WBMSAT News Bits October 22, 1020

Administration’s plan to reallocate spectrum weather satellites use to commercial cellular carriers in support of national broadband plan is opposed globally.
[nextgov – 10/22/2010]

Goodrich successfully integrates sensor payload with OSR-1 satellite bus, paving way for delivery later this year.
[Bradenton – 10/22/2010]

Huntsville, Ala.-based Marshall may partner with industry and academia to field a low Earth orbiting debris tracking satellite as soon as 2014,
[Space News – 10/22/2010]

In a consent decree agreed to with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Globalstar has agreed to pay $275,000 to the U.S. Treasury by mid-November and to forgo any court challenge of the FCC’s spectrum decision.
[Space News – 10/22/2010]

Major cable operator will deploy ATCi’s 5B retrofit for its legacy Simulsat 5 antennas, improving antenna surface tolerances and performance.
[PR Newswire – 10/22/2010]

Iridium selects Blue Sky Network as service partner in Brazil.
[Trading Markets – 10/22/2010]

Gilat upgrades Regis UK communication network to allow broadband access to more than 400 of its salons in the U.K.
[Sat PR News – 10/22/2010]

SPOT Announces Availability of Intrinsically-Safe (IS) SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger for sending one-way location-based messages even from remote areas beyond cell phone range.
[Market Watch – 10/22/2010]

International Communications Group to install Iridium services on Embraer commercial aircraft.
[Satellite Today – 10/22/2010]

Telecommunications Systems receives another $1.6M from U.S. Army for world-wide satellite systems equipment.
[Market Watch – 10/21/2010]

KVH and Viasat boost Nexgen satellite communications in Europe by increasing the mini-VSAT broadband network’s capacity in the region by 100%.
[SatNews – 10/21/2010]

China out to get big chunk of global satellite market by 2015.
[The Economic Times – 10/21/2010]

RRsat works with Sm2 Sports Media Solutions and their teleport partner, TV2GO, to deliver live HD sporting events worldwide in MPEG-4.
[SatNews – 10/21/2010]

Aircell satellite connectivity added to Gulfstream’s factory product line.
[Satellite Spotlight – 10/21/2010]

Red Crescent Authority of Saudi Arabia Equips Helicopter Fleet with Blue Sky Network’s Portable GPS Tracking and Communication Device using Iridium satellite system.

TerreStar Networks Files for Chapter 11 to Re-organize.
[Satellite Spotlight – 10/21/2010]

New book "Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology" explores role of satellites systems in the modern personal technology context.
[Business Wire – 10/21/2010]

Canadian company Com Dev gets contract for more than C$6M to provide electronic components for communications satellite.
[Reuters – 10/20/2010]

Pakistan and China to launch joint communications satellite in 2011.
[Economic Times – 10/20/2010]

Russian Orthodox Soyuz TV channel starts broadcasting in Europe, Middle East, North Africa, and North America on HotBird 6 and Galaxy 19.
[SatNews – 10/20/2010]

Segovia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Inmarsat, announces that it is one of first companies awarded a contract under GSA Schedule 70 to provide commercial satellite communications services.
[PR Newswire – 10/20/2010]

The 350th launch in the Delta program history will take place October 29 when a United Launch Alliance Delta II carries the COMSO-4 satellite into space.
[SatNews – 10/20/2010]

Globalstar announces successful launch of six of its next-generation satellites in a Russian launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
[Market Watch – 10/20/2010]

Astrium’s HYLAS-1 satellite arrives at launch pad ahead of schedule.
[SatNews – 10/19/2010]

GE Satcom partners with United Arab emirates’ integrated telecom service provider Du to deliver satellite network solutions throughout the Middle East and Africa.
[Satellite Today – 10/19/2010]

Ericsson provides new switching technology for Iridium satellite network.
[Market Watch – 10/19/2010]

EchoStar Releases U.S. News Gateway Service.
[Satellite Today – 10/19/2010]

Viasat acquires the SKYLink airborne broadband service from ARINC Inc. and adds those business jet customers to the ViaSat Yonder(r) high-speed Internet access network.
[SatNews – 11/19/2010]

Boeing ships LightSquared’s SkyTerra 1 mobile communications satellite to launch site.
[Logistics Week – 10/19/2010]

Navy orders Raytheon Co.’s NMT satellite terminals capable of providing military-band satellite communications up to five times the bandwidth of units they replace, in smaller package.
[UPI – 10/19/2010]

FCC provides rules for Sirius XM Radio to select minority programmers.
[Bloomberg – 10/19/2010]

Digi International introduces an embedded module that enables products with GSM/GPRS, global positioning system (GPS) and ORBCOMM satellite connectivity in a single solution.
[Electric Light & Power – 10/19/2010]

Norsat International announces new lightweight and compact Ku-Band block up-converters.
[Market Watch – 10/19/2010]

Globalstar receives FCC approval for temporary operation of upgraded satellite gateway stations in Sebring FL and Clifton TX.
[Market Watch – 10/18/2010]

Global Gateway partners with Century TV Today to enhance programming, lower production costs, and increase viewership.
[PR Newswire – 10/18/2010]

Dean Olmstead, well-known in the satellite industry, and with Echostar since January 2008, loses his battle with cancer and passes away.
[Market Watch – 10/18/2010]

Satcom Direct, provider of satellite voice, fax, datalink, and internet solutions, launches web portal giving customers access to manage and personalize their service.
[TMCnet – 10/18/2010]

Inmarsat launches IsatPhone Pro in the Middle East.
[Zawya – 10/18/2010]