WBMSAT News Bits 09/22/2014

Featured Article

Blue Origin’s BE-4 Engine Model. Photo: Via Satellite

United Launch Alliance (ULA) has selected Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company Blue Origin to build the Blue Engine 4 (BE-4) to replace the Russian-built RD-180.
[Via Satellite – 09/18/2014]

Industry Reports

New ReportnReports Global mobile satellite services report projects that market segment to grow at a CAGR of 7.39% to 2018.
[WhaTech – 09/19/2014]

NSR sees mobile video as key satellite opportunity, with mobile subscriptions on track to outpace human population soon according to Ericsson.
[Via Satellite – 09/15/2014]

HTS revenues to overtake FSS in battleground applications per NSR’s Global Satellite Capacity Supply & Demand, 1th edition.
[Satellite Markets & Research – 09/12/2014]

iDirect white paper discusses how satellite operators, infrastructure providers and small cell manufacturers are working together to help mobile operators expand their reach.
[telecoms – iDirect October 2013 whitepaper]

Launch Activity

Ariane 6 Credit: CNES artist’s concept – Space News

Next generation Ariane rocket expected to take priority over International Space Station as European space ministers meet in Zurich.
[Space News – 09/22/2014]

ORS-4 launch, first flight of experimental low-cost launch system for small satellites and based in Hawaii, delayed to early next year.
[Space News – 09/19/2014]

Atlas V launches from Cape Canaveral carrying the secretive CLIO satellite built by Lockheed-Martin.
[ABC News – 09/16/2014]

Satellite Construction

Lockheed Martin successfully mates large system and propulsion modules of NOAA’s GOES-R next-gen weather satellite.
[Via Satellite – 09/19/2014]

MDA to build satellite communications subsystem for ESA’s Columbus module on the international space station.
[Market Watch – 09/18/2014]

CBERS 4 at China Academy of Space Technology’s (CAST) facility. Photo: AEB – Via Satellite

China Academy of Space Technology completes Final Design Review of the China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite 4 (CBERS 4).
[Via Satelllite – 09/18/2014]

Qatari Es’hail 2 satellite will include AMSAT-DL Phase 4 ameteur radion transponders.
[eHam.net – 09/18/2014]

Orbital Sciences selected by Yahsat to build Al Yah 3 communications satellite.
[Satellite Spotlight – 09/15/2014]

SGDC satellite. Photo: AEB – Via Satellite

Brazil orders hybrid satellite from Thales Alenia Space.
[Via Satellite – 09/16/2014]

Artist’s concept of Es’hail 2 satellite – Arabian Business

Japanese firm Mitsubishi selected to build new Qatar satellite.
[Arabian Business – 09/13/2014]

Canadian Manufacturing file photo – Canadian Manufacturing

MDA subsidiary Space Systems/Loral wins contract to build Hispasat 1F satellite.
[Canadian Manufacturing – 09/12/2014]

Satellite Operations

FCC greenlights Iridium plan for deorbiting its 1st-generation constellation.
[Space News – 09/17/2014]

All six of Orbcomm’s OG2 satellites enter commercial service.
[Via Satellite – 09/15/2014]

Satellite Technology

Israeli startup hopes to stop satellites from getting lost in space.
[Haaretz – 09/21/2014]

Future SES satellites to focus heavily on in-flight connectivity.
[Via Satellite – 09/116/2014]

Ground Systems Technology

Paradigm Communictions and Skyware Technologies successfully complete factory acceptance testing of Global Xpress terminals.
[SatNews – 09/17/2014]

NBN Co’s Walumla ground station. Photo: NBN Co – Via Satellite

NBN of Australia nears completion of satellite ground station network.
[Via Satellite – 09/17/2014]

European Broadcasters embrace revolutionary low-cost satellite flyaway system from ATCi.
[The Street – 09/15/2014]

Government, Military & Defense

U.S. Air Force Space Command general excited but cautious on new ULA-Blue Origin partnership.
[Space News – 09/22/2014]

U.S. Air Force selects Harris Corporation for hosted payload solutions contract.
[Satellite Spotlight – 09/19/2014]

Using technology similar to that of average smarthones, the U.S. Navy’s MUOS satellites provide long-distance military communications to manpack terminals.
[TMCnet – 09/18/2014]

United States Rep. Jim Bridenstine calls for the NOAA to make use of commercial weather data to mitigate risk from both pending and potential future weather data gaps.
[Via Satellite – 09/17/2014]

Fireball spotted over U.S. likely part of a Russian spy satellite.
[The Blaze – 09/17/20147]

German satellite communications company Stellar has servers hacked by government security agencies according to Snowden leaked documents.
[softpedia – 09/15/2014]

Space.com image

DARPA wants to test satellite repair droids in orbit.
[Space.com  – 09/12/2014]

Regulatory

U.N. body to discuss radio frequency spectrum for satellite tracking of airplanes.
[Yonhap News – 09/17/2014]

The Senate commerce committee releases a version of the satellite distant-signal reauthorization bill that eliminates the “Local Choice” proposal, and broadcasters appear to drop opposition.
[The Hill – 09/15/2014]

Aeronautical

Flight path of Globalstar’s ADS-B test flight. Photo: Globalstar – Via Satellite

Globalstar, in collaboration with ADS-B Technologies, completes a four-day 7,000-mile flight test of a dual-link Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system.
[Via Satellite – 09/19/2014]

CPI provides novel quad-band radome to support successful flight demonstrations of ViaSat, Inc.’s first integrated Ku-band and Ka-band airborne satellite terminal.
[pcb007 – 09/19/2014]

UK inflight entertainment solutions brand roKKi and Inmarsat launch first low-cost inflight connectivity service in the Asia-Pacific region.
[Hispanic Business – 09/18/2014]

Virgin Atlantic to offer new Gogo satellite-Internet service as it becomes the first European customer for a new in-glight connectivity system being sold by Gogo.
[The Wall Street Journal – 09/17/2014]

Gogo wins bidding to provide in-flight connectivity services for Vietnam Airlines, expected to be the first Gogo commercial airline to use Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band technology.
[TMCnet – 09/17/2014].

Panasonic Avionics providing in-flight connectivity for Spain-based Air Europa.
[Via Satellite – 09/16/2014]

Hawaiian Airlines to be first commercial airline to install new Inmarsat communications system.
[Pacific Business News – 09/16/2014]

Maritime

VSAT provider OmniAccess has partnered with US antenna manufacturer Phasor to launch what they claim is the world’s first maritime Ku-band digital phased array antenna.
[Digital Ship – 09/19/2014]

GVF launches maritime satellite communications glossary of terms.
[MarineLink -09/18/2014]

MTN delivers yachts the first dual Ku/Ka-band ultra-high speed satellite solution to further enhance its powerful Maestro service.
[PR News wire – 09/17/2014]

Mobile

Global connectivity for smartphones and tablets is today a reality with the ITU to boost communication capacity and emergency communication solutions for small island developing states.
[Satellite Spotlight – 09/16/2014]

Global connectivity for smartphones and tablets is today a reality with the worldwide launch of IsatHub from Inmarsat.
[4GWE – 09/16/2014]

Video

Eutelsat and Cisco partner on cloud video via satellite.
[Via Satellite – 09/16/2014]

Space

Artist’s concept of the MAVEN spacecraft provided by NASA – R&D Magazine

NASA’s Maven spacecraft enters Mars orbit.
[R&D Magazine – 09/22/2014]

SpaceX breaks ground on Texas spaceport.
[Space News – 09/22/2014]

Inmarsat is helping to extend global awareness of the international celebration of science and technology, World Space Week 2014.
[WebWire – 09/22/2014]

SpaceX supply load for space station includes first 3-D printer bound for orbit.
[R&D Magazine – 09/22/2014]

NASA awards a $4.2 billion contract to Boeing and a $2.6 billion contract to SpaceX to build rockets and spacecraft capable of taking astronauts into orbit.
[Nextgov – 09/17/2014]

Capacity Agreements

Globecast, KTsat choose AsiaSat to broadcast the 2014 Asian Games.
[Via Satellite – 09/19/2014]

Telmex wins contract to provide satellite communications network to the country’s Health Secretary.
[TMCnet – 09/19/2014]

Bentley Walker purchases capacity on Yamal 402 satellite to be used for services in Africa.
[Via Satellite – 09/17/2014]

Eutelsat inks contract with Nilesat on Eutelsat 8 West B satellite.
[Reuters – 09/15/2014]

Onlime has entered an agreement with Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) for capacity on the upcoming Yamal 402 satellite.
[Via Satellite – 09/15/2014]

SES signs capacity deal for Astra 3B with EuroSkyPark.
[telecompaper – 09/13/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Aireon to offer satellite tracking free to help search for missing planes.
[Reuters – 09/22/2014]

Singtel extends Glopbal Xpress VAR relationship with Inmarsat.
[twst.com – 09/22/2014]

Inmarsat and Thales condlude GX Aviation reseller agreement.
[Satellite Spotlight – 09/22/2014]

Thales Alenia steps up efforts to sell Earth-observation satellites abroad.
[Space News – 09/19/2014]

ViaSat eyes urban markets, touts aviation broadband service.
[Space News – 09/19/2014]

Globalstar makes satellite communications available to everyone throughout EMENA with the lowest-cost pre-paid service in the industry.
[FIS – 09/17/2014]

Airbus Defence and Space to sell suite of assets including its commercial satellite communications services division.
[Space News – 09/16/2014]

Apllied Satellite Technology joins the VT iDirect Distribution Program.
[SatNews – 09/16/2014]

Rockwell Collins Satellite Communications Systems, recently acquired by Atlanta-based private investment group, re-emerges as well-known Datapath brand.
[PR Newswire – 09/15/2014]

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