Archive for September, 2013

WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 09/27/2013

Sunday, September 29th, 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.
[ – 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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See The Sound

Friday, September 27th, 2013

This is totally awesome: using optical analysis to replicate recorded sound from old media (wax, paper, vinyl).

Read about Carl Haber’s MacArthur Fellowship

Carl Haber is an experimental physicist developing new technologies for preservation of inaccessible and deteriorating sound recordings. A vast amount of the world’s cultural heritage has been captured on fragile or obsolete recording media such as wax cylinders; shellac, lacquer, and metal discs; and tinfoil. Collections of experimental, musical, ethnographic, and historic content in libraries and museums around the world can no longer be regularly accessed by the public and are in danger of being lost forever.

Using insights from his work on imaging subatomic particle tracks in high-energy physics experiments, Haber and colleagues developed IRENE (Image, Reconstruct, Erase Noise, Etc.), a non-contact method for extracting high-quality sound from degrading or even broken analog recordings on two- or three-dimensional media. A disc or cylinder is placed in a precision optical metrology system, where a camera following the path of the grooves on the object takes thousands of images that are then cleaned to compensate for physical damage; the resulting data are mathematically interpolated to determine how a stylus would course through the undulations, and the stylus motion is converted into a standard digital sound file.

How long before somebody dumbs-down the tech to make it affordable for regular people to optically scan their old records and convert them to MP3s in seconds instead of babysitting the analog conversion.

How cool would that be?

Atlas & Armadillo?

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

We get the frog photobomb from Wallops, but I can’t seem to find the armadillo getting toasted at The Cape (at 0:23)…

Big Bang Monday: Comet ISON

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

CBS Baltimore reports on the Comet ISON, which could prove to be quite a spectacle. The northern hemisphere, for example, will get to see the comet around 11 December 2013

The comet was discovered by ISON (Пулковская кооперация оптических наблюдателей), hence the naming. NASA Science put together this story, explaining it comprehensively…

So it all depends on whether the Sun obliterates it on the go-around.

Remember to check the Hubble ISONblog for updates.

WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 09/20/2013

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

SES 8 launch on SpaceX Falcon 9 suffering delays – Space News
Launch providers say the market is in state of chronic oversupply – satellite operators see another side of the coin, as they experience launch delays and struggle to secure launches.
[Space News – 09/20/2013]

Eutelsat’s ‘smart LNB’, a new-generation electronic feed connected to an antenna with an embedded transmitter for a new broadcasting ecosystem, wins EUsatcom innovation award.
[Satellite Spotlight – 09/20/2013]

ViaSat 1 broadband satellite – Via Satellite

Boeing demonstrates potential for military to access more communications pathways at lower cost, transmitting a government-developed, frequency-hopping signal through a commercial satellite.
[Via Satellite – 09/19/2013]

All 11 UHF, S, C and Ku-band transponders of India’s first exclusive defence satellite GSAT-7 have been turned on and are operating normally.
[India TV News – 09/19/2013]

European Space Agency delivers its SuperSites Exploitation Platform designed to enable the analysis and interpretation of large volumes of satellite data in order to better understand the processes causing geohazards.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 09/19/2013]

SES and CETel sign multi-transponder capacity deal to provide service to meet escalating demand in the Middle East.
[Yahoo Finance – 09/19/2013]

Orbital Sciences Antares Rocket – R&D Magazine

Orbital Sciences launches its first ever supply ship to ISS, becoming second private company to do so.
[R&D Magazine – 09/18/2013]

MIlitary satellite – Defense One

The PLA of China and the Pentagon are both testing and improving Anti-Satellite capabilities.
[Defense One – 09/18/2013]

The third Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) protected military communications satellite for the U.S. and its allies is successfully launched from Cape Canaveral.
[Space Fellowship – 09/18/2013]

OHB contracts Astrium to build German radar reconnaissance satellite to be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9.
[Space News – 09/08/2013]

Bentley Walker extends its service coverage towards Libya using Newtec’s Ka-band VSAT broadband platform.
[Satellite Spotlight – 09/18/2013] publishes “The Global Military Satellites Market 2012-2022 – Country Analysis: Market Profile” offering detailed analysis of the global Military Satellites Market over the next ten years.
[News Channel 5 – 09/18/2013]

NASA photo – R&D Magazine

MIT researchers are investigating how space weather may affect components of geostationary satellites.
[R&D Magazine – 09/18/2013]

Global VSAT Forum’s VSAT certification program is expanded to West Africa with partners NetHope and iDirect.
[Green Technology World – 09/17/2013]

Algerian hopes a new contract signed by Newtec and the Algerian Telediffusion d’Algerie will boost communications infrastructure for the North African country.
[IT News Africa – 09/17/2013]

Iridium announces the first turnkey hosted payload solution, Iridium PRIME, to host third-party payloads on stand-alone satellites leveraging the connectivity afforded by the Iridium NET satellite network.
[Satellite Spotlight – 09/17/2013]

KVH signs expanded capacity agreement with SES to meet rising demand for maritime communications.
[Satellite Spotlight – 09/17/2013]

Capacity on two Eutelsat satellites mobilised by Media Broadcast for coverage of German Federal Elections.
[PR Newswire – 09/17/2013]

Latin America will be fastest growing region in the world in terms of subscriber and revenue growth in the DTH market in the next 3-5 years according to NSR report.
[NSR – 09/174/2013]

Gilat announces release of Wavestream Ka-band Matchbox mini block upconverter.
[Wall Street Journal – 09/17/2013]

Arbitral Tribunal decides that Intersystem Coordination Agreement (ICA) signed by SES and Eutelsat in 1999 does not bar SES from using disputed Ku-band spectrum where Eutelsat does not hold the “regulatory” right to operate in these bands – SES agrees that Eutelsat would use those bands where it holds “regulatory” right.
[SatNews – 09/16/2013]

Inmarsat and Onixsat Telecom partner to provide BGAN M2M service to Brazilian banking sector.
[Via Satellite – 09/16/2013]

Bohemian Gravity

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

This is awesome. McGill University Masters candidate Timothy Blaise produced this video to accompany his thesis.

The lyrics…

Is string theory right?
Is it just fantasy?
Caught in the landscape,
Out of touch with reality
On S5 or T*S3

Space is a pure void
Why should it be stringy?
Because it’s quantum not classical
Any way you quantize
You’ll encounter infinity
You see

Must interact
Via paths we understand
Using Feynman diagrams
Often, they will just rebound
But now and then they go another way
A quantum
Infinities will make you cry
Unless you can renormalize your model
Of baryons, fermions
And all other states of matter

Curved space:
The graviton
Can be thought of as a field
But these infinities are real
In a many-body
Loop diagram
Our results diverge no matter what we do…
A Quantum Soup (any way you quantize)
Kiss your fields goodbye
Guess Einstein’s theory wasn’t complete at all!

I see extended 1-D objects with no mass
What’s their use? What’s their use? Can they give us quark plasma?
What to minimize?
What functional describes this
Nambu-Goto! (Nambu-Goto)
Nambu-Goto! (Nambu-Goto)
How to quantize I don’t know
I’m just a worldsheet, please minimize me
He’s just a worldsheet from a string theory
Reperametrized by a Weyl symmetry!

Fermi, Bose, open, closed, orientable?
Modes! They become particles (particles!)
They become particles (particles!)
They become particles (particles!)
Become particles (particles!)
Become particles (many many many many particle…)
Modes modes modes modes modes modes modes!
Oh mamma mia mamma mia,
Such a sea of particles!
A tachyon, with a dilaton and gravity-vity-VITY

(rock out!)

Now we need ten dimensions and I’ll tell you why
(anomaly cancellation!)
So to get down to 4D we compactify!
Oh, Kahler!
(Kahler manifold)
Manifolds must be Kahler!
(Complex Reimannian symplectic form)
If we wanna preserve
Any of our super-symmetry

(Superstrings of type I, IIa and IIb)
(Heterotic O and Heterotic E)
(All are one through S and T duality)
(Thank you Ed Witten for that superstring revolution and your new M-theory!)

(Type IIB String!)
Dual! Dual!
(In the AdS/CFT)

Molecules and atoms
Light and energy
Time and space and matter
All from one united

Any way you quantize…

Lyrics and arrangement by Tim Blais and A Capella Science
Original music by Queen

Give The People What They Want

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Interesting piece in The Drum on how Netflix does their research…

Vice president of content acquisition for Netflix, Kelly Merryman, revealed this week that the company she works for routinely use piracy sites to determine what television shows the company will buy. By gauging the popularity of shows on sites like The Pirate Bay, the company is able to determine which shows are really popular and help assist in making licensing decisions.

That’s brilliant. And it seems to be working well. The article goes on to cite “BitTorrent traffic in Canada dropped 50% after Netflix started there three years ago.” Their market skews younger, and they’re far more likely to be “cord-cutters” and view their favorite video entertainment online. Pay TV’s base is eroding and they know it.

Surely it won’t be long before pay TV services — cable, satellite and fiber — finally get smart by offering real à la carte service and dispense with the increasingly-annoying table d’hôte way of doing business. Their customers don’t want 15 shopping channels or 12 faith-based networks. They want CNN, The Weather Channel, ESPN and The Food Network — and maybe some locals. Offering packages of 200 channels for a fixed price is getting old.

Watch this video edit (4:55 RT) of actor Kevin Spacey speaking at the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival last month. He concludes content should be served/offered any way the customer wants it — movie theater, TV screen, iPad, streamed, iPhone et. al.

Here’s the full video (46:01 RT). Either one will lead you agree with his conclusion.

UPDATE: this report from Ian King of Bloomberg really gets into the details…

…a generation of technology-savvy, budget-conscious consumers who are taking advantage of the availability of high-speed Internet connections and the proliferation of smartphones, tablets, lower-cost TVs and other gadgets that make it easy to consume downloadable shows in a snap.

The shift in viewing habits is putting pressure on cable, satellite and phone companies by pinching subscriber numbers, which may have a knock-on effect on revenue growth. The impact on the $80 billion pay-TV industry is already being felt, with 2013 on pace to be the first year ever that total U.S. pay-TV subscriptions will decline, falling to 100.8 million from 100.9 million last year, according to researcher IHS.

And while 3.2 million new U.S. households were set up in the last three years, the paid-TV industry only added 250,000 subscriptions in that same period, according to market-researcher SNL Kagan.

FMA Live!

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Great program for encouraging interest in STEM education: FMA Live! Now with “hip hop” in the press release.

Created by Honeywell and NASA in 2004, FMA Live! is an award-winning, 45-minute, live hip hop science education program targeted at the middle school level. The FMA Live! tour has traveled 99,969 miles to bring science to life for over 323,484 students at 887 middle schools in all 48 contiguous U.S. states, Mexico and Canada.

Dark Side of the Moon

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Pink Floyd has sold more than 40 million copies of the album “Dark Side of the Moon” — the title refers to lunacy, not the actual Moon.

Today’s APOD features something we’ve never seen before: the rotating moon…

No one, presently, sees the Moon rotate like this. That’s because the Earth’s moon is tidally locked to the Earth, showing us only one side. Given modern digital technology, however, combined with many detailed images returned by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a high resolution virtual Moon rotation movie has now been composed. The above time-lapse video starts with the standard Earth view of the Moon. Quickly, though, Mare Orientale, a large crater with a dark center that is difficult to see from the Earth, rotates into view just below the equator. From an entire lunar month condensed into 24 seconds, the video clearly shows that the Earth side of the Moon contains an abundance of dark lunar maria, while the lunar far side is dominated by bright lunar highlands. Two new missions are scheduled to begin exploring the Moon within the year, the first of which is NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE). LADEE, which launched just over a week ago, is scheduled to begin orbiting the Moon in October and will explore the thin and unusual atmosphere of the Moon. In a few months, the Chinese Chang’e 3 is scheduled to launch, a mission that includes a soft lander that will dispatch a robotic rover.

Maybe Syd Barrett can see it.

WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 09/16/2013

Monday, September 16th, 2013

SES declares victory over Eutelsat in dispute over access to 500 MHz of Ku-band broadcast frequencies over the heart of Europe.
[Space News – 09/16/2013]

Satellite Launch – Space News

U.S. to spend almost $44 billion on launches in 2014 – 2018.
[Space News – 09/16/2013]

Hughes, SES and Row 44 sign trans-atlantic broadband agreement.
[Satellite Spotlight – 09/16/2013]

FRANSAT unveils its “FRANSAT Connect” interactive portal using the HbbTV standard at IBC .
[Satellite Evolution Group – 09/16/2013]

Blue Origin files formal protest of proposed shuttle pad lease to SpaceX.
[Space News – 09/16/2013]

Newtec signs agreement with Liquid Telecom of Africa to provide a VSAT Broadband Hub and thousands of VSAT terminals.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 09/16/2013]

Newtec and Telediffusioin d’Alterie sign multimillion Euro contract to deploy several of Newtec’s interactive satellite terminals running on the ASBU Multimedia Exchange Network over Satellite.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 09/16/2013]

Cygnus launch delayed due to weather and an inoperative cable; following system tests launch is expected to be scheduled for September 18.
[SatNews – 09/15/2013]

Launch of Canadian satellite CASSIOPE by SpaceX postponed; new launch date to be determined.
|SatNEws – 09/15/2013]

Rukmini, India’s first exclusive satellite for military applications, expected to be operational by the end of September.
[Financial Express – 09/13/2013]

Inmarsat and Stream Communications partner to deliver ‘machine to machine’ anywhere.
[Space Daily – 09/15/2013]

Inmarsat reports that governments and militaries in more than a dozen countries worldwide have successfully trialed or are evaluating its new L-TAC service for communications-on-the-move.
[Space Daily – 09/15/2013]

ATCi tailors Simulsat transport system for European News Gathering and Content Aggregation market.
[Hispanic Business – 09/14/2013]

The third Lockheed Martin-built Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite is encapsulated into payload fairing for planned September 18 launch.
[Your Communications News – 09/13/2013]

TrustComm’s expansion of its VSAT and engineering service portfolio to include Mobile Satellite Services is latest step in plan to become a single source provider for end-to-end commercial satellite communications.
[Via Satellite – 09/13/2013]

Comtech Telecommunications gets $1.3 million in additional orders for equipment to support mobile network upgrade and expansion in Southeast Asia.
[Hispanic Business – 09/13/2013]

ATCi displays low cost flyaway antenna package for broadcasting video channels at IBC 2013.
[Broadway World – 09/13/2013]

Eutelsat and Samsung announce partnership to promote Ultra HD.
[Sys-Con – 09/13/2013]

Garuda Indonesia takes first two of ten 777-300ER aircraft to be fitted with Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s Global Communications Services.
[Via Satellite – 09/13/2013]

Land remote sensing satellite – Azernews

Azerbaijan plans to expand production capacities to manufacture satellite equipment.
[Azernews – 09/13/2013]

Futron forecast expects market for satellite communications to grow at 6% CAGR through 2021. [Digital Journal – 09/12/2013]

AEHF expands global communications for Allied missions; Netherlands makes call on protected communications satellite.
[Yahoo Finance – 09/12/2013]

According to Carrier ID survey carried out by the Satellite Interference Reduction Group and Newtec, 93% of respondents suffer from satellite interference at least once a year; 17% continuously.
[IT News Online – 09/12/2013]

Earth imagery photo – Space News

Satellite imagery firms in U.S. and Europe push for permission to sell sharper imagery.
[Space News – 09/12/2013]

PSSI Global and Juch-Tech break North American satellite transmission speed record using NS3 technology from NovelSat.
Sacramento Bee – 09/12/2013]

Inmarsat Maritime CEO tells audience at International Shipping Week that satellite communications systems can reduce vessels’ operating costs by as much as 10 percent.
[Ship & Bunker – 09/12/2013]

Northrop Grumman delivers precision pointing unit for highly sophisticated suite of antennas for Air Force’s Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite.
[PR Newswire – 09/12/2013]

C-COM Satellite Systems gets type approval from Avanti Communications for its iNetVu Ka-98G antenna system.
[SatNews – 09/12/2013]

Panasonic and Intelsat collaborate to offer communications over fastest growing air travel region on the high-performance EpicNG platform.
[Via Satellite – 09/12/2013]

Ericsson, Eutelsat, Globecast, Newtec, and SKY Italia successfully complete series of live tests of an end-to-end satellite-based delivery chain for contribution of live images in 4K (Ultra HD).
[Via Satellite – 09/12/2013]

Broadcom advances Direct Broadcast satellite chips at IBC.
[Yahoo Finance – 09/12/2013]

Calgary-based Blackline GPS partners with Iridium to provide mobile safety monitoring anywhere on earth.
[Calgary Herald – 09/12/2013]

Emerging regions drive transition in satellite industry into new environment with increased competition between satellite operators and grater uncertainty on demand usage and associated pricing conditions – Euroconsult.
[Via Satellite – 09/11/2013]

Goce satellite – BBC

European Space Agency prepares for its Goce gravity-mapping satellite to fall from orbit, burning up as it descends.
[BBC – 09/11/2013]

SiRRAN EXPLORER Mobile Net powers new Cobham range of satellite-optimized portable GSM/3G/LTE kits.
[Hispanic Business – 09/11/2013]

Mexico selects Lockheed Martin and Atlas V launch vehicle for its Morelos-3 communications satellite launch.
[UPI – 09/10/2013]

Smart Communications of the Philippines enters business deal with Thuraya to expand its satellite coverage to two-thirds of the world.
[GMA News – 09/10/2013]

Iridium says it will expand its ongoing Iridium Next modernization with dozens of additional satellites to be built by Thales that will carry only third party hosted payloads for governments and private customers.
[Wall Street Journal – 09/09/2013]

Astrium sells Telesat new South America satellite.
[BN Americas – 09/09/2013]

Hughes expands rotary-wing SATCOM capabilities, increasing data throughput for ISR applications.
[Avionics Intelligence – 09/09/2013]

Hughes Communications India will provide managed tele-education network to the Delhi Academy of Medical Sciences.
[Information Week – 09/09/2013]

Satellite camera installation, Tsavo National Park – NBC

Covert satellite cameras may help catch animal poachers in Africa and eventually other countries where poaching is an issue.
[NBC News – 09/09/2013]

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo completes successful second flight test.
[R&D Magazine – 09/06/2013]

NSR’s Satellite-Based Earth Observation, 5th Edition, provides a complete and detailed analysis of the EO data vertical markets and their evolution over the next 10 years.
[NSR – September 2013}

NSR’s Maritime Satellite Markets focuses exclusively on the maritime satellite communications market – from narrowband MSS to future MEO-HTS deployments.|
[NSR – Septemer 2013]