WBMSAT News Bits 12/19/2014

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Orbital Sciences signs $1billion deal with Russian design bureau Energomash for 60 RD181 rocket engines to power the Antares rocket.
[Space Daily – 12/18/2014]

Industry Reports

The 4K market will begin in earnest in 2016; the India market could be one to watch per ABI research analyst.
[Via Satellite – 12/19/2014]

New NSR report projects satellite communications market for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to generate $3.1 billion by 2023.
[Market Wired – 12/18/2014]

New commander of U.S. Air Force Space Command Gen. John Hyten outlines his vision for the service’s space operations in 36 minute video of interview with SpaceNews military space reporter Mike Gruss.
{Space News – 12/18/2014]

Of the 5 BRICS economies, the one making the most noise in the satellite telecom sphere recently is Brazil, with seemingly not a month going by without the announcement of more capacity coming online or another big contract signed.
[NSR – 12/17/2014]

Integration of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) into civil airspace is projected to generate $89 billion in revenues over the next decade.
[Via Satelllite – 12/17/2014]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

ASC Signal Corporation endorses Satellite Professionals International’s new “Better World” campaign cataloguing enormous contributions of satellite communications to the world.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 12/16/2014]

Scottish company Astrosat wins European competition with satellite monitoring application which could help alleviate transport problems caused by mudslides across Scotland.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 12/15/2014]

Launch Activity

Arianespace launches four more O3b satellites.
[Via Satellite – 12/19/2014]

Third MUOS satellite built by Lockheed Martin is encapsulated in launch vehicle fairing, ready for December 20 launch.
[PR Newswire – 12/19/2014]

ISRO’s prototype crew module floating in the Andaman Sea after splash down. Credit: ISRO – Space News

Indian Space Research Organisation successfully conducts first experimental flight of next-generation launch vehicle and demonstrates re-entry and recovery of prototype crew capsule.
[Space News – 12/18/2014]

SpaceX barge-landing attempt delayed until January.
[Space – 12/18/2014]

Russia launches a new communications satellite in full public view the same week as the U.S. launches a secret satellite, also viewed publicly.
[Space – 12/14/2014]

Launch of a secretive payload was seen across southern California – Space

Successful night launch for a secret U.S. satellite, from Vandenberg AFB California.
[Space – 12/13/2014]

Satellite Construction

U.S. Air Force space program languishes as new satellite architectures are studied.
[National Defense – January 2015]

Raytheon and Lockheed Martin demonstrate key satellite command and control capabilities for GPS III.
[Via Satellite – 12/18/2014]

The U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce says that the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recommends Azerbaijan have three additional communications satellites.
[Cistran Finance – 12/17/2014]

Satellite Operations

Artist’s view of Galileo Satellites 5 & 6. Photo: ESA/ J Huart – Via Satellite

Galileo’s fifth satellite, recently salvaged from the wrong orbit to begin navigation testing, combines with three of its predecessors to provide its very first position fix.
[Via Satellite – 12/19/2014]

As a result of its annual satellite life review, DigitalGlobe will extend the useful lives of two of its satellites: WorldView 1 and WorldView 2.
[Via Satellite – 12/18/2014]

Ground Systems

Eutelsat offers GSM Demodulation Tool to all members of the Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG).
[Via Satellite – 12/19/2014]

Comtech EF Data introduces new LPOD-R block up converter models.
[Via Satellite – 12/18/2014]

Via Satellite file image

Ground equipment manufacturers challenged to optimize bandwidth in a world where launches of HTS are increasing bandwidth by factor of 8 to 10.
[Via Satellite – 12/17/2014]

Broadcom introduces GPS-enabled device for satellite outdoor units.
[Light Reading – 12/17/20104]

ND SatCom has announced that their flagship technology, the SKYWAN 7000 product family, has received the FIPS certification for the SKYWAN Cryptographic Module.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 12/16/2014]

Government, Military & Defense

Exelis and Iridium successfully demonstrate new global-reach communications capability for the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) Distributed Tactical Communication System (DTCS).
[Herald Online – 12/19/2014]

Belarus interested in cooperation with Azerbaijan in the field of satellite communications, in particular the use of low-orbit satellites for collaborative research.
[Trend – 12/19/2014]

MTN Government extends its military satellite communications capability with 12-meter X-band antenna to support remote, small-aperture users throughout Europe and Southwest Asia.
[Satnews – 12/19/2014]

Australian Government orders wideband tactical radios from Harris to provide reliable and secure voice and data communications.
[Satnews – 12/16/2014]

U.K. Space Agency is making an extra investment of over £200 million in Europe’s space program, providing the U.K. with increased leadership in a rapidly growing global sector.
[Satnews – 12/15/2014]

Lockheed Martin opened its Test Radio Access Facility to help speed up MUOS certifications. – Defense Systems

Lockheed Martin opens a $6.5 million Test Radio Access Facility to support faster development and deployment of Navy’s MUOS system.
[Defense Systems – 12/15/2014]

Aeronautical

A CP-140M Aurora fitted with and interim BLOS communications system at IMP Aerospace. IMP Aerospace Photo – Skies Magazine

IMP Aerospace delivers first of three CP-140M Aurora aircraft fitted with Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) satellite systems to Royal Canadian Air Force.
[Skies Magazine – 12/17/2014]

Saudi Arabia’s Alpha Star Aviation Services signs long-term partnership contract with Satcom 1 to bring latest advanced satcom technologies to its fleet.
[Arabian Aerospace – 12/16/2014]

Disaster Recovery

One of the worst-hit towns by Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines. Photo: TSF – Via Satellite

Inmarst and Telecoms Sans Frontieres (TSF) help connect Philippine towns affected by Typhoon Hagupit.
[Via Satellite – 12/18/2014]

Thames Water’s Event Response Vehicle equipped with latest satellite communications technology to boost customer service during emergencies.
[University Chronicle – 12/15/2014]

Enterprise

Philippines communications solutions pro9vider Delnet International selects Gilat to provide Ku-band SkyEdge II VSAT network for PLDT.
[CNN Money – 12/18/2014]

Second largest telecommunications provider in Philippines, Globe Telecom will use iDirect VSATs for MPLS network for enterprises.
[Business Mirror – 12/17/2014]

Mobile

Inmarsat transmits record-setting 10Mbps in L-band.
[Business Wire – 12/19/2014]

Thuraya announces launch of XT-LITE, an entry-level satellite phone that can make and receive calls on Thuraya’s satellite network.
[The Digital Ship – 12/16/2014]

TV & Radio

Czech Republic and Slovakia public broadcasters begin test broadcast of Ultra HD content on SES’s ASTRA 3B satellite.
[Business Wire – 12/15/2014]

Space

Historic Oriion test flight re-entry transmitted live over SES satellite.
[Business Wire – 12/17/2014]

Capacity Agreements

Poland’s nc+ extends long-term Eutelsat relationship with HOT BIRD satellite capacity renewal.
[Market Watch – 12/15/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Malaysia’s first fully-integrated carrier-neutral cyberport that includes a satellite communications station, IP gateway and Tier 3 data centre in Cyberjaya has gone live.
[The Star online – 12/18/2014]

Satcom Direct launches new data center solutions provider, TerraCom Direct.
[Security @ IT Business Net – 12/18/2014]

CPI brings in $475 million in sales during FY 2014, a 13 percent increase from previous year.
[Via Satellite – 12/18/2014]

Technical Communications Corporation reports net loss of $299,000 on revenue of $1,559,000 for fiscal year and three months ending September 27, 2014.
[Market Watch – 12/15/2014]

International satellite communications industry elects five leading executives to serve on GVF’s board of directors and drive key initiatives.
[Satnews – 12/13/2014]

Kymeta announces $20 million financing to continue its successful growth trajectory – Vern Fotheringham stepping down as CEO at end of year.
[Business Wire – 12/15/2014]

History

December 18, 1958 SCORE (Signal Communication by Orbiting Relay Equipment) was launched into space. – CED Magazine

December 18, 1958 – the world’s first communications satellite, SCORE, nicknamed :Chatterbox,” is launched.
[CED Magazine – 12/18/2014]

The Human Aspect

Eutelsat Communications collaborating with NetHope to improve connectivity solutions for humanitarian organisations mobilised in West Africa for the Ebola crisis.
[Market Watch – 12/15/2014]

Group of students who receive help from Tanzania Support Foundation. Photo: Tanzania Support Foundation. – Via Satellite

Globecomm donates computers to a school in Tanzanian village of Selela to suppor mission of the Tanzania Support Foundation.
[Via Satellite – 12/18/2014]

WBMSAT News Bits 12/12/2014

Featured Article

A pair of RD-180 engines mounted to the base of an Atlas 5 rocket core. Credit: NASA Kennedy – Space News

Compromise appropriations bill includes $220 million for RD-180 replacement, despite Air Force objections.
[Space News – 12/11/2014]

Industry Reports

New market research report on companiesandmarkets.com predicts global Fixed Satellite Service market to grow at CAGR of 5.48 percent over period 2014-208.
[Live-PR – 12/09/2014]

New NSR report assesses Occasional Use capacity by resolution, average revenue per booking, full time feeds used for OU, and threads to traditional FSS OU business.
[NSR – December 2014]

Transportation represents over 44% of total units and over 20% of total satellite M2M/IoT market revenues; big data is moving M2M/IOT to new heights.
[NSR – 12/03/2014]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Following the huge success of Myanmar’s first Satellite Forum, the Myanmar government has outlined plans to launch its own satellite within five years.
[Realwire – 12/11/2014]

Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, is exhibiting at the ITU Telecom World exhibition hosted for the first time in Doha.
[Satnews – 12/08/2014]

Launch Activity

Airbus criticized by French senator for even thinking about using SpaceX for a satellite launch two years from now.
[Space News – 12/12/2014]

Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia – Space News

Omnibus bill includes $20 million for repairs at Wallops Island launch facility.
[Space News – 12/12/2014]

A photo illustration depicting Lockheed Martin’s Athena 2S rocket on the pad at Kodiak Launch Complex. Credit: Alaska Aerospace Corp. — Space News

Alaska Aerospace selects Lockheed Martin for Kodiak launches.
[Space News – 12/12/2014]

Orbital Sciences contracts United Launch Alliance to conduct next commercial resupply mission to ISS using Atlas 5 rocket.
[Via Satellite – 12/10/2014]

China’s 200th rocket launch carries the fourth installment in the China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite program, CBERS-4, into space.
[Tech Times – 12/09/2014]

Astra 2G – Credit: ILS photo – Space News

SES cedes its place for Astra 2G satellite  on Proton launch manifest to Gazprom Space Systems, after its November 28 launch was scrapped.
[Space News – 12/09/2014]

Canadian Satellite communications provider Hunter Communications is readying for the launch of its first hosted payload on the Eutelsat 115 West B satellite early next year.
[Via Satellite – 12/09/2014]

Long March 2D rocket lifts off carrying Yaogan-24 satellite. Credit: Xinhua photo by Ren Long – Space News

China launches two satellites within 24 hours.
[Space News – 12/08/2014]

Ariane 5 launches DirecTV 14 and India’s GSAT 16 satellites.
[Spaceflight Now – 12/06/2014]

Satellite Construction

(Getty Images – for illustrative purposes only) – Arabian Business

UAE’s Yahsat to raise around $500 million through debt and equity to finance a third satellite.
[Arabian Business – 12/12/15]

RSCC Meets with China Great Wall Industry Corporation to discuss manufacture, launch and operation of communications satellites.
[Via Satellite – 12/10/2014]

HISPASAT finds the multi-mission communications satellite it is looking for at Space Systems/Loral and orders Amazonas 5.
[Intelligent Aerospace.- 12/10/2014]

Airbus and SSTL to build software-defined “Eutelsat Quantum” class satellite for EUTELSAT enabling clients to actively define performance and flexibility.
[Via Satellite – 12/08/2014]

Satellite Technology

Navy’s nano-satelites, hitching rides on larger satellites, could boost tactical communications.
[Defense Systems – 12/08/2014]

First batch of eight SMDC-ONE nano-satellites built by Mitec delivered to Army; future constellation would extend tactical communications beyond-the-horizon.
[Defense Update]

Satellite Operations

Optus 10 satellite enters commercial service.
[Via Satellite – 12/12/2014]

Ground Systems

VeriSat releases interference analysis tool called SatGuard which was jointly developed with SES.
[Via Satellite – 12/125/2014]

Uraquay’s OpenSky orders Gilat VSATs for the state-owned telecommunications company ANTEL.
[Marketwatch – 12/11/2014]

Uplogix combines secure out-of-band access and local automation to improve management of networking and satcoms devices without using the network itself.
[SatNews – 12/11/2014]

Kratos is to extend existing Capacity Management Center of Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, to accommodate Es’hail-2 satellite to be launched in 2016.
[Market Watch – 12/08/2014]

Government, Military & Defense

Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that the DOD is expected to spend over $200 million over the next five years to store satellites.
[Via Satellite – 12/12/2014]

NASA awards $49 million IDIQ contract to Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority to support MARS 3 launch site services at Wallops Island.
[Via Satellite – 12/12/2014]

A NovaWurks Conformal Spacecraft based on the modular HISat platform. Photo: NovaWurks – Via Satellite

SpaceFlight to launch DARPA satlets, wins first military rideshare customer for Sherpa.
[Via Satellite – 12/11/2014]

French Defense Ministry contracts with Airbus Defence and Space and Thales for work on first eavesdropping satellite in spite of unresolved budget issues.
[Space News – 12/10/2014]

SES demonstrates ground breaking new O3b satellite technology for U.S. Government customers.
[Euronext – 12/08/2014]

Navy forced to postpone final certification test of MUOS to December 2015 because of problems integrating radio frequency waveform with ground segment and terminals.
[Space News – 12/08/2014]

10x10x30 inch Kestrel Eye with 1.5 meter imagery resolution (credit: USASMDC/ARSTRAT briefing to SMD symposium) – The Space Review

DOD recognizes that deploying smallsats might offer space resiliency, but creates challenges and could compound problem of space congestion.
[The Space Review – 12/08/2014]

Mysterious object 204-28E, launched by Russia with three satellites in May, performed intricate orbital maneuvers calling into question its purpose.
[Space News – 12/08/2014]

Aeronautical

ESA outlines opportunities and challenges for satellite aircraft tracking with Iris.
[Aviation Today – 12/10/2014]

Broadband

Credit: Google Loon – Space News

CNES partners with Google on Internet balloon project.
[Space News – 12/12/2014]

In partnership with Eclipse of Paris, Satcom Direct’s Router has been enhanced to allow up to four times faster data transfer rates with supported SwiftBroadband terminals.
[Aviation Pros – 12/09/2014]

Enterprise

Philippines’ Globe Telecom partners with iDirect to offer corporate clients robust, flexible, and high speed connectivity.
[PR Newswire – 12/10/2014]

Oil & Gas

Ceona Amazo – Penn Energy

Ceona Offshore selects Emerging Markets Communications to provide on-board communications solutions for its new Ceona Amazon.
[Penn Energy – 12/11/2014]

TV& Radio

Radiotelevisión Veracruz (RTV) has successfully delivered the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games across the Americas using IDC’s TITAN(TM) Video Contribution Solution.
[PR Web – 12/10/2014]

EpicVue selects Launchit to introduce satellite TV to trucking fleets.
[PRWeb – 12/09/2014]

Space

International Space Station – Credit: NASA – Space News

Surprises coming from the European Space Agency’s ministerial conference in Luxembourg include Britain raising stake in ISS.
[Space News – 12/12/2014]

Space Angels Network and Israel’s Space-Nest launch partnership to grow space startups.
[Via Satellite – 12/12/2014]

Photo at Space News

NASA will weigh several factors when it makes a Dec. 16 decision on a plan for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM).
[Space News – 12/11/2014]

Omnibus spending bill boosts NASA budget by $530 million.
[Space News – 12/10/2014]

NASA official says SLS and Orion will slip to 2018 based on technical issues in spite of funding increase.
[Space News – 12/10/2014]

France and the Czech Republic sign a treaty of cooperation on the peaceful exploration and use of outer space.
[Via Satellite – 12/10/2014]

Little NASA spacecraft known as New Horizons, asleep for most of its eight-year journey to the edge of the solar system, is about to make the first visit to Pluto.
[Washington Post – 12/09/2014]

NASA puts up $5 million prize purse to encourage private teams to send small satellites to and beyond lunar space as SLS ride-alongs.
[Space News – 12/08/2014]

Legal

SpaceX lawsuit against U.S. Air Force encounters jurisdictional challenge.
[Space News – 12/08/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Lockheed Martin opens new terminal facility for MUOS at its Sunnyvale, CA campus.
[Via Satellite – 12/12/2014]

Thales Alenia is spending roughly $10 million to expand its Cannes, France campus with new space optics building.
[Via Satellite – 12/10/2014]

The Human Aspect

Intelsat chairman and CEO David McGlade moving to position of executive chairman, and will be succeeded by Stephen Spengler.
[Via Satellite – 12/11/2014]

Globecomm sponsors satellite communications services for School at Sea.
[WhaTech – 12/11/2014]

Inmarsat brings life-saving connectivity to remote African village, allowing more than 1,000 children to receive enhanced medical care.
[Satellite Evolution Group  12/10/2014]

TSF deploys in Philippines to work with United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team before the country is slammed by super typhoon Haugpit.
[Satnews – 12/08/2014]

WBMSAT News Bits 12/06/2014

Featured Article

The RD-180 is the main engine on United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 rocket – Credit: ULA photo – Space News

House-Senate conference measure prohibits future use of a Russian-built RD180 rocket engine that today routinely launches U.S. national security satellites.
[Space News – 12/05/2014]

Industry Reports

Fixed satellite services (FSS) market worth $17.21 billion in 2019 according to new MarketsandMarkets report.
[PR Newswire – 12/05/2014]

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Analysis of the US Government and Military Commercial Satellite Market 2014″ report to their offering.
[Reuters – 12/04/2014]

Emerging markets are the source of the majority of satellite pay-TV growth according to Euroconsult report.
[Via Satellite – 12/04/2014]

Launch Activity

GSAT-16 and DirecTV 14 launch deferred for second time due to bad weather.
[Times of India – 12/06/2014]

Arabsat to invest USD 2.5 billion in launching five new sixth-generation satellites in 2015.
[telecompaper – 12/05/2014]

Intermediate Experimental Vehicle, IXV, ESA artist’s concept – Space News

ESA seeks answers about decision to cancel scheduled November launch of Intermediate Experimental Vehicle, IXV, because of range-safety concerns.
[Space News – 12/05/2014]

Special Purpose Inexpensive Satellite (SpinSat) is deployed from International Space Station through the Japanese Experiment Module Airlock.
[Via Satellite – 12/04/2014]

European Space Agency (ESA) says the agency is changing the governance arrangements of Europe’s next generation launchers letting industry take the lead.
[Via Satellite – 12/03/2014]

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have launched the Hayabusa 2 asteroid explorer satellite aboard an H2A rocket.
[Via Satellite – 12/03/2014]

Proton-M rocket – ITAR TASS/Roscosmos

Delayed Proton-M launches get new dates – Russia’s Yamal-401 satellite is scheduled for lift-off on December 16 and Europe’s Astra-2G on December 28.
[TASS – 12/02/2014]

Airbus is negotiating a SpaceX launch for the ESA-supported Laser Relay Satellite.
[Space News – 12/01/2014]

Satellite Construction

SSL takes Hispasat Amazonas 5 satellite contract away from Orbital Sciences.
[Space News – 12/05/2014]

ESA awards contracts to Airbus Defence and Space for Sentinel 6 Earth observation satellite.
[Via Satellite – 12/05/2014]

Thales Alenia Space will build the SWOT ocean-altimetry satellite as part of a U.S.-French collaboration and Airbus Defence and Space will build the Merlin methane-detecting satellite as part of a joint Franco-German program.
[Space News – 12/05/2014]

Data and satellite imagery startup OmniEarth is in the process of raising capital for a constellation of 18 Earth imaging satellites to collect space-based data.
[Via Satellite – 12/02/2014]

Lockheed Martin completes environmental testing on U.S. Navy’s fourth MUOS secure communications satellite.
[PR Newswire – 12/01/2014]

World Bulletin file photo

Turkey will be among those countries which produce and launch their own satellites within five years according to head of Turksat.
[World Bulletin – 11/30/2014]

Nepalese government may soon call a tender to hire a consultant that will conduct a feasibility study to launch Nepal’s own satellite.
[The Himalayan – 11/29/2014]

Satellite Technology

A deployed Spectrolab-produced solar wing. Photo: Boeing. – Via Satellite

Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab manufactures its 4 millionth gallium arsenide-based solar cell for space.
[Via Satellite – 12/03/2014]

Satellite Operations

Iridium Communications insists that its Iridium 91 satellite is fully operational in orbit and has not experienced a breakup or other anomalies despite a U.S. Air Force assessment to the contrary.
[Space News – 12/05/2014]

U.S. to expedite orbital collision-avoidance warnings to China, with no detour through the U.S. Sate Department.
[Space News – 12/05/2014]

Galileo satellite left in bad orbit reaches operating position.
[Space News – 12/05/2014]

Broadcasters worldwide agree to support training and certification by GVF for satellite uplink and terminal operators to encourage best practices and reduce interference.
[SatNews – 12/02/2014]

exacEarth’s exactView 1 satellite – Photo SSTL – Via Satellite

ExactEarth has purchased one in-orbit Automatic Identification System (AIS) satellite and has received license to obtain AIS data from two more spacecraft.
[Via Satellite – 12/02/2014]

Laser link between satellites Sentinel 1-A in LEO and Alphasat in GEO successfully used to downlink earth observation data from Sentinel 1-A through Alphasat.
[The Digital Ship – 12/01/2014]

Ground Systems

Azernews file graphic

Azerbaijan’s Space Agency Azercosmos signs agreement with Gilat to use the SkyEdge II-c network to offer multi-application satellite managed services to Azercosmos customers.
[Azernews – 12/05/2014]

VeriSat launches interference analysis tool jointly developed with SES.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 12/04/2014]

ATCi introduces its Simulsat Multibeam transport system specifically designed for a full range government and military applications.
[PR Newswire – 12/03/2014]

Hughes receives Inmarsat type approval for its 9211-HDR portable BGAN terminal.
[Via Satellite – 12/01/2014]

Government, Military & Defense

The Indian government is considering the idea of utilising satellite technologies for taking broadband services into rural and remote areas.
[The Hindu – 12/05/2014]

Aspiring private weather satellite operators want to sell data to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[Space News – 12/05/2014]

Artillery cannon crew members – U.S. Army photo

Army’s satellite-based Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, or WIN-T, Increment 2 enables rapid fire missions.
[U.S. Army – 12/02/2014]

U.S. Air Force extends Lockheed contract on Milstar, DSCS.
[Space News – 12/01/2014]

Aeronautical

Inmarsat reports that it is making strong progress in securing the necessary approvals from EU states in preparation for launch of Air to Ground service with airlines in Europe.
[Runway Girl Network – 12/05/2014]

Bristow Helicopters has selected Iridium’s OpenPort service to provide satellite broadband through Thales’ LiveAero product for its Sikorsky S-92 helicopters.
[Via Satellite – 12/03/2014]

European Space Agency (ESA) signs a contract with Inmarsat for development of a space-based aviation data link for European airspace.
[Air Transport World – 12/02/2014]

Broadband

New Zealand territory Tokelau telecommunications provider Teletok becomes Kacific’s sixth customer for HTS satellite broadband.
[Via Satellite – 12/05/2014]

Hughes Network Systems has begun offering broadband plans targeted to Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
[Via Satellite – 12/03/2014]

Enterprise

Advantech Wireless wins VSAT Discovery Network contract for nationwide IP base communications platform in Southeast Asia.
[PRWeb – 12/06/2014]

GPS

Broadcom announces industry’s first GNSS location hub for smartphones to support Galileo satellite system.
[Market Watch – 12/02/2014]

Maritime

Radiant Technologies (of CPI) wins contract for continued production of shipboard satellite communications radomes and reflectors.
[Via Satellite – 12/04/2014]

Bluetide Communications iOS app serves as a central touch point for fleet communication with capabilities from video streaming and deck snapshots to instant contact with individual vessels.
[Marine Log – 12/01/2014]

M2M

Numerex enhances its service offering to provide an industry-leading unlimited satellite data plan specifically targeted for its suite of M2M products.
[Globe Newswire – 12/05/2014]

TV& Radio

Encrypted IP video satellite broadcast solution delivered by Microspace.
[Satnews – 12/05/2014]

Mobile Telesystems (MTS) of Russia details plans to launch a satellite pay-TV service with 160 channels.
[Via Satellite – 12/04/2014]

Tokyo, Japan – site of 2020 Olympics – Photo: Chris Winkle – Via Satellite

NHK to broadcast 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 8K “Super High Vision” (SHV).
[Via Satellite – 12/01/2014]

Multichannel TV homes reaches over 500 million in Asia Pacific.
[Via Satellite – 12/01/2014]

Space

Orion capsule, atop a Delta IV rocket, lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla – Smiley N. Pool/Houston Chronicle – NY Times

First flight test is successful for NASA’s Orion spacecraft, designed to take astronauts beyond the moon.
[NY times – 12/05/2014]

MATROSHKA experiment outside International Space Station finds open space to be a bit less hostile to humans than expected.
[Space News – 12/04/2014]

NASA scheduled to loft an astronaut capsule, ORION, beyond low Earth orbit for the first time since Apollo 17 returned from the moon.
[New York Times – 12/02/2014]

Regulatory

U.S. Department of Justice clears merger of Orbital and ATK.
[Via Satellite – 12/05/2014]

Legal

Loral to pay $45 million and MDA/SSL to pay $55 million of $100 million ViaSat litigation settlement.
[Market Watch – 12/02/2014]

Capacity Agreements

XTAR to supply X-band space segment for NASA’s Ka-band Objects: Observation and Monitoring (KaBOOM) project.
[Via Satellite – 12/05/2014]

Services

Intelsat expands fiber services to its new Tyson Corner North American headquarters, and across North America, with Level 3.
[PR Newswire – 12/02/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

CMMB Vision agrees to acquire 51 percent of Dish-HJD Asia for $6 million.
[Via Satellite – 12/05/2014]

Digital rendering of Azersky in space. Photo: Azercosmos. – Via Satellite

Azercosmos to take ownership of Airbus’ Spot 7 EO satellite.
[Via Satellite – 12/02/2014]

Inmarsat appoints SpeedCast International Limited as a Distribution Partner for its flagship maritime service, FleetBroadband, and Fleet One.
[The Maritime Journal – 12/02/2014]

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is hiring … a farmer?
[Market Watch – 12/02/2014]

History

Osama bin Laden bought Inmarsat satellite phone for $15,000 in 1996 and made over 900 international calls over the next two years.
[Bloomberg Businessweek – 12/04/2014]

25 years in the commercial satellite telecom business a lifetime – SpaceNews 25th anniversary look back.
[Space News – 12/01/2014]

The Human Aspect

Thuraya increases its commitment to emergency communications response with the donation of Thuraya satellite phones to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
[Business Wire – 12/04/2014]

Nielsen survey for Globalstar reveals when it comes to winter road trips and outdoor activities, the majority of Ontarians have safety on their minds.
[Market Wired – 12/04/2014]

Extreme Tech file photo

The life of a South Pole communications technician – Extreme Tech interview.
[Extreme Tech – 12/02/2014]

WBMSAT News Bits 11/28/2014

Featured Article

Credit: European Space Agency graphic – Space News

Despite growing concern about orbital debris, and language in U.S. national space policy directing government agencies to study debris cleanup technologies, industry worries not enough is being done to implement the policy.
[Space News – 11/24/2014]

Industry Reports

New Frost & Sullivan report, “Analysis of the Global Military Satcom Applications Market,” expects 2013 revenue of $3.05 billion to grow to $3.82 billion in 2022.
[Satnews – 1126/2014]

The majority of the 764 FTA satellite channels in the Arab world are still broadcast in Standard Definition (SD), while only 10.5% broadcast in High Definition (HD).
[Satellite Markets & Research – 11/26/2014]

New Research and Markets report examines telecommunications market in Russia and segments offering potential for rapid growth and expansion.
[Satellite Spotlight – 11/25/2014]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Gilat-sponsored Satcom Innovations Russia 2014 event in Moscow sees excellent turnout.
[IT Business Net – 11/26/2014]

Thuraya Telecommunications Company named winner of Telecom Review’s Satellite Operator of the Year Award at fifth annual summit in Dubai.
[Satnews – 11/26/2014]

Arab Satellite Communications Organization, Arabsat, participants and sponsors attending Saudi Media Forum November 26-27.
[Satnews – 11/25/2014]

Launch Activity

Azernews file graphic

The launch of Turkmenistan’s first cosmic communication satellite has been postponed from November 2014 to the first half of 2015, RIA Novosti reported.
[Azernews – 11/28/2014]

Launch preparations of Soyuz  underway at Kourou for December 18 launch of next four O3b satellites.
[Space Daily – 11/28/2014]

DIRECTV-14 encapsulated in fairing, ready to be positioned atop India’s GSAT-16 in preparation for early December launch from French Guiana.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 11/27/2014]

ASTRA 2G communications launch delayed due to fault discovered in control unit of the Proton Briz-M upper stage booster.
[Spaceflight Insider – 11/26/2014]

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle with “X-wing” fins. Credit: SpaceX photo – Space News

Elon Musk shows off ‘X-wings’ for Falcon 9R reusable rocket, along with plans for seaborne landing pads.
[Space News – 11/25/2014]

NASA selects Orbital’s Pegasus rocket to launch ICON Ionospheric Science Satellite.
[Business Wire – 11/24/2014]

XCOR successfully conducts hot fire testing of the XR-SH25 next generation upper stage engine’s regeneratively cooled thrust chamber.
[Via Satellite – 11/24/2014]

Satellite Construction

Saarc member states welcome India’s proposal to launch a satellite for the Saarc region in 2016.
[NDTV – 11/27/2014]

Azernews file graphic – Azernews

Azerbaijan will set orbital position of second telecommunications satellite by 2015, with signing of construction contracts to begin next year.
[Azernews – 11/27/2014]

Northrop Grumman delivers AstroMesh reflector for SMAP satellite.
[Via Satellite – 11/25/2014]

Following the launch of micro satellite “PicoDragon” in 2013, Vietnam plans to improve its technological capabilities and launch its first commercial satellite by 2020.
[Vietnam Net – 11/24/2014]

Northrop Grumman is awarded contract to build third Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System.
[Via Satellite – 11/21/2014]

Satellite Technology

Addvalue is developing a radiation-resistant satellite-based modem to be experimented on the new VELOX-II satellite built by Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.
[4-traders – 11/25/2014]

Photo: NASA – Via Satellite

NASA hosts $5 million CubeSat challenge.
[Via Satellite – 11/25/2014]

Busek concept for managing space debris involving two spacecraft – Credit: Busek video capture – Space News

Companies attending a recent workshop offered a number of technical concepts for reducing the amount of orbital debris, but acknowledged that they lack business plans for carrying out those efforts.
[Space News – 11/25/2014]

Satellite Operations

The first ever gigabit transmission via laser of imagery between the radar sensor on Sentinel-1A and Alphasat satellites, the latter built by Airbus Defence and Space, has taken place successfully.
[Directions Magazine – 11/28/2014]

Ground Systems

Advantech Wireless unveils aerial surveillance, military security, and disaster recovery solutions.
[Defense World – 11/26/2014]

Comtech Telecommunications gets $3.5 million order for SATCOM ground equipment to support mobile network upgrade & expansion in Asia.
[CNBC – 11/24/2014]

Gilat signs agreements to provide SkyEdge II-c terminals to three ISPs subscribing to SES Broadband Services’ Astra Connect service offering.
[4-traders – 11/24/2014]

Government, Military & Defense

The Spektr-UV telescope will be similar to the US Hubble Space Telescope (HST) – Space Daily

U.S. bans technology export for Russian Spektr-UV telescope project.
[Space Daily – 11/28/2014]

Russia and China plan to create a mobile system of several satellites and infrastructure to serve emergency services, border guards, and rescue operations.
[Vestnik Kavkaza – 11/27/2014]

Russia’s Center for Operation of Space Ground-Based Infrastructure (TsENKI) reports that the Meteor M2 remote sensing satellite has nearly completed in-orbit testing following its July 8 launch.
[Via Satellite – 11/26/2014]

Lockheed Martin gets $41 million cost-plus award fee modification for logistics and sustainment support of the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) and Milstar Military Satellite Communications Systems.
[Via Satellite – 11/26/2014]

Air Force’s Enhanced Polar System communications project passes integrated baseline review by contractor Northrop Grumman.
[C4ISR & Networks – 11/26/2014]

NASA is again seeking bids on more than $1 billion of space medicine work covered under a contract that will be awarded at least two years later than planned because of prolonged sparring between incumbent Wyle Laboratories and SAIC.
[Space News – 11/26/2014]

Orbital Sciences Corp. will get most of its planned revenue from NASA for the Oct. 28 launch of Orbital’s Antares rocket despite the rocket’s failure because the milestone that triggered payment was the rocket’s ignition and liftoff, not launch success.
[Space News – 11/25/2014]

Tiny Florida firm acting as middleman in acquisition of Russian rocket engines for U.S. government is marking up each engine by millions.
[Space News – 11/24/2014]

U.S. Air Force is expected to demonstrate its newly developed protected tactical waveform in new modems and reworked terminals as early as 2018.
[Space News – 11/24/2014]

Inquisitr file photo

Satellite images show that China is building its own island along the Spratly Islands off of the Fiery Cross Reef large enough for an airfield.
[Inquisitr – 11/22/2014]

Solar Prominence – Photo: Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA – Via Satellite

U.S. government agencies are interested in greater amounts of data on solar activity.
[Via Satellite – 11/14/2014]

Aeronautical

Inmarsat outsources the provision of security IT and services to CGI as part of a European Space Agency air traffic management project.
[Computer Weekly – 11/28/2014]

Europeans charged with modernization of air traffic control consider space junk issue while deciding whether to use new satellite or existing systems.
[Air Traffic Management – 11/26/2014]

AirMedia partners with China Telecom Satellite Communications on in-flight connectivity.
[Financial News – 11/24/2014]

Broadband

Croatian Post to market Eutelsat Tooway satellite broadband service.
[telecompaper – 11/27/2014]

SkyVision builds satellite IP network in Seychelles.
[Sip Trunking Report – 11/24/2014]

OTE selects Eutelsat KA-SAT to deliver OTE SA’s new satellite broadband service to homes across Greece.
[OnScreen Asia – 11/24/2014]

Maritime

MSC Cruises has started a fleet-wide optimization enabled by Marlink to improve shipboard VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) connectivity to compare with terrestrial wireless broadband.
[Satnews – 11/24/2014]

Oil & Gas

GVF-EMP Oil & Gas Communications Conference Series in Kuala Lumpur draws to close, previewing London Roundtable programme.
[GVF Press Release – 11/25/2014]

TV& Radio

SES announces that Germany-based TurkShow is broadcasting across Western Europe via Astra at the 19. Degrees East orbital position.
[Business Wire – 11/25/2014]

Legal

DeLorme wins judgment – EDVA judge invalidates patent on satellite-based emergency notification system.
[Virginia ip Law – 11/21/2014]

Space

Italy, Europe’s third-largest International Space Station contributor, calls Thales Alenia’s concerns about insufficient funding legitimate but overblown.
[Space News – 11/26/2014]

3-D printer on the International Space Station fabricates a replacement part for itself.
[R&D Magazine – 11/25/2014]

Orbital Sciences congratulates NASA and the Swift satellite team on the recent 10th anniversary of the astrophysics spacecraft’s launch and successful operation, greatly exceeding its planned 2-year life.
[Market Watch – 11/25/2014]

Capacity Agreements

Globecast has entered an agreement with Measat Satellite Systems to broadcast U.S. network Home and Garden Television (HGTV) channel in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
[Via Satellite – 11/26/2014]

Services

NewSat will provide ground infrastructure support and future satellite services for an undisclosed European satellite operator.
[ZDNet – 11/28/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Gilat sees first positive net income in two years.
[Via Satellite – 1126/2014]

Sierra Nevada to close California propulsion facility.
[Space News – 11/26/2014]

Two Canadian pension funds near deal for Loral’s Telesat.
[Reuters – 11/25/2014]

Iridium says distorted process of vendor selection blocks its entry into Indian satellite phone market and alleges BSNL appears to work only with Inmarsat.
[Silicon India – 11/24/2014]

Top industry CTOs discuss questions they face, from High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and all-electric propulsion satellites to which launch provider to use.
[Via Satellite – 11/24/2014]

Eutelsat signs partnership with Spacecom that would drive expansion of digital entertainment in Africa.
[4-traders – 11/23/2014]

History

Goonhilly 1 “Arthur” – Credit GES Ltd – Southgate Amateur Radio News

Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd transforming the BT satellite communications site at Goonhilly into a new Space Science centre, as it tracks FUNcube and UKube-1.
[Southgate Amateur Radio News – 11/26/2014]

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]