WBMSAT News Bits 09/05/2015

Featured Article

Satellite operators appear likely to lose exclusive use of C-band spectrum.  (09/04)

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Spacepath Communications returning to IBC  with expanded product portfolio including touch-screen TWTAs.  (08/31)

RR Media CEO Avi Cohen to participate in Euroconsult panel on future of TV distribution at World Satellite Business Week in Paris.  (08/31)

Industry Reports

FSS industry posted an average annual growth rate of 4.3 percent over 2010-2013 with 2013 showing clear signs of slowdown at only +2 percent.  (09/02)

Launch Activity

ARCA Space Corp plans to test high-altitude drones and suborbital rockets at Space Port America in New Mexico.  (09/04)

Navy launches fourth MUOS satellite. (09/02)

Long delayed first launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy now scheduled for April or May of 2016.  (09/02)

Inmarsat launches third Global Xpress satellite.  (08/31)

Krunichev Telecom announces new Launch Information Processing and Display Center supporting visual presentation of launch information.  (08/31)

Indian GSLV launches with GSAT-6.  (08/27)

Market Strategy & Revenues

ST Teleport and AsiaSat bolster a preexisting partnership to enhance service offerings to the VSAT and media sectors. (09/02)

Satellite Operations

Fourth MUOS satellite completes new military smart phone-like network’s near global coverage.  (09/03)

Agency managing Galileo and EGNOS satellite navigation programs finally certifies SES-5 satellite for navigation service three years after launch.  (09/03)

NigComSat 1-R reportedly lying idle in space because of inter-agency rivalry in Nigeria.  (09/01)

Satellite Technology

Finnish startup KNL Networks claims to have developed an alternative that is not only cheaper than satellite but offers reliable global coverage.  (09/04)

DARPA explores on-orbit robotic satellite assembly.  (08/31)

China set to launch world’s longest quantum network –  if all goes according to schedule, China would be first to launch quantum communications satellite.  (08/30)

Government, Military & Defense

Colorado lawmaker pushes U.S. Air Force to scrutinize SpaceX in aftermath of launch failure.  (09/03)

Navy extends contract to Rome Research Corporation for provision of satellite operations and maintenance services.  (09/02)

NASA releases GSFC solicitation for low cost satellite optical communications ground station.  (09/01)

Northrop Grumman, ViaSat and Optus team to respond to tender for  WGS access for Australia.  (09/01)

Kratos’ RT Logic gets $49 million contract to support U.S> government satellite communications.  (09/01)


CITEL proposes allocating 3400 – 3600 MHz portion of C-band to International Mobile Industry.  (09/02)

As LightSquared emerges from bankruptcy, it again seeks FCC authorization of the use of satellite frequencies for its cellular network.  (08/31)


COM DEV announces AVSAT product line, designed to enable aircraft to communicate with satellites, reaches several important milestones.  (09/03)

Iridium aims to save airlines money with new traffic-tracking satellites.  (08/30)

Faster in –flight Wi-Fi coming soon on a global level.  (08/30)


NBN argues its satellite and fixed wireless solutions are delivering higher-speed broadband to remote Australian areas than ever before.  (09/02)


FCC attempts to stop broadcasters from blacking out programs while negotiating with TV providers. (09/04)

Capacity Deals

Axesate signs ,multi-year muilti-transponder agreement with Eutelsat Americas.  (09/03)

Avanti signs multi-year agreement with Global RadioData Communications for secure Ka-band connectivity for government, defence, and emergency service customers.  (09/02)

Ground Systems

McMurdo introduces next-gen software for satellite-aided search and rescue.  (09/04)

M/A-COM expands portfolio with 20watt and 4-watt Ka-band power amplifiers. (09/03)

Wavestream is certified to ISO/AS 9100 quality system standard.  (09/02)

GeoTelecommunicatoins selects Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c platform for enterprise and consumer markets in Russia.  (08/31)

Kymeta’s flat, thin, light and low-cost metamaterials-based satellite tracking antennas to work with Intelsat Epic satellites for mobile applications.  (08/29)


Signalhorn supplying remote managed communications for offshore fleet of leading maritime company.  (09/03)


Russia and China discuss joint mobile satellite communications projects.  (09/01)

Oil & Gas

SpeedCast selected by interoil to deliver highly available and flexible field connectivity solutions.  (09/03)

The Human Element

Satellite communications technology helped to save lives and reconnect loved ones right after the Nepal earthquake.  (09/02)

Oklahoma representative Jim Bridenstine recognized for leadership on space issues.  (09/01)

Satellite images confirm Syrian temple destruction in Syria.  (08/30)

WBMSAT News Bits 08/24/2015

Featured Article

Newtec demonstration at Intelsat teleport smashes efficiency record, with 20 Mbps into 2 MHz of transponder bandwidth.  (08/24)

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

AIAA’s first ever SATCOM engineering tech conference to be held in Australia from September 7 to 10, 2015.  (08/19)

MilSatCom Latin America to occur from September 22nd through 23rd at Macelo Atlantic Suites in Macelo, Brazil.  (08/18)

Industry Reports

NSR report projects satellite earth observation market to reach $4.5 billion in next decade.  (08/24)

Technavio’s analysts forecast the FSS market in North America to grow at a CAGR of 0.76% over the period 2014-2019.  (08/21)

Research and Markets announces the addition of the “Global Satellite M2M Connections and Services Market 2015-2019” report to their offering.  (08/19)

New “Satellite Transponders Market” report added to Research and Markets offerings sees in-flight communications, M2M, and Maritime Broadand continuing to drive growth.  (08/18)

Financial Times reports that approximately 566,000 satellite and cable Pay-TV accounts were discontinued from April through June, 2015.  (08/18)

NSR’s Government and Military Satellite Communications, 12th Edition report provides an in-depth view at the drivers, regional trends, and capacity demand through 2024.  (08/17)

Launch Activity

Eutelsat 8 West B and Intelsat 34 are successfully launched into orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket.  (08/24)

Inmarsat’s third Global Xpress satellite expected to launch Friday, August 28; the company hopes it will deliver a $500m boost to revenue by 2020.  (08/23)

Navy’s fourth MUOS satellite is set atop Atlas V for August 31 launch.  (08/21)

ISRO’s GSAT-6 communications satellite prepares for August 27 launch. (08/21)

Argentina’s ARSAT-2 arrives in French Guiana for September launch.  (08/21)

Market Strategy & Revenues

Satellite Solutions Worldwide acquires Sat2Way.  (08/20)

Under development agreement, SHARP will use its liquid crystal display production technology to manufacture Kymeta’s new flat-panel satellite antenna.  (08/19)

Satcom Direct Communications signs agreement to acquire Airbus DS SatCom Government, Inc.  (08/18)

Satellite Construction

U.S. Export-Import Bank’s loss of operating charter leads to Boeing’s loss of $85 million satellite contract with Asia Broadcast Satellite.  (8/22)

Avanti Communications Group announces completion of financing for its HYLAS 4 satellite.  (08/19)

Government, Military & Defense

Team from the Air Force, Navy and Lockheed Martin tests MUOS in Antarctica.  (08/24)

Nigerian Director General of NASRDA laments that ‘foreigners control 97% of Africa’s satellite technology.  (08/23)

From throttle to brakes ACMS maintainers make RPA (Remote Piloted Aircraft) missions possible.  (08/21)

Israel and the United States announced an agreement of cooperation to track and prevent collisions between satellites in orbit.  (08/18)


FCC rules that Dish cannot operate two small subsidiaries and receive discounts reserved for small businesses, while bidding for spectrum during the upcoming AWS-3 Auction 97.  (08/19)


Satcom Direct introduces AeroIT – training and certification for IT in Aviation.  (08/18)

Ratheon delivers next-generation SATCOM radio for certification testing.  (08/16)


Comcast will deploy DOCSIS 3.1 across entire footprint by 2018, enabling speeds up to 10 Gbps over Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC) network.  (08/24)

Joining Google, SpaceX and Facebook in proposing large satellite constellations for broadband, Samsung proposes 4,500 LEO satellites.  (08/17)


EVP at Encompass Digital Media states that satellite DTH broadcasting appears to be outpacing cable in Latin America.  (08/21)

Beximco Communications set to launch DTH service for TV viewers in Bangladesh.  (08/21)

Capacity Deals

Aircom Pacific leases tranponders across AsiaSat fleet for in-flight entertainment delivery.  (08/21)

Disaster Recovery

Optus targets small business with satellite continuity service to use in event of fibre network outage.  (08/21)

Ground Systems

Es’hailSat signs deal with Promer to build teleport north of Doha.  (08/24)

Intellian 60cm and 1m antennas approved in partnership with Telenor Satellite Broadcasting as VSAT platforms for THOR 7 satellite.  (08/21)


Eurostar launches Asianet Mobile TV app in the Arabian Gulf.  (08/25)

Oil & Gas

Speedcast gets one of its largest satellite service agreements ever in the energy sector, covering over 20 countries in Asia-Pacific and Africa.  (08/24)

Meosat has announced its O3b Networks satellite communications system is live and operational in Southern Iraq.  (08/17)

The Human Element

NewCom and Kidnected World to bring satellite-based internet connectivity to indigenous children.  (08/19)

WBMSAT News Bits 08/14/15

Featured Article

China, Russia and the U.S. are developing and testing controversial new capabilities to wage war in space despite their denial of such work.  (08-10)

Industry Reports

M2M Satellite Communication Market Poised to reach 5.91 Billion USD by 2020.  (08-11)

Is Small the new Big?  Unprecedented venture capital flowing to nano and microsat business plans.  (08-11)

Northern Sky report to provide unparalleled in-depth view at the drivers, regional trends, and capacity demand through 2024.  (September 2015)

Launch Activity

DoD asks industry what it would take to close business case to develop new rocket main engine for satellite launches. (08-13)

MUOS-4 secure communications satellite encapsulated for August 31 launch.  (08-13)

NBN’s ‘Sky Muster’ satellite to launch October 1, 2015.  (08-13)

Number of small satellites launched in 2015 is likely to fall short of the growth predicted in recent forecasts because of launch failure. (08-12)

Orbital ATK orders second Atlas 5, leaves door open for more.  (08-11)

In a move to make space more accessible, Rocket Lab has released a system for booking satellite launches online. (08-3)

Market Strategy & Revenues

SES Techcom Services and POST Telecom partner to develop smart cloud-based ICT solutions.  (08-14)

Gilat partners with leading China satellite communication companies for their first Ka HTS multi-spot-beam satellite.  (08-12)

NewSat to be liquidated.  (08-11)

X2nSat growth hits 24% in past six months.  (08-10)

Panasonic completes ITC Global acquisition.  (08-10)

HISPASAT reaches agreement with British owners of Goonhilly Earth Station to provide TV distribution services throughout Europe. (08-10)

Rockwell Collins acquires International Communications Group.  (08-10)

Satellite Construction

A new-generation telecommunications satellite developed by the European Space Agency in partnership with Hispasat has again fallen behind schedule.(08-13)

Lockheed Martin wins commercial Atlas launch contract for EchoStar XIX communications satellite – (08-11)

Satellite Technology

Thaicom and Kasetsart University to cooperate in research design and development to enhance efficiency of satellite communications systems.  (08-14)

DARPA program called Vacuum Electronic Science and Technology looks to build systems supporting higher operation RF signals that are “louder” and thereby harder to jam and otherwise interfere with.  (08-11)

Government, Military & Defense

Navy and Air Force test MUOS satellite system for truly global mobile communications.  (08-13)

Chairman of House Science Committee prods NASA about perceived special treatment for SpaceX following failure of ISS resupply mission. (08-3)

U.S. Army contracts Raytheon to conduct certification testing on an upgraded satellite communications system used on its aircraft.  (08-12)

India’s Department of Space considers changes in satellite communications policy.  (08-12)

General Dynamics equipping new Navy vessels with radios for MUOS.  (08-11)


Inmarsat awarded funding for project to revolutionise e-commerce and maternity services in remote Nigerian and Kenyan communities.  (08-14)

Samsung is proposing launching thousands of tiny satellites that could provide superfast internet to five billion people worldwide.  (08-13)

Earth Observation

Fugro expands survey services and satellite imagery capabilities.  (08-13)

Ground Systems

RT Logic and Spaceflight partner to enhance small satellite ground support.  (08-13)

Beam Communications to remove profiling of Oceana and Terra terminal SIMS to allow use in different market sectors, not just at sea.  (08-12)

Comtech Telecommunications gets $1.4 million in equipment orders to support mobile backhaul network upgrade in Latin America.  (08-10)

Oil & Gas

SpeekCast wins multiyear Ku-band connectivity contract for nine GMS barges working offshore oilfields.  (08-13)


Alpha Space signs cooperative agreement with NASA to offer first-in-the-world research flight facility. (08-13)

New military space traffic-management and operations center proposed as a backup could eventually take over the primary role. (08-12)

NASA building flying robot space drones.  (08-04)


NASA’s first successful communications satellite launched August 1, 1960.  (08-12)

IPSTAR, world’s first High Throughput Satellite, celebrates 10 years.  (08-10)

The Human Element

Ebola outbreak proves mettle of VSAT systems.  (08-11)

WBMSAT News Bits 08/02/15

Featured Article

Congress misses chance to reauthorize the Export-Import bank, leaving the satellite industry in limbo. (07-31)

Industry Reports

M2M Satellite Communication Market worth 5.91 Billion USD by 2020. (July 2015)

Launch Activity

EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite being fueled in preparation for August 20 launch on Arianed 5 Flight VA225. (07-31)

Rocket Lab signs partnership with NASA allowing it to use NASA resources for launch efforts. (07-31)

Intelsat tempers down a disagreement with SpaceX over the deployment of two experimental satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). (07-29)

China’s Long March 3B launches two BeiDou satellites. (07-29)

Russia schedules first Proton rocket launch since May crash destroyed a Mexican satellite. (07-29)

Market Strategy & Revenues

Intelsat says its investment in OneWeb came in return for exclusive rights to wide swath of OneWeb’s future markets. (07-31)

DataPath establishes new Aberdeen, Md proving ground office. (07-31)

exactEarth Ltd. announces that the proposed exactEarth initial public offering is being postponed due to current challenging conditions in the capital markets.’ (07-31)

Eutelsat reports full year 2014-15 results fully in line with objectives; revenues of €1,476m up 4.0% like-for-like, and 9.5% on a reported basis. (07-30)

Intelsat reports Q2 earnings, says future satellites remain on track. (07-30)

Telesat reports Q2 earnings; will soon order Telstar 18. (07-30)

Iridium reports 2nd Q results and lowers annual service revenue and Operational EBITDA 2015 and long range outlook. (07-30)

Globalstar Spectrum just happens to sit right next to the band of spectrum that is used for WIFI and according to GSAT could boost U.S. WIFI capacity by as much as 33%. (07-30)

VT iDirect, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering), has formed a wholly owned subsidiary, VT iDirect Solutions in Ireland. (07-30)

Eutelsat is becoming a partner of Starburst Accelerator, a startup accelerator established in 2013 to stimulate growth in the aerospace industry. (07-29)

Airtel Ghana partners with Thuraya for 100% coverage for Ghanaians through combination of terrestrial and satellite connectivity. (07-29)

Speedcast strengthens its Maritime business with the acquisition of SAIT Communications. (07-28)

Russian Satellite Communications Company and RSC Energia sign agreement to work together on developing communications and satellite systems. (07-28)

Mexico’s Red 52 anticipates Latin America will remain a hotbed for satcom demand in the years to come. (07-28)

Yahsat signs new service partnership with ClickSat in Pakistan. (07-27)

Satellite Operations

This $1,000 Device Lets Hackers Hijack Satellite Communications. (07-31)

The US Navy’s PCSat NO-44, which is only supposed to transmit over the US, is now drowning out European amateurs and the USN doesn’t know what to do about it. (07-31)

Skynet 5A begins move eastwards to cover the Asia Pacific region. (07-28)

Government, Military & Defense

Secure, Lockheed Martin-built AEHF military satellite communications network now operational. (07-31)

U.S. Missile Defense Agency envisions a partnership with the U.S. Air Force on a system that would also perform space surveillance. (07-30)

TCS to continue support of USMC’s tactical satellite communications network. (07-30)

Military is the perfect customer for HTS – they can never get enough bandwidth, and are faced with cutting costs – but ground infrastructure is a barrier.  (07-27)


Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission investigates satellite parabolic dish smuggling syndicate. (07-31)


TTCL of Tanzania announces new digital capabilities with the launch of 100% national broadband coverage via Avanti’s satellite. (07-30)


German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle launches its German-language TV channel DW Deutsch on Astra 4A. (08-01)

StarTimes to distribute DTH TV channels to subscribers across Sub-Saharan Africa via SES Platform Services’ broadcast facility in Germany. (08-01)

Capacity Deals

FSM Telecommunications Corporation (FSMTC) has reached a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement with Asia Broadcast Satellite. (07-28)

Ground Systems

Globecomm receives an IDIQ contract from a preexisting customer to upgrade its telecommunications infrastructure. (07-31)

Canada makes multimillion dollar investment in Inuvik satellite station facility. (07-31)

C-COM’s iNetVu 1.2m Ka-band vehicle mount antenna system receives type approval from ViaSat for use on Exede network. (07-30)

Satcom Direct’s popular GlobalVT(SM) app now available for Android(TM) devices. (07-30)

Oil & Gas

Harris launches offshore satcom service providing Ku, Ka, and C-band with one antenna, one price, and guaranteed service availability. (07-30)

Service Deals



Workers begin constructing the panels of the world’s largest radio telescope in the mountains of China’s Guizhou Province. (07-28)

The Human Element

You’ll have 12 hours to get ready for the solar storm that could paralyze the world. – (07-29)

WBMSAT News Bits 07/27/2015

Featured Article

AT&T closes DirecTV purchase following FCC approval of the transaction. – 7/24

Featured Book

“Innovations in Satellite Communication and Satellite Technology,” by Daniel Minoli, surveys key advances in commercial satellite communications and what might be the implications and/or opportunities for end-users and service providers in utilizing the latest fast-evolving innovations in this field.

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Hosted Payload and Smallsat Summit to be held in Washington D.C. October 8.

Industry Reports

Number of satellite-connected devices with access to a global network is projected to surpass 2 billion in 2015 and reach more than 28 billion by 2020. – 7/24

Launch Activity

Air Force’s WGS-7 satellite launched from Cape Canaveral as threatening weather skirts the site. – 7/27

Air Force says ULA will need 18 – 22 Russian RD-180 rocket engines to compete with SpaceX for upcoming National Security launches.  – 7/27

Chinese Long March 3B launches dual Beidou mission. – 7/25

SBIRS GEO-4 will leapfrog GEO-3 to the Launchpad. – 7/24

EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite lands in Kourou Spaceport and preps for Ariane 5 launch on August 20. – 7/20

Market Strategy & Revenues

Yahsat signs new service partnership with ClickSat in Pakistan. -7/27

SkyStream diversifies business to include new verticals and systems integration; is considering European opportunity.  – 7/27

SES unable to provide forecast for 2016 revenue until SpaceX sets firm date for launch of SES-9 satellite.

ISS Reshetnev building new facility for satellite antennas and feeder devices.  – 7/23

Motive signs MOU with MTN to provide BYOD TV technology and engineering support to develop new services. 7/20

Satellite Construction

Indian DTH and communications satellite for SAARC moves closer to reality. – 07/27

COM DEV wins major order for equipment for two commercial communications satellites. – 7/24

SSL delivers its 50th satellite, Intelsat 34, to Kourou for Ariane 5 launch. – 7/22

Satellite Operations

Airbus Defence and Space moving Skynet 5A satellite for better Asia Pacific protection and secure military satcom. – 7/27

Boeing is completing the first tests of military Ka-band service available through the Inmarsat-5 F2 commercial communications satellite. – 7/23

Satellite interference is a critical challenge as satellite communications becomes a  more important piece of day-to-day life.

Satellite Technology

Effective Space Solutions secures downpayment funding for first two in-orbit servicing spacecraft. – 7/23

Escape Dynamics announces successful test of thruster powered y beamed high power microwave energy.  – 7/23

Future Army nanosatellites to empower soldiers. – 7/22

Government, Military & Defense

UK agrees to liability cap for satellite operators, to encourage growth in Britain’s commercial space sector.  – 7/27

GAO warns DoD of “fragmented” approach to commercial satellites that costs money in lost bulk-purchase opportunities. – 7/22

Defense contractor team completes information assurance CDR for AEHF low cost terminals.  – 7/22

Transportable, reliable communications and command-and-control systems critical to Army’s vision of role as “expeditionary” force. – 7/21

JFCC kicks off six month CEC experiment with six satellite operators for greater information sharing to improve Space Situational Awareness. 7/20

Inmarsat to lead mobile satellite technology feasibility study for ESA. – 7/20


FCC approves the AT&T acquisition of DirecTV.  – 7/24

FCC moves toward denial of Dish’s $3.3 billion in discounts earned by bidding through smaller companies in spectrum auction. – 7/23

Consumer groups say FCC conditions on AT&T-DirecTV merger fall short. – 7/23

Intelsat claims SpaceX internet satellites could block its own and asks FCC to reject SpaceX application for permission to test proposed service. – 7/22


ESA and Inmarsat target 2018 for initial 4-D flight path control for European airspace to be in place. – 7/21


Mobil Satellite Technologies announces availability of automatic satellite antenna system and broadband satellite internet service.  – 7/22


Media Networks is shifting focus primarily to HD, 4K, and expanding the reach of television beyond the home. – 7/27

Earth Observation

NASA helps tame earth-based fires using space-based technology. – 7/22

NASA satellite takes spectacular whole-earth image from space.

Ground Systems

Norsat receives follow-on order from Eurasian defense contractor.  – 7/27

NBN satellite station going live outside Broke Hill, Australia. – 07/26

Comtech Telecommunications wins $1.6 million military TWTA contract. – 07/22

Iridium announces availability of mobile applications for Iridium GO!, – 7/22

MaxLinear’s satellite CSS chipset powers world’s first reconfigurable Digital LNB from ProBand. – 7/22

Harris gets $45 million in delivery orders for advanced satellite terminals for Army.  – 7/21


New Class CEO sees future for the connected ship, bringing big data to the maritime industry. – 7/21


UK and South African space agencies to increase collaboration.  – 7/27

Bahraini National Space Science Agency representatives discuss cooperation in technology and space science with UAE Space Agency. – 7/26

The Human Element

Vern Fotheringham leaves Leosat to begin new venture, V-Satcast. – 7/27

Hispasat to supply satellite communications to the Ruta BBVA organization on Colombian leg of their journey. – 07/24

Vern Fotheringham Leaves Leosat to Begin New Venture, V-Satcast

Bill McDonald

During an exclusive interview, Vern Fotheringham revealed he has left Leosat to embark upon a new venture.  He has formed V-Satcast with Quincy Jones, Lee Abrams, and Jamie Howard.  The company will serve edge-cached proprietary Over The Top (OTT) digital video content worldwide via satellite.  Plans are to launch the satellite CDN services in 2016.

The team is working to put together a global Ku-band satellite network, to be hosted on existing Ku-band satellites, and eventually to add distribution via the emerging HTS satellite networks.

Content will be cached at the consumer’s location, on a small device employing many gigabytes of flash memory capable of serving video instantly at the click of a remote control.

Vern stated that the target market has huge potential, and the current state of technology makes the company’s play possible.  Last year over 60% of internet traffic was OTT video, the vast majority of which which was generated by only about 30% of internet users.  As the percentage of users adopting OTT video increases, the percentage of internet traffic devoted to OTT video will continue to rise exponentially.  Internet providers will be hard pressed to keep up, requiring huge capital investment in infrastructure to provide the bandwidth demanded.  Ultimately, the cost of increased Internet access bandwidth consumption will inevitably be passed along to consumers, as ISPs will likely be forced to adopt metered bandwidth pricing.

At the same time, the cost of memory is declining exponentially, with even flash which is the most expensive category of memory now selling at retail for about $0.80 per gigabyte and continuing to decline dramatically.  This enables the manufacture of low cost, high-capacity, edge caching satellite receive devices that can be placed in the consumer’s home.

WBMSAT News Bits 07/20/2015

Featured Article

United States Strategic Command’s JFCC Space details goals for experiment with Commercial Integration Cell (CIC), composed of six satellite operators.
[Via Satellite – 07/20/2015]

Featured Book

“Innovations in Satellite Communication and Satellite Technology,” by Daniel Minoli, surveys key advances in commercial satellite communications and what might be the implications and/or opportunities for end-users and service providers in utilizing the latest fast-evolving innovations in this field.

Industry Reports

GAO report recommends that DOD (1) enforce current policy requiring DISA to acquire all commercial SATCOM; (2) conduct a spend analysis identifying procurement inefficiencies and opportunities; and (3) assess whether further centralization of commercial SATCOM procurement could be beneficial.
[4-traders – 07/18/2015]

Forecast International projects satellite manufacturers will build more than 430 communications satellites between now and 2024, worth $60.2 billion.
[Via Satellite – 07/17/2015]

Despite disruptions from oil and gas pricing, this industry remains one of the highest growth industries for the satellite VSAT market.
[Business Wire – 07/15/2015]

Launch Activity

Falcon 9 failure linked to upper stage tank strut.
[Space News – 07/20/2015]

ULA Delta 4 Medium to launch Air Force satellite Wednesday July 22, 2015 using a new, uprated main engine for the first time.
[Spaceflight Now – 07/20/2015]

EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite arrives in Kourou Spaceport in preparation for launch on August 20, 2015 aboard an Ariane 5 rocket.
[Satellite Spotlight – 07/20/2015]

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) conducts test of high thrust cryogenic rocket engine.
[Via Satellite – 07/20/2015]

Generation Orbit conducts second flight test of its GO-Flight Experiments Testbed.
[Via Satellite – 07/20/2015]

ESA approval paves way for Ariane 6, Vega contracts.
[Space News – 07/17/2015]

ILS now marketing small Angara variant, and expects Angara to be ready for heavy lift missions by 2021.
[Space News – 07/17/2015]

Arianespace opens new Fregat fueling facility for Soyuz rockets.
[Via Satellite – 07/17/2015]

Firefly Space Systems releases Payload User’s Guide for its Alpha small satellite launch vehicle.
[Via Satellite – 07/17/2015]

10th GPS IIF satellite launched aboard Atlas V EELV from Cape Canaveral.
[C4ISR & Networks – 07/16/2015]

ILS starts selling Angara 1.2 launches.
[Via Satellite – 07/16/2015]

Arianespace wins fresh Eumetsat contract after MSG 4 launch.
[Via Satellite – 07/16/2015]

Amid RD-180 debate, Russia aims to sell engines to China.
[Space News – 07/16/2015]

Recently granted launch site license by FAA, Houston Spaceport looks to establish itself as site for horizontal Resuable Launch Vehicles.
[Via Satellite – 07/15/2015]

Ariane 5 conducts MSG-4 and Star One C4 dual launch.
[NASA Spaceflight – 01/15/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Datapath selected as Inmarsat Government Global Xpress Service Provider.
[Business Wire – 07/20/2015]

China eyes purchase of struggling commercial launch-service provider Sea Launch AG from its owner, Energia of Russia.
[Space News – 07/17/2015]

Planet Labs acquires BlackBridge, which will continue to operate the RapidEye fleet of satellites.
[Via Satellite – 07/15/2015]

Lockheed Martin targets two to three commercial satellite deals per year.
[Via Satellite – 07/15/2015]

Satellite Construction

Iridium successfully completes Compact Antenna Test Range evaluation of its Iridium NEXT satellites.
[Via Satellite – 07/15/2015]

U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center announces delivery of third Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite into storage at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, Calif.
[Los Angeles Air Force Base  07/17/2015]

Satellite Operations

Air Force says six more DMSP satellites currently in orbit are susceptible to battery ruptures like that experienced in February on DMSP-F13.
[Space News – 07/20/2015]

Battling satellite interference – a view from the front lines.
[Space News – 07/20/2015]

Maneuvering Russian satellite has everyone’s attention, having made at least 11 close approaches to the rocket upper stage that released it into orbit.
[Space News – 07/17/2015]

Satellite Technology

Future Army nanosatellite to empower soldiers.
[www.army.mil – 07/20/2015]

Metal foams capable of shielding x-rays and gamma rays hold promise for use in spacecraft among other applications.
[R&D Magazine – 07/20/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Harris gets $45 million in orders for U.S. Army’s MET program.
[The Street – 07/20/2015]

DataPath to provide WGS SATCOM terminals to the Danish Ministry of Defense under Foreign Military Sales Contract facilitated by USAF.
[Financial News – 07/16/2015]

Myanmar broadcasting law nears completion as satellite plans mature.
[Via Satellite – 07/16/2015]


Hughes demonstrates high definition video over satellite from rotary wing aircraft.
[PR Newswire – 07/20/2015]

Satcom Direct’s FlightDeck Freedom simplifies transition to Future Airspace Navigation System, supports connectivity for legacy airframes.
[Aviation Pros  07/16/2015]

15]ESA and Inmarsat complete first phase of program to develop Air Traffic Management satellite communications network.
[AIN Online – 07/17/2015]


Mobile Satellite Technologies introduces new automatic consumer satellite internet antenna and service.
[wireless developer network – 07/17/2015]


SES initiates live and linear Ultra-HD trial with MSO Armstrong.
[Via Satellite – 07/20/2015]

Capacity Deals

Sky Deutschland signs new capacity deal with SES for Ultra HD.
[The Financial Express – 07/16/2015]


Cobham Satecom increases focus on land terminals as growth market and sees potential for HTS to be catalyst for VSAT industry.
[Via Satellite – 07/17/2015]

Ground Systems

Comtech EF Data subsidiary Memotec gets $1 millioni order from North African GSM operator to support its satellite-based GSM backhaul network upgrade.
[Via Satellite – 07/20/2015]

Advantech Wireless releases second generation GaN technology based 200W/250W Ku-band SSPA/BUC for SNGs and Teleport Broadcasting.
[Street Insider – 07/17/2015]


Inmarsat gets European Space Agency backing for study of next generation mobile satellite services.
[Tech Week Europe – 07/16/2015]


Nasa’s deep space network receives New Horizons data packs from Pluto flyby some 4 ½ hours after transmission, after traveling roughly 3 billion miles.
[AZ Central – 07/18/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 07/13/2015

Featured Article

The Institute for Defense Analyses completes review of Air Force’s launch vehicle certification process, recommending four-phase approach to mission assuredness.
[Via Satellite – 07/13/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

The 33rd AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC) will be held on the Gold Coast of Australia from September 7 to 10, 2015.
[Satnews – 07/13/2015]

Skyline Communications endorses “Better Satellite World” campaign of the SSPI.
[Asia OnScreen – 07/13/205]

Satellite Industry Association organizes Congressional Sateillite Industry Technology Demo and Exhibition on July 8, 2015.
[Space Ref – 07/07/2015]

Industry Reports

NSR’s satellite capacity study finds HTS essential as traditional FSS faces challenges.
[StreetInsider – 07/13/2015]

Britain’s space industry doubles turnover in past decade to almost £12bn a year and is now targeting £40bn of the international market.
[The Telegraph – 07/13/2015]

Euroconsult’s new report projects $1 billioin in capacity revenues for cellular backhaul by 2025.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 07/09/2015]

Launch Activity

ISRO successfully launches five Surrey Satellite Technology Limited satellites.
[Via Satellite – 07/13/15]

Several companies express interest in commercializing “Super Strypi dedicated small satellite launch vehicle under development by Air Force.
[Via Satellite – 07/10/2015]

Air Force communications satellite WGS 7 joined to Delta 4 for July 22 launch.
[Spaceflight Now – 07/09/2015]

Air Force’s ORS-5 satellite to launch on Orbital ATK’s Minotaur 4 in 2017.
[Space News – 07/09/2015]

At parliamentary hearing about Europe’s next generation Ariane 6, the head of ESA lauds Space X Falcon 9 performance in spite of recent setback.
[Space News – 07/08/2015]

Next Ariane 5 launch reset for July 15.
[Spaceflight Now – 07/06/2015]

MUOS-4 preps for August launch on Atlas V rocket.
[C4ISR & Networks – 07/06/2015]

Indian space agency gets ready for to launch five british satellites on July 10, followed by Indian communications satellite GSAT6.
[Gulf News India – 07/10/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Spaceflight partners with Spire, Tethers Unlimited, BitBeam and Syrlinks to expand its global communications business.
[Satnews – 07/13/2015]

Once-mocked O3b investment by SES is now a force multiplier for the company.
[Space News – 07/13/2015]

Speedcast acquires teleport assets of troubled Austtralian company NewSate, which has been placed into receivership.
[ZDNet – 07/10/2015]

Broadband Satellite Services, parent of Satcom Global and marine engineering firm AND Group, gets $10m investment from BGF.
[Maritime Professional – 07102015]

Spacecom looks to Africa for more growth opportunities.
[Via Satellite – 07/06/2015]

Satellite Construction

Airbus Defence and Space signs contract for Quantum satellite with Eutelsat and the European Space Agency.
[Via Satellite – 07/09/2015]

Malaysia signs Radarsat 2 deal with MDA..
[Via Satelite – 07/08/2015]

Satellite Technology

Lockheed Martin opens research center for satellite sensors and communications.
[C4ISR & Networks – 07/10/2015]

‘Eutelsat Quantum’ to usher in a new era of commercial satellite service by enabling users to actively define and shape the performance and reach they need from a satellite.
[Satellite Spotlight – 07/09/2015]

Chinese companies boost investments and support for the satellite technology industry.
[CCTV – 07/07/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

GATR receives order for 36 inflatable 2.4m X- and Ku-band terminals for USMC’s Radio and Intelligence Battalions.
[4-traders – 07/13/2015]

Ireland’s Naval Service is getting a new satellite communications system which will be operated by Irish companies.
[Irish Examiner – 07/10/2015]

Korean Air Force launches the country’s first space monitoring body to better track other countries’ satellites, predict cosmic weather, and defend against air threats.
[Korea Herald – 07/08/2015]

Australia’s Department of Defence signs contract extending satellite deal with Optus until 2020.
[itWire – 07/09/2015]

Bolivian Space Agency select Gilat for national VSAT platform enabling comprehensive connectivity capabilities.
[Market Watch – 07/06/2015]


Gogo pushes global offering of its 2Ku product available later this year, with antennas being installed on 500 aircraft.
[[Space News – 07/13/2015]

ViaSat has entered a technology partnership with Virgin America to provide satellite connectivity for 10 new A320 aircraft.
[Via Satellite – 07/13/2015]

Pentastar Aviation awarded multiple STCs for installation of Satcom Direct Router on Gulfstream aircraft.
[Aviation Pros – 07/13/2015]

Blue Sky HawkEye 7200 Iridium satellite tracking solution gains certification from Brazilians national telecommunications agency, Anatel.
[Via Satellite – 07/10/2015]

Qualcomm, Gogo, and others continue to push for FCC’s 14 GHz ATG spectrum auction despite moves to satellite services.
[Fierce Wireless Tech – 07/06/2015]


Avanti signs deal with South African Foundation for African Business and Consumer Services to provide broadband to over 1,000 companies.
[4-traders – 07/13/2015]

Avantai claims headstart in race to provide satellite broadband to the unserved, in bringing Africa online.
[The Telegraph – 07/112015]

Rural Australian residents pay thousands for terrestrial broadband solutions as satellite broadband is bogged down and inadequate.
[itnews – 07/07/2015]


Malaysian officials to pursue owners of illegal satellite dishes in Cameron Highlands, believed to be in illegal settlements inhabited by foreign immigrants.
[Free Malaysia Today – 07/11/2015]

Brazil’s Oi TV expects HD-driven Pay-TV subscriber boom.
[Via Satellite – 07/09/2015]

SES’ HD+ and TechniSat create Ultra-HD decryption system, plan demo channel.
[Via Satellite – 07/09/2015]

Ground Systems

Space Systems Loral (SSL) has selected GMV to install the control center for Bank Rakyat Indonesia’s (BRI), upcoming satellite, BRIsat.
[Via Satellite – 07/10/2015]

ESA ground stations ready for Europe’s next weather satellite.
[PHYS ORG – 07/09/2015]

iDirect remote commissionaing solution helps Axesat streamline FSAT installations across Latin America.
[PR Newswire  07/07/2015]


Airbus executive believes Shipping is in the midst of huge change in how it views the role of satellite communications, something that is set to change the industry forever.
[Splash 24/7 – 07/07/2015]

Oil & Gas

Rignet awarded telecom and infrastructure for greenfield multi-train Gulf Coast LNG liquefaction and export facility.
[Via Satellite – 07/10/2015]


The distant reaches of planet Earth came into focus for the average American on July 11, 1962 with the successful relay of a transatlantic signal by Telstar, the first privately owned satellite launched the day before.
[StreetInsider – 07/11/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 07/06/2015

Featured Article

Russian Progress cargo spacecraft docks with International Space Station, easing concerns about supplying the station.
[Space News – 07/05/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Polish Brigadier General to speak at Global MilSatCom on development of satellite communications in the Polish Armed Forces.
[EIN Presswire – 07/03/2015]

Industry Reports

Global Military satellite market is expected to be worth US$5.7 billion in 2015, and is expected to increase to US$9.7 billion by 2025.
[ComputerWorld – 07/02/2015]

Launch Activity

Indian space agency gets ready for two launches
[Zee News – 07/05/2015]

Ariane 5 launch of European weather satellite and Brazilian telecommunications satellite now set for July 15, 2015.
[Space News – 07/03/2015]

Orbital ATK wins contract to launch Air Forces ORS-5 satellite.
[Space News – 07/03/2015]

OneWeb contracts with Arianespace and Virgin Galactic to deploy hundreds of refrigerator-sized spacecraft.
[Spaceflight Now – 07/01/2015]

Rocket Lab to extablish commercial launch site on Kaitorete Spit in New Zealand.
[Via Satellite – 07/01/2015]

Proton-M to put British telecom satellite Inmarsat-5F3 into orbit August 23.
[Russia Beyond the Headlines – 06/30/2015]

Falcon 9 loss could herald a perception change of SpaceX and a strained environment for the commercial satellite industry at large.
[NSR – 06/30/2015]

Spire expects to launch 20 3U weather cubesats by end of 2015, and more than 100 by the end of 2017.
[Space News – 06/30/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

German-based CETel poised to enter Latin American market, considers Ka-band expansion.
[Via Satellite – 07/02/2015]

Iridium appoints World Reach as official service partner.
[ARN – 07/01/2015]

Satellite Construction

Fourth Lockheed-built MUOS secure communications satellite shipped.
[Product Design & Development – 06/30/2015]

Satellite Operations

Ball Aerospace powers on the Joint Polar Satellite System satellite for the first time.
[Via Satellite – 07/01/2015]

Orbital ATK-built SKY MEXICO-1 successfully completes on-orbit testing.
[Satellite Spotlight – 06/30/2015]

DirecTV’s SKYM 1 satellite completes on-orbit testing.
[Via Satellite – 06/30/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Bolivian Space Agency selects Gilat for its national VSAT platform enabling comprehensive connectivity capabilities.
[The Street – 07/06/2015]

Many experts believe future war between major powers could play out is space.
[CNN – 07/01/2015]

McCain maintains stance against purchasing more of Russian RD180 rocket engines in face of SpaceX Falcon 9 loss.
[Space News – 07/01/2015]


Gogo expects to stay on top of In-Flight Connectivity market with its satellite-enabled 2Ku capability, as it expands globally.
[Via Satellite – 07/01/2015]


UAE’s Yahsat launches broadband services in Pakistan.
[Arabian Business – 07/03/2015]

Capacity Deals

Axesat of Colombia signs Intelsat EpicNG deal for enterprise networks and cellular backhaul.
[Via Satellite – 07/02/2015]

Ground Systems

PT Telkom of Indonesia awards Kratos contract for master control station.
[Nasdaq – 07/06/2015]

Via Direta picks iDirect Evolution platform for massive Brazilian e-learning program.
[Via Satellite – 06/30/2015]


SES demonstrates cloud-based solution delivering real time ISR data between headquarters and 4G mobile devices via O3b satellites.
[Financial Express – 07/03/2015]

Globalstar and Global Telesat Communications celebrate 5,000th SPOT device sales milestone.
[AndhraNews.net – 07/02/2015]

Oil & Gas

Rignet wins managed offshore communications contract from major operator of offshore drilling and production assets in Southeast Asia.
[Via Satellite – 07/02/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 06/29/2015

Featured Article

SpaceX Falcon 9 explodes two minutes after liftoff, destroying cargo ship bound for International Space Station.
[Reuters – 06/2/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Upcoming 33rd AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Converence set for Australia’s Gold Coast September 7 – 10, 2015.
[Satnews – 06/25/2015]

Industry Reports

Global satellite manufacturing and launch market to grow at 5% CAGR to 2019.
[WhaTech – 06/22/2015]

Launch Activity

SpaceX failure leaves long list of customers in the lurch.
[Space News – 06/29/2015]

India’s SAARC satellite to be launched by December 2016.
[Focus News – 06/27/2015]

Eutelsat to launch MENA satellite services with Eutelsat 8 West B satellite.
[Broadband TV News – 06/25/2015]

Virgin Galactic to be inaugural launch provider for OneWeb satellites.
[Nasdaq – 06/26/2015]

Roscosmos signs contract with French and UK firms for 21 commercial satellite launches on the Soyuz carrier rocket.
[Sputnik News – 06/24/2015]

Vega rocket with Sentinel 2A blasts from Kourou, French Guiana June 23, 2015.
[Spaceflight Now – 06/23/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Deal between Wireless Nation and Gilat Satellite Networks brings New Zealanders a step closer to greater accessibility to satellite communications.
[Computer World – 06/29/2015]

Iridium announces go-to-market partners for Iridium® Push-to-Talk.
[Globe Newswire – 06/29/2015]

Globalstar announces that its gateway in Gaborone, Botswana has gone live, enabling it to deliver affordable simplex coverage over the African continent.
[Nasdaq – 06/25/15]

Hughes announces technology and marketing partnership with OneWeb.
[TWST – 06/25/2015]

Inmarsat signs agreement with Worldlink Communications appointing it as a Partner for FleetBroadband, serving the global maritime market.
[Satnews – 06/25/2015]

Satellite Construction

OneWeb announces a $500 million round of funding from some of the biggest corporate names in the world.
[Space News – 06/26/2015]

Satellite Operations

The next Star Wars – are we ready for satellite attacks?
[The Fiscal Times – 06/24/2015]

3rd Space Operations Squadron to retire its oldest satellite currently in orbit, known as B10, later this month at Schriever AFB.
[Schriever Air Force Base – 06/24/2015]

THOR 7 satellite reaches orbital position and is handed over to TSBc’s satellite control center.
[Satnews – 06/22/2015]

Satellite Technology

Government agencies differ on the use and usefulness of cubesats.
[Space News – 06/29/2015]

At least two of modernized versions of Lockheed Martin’s A2100 satellites will fly using XR?5 Hall Effect and MR?510 Arcjet electric propulsion subsystems.
[Spaceflight Insider – 06/26/2015]

Discovery paves way for new superconducting electronics that could improve satellite communications.
[R&D Magazine – 06/22/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Finnish Ministry of Transport and communications assigns communications regulator Ficora as authority for new satellite Public regulated Service.
[telecompaper – 06/29/2015]

Indian Department of Telecommunications gives nod to earmarking $8 million to state-owned BSNL for establishing satellite communications gateway in India.
[Indian Express – 06/28/2015]

Department of Devense plans to open a new space-war center within six months.
[GIZMODO – 06/24/2015]

General Atomics is awarded Gray Eagle UAV satellite communications contract.
[Clearance Jobs – 06/23/2015]

O3b successfully participates in U.S. Navy 7th Fleet Trident Warrior exercises.
[Business Wire – 06/22/2015]


New book analyzes legal issues with respect to who judges and enforces satellite communication law.
[idw online – 06/23/2015]


Flight tracking capability makes Australia one of first countries to comply with recommended standard to more closely track aircraft.
[AIN online – 06/23/2015]


Eutelsat satellite broadband to transform service at 300 Poste Italiane offices.
[Business Wire – 06/25/2015]

Is sky big enough for two multi-billion dollar satellite internet projects?  Both OneWeb and SpaceX say they will launch and operate hundreds of satellites within 3 years.
[Quartz – 06/24/2015]

Earth Observation

UrtheCast to launch 16 satellite iptical and SAR constellation.

Ground Systems

Advantech Wireless releases second generation GaN technology-based 400W C-band SSPA/SSPB, DVB0-S2X and Ultra HD ready.
[Benzinga – 06/26/2015]


KVH implements global MPLS network connecting all of the teleports and satellite beams in their mini-VSAT Broadband network.
[Satnews – 06/24/2015]


Millimeter waves, used by miliary satellite-satellite for decades, ideal for point-to-point, high speed, high bandwidth wireless communications.
[RCR Wireless  06/23/2015]

Oil & Gas

Hermes Datacomms is first to provide O3b capacity to meet growing demand of Oil & Gas sector in West Africa.
[realwire – 06/24/2015]


MILSTAR time capsule opened 20 years later.
[Offutt Air Force Base.06/26/2015]

The Human Element

Lepton Global Solutions supports MRIGlobal filed teams in West Africa in fight against Ebola, with VSATs and satellite services.
[Via Satellite – 06/25/2015]