soil.
[Emirates 24/7 – 06/12/2013]

SES supports satellite communication links with a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System using SES Ku-band capacity to establish command and control, Air Traffic Control and Mission data transfer.
[Satellite Spotlight – 06/12/2013]

Singtel offers to help Myanmar design and build its own telecommunications satellite.
[Space News – 06/12/2013]

Three Chinese astronauts up and away toward space lab.
[R&D Magazine – 06/11/2013]

Chinese plan to launch “Chinese Quantum Science Satellite” in 2016, making China the first space-faring nation with quantum communication capability.
[Mashable – 06/11/2013]

Space Systems/Loral selected to provide communications satellite to SKY Perfect JSAT of Japan.
[Yahoo Finance – 06/11/2013]

Astrium is awarded the payload module contract for the European Space Agency’s future astronomy mission Euclid.
[Satellite Today – 06/11/2013]

Satellite manufacturing and launch services industries face increased competition in the near future due to increasing supply, new entrants, and lower demand – diversification is difficult but necessary.
[NSR – 06/11/2013]

Gilat is awarded $6.75 million contract extension to continues providing Internet connectivity services to Colombian schools.
[ – 06/11/2013]

Orange Romania launches TV service with GlobeCast on ASTRA satellite.
[Yahoo Finance – 06/11/2013]

Australian satellite company TC Communications signs another contract to provide service and support to the Australian Defence Force in their project to deploy integrated Wideband Global Satellite communication capability.
[ARN – 06/11/2013]

Australian satellite communications company NewSat expresses interest in Singapore Telecommunications Ltd’s $2 billion sale of its Australian unit, Optus Satellite.
[Yahoo News – 06/11/2013]

Indian oil marketing companies moving to satellite internet connections for around 10,000 petrol pumps facilities like credit card machines seen as trouble for Tata Tele and Reliance Communications.
[The Economic Times – 06/11/2013]

Cartrack selects ORBCOMM for satellite data communication services to extend its current range of GSM logistics and telematics solutions.
[Satellite Spotlight – 06/11/2013]

SES utilizes Newtec MDM6000 satellite modems with S2 extensions capable of 37% efficiency gains over existing DVB-S2 to boost satellite performance on its African SES-5 payload.
[Yahoo Finance – 06/10/2013]

Satellite communications will lead the way for broadcast, broadband and cellular backhaul within Asia, according to ETL regional sales executive.
[SatNews – 06/10/2013]

Eutelsat and OneAccess Networks win Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award for transforming the landscape for satellite-based enterprise communications across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
[Satellite Spotlight – 06/10/2013]

Arianespace signs more comprehensive MOU with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as both companies look to increase their work together in the launch services market.
[Satellite Today – 06/10/2013]

Yemen launches satellite-based YahClick Internet service.
[Al-Shorfa – 06/10/2013]

Satellite Executive Briefing magazine June issue includes: “Pay TV Boom Fueling Demand in Asia-Pacific,” Peter Galace; “The Renaissance of Small Satellite,” Dr. Joseph Pelton; “Update on Papua New Guinea,” Chris Frith; “The Satellite-Eye View of the Broadcast Booth,” Robert Bell; and “Networking Towards a High Throughput Maritime Space,” Martin Jarrold.
[Satellite Executive Briefing Magazine – June 2012]

NSR report addresses fundamental questions about wireless backhaul satcom services.
[NSR – June 2013]

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DIY Friday: Star Wars Wedding Photo

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Awesome job by Little Blue Lemon Photography of Toronto.

There was a shot floating around the internet last week of a bridal party being chased by a dinosaur. It’s funny, admittedly. So here’ s our take on the idea…mostly because Leslie (and us) are huge Star Wars nerds! We couldn’t resist their bridal party getting chased by a squad of Imperial AT-AT Walkers! lol. So for all you Star Wars fans, this ones for you.

For you Photoshop-loving rocket scientists who are getting married soon, start thinking! Via Mashable.

“Foreign” Commercial Satellites?

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

The hawks in Washington were screeching when they heard the DoD was leasing bandwidth on APT Satellite’s Apstar 7 spacecraft, through Harris CapRock — a value-added reseller. “That’s a Chinese bird! How dare you put our military at risk by using a Chinese satellite?!” Blah, blah, blah. Did they fail to mention the spacecraft itself was built in France and launched by a Chang Zheng rocket from China in March of 2012?

The coverage area of one of the spacecraft’s Ku-band beams is just right and there are no alternatives in this part of Asia. With data encryption at either end of the circuit, there really isn’t much to worry about. And if it’s broadcast video, who cares? Forget that: the contract was renewed for another year.

Now the House Armed Services Committee is proposing to exclude foreign commercial satellite companies from contracting with the DoD in the bill for National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (H.R.1960). Will this bill also prevent other foreign-controlled or non-U.S.-based operators from contracting with the DoD? Or just the Chinese ones?

In reality, Intelsat and SES are both based in Luxembourg — but only SES is proud of it. Intelsat just likes the tax advantages, just as they liked Bermuda’s not too long ago. Both companies have substantial headcount in the U.S., but don’t expect that to last much longer. Headcount at SES in the U.S. has been steadily and regularly declining since they bought Americom from G.E. in 2001. And who could forget the bloodbath when Intelsat acquired PanAmSat? Another big operator with Central Asian coverage, Eutelsat, is based in France, and they do quite a bit of DoD business, too.

Congressman John Garamendi had this to say to

“We have to remain vigilant in protecting our communications data and in understanding any vulnerability in relying on any outside party. I am concerned about this, and I am equally concerned about the long-term national security implications of failing to cultivate the domestic capacity to respond to our defense needs,” said Congressman John Garamendi, a member of the House Armed Services Committee’s Strategic Forces Subcommittee in a statement to “In addition, I believe our Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) assets need to be better integrated to meet our national security goals.”

Does this mean foreign-controlled operators are about to lose U.S. government business? Probably not. However, allowing foreign investors to own critical defense communications infrastructure is something that could have been prevented — and preserved America’s continued leadership in space. Support your U.S.-based rocket scientists!

WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 06/07/2013

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Russian defense satellite launched from Plesetsk cosmodrome on Soyuz rocket reaches target orbit.
[The Voice of Russia – 06/08/2013]

Three NASA “phonesats” spend 6 days in orbit sending back complex data and photos of earth before burning up upon re-entry.
[Orlando Sentinel – 06/08/2013]

Indian home ministry dismisses telecom department proposal to provide satellite-based communications to beef up surveillance in India’s Maoist hotbeds.
[The Economic Times – 06/08/2013]

Despite criticism from former ESA and European industry launch-vehicle experts, ESA intends to stay on the course on Ariane 6.
[Space News – 06/07/2013]

FCC to probe Intelsat practices following CapRock complaint that satellite operators inhibit competition by failing to upgrade their equipment or replace aging satellites on a timely basis.
[Bloomberg – 06/07/2013]

Two years after launch, the first Space Based Infrared System Geo-1 missile warning satellite is quietly declared operational.
[Space News – 06/07/2013]

Russian satellite launched last year to map the Arctic stops functioning.
[SatNews – 06/07/2013]

Sierra Nevada Corporation successfully begins latest phase of hybrid rocket motor qualification testing for the Dream Chase flight vehicle.
[SatNews – 06/07/2013]

Inmarsat makes compelling argument for sending M2M over a satellite network instead of a terrestrial variation at CTIA.
[Wireless Week – 06/07/2013]

Telespazio Brazil CEO expects growth to come from three market segments – oil and gas, backhaul, and corporate networks, but most especially oil and gas.
[Satellite Today – 06/06/2013]

Coastal states brace for another hurricane season with satellite networks.
[CivSource – 06/06/2013]

KVH details four-part plan to bring variety of economical and convenient content services to mariners for the first time via its mini-VSAT product.
[SatNews – 06/06/2013]

Northrop Grumman develops new GaN packaged power amplifier for military and commercial Ka-band applications.
[Satellite Today – 06/06/2013]

GIT Satellite Communications X-Track(TM) asset management system meets requirements to become an Iridium LBS Premium Portal Provider in connection with the Iridium Extreme(R) satellite phone.
[Yahoo Finance – 06/06/2013]

Stratolaunch, the company created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen to develop a low-cost satellite launching system, gives Orbital Sciences contract to build world’s largest air-launched space rocket.
[Space News – 06/05/2013]

Internet everywhere will keep the satellite industry flying.
[Forbes – 06/05/2013]

Europe launches record cargo load for the International Space Station.
[Space Travel – 06/05/2013]

CommunicAsia2013 Summit features eight dedicated tracks and two interactive workshops to cater to the growing demands of the satellite industry – to be held in Singapore, June 18 – 21.
[SatNews – 06/05/2013]

ITT Exelis wins global satellite communications system contract from DISA. [Satellite Spotlight – 06/05/2013]

Yahsat wins “Most Innovative Product and Service for Africa” for second consecutive year.
[StarAfrica – 06/05/2013]

Eutelsat and OneAccess win “Business Service Innovation” award for provision of advanced enterprise services on KA-SAT satellite.
[Yahoo Finance – 06/05/2013]

Skyware Global launches spin off company focused on electronics engineering and tactical ground systems.
[Satellite Today – 06/05/2013]

Comtech Xicom gets four U.S. Navy contracts totaling $2.5 million for high-power dual-band traveling wave tube amplifiers.
[financial news – 06/05/2013]

Eutelsat Germany expands KabelKiosk service with TV product for local and regional IP and cable network operators in Germany.
[Satellite Today – 06/05/2013]

Speedcast launches Ka-band service for North Africa and Middle East.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 06/05/2013]

SES-6 satellite is successfully launched on board an ILS Proton Breeze M booster from Baikonur, Kazakhstan; SES announces a significant long-term capacity anchor customer for SES-6 is Brazilian group Oi.
[Yahoo Finance – 06/04/2013]

CASBAA satellite industry forum to be held in Singapore June 17, will examine An Industry in Transition.
[Yahoo Finance – 06/04/2013]

Don’t forget the kbps in the energy markets – amidst the bandwidth revolution there remains an entire class of in-service low-bandwidth units serving the Oil and Gas and Utilities industries.
[Northern Sky Research – 06/04/2013]

As Intelsat continues to struggle with only “modest near-term growth prospects” and “elevated government demand risk,” the company’s fiscal future remains bright.
[Satellite Today – 06/04/2013]

Gilat’s SkyEdge II hub and VSATs to deliver education to around 2500 schools in Southeast Asia.
[Financial Content – 06/04/2013]

Geolink Satellite Services and Telesat renew Ku-band contract.
[Satellte Today – 06/04/2013]

My-HD and Arabsat celebrate success of partnership by launching full bouquet of 39 channels of which 31 are High Definition.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 06/04/2013]

SkyVision launches new corporate voice, data and video services over satellite in Africa.
[Satellite Today – 06/04/2013]

NASA develops interplanetary GPS, building test bed at Goddard and planning to send an instrument equipped with X-ray navigation technology to the International Space Station to test the system.
[Satellite Today – 06/04/2013]

Arianespace’s CEO calls for fast-track modification of Ariane 5 rocket that will enable it to launch larger electric-propelled satellites into orbit.
[Satellite Today – 06/04/2013]

India is forced to delay launch of its first navigation satellite due to malfunction in control actuator in second stage of the rocket.
[Satellite Today – 06/03/2013]

Bidding for Hulu heats up among cable, Internet, and satellite providers.
[Satellite Today – 06/03/2013]

Export-Import Bank of the United States adds to record-level support for the American satellite industry, authorizing $343.3 million loan financing AsiaSat’s purchase of communications satellites and launch services.
[PR Newswire – 06/03/2013]

Global growth private equity firm TA Associates partners with its portfolio company SpeedCast Ltd to complete acquisition of Australian satellite communications service provider Pactel International.
[Yahoo Finance – 06/03/2013]

Hughes Network Systems announces new emergency service package as the 2013 hurricane season gets underway.
[Satellite Today – 06/03/2013]

Agilent Technologies announces system design tools for Satellite Communications and Navigation.
[The Motley Fool – 06/03/2013]

Azerbaijan’s second telecommunications satellite to be launched in 2018.
[ – 06/03/2013] 

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