WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits for June 26, 2009



Satellite Today report – broadband satellite services market is projected to exceed $6.4 billions by 2015.
[Satellite Today – 06/26/2009]


Romain Bausch outlines plans for SES in Asia, including development of the 108.2 degrees East orbital slot to meet the region’s growing demand for direct-to-home (DTH) services, cellular backhaul and corporate networking.
[Satellite Today – 06/26/2009]


Dish and DirecTV could continue to offer out of market TV signals for 5 years under House-approved legislation – could prevent hundreds of thousands from losing the signals after the analog to digital transition.
[Los Angeles Times – 09/25/2009]


Boeing ships Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite to Cape Canaveral to conduct a series of tests for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation satellite navigation system.
[SatNews – 06/25/2009]


Space Innovation Growth Team initiative to shape space industry in the U.K. is launched at Inmarsat’s headquarters in London.
[SatNews – 06/25/2009]


General Dynamics provides communications link to NASA’s Lunar Orbiter, launched June 18.
[Trading Markets – 06/25/2009]


SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES signs 3-year capacity agreement with Korea Telecom for C-band capacity on NSS-703 and NSS-12 satellites.
[Satellite Today – 06/25/2009]


The U.S. Air Force announces entry of trial operations for the second Space Based Infrared System Highly Elliptical Orbit payload and associated ground system for use by the warfighter.
[SatNews – 06/25/2009]


Citrix Systems Inc. supplies General Dynamics WANScaler units to help optimize satellite bandwidth for the U.S. Army and its WIN-T (Warfighter Information Network-Tactical) initiative. 
[Military & Aerospace Electronics – 06/25/2009]


TacSat-3 exceeds expectations and continues to perform well a month after being launched.
[SatNews – 06/25/2009]


GIOVE-A, first test satellite for Europe’s Galileo navigation system, to remain in service for another year.
[SatNews – 06/25/2009]


TerreStar-1, to be largest civilian telecommunications satellite ever launched, is mated to Ariane 5 launcher for July 1 liftoff. 
[SatNews – 06/24/2009]


Sea Launch satellite launching company files for bankruptcy protection.
[Seattle Times – 06/24/2009]


SPOT Assist Roadside Provides Customers with Enhanced Satellite-based roadside Safety Services in the United States and Canada.
[GlobeNewswire – 06/24/2009]


Department of Homeland Security will cut access to spy-satellite data by U.S. police and law enforcement agencies.
[Washington Post – 06/24/2009]


Russian news agencies quote Russia’s space agency chief as saying Russia plans to launch satellites for Angola and South Africa. 
[SatNews – 06/24/2009]


The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) produces stereo 3D movies of the Moon’s surface using images from the KAGUYA just prior to its controlled impact to the Moon on June 11, 2009 (JST) — the KAGUYA was launched by JAXA on September 14, 2007. 
[SatNews – 06/24/2009]


MEASAT-3a successfully launched by Land Launch Zenit-3 rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome.
[TMCnet – 06/23/2009]


Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, successfully enters orbit around the moon after a four and a half day journey from the Earth.
[SatNews – 06/23/2009]


SIRIUS FM-5 launch on Proton Breeze M from Baikonur scheduled for June 29.
[SatNews – 06/23/2009]


C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. developes proprietary inclined orbit satellite tracking algorithm which will allow customers to extend inclined orbit use of satellites. 
[SatNews – 06/23/2009]


Spacenet signs multi-year agreement with SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES for capacity on AMC-4, AMC-5, and AMC-6 to serve emergency response networks in North America.
[TMCnet – 06/23/2009]


Northrop Grumman delivers first of two Space Tracking and Surveillance System demonstration satellites to Cape Canaveral for launch preparation.
[SatNews – 06/22/2009]


Communications and Power Industries Inc. receives approximately $1.7m contract from Globecomm Systems Inc. for X-band high power amplifiers for multinational defense organization satellite ground terminals.
[PRNewswire – 06/22/2009]


Papua New Guinea’s Telikom PNG selects Gilat’s SkyEdge and SkyEdge II platforms for broadband network covering hundreds of sites.
[Reuters – 06/22/2009]


Federal court rules Dish Network DVR technology violates TiVo patent; TiVo plans to use the ruling to attract millions of new subscribers.
[Bloomberg – 06/22/2009]


DirecTV, growing to 18 million subscribers, approaches Comcast in size of subscriber base.
[Philadelphia Inquirer – 06/21/2001]


NSR Report – How Much HTS Capacity is Enough? – satellite industry has been putting real money behind satellite broadband with high capacity satellites – Eutelsat, Viasat, Hughes – will subscriber base justify the capacity?
[NSR Report – June 2009]


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