WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 09/27/2013

U.S. Air Force considers commercial satellite lease covering western Africa to demonstrate willingness of Defense Department to break outmoded and inefficient buying habits, as industry hopefully anticipates decision.
[Space News – 09/27/2013]

Cyugnus capsule – Space News

Orbital Sciences Corp’s Cygnus capsule now slated for Sunday berthing at ISS.
[Space News – 09/27/2013]

SES’ Astra 2E satellite slated for launch on September 30.
[Yahoo Finance – 09/27/2013]

Soyz/Fregat rocket – Space News

Latest delay of planned Russian Soyuz/Fregat launch in December underscores issue for small-satellite owners.
[Space News – 09/27/2013]

Telecom New Zealand is awarded contract to establish and manage one of Inmarsat’s Pacific Ocean Region satellite access stations for Global Xpress.
[TelcoReview – 09/27/2013]

Thales Alenia Space gets contract to operate, support and maintain Europe’s GPS satellite navigation overlay system for 8 years for more than 120 million euros.
[Space News – 09/27/2013]

Both DirecTV and Dish are open to the idea of a DirecTV-Dish merger, but such a merger would likely face regulatory hurdles.
[Satellite Markets & Research – 09/27/2013]

The International Telecommunication Union on Sept. 27 warned owners of small satellites that they are not exempt from the rules that bind the rest of the satellite industry.
[Space News – 09/27/2013]

Microspace Communications celebrates its 25th anniversary, having built a network that comprises over a quarter of a million independent locations throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America.
[PRWeb – 09/27/2013]

Russia’s two principal commercial satellite-fleet operators, RSCC and Gazprom, will invest heavily in consumer Ka-band satellites to provide satellite broadband across Russia.
[Space News – 09/26/2013]

Orange Business Services is providing secure satellite VPN services to improve communication between the Russian headquarters of Nordgold and its mines in Guinea and West Africa. [SYS-CON Media – 09/26/2013]

H2A launch – Space News

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Tokyo gets breakthrough contract to launch the Telstar 12 Vantage telecommunications satellite for Telstar.
[Space News – 09/26/2013]

Galileo satellite – Space News

Ground testing delays push back initial operational Galileo launch well into 2014.
[Space News – 09/26/2013]

IDATE releases latest edition of its report devoted to the future of TV, predicting changes in viewer behavior and evolving business models as the new industry player hierarchy is now taking shape.
[Satellite Markets & Research – 09/26/2013]

The first of the three Astrium-built Swarm research satellites is on its way to the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia on an Ilyushin-76 aircraft.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 09/26/2013]

iDirect Government Technologies’ Evolution TRANSEC meets the Department of Defense’s transmission security requirements.
[Via Satellite – 09/26/2013]

DigiGone video communications system and software platform is approved for use with Thuraya’s IP terminals.
[MarineLinke.com – 09/26/2013]

LEO Television Network of Pakistan has commenced distributing three television channels on AsiaSat 3S.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 09/26/2013]

L-3 TRL Technology is working with Avanti Communications to provide secure high-speed0 Ka-band satellite services to government and military agencies. [Yahoo Finance – 09/25/2013]

MEASAT’s Senior Vice President – Space Systems Development Dr. Ali R. Ebadi receives 2013 Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
[SatNews – 09/25/2013]

Lockheed Martin submitted its competitive proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) initiative aimed at leveraging commercial satellites for some government missions.
[Via Satellite – 09/25/2013]

Satellite built by University of Hawaii students is headed into space courtesy of NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites program. [University of Hawaii System News – 09/25/20]

Colorado flopd damage – GCN

Army Air National Guard units use variety of devices to communicate during Colorado flood efforts, including pocket-sized satellite communicator and personal tracking devices.
[GCN – 09/25/2013]

Despite expected hits to satcom due to government and military budget cuts, government and military satellite communications are expected to reach $5 billion in revenue growth by 2022 according to NSR report.
[SatNews – 09/24/2013]

Space shuttle Atlantis – Space News

SpaceX, which had been seeking exclusive use of old space shuttle launch pad at Cape Canaveral, now says it would make the pad available to NASA and other users if it is allowed to lease the facility.
[Space News – 09/24/2013]

U.N. Broadband Commission releases latest country-by-country data on the state of broad-band access worldwide.
[Via Satellite – 09/24/2013]

Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) acquires STM, Global IP and Vodanet Brasil.
[Via Satellite – 09/24/2013]

Arianespace, one of the sponsors of the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC) 2013, will use the platform to reaffirm its position as the benchmark satellite launch services provider in the region.
[ISPCS – 09/24/2013]

COM DEV Europe’s satellite terminal passes important milestone in completing inter-satellite communication link.
[Yahoo Finance – 09/24/2013]

SES and Arqiva sign multiple transponder contract.
[Satellite Spotlight – 09/24/2013]

Blue Sky Network, a supplier of satellite tracking and communication solutions for aviation, land and marine, has launched the HawkEye 7200 portable M2M tracking solution.
[Via Satellite – 09/24/2013]

Global Eagle Entertainment and THAICOM announce Memo of Understanding to offer in-flight connectivity services in the Asia-Pacific region.
[Yahoo Finance – 09/23/2013]

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting’s new CEO highlights Maritime as a major growth opportunity.
[Via Satellite – 09/23/2013]

Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) and Hummerlton Security Services (HSS) have signed a multi-transponder agreement on ABS 2 and ABS 3 satellites.
[Via Satellite – 09/23/2013]

StarTimes Communications Network Technology of China signs 10-year capacity agreement with SES to expand TV reach in Africa on SES 5.
[Via Satellite – 09/23/2013]

Harris Broadcast to automate upgraded HD playout and content management center of Tel Aviv’s SatLink.
[Via Satellite – 09/23/2013]

General Dynamics gets $15 million contract to provide up to 80 Ku-Band terminals with Ka-Band and X-Band conversion kits to the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division for an evaluation of Comms on the Move effort.
[Signal online – 09/23/2013]

Boeing sends protected government signal through ViaSat-1 commercial Ka-band satellite.
[Hispanic Business – 09/23/2013]

Australia’s Abbott is expected to appoint former head of Telstra to lead the NBN Co., after the entire board resigned on Monday.
[The Satellite – 09/23/2013]

Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Cygnus capsule docking with ISS aborted due to computer data link trouble.
[R&D Magazine – 09/22/2013]

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