WBMSAT News Bits 04/19/2015

Featured Article

United Airlines operated Boeing 737 – CNN Money file photo

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

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

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

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

Industry Reports

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

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

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

Launch Activity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Market Strategy & Revenues

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

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

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

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

Satellite Construction

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

Satellite Operations

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

Satellite Technology

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

Government, Military & Defense

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

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

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

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

Dream Chaser – Via Satellite file photo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aeronautical

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

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

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

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

Asset Tracking

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

Capacity Deals

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

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

Earth Observation

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

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

Ground Systems

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

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

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

Maritime

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

Mobil/Cellular

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

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

Oil & Gas

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

TV& Radio

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

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

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

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

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

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

Space

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

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

History

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

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

The Human Element

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

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

WBMSAT News Bits 04/12/2015

Featured Article

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

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

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

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

Industry Reports

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

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

Launch Activity

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

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

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

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

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

Anadolu Agency file image

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

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

Market Strategy & Revenues

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

Customs Today file image

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

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

Satellite Technology

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

Government, Military & Defense

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regulatory

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

Satellite Operations

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

Aeronautical

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

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

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

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

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

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

Broadband

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

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

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

Enterprise

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

Ground Systems

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

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

Maritime

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

Mobil

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

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

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

Oil & Gas

Photo: RigNet – Viasat

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

TV& Radio

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

Space

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

History

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

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

WBMSAT News Bits 04/05/2015

Featured Article

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

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

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

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

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

Industry Reports

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

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

Launch Activity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Market Strategy & Revenues

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

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

Satellite Technology

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

Government, Military & Defense

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Falcon 9 – Credit: SpaceX – Space News

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

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

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

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

Legal

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

Regulatory

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

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

Satellite Operations

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

Aeronautical

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

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

Broadband

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

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

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

Enterprise

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

Ground Systems

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

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

Maritime

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

Photo: VideoFlow – Via Satellite

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

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

Mobil

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

Oil & Gas

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

Services

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

Telephony

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

TV& Radio

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

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

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

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

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

Space

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

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

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

WBMSAT News Bits 03/29/2015

Featured Article

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

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

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

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

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

Industry Reports

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

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

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

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

Launch Activity

Credit: ESA – Space News

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

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

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

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

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

Satellite Construction

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

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

Satellite Technology

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

Government, Military & Defense

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

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

AIN Online file image

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

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

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

Space Daily File Image

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

Photo: Lockheed Martin – Via Satellite

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

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

Regulatory

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

History

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

Satellite Operations

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

Space Daily file image

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

Aeronautical

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

Asset Tracking

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

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

Broadband

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

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

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

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

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

Capacity Agreements

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

Earth Observation

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

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

Education

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

Enterprise

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

Ground Systems

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

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

Maritime

Stril Server support vessel. Photo: Marlink – Via Satellite

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

Oil & Gas

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

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

Space

Photograph. Credit: NASA – Space News

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

Solar Probe Plus Illustration – Clapway file image

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

Credit: NASA artist’s concept – Space News

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

The Human Aspect

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

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

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

WBMSAT News Bits 03/22/2015

Featured Article

Credit: OneWeb – Space News

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

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

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

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

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

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

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

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

Launch Activity

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

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

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

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

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

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

Satellite Construction

Photo: Airbus Defence and Space – Via Satellite

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

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

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

Satellite Operations

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

Ground Systems

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

Government, Military & Defense

File image – Space Daily

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

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

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

Air Force Technology file photo

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

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

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

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

Intelligent Aerospace file photo

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

Aeronautical

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

Reuters file photo

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

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

Broadband

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

Maritime

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

Mobile

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

Capacity Agreements

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

Market Strategy & Revenues

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

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

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

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

The Human Aspect

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

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

 

WBMSAT News Bits 03/15/2015

Featured Article

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

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

Industry Reports

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

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

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

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

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

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

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

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

Launch Activity

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

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

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

Satellite Construction

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

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

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

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

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

Satellite Technology

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

Image: Accion Systems – R&D Magazine

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

Satellite Operations

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

Ground Systems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Government, Military & Defense

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aeronautical

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

Broadband

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

GPS

GS Daily file photo

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

Maritime

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

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

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

Mobile

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

Oil & Gas

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

TV& Radio

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

Space

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

Credit: NASA Ames – Phys Org

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

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

Regulatory

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

Capacity Agreements

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

Market Strategy & Revenues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Human Aspect

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

WBMSAT News Bits 03/07/2015

Featured Article

The technology of spying – Neil Bond – Stuff

Latest Snowden files released describe secret spy activity over the South Pacific region performed within Waihopai earth station in New Zealand.
[Stuff – 03/08/2015]

Industry Reports

Mobile satellite services market, dominated by players such as Inmarsat, Iridium, EchoStar, ORBCOMM, Globalstar and Thuraya, to surpass $3.2 billion by 2020.
[PR Newswire – 03/06/2015]

Euroconsult report sees steady increase across smallsat market, with 510  satellites to be launched in next 5 years.
[Via Satellite – 03/05/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

GlobaFone to exhibit at International Wireless Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas March 18th and 19th.
[Street Insider – 03/06/2015]

Leading space and satellite industry experts to speak at 5th Global Space and Satellite Forum.
[Global Space and Satellite Forum – May 26 – 28, 2015]

Gilat to highlight next-generation mobility, HTS and cellular solutions at Satellite 2015.
[Financial Content – 03/05/2015]

TrustComm executives are featured speakers at Satellite 2015.
[Satellite Spotlight – 03/03/2015]

Launch Activity

SES signs with Arianespace to launch SES-15, and Airbus Defence and Space for SES-14.
[Satellite Spotlight – 03/06/2015]

UK spaceport artist rendition. Photo: Gov.UK – Via Satellite

U.K. government confirms widespread industry support for its plans for a spaceport.
[Via Satellite – 03/06/2015]

French-Italian military communication satellite Sicral-2 to be launched in April.
[Defense World – 03/05/2015]

Russian Satellite Communications Company delivers Express AM8 to Baikonur for scheduled April 6 launch.
[Satnews – 03/04/2015]

Iridium pushes back inaugural launch of Iridium Next satellites until October to further evaluate payload software issues.
[Space News – 03/04/2015]

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral carrying the world’s first all-electric communications satellites ABS 3A and EUTELSAT 115 West .
[Space – 03/02/2015]

Soyuz-2.1a rocket takes Russian military satellite to designated orbit.
[Space Daily – 03/02/2015]

Japanese H2A rocket carrying a UAE earth observation satellite named Khalifasat is scheduled to lift off in 2017 from a space center in southwestern Japan.
[KUNA – 03/02/2015]

India scheduled to launch the 4th of 7 satellites in its satellite navigation system on March 9, 2015.
[Sputnik News – 03/02/2015]

Satellite Construction

Gazprom evaluates its business relationships in light of changes in economic circumstances, and will scrub contracts with French satellite providers.
[Space Daily – 03/06/2015]

Lockheed integrates AEHF-4 satellite’s propulsion core and payload module.
[Airforce-technology – 03/05/2015]

Satellite Operations

U.S. Air Force illustration – Daily Mail

An unknown ‘temperature spike’ caused the explosion of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 13 (DMSP-F13).
[Daily Mail – 03/02/2015]

Ground Systems

Kratos announces its SAT Corporation subsidiary has released SigX Protect, a patent-pending RF interference cancelling product.
[Globenewswire – 03/05/2015]

Comtech Telecommunications gets $2.2 million in orders for High Power Amplifiers.
[Market Watch – 03/02/2015]

NIppon TV successfully carries out world’s first DVB-S2X 256APSK transmission using Newtec technology.
[Realwire – 03/02/2015]

NovelSat has announces it will start demo’ing NovelSat NS4, the next generation successor to NovelSat NS3, surpassing performanc of DVB-S2.
[Satnews – 03/02/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Hiltron, in partnership with ATG Middle East, completes a satellite downlink system feeding a multi-channel compliance suite for a broadcast regulatory organisation based in the Middle East.
[Screen Africa – 03/06/2015]

Inmarsat announces that its new L-band Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (LAISR) service has completed successful customer airborne testing and will be available for U.S. government customers by June, 2015.
[Business Wire – 03/05/2015]

Aeronautical

Photo: Sgt Frank Hudec/Royal Canadian Air Force, Sgt Frank Hudec – C4ISR & Networks

Canada is upgrading its Lockheed CP-140 aircraft with a ViaSat satellite communications system.
[C4ISR & Networks – 03/05/2015]

Broadband

Leading Alberta, Canada ISP Xplornet Communications announces technological upgrade which enable users to get speeds up to 25 Mbps.
[Daily Herald Tribune – 03/05/2015]

Energy

Emerging Markets opens office in Houston, Texas to grow and support its oil and gas customers.
[Energy Industry Today – 03/03/2015]

Newtec to install Newtec Dialog for Saudi Electricity Company.
[Via Satellite – 03/04/2015]

Maritime

Leosat’s constellation is expected to provide 1.2 Gbs of synchronous connections worldwide for business and government customers, with maritime listed as a primary market.
[Digital Ship – 03/06/2015]

Skywave introduces dual-mode terminals for fleet management applications.
[Via Satellite – 03/04/2015]

M2M

Case expands coverage of SiteWatch telematics service into new areas through partnership with Iridium.
[For Construction Pros – 03/05/2015]

Mobile

Globalstar says its upgraded ground segment, to take advantage of its second generation satellite constellation, should be offering higher speed service in North America this year.
[Space News – 03/06/2015]

Exelis wins $7.6 million order for on-the-move satellite communications.
[C4ISR & Networks – 03/04/.2015]

TV& Radio

Forthnet, owner of Nova of Greece, chooses high end harmonic compression head-end to support DTH service in Greece.
[Via Satellite – 03/04/2015]

Space

File image of a Cubesat in orbit. – Space Daily

NASA launches CubeSat from ISS to test re-enter drag device.
[Space Daily – 03/05/2015]

NASA hopes to improve satellite communications by studying the Ionosphere.
[Tech Times – 03/03/2015]

Regulatory

Gogo gears up for U.S. FCC authorization to auction Air-to-Ground mobile broadband in 14 – 14.5 Ghz range on secondary license basis.
[Via Satellite – 03/06/2015]

Legal

British law enforcement agencies arrest a 23-year-old man suspected of being involved in a hacking attack last year against a satellite communications system operated by the U.S. Department of Defense.
[CIO – 03/06/2015]

SpaceX gets “partial win” in Blue Origin patent dispute.
[Space News – 03/05/2015]

Capacity Agreements

Hughes to provide Jupiter system to Malaysian customer TS Global Network.
[Via Satellite – 03/04/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Digital TV Europe file photo

Arabsat teams up with Santander Teleport to extend and improve enterprise communications infrastructure in Africa.
[Digital TRV Europe – 03/06/2015]

Sky Perfect JSAT to establish new subsidiary to deliver Japanese content overseas.
[Via Satellite – 03/06/2015]

Inmarsat PLC reports preliminary full year results for 2014, with total revenues of $1.285 billion.
[TWST – 03/05/2015]

ViaSat acquires EAI Design Services, grafting its expertise in high-speed, low-power ASIC and FPGA design into satellite and cybersecurity projects.
[Via Satellite – 03/03/2015]

The Human Aspect

Leosat announces the appointment of former Kymeta CEO Vern Fotheringham as Chief Executive Officer.
[Financial Content – 03/04/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 02/28/2015

Featured Article

Russian carrier rocket Soyus-ST with broadband communications satellites launched last December. (Jody Arriet/AFP) – Mail & Guardian

South Africa’s intelligence service reportedly relied on a spy “with direct access to the Russian government” to find out details of its own government’s involvement in a R1.14-billion joint satellite surveillance programme with Russia.
[Mail & Guardian – 02/27/2015]

Industry Reports

Despite shrinking military budgets, the U.S. DoD’s plans for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will not diminish anytime soon.
[NSR – 02/26/2015]

HTS attracting attention of broadcasters with abundant bandwidth and relatively low price as compared to traditional FSS and MSS solutions.
[NSR – 02/25/2015]

NSR report – satellite manufacturing and launching are facing unprecedented growth with new constellations more than doubling the number of satellites deployed.
[MarketWatch – 02/24/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

GVF will once again host its Satellite Interference Prevention Summit March 19 at Satellite 2015 in Washington D.C.
[Satnews – 02/27/2015]

Benefits of developing satellite communications for national security and commercial purposes highlighted at Milsatcom Middle East.
[Arabian Aerospace – 02/24/2015]

Gilat to promote unique cellular solutions over satellite at Mobile World Conference 2015 March 2-5 in Barcelona, Spain.
[Globe Newswire – 02/24/2015]

High level military and industry speakers to discuss the role of space as a key component in future military communications at SMi in London on March 4-5, 2015.
[Satnews – 02/23/2015]

Launch Activity

EUTELSAT 115 West B, the company’s first all-electric satellite, scheduled for launch March 1 on Falcon 9 rocket.
[Business Wire – 02/26/2015]

File photo of a Falcon 9 rocket launch from Cape Canaveral on Feb. 11. Credit: SpaceX – Spaceflight Now

Two SES satellites booked to launch on Falcon 9 rockets in 2017 may be first to launch from Texas spaceport.
[Spaceflight Now – 02/25/2015]

Swedish Space Corporation launches sounding rocket to test cryogenic fuel for Ariane 6.
[Via Satellite – 02/25/2015]

Thor7 Ka-band satellite arrives at Guiana Spaceport in Kourou ahead of its scheduled launch in mid-April.
[Digital Ship – 02/23/2015]

Express AM-7 delivered to Balkonur – Satnews

Russia’s Express-AM7 satellite arrives at Yubileyny in advance of scheduled March 19 launch.
[Satnews – 02/23/2015]

Satellite Construction

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates provides Ku-band payload equipment to growing Turkish communications market.
[Via Satellite – 02/26/2015]

Satellite Technology

The Saphir Robotics Project. Photo: Thales Alenia Space – Via Satellite

Thales Alenia Space is bringing robots into clean rooms to work alongside people.
[Via Satellite – 02/27/2017]

ESA, Airbus Defence and Space, and European Data Relay System partnership to provide laser communications data rates up to 1.8 Gbps.
[SatNews – 02/25/2015]

Satellite Operations

Defense Meteorological Satellite System (DMSP) spacecraft. Credit: U.S. Air Force – Space News

A 20-year-old military weather satellite apparently exploded in orbit Feb. 3 following what the U.S. Air Force described as a sudden temperature spike.
[Space News – 02/27/2015]

Ground Systems

ASC Signal is awarded major contract by Harris Corporation to deliver a network of earth station antennas supporting NOAA’s next generation weather satellites.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 02/26/2015]

Harris Corp finishes GOES-R ground segment IT infrastructure.
[Via Satellite – 02/25/2015]

Comtech EF Data gets $5 million in orders for SATCOM equipment and services to expand communication network in Asia.
[Via Satellite – 02/24/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

DoD funds three-year green rocket propellant study with Aerojet Rocketdyne.
[Via Satellite – 02/27/2015]

Canadian Department of Defence upgrading airborne ISR with ViaSat mobile satellite system.
[PR Newswire – 02/26/2015]

Australia Defence’s satellite communications overhaul expected completion now an anticipated five years behind schedule.
[it news – 02/25/2015]

Yahsat signs contract with Bahrain Defense Force to provide satellite communications services.
[ZAWYA – 02/25/2015]

Marines look to ViaSat for hatch-mount SATCOM antenna for streaming video aboard KC-130J aircraft.
[Military & Aerospace – 02/24/2015]

French Defence Procurement Agency awards Thales a contract to supply a further 20 ground terminals as part of the Syracuse III satellite programme.
[Military & Aerospace – 02/24/2015]

India and Emirates delegates meet to discuss possible future collaboration in the field of space and related areas.
[Via Satellite – 02/24/2015]

TeleCommunication Systems makes O3b Network satellite products and services available to government agencies through GSA Schedule 70.
[TMCnet – 02/23/2015]

Exelis receives orders valued at $7.6 million from ADS, Inc. on behalf of DoD to provide SATCOM on-the-move (SOTM) networked command and control connectivity.
[Inside Indiana Business – 02/23/2015]

Aeronautical

Yahsat completes successful factory test of state-of-the-art airborne satellite communications system for homeland security client.
[Arabian Aerospace – 02/28/2015]

Rockwell Collins and SITA roll out new tracking options for airlines.
[Aviation Week – 02/27/2015]

Thales’s LiveTV Satellite Communications and distributor Greenwich AeroGroup have demonstrated the LiveAero airborne connectivity system on a Sikorsky S-92 in flight.
[AIN Online – 02/27/2015]

Earth Observation

WorldView 3 image of Sao Paulo Brazil at 30 cm resolution. Photo: DigitalGlobe – Via Satellite

DigitalGlobe partners with United Nations on high resolution services for economic, social, and scientific benefits.
[Via Satellite – 02/27/2015]

Credit: NASA/GSFC – Space News

MDA sees rebound in U.S. earth observation market, with U.S. government back in the market after slump caused by sequestration.
[Space News – 02/26/2015]

Auckland, New Zealand seen at 30 cm resolution. Photo: DigitalGlobe – Via Satellite

DigitalGlobe begins commercial sales of high resolution 30 cm imagery from WorldView 3 satellite.
[Via Satellite – 02/25/2015]

Maritime

Photo: Wikipedia – Via Satellite

With demand for greater bandwidth by superyacht owners expected to ripple out to rest of maritime community, HTS offers a solution.
[Via Satellite – 02/27/2015]

KVH ships its 5,000th TrackPhone system for mini-VSAT network.
[Via Satellite – 02/24/2015]

SatLink Communications orders ‘sizable quantity’ of NovelSat modems for maritime customers.
[Via Satellite – 02/23/2015]

Mobile

The Optus Thuraya SatSleeve, which transforms a smartphone into a satellite phone, is now available for iPhone 6.
[Via Satellite – 02/26/2015]

UK trials completed to deliver a secure, rapidly deployable cellular communications system over satellite for defence and security use in remote locations.
[Satnews – 02/24/2015]

Space

Timing of congressional ban on use of Russian rocket by government puts ULA and Air Force in a bind.
[Space News – 02/27/2015]

NanoRacks deploys small satellites from dispensers transported outside the International Space Station – Credit: NASA – Space News

As NASA encourages commercial use of International Space Station, potential customers hitting bottleneck.
[Space News – 02/27/2015]

Argentina’s Congress approves installation of Chinese satellite tracking station for Chinese moon missions.
[Satnews – 02/27/2015]

The Aurora Borealis viewed by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station – Credit NASA/JSC – Phys Org

Study of irregularities in the ionosphere may help improve GPS communications.
[Phys Org – 02/27/2015]

Russia to remain part of ISS until 2024, when it will detach its modules and form its own outpost in low Earth orbit.
[Space News – 02/25/2015]

The UAE’s director general of the country’s newly-established space agency says the UAE has invested more than Dh18 billion into its space programmes.
[The Natioinal – 02/24/2015]

Regulatory

NYU Wireless advocates releasing spectrum in millimeter wave bands for wireless communications as Satellite industry raises concerns in FCC’s Notice of Inquiry on the subject.
[FierceWirelessTech – 02/26/2015]

Capacity Agreements

My Group signs capacity and distribution agreement with Prague-based CE Media for distribution of Czech Lifestyle channel.
[Via Satellite – 02/24/2015]

Services

Harris CapRock Communications has launched the industry’s first unified, fully managed satellite, wireless and terrestrial connectivity service.
[Business Wire – 02/25/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Startup NewSat of Australia repots sharp drop in revenue and deepening losses, and has been unable to meet milestone payments on its first satellite, Jabiru-1.
[Space News – 02/27/2015]

Airbus and Safran joint venture to take over design and production of Europe’s Ariane 5 and future Ariane 6 rockets is expected to be in full operations by late 2015.
[Space News – 02/27/2015]

Verizon joins its counterparts in claiming that bidding strategy used by Dish distorted the government’s $45 billion spectrum auction.
[Wall Street Journal – 02/27/2015]

Castor Networks acquires South Africa’s Telstream Telecoms to strengthen African presence.
[Ventures – 02/27/2015]

Iridium Communications beats market projections and expects total service revenue in 2018, after deploying Iridium Next, of between $420 and $485 million.
[The Motley Fool – 02/26/2015]

Iridium announces four value-added partners that will build and distribute products compatible with next-generation Iridium Certus broadband service.
[SatNews – 02/26/2015]

Globecomm opens new office in Jakarta, Indonesia, extending its presence in Asia and the Pacific region.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 02/26/2015]

Orbital Tracking Corp. to focus on building satellite ground infrastructure and worldwide mobile satellite retail ecommerce operations.
[CNN Money – 02/26/2015]

The ‘connected car’ and ‘smart cities’ are two potentially new and exciting markets the satellite industry could play in over the coming years.
[Via Satellite – 02/26/2015]

SpeedCast International acquires Geolink Satellite Services, a provider of satellite communications services in the African region.
[Satnews – 02/25/2015]

Nigeria’s Chairman of Mobile Software Solutions & Immediate Past-President of ISPON speaks of a new beginning for NigComSat.
[Vamgiard – 02/25/2015]

Japanese telecommunications group KDDI Corporation has sold its entire 4.85 percent stake in satellite communications company Inmarsat.
[Reuters – 02/24/2015]

Speedcast evaluating ways to leverage capacity from new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) systems coming on line around the world.
[Via Satellite – 02/23/2015]

The Human Aspect

Solar Impulse to use Intelsat and ITC Global for communications during first round-the-world solar flight.
[Space Ref – 02/26/2015]

John Whitford Communications to participate in Satellite Community Aid Relief Efforts (CARES) disaster relief program.
[Broadcast Newsroom – 02/26/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 02/20/2015

Featured Article

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory mission – Credit: SpaceX – Space News

SES agrees to be the inaugural customer aboard an enhanced version of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket following careful review of its more powerful first stage engine block.
[Space News – 02/202015]

Industry Reports

NSR report looks at what the near term instability of crude oil pricing can mean for SATCOM in the Energy markets.
[NSR – 02/19/2015]

Paradigm analyst says COM DEV is returning to its former glory, in perfect position to capture part of exploding global broadband market.
[Cantech Letter – 02/18/2015]

Berlin, Germany at night. Photo: Alexander Steinhof (Flickr) – Via Satellite

SES research reveals number of houses receiving HD television in Germany exceeds 17 million, growing 24% over 2013.
[Via Satellite – 02/18/2015]

IOT prime time for satellite?  NSR projects that by 2023, there are estimated to be 5.8 million satellite M2M and IoT connections globally.
[NSR – 02/17/2015]

Latest edition of NSR’s Wireless Backhaul via Satellite continues coverage of satellite backhaul opportunities while assessing LEO-HTS systems.
[NSR – March 2015 report]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Thuraya to showcase mission-critical satellite communication solutions at IDEX 2015 Feb 22 – 26.
[UAE Interact – 02/19/2015]

Unidentified file photo at Satellite Evolution Group

CABSAT 2015 will examine the myriad challenges currently facing satellite companies and regional telcos as consumer viewing habits change.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 02/18/2015]

Growing demand for commercial satellite communications will be among the top agenda topics at the upcoming Milsatcom Middle East Conference in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
[Trade Arabia – 02/18/2015]

Launch Activity

Cryogenic core stage for the first Ariane 5 launch of 2015 – Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Photo Optique Video du CSG – P. Baudon – Spaceflight Now

Arianespace on pace for one launch per month in 2015.
[Spaceflight Now – 02/18/2015]

Satellite Construction

OHB AG completes integration of the first geostationary communications satellite ‘Hispasat Advanced Generation 1′
[TeleTrader – 02/18/2015]

Boeing Satellite Systems, Airbus Defense and Space and Orbital ATK win orders from SES for three new communications spacecraft for launch in 2017.
[Spaceflight Now – 02/16/2015]

Satellite Operations

The Internet and new communications technologies including satellite communications may be shifting innovation away from big cities.
[Washington Post – 02/18/2015]

Cryptography could help prevent collisions among the thousands of commercial and spy satellites currently in orbit.
[red Orbit – 02/16/2015]

Ground Systems

TeleCommunication Systems, using partner Comtech’s SSPAs and modems, successfully tests industry-first 50 Mbps Troposcatter link.
[PR Newswire – 02/20/2015]

Satnews file photo

FindMyAnimal’s collar uses Globalstar’s satellite network to geo-fence livestock, helping farmers find animals and officials track endangered species.
[Satnews – 02/19/2015]

Kratos is awarded contract for carrier monitoring system for NewSat’s Jabiru-1 satellite.
[CNN Money – 02/17/2015]

Australian telco ZipTel has signed a deal with global satellite communications provider SpeedCast that will see its ZipT application provided to users worldwide.
[Courier Mail – 02/17/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Norsat awarded $3.5 million portable satellite terminal contract from major Eurasian defense contractor.
[The Street – 02/19/2015]

SBG gets contract to provide support services for U.S. Navy satellite communications systems.
[Naval Technology – 02/18/2015]

U.S. Air Force tests prove that the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellites could be operated remotely and securely from mobile ground unit in case of nuclear war.
[Product Design & Development – 02/17/2015]

Nigerian government plans to sell NigComSat in effort to inject entrepreneurial spirit into the running of the company.
[Punch – 02/17/2015]

Aeronautical

Aireon signs MOA with central and west African ANSP to use its satellite aircraft tracking services to improve Air Traffice Management in their airspace.
[Via Satellite – 02/19/2015]

Aircraft switching from beam to beam or satellite to satellite. Photo: ViaSat

ViaSat CEO expresses opinion that changing attitudes about In-Flight Connectivity may lead the way to monetizing the market.
[Aviation Today – 02/17/2015]

Satcom Direct introduces AeroIT; the world’s first IT certification for aviation.
[PR Web – 02/17/2015]

Broadband

Nigerian Federal Government unveils Ka-band rural connectivity drive with launch of NigKaNet.
[Vanguard – 02/18/2015]

Earth Observation

Cornell Univ. study warns that the existing system of space-based rainfall observation satellites requires a serious overhaul.
[R&D Magazine – 02/13/2015]

Enterprise

Signalhorn brings Xtend to new verticals in retail, using combination of terrestrial circuits, 3G/4G wireless, and satellite to meet Point of Sale requirements.
[Via Satellite – 02/20/2015]

IOT

SIGFOX joins MUSTANG Project launched by Airbus Defence and Space to build Earth- and Satellite-based system for worldwide Internet of Things.
[TMC News – 02/19/2015]

Legal

California Institute of Technology accuses Hughes Communications Inc. and Dish Network Corp. of infringing four patents for error correction codes.
[Law 360 – 02/17/2015]

Maritime

P&O Ferries and MTN transform sea travel communications by launching the first Wi-Fi hot spot on the English Channel.
[Satellite Spotlight – 02/17/2015]

Mobile

T-Mobile CEO says he’s open to all scenarios with Dish, with large cache of wireless spectrum Dish has accumulated not yet committed.
[CNET Magazine – 02/19/2015]

Space

Orbital ATK says its revamped Antares rocket featuring a new main engine will make its first launch in March 2016 carrying a fully loaded cargo ship bound for the International Space Station.
[Space News – 02/20/2015]

Europa Clipper. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech – Space News

Europa Clipper working on the leading concept for a mission to Europa believes it can be ready for launch as soon as 2022.
[Space News – 02/20/2015]

Credit: Mars One artist’s concept. – Space News

Mars One quietly suspends work on a pair of robotic missions, putting into question plans to launch those spacecraft to Mars in 2018.
[Space News – 02/18/2015]

TV& Radio

IDC deploys Pro Audio radio network across Peru.
[Via Satellite – 02/19/2015]

Satellite service provider M7 Group has grown to become one of the top five pay-TV operators in Europe.
[Via Satellite – 02/18/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

DirecTV challenged by deteriorating currencies in Latin America.
[Via Satellite – 02/20/2015]

Gilat brings in $235 million in 2014 revenue, with EBITDA increasing 43% over 2013.
[Via Satellite – 02/20/2015]

Hispasat sees steady revenues in unfavorable market.
[Via Satellite – 02/19/2015]

Intelsat warns investors of a rough ride over next couple of years as it awaits Epic, with 2014 revenues behind those of SES.
[Space News – 02/20/2015]

CST-100 commercial crew vehicle – Credit: Boeing – Space News

Boeing folds SLS (Space Launch System Heavy) and CST-100 space capsule programs into new division.
[Space News – 02/18/2015]

Globalstar shares rise after stock-shorter cashes out.
[Space News – 02/18/2015]

Swiss Space Systems opens Croatia subsidiary, plans to build spaceport.
[Via Satellite – 02/18/2015]

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting is in the early stages of an entrance into the markets of aviation and government connectivity.
[Via Satelllite – 02/17/2015]

Intelsat and Azercosmos team up to expand global coverage through joint Azerspace 2/Intelsat 38 satellite..
[Via Satellite – 02/17/2015]

NASA’s C-130 transport aircraft. Credit: NASA/ Dennis Rieke and Mark Russell – Space News

Exelis, being acquired by Harris, is hiring to support its growing workload which includes building primary environmental monitoring sensor for Japan’s Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite-2.
[Space News – 02/17/2015]

Expedition Communications and Winegard form a partnership that enables Expedition to recommend, sell and install Winegard’s line of VSAT antenna systems.
[Street Insider – 02/17/2015]

The Human Aspect

U.S. military helps fight Boko Haram by sharing key communications equipment and intelligence with African allies.
[Defense Systems – 02/18/2015]

Mobile Cancer Survivor Clinic – UT Southwestern

C-COM’s iNetVu antenna provides communications for Southwestern Medical Center’s mobile cancer survivor clinic.
[UTSouthwestern Medical Center – 02/18/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 02/15/2015

Featured Article

Shutterstock / Pavel Ignatov – Market Watch

China nears launch of hack-proof ‘quantum communications’ link, plans satellite launch in 2016 as first step towards quantum network in the sky.
[Market Watch – 02/09/2015]

Industry Reports

The recent launch of a Japanese radar satellite (IGS-5) on an H-2A rocket is the latest indication that seeing through clouds at any time of the day is a continuing trend.
[NSR – 02/12/2015]

Geopolitical tension and instability drive mobility for special ops & army.
[NSR – 02/10/2015]

NSR’s Satellite Manufacturing and Launch Services, 5th Edition (SMLS5) provides the industry’s most comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of activity in global manufacturing and launch markets.
[NSR – 02/09/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

The Space Data Association (SDA) will be holding its Annual User’s Meeting at the Intelsat Headquarters in Tyson’s Corner, VA on Monday 16th March.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 02/12/2015]

Via Satellite magazine partners with the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) on its “How Satellites Make a Better World” campaign.
[Via Satellite – 02/12/2015]

IEEE GLOBECOM 2015 to Hold 58th Annual Conference from December 6 – 10 in San Diego, California.
[PR.com – 02/05/2015]

Launch Activity

Boosted by its contract to launch satellites for OneWeb’s ambitious 648 LEO satellite constellation, Virgin Galactic opens new production facility for LauncherOne rockets.
[Via Satellite – 02/13/2015]

Ariane 5 (shown above in 2009) – Credit: Arianespace – Space News

South Korean government selects Europe’s Arianespace to launch two geostationary-orbit meteorological and environment-monitoring satellites in 2018 and 2019.
[Space News – 02/13/2015]

U.S. Air Force Secretary expects an initial report in March detailing the tasks still standing between SpaceX and its long-sought certification to launch national security payloads.
[Space News – 02/13/2015]

Thor 7 satellite – NASA Spaceflight

Thor 7 on its way to French Guiana; will join SICRAL 2 on April 16 launch.
[NASA Spaceflight – 02/12/2015]

Third time is the charm for SpaceX to launch observatory, but landing test is cancelled.
[R&D Magazine – 02/12/2015]

SpaceX calls off launch of Deep Space Climate Observatory when critical Air Force radar-tracking system failed.
[R&D Magazine – 02/09/2015]

Satellite Operations

United States Strategic Command (Stratcom) wants better tracking for small satellites as the number of them in orbit continues to skyrocket.
[Via Satellite – 02/09/2015]

Ground Systems

Norsat has delivered a prototype of its Atom 25 Watt Ka-band Block Upconverter (BUC) to an undisclosed defense customer.
[Via Satellite – 02/13/.2015]

Mobil Satellite Technologies announces immediate availability of new ECT-10 Emergency Communications Trailer, providing robust broadband communications at any disaster scene or remote location within just a few minutes.
[PR Newswire – 02/10/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

General Dynamics adds over-the-air MUOS radio testing to its Arizona lab for companies intending to connect their radio and antenna products to the MUOS network.
[PR Newswire – 02/13/2015]

New space programs budget designed to hold the Air Force over until a series of studies on the future of U.S. military space architecture are completed.
[Via Satellite – 02/12/2015]

CNES, the French space agency, and the Agencia Espacial Mexicana (AEM), Mexico’s space agency, have agreed to step up the cooperation initiated in April 2014 on space-based telecommunications, remote sensing and disaster relief.
[Via Satellite – 02/12/2015]

High throughput satellites drive the evolution of military communications networks.
[Via Satellite – 02/12/2015]

The Air Force concluded a six-month rigorous and complex multiservice operational test and evaluation of its Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF)system in January at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.
[U.S. Air Force – 02/11/2015]

The Packet file photo

Goonhilly Earth Station and Avanti among 14 south west businesses to receive share of £47 million from Britain’s regional growth fund.
[The Packet – 02/11/2015]

3rd MUOS satellite to be launched completes prescribed maneuvers to reach geosynchronous orbit and successfully unfurled its umbrella-like antenna reflectors.
[Military.com – 02/09/2015]

Navy Admiral Haney, head of U.S. Strategic Command, voices concern that multiple countries, especially China and Russia, pose grave threat to U.S. space security systems.
[Space War – 02/10/2012]

Aeronautical

Aircraft switching from beam to beam or satellite to satellite. Photo: ViaSat – Via Satellite

ViaSat Chairman and CEO sees an opportunity for new in-flight Wi-Fi strategies and technology to drive revenue for the company, even in the face of a shrinking U.S. market.
[Via Satellite – 02/12/2015]

Inmarsat supports International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) commitment to urgent implementation of live flight tracking.
[Via Satellite – 02/11/2015]

Panasonic Avionics plans to have High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity that wraps around the world for its In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) services by 2017.
[Via Satellite – 02/10/2015]

Broadband

Telekom Austria Group (TAG) is extending its relationship with Eutelsat Communications to offer satellite broadband across its footprint in Central and Eastern Europe.
[Via Satellite – 02/10/2015]

Australia’s state-owned National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) has finished construction of the last ground station needed for its Long-Term Satellite Solution (LTSS) broadband service.
[Via Satellite – 02/09/2015]

Earth Observation

DigitalGlobe announced a new agreement to provide Exogenesis with access to its Geospatial Big Data (GBD) platform.
[Via Satellite – 02/11/2015]

Maritime

Grand Circle Cruise Line’s newly-acquired M/V Corinthian vessel. Photo: Grand Circle Cruise Line – Via Satellite

MTN signs two new global cruise line operators and renews a long-term European customer.
[Via Satellite – 02/12/2015]

KVH Industries has rolled out a new dedicated voice configuration for its mini-VSAT Broadband global maritime satellite network.
[Via Satellite – 02/11/2015]

With ElevenOS and its satellite communications partners, Royal Caribbean is reportedly the first in the industry to offer unlimited Internet based on a per-day rate.
[Marinelink – 02/11/2015]

More on-board satellite Internet connectivity supplied by iSeaglobal in 2015.
[PR.com – 02/08/2015]

M2M

Numerex, an Atlanta, Ga. based Machine-to-Machine (M2M) service provider, is contemplating ways to expand its services internationally by using satellite.
[Via Satellite – 02/13/2015]

Mobile

DeLorme announced enterprise plans and services that making it easier for business and government customers to track, monitor and communicate with workers in remote locations using inReach personal satellite communicators.
[Via Satellite – 02/11/2015]

TV& Radio

A Samsung Ultra-HD television. Photo: Samsung – Via Satellite

SES has started simulcasting its Ultra-HD demonstration channel from the 19.2 degrees east orbital position to audiences in the U.K. and Ireland from the Astra 2E satellite at 28.2 degrees east.
[Via Satellite – 02/12/2015]

Brazilian satellite operator Embratel Star One is readying for an increase in demand for mobility services, along with the permanent presence of Ultra-HD in Latin America.
[Via Satellite – 02/11/2015]

Continental Satellite (ConSat TV) has chooses Spacecom’s Amos 5 satellite Ku-beam to transmit Nigerian Direct-to-Home (DTH).
[Via Satellite – 02/10/2015]

Space

Arianespace’s lightweight Vega launcher is now four-for-four in missions from the Spaceport following today’s success with the European Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV).
[Satellite Evolution Group – 02/11/2015]

Weather

New head of NOAA says the agency should not cordon off any of its budget to help would-be commercial weather satellite operators defray development expenses.
[Space News – 02/12/2015]

Space debris threat to converted demonstration satellite used by NOAA for weather prediction pending operation of Joint Polar Satellite System.
[Nextgov – 02/12/2015]

Planet IQ designing constellation of 12 to 18 small satellites to keep watch on GPS spacecraft, using atmospheric effect on signals to predict weather.
[Discovery News – 02/09/2015]

Regulatory

Speedcast receives Australian certifications.
[4-traders – 02/13/2015]

Capacity Agreements

AssetLink Global selects Iridium to connect its AssetPack 3 solar rechargeable monitoring and tracking device.
[Via Satellite – 02/09/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Satcom Direct opens new offices in Canada, U.S., Australia.
[Via Satellite – 02/13/2015]

New smallsat research lab to open in Singapore.
[Via Satellite – 02/13/2015]

ViaSat partners with EvoNexus to fund startups – applications now being accepted for spots in EvoNexus incubator.
[UT San Diego – 02/12/2015]

General Dynamics expands Arizona MUOS radio test lab offering direct connectivity with on-orbit MUOS satellites.
[Space Ref – 02/12/2015]

IDG Europe, an Inmarsat service provider that has been serving the Swedish government market since 1992, has been appointed an L-TAC Services distributor.
[Satnews – 02/12/2015]

Newtec kick-starts 30th anniversary celebrations, announcing significant sales growth and expanding into new markets.
[Realwire – 02/11/2015]

Orbital Sciences and the aerospace and defense groups of Alliant Techsystems (ATK) have completed the merger between the two companies.
[Via Satellite – 02/10/2015]

The Human Aspect

Inmarsat’s satellite communications network continues to provide vital connectivity and support for Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) during the ongoing Syrian conflict.
[Webwire – 02/11/2015]

Eutelsat and MultiChoice have announced the winners of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, a pan-African competition to promote interest in science and space technology in young African students.
[Viasat – 02/11/2015]

Inmarsat is offering all post-pay IsatPhone 2 customers free-of-charge access to GEOS’ Worldwide Emergency Response Coordination service.
[Maritime Journal – 02/10/2015]

The Altura Zenith is taking part in several Search and Rescue exercises in Norway – Spar Point Group

Altura Zenith drone takes part in several Search and Rescue exercises in Norway, proving its capabilities for Avalanche Search & Rescue in the harshest climatic conditions.
[Spar Point Group – 02/10/2015]