WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits for February 12, 2010



Solar Dynamics Observatory and its Atlas V rocket blast off from Cape Canaveral launch pad in blustery weather.
[Spaceflight Now – 02/11/2010]

Russia launches Intelsat 16 satellite built by Orbital Sciences aboard Proton rocket from Baikonur cosmodrome.
[TMCNET – 02/11/2010]

Thales Alenia to build civil, military satellite for French and Italian space agencies CNES and ASI.
[Satellite Today – 02/11/2010]


MTN Satellite Communications introduces new flexible, cost-effective satellite communications service for megayachts with varying bandwidth requirements.
[SatNews – 02/11/2010]

Bolivia creates space agency for Chinese satellite.
[CRI English (Xinhua) – 02/11/2010]

Spaceport Systems International, a partnership between ITT Corporation and California Commercial Spaceport, Inc., contracts to provide spaceport launch services for U.S. Air Force.
[SatNews – 02/11/2010]

ESPN expects 3-D HD live event broadcasts will be important for company’s future.
[Satellite today – 02/11/2010]

SpaceX announces that all flight hardware for the debut launch of the Falcon 9 vehicle has arrived at the SpaceX launch site in Cape Canaveral.
[SatNews – 02/11/2010]

NASA Landsat 7 images of Winter Olympic Games site in Vancouver, British Columbia shared with SatNews.
[SatNews – 02/11/2010]

SES WORLD SKIES reaches agreement with the Andean Community of Nations regarding long term use of the 67 degrees West orbital position.
[SatNews – 02/11/2010]

Satellite Users Interference Reduction Group receives 2010 Industry Innovator Award from the Society of Satellite Professionals International.
[SatNews – 02/11/2010]

ASTRA 3B arrives in French Guiana, the first of two satellite payloads for Arianspace’s initial Araiane 5 mission of 2010.
[SatNews – 02/11/2010]

Arianespace is selected to launch the French-Italian Athena-Fidus dual use satellite.
[SatNews – 02/11/2010]


Hubble Space Telescope captures image of Saturn with its rings edge-on, taking advantage of a rare opportunity.
[SatNews – 02/11/2010]

SES and International Launch Services announce ILS Proton launch of SES-3 satellite with the Kazsat-2 satellite during 2010.
[SatNews – 02/11/2010]

PolarSat Inc successfully completes system acceptance testing and 6 months of live operation of a disaster relief VSATPlus 3 VSAT network.
[SatNews – 02/11/2010]

Globalstar undertakes construction of satellite tracking station in Botswana, in Southern Africa.
[SatNews – 02/10/2010]

Satellite TV company FreeHD Canada wins limited approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to operate in Canada.
[Satellite Today – 02/10/2010]

GeoSpatial Experts announces the U.S. government has approved four of its pphoto-mapping product bundles for direct purchase by federal agencies.
[SatNews – 02/10/2010]

Are we in a new space race with China? – Opinion – Paul Spudus
[SpaceRef – 02/09/2010]

Russia wants to charge for for rides on its Soyuz rocket.
[Space Daily – 02/09/2010]

India to launch an intelligence satellite designed to pick up conversations and detect espionage activities.
[The Hindu – 02/09/2010]

Costa Rica’s National Telco to deploy a Gilat SkyEdge II satellite network to provide broadband communications to corporations nationwide.
[CNN Money – 02/09/2010]

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) preparing a request for proposals related to satellite broadband and may allocate $100M or more in stimulus money.
[TMCnet – 02/09/2010]

GSA, DISA ready $5B satellite opportunity.
[Washington Techonology – 02/08/2010]

Telespazio renews contract with Eutelsat.
[TMCnet – 02/08/2010]

TS2 Satellite Technologies company introduces new broadband services on Eutelsat EB4 & W6 satellites for the Afghan market.
[SatNews – 02/08/2010]


Sirius brings satellite radio to the BlackBerry.
[Satellite Today – 02/08/2010]

Spacecom announces additional clients since announcing operational status of AMOS-5i on January 28th.
[SatNews – 02/08/2010]

Iridium Communications selects Hughes Network Systems to develop Access Network Controller in its gateway ground radio control network.
[TMCnet – 02/08/2010]

Globalstar and Arion form joint venture to offer mobile satellite services in Korea.
[Trading Markets – 02/08/2010]

Dish Network and Rentrak sign TV audience agreement
[CED Magazine – 02/08/2010]

China International TV Corporation, a division of Chinese state broadcaster CCTV, contracts with Castalia Communications to deliver TV content to Latin America.
[WorldScreen – 02/08/2010]

Commercial Satellites:  The Pillars of Government and Military Satcom?
[NSR Free Webinar – February 17, 2010]

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