WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 03/29/2013

XCOR Aerospace announces firing of full piston pump-powered rocket engine, a first in aviation and space history – the engines will be reusable several times a day. [Satellite Evolution Group – 03/28/2013]

ILS and Intelsat sign contract for two firm ILS Proton launch missions. [SatNews – 03/28/2013]

Space Systems/Loral will study options for low-cost U.S. military weather satellite replacement system. [Space News – 03/28/2013]

China to launch the first satellite for its high-resolution Earth observation system in April. [SatNews – 03/28/2013]

Harris Corporation and NOAA develop and deploy new tool that will help track and report anomalies in critical weather satellite information. [Satellite Evolution Group – 03/28/2013]

Reinventing Space – dramatically reducing space mission cost with advanced spacecraft technology. [Space News – 03/28/2013]

Cobham to introduce MediaMesh, a new IP-based platform for lightweight, rapid set-up field newsrooms, at NAB 2013. [Satellite Evolution Group – 03/28/2013]

Gilat Satellite Networks gets three year contract from Peruvian Ministry of Education to provide SkyEdge II-c hub and Aries VSAT equipment, installation, maintenance and technical support for 2,600 schools nationwide. [SatNews – 03/28/2013]

C-COM to show new, rugged, lightweight iNetVu line of Ka- and Ku-band auto-pointing antenna systems at NAB 2013. [SatNews – 03/28/2013]

XipLink’s wireless link optimization solutions are successfully tested and implemented at Maritime Communications Partner, assisting MCP in servicing a higher number of internet subscribers on maritime vessels while reducing operating expenses. [SatNews – 03/28/2013]

Satcom Direct releases new mobile application, GetORT+, allowing users of their Satcom Direct Unity product kit to interface with their satcom equipment using Apple devices. [SatNews – 03/28/2013]

On Call chooses Romantis Universal Hardware Platform for second generation of QuickSPOT on demand satellite network, saying it should just take moments to book satellite space online and then access it. [SatNews – 03/28/2013]

First Search and Rescue payload on U.S. satellite, NOAA-E, was launched 30 years ago; more than 33,000 lives have been saved to date. [SatNews – 03/28/2013]

Canada receives part of the ground segment of its military’s first dedicated operation military satellite from Denmark’s Terma A/S. [SatNews – 03/28/2013]

Mitsubishi Electric delivers world’s first helicopter satellite communication system, expected to gather information on disaster areas to support rapid deployment of first response measures. [Yahoo Finance – 03/27/2013]

Satmex 8, launched March 26, successfully performs post-launch maneuvers. [Yahoo Finance – 03/27/2013]

Proton successfully launches Satmex 8 in return to flight. [Space News – 03/27/2013]

Italy and France put aside conflicts to partner in manufacture of new Sicral 2 communications satellite. [Defense News – 03/27/2013]

Cassidian and Astrium Services provide access to satellite communications to French fire and rescue services. [Satellite Spotlight – 03/27/2013]

Dutch broadcaster NOS selects GlobeCast and Eutelsat resources for SNG operations. [Yahoo Finance – 03/27/2013

Soviet MIR EVA spacesuit auctioned for 112,000 euros. [Space Daily – 03/27/2013]

Spacenet announces addition of a range of new communications services and products to the GSA schedule. [Satellite Spotlight – 03/26/2013]

Hughes announces first Inmarsat BGAN M2M terminal to receive hazardous locations accreditation. [Yahoo Finance – 03/27/2013]

VSAT provider Maju Nusa of Malaysia to use Hughes Network Systems Network Operations Center and 130 HXb roadband satellite terminals to deliver cellular backhaul services. [SatNews – 03/27/2013]

Exinda announces that Satcom Direct has selected its Exinda Mobile platform to be integrated into the Satcom Direct Router, to act as a Wi-Fi access point on an airplane. [Yahoo News – 03/26/2013]

ViaSat CEO speaks optimistically about ViaSat-2 satellite at 2013, saying it is expected to be a dramatic improvement over ViaSat-1; a realistic time frame for the satellite may be 2016. [Satellite Today – 03/25/2013]

NSR report ‘Aeronautical Satcom Markets’ due out in April answers critical questions affecting the in-flight connectivity business. [NSR – Apritl 2013]

NSR report ‘Energy Markets Via Satellite’ builds on legacy of NSR’s detailed analysis of the Oil & Gas markets, adding detailed view into the O&G, mining, and utility verticals. [NSR – March 2013]

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