WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 10/07/2011

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Intelsat 18 launched from Baikonur Space Center by Sea Launch provided Land Launch Zenit-3SLB launch vehicle.
[SatNews – 10/06/2011]

Thales Alenia Space, prime contractor for second generation of Globalstar mobile communications satellites, rejects Globalstar’s order for six quick-delivery spacecraft, alleging that the company “has no right to place the order.”
[SatNews – 10/06/2011]

Telecommunications par Satellite Mobiles launches Globalstar’s satellite telephone service in Belgium, France, Portugal, and Spain, bringing total number of locations where service is available to 15 countries across Europe, Asia, North America, and South America.
[SatNews – 10/06/2011]

U.S. military concerned about American dependence on space satellites, especially GPS birds – sees long endurance UAVs as salvation in event of space satellite apocalypse.
[Strategy Page – 10/06/2011]

Harbinger Capital Partners hedge fund manager Philip Falcone asked by U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for records of communications with Obama administration officials over LightSquared, beset by technical challenges and concerns over interference with GPS.
[Wall Street Journal – 10/06/2011]

With Avanti Communications Group stock in tailspin in recent months, Avanti Executives purchase large blocks of shares, as the startup company that launched Hylas 1 broadband satellite announces lower revenue and higher losses for year ending June 30.
[Space News – 10/06/2011]

ASC Signal awarded $3.8M sub-contract by L-2 Communications for ground satcom systems to support U.S. Navy MQ-4C Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System program.
[Market Watch – 10/06/2011]

Telesat satellite malfunction causes major communications disruption across Nunavut and much of Canada’s North.
[Nunatsiaq online – 10/06/2011]

Viasat’s first-ever satellite, ViaSat-1, slated for blast off on Oct. 19.
[Signon San Diego – 10/06/2011]

Senior Iranian commander says the Islamic Republic’s air defense has acquired the know-how to disrupt military and spy satellite communications.
[Press TV – 10/05/2011]

W3C satellite built for Eutelsat by Thales Alenia Space is set for October 7 launch by a Long March 3BE rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in China.
[SatNews – 10/05/2011]

ESA’s first two Galileo navigation satellites set for launch by Soyuz from French Guiana on October 20.
[SatNews – 10/05/2011]

Eutelsat targets high-growth video markets across Europe as it adds new 9B satellite to occupy 9degree East neighbourhood.
[Rapid TV News – 10/05/2011]

Plans announced during Interference-Prevention Summit to address satellite interference problems already being implemented in several Asian nations.
[SatNews – 10/05/2011]

MIL-SAT Global Communications is awarded $11.9M contract for marine stabilized satellite communications terminals for the Force Training Assessment Department at the Naval Surface Warfare Center.
[AFCEA – 10/05/2011]

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company signs Memorandum of Understanding with DSEI Thales allowing it to offer highly secure satellite communications to military forces and government agencies through Yahsat’s Y1A satellite.
[AME Info – 10/05/2011]

Gilat Satellite Networks hires Brigadier General and creates new defense division to cater to U.S. defense establishments.
[Globes – 10/05/2011]

Boeing to host MILCOM 2011 conference and exposition at Baltimore Convention Center November 7th though 10th.
[SatNews – 10/05/2011]

Berkely students building CubeSat CINEMA (CubeSat for Ions, Neutrals, Electrons, and MAgnetic fields) could be at the forefront of the future of space research.
[R&D Magazine – 10/04/2011]

Astrium is selected to build Eutelsat’s next satellite, EUTELSAT 9B, a high-power broadcast satellite to address high-growth video markets in Europe, to be launched ad end of 2014.
[SatNews – 10/04/2011]

Nigeria launches first African built imagery satellite.
[Satellite Today – 10/04/2011]

South African Minister of Science and Technology addresses International Astronautical Congress, outlining plans to develop all aspects of space industry for the benefit of the whole of Africa.
[DefenceWeb – 10/04/2011]

Hughes to address SATCON 2011 on future trends in satellite communications, the U.S. government’s “Future Commercial Satellite Communications Services Acquisition,” and the future of military satellite communications.
[Market Watch – 10/04/2011]

Boeing demonstrates high data-rate transmission between FAB-T system and a test terminal for the U.S. Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite.
[UPI – 10/04/2011]

Newtec’s Business Partner Program called bePART quick to win acceptance as global satellite communications industry brands in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America join the program.
[SatNews – 10/04/2011]

TCS awarded $16.2m contract tfrom U.S. Army to continue to provide satellite communications equipment, engineering support, training, and maintenance.
[MENAFN – 10/04/2011]

Goodrich Corporation, builder of KH-9 spy satellite, was platinum sponsor of event at which National Reconnaissance Office revealed to the public details of the satellite, over 60 ft. long and 10 ft. in diameter, of which 20 were launched during cold war.
[SatNews – 10/04/2011]

Globalstar announces that second of six satellites launched in July now operational and processing mobile satellite voice and data traffic to customers in North America and around the world.
[SatNews – 10/04/2011]

SES secures further long-term contract with Channel 4 in UK to provide additional capacity on its recently launched ASTRA 1N spacecraft.
[SatNews – 10/04/2011]

Russia’s first test firing of new secret intercontinental missile with features to defeat air defence systems fails due to problem with the missile’s second stage.
[SatNews – 10/03/2011]

Soyuz-2.1B carrier rocket with Glonass-MN navigation satellite is launched from Plesetsk Space Center in northern Russia.
[SatNews – 10/03/2011]

Japan plans to establish network of four satellite GPS constellation.
[SatNews – 10/03/2011]

First Advanced Extremely High Frequency that failed to reach orbit when launched in August 2010 is now expected to reach its orbital slot in late October, as a result of orbit-raising activities by team of Air Force and civilian engineers.
[SatNews – 10/03/2011]

Hughes Network Systems launches new 9202 class 2 portable satellite terminal fully compatible for operation over Inmarsat’s BGAN satellite service.
[Satellite Spotlight – 10/03/2011]

Surrey Satellite Technology plans to jump-start space innovation by combining state-of-the art avionics with flight proven systems in low cost microsatellite.
[SatNews – 10/03/2011]

DigitalGlobe and Ball Aerospace & Technologies jointly announce successful completion of Critical Design Review for next generation remote-sensing satellite WorldView-3.
[SatNews – 10/03/2011]

Avanti Communications secures more clients for its satellites, and HYLAS 2 is insured for less than expected, with its launch on track for second quarter of 2012.
[Proactive Investors – 10/03/2011]

Stratos Global opens Global Installation & Service Centers in Rotterdam, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Lafayette, Louisiana to provide complete managed-communications services for ship owners and ship management companies.
[PR Newswire – 10/03/2011]

Canadian Space Agency looks at launching pair of satellites that could improve weather forecasting and telecommunications in the Arctic.
[Montreal Gazette – 10/01/2011]

SpaceX plans to build fully re-useable orbiter.
[R&D Magazine – 09/30/2011]

U.S. Government Market Focus: The Risks of Insatiable Demand vs. Overloaded Supply
[Via Satellite Webinars – Free Webinar October 19]

MSS, FSS, and HTS (High Throuput Ka-band Satellites) – who will win the mobility battle?
[NSR free webinar October 19]

Earth Observation providers and data users spread around the globe, as revenues of two main satellite operators grew in 2010.
[NSR Report – October 2011]

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