WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits for 05/14/2010

 Courtesy of Bill McDonald


Picture perfect last launch for Space Shuttle Atlantis.
[SatNews – 05/14/2010]

Solaris Mobile Ltd, the Dublin based operator of new hybrid satellite and terrestrial wireless networks, Is Licensed For Mobile Satellite Services In Europe.
[SatNews – 05/14/2010]

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Interoute have signed an agreement with the latter to provide a new IP Wide Area Network (WAN) connecting the Earth Observation (EO) Payload Data Systems sites across Europe and Canada.
[SatNews – 05/14/2010]

Comtech Mobile Datacom Corporation receives a $140.5 million ceiling increase to its existing Blue Force Tracking ("BFT") program contract with the U.S. Army.
[SatNews – 05/14/2010]

While ESA’s Proba-2 keeps its main instruments trained on the Sun, it is also looking back to its homeworld.
[SatNews – 05/14/2010]

Severe floods struck Kentucky on May 1–2, 2010, causing statewide damage estimated at more than $30 million, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
[SatNews – 05/14/2010]




ESPN to use Globecast for live Cricket broadcasts.
[Satellite Today – 05/14/2010]

Drifting satellite threatens U.S. cable programming as Intelsat’s Galaxy 15 continues to receive and transmit signals as it drifts toward SES WORLDSKIES’ AMC-11 satellite.
[CED Magazine – 05/13/2010]

 Intelligent Communication Enterprise Corporation (ICE) to acquire satellite communication terminals and systems developer THISS Technologioes Ltd.
[TMCnet – 05/13/2010]

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. to launch toe NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X satellites for Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency on October 29.
[Satellite Today – 05/13/2010]

Germany to test new SHarp Edge Flight EXperiment (Shefex) spacecraft, launching from Australia in early 2011.
[Space Travel – 05/13/2010]

DirecTV wins 7th Circuit Appellate court decision against defendants David Barczewski and Jonathan Wisler, who were accused of decrypting and stealing DirecTV signals.
[Leagle – 05/13/2010]

Congress renews satellite TV authorization to extend through Dec. 31, 2014 compulsory license programs that satellite providers use to carry broadcast TV signals without having to negotiate with individual providers.
[CQ Politics – 05/12/2010]

Intelsat gets favorable GAO decision as it dismisses protests of Artel, CapRock, and Segovia over U.S. Navy’s Commercial Broadband Satellite Program award to Intelsat earlier this year.
[Satellite Today – 05/12/2010]

Hughes Network Systems announces sale of its HX System to Rostelecom, Russia’s largest international and long-distance operator, to provide satellite broadband services in Russia.
[PR News wire – 05/12/2010]




Qatar set to launch first satellite at the end of 2012 to provide superior coverage across Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, in deal with Eutelsat.
[SatNews – 05/12/2010]

Thrane & Thrane ships 10,000th SAILOR FleetBroadband terminal to Certified Partner Telemar.
[SatNews – 05/12/2010]

Iridium announces important advancement in quest to reach regulatory compliance in Russia.
[SatNews – 05/12/2010]

EMS Aviation technology on stage with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger May 3 as he watched real-time demonstration of the state’s new aircraft tracking system technology.
[SatNews – 05/12/2010]

Sea Launch files plan of reorganization.
[SatNews – 05/12/2010]

Microwave Filter Company announces model 17140 C-band interference filter with 80% better rejection of unwanted signals without compromising the C-band passband.
[SatNews – 05/12/2010]

PolarSat announces receipt of multiple orders for major expansion of an existing Air Traffric Network.
[SatNews – 05/12/2010]

Dish Network’s CEO Charlie Ergen warns that the company may shut down millions of digital video recorders if a court sides with TiVo in a patent dispute.
[CED Magazine – 05/11/2010]

Lockheed to sell second telecommunications satellite to Vietnam in contract worth $215m.
[Reuters – 05/11/2010]

Loral hires investment banks to manage initial public stock offering of up to 19.9% of its satellite manufacturing division.
[Space News – 05/11/2010]

Eutelsat may raise dividend as sales climb in emerging markets.
[Bloomberg Businessweek – 05/11/2010]

Hughes Communications India recognized as best VSAT operator in India.
[TMCnet – 05/11/2010]

Organa releasing "Hidden Sky," an application that lets iPhone users track any of the thousands of satellites that orbit the Earth, as well as the planets and other objects in the sky.
[SatNews – 05/11/2010]

"Johannes Kepler", the second European spacecraft for the International Space Station (ISS), is on its way to the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
[SatNews – 05/11/2010]

SIS LIVE provided 70 satellite uplink vehicles to main UK broadcasters for coverage of UK general election.
[SatNews – 05/11/2010]

Marlink launches @SEAdirect, a new entry-level maritime VSAT service with internet, email, and voice capability.
[SatNews – 05/11/2010]

Initial launch of Soyuz to take place during 4th quarter of 2010.
[SatNews – 05/11/2010]

India asks satellite service providers to seek OK for buying equipment.
[Wall Street Journal – 05/10/2010]

Ericcson is commissioned by Indosat to modernize network and launch Asia’s fastest mobile network, capable of up to 42Mbps.
[SatNews – 05/10/2010]

Space Systems/Loral is selected to provide Satmex 8 for Satelites Mexicanos, a high-power C- and Ku-band satellite replacing Satmex 5, with North and South American FSS coverage.
[SatNews – 05/10/2010]

Insurance company Aon to launch new policy for space investors which aims to enhance satellite operator’s initial credit rating by reducing the financial risk of commercial launches.
[Satellite Today – 05/10/2010]

GlobalPartnersUnited and Global VSAT Form join to promote state-of-the-art telepractice solutions for education and health services.
[SatNews – 05/10/2010]

Satellite Today poll reveals most readers believe the MSS market is not big enough for the amount of companies.
[Satellite Today – 05/10/2010]

Eutelsat signs 3-D content deal with Euro1080 for additional content for Eutelsat’s 3-D channel on the Eurobird 9A satellite.
[Satellite Today – 05/10/2010]

Telespazio, Thales win $375m contract from Italian Ministry of Defense and French Defense Procurement Agency for development of Sicral 2 satellite and ground segment for military communications.
[Satellite Today – 05/10/2010]

VIASAT completes around the world coverage with addition of service over the Indian Ocean, Guam, and waters north of Australia for its Yonder(r) mobile broadband network.
[SatNews – 05/10/2010]

Comtech Telecommunications to buy Communications & Power Industries Inc. (CPI) for $427m.
[San Francisco Business Times – 05/10/2010]

Dish Network’s net income dropped 26% in first quarter due to stepped-up promotions to attract customers; net subscribers increased by 237,000.
[CED Magazine – 05/10/2010]

International Datacasting contracts with large pan-European content distribution company to expand customer’s network to deliver 3D live content and digital cinema content.
[SatNews – 05/10/2010]

TeleCommunication Systems gets $1.8m contract to provide managed satellite bandwidth services for U.S. Government.
[TMCnet – 05/08/2010]

NSR examines SES ‘low risk approach to European Satellite Broadband Access – will the position that the broadband market does not justify the expense of building Ka-band satellites turn out to be right or wrong?
[NSR Industry Briefing – May 2010]

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