WBMSAT News Bits 05/16/2015

Featured Articles

The May 16 liftoff of an ILS Proton rocket carrying Mexico’s Centenario mobile communications satellite. Credit: video capture via SpaceVidsTV – Space News

Russian Proton-M with Mexican satellite Mexsat-1 is destroyed over Siberia; Inmarsat has no other options for its upcoming launch.
[Space News – 05/16/2015]

An artist’s concept of an anti-satellite weapon – Business Insider

A potential conflict on Earth that escalates into space has prompted the Air Force to find an extra $5 billion to spend on offensive and defensive systems to protect national security satellites.
[Business Insider – 05/15/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

CASBAA 2015 forum in Mumbai to focus on ever-evolving satellite industry landscape.
[Indian Television – 05/15/2015]

Industry Reports

Mexico City, Mexico. Photo: Kasper Christensen (Flickr) – Via Satellite

Latest Euroconsult report – Latin America is and will continue to be the top region for the addition of new satellite capacity until 2017.
[Via Satellite – 05/15/2015]

Frost and Sullivan report – Economic Growth in China and India Drives New Demand for Satellite Services.
[PR Newswire – 05/14/2015]

Pentagon’s annual report on Chinese military power – from space weapons to armed drones, Chinese technology is accelerating into worrying new arenas.
[Breaking Defense – 05/11/2015]

New Crewtoo report finds issues that concern seafarers the most include the need for onboard Internet access, the risk of stress and fatigue from increasing workloads, and the lack of shore leave.
[Nasdaq – 05/11/2015]

Launch Activity

This photo was taken by a NASA photographer Oct. 29, only a day after Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket exploded on liftoff. Credit: NASA/Terry Zaperach – Space News

NASA and Virginia look to Orbital ATK to finance last $2 million on Wallops launch facility repair bill.
[Space News – 05/15/2015]

Ariane 64 configuration – Credit: ESA/D. Ducros – Space News

Airbus Safran Launchers has submitted its formal bid to design and build Europe’s next-generation rocket, but its buyout of the CNES share of Arianespace is unresolved.
[Space News – 05/15/2015]

The Falcon 9 rocket – Credit: SpaceX – Space News

What appears to be SpaceX’s best chance to break into the national security launch market will come later this year in the form of a U.S. Air Force competition to launch one of its next-generation GPS 3 satellites.
[Space News – 05/14/2015]

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launch – Credit: SpaceX – Space News

Better than expected launch performance of SpaceX Falcon 9 positioned Eutelsat and ABS satellites for earlier arrival at orbital slots.
[Space News – 05//14/2015]

The Intelsat DLA-2 satellite, also known as Intelsat 31, will be put into orbit by Russia’s Proton Breeze M launch vehicle later this year.
[Space Daily – 05/14/2015]

Five generations of Ariane rockets, from the Ariane 1 to the Ariane 5. Credit: Arianespace – Space News

Arianespace tells French Parliament it can outcompete SpaceX.
[Space News – 05/13/2015]

Belintersat, the new national satellite operator of the Republic of Belarus, is less than a year away from the launch of its first spacecraft.
[Via Satellite – 05/13/2015]

Russian satellite communications company Kosmicheskaya Svyaz plans to launch broadcast satellite Express-AM8 for Latin America in 3rd quarter 2015.
[Interfax – 05/12/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Hermes Datacomms expands presence in Middle East with new office in Iraq.
[Via Satellite – 05/12/2015]

Inmarsat appoints MVS USA as a Global Xpress (GX) Value Added Reseller (VAR) for the Maritime market.
[twst – 05/12/2015]

COM DEV secures access to key technology with strategic investment in Anokiwave.
[Stockhouse – 05/12/2015]

Satellite Construction

Boeing ends work on HySpecIQ imaging spacecraft, its only small satellite project,  because of downturn in natural resources market.
[Wall Street Journal – 05/12/2015]

Artist’s rendition of Sentinel 6 – Photo: ESA 2015, Airbus Defence and Space – Via Satellite

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus Defence and Space have signed a 177 million euros development and production contract for the Jason CS/Sentinel 6 satellite.
[Via Satellite – 05/11/2015]

Satellite Operations

Since late 2013 the Amos 4 has been providing video feeds to Israeli military personnel in the West Bank, Gaza and at sea.
[Strategy Page – 05/13/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

McCain sponsored defense authorization bill would limit Russian engines available to United Launch Alliance, putting SpaceX in the driver’s seat.
[Space News – 05/15/2015]

Nanosatellites could provide future battlefield communications.
[Defense Systems – 05/15/2015]

Raytheon orders L-3’s Hawkeye and Panther VSAT terminals for Australian Defense Force’s WG3 connectivity.
[Executive Biz – 05/13/2015]

(Photo: Amy Walker/ / Army) – C4ISR & Networks

It is expected that industry-supplied bandwidth will play an even greater role as U.S. foreign and military strategy pivots toward Asia and communication needs grow.
[C4ISR & Networks – 05/12/2015]

Regulatory

Dish and Cogent Communications ask U.S. regulators to restrict AT&T Inc’s power over online video and other content as part of its proposed purchase of DirecTV.
[Channel News Asia – 05/14/2015]

Aeronautical

Inmarsat says it expects to launch its GX Aviation high-speed in-flight internet service late in the third quarter of 2015.
[Flightglobal – 05/12/2015]

Broadband

British ISP Satellite Internet announces it will offer free equipment to new subscribers on selected services in a bid to provide reliable high-speed Internet access to people without a reliable terrestrial connection.
[Wireless Developer Network – 05/14/2015]

Capacity Deals

Malaysian satellite communications services provider TS Global Network (TSGN) has invested in transponder capacity on APT’s Apstar 9 satellite to be launched in this year’s fourth quarter.
[Telcom Paper – 05/14/2015]

Earth Observation

NCAR compilation – engadget

NCAR’s discovery – imaging gravity waves rippling through Earth’s atmosphere – will help it understand how gravity affects atmospheric behavior on a global scale, and how it messes with radios and satellite communications.
[engadget – 05/13/2015]

Inside Central American rainforest. Photo by Rhett A. Butler – Mongabay

Satellite data shows how deforestation is impacting our weather and our food.
[Mongabay – 05/12/2015]

Ground Systems

Fairview Microwave introduces a new line of LNA and high power X-band amplifiers.
[Via Satellite – 05/12/2015]

MACOM introduces 6W Ka-band power amplifier.
[Compound Semiconductor – 05/11/2015]

M2M

Globalstar launches industry’s smallest commercial one-way asset manager.
[Market Watch – 05/14/2015]

Maritime

Executive vice president at KVH talks about the company and emerging trends in the maritime industry and the demand for connectivity at sea.
[Providence Business News – 05/13/2015]

Services

Lepton Global Solutions launches a managed satellite network service for enterprise and government markets in North America on Intelsat’s Horizons 1 satellite.
[Via Satellite 05-14-2015]

Space

A composite image of Earth captured in 2005 by the MODIS instruments onboard NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites. Credit: NASA – Space News

Next decadal survey for space-based Earth science will be challenged to meet wide-ranging science requirements from several agencies and incorporate new technologies while staying within realistic budgets.
[Space News – 05/15/2015]

History

Soviet Soyuz TM ferry spacecraft, Soyuz TM-17, and Mir – Listvers file photo

Ten spectacular satellite collisions.
[Listverse – 05/13/2015]

 

WBMSAT News Bits 05/10/2015

Featured Article

The Soyuz TMA-15 M rocket blasts off from Baikonur cosmodrome – Photo: EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV – ENCA file photo

U.S. report says China has the most rapidly growing space program in the world, and continues to develop lasers, satellite jammers and other weapons aimed at the space-based assets of adversaries.
[ENCA – 05/10/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Arabsat partners with Arab States Broadcasting Union “ASBU” in organizing and sponsoring the 16th edition of Arab Festival for Radio and Television from May 11th  to 16th,  2015 in Hammamet, Tunisia.
[SatNews – 05/07/2015]

Gilat promotes comprehensive line of Beyond-Line-of-Sight solutions at AUVSI-s Unmanned Systems 2015 event in Atlanta GA.
[ASD News – 05/05/2015]

Squire Tech Solutions to exhibit range of innovative mobile communications solutions at full slate of industry trade shows.
[Satnews – 05/04/2015]

Industry Reports

NSR sees Maritime satellite communications market growing to almost $5.2 billion in retail revenue by 2024.
[Via Satellite – 05/07/2015]

New NSR report – HTS making waves, but FSS remains core to Maritime satellite communications.
[Market Wired – 05/06/2015]

According to Euroconsult’s recent report total satellite capacity usage in Latin America increased at an 8 percent CAGR over 2009 – 2014.
[Satnews – 05/04/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Simstream Group of Paris and Dubai is partnering with SES to deliver satellite network projects to clients.
[Trade Arabia – 05/10/15]

ViaSat links with Aydin Yazilim ve Elektronik San.A.$., a supplier of software to the Turkish Armed Forces.
[Socal Tech – 05/08/2015]

Workers at NigComSat petition Minister of Communications Technology over proposed privatisation and alleged layoff of 150 members of the staff.
[Punch – 05/08/2015]

Airbus Defence and Space embarks on networking R&D venture with Cisco.
[Computer Weekly – 05/06/2015]

Azam Media grows to more than 250,000 subscribers since starting in Tanzania in 2013; CEO details East Africa expansion strategy.
[Via Satellite – 05/06/2015]

Tampnet and Marlink sign partner agreement for offshore 4G services.
[Your Subsea News – 05/05/2015]

Satellite Technology

Laser Light and Optus promise to expand realms of satellite communications through all-optical laser-based terrestrial/satellite network.
[Via Satellite – 05/04/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Indra Sistemas to implement its satellite communications systems in German Navy K-130 Corvettes.
[4-traders – 05/06/2015]

Legal

The scheduled entry into service of a satellite-based global communications system, which has cost the US military $7.6 billion, is in danger of slipping thanks to legal battles in Sicily.
[Defense News – 05/09/2015]

Regulatory

Representatives of the communications administrations of Belarus and Russia expect agreement on orbital positions of satellites soon.
[Belarusian News – 05/07/2015]

Aeronautical

Aircraft positions picked up by ESA’s Proba-V minisatellite, using an experimental Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) receiver. Credit: ESA/DLR/SES – Spaceflight Now

Space-based airplane tracking demonstrated by an experimental receiver aboard a European satellite.
[Spaceflight Now – 05/07/2015]

Broadband

Canadian government to announce new measures intended to reduce the cost of Internet and television services in rural communities.
[Business News Network – 05/05/2015]

Ground Systems

Kratos is awarded satellite ground system contracts to support Thaicom 8 satellite.
[Globe Newswire – 05/08/2015]

Chief Technology Officer of SRT Wireless, explains the importance of hardening commercial satellite communications.
[Satprnews – 05/07/2015]

A SelfSat flat antenna. Photo: SelfSat – Via Satellite

SES, in partnership with Korean company I DO IT, produces a Ku-band flat antenna with an integrated IP-Low Noise Block downconverter.
[Via Satellite – 05/06/2015]

Hughes creates combined portable BGAN terminal with Inmarsat.
[Via Satellite – 05/05/2015]

MACOM introduces industry leading high power 6W Ka-band power amplifier for VSAT terminals.
[RF Globalnet – 05/04/2015]

Thuraya debuts the industry’s most advanced satellite phone, the Thuraya XT-PRO.
[Maritime Professional – 05/04/2015]

M2M

Airbus Defence and Space launches satellite data management solution for machine-to-machine networks.
[Via Satellite 05-04-2015]

Mobil/Cellular

Elektrobit to develop mobile devices for the Mexsat satellite communication system.
[Cellular News – 05/05/2015]

Oil, Gas, and Mining

Alaska Communications and Quintillion to provide optical fiber broadband to North Slope oil and gas industry customers.
[MarketWatch – 05/07/2015]

Ferret file photo

Remote Australian mining and natural gas sites rely on satellite communication networks to connect their operations to phone and internet services.
[Ferret – 05/05/2015]

Space

The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. // John Raoux/AP – Nextgov

SpaceX test of pad-abort system for protecting astronauts in case of a rocket failure on the launch pad is a success.
[Nextgov – 05/06/2015]

TV& Radio

SES and Samsung demonstrate first DVB transmission of High Dynamic Range UHD TV at annual SES Industry Days in Luxembourg.
[Business Wire – 05/06/2015]

Tata Communications will be official broadcast supplier for Formula One racing in 2015.
[dna India – 05/05/2015]

High pay-per-view demand for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight causes cable and satellite operators to ask for the fight to be delayed.
[Jacksonville – 05/03/2015]

The Human Element

British Army veteran to attempt to become first amputee to make unsupported crossing of Greenland ice cap, using Inmarsat to stay connected.
[4-traders – 05/07/2015]

Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellite communications systems helping run Nepal earthquake rescue.
[The Telegraph – 05/06/2015]

NovelSat donates NS3000 Professional Satellite Modems to facilitate satellite communications in the wake of the Nepal earthquake.
[OnScreen Asia – 05/06/2015]

Cpl Arjun Limbu and Capt Jon Armstrong of 2nd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles – Satnews file photo

NSSL Global’s satellite equipment is only lifeline for British solders Kayaking for 100 days in Arctic waters.
[Satnews – 05/06/2015]

 

WBMSAT News Bits 05/03/2015

Featured Article

SpaceX’s plan for a successful pad abort test.(SpaceX) – Via Satellite

SpaceX test of pad-abort system for protecting astronauts in case of a rocket failure on the launch pad is a success.
[Nextgov – 05/06/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Gilat promotes comprehensive line of Beyond-Line-of-Sight solutions at AUVSI-s Unmanned Systems 2015 event in Atlanta GA.
[ASD News – 05/05/2015]

Squire Tech Solutions to exhibit range of innovative mobile communications solutions at full slate of industry trade shows.
[Satnews – 05/04/2015]

Industry Reports

New NSR report – HTS making waves, but FSS remains core to Maritime satellite communications.
[Market Wired – 05/06/2015]

According to Euroconsult’s recent report total satellite capacity usage in Latin America increased at an 8 percent CAGR over 2009 – 2014.
[Satnews – 05/04/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Airbus Defence and Space embarks on networking R&D venture with Cisco.
[Computer Weekly – 05/06/2015]

Azam Media grows to more than 250,000 subscribers since starting in Tanzania in 2013; CEO details East Africa expansion strategy.
[Via Satellite – 05/06/2015]

Tampnet and Marlink sign partner agreement for offshore 4G services.
[Your Subsea News – 05/05/2015]

Satellite Technology

Laser Light and Optus promise to expand realms of satellite communications through all-optical laser-based terrestrial/satellite network.
[Via Satellite – 05/04/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Indra Sistemas to implement its satellite communications systems in German Navy K-130 Corvettes.
[4-traders – 05/06/2015]

Regulatory

Representatives of the communications administrations of Belarus and Russia expect agreement on orbital positions of satellites soon.
[Belarusian News – 05/07/2015]

Broadband

Canadian government to announce new measures intended to reduce the cost of Internet and television services in rural communities.
[Business News Network – 05/05/2015]

Ground Systems

Chief Technology Officer of SRT Wireless, explains the importance of hardening commercial satellite communications.
[Satprnews – 05/07/2015]

A SelfSat flat antenna. Photo: SelfSat – Via Satellite

SES, in partnership with Korean company I DO IT, produces a Ku-band flat antenna with an integrated IP-Low Noise Block downconverter.
[Via Satellite – 05/06/2015]

Hughes creates combined portable BGAN terminal with Inmarsat.
[Via Satellite – 05/05/2015]

MACOM introduces industry leading high power 6W Ka-band power amplifier for VSAT terminals.
[RF Globalnet – 05/04/2015]

Thuraya debuts the industry’s most advanced satellite phone, the Thuraya XT-PRO.
[Maritime Professional – 05/04/2015]

M2M

Airbus Defence and Space launches satellite data management solution for machine-to-maching networks.

Mobil/Cellular

Elektrobit to develop mobile devices for the Mexsat satellite communication system.
[Cellular News – 05/05/2015]

Oil, Gas, and Mining

Alaska Communications and Quintillion to provide optical fiber broadband to North Slope oil and gas industry customers.
[MarketWatch – 05/07/2015]

Remote Australian mining and natural gas sites rely on satellite communication networks to connect their operations to phone and internet services.
[Ferret – 05/05/2015]

TV& Radio

SES and Samsung demonstrate first DVB transmission of High Dynamic Range UHD TV at annual SES Industry Days in Luxembourg.
[Business Wire – 05/06/2015]

Tata Communications will be official broadcast supplier for Formula One racing in 2015.
[dna India – 05/05/2015]

High pay-per-view demand for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight causes cable and satellite operators to ask for the fight to be delayed.
[Jacksonville – 05/03/2015]

The Human Element

British Army veteran to attempt to become first amputee to make unsupported crossing of Greenland ice cap, using Inmarsat to stay connected.
[4-traders – 05/07/2015]

Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellite communications systems helping run Nepal earthquake rescue.
[The Telegraph – 05/06/2015]

NovelSat donates NS3000 Professional Satellite Modems to facilitate satellite communications in the wake of the Nepal earthquake.
[OnScreen Asia – 05/06/2015]

Cpl Arjun Limbu and Capt Jon Armstrong of 2nd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifle – Via Satelite

NSSL Global’s satellite equipment is only lifeline for British solders Kayaking for 100 days in Arctic waters.
[Satnews – 05/06/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 04/26/2015

Illustration by Sam Taylor – VICE

Featured Article

According to Air Force Secretary the U.S. now believes it is facing new and evolving threats to everything it owns above earth.
[Vice – 04/24/2015]

Industry Reports

New Euroconsult report lists multiple challenges faced by MSS operators, including growing presence of mobile VSAT, troop withdrawals, and government budget reductions.
[Satnews – 04/20/2015]

Launch Activity

Mexico postpones launch of Centenario satellite at request of the manufacturer after flaw is found in a similar model.
[Latin American Herald Tribune – 04/26/2015]

Arianespace launch of THOR 7 and SICRAL 2 satellites delayed when an anomaly occurs on a conditioning equipment of the launcher.
[Space Ref – 04/24/2015]

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is set to launch with the TurkmenÄlem52E/MonacoSat Monday April 27.
[Orlando Sentinel – 04/24/2015]

Booz Allen Hamilton’s Centennial-1 will track sodium dispersion in the atmosphere resulting from a laser guide star – Space News

Booz Allen Hamilton to launch tiny satellite from the International Space Station that may help the U.S. Air Force clear the air about a laser the service uses to calibrate one of its ground-based telescopes.
[Space News – 04/24/2015]

Following SKYM-1, Astrium’s Sentinel-2A built for Europe heads to Kourou as supply line for Arianespace launches continues to be busy..
[NASA Spaceflight – 04/20/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Half a century after helping launch the satellite communications industry, and later retreating, AT&T is on the verge of getting back into space. Big.
[Providence Journal – 04/26/15]

Arycom, a leading Brazilian mobile satellite communications company, is reprioritizing its focus on different verticals as the Brazilian economy experiences a slump.
[Via Satellite – 04/23/2015]

MCP provides communications to cruise ships and other vessels. Photo: MCP – Via Satellite

Telenor Maritime Radio is integrating its MarCom commercial maritime communications business unit with Maritime Communications Partner (MCP).
[Via Satellite – 04/23/2015]

Canadian aerospace company Magellan Aerospace unveils new Advanced Satellite Integration Facility in partnership with the University of Manitoba.
[Via Satellite – 04/24/20165]

Airbus begins approaching potential buyers for electronics and other assets it wants to sell to focus its defense division on warplanes, missiles, launchers and satellites.
[Reuters – 04/23/2015]

APT Satellite Holdings report higher revenue but lower pretax profit in 2015 as it has to lower prices due to glut in satellite capacity.
[Space News – 04/21/2015]

NewSat Ltd asks US bankruptcy court for help in a bid to complete the construction and launch of its next-generation satellite, the Jabiru-1, as it attempts to work through its financial troubles
[Geelong Advertiser – 04/20/2015]

Satellite Construction

China submits official bid for development and launch of second Azerbaijan communication satellite.
[ABC.AZ – 04/25/2015]

Completed Gokturk-1 satellite – Credit: Thales Alenia Space – Space News

More than two years behind schedule, Turkey’s Gokturk-1 which suffered the complexities of a three-nation effort ­— Turkey, France and Italy — is cleared for shipment May 7.
[Space News – 04/23/2015]

Turkey has started manufacturing the Turksat 6 satellite for Turksat.
[Via Satellite – 04/20/2015]

COM DEV wins contract for Asian commercial communications satellite.
[4-Traders – 04/20/2015]

Satellite Operations

RSCC’s AM7 satellite reaches geosynchronous orbit.
[Via Satellite – 04/24/2015]

RSCC’s Express AM6 satellite, launched Oct. 21, 2014 aboard a Proton rocket, has initiated service from the 53 degrees east orbital slot.
[Via Satellite – 04/22/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

SES Government Solutions gets 14-year contract from Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems to host a WAAS payload on board SES-15.
[Business Wire – 04/23/2015]

Navy orders 25 maritime SATCOM antennas from Raytheon for submarine EHF and SHF communications.
[Military & Aerospace – 04/23/2015]

Comtech Telecommunications’ subsidiary Comtech EF Data receives an order from the U.S. government worth $1.3 million for satellite modems.
[Via Satellite – 04/22/2015]

Fox News file photo

The head of Air Force Space Command praises performance of new military satellite system designed in part to scour space for potential threats.
[Fox News – 04/21/2015]

Avanti Communications has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s highest accolade for business success.
[Satellite Spotlight – 04/21/2015]

General Dynamics to build and repair WIN-T tactical networking components in $36.4 million deal.
[Military & Aerospace – 04/21/2015]

A GATR inflatable satellite communications antenna terminal is used during a special operations forces exercise in Mt Adams, Washington. (Air Force photo) – Wright Patterson

Air Force small business contract program delivers ultra-portable satellite communications system.
[Wright Patterson AFB – 04/20/2015]

Northrop Grumman completes demonstration of a new protected tactical waveform space processor designed for use in military satellite communications.
[GovCon Wire – 04/20/2015]

UAE delegation outlines UAE’s space projects at the International Space Symposium in the US state of Colorado.
[The National – 04/19/2015]

Regulatory

FCC looks to leverage some of more antiquated spectrum technologies, in effect asking major broadcasters to entertain the idea of handing over their spectrum licenses to be auctioned off to wireless providers, to be used for satellite communications and mobile broadband.
[Technically Philly – 04/24/2015]

Aeronautical

Honeywell Aerospace, Inmarsat and Kymeta are working together to develop a new, higher-speed Ka-band wireless antenna for business and commercial aircraft customers around the globe.
[EFY Times – 04/21/2015]

Asset Tracking

Globalstar Europe gets agreement with Spanish technology and fleet tracking solutions specialist FAGOR Electrónica, S. Coop to deliver a satellite tracking solution for the trucking industry.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 04/23/2015]

Capacity Deals

TelOne renews contract with Avanti Communications for satellite internet coverage across Zimbabwe.
[IT Web Africa – 04/24/2015]

GPS, Navigation

The European Satellite Navigation Competition is looking for services, products, and business innovations that use satellite navigation in everyday life.
[Space News – April 2015]

Ground Systems

A 9.4-meter Earth station from ASC Signal. Photo: ASC Signal – Via Satellite

Globecomm orders new earth station from ASC Signal for its Laurel, MD location along with a Next Generation Controller upgrade for a 5.6m antenna.
[Via Satellite – 04/24/2015]

CYPRUS will soon operate a satellite terrestrial station, enhancing the country’s role as a regional search and rescue centre.
[Cyprus Mail – 04/23/2015]

Starting producton in July 2015, new SATcase incorporates a satellite communications device, search and rescue beacon, smart phone and a detachable antenna.
[Shepard Media – 04/22/2015]

Al Jazeera and Ooredoo select Skyline Communication’s DataMiner as Network Management and OOS platform for their new Global Media Cloud (GMC) network.
[On Screen Asia – 04/19/2015]

Maritime

KVH introduces the TracVision TV8, a new antenna system designed to deliver satellite television to vessels worldwide
[The Digital Ship – 04/22/2015]

MTN Communications releases “MTN UltraBurst,” an on-demand, consumption based Ku-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) service for yachting customers.
[Via Satellite – 04/21/2015]

Transal Turquoise-T kopya – Airbus Defence & Space – The Digital Ship

Airbus Defence and Space service provider partner Ozsay Satellite Communications upgrades connectivity on five Transal tankers.
[Digital Ship – 04/20/2015]

Service Deals

Agricultural activity in the United States as seen by Radarsat 2. Photo: MDA – Via Satellite

MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has inked several contracts for geospatial information services with undisclosed customers.
[Via Satellite – 04/24/2015]

Space

An X-37B undergoes inspection after landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Credit: USAF – Space News

The U.S. Air Force says it will launch an unmanned X-37B spaceplane for a fourth mission no earlier than May 20.
[Space News – 04/24/2015]

International Space Station – Design & Engineering file photo

Canada extends support for ISS by four years until 2024.
[Design Engineering – 04/22/2015]

History

The jettisoning of elements during the critical last hours of the Apollo 13 mission is shown in this sequence drawing. Credit: NASA. – Universe Today

13 MORE Things That Saved Apollo 13, part 6: The Mysterious Longer-Than-Expected Communications Blackout.
[Universe Today – 04/21/2015]

The Human Element

Authorities in Turkmenistan are forcing residents to dismantle privately owned satellite dishes, according to Human Rights Watch.
[Human Rights Watch – 04/24/2015]

 

WBMSAT News Bits 04/19/2015

Featured Article

United Airlines operated Boeing 737 – CNN Money file photo

Security expert pulled off a United flight over concerns by FBI that he had hacked the flight.
[CNN Money – 04/17/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Eutelsat gears up to contribute its technology skills to At 15 days to Expo Milano 2015 as official and exclusive satellite partner.
[Satellite Spotlight – 04/16/2015]

Harris awarded two Via Satellite 2014 Excellence awards; Integrator of the Year and Vertical Impact Award for the oil and gas sector.
[Business Wire – 04/14/2015]

Industry Reports

According to Euroconsult’s latest report, Mobile Satellite Communications Markets Survey: Prospects to 2024, the Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) industry faces multiple challenges.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 04/16/2015]

New NSR report – OTT subscribers have grown double-digits year-on-year to a point where certain video content today skips linear TV altogether and opts only for the online channel.
[NSR – 04/13/2015]

New NSR report finds HTS systems key to $3.6 billion in revenue growth by 2024.
 [NSR – April 2015]

Launch Activity

SKYM-1 in Orbital ATK’s Dulles, Virginia satellite manufacturing facility. (Photo: Business Wire)

Orbital ATK delivers the SKY MEXICO-1 (SKYM-1) satellite to the launch site in Kourou, French Guiana for its DIRECTV customer.
[Business Wire – 04/17/2015]

Falcon 9 rocket inside SpaceX’s hangar at Cape Canaveral. Credit: SpaceX – Spaceflight Now file photo

Hours after launching resupply mission to ISS, SpaceX ground teams begine preparations for a commercial satellite launch set for April 27.
[Spaceflight Now – 04/16/2015]

Bicentenario, launched in 2013. (Photo: ORBITAL SCIENCES- The Yucatan Times

Mexico set to launch “Centenario”, the second of three satellites in the Mexsat program.
[The Yucatan Times – 04/16/2015]

Small satellite launch services provider Rocket Lab has created an engine for its Electron rocket that can be manufactured in three days time.
[Via Satellite – 04/15/2015]

SpaceX’s drone ship, which is intended as a landing pad for the Falcon 9 first stage. Credit: SpaceX – Space News

After one-day weather delay SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launches Dragon cargo resupply mission to ISS, but the rocket’s first stage failed to survive a hard landing on a ship.
[Space News – 04/14/2015]

Arianespace delays launch of Thor 7 and Sicral 2 due to an anomaly on a fluid connector between the cryogenic upper stage and the launch table.
[Via Satellite – 04/14/2015]

Lockheed Martin is targeting a May 2017 launch date for the first satellite in the US Air Force’s next-generation global positioning system constellation.
[Defense News – 04/14/2015]

United Launch Alliance plans to recover first stage engine of its Next-Generation Launch System in mid-air in effort to reduce cost.
[Via Satellite – 04/14/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Australian pure-play satellite communications company NewSat has been placed in administration following financing woes that threaten to grind its Jabiru-1 satellite project to a halt.
[ZDNet – 04/17/2015]

Lockheed looks at cost cuts and repairing its reputation of arrogance in the satellite business.
[Reuters – 04/16/2015]

DataPath partnership with will allow DataPath to offer enhanced multimodal solutions, combining the best of both satellite and cellular communications technology to the broadcast market.
[Satellite Spotlight – 04/15/2015]

SAT>IP Alliance, consisting of SES, HISPASAT, Panasonic, NAGRA, ALi Corporation and MaxLinear, formed to extend role of satellite broadcasting in multiscreen ecosystems.
[Satellite Spotlight – 04/15/2015]

Satellite Construction

COM DEV wins contract for Asian commercial communications satellite.
[Space Ref – 04/17/2015]

Satellite Operations

Inmarsat’s second Global Xpress (GX) satellite—Inmarsat-5 F2 (I-5 F2) that launched Feb. 2—has completed its orbital deployment stages on schedule.
[Air Transport World – 04/14/2015]

Satellite Technology

ViaLite Communications, manufacturer of RF over fiber equipment, will supply a ViaLiteHD system for Intelsat’s high performance EpicNG satellite platform.
[Via Satellite – 04/17/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

U.S. eyes new ways to prepare and win future war in space.
[Reuters – 04/17/2015]

U.S. Central Command agreement with SES allows U.S. troops to send and receive information through satellite services.
[Intelligent Aerospace – 04/17/2015]

USAF Space Command chief says now is the time to consolidate ground control of satellites and quit building ground stations for each satellite system.
[Aviation Week – 04/17/2015]

Export Development Canada’s (EDC’s) recent financing of Hispasat’s Amazonas 5 satellite could be a signal of greater activity within the nation’s satellite industry.
[Via Satellite – 04/17/2015]

Dream Chaser – Via Satellite file photo

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have signed a new agreement to work together on the Dream Chaser space vehicle.
[Via Satellite – 04/17/2015]

SpaceX sends U.S. Air Force updated letter of intent outlining a certification process for its Falcon Heavy rocket to launch national security satellites.
[Space News – 04/15/2015]

Norsat International has received an purchasing order from the U.S. Defense Media Activity (DMA) for portable satellite terminals.
[Via Satellite – 04/15/2015]

Director of Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate says he hopes “2016 is going to be the year we’re finally able to take command and control of WGS and hand it over to the commercial sector.”
[Via Satellite – 04/13/2015]

SES to host NASA payload on SES14.
[Space Ref – 04/13/2015]

Harris receives order from U.S. Special Operations Command for MUOS-capable radios.
[UPI – 04/13/2015]

Nighttime view of Moscow from space. – Wikicommons – The Moscow Times

Russian aerospace defense commander claims a group of spy satellites have been discovered masquerading as space junk.
[The Moscow Times – 04/12/2015]

Aeronautical

Globalstar announces its new aviation antenna is now available for use with Experimental Category Aircraft.
[Aviation Pros – 04/16/2015]

Panasonic Avionics Corporation has reached a major milestone with the 700th aircraft installation of its eXConnect inflight Wi-Fi system.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 04/16/2015]

GAO warns the same Internet access now available on most commercial flights makes it possible for hackers to bring down a plane.
[Fox News 04/15/15]

Honeywell Aerospace, Inmarsat, and Kymeta are working together to design, create and test a new, higher-speed, Ka-band wireless antenna for business and commercial aircraft customers around the globe.
[Via Satellite – 04/15/2015]

Asset Tracking

Summit Secure launches “Summit AceTRACK,” a new fleet GPS tracking service.
[PR – 04/15/2015]

Capacity Deals

AREWA24, a 24-hour Free-to-Air (FTA) Hausa-language entertainment and lifestyle channel signs multi-year capacity lease with Eutelsat.
[Via Satellite – 04/16/15]

Televisa announces it has renewed and increased capacity on three satellites with coverage of the Americas operated by Eutelsat Communications.
[Business Wire – 04/14/2015]

Earth Observation

Artist’s depiction of Landsat 8 – courtesy NASA – The Atlantic

NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have begun work on a new satellite in the Landsat program, to be called Landsat 9, to launch in 2023.
[The Atlantic – 04/16/2015]

Ground Systems

Northrop Grumman successfully demonstrates a space-design protected tactical waveform processor that significantly enhances user data rates and spectral efficiency.
[Defence News – 04/15/2015]

Cobham EXPLORER 7100GX (E7100GX) vehicle-mounted terminal receives full type approval for use over the Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) network.
[M2M Now – 04/17/2015]

Thuraya certifies GRC Arion solution to provide commercial TacSat, allowing real-time encrypted communications across Thuraya’s coverage area.
[Via Satellite – 04/13/2015]

Maritime

Airbus Defence and Space service provider partner Ozsay Satellite Communications will upgrade satcom connectivity for five Transal Shipping oil/chemical tankers.
[Satnews – 04/14/2015]

Mobil/Cellular

Solomon Telekom Company Limited starts using O3b Network’s Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) service for backhaul in the Solomon Islands.
[Via Satellite – 04/17/2015]

On Call Communications and TVU Networks offer first combined satellite and cellular service plan for television news stations.
[Market Watch – 04/14/2015]

Oil & Gas

O3b, MEOSAT to provide high speed connectivity to oilfields in Southern Iraq.
[Via Satellite – 04/14/2015]

TV& Radio

AT&T about to get back into the space industry big time when its deal to acquire DirecTV closes, possibly by mid-year.
[Dallas News – 04/17/2015]

The Ultra High Definition Alliance (UHD Alliance) is coming to make sure Ultra-HD makes it to a screen near you and with lasting power.
[Via Satellite – 04/16/2015]

SES is planning its Ultra-HD foray in the United States with the start of its first 24/7 pilot channel in June.
[Via Satelite – 04/13/2015]

Intelsat and ScheduALL announce the successful implementation and launch of ScheduALL Connector to manage Occasional Use.
[Via Satellite – 04/13/2015]

AsiaSat 5 Satellite prior to launch. Photo: ILS – Via Satellite

TV5 Monde to launch Style HD channel for Asia Pacific on AsiaSat 5.
[Via Satellite – 04/13/2015]

Space

International team of scientists puts forward a blueprint for a purely space-based system to solve the growing problem of space debris.
[R&D Magazine – 04/17/2015]

The SpaceX Dragon rocket scheduled to launch on April 21 will carry a new kind of espresso machine to the ISS, called, fittingly, the ISSpresso.
[The Atlantic – 04/14/2015]

History

Founded in 1992 by two engineers with $500 in capital, Avionica today makes a range of innovative electronic devices for voice and data communication via satellite.
[Miami Herald – 04/17/2015]

In 1962, the United States nuclear test called “Starfish Prime” at high altitude above the Pacific Ocean caused many satellites in Earth’s orbit to become inoperable.
[DW – 04/17/2015]

The Human Element

Satcom Global supports charity Marie Curie, providing a solution to share Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ epic Marathon des Sables challenge with the world via satellite communications.
[Satnews – 04/15/2015]

Intelsat, BT Group, and ITC Global have donated satellite capacity, equipment and manpower to help restore critical communication networks across Vanuatu.
[Developing Telecoms – 04/15/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 04/12/2015

Featured Article

“Commercial and Military Satellite Communications Market and Technology Outlook, 2022″ sees powerful change toward a space-based network with capacity to serve the entire globe, a forecasted market of more than $41 billion cumulative for the 2015 – 2022 period.
[PR Newswire – 04/10/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Intelsat, iStreamPlanet, Newtec, and PSSI Global Services will demonstrate future of true 4K UHDTV, HEVC compression and multiscreen distribution at 2015 NAB show.
[Space Ref – 04/10/2015]

Northrop Grumman to feature leading military and civil space technologies at 31st Space Symposium.
[PR Newswire – 04/10/2015]

Industry Reports

Growing in-flight connectivity market holds great potential for satellite businesses, achieving retail revenues of $3.2 billion by 2024 per NSR report.
[Market Wired – 04/09/2015]

Military communications market forecast to be worth $40 billion by end of 2020 in new report on RnRMarketResearch.com.
[Satellite Spotlight – 04/07/2015]

Launch Activity

With scheduled 2016 launch of Al Yah 3, Yahsat is intent on establishing UAE as a heavy hitter in the commercial satellite industry.
[The National – 04/10/2015]

The head of France’s aerospace industries association says full industry control of Ariane 6 is non-negotiable.
[Space News – 04/09/2015]

Artistic rendition of the MexSat-1 satellite on orbit. – Satnews

Proton-M ILV launch vehicle prepared for Mexican MexSat-1 launch at Baikonur.
[Satnews – 04/08/2015]

Arianespace is preparing Telenor Satellite Broadcasting’s Thor 7 and the joint French-Italian Sicral 2 satellite for upcoming dual launch.
[Via Satellite – 04/06/2015]

Anadolu Agency file image

Turkey’s sixth satellite, Turksat 4B, scheduled for launch in June, 2015.
[Anadolu Agency – 04/06/2015]

Japan launches new spy satellite to replace old satellite which is outdated and wearing out.
[Clapway – 04/05/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Iridium, whose predecessor was ahead of its time, makes gains in revenue and net income; is compared to Globalstar and ORBCOMM.
[Smallcap Network – 04/12/2015]

Customs Today file image

Optus Satellite and Laser Light Global announce venture to enhance Laser Light’s All Optical, Hybrid Global Network, using Optus’ Australian satellite facilities and terrestrial fiber networks.
[Customs Today – 04/09/2015]

Newsat forced to search for alternative funding to keep Jabiru-1 project from collapsing as major lender withdraws support.
[Reuters – 04/08/2015]

Satellite Technology

Surrey Satellite Technology collaborates with Aerojet Rocketdyne and NanoRacks on the development of the FeatherCraft platform.
[Via Satellite – 04/09/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Indian Prime Minister’s visit to France yields multiple agreements including agreements to cooperate in satellite and space initiatives.
[F.INDIA – 04/11/2015]

Popular movement in Sicily called “No MUOS” protests construction of MUOS satellite station in desert by U.S. Navy.
[WorldBeyondWar – 04/11/2015]

The United States Strategic Command’s Joint Space Operations Center plans consult with commercial satellite industry officials to tighten relations between government and industry.
[Via Satellite – 04/10/2015]

Aerialink and Sat-Tel provide service members means to send a text via satellite to the private network’s Short Message Service Center (SMSC).
[PR Newswire – 04/09/2015]

Data Path wins $6.8 million contract to equip Denmark with WGS terminals.
[Via Satellite – 04/07/2015]

NATO outlines its Satcom needs and goals as it looks at how to better leverage commercial resources and be ready for new technologies.
[Via Satellite – 04/06/2015]

Australia approves purchase of new satellite terminals for deployed land forces, upgrades to existing satellite terminals, and terminal M&C systems.
[C4ISR&Networkds – 04/06/2015]

Regulatory

FCC releases Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in which it would have authority to modify commercial television broadcast station’s local market for purposes of satellite carriage rights.
[National Law Review – 04/06/2015]

Satellite Operations

Global VSAT Forum (GVF) launches global certification program for teleport personnel and satellite operations center technicians.
[Blackbird Satellite News – 04/11/2015]

Aeronautical

FLYHT signs two contracts to provide inflight tracking services with AFIRS systems already installed on aircraft that were purchased.
[Market Wired – 04/10/2015]

CarlisleIT, under a new partnership with Saint Gobain Performance Plastics, has introduced a new ARINC 791 solution for Ka- and Ku-band satellite communications installations.
[Aviation Today – 04/09/2015]

Airlines beginning to use inflight satellite communications to get emergency medical help for passengers and avoid costly diversions when possible.
[dna india – 04/09/2015]

Global Eagle Entertainment teams up with Waterfall, a mobile marketing company, to bring advertising to passengers on planes.
[Via Satellite – 04/08/2015]

Brastrading is building out an In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) service that could one day cover the entire continent of South America.
[Via Satellite – 04/08/2015]

Blue Sky Network of La Jolla, Calif. showed its new Hawkeye 7200, a portable satellite-tracking device, to Heli-Expo 2015 audiences for the first time.
[AIN online – 04/07/2015]

Broadband

Newtec announces together with Intelsat that its multiservice platform Newtec Dialog powers the new IntelsatOne Prism multimedia services.
[telecompaper – 04/10/2015]

Yahsat announces it has signed an agreement with international service partner SkyGate to distribute internet broadband services across the Middle East region.
[Zawya – 04/07/2015]

Inmarsat and China sign agreement for Global Xpress service.
[ATW – 04/06/2015]

Enterprise

Thuraya Certifies GRC Arion Solution to provide a commercial TacSat solution to key customer segments.
[Zawya – 04/11/2015]

Ground Systems

AvL Techologies unveils two new antennas for satellite applications.
[Via Satellite – 04/09/2015]

Imagine Communications creates software enhancements for SelinioFlex suite of solutions to support HEVC to meet increased bandwidth requirements for 4K UHDTV.
[Via Satellite – 04/06/2015]

Maritime

New RockFLEET system breaks the mould of traditional vessel trackers, by doubling up as a smart interface for M2M communication.
[Your Shipbuilding News – 04/08/2015]

Mobil

Eutelsat’s Ka-Sat HTS. Photo: Astrium – Viasat

Sevis systems partners with Eutelsat to deliver 3G/LTE backhaul over Ka-Sat.
[Via Satellite- 04/09/2015]

Along with Next Generation 911 (NG911) to bring 911 up to date with 3G/4G/LTE technology as proposed by the FCC, introducing satellite diversity would make system more robust.
[Federal News Radio – 04/08/2015]

Oil & Gas

Photo: RigNet – Viasat

RigNet signs three-year contract with Norwegian international midwater drilling contractor to provide managed network solutions on North Sea rigs.
[Via Satellite – 04/10/2015]

TV& Radio

Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) and Media Speed Company sign contract for providing, installing and operating a digital Satellite TV Broadcasting platform in Riyadh.
[Saudi Gazette – 04/07/15]

Space

Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has successfully provided communications support to NASA’s Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) Mission.
[Satnews – 04/10/2015]

History

Engineers work on the Early Bird satellite shortly before its launch. Source: NASA – EDN

Intelsat 1 is placed in orbit April 6, 1965.
[EDN Network – 04/06/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 04/05/2015

Featured Article

Conference Preparatory Meeting for WRC-15- CPM 15-2. Photo: ITU – Via Satellite

International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is preparing for what it expects to be a hotly debated series of issues at the upcoming World Radiocommunications Conference 2015 including International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) C-band spectrum requests.
[Via Satellite – 04/03/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

At a ceremony hosted by the UAE Embassy in Washington, director general of the UAE Space Agency tells of the country’s journey to establishing its very own agency.
[The National – 04/05/2015]

GVF Oil & Gas Communications in association with sponsors Winegard, SES, Hughes, and Gilat Satellite Networks will present “The Rio Meeting 2015: Big Oil, Big Data – The Deep Water Ocean Expanse” in Rio de Janeiro April 7, 2015.
[Satnews – 03/31/2015]

Industry Reports

New Eroconsult report predicts a calculated annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11 percent for capacity leased in Africa over the next decade.
[Via Satellite – 04/03/2015]

New “Military Communications Market Analysis” report expects the market to grow through 2020 on account of emphasis on data-centric and network-centric communications.
[WhaTech – 04/01/2015]

Launch Activity

heavy-lift Ariane 64 – Credit: ESA/D. Ducros – Space News

ESA and industry at odds over funding of Ariane 6 development.
[Space News – 04/03/2015]

After a four-week delay, a converted ballistic missile launches a trio of communications satellites and a classified piggy-back cargo.
[Sen – 03/31/2015]

SpaceX expects to launch the first communications satellite of Turkmenistan, the Turkmen Alem, on April 24, 2015.
[Trend – 03/31/2015]

Airanespace launches third and fourth satellites for Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System Galileo.
[Via Satellite – 03/30/2015]

Long March 3C rocket lifts off – Credit: Xinhua – Spaceflight Now

China launches new spacecraft to begin growing Beidou navigation system into global service alongside satellite constellations from U.S., Russia and Europe.
[Spaceflight Now – 03/30/2015]

Indian Space Research Organization launches the fourth of seven satellites in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System.
[Via Satellite – 03/30/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Following Globecomm’s $340 million acquisition by Wasserstein & Co. it has looked to adjust its offerings and operations in a chaotic market.
[Via Satellite – 04/02/2015]

Agreements signed by Marine Communication Navigation Company and Inmarsat sign agreements bringing Global Xpress services to China.
[Satnews – 04/01/2015]

Satellite Technology

Airbus Defence & Space is preparing for full commercial operations of its Zephyr high altitude pseudo satellite (HAPS), envisioning the establishment of launchpads that could deploy an aircraft anywhere in the world within 24 hours.
[Flightglobal – 04/02/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Digital graphic of TruNet. Photo: Rockwell Collins – Via Satellite

Rockwell Collins is launching a new military communications ground-air network providing advanced interoperable communications for warfighters.
[Via Satellite – 04/03/2015]

Pentagon says it will not rely on Russian or Chinese weather satellites.
[Space News – 04/02/2015]

Azerbaijan and Belarus to expand satellite co-operation.
[Azernews – 04/02/2015]

China has more than 110 artificial satellites in orbit around the Earth, and is pushing ahead with a program to build a space-based “Silk Road.”
[Ecns.cn – 04/02/2015]

The Australian Department of Defence has secured second pass approval from the government to move ahead with Joint Project 2008 Phase 5B1 satellite communications project.
[Army-Technology – 04/01/2015]

Air Force team develops, designs, tests and implements a manual log-on process for trucks to access MilStar satellites using $500 of COTS equipment that saved an estimated $10 million in ARU re-design and replacement costs.
[dvids – 04/01/2015]

General Dynamics’ four-channel Digital Modular Radios (DMR) pass a Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite test.
[C4ISR&Networks – 04/01/2015]

Airbus Defence and Space and Spectra Group team up to extend government tactical radio reach Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) using satcom from Inmarsat.
[Via Satellite – 04/01/2015]

Photo: Senior Airman Asha Harris/US Army – Defense News

Using the same satellite technology as commercial airlines, the Army plans to offer connectivity to airborne troops for the first time, beginning in May.
[Defense News – 03/31/2015]

Falcon 9 – Credit: SpaceX – Space News

Report highlights misunderstandings between SpaceX and the Air Force on certification.
[Space News – 03/31/2015]

XipLink and SES Government Solutions team up to deploy advanced acceleration and optimization technology for the U.S. government at a lower cost per bit.
[Via Satellite – 03/31/2015]

Australian Government commits $180 million to fleet of satellite terminals largely from Raytheon and L-3 to connect to WGS network.
[it news – 03/30/2015]

U.S.A.F. to release final request for proposals for satellite modems for protected communications to replace modems in WGS terminals.
[Spacenews – 03/27/2015]

Legal

Israeli defense contractor fires back at Hughes Network Systems LLC’s attempt to dismiss its claims of willful patent infringement.
[Law360 – 04/02/2015]

Regulatory

ADS-B, to satellites – Credit: Aireon – Sp[ace News

Satellite-based aircraft tracking joins C-band fight on WRC-15 agenda.
[Space News – 04/02/2015]

Satellite Operations

Europe’s Metosat-7 to be placed in retirement orbit over Indian Ocean in 2017 after lasting 4 times longer than planned service life.
[Space News – 04/03/2015]

Aeronautical

Satellite providers eye new business in air-traffic changes as Canadian and European authorities press for strict new plane position reporting.
[Seeking Alpha – 04/01/2015]

Avanti is launching two new programs in Africa in partnership with the United Kingdom Space Agency through the International Partnership Space Program (IPSP).
[Via Satellite – 03/30/2015]

Broadband

Gilat Satcom offers connectivity package for rural Africa for just $1 per month.
[IT World – 04/02/2015]

Skyware Technologies partners with Inmarsat to develop new ATOM terminal, which is available with out-of-the-box compatibility with the Global Xpress network.
[Satnews – 04/02/2015]

CG AltegroSky will be offering high-speed Ka-band capacity via the satellite “Express-AM5″ in the Far East.
[Satnews – 03/30/2015]

Enterprise

Balkan Telekom extends satellite connectivity for enterprises in Middle East and Turkey using Avanti’s HYLAS 2 Ka-band satellite.
[Business Wire – 03/31/2015]

Ground Systems

Newtec unveils MCX7000 multi-carrrier satellite gateway, to be displayed for the first time at the Las Vegas NAB.
[Satnews – 04/02/2015]

Arabsat and Siemens Convergence Creators sign contract for installation of new Communication System Monitoring (CSM) at Dirab Earth Station near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
[Satnews – 03/30/2015]

Maritime

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company renews master services agreement with Mobil Satellite Technologies.
[Via Satellite – 04/02/2015]

Photo: VideoFlow – Via Satellite

French cruise line Ponant is using VideoFlow technology to broadcast live events to passengers around the world.
[Via Satellite – 04/02/2015]

KVH executive outlines the next generation of ship-to-shore connectivity at CMA Shipping 2015 conference in Stamford Connecticut.
[Globe Newswire – 03/30/2015]

Mobil

Gilat to present innovative cellular-over-satellite solutions at LTE Latin America 2015.
[Market Watch – 04/02/2015]

Oil & Gas

AsiaSat subsidiary Speedcast signs contract to supply ConocoPhillips with satellite communications services in the Bayu Undan field in the Timor Sea.
[macauhub – 03/31/2015]

Services

Driven by the growth of DTH, IPTV, and OTT video in the Middle East and Africa, SkyVision Global Networks begins offering broadcast services and engineering solutions.
[Via Satellite – 04/01/2015]

Telephony

Russian satellite operator GlobalTel, a subsidiary of national operator Rostelecom, introduces two new satellite telephony tariffs.
[telecompaper – 04/02/2015]

TV& Radio

M7 Group expands agreement with Scripps Networks U.K. and EMIA to deliver SD and HD channels.
[Via Satellite – 04/02/2015]

Strong Media SAL-Off-Shore (SMO) signs a multi-year contract with Eutelsat enabling it to take its pay TV operations in Africa to a new level.
[Business Wire – 03/30/2015]

Sky Perfect JSAT studying early 4K channels before deciding to add more.
[Via Satellite – 04/01/2015]

BBC World News launches in HD with SES.
[Via Satellite – 04/01/2015]

Strong Media SAL-Off-Shore signs multi-year agreement with Eutelsat to launch pay-TV services in Sub-Saharan Africa.
[Via Satellite – 03/30/2015]

Space

The MDA-built Canadarm2 and Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft. Photo: NASA – Via Satellite

Canadian Space Agency extends robotics contract with MDA for support of the International Space Station’s mobile servicing system.
[Via Satellite – 04/03/2015]

Sierra Nevada details future Dream Chaser mission concepts.
[Via Satellite – 03/31/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 03/29/2015

Featured Article

An illustration of a proposed OneWeb satellite. (credit: OneWeb) – The Space Review

LEO proposals once again a distraction as industry faces overcapacity – in 1990’s it was from advances in satellite power and lifetime; today from HTS.
[Via Satellite – 03/23/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Squire Tech will be showcasing its mobile responder satellite systems on several mobile command units from Northern and Southern California at 2015 California MCC Rally.
[PR Web – 03/25/2015]

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 33rd annual International Communications Satellite Systems Conference will take place at Gold Coast, QLD, Australia September 7 – 10, 2015.
[AIAA – September 2015]

Industry Reports

Analysts find opportunities for satellite to play in connected automobile space are limited.
[Via Satellite – 03/25/2015]

NSR to hold a webinar that answers the question “can commercial satellites still compete?”
[SatNews – 03/24/2015]

Mini-VSAT Broadband service of KVH Industries, Inc., is cited in newly published report as the market share leader in the maritime VSAT industry by vessels in service.
[Maritime Professional – 03/24/2015]

NSR analyst believes even if only one LEO constellation launches, increased capacity and lower price will drive Enterprise Data and Consumer Broadband to GEO or LEO HTS leaving GEO COMSATs video-only.
[NSR – 03/23/2015]

Launch Activity

Credit: ESA – Space News

Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket delivers two European Galileo navigation satellites into orbit.
[Space News – 03/27/2015]

A stockpiled Soviet-era Dnepr ballistic missile powers a South Korean Earth observation satellite into orbit from underground silo on remote Russian military base.
[Spaceflight Now – 03/26/2015]

Arianespace signs launch service contract with Airbus Defense & Space to launch PeruSat 1 satellite for government of Peru.
[Via Satellite – 03/26/2015]

U.S. Air Force and mission partners successfully launch GPS IIF-9 from Cape Canaveral.
[Los Angeles Air Force Base – 03/25/2015]

Japan’s H-11A rocket carries new-generation optical imaging satellite into orbit for the country’s military.
[NASA Spaceflight – 03/25/2015]

Satellite Construction

Export Development Canada announces financing of EUR 140 M to the HISPSAT Group for construction of Amazonas 5 by Canada’s MDA.
[Space Ref – 03/25/2015]

Orbital ATK receives a contract valued at up to $470 million to build the Joint Polar Satellite Systems 2 (JPSS 2) weather satellite, with options for two more spacecraft.
[Via Satellite – 03/25/2015]

Satellite Technology

Snecma receives follow-on contract from Airbus for all-electric thrusters.
[Via Satellite – 03/25/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Avanti Communications has been appointed by the UK Space Agency to deliver a major ICT infrastructure and e-learning programme to teachers in Tanzania.
[Satellite Spotlight – 03/27/2015]

UK Space Agency announces seven new space projects that will see UK companies working with international partners to develop satellite technology in emerging economies.
[Satnews – 03/26/2015]

AIN Online file image

Inmarsat launches new L-band Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (LAISR) service, designed for government customers.
[AIN Online – 03/26/2015]

As lawmakers grapple over whether to reauthorize the Export-Import bank, Australian company Newsat which received more than $300 million is in jeopardy of defaulting.
[The Daily Signal – 03/25/2015]

Navy’s MUOS satellite system operational testing to be complete by December 2015, delayed by 18 months and delaying Army’s fielding of MUOS capable radios, with total program cost of about $1.2 billion.
[San Diego Reader – 03/25/2015]

Space Daily File Image

U.S. and UAE sign bilateral space cooperation agreement.
[Space Daily – 03/25/2015]

Photo: Lockheed Martin – Via Satellite

U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin broke ground at the future 6-acre site of the new Space Fence radar system in a special ceremony on Kwajalein Atoll.
[Via Satellite – 03/24/2015]

General Dynamics-built digital modular radios connect with Army PRC-55 manpack radio in MUOS test lab.
[RF Globalnet – 03/23/2015]

Regulatory

FCC proposes modifying satellite television market rules to enable satellite subscribers to gain access to in-state news and other programming.
[FCC – 03262015]

History

Current mega-constellation plans reminiscent of 1990’s plans like Teledesic, Celestri, Ellipso, Final Analysis, Skybridge, and others.
[The Space Review – 03/23/2015]

Satellite Operations

Inmarsat announces the successful transition of key voice and broadband data services for the EMEA region from Inmarsat-4 F2 (I-4 F2) to Alphasat.
[Space Ref – 03/25/2015]

Space Daily file image

Unfurlable mesh antennas deployed on third MUOS satellite.
[Space Daily – 03/23/2015]

Aeronautical

Avionica has installed its suite of mini-Quick Access Recorders (miniQAR) on more than 75 helicopters, most streaming data over company’s 3G/4G cellular module.
[Aviation Today – 03/25/2015]

Asset Tracking

Numerex Corp, unveils a new, economical, unlimited satellite-based solution for tracking critical and high-value assets.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 03/24/2015]

GIT Satellite Communications and Globe Tracker announce strategic collaboration to integrate hardened satellite connectivity into Globe Tracker Solution.
[Market Watch – 03/23/2015]

Broadband

Iridium CEO believes plans of SpaceX and OneWeb to build satellite internet networks somewhat reflect Iridium’s approach to constellation development.
[Executive Biz – 03/27/2015]

TS2 Satellite has recently launched new KA-SAT satellite services using the HYLAS 2 spacecraft to provide high-speed data services to Iraq, Syria and Armenia.
[Satellite Spotlight – 03/27/2015]

Gilat launches Ka-band broadband service in Latin America.
[Via Satellite – 03/26/2015]

TS Global Network Sdn aims to leverage network of VSATs and employ cutting-edge Satcom technology to deliver high-speed and affordable broadband to underserved and new areas in Malaysia.
[The Star – 03/25/2015]

Satellite industry reacts to announcements of LEO constellations for satellite broadband.
[Via Satellite – 03/23/2015]

Capacity Agreements

Measat and iSAT Africa sign capacity agreement on Africasat 1a satellite.
[Via Satellite – 03/24/2015]

Earth Observation

. Image: Courtesy of MIT researchers – R&D Magazine

MIT graduate students and social-service scientists develop way to automate evaluation of earth observation satellite data to identify buildings and structures.
[R&D Magazine – 03/23/2015]

Education

O3b signs Papua New Guinea University of Technology as first education customer.
[Via Satellite – 03/25/2015]

Enterprise

Somalia telcos tap O3b for HTS services.
[Via Satellite – 03/24/2015]

Ground Systems

Broadcom release SoC for HD satellite in China.
[Via Satellite – 03/27/2015]

Undisclosed small satellite launch provider in U.S. purchases turnkey TT&C ground station from Orbit Communications.
[Via Satellite – 03/27/2015]

Maritime

Stril Server support vessel. Photo: Marlink – Via Satellite

Marlink increases bandwidth to support maritime wind farm engineering.
[Via Satellite – 03/24/2015]

Oil & Gas

Middle East petroleum company orders Hughes Jupiter system to serve as foundation network for large oil wellhead-monitoring project.
[Via Satellite – 03/27/2015]

ConocoPhillips awards Bayu-Udan satellite communications deal to Speedcast.
[Rigzone – 03/26/2015]

Space

Photograph. Credit: NASA – Space News

NASA welcomes Russian commitment to continue operations of ISS beyond 2020, but indicates there are no firm plans for a successor.
[Space Newzs – 03/28/2015]

Solar Probe Plus Illustration – Clapway file image

ESA’s Solar Orbiter and NASA’s Solar Probe Plus both designed to stand up to Sun’s intense heat and provide answers about how the sun works.
[Clapway – 03/28/2015]

Credit: NASA artist’s concept – Space News

NASA picks Option B for robotic element of Asteroid Redirect Mission, but does not win over skeptics.
[Space News – 03/27/2015]

The Human Aspect

Flooded street in Vanuatu. Photo: Simon_sees (Flickr) – Via Satellite

ITU sends Vanuatu emergency satcom resources following destruction caused by Cyclone Pam.
[Via Satellite – 03/27/2015]

SES and Digicel Pacific Limited donate satellite capacity and equipment in aftermath of Cyclone Pam.
[SVG – 03/27/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 03/22/2015

Featured Article

Credit: OneWeb – Space News

Two U.S. and three European companies have submitted bids to build some 900 small Internet-delivery satellites for OneWeb LLC in a competition that is forcing all of them to revamp their ways of doing business.
[Space News – 03/19/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Newtec is presented with the World Teleport Association (WTA) ‘Teleport Technology of the Year’ award for its Newtec Dialog® multiservice platform with Mx-DMA™ technology.
[Satnews – 03/19/2015]

WTA honors Onlime, Newtec, and Jorge Luis Villarreal Schutz at the 20th annual Teleport Awards.
[SatNews – 03/18/2015]

Mobile Satellite User’s Association (MSU) recognizes Cobham SATCOM’s Sea Tel with Mobile Satellite Pioneer Award for contribution to Maritime SATCOM.
[BYM News – 03/18/2015]

IDirect’s Partner Elara Comunicaciones named among best Mexican companies.
[PR Newswire – 03/18/2015]

Emerging Markts Communications showcases patented satellite technologies and fully managed VSAT services at Satellite 2015.
[Market Wired – 03/17/2015]

World’s only CEO-driven satellite organization, ESOA, expands its voice to assert satellite role in future communications ecosystem.
[Market Watch – 03/16/2015]

Launch Activity

File photo of a Vega rocket launch. Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Photo Optique Video du CSG – JM Guillon – Spaceflight Now

Arianespace announces four launch orders to deploy soacecraft for a Google subsidiary, the United Arab Emirates, and Europe’s new laser data relay satellites.
[Spaceflight Now – 03/21/2015]

Federal Proton successfully launches RSCC’s Express AM7 satellite.
[Via Satellite – 03/20/2015]

Acting director of Khrunichev discusses the imminent switchover from the Proton launch vehicle to Angara in the midst of international sanctions and a government takeover.
[Via Satellite – 03/20/2015]

Arianespace and Airbus Defence and Space have reached an agreement for the launch of EDRS-C which is the second geostationary satellite of the SpaceDataHighway system.
[SpaceRef – 03/19/2015]

SpaceX’s next launch with a European-built communications satellite has been delayed to no earlier than March 28 to study a problem with a helium pressurization system on the Falcon 9 rocket.
[Spaceflight Now – 03/17/2015]

Satellite Construction

Photo: Airbus Defence and Space – Via Satellite

Airbus Defence and Space receives 3-D printed aluminum bracket for mounting TMTC antennas on the satellite from 3T RPD.
[Via Satellite – 03/20/2015]

Boeing could sign deal for high throughput satellite with tech giant like Google, Amazon, or Apple this year.
[Reuters – 03/17/2015]

According to Intelsat, latest successful EpicNG tests validated protected tactical waveform (PTW) modem performance on the EpicNG digital payload.
[Digital Ship – 03/16/2015]

Satellite Operations

Hunter Communications Canada and Eutelsat Americas gear up for expansion in Canada with EUTELSAT 115 West B.
[Reuters – 03/17/2015]

Ground Systems

Intelsat chooses ETL’s RF equipment to upgrade its teleports.
[Space Ref – 03/16/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

File image – Space Daily

The Delta IV space launch vehicle will be discontinued in favor of the Atlas V that uses the Russian made RD-180 rocket to launch US national security payloads into space according to ULA President and CEO.
[Space Daily – 03/22/2015]

The United States and the United Arad Emirates jointly announce bilateral space cooperation.
[U.S. Department of State – 03/20/2015]

Senator McCain accuses Air Force of stalling on selection of a replacement rocket for the Russian RD-180.
[Space News – 03/19/2015]

Air Force Technology file photo

Airbus Defence and Space has been ordered by the UK Government to reposition one of the Skynet 5 satellites to deliver military satellite communications (satcom) over the Asia-Pacific region from mid-2015.
[Airforce Technology – 03/19/2015]

Eutelsat sets up Eutelsat Government EMEA to respond to satellite needs of government and institutional markets in EMEA region.
[Market Watch – 03/18/2015]

Exelis receives $7.6 million in orders from ADS, Inc. on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense to provide mission command on-the-move systems.
[Satnews – 03/19/2015]

SES conducts second successful O3b satellite demonstration for the U.S. Government.
[Business Wire – 03/16/2015]

Intelligent Aerospace file photo

Marines ask ViaSat for hatch-mount SATCOM streaming-video antenna for KC-130J aircraft.
[Intelligent Aerospace – 03/16/2015]

Aeronautical

Attendees at the SATELLITE 2015 conference gathered to discuss the future of satellite technology in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
[Aviation Today – 03/18/2015]

Reuters file photo

Analysts warn entertainment and satellite communications systems leave aircraft vulnerable to hacking.
[Fox News – 03/17/2015]

Rockwell Collins teams with OneWeb to provide connectivity to Aviation.
[Aviation Today – 03/16/2015]

Broadband

X2nSat unveils the fastest enterprise broadband with the SES-2 satellite and the Newtec broadband platform.
[Satellite Spotlight – 03/18/2015]

Maritime

Inmarsat reports the launch of Fleet Media which will see a variety of content delivered to vessels at sea and available to crew on demand.
[The Digital Ship – 03/20/2015]

Mobile

Three next-generation satellite messengers offer satellite-connected Wi-fi hotspots – Iridium Go, Inmarsat IsatHub, and Globalstar Sat-Fi.
[Wired – 03/20/2015]

Capacity Agreements

SES and Airbus Defence and Space announced that they have signed a multi-year multi-transponder agreement to deliver managed satcom services to corporate customers in Africa and globally.
[Via Satellite – 03/19/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Thuraya is looking to sell itself to rival Inmarsat in a transaction that has long been expected but has been stalled by the two sides’ inability to agree on a price.
[Space News – 03/20/2015]

Panasonic to acquire ITC Global.
[TMCNet – 03/16/2015]

Speedcast signs definitive agreement for the acquisition of Hermes Datacommunications International Ltd.
[Satnews – 03/16/2015]

Datapath launches new Cyber Security Solutions tailored to unique need of remote communications networks.
[Business Wire – 03/16/2015]

The Human Aspect

SES and Digicel provide emergency satcom in Vanuatu after cyclone Pam.
[Via Satellite – 03/20/2015]

Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium, is inducted into Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 list of the most influential leaders in GovCon for his leadership role in global satellite communications.
[GovConWire – 03/18/2015]

 

WBMSAT News Bits 03/15/2015

Featured Article

Photo – U.S. Air Force – C4ISR&Networks

Commercial firm will take over the Air Force’s Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) constellation by 2016.
[C4ISR&Networks – 03/13/2015]

Industry Reports

Certain verticals. including oil and gas, financial institutions and point of sale in mature North American VSAT market are experiencing above average growth rates.
[Live-PR – 03/09/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Airbus Defense and Space showcases technology portfolio at Satellite 2015.
[4-traders – 03/14/2015]

ASC Signal supporting sponsor of teleport industry’s awards luncheon at Satellite 2015, will announce new initiative related to Next Generation Controller system.
[SatNews – 03/13/2015]

Squire Tech displays and demonstrations at Satellite 2015 to include pCom satellite trailer.
[PR.com – 03/13/2015]

O3b founder Greg Wyler to talk about plans for 648-satellite low-earth constellation OneWeb, backed by Virgin Group and Qualcomm, at Satellite 2015.
[Via Satellite – 03/09/2015]

The satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG) plans to shift its focus this year to concentrate more heavily on mitigating VSAT interference.
[Via Satellite – 03/09/2015]

GVF Satellite Hub Summit @ CABSAT 2015 takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre March 11 and 12.
[Satnews – 03/09/2015]

Launch Activity

NASA launches four satellites to study interactions between Earth’s magnetic field and the sun’s.
[CBS News – 03/13/2015]

Zenon-ion thrusters of all-electric AUTELSAT 115 West B are powered up, enabling ascent of the satellite to geostationary orbit.
[Mobility Techzone – 03/12/2015]

SES picks Arianespace to launch the third of three satellites it ordered last month.
[Spaceflight Now – 03/07/2015]

Satellite Construction

ViaSat affiliate signs credit agreement with Export-Import Bank for $525 million to finance construction of ViaSat-2 HTS.
[PR Newswire – 03/13/2015]

BitSat – Image Credit: Bryan Versteeg, DSI. – Satnews

Dunvegan Space Systems signs Deep Space Industries to build 24 BitSat nanosatellite constellation.
[Satnews – 03/12/2015]

Spacecom to raise $50 million in debt financing in order to complete its Amos 6 satellite project by 2016.
[No Camels – 03/10/2015]

EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite in final stretch of manufacturing.
[Satellite Spotlight – 03/09/2015]

Satellite Technology

European Data Relay System to use Laser-beam transmissions from Earth Observation satellites to geosynchronous satellites to relay data to ground in real time.
[Aviation Week – 03/12/2015]

Image: Accion Systems – R&D Magazine

Electrospray thruster makes small satellites more capable.
[R&D Magazine – 03/11/2015]

Satellite Operations

U.K. man allegedly breaks into an international satellite messaging system the U.S. military uses to communicate with global personnel.
[Nextgov – 03/06/2015]

Ground Systems

Comtech Xicom introduces new very high power highly efficient Ku-band and DBS-band SuperPower traveling wave tube amplifiers.
[RF Globalnet – 03/13/2015]

AvL Technologies to supply transportable terminal antenna system for O3b.
[Via Satellite – 03/12/2015]

Paradise Datacom announces availability of Outdoor PowerMAX, a new high power SSPA system based on indoor PowerMax.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 03/12/2015]

NovelSat announced the availability of a new version of its SMOS (Satellite Modem Operating System) platform, offering Ka-band support, weather proofing enhancements and features upgrade.
[Satnews – 03/11/2015]

Russian integrator Ka-Internet delivers a Hughes JUPITER™ System to RSCC as RSCC’s platform for high-performance satellite broadband services in Siberia and the Far East.
[CNN Money – 03/10/2015]

Blobecomm gets multimillioin-dollar contract to build new teleport for UAE-based teleport operator du.
[Via Satellite – 03/10/2015]

Gilat wins its largest ever contract, $286 million, from Fitel for telecommunications infrastructure in remote areas of Peru.
[Jewish Business News – 03/08/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

U..S. Central Command operations in Afghanistan – Credit: U.S. Marines – Space News

U.S. Air Force warns lawmakers that it may have to depend on Chinese, Indian or Russian satellites as early as 2017 for weather coverage of Afghanistan and Mid East.
[Space News – 03/13/2015]

France awards three military satellite orders to Airbus and Thales team.
[Via Satellite – 03/13/2015]

Air Force official says that the current momentum the U.S. has with satellites in orbit and in production should be exploited by developing new satellite designs.
[Via Satellite – 03/12/2015]

DISA official says it is too early to speculate how military requirements will be impacted by the increased capability delivered by HTS.
[Via Satellite – 03/11/2015]

General Dynamics gets U.S. Army contract to upgrade Mobile User Objective System waveform used in manpack radios.
[Satnews – 03/11/2015]

Pakistan’s Suparco fears action to freeze a satellite operator’s bank account to recover federal excise duty may put vital project in jeopardy.
[Business Recorder – 03/09/2015]

Aeronautical

Blobal Eagle Entertainment and Air China successfully complete first in-flight television newscast using Ku-band connectivity.
[Via Satellite – 03/11/2015]

Broadband

LeoSat to concentrate on broadband for “top 3,000 rather than the other 3 billion.”
[Space News – 03/10/2015]

GPS

GS Daily file photo

ESA says the second of two navigation satellites sent astray by mislaunch has been nudged into better, potentially useful orbit.
[Space Mart – 03/13/2015]

Maritime

MTN announces statictical results of two-year transformation of at-sea connectivity.
[TMCnet – 03/11/2015]

Harris CapRock is delivering increased bandwidth to enhance internet access of Carnival Cruise Line ships, across the fleet.
[Business Wire – 03/10/2015]

KVH completes several capacity increases for mini-VSAT, serving maritime activities around the world including oil and gas, fishing, and shipping.
[SatNews – 03/09/2015]

Mobile

RuralCom and Gilat bring cellular coverage to rural Canada.
[Market Wired – 03/10/2015]

Oil & Gas

SkyStream increases capacity on SES to serve Middle East oil and gas customer.
[Via Satellite – 03/12/2015]

TV& Radio

Spacecom and SatLink announce they have been selected to distribute Orange African Football Chanpioinship competition.
[Satnews – 03/13/2015]

Space

Lockheed Martin reveals proposal to use a reusable space-servicing vehicle as a cargo resupply solution for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Service 2 (CRS-2) contract.
[Via Satellite – 03/13/2015]

Credit: NASA Ames – Phys Org

NASA tests parachute-like space brakes to de-orbit satellites.
[Phys-Org – 03/11/2015]

YahClick to connect Square Kilometer Array in South Africa.
[Via Satellite – 03/11/2015]

Regulatory

Astonishing increase in number of small satellites being launched causes friction between regulators and satellite developer and some governments.
[Space News – 03/13/2015]

Capacity Agreements

Azam Media , owned by Tanzanian conglomerate Bakhresa Group, scales up capacity with Eutelsat to expand African pay-TV offer.
[Mobility Techzone – 03/10/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Intelsat and Azercosmos team to deliver new telecommunications satellite at 45 degrees east.
[Via Satellite – 03/13/2015]

Gilat partners with Intelsat to enable rapid deployment and high quality 2G/3G cellular connectivity to underserved regions of the world.
[I T Business Net – 03/12/2015]

Omnisys and Thales Alenia Space open joint Space Technology Center in Brazil.
[Via Satellite – 03/12/2015]

Iridium announces Thales as manufacturing partner for Iridium Certus broadband.
[twst – 03/11/2015]

Globalstar stock up after successful demonstration of terrestrial low-power Wi-Fi service to FCC.
[benzinga – 03/11/2015]

Satcom Global opens new office in Perth to better serve customers and partners in Western Australia.
[Marine Link – 03/11/2015]

Boeing acquires stake in SoftBank Satellite Planning Corp – joint venture to develop satellite-based disaster response system for Japan.
[Zacks – 03/10/2015]

Honewell becomes Global Xpressaeronautical service provider to Inmarsat Government.
[Market Watch – 03/10/2015]

SpaceX says ease of getting spectrum from some countries could create false competitors who are out only to impede SpaceX and other serious space companies planning satellite constellations.
[Motherboard – 03/09/2015]

Airbus Group NV may be preparing the sale of additional space and component assets as it focuses on the commercial-jet business.
[Bloomberg – 03/09/2015]

The Human Aspect

Luxembourg emergency workers to install satellite communications system emergency.lu in Vanuate after devastating cyclone hit the island.
[Luxemburger Wort – 03/15/2015]