WBMSAT News Bits 11/21/2014

Featured Article

5th Galileo satellite orbiting earth – esa artist’s concept – esa

U.S warns EU that any preferential treatment it gives to its Galileo positioning, navigation and timing network may violate WTO agreements.
[Space News – 11/21/2014]

Industry Reports

According to ABI research, mobile video and data optimization could deliver operators savings and revenue boost of US$28.7 billion.
[Satellite Markets & Research – 11/21/2014]

New report by MarketsandMarkets forecast mobile satellite services market by services and access type to reach $5.62 billion by 2019.
[PRWeb – 11/20/2014]

Infonetics Research’s latest Pay TV Services and Subscribers report projects OTT to soar to US$10 billion by 2018.
[Satellite Markets & Research – 11/20/2014]

The Global Satellite Communication market in the Oil and Gas industry is to grow at a CAGR of 5.74 percent over the period 2013-2018.
[Live-PR – 11/18/2014]

BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa) offer sizable satellite capacity opportunities according to NSR report.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 11/19/2014]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Gilat to present latest advances in satellite communications at CommuniCast Myanmar 2014.
[CNBC – 11/19/2014]

Advantech Wireless named Most Promising Company of the Year at SATCON 2014./
[4-traders – 11/17/2014]

Launch Activity

Virginia may seek federal funds for Wallops spaceport repairs after $20 million damage caused by Antares explosion.
[Space News – 11/21/2014]

Europe’s satellite operators applaud apparent agreement between France and Germany, and say they need to hurry up.
[Space News – 11/20/2014]

Arianespace certified to ISO:14001 environmental management system certification for operations at its launch base in French Guiana.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 11/20/2014]

Fueling GSAT-16 – Photo is courtesy of Arianespace – Satnews

India’s GSAT-16 fueled and ready to go with co-passenger DIRECTV-14 in early December.
[Satnews – 11/20/2014]

SES satellite containing a military Ka- and X-band payload to be launched November 28 to help secure Luxembourg-registered slot reservation.
[Space News – 11/19/2014]

Third MUOS satellite for mobile warfighters is delivered to Cape Canaveral for a January 2015 liftoff.
[Brahmand Defence & Aerospace News – 11/19/2014]

Satellite Construction

Northrop Grumman gets $121 million contract to build and deliver the third Advance Technology Microwave Sounder for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System.
[Via Satellite – 11/21/2014]

SpaceX may launch PSN satellite – Credit: SpaceX photo – Space News

After Boeing unable to find partner customer for a two-satellite contract for all-electric satellites, Indonesia’s PSN switches to Space Systems/Loral.
[Space News – 11/20/2014]

SSL reveals that previously unnamed customer ordering a new satellite with a High Throughput Satellite payload  was PT Pasifik Satellit Nusantara (PSN).
[Satnews – 11/19/2014]

Argentina’s high-tech satellite expertise leads to insurance rates much lower than many other countries.
[Buenos Aires Herald – 11/17/2014]

Satellite Operations

NewSat’s Jabiru 2 hosted payload on Measat 3b enters service.
[Via Satellite – 11/18/2014]

Satellite Technology

Busek’s BHT-1500 Hall Effect Thruster. Photo: Busek – Via Satellite

Aerospace Corporation tests Busek Co.’s BHT-1500 Hall Effect Thruster, used for electric propulsion of satellites.
[Via Satellite – 11/18/2014]

Ground Systems Technology

Isat installs pilot VSAT terminals at Qatar’s Es’hailSat headquarters in Doha, Qatar, to enable commercialization of Ka-band payloads on Es’Hail 1.
[Trade Arabia – 11/20/2014]

Students using satellite-powered tablets. Photo: Newtec – Via Satellite

U.S.-based satellite solutions provider Yazmi and Newtec create an e-learning capability on the satellite-enabled Odyssey tablet.
[Via Satellite – 11/18/2014]

Government, Military & Defense

U.S. international partners in space to have indirect access to data from Pentagon’s next-generation Space Fence tracking system.
[Space News – 11/21/2014]

Photo: Cassidian – Via Satellite

Airbus Defence and Space creates a new satellite solution for transmitting data from remote border security sensor sites to central operational centers.
[Via Satellite – 11/20/2014]

Azerbaijan and the United Arab Emirates reach agreement on bilateral cooperation in the field of satellite communications.
[Azernews – 11/20/2014]

Expert says concerns that a mysterious Russian space object launched by Moscow may be a ‘satellite killer’ are hugely overblown.
[Fox News – 11/20/2014]

Russia testing a satellite that may be capable of chasing down other orbiting spacecraft, according to observers.
[BBC – 11/20/2014]

Defense Information Systems Agency having trouble gauging the military’s long-term requirements for satellite capacity.
[Via Satellite – 11/19/2014]

From air to space to operator–RIFL2E technology – Image is courtesy of DRDC – Satnews

Canadian RIFL2E project demonstrates that sensors producing high bandwidth data can be efficiently exploited using currently available and emerging satellite and other technology to connect and share intelligence.
[Satnews – 11/18/2014]

Flooded street in NY following superstorm Sandy – Photo: Oliver Rich. – Via Satellite

United States DHS sees room for satellite to play a role in the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), a developing national broadband network prioritized for emergencies and public safety.
[Via Satellite – 11/17/2014]

General Atomics gets $17 million contract modification for 16 universal upgrade kits to existing Poway, California dual carrier satellite communications ground data terminal.
[Signal online – 11/17/2014]

Aeronautical

Alcatel-Lucent to supply LTE ground equipment for Inmarsat’s Europe-wide aviation telecoms network, Europe’s first.
[FierceWirelessEurope – 11/21/2014]

Star Navigation Systems and International Communications Group launch integrated S.M.A.R.T. AIRCRAFT solution providing operators with omprehensive flight deck communications and airframe/flight management,
[Intelligent Aerospace – 11/21/2014]

Gogo receives Supplemental Type Certificate (STA) from the FAA to install Ku-band satellite connectivity service on Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.
[CNN Money – 11/20/2014]

Advantech Wireless releases new 100W Ku-band GaN based airborne grade SSPB/BUC.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 11/20/2014]

Broadband

OTE S.A., leading telecoms operator in Greece, turns to Eutelsat KA-SAT to extend high-speed internet availability across the country.
[Reuters – 11/21/2014]

Why is SpaceX so eager to enter the satellite internet business with a s many as 700 small low earth satellites given the sad history of many entrants into the business?
[Quartz – 11/20/2014]

SES to provide Astra Connect satellite broadband to 36 German villages in partnership with Orbitcom.
[Via Satellite – 11/19/2014]

Eutelsat Broadband look to expand presence in Slovakia.
[TeleGeography – 11/18/2014]

Facebook reportedly to sign deal with Avanti that will bring free internet access across Africa.
[IT Pro – 11/17/2014]

Disaster Recovery

Hughes Network Systems creates strategic information sharing partnership with the All Hazards Consortium.
[Via Satellite – 11/19/2014]

Enterprise

SkyVision provides Cable and Wireless Seychelles viable communications from the main island to smaller remote islands using the Romantis VSAT platform.
[Biz Community – 11/21/2014]

Maritime

Satellite communications come bundled from shipyards as a standard package of options within ten years.
[Superyacht News – 11/21/2014]

Mobile

SES concludes that Ku-band is superior to Ka-band for most mobile-broadband applications.
[Space News – 11/21/2014]

Bids in the U.S. government’s biggest auction of wireless licenses since 2008 have shot up to a surprising $24.2 billion in just five days.
[Wall Street Journal – 11/19/2014]

Oil & Gas, Energy

O3b Networks and Hermes Datacomms partner to deliver advance communications services to a major energy customer in Angola.
[Via Satellite – 11/21/2014]

O3b teleport in Perth, Australia – Photo: O3b Networks – Via Satellite

Gulfsat Madagascar selects O3b Networks to provide stellite capacity for high-performance broadband and telephony services.
[Via Satellite – 11/18/2014]

Television, Radio

IDC is selected by the Asamblea Nacional del Ecuador to deploy a new IDC video distribution service.
[Via Satellite – 11/20/2014]

IDC is chosen to upgrade satellite radio network of SRN of Australia.
[Via Satellite – 11/17/2014]

Space

Maven spacecraft – Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin – Space News

Glitch sends latest NASA Mars orbiter into safe mode less than a week after full science operations began.
[Space News – 11/20/2014]

Image credit NASA/DSO – Satnews

Japanese space probe and observatory record huge sunspot activity with a sunspot cluster 10 times the size of Earth.
[Satnews – 11/20/2014]

Credit: Lunar Missions Ltd. artist’s concept – Space News

British company announces crowdfunded lunar mission.
[Space News – 11/19/2014]

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team image – Space News

Philae managers say recovery is possible as the comet approaches the sun.
[Space News  11/18/2014]

Airbus gets ESA contract to build Orion service module.
[Space News – 11/18/2014]

Capacity Agreements

Globecomm has leased additional capacity on Gazprom Space System’s Yamal 402 satellite, totaling 36MHz.
[Via Satellite – 11/19/2014]

M7 Group of Luxembourg purchases additional capacity from SES to support new HD channels.
[Via Satellite – 11/18/2014]

Babylon Media Company signs contract for lease of one transponder from YAHLIVE.
[ZAWYA – 11/17/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

McQ Inc., a sensor system company, has entered a partnership with Iridium Satellite Communications Network developing applications for Commercial and Government customers.
[Market Watch – 11/21/2014]

AirMedia and China Telecom Satellite Communications Co. partner to offer in-flight connectivity and multimedia contents in China.
[CNN Money – 11/21/2014]

Inmarsat opens office in Auburn, Australia, 10 minutes away from Sydney.
[Via Satellite – 11/19/2014]

Invacom Group acquires Foxcom, with an eye to expanding Foxcom’s footprint in existing and new geographies while entering new product markets.
[Satnews – 11/20/2014]

ATK still ready to continue with Orbital Sciences merger after reviewing the company’s go-forward plan following the October 28 rocket failure.
[Via Satellite – 11/20’2014]

Eutelsat and Spacecom partner to drive expansion of digital entertainment services at one of Africa’s fastest-growing video neighborhoods.
[Space News – 11/20/2014]

Satcom Global targets mobility market In  Russia with a new office in Moscow.
[Via Satellite – 11/18/2014]

The United Kingdom Space Agency allocates approximately $50 million to build relationships with foreign companies through International Partnership Space Program.
[Via Satellite – 11/18/2014]

The Human Aspect

Soldiers from the 35th Sig. Bde. and 50th Expeditionary Sig. Bn. are receiving satellite communications equipment from the U.S. in Monrovia, Liberia to improve capabilities of mission to contain ebola.
[Satnews – 11/17/2014]

WBMSAT News Bits 11/14/2014

Featured Article

Feds lift export ban on commercial satellites.
[The Hill – 11/10/2014]

Industry Reports, Analysis

NSR’s “Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) via Satellite” report provides comprehensive market analysis of the UAS and assesses their impact on and use of satellite communications.
[Satnews – 11/12/2014]

With global FSS throughput theoretically quadrupling between 2000 and 2013 a glut might be expected, but each satellite service must be considered individually.
[Space News (The Big Satellite Shakeout) – 11/10/2014]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Themes for Myanmar’s CommuniCast 2014 November 18-10, 2014 to be “Mobile Services – New Engine for Economic Growth” and “Satellite Sovereignty.”
[Realwire – 11/14/2014]

22nd event in the GVF-EMP Oil & Gas Communications Conference Series will be taking place at the InterContinental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on November 19th and 20th, 2014.
[Satnews – 11/12/2014]

Launch Activity

The Astra 2G satellite being transported for launch. Photo: Yuzhny Space Center – Via Satellite

International Launch Services (ILS) prepares Proton for its 400th launch, the Astra 2G satellite.
[Via Satellite – 11/14/2014]

United Launch Alliance (ULA) not ready to commit to reusable next generation rocket.
[Via Satellite – 11/14/2014]

Falcon Heavy Rocket Credit: SpaceX artist’s concept – Space News

ViaSat-2 launch contract goes to SpaceX as Arianespace sits out the competition.
[Space News – 11/14/2014]

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin deliver third MUOS spacecraft to Cape Canaveral to be prepared for a January 2015 liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
[Satellite Spotlight – 11/11/2014]

Satellite Construction

Boeing successfully pairs Eutelsat 115 West B satellite with its co-passenger satellite in preparation for 2015 launch.
[Virtual Strategy – 11/12/2014]

NewSat picks GMV to build flight dynamics system for its upcoming High Throughput Satellite Jabiru 1.
[Via Satellite – 11/10/2014]

Satellite Technology

Windsat. Credit: Naval Research Laboratory photo – Space News

U.S. Air Force’s proposed next-generation weather satellite program will consist of a single satellite carrying three instruments that would launch in 2021 or 2022.
[Space News – 11/14/2014]

DARPA releases specifications for standardized spacecraft deployment system meant to allow military payloads to hitch rides on commercial satellites, then be separated when in space.
[Space News – 11/13/2014]

Elon Musk of SpaceX and WorldVu Satellites founder Greg Wyler discuss launching up to 700 smaller and less-expensive satellites to deliver internet.
[Digital Trends – 11/10/2014]

SSL to create small satellite product line using knowledge gained from Skybox Imaging.
[Via Satellite – 11/12/2014]

Ground Systems, Technology

Glowlink announces they have been awarded their third patent for the trademarked interference removal technology known as Communications Signal Interference Remover, or CSIR™.
[Satnews – 11/14/2014]

World’s first satellite-powered tablet to use Newtec technology for e-learning.
[Newtec Press Releases – 11/14/2014]

Gilat announces new SkyEdge 2-c Libra terminal that combines satellite and cellular technologies.
[Via Satellite – 11/13/2014]

Measat and NovelSat complete test of 64APSK modulation on Africasat 1a, reporting increase in spectral efficiency levels of 20 to 50 percent.
[Via Satellite – 11/13/2014]

Avanti approves C-Com Ka-band mobile antennas for operation on the Hylas 1 and Hylas 2 satellites.
[Via Satellite – 11/13/2014]

Radio wave circulator developed by researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering. – R&D Magazine

Radically smaller more efficient radio wave circulator developed by researchers could double bandwidth usage.
[R&D Magazine – 11/12/2014]

Onlime purchases latest generation satellite services hub from Romantis to be installed at the Onlime teleport near Hameln in Germany.
[Via Satellite – 11/.12/2014]

Beam Communications receives Inmarsat approval for the company’s range of IsatDock2 docking stations for the IsatPhone satellite handset.
[SatNews – 11/12/2014]

Cobham releases 2.4-meter radical offset Sea Tel VSAT antenna for both C-band and Ku-band operation that can switch between VSAT bands automatically.
[Via Satellite – 11/11/2014]

Intellian v-series antennas, with strong performance and redundancy and simple conversion from Ku-band to Ka-band, provide easy upgrade path to Thor 7 for Telenor’s customers.
[Satnews – 11/10/2014]

Government, Military & Defense

Canada’s Department of National Defence awards contracts to enhance the operational capability of the Canadian Armed Forces and global military satellite communications.
[The Windsor Square – 11/15/1014]

NOAA admits cyberattack compromised four unnamed NOAA web sites, prompting unscheduled shutdown and maintenance to mitigate the attacks.
[Space News – 11/14/2014]

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is looking for a host satellite to carry a roughly 100-kilogram science instrument to a geostationary orbit in 2022.
[Space News – 11/13/2014]

U.S. Defense Department “strongly disagrees” with congressional proposals for large government program to replace Russian RD-180 rocket, favoring privately funded alternatives.
[Space News – 11/12/2014]

Advantech Wireless to expand broadband VSAT network for government services in Latin America.
[Via Satellite – 11/12/2014]

Malta Communication Authority plans to publish an international call for proposals to be submitted for the use of two orbital satellite slots.
[Independent – 11/13/2014]

Regulatory

President Barack Obama wants to see broadband reclassified under Title II, as a means of ensuring the Internet remains free and open.
[CED Magazine – 11/10/2014]

Aeronautical

Thales to provide satellite communications for Air China Boeing 737s.
[4-traders – 11/14/2014]

Broadband

ViaSat hopes to lure rural subscribers with unlimited bandwidth on the satellite beams serving those areas, as beams in high-demand areas near capacity.
[Space News – 11/14/2014]

RCS Communications brings satellite broadband to South Sudan using O3b capacity.
[Via Satellite – 11/14/2014]

Raga Sat of the Democratic Republic of Congo is first African client to go live on O3b Networks’ Fiber in the Sky satellite network.
[Via Satellite – 11/12/2014]

The operator of the Global News Network in the Phillipines, will launch a satellite-based broadband service in December 2014.
[InterAksyon – 11/10/2014]

Enterprise

iDirect Asia Pte Ltd team partners with Mercantile Communications Pvt Ltd to deliver VSAT communications to Mount Everest.
[PR Newswire – 11/09/2014]

Maritime

ARRIS Group provides SecureMedia advanced content protection technology to KVH Industries for its unique IP-MobileCast satellite-based entertainment-on-demand service for ships at sea.
[Market Watch – 11/13/2014]

KVH triples its Mini-VSAT network capacity for its maritime customers in the South American region.
[Via Satellite – 11/12/2014]

Oil & Gas, Energy

O3b Networks and Hermes Datacomms team up to deliver advanced communications services to a major energy customer in Angola.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 11/13/2014]

O3b Texas gateway. Photo: O3b Networks. – Via Satellite

O3b Networks creates a new offshore communications service O3bEnergy 20 for energy sector customers in the Gulf of Mexico.
[Via Satellite – 11/11/2014]

Television

DirecTV teams up with Samsung to offer some 4K UHTV content to customers with DirecTV’s Genie HD DVR and a 2014 model Samsung UHD TV.
[Via Satellite – 11/14/2014]

Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) and Romantis GmbH are creating a new technological direct-to-home (DTH) TV-platform for Africa.
[Screen Africa – 11/12/2014]

Eutelsat adds the Video-on-Demand (VOD) service MYTF1VOD to its French satellite TV platform Fransat.
[Via Satellite – 11/11/2014]

Media Networks and Cable & Wireless Panama announce DTH agreement using Media Networks’ wholesale service.
[Via Satellite – 11/11/2014]

Space

Panarama of Comet 67 taken by Rosetta’s Philae lander. Credit: ESA image – Space News

Europe’s Philae lander went into a likely permanent hibernation on Nov. 15, some 57 hours after first touching down on Comet 67, after sending cache of science data.
[Space News – 11/15/2014]

Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman’s path to guiding a successful mission to Mars began with a launch failure, then another one.
[Wall Street Journal – India Real Time – 11/14/2014]

General Dynamics to support Canada’s Mercury Global Project.
[Market Watch – 11/13/2014]

Rosetta mission successfully places small spacecraft on the surface of comet, though harpoons intended to secure it fail to fire.
[New York Times – 11/13/2014]

Lockheed Martin is co-operating the largest infrared telescope in the Western Hemisphere to study space debris and for other research studies.
[Space Daily – 11/07/2014]

Mars spacecraft reveal comet flyby effects on Martian atmosphere.
[R&D Magazine – 11/10/2014]

Capacity Agreements

iN Demand renews agreement with SES for C-band capacity on AMC-1.
[Via Satellite – 11/14/2014]

Isocel Telecom signs multi-year capacity lease on Eutelsat 3B to provide satellite connectivity to Benin tax authorities.
[Via Satellite – 11/13/2014]

Luxembourg-based satellite television provider M7 Group has contracted additional capacity from SES and extended an existing capacity contract at ASTRA 23.5 degrees East.
[Satnews – 11/13/2014]

Crystal TV of Ghana signs 10-year capacity agreement with Eutelsat to reach customers beyond its terrestrial coverage area.
[Via Satellite – 11/10/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

ORBCOMM enters agreement to acquire SkyWave Mobile Communications.
[Satnews – 11/13/2014]

New brand identity and logo unveiled by SageNet/Spacenet visually conveys the integration of the two companies.
[Businesswire – 11/12/2014]

Thuraya sets out company roadmap in Dubai at the Thuraya Product Development Forum in Dubai.
[Via Satellite – 11/11/2014]

The Human Aspect

Avanti unveils Avanti Connected Education , which will deliver Internet-enables learning to thousands of children in Africa.
[Via Satellite – 11/12/2014]

SES has initiated broadcasts of an Ebola-focused education channel called “Fight Ebola” on its Astra 2F and SES 5 satellites.
[Via Satellite – 11/11/2014]

Malaysia Chronicle article claims evidence points to sophisticated hijackers taking over flight MH370, turning off satellite and other communications.
[Malaysia Chronicle – 11/09/2014]

WBMSAT News Bits 11/07/2014

Featured Article

Wreckage of SpaceShipTwo. Credit: CNN/KABC video capture – Space News

Branson empire reverberates from shock of space-craft crash.
[Space News – 11/06/2014]
Real problem behind Virgin Galactic’s test flight disaster is bad business.
[Space News – 11/05/2014]

Industry Reports

Despite significant growth in terrestrial M2M and Internet of Things communications, NSR expects satellite to hold a significant niche, with revenues more than doubling to $2.4 billion by 2023.
[Via Satellite – 11/03/2014]

MarketsandMarkets report projects mobile satellite services to be worth $5.62 billion by 2019.
[PR Newswire – 11/03/2014]

MarketBrief report on the Oil and Gas market for satellite services available online from Satellite Markets & Research.
[Satellite Markets & Research – November 2014]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

WGS Satellites – Credit: Boeing photo – Space News

Military allies of U.S. generally agree at MilSatCom that WGS is cheaper than commercial alternatives – commercial satellite operators shake their heads.
[Space News – 11/07/2014]

Emerging Markets Communications showcases newest oil & gas connectivity solutions at Oilcomm in Houston, Texas.
[Energy Industry Today – 11/04/2014]

Gilat announced that it is presenting its Satellite Communications Solutions for the Defense and Homeland Security markets at Global Milsatcom 2014, November 4-6 in London.
[SatNews – 11/06/2014]

Emerging Markets’ QuickSkid and other solutions to be showcased at OilComm.
[Satnews – 11/06/2014]

Inmarsat is unveiling new Low Profile BGAN, which will work even when buried under sand, at Global MilSatCom in London.
[SatNews – 11/05/2014]

Kratos to discuss future concepts in satellite ground station architectures at 16th annual Global MilSatCom Conference.
[Virtual Strategy Magazine – 11/03/2014]

Launch Activity

Astra 2G launch preparations slow amid Proton concerns.
[Space News – 11/07/2014]

A massive U.S. Navy satellite, the third MUOS satellite scheduled for launch in January 2015, arrives in Florida.
[Spaceflight Now – 11/07/2014]

Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Credit: NASA photo – Space News

Air Force awards Raytheon team $2 billion launch range support contract.
[Space News – 11/06/2014]

ESA maps out how Ariane 6 would save everyone money in effort to win Germany’s support of the program.
[Space News – 11/06/2014]

With a single in-orbit spare, Iridium counts on SpaceX to maintain launch tempo.
[Space News -11/05/2014]

Spaceflight partners with JAMSS to launch U.S. CubeSats on JAXA Astro-H mission.
[Via Satellite – 11/05/2014]

Outernet signs letter of intent to use Mishaal Aerospace’s M-OV launch vehicle designed to launch Low Earth Orbit satellites.
[Via Satellite – 11/04/2014]

Soyuz rocket lifts off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome – Credit: Russian Ministry of Defense – Spaceflight Now

Military communications satellite is launched from Russia.
[Spaceflight Now – 11/01/2014]

Satellite Construction

The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology and the American University of Sharjah begin working on the UAD’s first CubeSat.
[Via Satellite – 11/06/2014]

General Dynamics to build four antennas for NewSat’s Jabiru satellite program.
[Via Satellite – 11/06/2014]

Satellite Operations

NOAA experiences another data communications failure of their satellite broadcast network as primary uplink loses commercial and backup power.
[AccuWeather – 11/07/2014]

Satellite Technology

COM DEV gets contract for $7.5 million for passive microwave Ku-band equipment for a broadcast satellite for Eastern Europe and Asia.
[Satnews – 11/05/2014]

Ground Systems Technology

Inmarsat completes construction of its Global Xpress ground network.
[The Digital Ship – 11/07/2014]

Hughes will build a lightweight X-band terminal for Airbus Defence and Space.
[Via Satellite – 11/06/2014]

Boeing Concludes Testing New Anti-Jamming Communications Technology
[Defense World – 11/05/2014]

Measat satellite systems announces that its customers on the AFRICASAT-1a satellite will get additional cost savings following successful test of 64APSK modulation on the pan-African beam.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 11/05/2014]

Comtech EF Data releases feature enhancements across its satellite modem portfolio to enable service differentiation.
[Business Wire – 11/04/2014]

C-COM Ka-band mobile antenna receives Avanti type approval.
[Market Wired – 11/04/2014]

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. gets $1.0 million order for communications jamming high-power amplifier systems.
[Satellite Spotlight – 11/03/2014]

Government, Military & Defense

Three missile targets destroyed by interceptors fired from U.S. Navy destroyer in “Raid” test.
[Space News – 11/07/2014]

SES Government Solutions will use EUTELSAT satellite to provide satellite capacity for US Africa Command.
[Via Satellite – 11/04/2014]

According the the U.S. GAO the U.S. DoD needs more time to understand the potential impact of disaggregating large satellites into multiple smaller craft.
[Via Satellite – 11/03/2014]

CPIU wins $5 million follow-on terminal order for the U.S. military.
[Via Satellite – 11/04/2014]

Globecomm and Gannexion expand their e-welfare platform for government operations in the EMEA region.
[The Business Journals – 11/03/2014]

KVH receives $4.3 million order from defense contractor for military navigation systems.
[Via Satellite – 11/03/2014]

Regulatory

Twin failures draw attention to the FAA commercial space office’s limited resources as it investigates the Orbital Sciences and Virgin Galactic explosions.
[Space News – 11/07/2014]

Gogo receives Supplemental Type Certificates from the FAA to install Ku-band satellite connectivity on Boeing 757-200 and 767-400 aircraft.
[Market Watch – 11/07/2014]

WiMAX prepares final defense for the 3.65-3.7 GHz spectrum band to the FCC.
[Via Satellite – 11/05/2014]

Inmarsat supports ITU Plenipotentiary action on global flight tracking.
[4-traders – 11/01/2014]

Broadband

Newtec partners with First United Broadcasting Corporation (FUBC) to launch a new broadband service called “IGSat Satellite Broadband” in the Philippines.
[Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union – 11/07/2014]

Earth Observation

Eumesat to supply Copernicus with ocean data under $286 million deal.
[Space News – 11/07/2014]

Enterprise

Signalhorn contracts AFRICASAT-1a for VSAT services across Africa.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 11/06/2014]

Speedy Hire to use Avanti’s Hylas 1 satellite for enterprise connectivity.
[Via Satellite – 11/04/2014]

Lime Link selects OneAccess for their satellite VPN services.
[Topix – 11/04/2014]

Maritime

KVH triples mini-VSAT broadband network capacity in South America to support increasing mobile SATCOM needs of its maritime customers in the area.
[CNN Money – 11/06/2014]

Seagull Maritime and GVF lead initiative to enhance operational effectiveness of seafarers using SATCOM through training and certification.
[Maritime Professional – 11/06/2014]

Satellite operator Synertone to target its ‘4G mobile satellite telephone communication network system’ at Hong Kong’s yachtsmen.
[Macau Busines Daily – 11/05/2014]

Flagship vessel of Allseas Group, The Pieter Schelte, to get satellite services provided by SpeedCast.
[University Chronicle – 11/04/2014]

Airbus Defence and Space has doubled its satellite capacity for users in the Caribbean in time for winter season as yachts transit there after summer in the Mediterranean.
[Ship In Sight – 11/04/2014]

MTN’s Maestro gives yacht Captains and ETO’s ability to control satcom usage by crew.
[Superyacht News – 11/01/2014]

Mobile

Airtel Africa launches Thuraya mobile satellite products and services across 12 countries in Africa.
[Business Wire – 11/03/2014]

Australian telecommunications manufacturer Beam Communications receives Inmarsat approval for its range of satellite handset docking stations.
[Ferret – 11/03/2014]

Oil & Gas

O3b reaches out to offshore platforms in Mexico with O3bEnergy 20, capable of an aggregate of 20Mbps throughput to a single site at less than 150msec roundtrip latency delivered via O3bEnergy 1.2m antennas.
[SatNews – 11/07/2014]

Video becoming an expectation in the Oil and Gas sector; experts discuss how resources to enable it are getting highly prioritized.
[Via Satellite – 11/06/2014]

MTN to create business development and technical team FOR THE Oil and Gas sector.
[Via Satellite – 11/03/2014]

Television

Smart TV sales skyrocket; TV brands rethink content strategies.
[Satellite Markets & Research – 11/07/2014]

Space

Virgin Galactic claims it can resume test flights with a new spaceship within six months.
[Space Mart – 11/08/2014]

Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Credit: Massachusetts Institute of Technology/TESS team artist’s concept – Space News

NASA approves Exoplanet Survey Satellite mission for development.
[Space News – 11/07/2014]

NASA readies its first test flight of the Orion spacecraft, with memories still fresh of two commercial spaceflight accidents in the past 10 days.
[Space Daily – 11/06/2014]

NASA decides not to make a laser communications payload mandatory for the next Discovery-class planetary science mission.
[Space News – 11/05/2014]

Spacecraft explosions won’t derail plans to mine asteroids.
[Bloomberg – 11/04/2014]

Legal

Subcontractor sued by Orbital Sciences offers to turn over partial shipment of the components Orbital claims are being held hostage.
[Space News – 11/06/2014]

Capacity Agreements

Stallion Oilfield Services doubles satellite capacity with SES to connect booming oil and gas operations across North America.
[TMC News – 11/07/2014]

SES signs a new capacity agreement with SageNet/Spacenet to help energy companies connect their mission-critical operations across the U.S.
[Herald Online – 11/06/2014]

Zambia’s Muvi TV platform doubles its digital channel line-up on the Eutelsat 7B satellite.
[Reuters – 11/06/2014]

AIS Engineering to use SES capacity for contract won to provide COMSATCOM Transponded Capacity for the Joint Satellite Engineering Sector.
[Satnews – 11/04/2014]

Services Contracts

Hispasat and Gilat have signed two new European Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for their Virtual Network Operations (VNO) program.
[Via Satellite – 11/06/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Abu Dhabi fund holding major stake in Virgin Galactic waiting for results of investigation to make decision on its commitment to the project.
[Space News – 11/07/2014]

Inmarsat will sell 19% stake in SkyWave Mobile Communications to Orbcomm for USD 32.2 million.
[4-traders – 11/07/2014]

ViaSat beats street on Exede gains and legal settlement.
[U~T San Diego – 11/07/2014]

Industry executives consider Netflix a threat to cable and satellite operators in Latin America.
[Latin American Herald Tribune – 11/07/2014]

Skyware Technologies signs reseller agreement with IEC Telecom Group to sell and support its range of Global Xpress (GX) SKY and ATOM land terminals.
[SatNews – 11/07/2014]

Echostar 21 – Credit: Space Systems/Loral artist’s concept – Space News

EchoStar adds subscribers and makes plans to launch Solaris satellite broadband service in 2016 on EchoStar 21 satellite to be launched that year.
[Space News – 11/07/2014]

Inmarsat third-quarter pre-tax profits increase and Global Xpress remains on target.
[IFA Magazine – 11/06/2014]

Orbital Outfitters breaks ground on Texas facility at Midland International Air and Space Port in Midland, Texas.
[Space News – 11/07/2014]

Iridium beats analysts’ expectations despite losing two satellites.
[Via Satellite – 11/04/2014]

NanoRacks opens new office at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffet Field, California to help develop new business around deep space opportunities.
[Via Satellite – 11/04/2014]

History

Walton De-Ice to celebrate 35 years and nearly 20,000 earth station antenna protection systems.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 11/06/2014]

The Human Aspect

UK’s International Charter for Space and Major Disasters is activated to assist with response to disease (Ebola) for the first time.
[R&D Magazine – 11/07/2014]

South Sudan. Credit: Copyright DigitalGlobe 2014. Image analysis by UNITAR-UNOSA – Space News

U.N. believes satellite images can save lives.
[Space News – 11/06/2014]

WBMSAT News Bits 10/31/2014

Featured Article

Image from video by KABC-TV Los Angeles shows wreckage of SpaceShipTwo – msn news

Co-pilot killed, pilot injured in crash of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave Desert.
[msn news – 10/31/2014]

Industry Reports

Digital TV Research’s Multiscreen TV & Video Forecasts report forecast the gross number of multiscreen viewers in 51 Asia Pacific countries will reach 11.32 billion by 2020.
[Satellite Markets & Research – 10/30/2014]

NSR offers BRICS report assessing satellite capacity and demand in Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
[Satnews – 10/30/2014]

New study finds growth of African economies and markets threatened by mobile industry’s drive to access critical C-band satellite spectrum.
[Satellite Markets & Research – 10/29/2014]

NSR’s newly released Government and Military Satellite Communications, 11th Edition forecasts global government and military market will demand nearly 700 traditional FSS transponders and 75 Gbps of HTS capacity by 2023, generating over $7.8 billion in annual retail revenues.
[Market Wired – 10/28/2014]

ReportsnReports.com offers “Global Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) Market 2014-2018, projecting market to grow at 5.48% over the period.
[Satellite Spotlight – 10/28/2014]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

NAB to stick with the CCW+SATCON formula for the annual trade show coming up in two weeks in New York.
[TV News Check – 10/30/2014]

Gilat to showcase innovative cellular backhaul and mobility solutions at China Satellite 2014.
[Satnews – 10/29/2014]

Launch Activity

Space Travel File image: AJ-26 Russian rocket engine.

Orbital Sciences considers replacing Russian engine used on Antares.
[Space Travel – 10/31/2014]

NASA completes first review of Wallops launch site damage, finding it largely contained to the southern third of the island.
[Via Satellite – 10/30/2014]

Soyuz-2.1a carrier-rocket, launched Thursday, successfully puts the Meridian satellite into orbit,
[Contact Center Solutions – 10/30/2014]

Thales Alenia Space Italy officials flabbergasted that launch of their experimental miniature spaceplane has been postponed indefinitely over safety concerns.
[Space News – 10/30/2014]

MISHAAL Aerospace gets contract from Outernet to launch constellation of Cubesats to low earth orbit to provide mobile services.
[Satnews – 10/30/2014]

ULA Atlas V rocket successfully launches the eighth Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite from Cape Canaveral.
[Satnews – 10/29/2014]

SES’ Astra 2G satellite arrives by Russian Antonov-124-100 jet at Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan to be prepared for launch.
[TASS – 10;29/2014]

Arianespace has signed a contract with Italian manufacturer European Launch Vehicle (ELV) for 10 Vega rockets.
[Via Satellite – 10/29/2014]

Aerial view of launch facility after failed launch – Credit: NASA photo by Terry Zaperach – Space News

Orbital Sciences inspections find that the launch pad complex itself was spared from any major damage.
[Space News – 10292014]

Russian rocket manufacturer insists it is not to blame for failed Antares launch.
[The Guardian – 10/29/2014]

Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket was using modified Russian rocket engines built 4 decades ago.
[Washington Post – 10/29/2014]

Unmanned NASA rocket Antares explodes – msn news

Explosion over Wallops Island launch pad used to be an Orbital Sciences Antares launch vehicle.
[msn.com – 10/28/2014]

O3b to add four more satellites to its Ka-band constellation with December 18 launch from French Guiana.
[Digital Ship – 10/28/2014]

Japanese H-IIA rocket with NASA-JAXA GPM Core Observatory launching from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. – NASA

NASA and JAXA launch new satellite to measure global rain and snow.
[NASA – 10/27/2014]

Satellite Construction

Harris delivers Aireon’s first flight payload for Iridium Next satellites for global air traffic surveillance system.
[Satnews – 10/30/2014]

SSL selected to provide communications satellite to an undisclosed customer.
[defense-aerospace – 10/29/2014]

Satellite Operations

ESA signs an agreement with the US Strategic Command to improve data exchange between the organisations for supporting missions, allowing more efficient evasive action of satellites from space junk.
[PHYS-ORG – 10/30/2014]

Satellite Technology

A 3-D printed antenna support. Photo: RUAG Space – Via Satellite

Using 3-D printing, RUAG Space, in collaboration with Altair, produces satellite antenna support.
[Via Satellite – 10/29/2014]

Ground Systems Technology

Es’hailSat taps SES TechCom for assistance building a new teleport north of capital city of Doha.
[Via Satellite – 10/27/2014]

Government, Military & Defense

Veteran lobbyist expects no changes to be made to NASA budget if election changes makeup of U.S. Senate.
[Space News – 10/30/2014]

Thai ICT committee to examine demand of government agencies for satellite technology to provide public services.
[Satnews – 10/30/2014]

Elbit Systems of Israel is supplying a mobile satellite communications system to the Canadian military through a contract issued by Rheinmetall Canada.
[UPI – 10/29/2014]

Regulatory

International regulators put global flight tracking on WRC-15 agenda; Inmarsat and Iridium battle behind the scenes over the proposal.
[Space News – 10/31/2014]
LS Telcom disputes ITU spectrum predictions, finding that most regions of the world have licensed only 70 percent of spectrum already available for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT).
[Via Satellite – 10/30/2014]

FCC proposes to regulate Internet video like satellite TV and Cable.
[Reuters – 10/28/2014]

Broadband

ViaSat Exede debuts first virtually unlimited satellite Internet service in the Lowcountry and other areas of South Carolina.
[PR Newswire – 10/30/2014]

Speedy Hire of the UK to embed Avanti Communications high-speed broadband connectivity solutions into its wholesale rental offering.
[Market Watch – 10/30/2014]

Enterprise

Hughes Communications India Limited has connected more than 12,000 off-site ATMS and rural bank branches in India.
[Via Satellite – 10/30/2014]

Maritime

Airbus Defence and Space expands Field Service Alliance network for maritime satellite communications.
[Satellite Spotlight – 10/30/2014]

Mobile

Satcom Global has launched Satcom Global LLC, Russia, a licensed mobile satellite communications distributor for the Russian Federation.
[SatNews – 10/29/2014]

Space

Intuitive Machines’ TRV – Credit: Intuitive Machines artist’s concept – Space News

Houston startup established by former NASA official is developing small vehicle to return experiments from ISS that could be ready for flight by late 2016.
[Space News – 10/31/2014]

NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense are resuming a partnership for classified X-37B program that will be based at the Kennedy Space Center.
[Space News – 10/30/2014]

Russian manned rocket delivers supplies to ISS after Orbital Sciences’ Antares mission failed.
[R&D Magazine – 10/29/2014]

AP Photo/Paragon Space Development Corporation – R&D Magazine

Google Exec’s supersonic skydive part of secret spacesuit development.
[R&D Magazine – 10/27/2014]

Legal

Shortly before its Antares rocket exploded Oct. 28, Orbital Sciences asked a federal judge to force a contractor to turn over hardware it needs to launch a new version of Cygnus.
[Space News – 10/30/2014]

Capacity Agreements

Global Eagle Entertainment signs long-term agreement with SES for global Ku-band satellite bandwidth for in-flight connectivity solutions.
[Business Wire – 10/30/2014]

Satcom Digital Networks extends use of Amazonas 2 capacity in US.
[Via Satellite – 10/29/2014]

Foxtel enters a new five-year agreement with Australia-based Optus Satellite for capacity on the Optus D3 satellite.
[Via Satellite – 10/28/2014]

Services Contracts

African Union expands connectivity services with Emerging Markets Communications in 28 countries.
[Market Wired – 10/29/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Canada’s MDA suggests lukewarm government support for the company’s activities may accelerate disengagement from Canada.
[Space News – 10/31/2014]

Thales Alenia agrees to invest 8 million euros in observation satellite production facility, hoping to expand its share of growing market among developing nations.
[Space News – 10/31/2014]

SES SA reports that its nine-month net profit attributable to shareholders grew 5.9% to 437.9 million euros.
[RTT News – 10/31/2014]

SES lowers revenue forecast for 2014, saying it is suffering later than competitors from defense cutbacks; O3b expansion is top priority.
[Space News – 10/31/2014]

Avanti Communications Group PLC looks like a “story” stock gone sour.
[The Motley Fool – 10/31/2014]

Intelsat reports total revenue for three months ending September 30, 2014 at $608.6 million.
[Via Satellite – 10/30/2014]

Lockheed Martin Commercial Space headquarters opens in Denver, Colorado – to become prime location for manufacture of the A2100 satellite platform..
[Via Satellite – 10/30/2014]

SageNet/Spacenet creates specialized business unit providing design, deployment and support of managed network solutions for North American oil and gas sector.
[Business Wire – 10/29/2014]

Chinese tycoon unveils his latest big idea – an ambitious plan to establish a constellation of satellites to provide low-cost mobile communication services to China.
[South China Morning Post – 10/27/2014]

The Human Aspect

Hughes Network Systems President Pradman Kaul among six George Washington University alumni inducted into 2014 Engineering Hall of Fame.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 10/30/2014]

C-COM antenna systems are being used in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park in Africa to monitor and prevent poaching of rhinos.
[Market Wired – 10/28/2014]

Army is deploying tactical network, satellite coverage and communications capabilities for international Ebola crisis response teams.
[Federal Times – 10/27/2014]

Geolink to participate in NetHope’s Global Summit 2014 held at Cisco campus in San Jose, CA.
[Satnews – 10/27/2014]

Mitsubishi Electric helps fund aid for victims of Hiroshima landslides.
[Smart Grid – 10/26/2014]

WBMSAT News Bits 10/24/2014

Featured Article

Satellite industry believes it is facing long-term spectrum battles against terrestrial wireless companies that it could ultimately lose.
[Space News – 10/24/2014]

Industry Reports

Global Satellite Transponders Market report analyzes the worldwide markets for Satellite Transponders in Number of 36 MHz Transponder Equivalents (TPE) by Broadcast Applications, Trunking Applications, Networking Applications, and Reserve Purposes.
[MarketWatch; – 10/23/2014]

New NSR report finds move to very high resolution and onslaught of lower resolution data key to generation of $5.1 billion in Earth-Observation market by 2023.
[Market Wired – 10/22/2014]

Global Pay TV market to generate U.S. $269 billion in 2014 according to ABI Research.
[Satellite Markets & Research – 10/23/2014]

Research and Markets adds “North America Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) Market 2014-2018″ to their offering; Key Vendors are Eutelsat Communications, Intelsat, SES, Space-Communications & Telesat Holdings.
[TMC News – 10/22/2014]

Since the first HTS launched in 2005 (iPSTAR), the industry continues to be on an HTS learning curve – what happens when the beams fill too fast, or too slow?
[NSR – 10/20/2014]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Hosted Payload Alliance is hosting “Next Generation Space Architectures: Assessing the Process” at SATCON 2014.
[Satnews – 10/25/2014]

Globalstar to show how Value Added Resellers (VARs) in freight management and logistics can boost business with integrated land and sea satellite monitoring of cargo.
[Satnews – 10/24/2014]

Launch Activity

SpaceX may attempt to land first stage of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle on its next mission, though saying odds of success may be low.
[Space News – 10/24/2014]

Rocket Lab, manufacturer of the Electron small satellite launch vehicle, has set its sights on launching no less than once per week when commercial operations begin.
[Via Satellite – 10/23/2014]

SpaceQuest has signed a letter of intent to launch satellites on Mishaal Aerospace’s M-OV orbital launch vehicle once it is ready.
[Via Satellite – 10/23/2014]

3-D process being used by two U.S. companies could speed up process of developing replacement rocket engines for the Russian engines currently used by DoD.
[Space News – 10/23/2014]

Another Proton launch, another glitch, another satellite (Express AM6) in the wrong orbit.
[Engineering & Technology Magazine – 10/23/2014]

The Russian Express-AM6 communications satellite has separated from the Briz-M booster and was deployed into the calculated orbit, the press service of Russia’s Roscosmos Federal Space Agency told TASS.
[ITAR-TASS – 10/22/2014]

China has launched Yaogan 22, a new remote sensing satellite using a Long March 4C rocket according to Xinhua, the Chinese news agency.
[Via Satellite – 10/21/2014]

Satellite Operations

Argentina gets unique “launch plus life” insurance plan for its first satellite assembled and tested in Argentina, Arsat-1.
[Space News – 10/24/2014]

Hollow Cathode Thruster on the underside of TechDemoSat-1 – Photo courtesy of SSTL. – Satnews

New Hollow Cathode Thruster on SSTL’s TechDemoSat-1 finds unplanned use twice to avoid collisions with other space objects.
[Satnews – 10/24/2014]

Optus 10 satellite completes in-orbit tests.
[Telecompaper – 10/22/2014]

Satellite Technology

Different industries debate the potential of UAVs and the need for satellite.
[Via Satellite – 10/24/2014]

ViviSat will soon begin orbiting a constellation of Mission Extension Vehicles (MEVs) with room to carry hosted payloads into Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO).
[Via Satellite – 10/21/2014]

Ground Systems Technology

Treemetrics in Ireland, supported by ESA’s ARTES Programme, has developed device with hybrid satellite/terrestrial communications and GPS to better manage utilisation of forest resources.
[Phys-Org – 10/22/2014]

Analog Devices adds Ka-band upconverter and Ka-band high-power amplifier for use in single-carrier satellite communications.
[Telecomlead – 10/22/2014]

Government, Military & Defense

Satellite operators skeptical of recent Defense Department report saying commercial satellite bandwidth costs military customers four times more than WGS, but hopeful about other remarks in the report.
[Space News – 10/24/2014]

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. receives an award for $1.5 million to supply high-power millimeter-wave traveling wave tube amplifiers (TWTAs) from a U.S. government customer.
[MarketWatch – 10/24/2014]

Qatar orders military satellite communications system from Thales.
[Army technology – 10//23/2014]

Intelsat General gets Air Force contract to study commercialization of its satellite control network.
[Space Ref – 10/22/2014]

Elara Comunicaciones to implement IDT Global’s VoiceLine app to bring voice and data connectivity to more than 3,000 towns in Southeast Mexico as part of a government project.
[Via Satellite – 10/22/2014]

WGS Satellite – Credit: Boeing artist’s concept – Space News

Pentagon report says commercial bandwidth is four times more expensive than WGS.
[Space News – 10/21/2014]

Space Daily file photo

A senior Russian military commander says the Russian military will add nine advanced communications satellites to its orbital grouping by 2020.
[Space Daily – 10/21/2014]

Regulatory

Germany defends its backing of new legal regime criticized by many satellite builders and operators, saying it protects startups in the industry.
[Space News – 10/24/2014]

Inmarsat’s Isat/Phone portfolio now approved for operation in Brazil.
[Satnews -10/23/2014]

Aeronautical

Cobham supplies the 1000th HGA-6000 and 2000th HGA-7001 aeronautical satellite antennas.
[Aviation Pros – 10/23/2014]

Latitude Technologies introduces the DL150 satellite data unit targeted to business and commercial jet operators to complete their FANS 1/A+ installation.
[Satnews – 10/22/2014]

Passengers using Wi-Fi in-flight. Photo: SmartSky – Via Satellite

SmartSky Networks, an In Flight Connectivity (IFC) startup with intentions of launching a high-bandwidth Air-to-Ground (ATG) service in the United States has announced partnerships four companies.
[Via Satellite – 10/21/2014]

ViaSat is expanding its Exede satellite Internet service to the general aviation market.
[Via Satellite – 10/21/2014]

Earth Observation

Since at least Tuesday, some satellite data has stopped flowing into the National Weather Service due to an apparent network outage.
[Space News – 10/22/2014]

The World Bank has reached out to the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to map Pakistan’s potential for solar energy.
[Via Satellite – 10/21/2014]

Enterprise

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. is awarded $2.3 million order for its Advanced VSAT platform including NetVue for integrator to deploy at fixed and mobile sites in Asia.
[Whatech Channel – 10/22/2014]

M2M (Machine to Machine)

Iridium partners with Trimble to expand its satellite based transportation and logistics solutions globally.
[MarketWatch – 10/23/2014]

Maritime

KVH wins two prestigious awards from the National Marine Electronics Association for 2014.
[CNN Money – 10/21/2014]

Mobile

CMMB Vision is getting ready to offer satellite based mobile multimedia services in China.
[Via Satellite – 10/21/2014]

Oil & Gas

Oil derricks. Photo: Jim Hickcox – Via Satellite

Globecomm, in partnership with a top Iraqi telecommunications provider, has completed a 158-Mb VSAT network that will support oil and gas.
[Via Satellite – 10/23/20014]

QuickSkid. Photo: EMC – Via Satellite

Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) has released QuickSkid, a new connectivity solution designed for the oil and gas sector.
[Via Satellite – 10/21/2014]

Television

Shaw Communications’ satellite television and media segments appear to be in gradual and terminal decline.
[Financial Post – 10/22/2014]

Space

Rando mannequin – Credit: Phantom Laboratory photo – Space News

Dummy astronaut shows ISS crew better protected from radiation than believed.
[Space News – 10/24/2014]

Faced with significant costs, Spaceport America seeks to diversify customer base beyond Virgin Galactic, the anchor tenant contributing the current revenue stream.
[Space News – 10/24/2014]

Photo credit: GETTY – Express

Gigantic sunspot 11 times bigger than earth poses threat of possible global blackout.
[Express – 10//24/2014]

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the UAE Space Agency and Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) to build UAE’s first probe to Mars.
[Emirates 247 – 10/20/2014]

Legal

Orbital Sciences Corp. is accusing a contractor of holding “hostage” hardware needed to launch a NASA-chartered cargo delivery to the international space station next April and is suing to recover the parts.
[Space News – 10/24/2014]

Capacity Agreements

Kacific has signed a five-year multimillion-dollar agreement to provide broadband services to the island nation of Kiribati on the Kacific 1 High Throughput Satellite (HTS) when it launches in early 2017.
[Via Satellite – 10/20/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Maritime Broadband has expanded its worldwide footprint by opening an office, Maritime Broadband Hellas, in Athens, Greece.
[SatNews – 10/24/2014]

Lockheed Martin Space Systems division lower revenue offset by higher profit margin due to earnings of government launch services provider United Launch Alliance.
[Space News – 10/23/2014]

FCC pauses review of AT&T’s proposed purchase of DirecTV, but AT&T officials remain confident purchase will be completed by the middle of next year.
[Light Reading – 10/23/2014]

Intelsat and Spanish satellite operator Hispasat have agreed to continue working together at the 55 degrees West orbital location over Latin America.
[Via Satellite – 10/21/2014]

History

London Science Museum celebrates 200 years of communications technology.
[BT.com – 10/24/2014]

The Human Aspect

U.S. Army is deploying the tactical network, satellite coverage and communications capabilities to support the Ebola response in West Africa.
[C4ISRNET – 10/24/2014]

Geolink Satellite Services will take part in NetHope’s Global Summit 2014 in San Jose, California to discuss connectivity projects for humanitarian efforts.
[Satnews – 10/24/2014]

Photo: Sylvain Cherkaoui, SOS Children’s Villages – Via Satellite

Thuraya donates satellite communications equipment to NGO for Central African Republic.
[Via Satellite – 10/23/2014]

 

WBMSAT News Bits 10/17/2014

Featured Article

ABS-2 Credit: Space Systems/Loral photo – Space News

Asia Broadcast Satellite files $214 million insurance claim for bad Russian beam on its ABS-2 satellite built by Space Systems/Loral.
[Space News – 10/17/2014]

Industry Reports

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Analysis of the Global Military Satcom Applications Market” to their offering.
[Satellite Spotlight – 10/16/2014]

Parks Associates research finds more than 46 million households worldwide will subscribe to a 4K UHD pay-TV service by 2018.
[Satellite Markets & Research – 10/15/2014]

NSR report provides most comprehensive analysis of M2M and Internet of Things via satellite.
[Satnews – 10/15/2014]

NSR report examines the use of commercial satellites by militaries and governments.
[Satnews – 10/14/2014]

“Global Enterprise VSAT Market 2014-2018” identifies key vendors as Gilat Satellite Networks, Hughes, ViaSat, and VT iDirect.
[The Street – 10/14/2014]

Infonetics Research reports set-top box market hit $4.8 billion in 2nd quarter 2014.
[Satellite Markets & Research – 10/14/2014]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Five subject-matter experts will tackle and explain what all need to know to succeed in the Satcom business at colloquium on October 23rd in Washington D.C.
[SatNews – 10/15/2014]

Host of International satellite operators set to converge on the Myanmar Satellite Forum during CommuniCast 2014 in Myanmar.
[SatNews – 10/13/2014]

Launch Activity

SCAT launch vehicle has been rolled back in preparation for launch. Credit: Photo courtesy of Sandia Labs. – Space News

Operator of under-used Alaska launch site offers launch companies $20 million incentive in bid to attract larger class of launch vehicles.
[Space News – 10/17/2014]

Ariane 5 launches Argentina’s  first domestically built communications satellite, ARSAT-1, and Intelsat DLA-1 (Intelsat 30).
[NASA Spaceflight – 10/16/2014]

ISRO launches IRNSS C navigation satellite.
[Via Satellite – 10/16/2014]

Artist concept of the Bloostar launcher. Photo: Zero2infinity – Via Satellite

Zero2infiniti announces Bloostar hybrid balloon-rocket launch system meant to serve the small satellite market, and has $200 million pre-booked sales.
[Via Satellite – 10/16/2014]

SSL delivers powerful new satellite built for DIRECTV to be used for Ultra HD and new consumer services, DIRECTV 14, to Kourou spaceport.
[Market Watch – 10/15/2014]

U.S. Air Force issues Request for Information for a Cape Launch Operations and Infrastructure Support contract.
[Via Satellite – 10/15/2014]

French space agency CNES renews six-year bilateral agreement with 17 Guianese municipalities, and will provide some $5.5 million for economic, social and cultural development.
[Via Satellite – 10/15/2014]

Artist’s concept, Sherpa hosted payload – Photo: Spaceflight Inc. – Via Satellite

Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) selects Innovative Solutions in Space (ISIS) for the launch of multiple CubeSats through ISIS’ ISILaunch services for small satellites.
[Via Satellite – 10/15/2014]

Satellite Construction

Airbus Defence & Space signs formal contracts with ESA to design and  build second generation of MetOp-SG satellites.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 10/16/2014]

Space Daily file image

Russian ‘smart’ mini-satellites should be launched into orbit in 2016.
[Space Daily – 10/16/2014]

COM DEV International gets fully funded contract exceeding $13 million to provide Ka-band equipment for a high throughput communications satellite (HTS).
[Satnews – 10/16/2014]

Northrop Grumman awarded Lockheed Martin contract for SBIRS GEO-5 and GEO-6 satellite payloads.
[MarketWatch – 10/15/2014]

Sierra Nevada Corporation receives a contract to build the STPSat 5 demonstration satellite for the United States military.
[Via Satellite – 10/15/2014]

Angola confirms that Angosat 1, built by a Russian consortium, will be launched as the first African satellite in 2017.
[macauhub – 10/15/2014]

MDA to provide multiple Ku- and Ka-band subsystems for a telecommunication satellite to be built by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.
[TMCnet – 10/15/2014]

Satellite Operations

Artist’s view of Galileo satellite – Image courtesy ESA-J. Huart, 2014 – GPS Daily

Two fully functioning Galileo navigation satellites were turned over by ESA to the Galileo Control Center which will care for them pending a final decision on their use.
[GPS Daily – 10/17/2014]

Intellian test of Global Express (GX) is first at sea, achieving download speed of 24 mbps and upload speed of 4 mbps.
[Digital Ship – 10/15/2014]

Seventh GPS 2F satellite, built by Boeing, completes in orbit checkout and control has been transferred to the U.S. Air Force.
[Via Satellite – 10/14/2014]

Satellite Technology

The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) has announced the completion of KhalifaSat’s design, the first satellite that will be designed and built by Emirati engineers in the UAE.
[SatNews – 10/16/2014]

Ground Systems Technology

Raytheon releases its most enhanced anti-jamming capability for Global Positioning System satellites, named Landshield.
[Via Satellite – 10/14/2014]

Government, Military & Defense

U.S. Air Force hosted-payload program likely to be used exclusively for civilian scientific missions for three to five years.
[Space News – 10/17/2014]

US Air Force is anxious to use the $495 million Hosted Payloads Solutions (HoPS) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to begin consistently including hosted payloads in future architectures.
[Via Satellite – 10/16/2014]

General Dynamics simultaneously connects personnel at three U.S. Army installations over MUOS satellite system with PRC-155 manpack radios.
[TMCnet – 10/16/2014]

U.S. Navy exercises off Guam include practicing working in a “communications-denied environment” assuming some countries have the ability to remove satellites or limit satellite communications.
[BBC News Asia – 10/14/2014]

Hughes begins marketing waveform specialized for rotary wing Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLOS) satellite communications.
[Via Satellite – 10/14/2014]

Aeronautical

Satcom Direct opens office at Dassault Falcon’s Delaware facility, where it can assist Dassault Falcon Jet and mutual customers with aircraft communication systems.
[Via Satellite – 10/16/2014]

Inmarsat announces it will increase frequency of handshake requests with aircraft from 1 hour to 15 minutes, increasing plane tracking capability fourfold.
[Wired – 10/152014]

L2 Consulting Services gets contract to certify Cobham AVIATOR SATCOM system on Hawaiian Airlines 767-300 series aircraft for FANS.
[Market Wired – 10/13/2014]

Broadband

Source: Titan Aerospace – Light Reading

A blogger argues that the future of wireless broadband lies in ultra-high-altitude solar-powered drones.
[LightReading – 10/15/2014]

Enterprise

Milano Teleport shifts focus of business drastically, from DTH to VSAT, breathing new life in the Italian company.
[Via Satellite – 10/15/2014]

Maritime

Speedcast is awarded multi-year contract from EMAS AMC for satellite communications for 12 vessels.
[RIGZONE – 10/14/2014]

Video

Openwave Mobility states they are the first company to provide comprehensive optimization for 4K UltraHD video on mobile networks with five times more data savings when compared to previous technologies.
[Satnews – 10/162014]

Space

NASA green propellant mission to host three Pentagon experiments.
[Space News – 10/17/2014]

ESA agrees to manage the Copernicus satellite program.
[Space News – 10/17/2014]

Image credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA. – Satnews

Scientists name 45-meter boulder on comet 67P/Chuyumov-Gerasimenko imaged by Europe’s Rosetta after Egyptian pyramid.
[Satnews – 10/16/2014]

Spaceport America has ‘Gold Mine’ future according to CEO and General Manager of Mojave Air and Space Port in California.
[Space News – 10/15/2014]

Artist’s concept of an X-37B spacecraft in orbit. Credit: Boeing – Spaceflight Now

X-37B space place to return to Earth from 2-year secret mission.
[Spaceflight Now – 10/14/2014]

Legal

Sierra Nevada files suit to reinstate hold on work by Boeing and Space X under NASA’s commercial crew contracts.
[Space News – 10/16/2014]

Capacity Agreements

OUTtv selects Hispasat to expand its broadcast range throughout Europe.
[Via Satellite – 10/16/2014]

iSat Africa selects Measat’s Africasat 1a to provide C-band coverage over Africa and Europe.
[Via Satellite – 10/14/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Comtech improves profitability with a larger commercial customer base, and targets competition for U.S. Army’s next-generation satellite-based friendly forces tracking system.
[Space News – 10/16/2014]

SES announces opening of Middle East office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as reaffirmation of the firm’s long-term commitment to the region.
[Satnews – 10/13/2014]

Online prepares for big push into Africa following several notable satellite capacity purchases this year.
[Via Satellite – 10/13/2014]

History

HISPASAT celebrates 25th anniversary and calls for entries to its Prize for the Best Telecommunications Satellite Innovation Project.
[Satnews – 10/14/2014]

The Human Aspect

Top managers fired at Silicon Valley small satellite startup Canopus Systems LLC.
[Space News – 10/17/2014]

James Rosenberg returns to Wavestream as CTO.
[Via Satellite – 10/15/2014]

SES reveals Live Interactive Classroom application connecting university in Germany to Permanent Center for Education in Kampala, Uganda.
[Via Satellite – 10/14/2014]

Frank Coles leaves Inmarsat at crucial time, as Global Xpress is being deployed.
[The Digital Ship – 10/13/2014]

Volvo Ocean Race gets underway with Cobham satellite, radio and broadcast equipment on board.
[Your Communication News – 10/14/2014]

Wally Moran to use Delorme inReach for 2014 ICW Snowbird Rally.
[Via Satellite – 10/13/2014]

WBMSAT News Bits 10/10/2014

Featured Article

European Commission decides to allow terrestrial broadband operators to use a portion of C-band spectrum that had been exclusive for satellite operations.
[Space News – 10/09/2014]

Industry Reports

New Companies and Markets report “Global Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) Market 2014 – 2018” projects CAGR growth during the period of 5.48%.
[Live-PR – 10/09/2014]

“Global Enterprise VSAT Market 2014-2018″ report at ReportsnReports projects CAGR growth of 10.49% by 2018.
[Green Technology World – 10/08/2014]

Euroconsult – 353 Earth observation satellites are expected to be launched over the next decade.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 10/09/2014]

Broadband now installed in more than 700 million homes worldwide.
[Satellite Markets & Research – 10/06/2014]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

NSR Space and Satellite Regulatory Colloquium focused on emerging space law and regulatory issues facing the U.S. Administration and International governments will be held in Washington D.C. at the W Washington Hotel October 23.
[Satnews – October 2014]

Myanmar Satellite Forum to be attended by a number of global satellite operators at Myanmar Event Part, Yangon on November 19, 2014.
[telecomlead – 10/09/2014]

Launch Activity

O3b and Galileo satellites swap places in Soyuz launch queue; with the next O3b launch to now be in mid-December.
[Space News – 10/10/2014]

The commercial arrangement for NASA’s scheduled December 4 Orion EFT-1 launch  requires both a commercial launch license and a commercial re-entry license from the Federal Aviation Administration.
[Space News – 10/10/2014]

Tourists find it difficult to visit the Baikonur Cosmodrome to see a Soyuz launch- Space News

Space-launch tourism not blasting off as promised in Kazakhstan.
[Space News – 10/10/2014]

JAXA’s Himawari 8 satellite on its way to orbit. Photo: JAXA. – Via Satellite

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and JAXA launch Himawari 8 weather satellite.
[Via Satellite – 10/08/2014]

Frozen hydrazine lines blamed for August 25 Fregat launch anomaly that left two uninsured Galileo navigation satellites in unintended orbits.
[Via Satelite – 10/08/2014]

Artist’s rendition of ArSat-1 – NASA Spaceflight

Ariane 5 scheduled to launch ArSat-1, Argentina’s first satellite, on October 15, 2014.
[NASA Spaceflight – 10/06/2014]

Satellite Construction

Space Based Infrared System payload delivered by Northrop Grumman to Lockheed Martin for SBIRS BEO-4, to be launched in 2016.
[Space Ref – 10/07/2014]

Venezuela signs contract with China Great Wall Industry Corporation to build and launch its third satellite, earmarked for regional development.
[Venezuelanalysis – 10/07/2014]

Satellite Operations

TRA hosts frequency coordination meeting for officials from UAE and Republic of Belarus to discuss techniques to resolve interference between their satellite networks.
[TMCnet – 10/08/2014]

Satellite Technology

South Africa to commercialize its first indigenous micro satellite, using advanced remote sensing system based on hyperspectral imaging.
[Via Satellite – 10/07/2014]

Image: Journal of Micrelectromechanical Systems/colorized by MIT News – R&D Magazine

MIT Microsystem’s Technology Laboratories develops dense arrays of microscopic cones that eject streams of ions, and could provide propulsion for nanosatellites.
[R&D Magazine – 10/06/2014]

Ground Systems Technology

ViaSat tests 1 Mbps L-band terminal throughput over LightSquared satellite.
[Via Satellite – 10/09/2014]

Government, Military & Defense

Inmarsat’s L-band Tactical Satellite (L-TAC) service delivers a resilient Ultra High Frequency (UHF)-like tactical satellite capability to existing military and commercial radios used by the U.S. government.
[Intelligent Aerospace – 10/10/2014]

General Dynamics’ MUOS-Manpack PRC-155 radio connects U.S. Air Force aircraft to Operations Center via MUOS satellite system.
[TMCnet – 10/10/2014]

U.S. ceases decades-long practice of jamming television and radio broadcasts from Cuba, a decision that will strengthen the U.S. position against intentional jamming by Iran, China, Ethiopia and elsewhere.
[Space News – 10/10/2014]

Russian government keen to develop space infrastructure amid turbulent political backdrop.
[Via Satellite – 10/09/2014]

Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Amber Whittington – Space News

U.S. Air Force awards $26 million contract extension to Harris satellite-control support contract.
[Space News – 10/09/2014]

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) has won the Ellersick Best Paper Award at MILCOM 2014 Conference for its Faster-Than-Nyquist (FTN) technology.
[Satnews – 10/08/2014]

Intelsat focuses on interference reduction in its next generation  EpigNG High Throughput Satellites to provide advantages in its marketing to government entities.
[Via Satellite – 10/07/2014]

Northrop Grumman features three variants of protected low-cost terminals to protect nation’s warfighters and advance military satellite communications.
[Satellite Spotlight – 10/07/2014]

Iridium complains to Indian government that state-run Gharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. did not follow fair process in selecting Inmarsat as partner for establishing mobile satellite communications gateway.
[Business Standard – 10/09/2014]

Zambian government ministry plans to link remote districts using satellite technology.
[Zambia Daily Mail – 10/09/2014]

Thales Canada completes trials for new system for Royal Canadian Navy.
[Ottawa Citizen – 10/08/2014]

Rockwell Collins’ ARC-210 becomes first airborne radio to operate on MUOS satellite system.
[Aerospace Manufacturing and Design – 10/07/2014]

Inmarsat’s Global Xpress begins service for U.S. government customers.
[Via Satellite – 10/07/2014]

GVF certifies 21 militaries in Asia-Pacific area in use of satellite communications systems for disaster preparedness.
[GVF Press Release – 10/07/2014]

Tesacom has won a contract for the provision of fixed and mobile satellite communications to government buildings and top officials in Peru.
[telecompaper – 10/07/2014]

Intelsat General gets contract extension for delivering American Forces Radio and TV service.
[The New York Times – 10/06/2014]

Inmarsat signs MOA with TECOM to manufacture Global Xpress aviation terminals for the government market.
[TWST – 10/06/2014]

Regulatory

Signal interference proposal could make the ITU a watchdog with some teeth.
[Space News – 10/10/2014]

FCC is trying to overhaul its existing satellite supervisory framework.
[RapidTV News – 10/06/.2014]

Aeronautical

Boeing completes testing of low profile aeronautical satellite antenna developed for Al Yah Satellite Company of the United Arab Emirates.
[Defense World – 10/10/2014]

Testing Transaero Airlines InFlight Connectivity (IFC) – it “is kind of like a swimming pool at a hotel: You don’t use it every time — maybe not even 50 percent of the times — but it is always nice to know it is there.”
[Via Satellite – 10/06/2014]

Broadband

Squire Tech Solutions updates website with extensive satellite product and service information to help customers and partners understand the complete range of satellite internet communication solutions.
[Broadway World – 10/09/2014]

Vizocom partners with Eutelsat for Internet connectivity in Middle East and Africa.
[TMCnet – 10/06/2014]

Earth Observation

AP Photo/NASA, JPL-Caltech, Univ. of Michigan – R&D Magazine

Satellite data shows surprising hot spot of potent global-warming methane gas over part of southwestern U.S.
[R&D Magazine – 10/10/2014]

Exelis and Airbus team up to streamline access to and use of geospatial imagery products from both companies.
[Via Satellite – 10/06/2014]

Enterprise

Earth observation satellite images used to compose animations of severe cyclone Hudhud, approaching India.
[Wall Street Journal, India – 10/10/2014]

Home improvement project at International Space Station will continue next year with addition of large, inflatable workroom from Bigelow Aerospace.
[venturebeat – 10/06/2014]

Oil & Gas

 

Elite Communications selects Emerging Markets Communications as its satellite connectivity provider for existing oil and gas customers in North America and prospects worldwide.

[Satnews – 10/06/2014]

Video

One of Toshiba’s currently available 65? 4K TVs. Photo: Toshiba – Via Satellite

ViXS XCode 6400 High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) System on a Chip (SoC) to be used in Toshiba Ultra HD TV sets for Sky Perfect JSAT’s 4K broadcasts.
[Via Satellite – 10/09/2014]

International sports broadcaster Setanta Sports selects SES Astra 5B satellite to broadcast two HD sports channels to 13 countries in Central Asia.
[Via Satellite – 10/08/2014]

Space

Russia to build space-based ballistic missile warning system.
[Satnews – 10/10.2014]

SpaceX Dragon 2 (left) and Boeing CST-100 capsules. Credit: SpaceX artist’s concept and Boeing artist’s concept – Space News

NASA resumes work on commercial crew contracts, ending delay during the ongoing contract protest.
[Space News – 10/09/2014]

Mars Curiosity rover – Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS image – Space News

NASA IG says planetary science senior review process needs work.
[Space News – 10/09/2014]

Cygnus cargo tug foundation for an Exploration Augmentation Module? Credit: NASA – Space News

NASA examines adding a habitation module to the agency’s proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission.
[Space News – 10/08/2014]

An analysis by a team of MIT students of the Mars One concept to send people to Mars on one-way missions to establish a settlement there offers a bleak picture of the outcome.
[Space News – 10/08/2014]

Downtown Seattle. Credit: Photo by Daniel Schwen courtesy of Wikimedia Commons – Space News

Space X gears up a new Seattle-area office, heavily recruiting engineers from Microsoft and other companies in the region.
[Space News – 10/07/2014]

Artist’s concept of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). Image Credit: Bigelow Aerospace – Via Satellite

“Home improvement” at the International Space Station to continue, with a large, inflatable workroom from Bigelow Aerospace to be added in 2015.
[Via Satellite – 10/09/2013]

Legal

Inmarsat issues LightSquared a Notice of Default for $17.5 million.
[Via Satellite – 10/06/2014]

Capacity Agreements

Orange ramps up Africa satellite coverage with multi-year agreement for C-band capacity on EUTELSAT 3B.
[Market Watch – 10/08/2014]

Services Contracts

BringCom gets $1.1 million in orders for managed communications services including satellite circuit services in last 3 months.
[MarketWatch – 10/06/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Globalstar strikes back against short-seller attack, with its CEO saying he stands by to add to his current investment in the company.
[Space News – 10/10/2014]

Hedge fund manager claims Globalstar Inc’s business is worthless, and sends the company’s stock tumbling.
[Reuters – 10/06/2014]

GS Group plans to implement a satellite-broadcasting project in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
[telecompaper – 10/06/2014]

Skyline Communications, provider of network management and OSS software for satellite and other telecom industries, is 1 of Belgium’s 50 fastest growing companies.
[Satnews – 10/06/2014]

 

WBMSAT News Bits 10/03/2014

Featured Article

Federal Communications Commission proposes to comprehensively revamp filing procedures to cut costs and complexity in licensing new satellite systems.
[Space News – 10/03/2014]

Industry Reports

A new market research publication announced by Reportstack, ‘Global Enterprise VSAT Market 2014-2018,’ projects market growth at CAGR of 10.49% for the period.
[Whatech – 10/01/2014]

New NSR report finds satellite operators driving efficiencies via HTS and acquisitions.
[SYS-CON Media – 09/30/2014]

Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) Market 2018: managed and wholesale services analyzed and forecasts in new research report at Sandlerresearch.org.
[University Chronicle – 09/28/2014]

The October issue of Satellite Executive Briefing Magazine includes “Change and Challenges Ahead in the  Satellite Industry” by  Elisabeth Tweedie, “Satellite Communications Networks and Cyber-Security” by Martin Jarrold, and “Case Study on Globalstar’s SPOT Lifesaving Rescues” by Virgil Labrador.
[Satellite Markets & Research – October 2014]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

SES TechCom has been given the prestigious Changing Lives Award at the VSAT 2014 conference in London for emergency.lu.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 10/02/2014]

Work Microwave addresses broadcast, satellite, and telco industry challenges at IBC 2014.
[The IABM – 10/01/2014]

Mitsubishi Electric to exhibit at CEATEC Japan 2014 October 7 to 11.
[Business Wire – 09/29/2014]

Blue Sky Network to unveil new SATCOM solution at separate aviation industry events in October.
[Aviation Pros – 09/29/2014]

Airbus announced to present at SMi’sGlobal MilSatCom 2014 conference and exhibition.
[PRWeb – 09/29/2014]

The 15th International Exhibition of Telecommunications, Information Technology & Solutions (Iran Telecom 2014) is to be held in Tehran during October 6-9.
[Zawya – 09/28/2014]

Launch Activity

Midterm elections could shape the U.S. launch debate.
[Space News – 10/03/2014]

Indians watch launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C23). (Arun Sankar K./Associated Press) – CBC

The Canadian satellite M3M will be launched by India instead of Russia, after long delays amid tension with Russia.
[CBC News – 10/03/2014]

Nanorack identifies root cause of ISS cubesat deployment failures.
[Space News – 10/02/2014]

A Proton-M rocket. Photo: Khrunichev – Via Satellite

Returning Proton rocket faces challenges in the market.
[Via Satellite – 09/30/2014]

China’s Long March-2C carrier rocket launch. Photo: Xinhua. – Via Satellite

China successfully completes launch of experimental scientific satellite.
[Via Satellite – 09/29/2014]

Small satellite launch company Firefly Space Systems is moving from California to Cedar Park, Texas.
[Via Satellite – 09/29/2014]

Russian Proton places Russian military satellite into geostationary orbit in 1st launch since May failure.
[Space News – 09/28/2014]

Swiss Space Systems meets with Russia’s JSC Kuznetsov to evaluate the NK-39 engines planned to power the unmanned suborbital shuttle SOAR SmallSat launch vehicle.
[Via Satellite – 09/26/2014]

Satellite Construction

© ITAR-TASS/Sergei Kazak

U.S. restrictions on supplies to Russia lead to an increase in time of satellite construction of 8 or 10 months.
[ITAR-TASS – 10/01/2014]

Romania plans to have its own communications satellite.
[telecompaper – 09/29/2014]

COM DEV gets $7.5 million contract from undisclosed customer to manufacture components for a High Throughput Satellite.
[Via Satellite – 09/29/2014]

Satellite Operations

Some 160 cubesats were launched between 2003 and 2013. Credit: NASA photo – Space News

Cubesat revolution and spotty compliance with debris rules fuel dangerous congestion in low earth orbit.
[Space News – 10/03/2014]

Russian satellite communications operator hopes to triple capabilities of orbital group by 2020.
[Interfax – 10/03/2014]

Satellite Technology

India seeks outside help on High Throughput Satellite.
[Space News – 10/02/2014]

Ground Systems Technology

Rockwell Collins ARC-210 radio becomes first airborne radio to operate over the U.S. government’s MUOS constellation.
[Satnews – 10/03/2014]

Orbit Communications Systems gets contract to upgrade ground station in Alaska for U.S.-based system integrator.
[Via Satellite – 09/30/2014]

SatixFy integrates IP cores for advanced satellite modem SoC using Sonics on-chip networks.
[Design & Reuse – 09/30/2014]

Macom releases new set of surface mount S-Band GaN power amplifiers.
[Via Satellite – 09/30/2014]

M2M Connectivity announces the distribution of SkyWave terminals for the Inmarsat satellite network in Australia and New Zealand.
[CSO – 09/29/2014]

Government, Military & Defense

Spanish Ministry of Defence approves Globalstar GSP-1700 satellite phone for use by its personnel
[Satnews – 10/03/2014]

Syracuse 3A satellite – Thales Alenia artist’s concept – Space News

France proceeding with planned electronic-intelligences satellite and next-generation military telecommunications satellite systems.
[Space News – 10/02/2014]

Germany joins EDA’s program to pool and share purchases of commercial satellite bandwidth for military and government use.
[Space News – 10/01/2014]

Canadian government contracts with Com Dev subsidiary exactEarth to extend the availability of AIS to the entire government.
[Via Satellite – 10/01/2014]

U.S. DoD effort launched in early 2013 to reform the way it buys commercial satellite communication bandwidth appears stalled, frustrating lawmakers.
[Space News – 09/29/2014]

Army’s new Joint Incident Site Communication Capability’s (JISCC’s) Delta Package radio-bridging and voice cross-banding capability with satellite terminal supports National Guard/First Responder communications during emergencies.
[army.mil – 09/29/2014]

Lockheed to buy European-built satellite for South Korea as part of $7 billion deal to provide 40 F-35 fighter jets to South Korea.
[Reuters – 09/26/2014]

IDC receives US government contract for broadcast network equipment.
[Via Satellite – 09/26/2014]

Regulatory

One-day Space and Satellite Regulatory Colloquium to be focused on emerging space law and myriad regulatory issues facing global government administrations.
[Satnews – 10/03/2014]

AT&T commitment to bid $45 billion for 5 blocks of 20 MHz of spectrum dependent upon success of DirecTV acquisition.
[TVTechnology – 10/02/2014]

Satellite industry backs the importance of C-band in Africa, citing new research, and claims wireless industry efforts to claim spectrum would undercut African economies.
[IT News Africa – 09/29/2014]

Aeronautical

Inmarsat sees an Air-to-Ground network serving as the centerpiece for its in-Flight Connectivity plans in high traffic areas.
[Via Satellite – 09/29/2014]

Broadband

E-Networks of Guyana becomes first Latin American customer of O3b.
[Via Satellite – 10/02/2014]

Xplorenet ramps up satellite side of its business to cover all of Canada, and plans eventual broadband speed of 100 Mbps using HTS.
[Via Satellite – 10/02/2014]

SES and Swisscom will launch Astra Connect in Switzerland.
[Via Satellite – 10/01/2014]

Artist’s rendition of Yahclick. Photo YahSat – Via Satellite

YahSat intiates two-month promotional offer for satellite broadband through Yahclick in select African countries.
[Via Satellite – 10/01/2014]

Orbitcom to deliver Astra Connect service from SES in Germany.
[Via Satellite – 09/26/2014]

Earth Observation

National Geographic, in partnership with Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, intends to develop new imagery from ISS for educational purposes.
[Via Satellite – 09/29/2014]

Enterprise

SkyVision VPN to connect Unity Bank branch offices in Africa.
[Via Satellite – 10/01/2014]

NSSLGlobal adds two new satellite beams to improve quality and geographical reach of its global VSAT network.
[The Maritime Executive – 09/30/2014]

M2M (Machine to Machine)

M2M Connectivity to distribute SkyWave terminals for Inmarsat satellite network in Australia and New Zealand.
[Ferret – 10/03/2014]

Maritime

MTN announces that the number of TBN –connected cruise ships has doubled and covered regions have tripled in the past year.
[Satnews – 10/02/2014]

Mobile

Gilat successfully demonstrates maximum 4G handheld device performance over satellite at tier-one operator in Asia.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 10/02/2014]

Video

Thomson Reuters, partnering with Avanti, Sematron, and BIPS, successfully broadcast the entire Oscar Pistorius trial in live HD.
[Market Watch – 10/03/2014]

Pi Telecom’s partnership with SatLink expands into IP delivery . . . immediate TV everywhere . . . ready to launch managed service via the cloud within days.
[Satnews – 09/30/2014]

Sky Perfect JSAT to launch dedicated 4K Ultra-HD channels on March 1, 2015.
[Via Satellite – 09/26/2014]

Space

NASA and ISRO of India sign two new documents for future joint missions in space.
[Via Satellite – 10/02/2014]

Trace Gas Orbiter and entry, descent and landing module – Credit: ESA artist’s concept – Space News

Thales Alenia says funding commitment for ExoMars is needed in December to complete the agreed-to funding package.
[Space News – 10/01/2014]

Sierra Nevada Corp partners with Stratolaunch for Dream Chaser derivative, looking for commercial uses for the space vehicle.
[Via Satellite – 10/01/2014]

Why a refrigerator-sized spacecraft could be humanity’s best hope against solar storms.
[Nextgov – 10/01/.2014]

Capacity Agreements

Eutelsat signs two satellite beams on Eutelsat 21B to Vizocom for its AfricAsia Satellite Services.
[Via Satellite – 10/02/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Australian operator NewSat and partner ITC Global have tightened their partnership to focus on opportunities in the energy sector.
[Via Satellite – 10/01/2014]

Gilat Satcom provides additional satellite route between Africa and the United States.
[Satellite Spotlight – 10/01/2014]

ITC Global announces another record quarter, with $100 million in new bookings year to date.
[San Antonio Business Journal – 09/30/2014]

Globalstar seeks to build up its presence in Southern Africa with new gateway station in Botswana for simplex services.
[Via Satellite – 09/30/2014]

Armada Group proposes acquisition of up to 45.95% of equity interest in China Satellite Mobile Communications Group.
[Reuters – 09/30/2014]

Airbus is divesting its commercial satcoms business, including its maritime satcoms division and subsidiary Marlink.
[Satnews – 09/29/2014]

History

Globecomm mentioned in Global Satellite Industry Campaign, with projects in Afghanistan and Caribbean highlighted.
[Business Wire – 10/02/2014]

Russia is a stalwart of the satellite industry but, as a market, has seen challenges.
[Via Satellite – 09/26/2014]

The Human Aspect

Malaysiakini file photo

Group claiming to be independent experts says the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) should be searching further south in the Indian Ocean for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.
[malaysiakini – 09/30/2014]

WBMSAT News Bits 09/26/2014

Featured Article

Credit: Smyrna Air Center graphic – Space News

World’s largest satellite fleet operators propose that global regulators not extend current radio spectrum allocations for air-to-ground communications links to satellite services.
[Space News – 09/26/2014]

Industry Reports

Global Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) research report at ReportsnReports.com projects the market to grow at 5.48% by 2018.
[TMCnet – 09/26/2014]

Africa’s socio-economic development depends on satellite services delivered via C-band spectrum according to Euroconsult report.
[GVF.org – 09/26/2014]

Technavio report forecasts the Global Mobile Satellite Services market to grow at a CAGR of 7.39% over the period 2013 to 2018.
[PR Newswire – 09/23/2014]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

SMi Group’s 16th Annual Global MilSatCom conference and exhibition will occur from November 4th to 6th, 2014, in London.
[SatNews – 09/25/2014]

The power of the satellite communication and navigation technology industries is being celebrated in World Space Week in October.
[Global Trader – 09/2014]

Launch Activity

Proton rocket on its way to set up for launch. Photo: Khrunichev. – Via Satellite

Khrunichev, Roscosmos prepare Proton for launch of Loutch SC built by ISS-Reshetnev.
[Via Satellite – 09/25/2014]

Europe’s Guiana Space Center. Credit: ESA photo – Space News

ESA’s Ariane 6 cost estimate rises with addition of new launch pad.
[Space News – 09/24/2014]

Atlas V launch vehicle carrying the NROL 67 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. Photo: ULA – Via Satellite

ATK offers U.S. Air Force a solid rocket alternative to the Russian-built RD-180.
[Via Satellite – 09/23/2014]

Satellite Construction

Romania may have its own communications satellite in 3 – 4 years.
[actmedia – 09/26/2014]

COM DEV wins contract to deliver multiplexer equipment, waveguide, coaxial switches and microwave components for construction of a High Throughput Satellite (HTS).
[Your Communications News – 09/26/2014]

Macdonald Dettwiler & Associates to build a Ka band data relay terminal flight model for use on the ESA Columbus module of the ISS.
[4-traders – 09/25/2014]

Azerbaijan’s blueprint for a domestic space industry includes global competition for optical satellite.
[Space News – 09/25/2014]

Laser Light Communications selects Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. to be prime contractor for the first global, all optical commercial satellite system.
[Hispanic Business – 09/24/2014]

With negotiations to lease an orbital slot from an Intersputnik member nearly complete, Bangladesh plans to request bids for its Bangabandnu 1 satellite.
[Space News – 09/23/2014]

Satellite Technology

Airbus sees greater promise in all-electric satellite sales, and expects fierce competition ahead.
[Via Satellite – 09/24/2014]

Boeing announced it is has received a new six-month contract to evaluate a scientific hosted payload named Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO).
[Via Satellite – 09/24/2014]

Iridium announces completion of extensive testing program for qualification of its new solar panel design for Iridium NEXT.
[Space Ref – 09/23/2014]

Ground Systems

An MDA ground station. Photo: MDA – An MDA ground station. Photo: MDA – Via Satellite

MDA to build ground station for DigitalGlobe.
[Via Satellite – 09/25/2014]

Macom unveils new up-converter for 28 to 34 GHz.
[Via Satellite – 09/24/2014]

C-Com files patent application for a low cost phase shifter for in-motion Ka-band antennas.
[Market Wired – 09/23/2014]

European broadcasters embrace revolutionary low-cost satellite flyaway system from ATCi.
[EFY Times – 09/23/2014]

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. is awarded $6.7 million in orders for communications jamming High-Power Amplifier systems.
[Market Watch – 09/23/2014]

Government, Military & Defense

Colombian government shelves its plans for a satellite due to insufficient funds.
[SatNews – 09/25/2014]

Comtech Telecommunications subsidiaries receive new or follow-on contracts for different satellite products which will support the military.
[Via Satellite – 09/24/2014]

Upgrade to iDirect Evolution helps Telefonica Peru win bid for telemedicine network.
[Market Watch – 09/24/2014]

L-3 wins $23 million contract to provide satellite terminals and communications equipment to the U.S. Air Force.
[SatNews – 09/23/2014]

New UK company Spacepath Communications joins with Silicon Valley-based Tango Wave to market new range of high efficiency HPAs for global market.
[SatNews – 09/23/2014]

Canadian Space Agency grants MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates three projects to apply satellite data to national interest: tracking ships, geo-hazard monitoring, and logging and deforestation.
[Via Satellite – 09/23/2014]

First Canadian military satellite to keep watch on space junk – MDA – CBC News.

The Canadian DND  announced it will be sharing space data from a satellite launched last year to keep watch on space junk with defence departments in the U.S., U.K. and Australia.
[CBC – 09/22/2014]

Russian Federal Space Agency presents President Vladimir Putin a draft resolution that would allow for public use of sub-meter satellite imagery.
[Via Satellite – 09/23/2014]

Aeronautical

Honeywell Aerospace and Thales partner to create a joint In-Flight Connectivity service using Ka-band Global Xpress capacity.
[Via Satellite – 09/22/2014]

Broadband

SES expands partnership with ORBITCOM to include delivery of Astra Connect for communities in Germany.
[Satellite Evolution Group- 09/25/2014]

Maritime

KVH brings Dish ‘Pay As You Go’ service to maritime.
[Via Satellite – 09/25/2014]

Oil & Gas

Increasing Oil & Gas activity in Papua New Guinea drives EMC’s expanding satellite communications service in the area.
[Market Wired – 09/23/2014]

Video

DirecTV is actively looking into supporting Ultra-HD content in 2014.
[Via Satellite – 09/22/2014]

Space

Boeing’s CST 100 – Credit: Boeing artist’s concept – Space News

NASA requests proposals for follow-on ISS cargo contract.
[Space News – 09/26/2014]

Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 – Credit: DARPA artist’s concept – Space News

DARPA, industry study how to commercialize experimental spaceplane.
[Space News – 09/26/2014]

UK joins list of U.S. allies agreeing to strengthen space surveillance sharing.
[Space News – 09/25/2014]

FAA says safety report does not infer any intention to regulate human spaceflight, but is intended to support industry development of standards.
[Space News – 09/25/2014]

Dream Chaser – Credit: SNC artist’s concept – Space News

After losing a NASA commercial crew competition, Sierra Nevada lays off its Dream Chaser staff.
[Space News – 09/25/2014]

Long delayed award of the US Air Force’s Launch and Test Range System Integrated Support Contract now expected in October.
[Space News – 09/24/2014]

India triumphs in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars.
[R&D Magazine – 09/24/2014]

Capacity Agreements

Gazprom Space Systems leases capacity on the Yamal 402 satellite to iSAT Africa.
[Via Satellite – 09/22/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

As U.S. sales soften, Inmarsat’s growth plan hinges on emerging markets.
[Space News – 09/26/2014]

NSSLGlobal adds two new satellite beams to improve the quality and geographical reach of its global VSAT network.
[MarineLink – 09/26/2014]

SSTL’s Geostationary Minisatellite Platform (GMP) – Credit: SSTL artist’s concept – Space News

Cipriot company Kypros teams with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. of Britain to offer turnkey systems to small nations entering the market.
[Space News – 09/26/2014]

DirecTV shareholders vote overwhelmingly to approve merger with AT&T.
[The Hill – 09/25/2014]

Applied Satellite Technology (AST), launched its new brand logo at its Annual European Customer Event.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 09/24/2014]

SatLink Communications expands its Asian coverage with a new PoP in Hong Kong.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 09/24/2014]

The Human Aspect

SES joins Clinton Global Initiative and unveils an electronic health, or e-health platform named SATMED.
[Via Satellite – 09/25/2014]

Devastating floods marooned everything in Kashmir, including the fibre-optic based and mobile telephone communication system, but officials from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) ensured that the Valley was reconnected to the outside world for coordinating relief work.
[Zee News – 09/23/2014]

WBMSAT News Bits 09/22/2014

Featured Article

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

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

Industry Reports

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

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

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

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

Launch Activity

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

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

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

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

Satellite Construction

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

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

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

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

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

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

SGDC satellite. Photo: AEB – Via Satellite

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

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

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

Canadian Manufacturing file photo – Canadian Manufacturing

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

Satellite Operations

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

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

Satellite Technology

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

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

Ground Systems Technology

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

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

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

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

Government, Military & Defense

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

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

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

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

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

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

Space.com image

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

Regulatory

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

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

Aeronautical

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maritime

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

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

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

Mobile

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

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

Video

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

Space

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

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

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

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

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

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

Capacity Agreements

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

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

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

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

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

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

Market Strategy & Revenues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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