WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 04/28/2013

Are all electric satellites a revolution in the manufacture of satellites, or a natural evolution? [Satellite Today – 05/01/2013]

Spanish/Norwegian cooperation programme HISNORSAT is put on hold. [The Norway Post – 04/28/2013]

NSR believes new technological choices will accelerate the split of satellite design into two categories: one driven by payload maximization and the other driven by savings. [SatNews – 04/25/2013]

Walton announces new fabric for its Snow Shield covers that outperforms that of its competitors, while half the price of the Gore-Tex now used. [SatNews – 04/26/2013

Turkey launches new satellite from China’s Zhiuguan base. [Satellite Spotlight – 04/26/2013]

Russian cargo spacecraft which failed to deploy one of its antennas after Wednesday launch docks with International Space Station. [Space News – 04/26/2013]

Eumetsat’s Metop-B replaces Metop-A as its prime operational polar-orbiting satellite following its commissioning period. [SatNews – 04/25/2013]

Iridium’s hosted payload with Harris represents a landmark for the company. [Satellite Today – 04/26/2013]

SES announces increased satellite penetration in Ukraine, to 22 percent of all TV households, or 3.7 million households. [Satellite Today – 04/25/2013]

Eutelsat Broadband helps workers from Ross-Shire Engineering stay in touch whilst constructing water treatment plants in some of the remotest parts of Scotland. [Satellite Evolution Group – 04/25/2013]

Orbital Sciences Corporation selected by NASA to design, manufacture, integrate and test a new astrophysics satellite that will perform full-sky search for exoplanets around nearby stars. [Satellite Evolution Group – 04/25/2013]

Hughes launches new HughesON managed network and digital media solutions for the enterprise and government markets. [Satellite Evolution Group – 04/25/2013]

Earth observation data sales continue to grow globally – a Euroconsult report. [Satellite Evolution Group – 04/25/2013]

Hughes 9502 BGAN M2M ‘integrated antenna’ terminal receives Inmarsat type approval. [Yahoo Finance – 04/24/2013]

Kymeta is the first to close a Ka-band link with a passive phased array antenna using metamaterials. [EON – 04/23/2013]

iDirect to host its third annual Global Partner Summit, where industry leaders from around the world will discuss market trends, insights, and best practices, in Istanbul May 6 – 8. [Wall Street Journal 04/23/2013]

Speedcast acquires Australian satellite communications service provider Pactel International. [Satellite Today – 04/23/2013]

KVH’s TracPhone V3-IP and mini-VSAT satellite broadband ideal for remote oil and gas applications including on moving vehicles. [Wall Street Journal – 04/23/2013]

Israel Defense Forces select Gilat SatTrooper 1000 to provide Israeli soldiers with dependable data, video and telephony at broadband speeds. [NBC News – 04/23/2013]

SES, Inverto, Abilis, and MaxLinear develop the first low-noise block down-converter to incorporae eight-channel satellite-to-IP bridging technology. [Business Wire – 04/22/2013]

UniSA develops low-cost satellite system for sending and receiving sensor information collected in Australia’s vast unpopulated areas. [Spatial Source – 04/23/2013]

Telecom reform proposed by new Mexican President features important opportunities for foreign investors and satellite communications service providers. [Satellite Today – 05/01/2013]

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