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]

WBMSAT News Bits 02/06/2015

Featured Article

A diagram shows the coverage areas of each of OneWeb’s planned satellites. – OneWeb – VOX

SpaceX, working with Google, and OneWeb, teamed with Virgin Galactic, race to build satellite internet.
[VOX – 02/05/2015]

Industry Reports

Futuresource analysts think Over-The-Top (OTT) operators could overtake satellite as frontrunner for next generation (4K) video.
[Via Satellite – 02/04/2015]

SIGNAL magazine reports that anti-satellite weapons may represent significant threat to satellite broadband.
[SC Magazine – 02/04/2015]

Global mobile data traffic grew 69% in 2014.
[Satellite Markets & Research – 02/04/2015]

NSR report finds long term opportunities in the energy market remain strong in spite of near term challenges.
[Satellite Markets & Research – 02/03/2015]

February issue of Satellite Executive Briefing magazine features “The Future of Satellites and Broadcasting” by Calos Espinos, “Back and Forth with SSPI Hall of Fame Inductee XT Vuong” by Lou Zacharilla, “Case Study: Satellites Helping to Assess Risk of Epidemics,” “ITU Telecom: Focus on the Future” by Roxana Dunnette, “Executive Spotlight Interview with ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Toure,” and “Connectivity, CABSAT and Cherry Blossoms” by Martin Jarrold.
[Satellite Markets – February 2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

GVF-EMP Conference Partnership in association with SES and Advantech Wireless and with support from APEX is presenting Connectivity 2015 conference in London February 19 – 20.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 02/05/2015]

IEEE GLOBECOM 2015 to hold 58th annual conference from December 6 – 10 in San Diego.
[Wireless Developer Network – 02/04/2015]

Launch Activity

ALASA concept art. Photo: Boeing/Chuck Schroeder – Via Satellite

DARPA plans to conduct 12 orbital test launches of an Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) dedicated SmallSat vehicle.
[Via Satellite – 02/06/2015]

NASA set to launch satellite DISCOVR, in storage for years, to detect disruptive solar storms.
[Fox News – 02/05/2015]

NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
[Research and Development Magazine – 02/02/2015]

Second satellite launched for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network.
[Spaceflight Now – 02/02/2015]

Satellite Technology

Depiction of Harris mesh antennas – Defense Systems

Harris tells U.S. military its Fixed Mesh Reflectors (FMR) can reduce satellite mass by 50%, providing significant savings in satellite programs.
[Defense Systems – 02/06/2015]

Orbital Sciences will use Aerojet Rocketdyne’s XR-5 Hall thrusters on its newest satellite bus, the GEOStar 3, for an all-electric design.
[Via Satellite – 02/04/2015]

NASA’s Deep Space 1 with NSTAR ion thruster. Photo: NASA – Via Satellite

Thales Alenia Space and Airbus Defence and Space contract European Space Propulsion for initial development of new electronic controller for XR-5 Hall thruster.
[Via Satellite – 02/02/2015]

High power laser diode has been demonstrated that will provide an order of magnitude increase in brightness, extending range of optical satellites.
[SPIE – 02/02/2015]

Satellite Operations

Russian satellite Express-AM33 comes back to life after an unknown glitch upsets the satellite’s operation.
[Itar-Tass – 02/04/2015]

Ground Systems

Newtec receives “Factory of the Future” award as part of Belgian campaign “Made Different.”
[Satellite Evolution Group – 02/05/2015]

General Dynamics upgrades Digital Modular Radios (DMR) with HF dynamic routing, quadrupling channels to 16 for HF ground and UHF satellite links.
[Satellite Spotlight – 02/04/2015]

M/A-COM introduces MAAP-011139 high-linearity 4-watt Ka-band power amplifier for Ka-band high-data-density satellite communications.
[Satnews – 02/03/2015]

M2M Connectivity introduces IDP 200 series packaged satellite modems from ORBCOMM subsidiary SkyWave.
[DIP – 02/03/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

A B-52 takes to the air at an international exhibition in Britain. Photo: Adrian Pingstone – UPI

Boeing gets contract to upgrade B-52 with displays showing real-time intelligence feeds overlaid on moving maps and communication data links that connect by satellite to other platforms and troops in the field.
[UPI -02/06/2015]

Russia suspends joint space program with Ukiraine.
[Space Daily – 02/06/2015]

2016 DOD budget for communications, electronics, and intelligence headed up after two flat years.
[Military & Aerospace – 02/05/2015]

Senator McCain accuses U.S. Air Force of “actively keeping” SpaceX out of the national security launch market.
[Space News – 02/04/2015]

Two Army try-before-you-buy events explore use of commercial off the shelf (COTS) products to modernize the service’s systems.
[Defense News – 02/04/2015]

While requesting fewer dollars for its 2016 budget, DoD is increasing focus on space industry competition.
[Via Satellite – 02/04/2015]

Estonia moves toward membership in the European Space Agency.
[Via Satellite – 02/04/2015]

IDC gets government contract to expand its secure satellite-broadcasting network.
[Via Satellite – 02/04/2015]

Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument on the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite captured the image. Photo: NOAA – Via Satellite

GAO calls on NOAA to beef up contingency programs for aging polar satellites.
[Via Satellite – 02/03/2015]

British surveillance agency GCHQ is collecting huge amounts of satellite telephone data and sharing with sister agency in the U.S.
[Space Daily – 02/03/2015]

Hughes Europe signs agreement with Turksat to deliver its Jupiter HTS ground system to the Turkish operator.
[Via Satellite – 02/03/2015]

Defense One file photo – Defense One

Obama requests more money for military spy satellites, lasers, and a space fence in budget proposal.
[Defense One – 02/02/2015]

Asian Navy customer orders OceanTRxTM4 maritime satellite communication systems from Orbit Communications Systems.
[Via Satellite – 02/02/2015]

Nigeria may privatize NigComSat by 2018 says Minister of Communication Technology.
[Premium Times – 01/31/2015]

Aeronautical

CBR file photo – CBR

Inmarsat announces support for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s commitment to live flight tracking.
[CB online – 02/06/2015]

Following disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, China moves to require satellite systems on commercial aircraft.
[International Business Times – 02/05/2015]

Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and Aieron sign Memorandum of Agreement to enhance aircraft tracking in the Singapore Flight Information Region.
[Via Satellite – 02/05/2015]

Global Eagle Entertainment is jointly designing a new In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) antenna with Quantenelektronische Systeme GmbH.
[Via Satellite – 02/05/2015]

Broadband

India’s telecom minister indicates readiness to use satellite or drones to further Digital India initiative.
[Economic Times – 02/04/2015]

Opinion – with newer smaller satellites, second generation high-flying satellite ventures may be more apt to succeed than earlier attempts like Teledesic.
[Fierce Wireless Tech – 02/02/2015]

Emergency Response

Inmarsat is offering all post-pay IsatPhone 2 customers free-of-charge access to GEOS’ Worldwide Emergency Response Coordination service.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 02/05/2015]

GPS

India interested in Russia’s Glonass satellite navigation system.
[GPS Daily – 02062015]

Maritime

Speedcast gets contract from Gearbulk, a shipping service company operating large fleets of open gantry craned vessels.
[4-Traders – 02/04/2015]

KVH rolls out enhanced VoIP service for its mini-VSAT maritime broadband network.
[CNN Money – 02/03/2015]

Globalstar announces array of solutions for commercial fishing which it will demonstrate at Skipper Expo International March 6-7 in Galway, Ireland.
[Satnews – 02/03/20015]

Satellite Applications Catapult consortium developing marine vessel monitoring system to reduce emissions and fuel costs and improve efficiency..
[Maritime Journal – 02/02/2015]

Mobile

Chunghwa Telecom collaborates with RR Media for mobile satellite services in Taiwan.
[CNN Money – 02/02/2015]

Delnet International of the Philippines chooses Gilat Satellite Network’s Skyedge 2 network for cellular backhaul.
[Via Satellite – 02/02/2015]

Oil & Gas

Hermes Datacomms hosts FSAT licensing forum for oil companies in Myanmar, instructing them hoe to comply with local laws.
[Satnews – 02/05/2015]

Weather

Spire plans to deploy 20 tiny satellites into low-Earth orbit and use GPS radio occultation to track the weather, building private weather database.
[Nextgov – 01/30/2015]

Space

A Torus rim, one of the three space colony designs conceptualized at NASA Ames in the 1970s. Credit: NASA Ames Research Center/Don Davis – Space News

“Going into space to stay” – what did the president mean in his State of the Union address?
[Space News – 02/06/2015]

NASA issues sole source notice for six Soyuz seats for transporting astronauts to the ISS in 2018.
[Space News – 02/06/2015]

ISS Reshetnev begins construction of the Millimetron Space Telescope, a future observatory to study black holes, stellar and planet formation, and dark energy.
[Via Satellite – 02/06/2015]

SNC Dream Chaser study with German Aerospace Center partner confirms viability of using spacecraft for LEO science missions.
[Space Daily – 02/06/2015]

Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM)- Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls – Space News

Positive FAA review of proposed Bigelow Aerospace lunar habitat first step towards supporting commercial activities on the moon.
[Space News – 02/06/2015]

Regulatory

European Satellite Operators Association (ESOA) secretary general confident of positive outcome at WRC-2015 in spite of most serious challenge to date by wireless industry.
[Via Satellite – 02/02/2015]

Satellite Industry Association files comments with FCC applauding efforts to further streamline regulations covering satellite communications.
[Space Ref – 02/02/2015]

Russian satellites nixed for 911 calls in U.S. – FCC doesn’t allow use of non-US satellites.
[Terra Daily – 02/01/2015]

Capacity Agreements

Milano Teleport boosts its use of C-band capacity by 35%, offering global C-band coverage for it iSeaglobal VSAT product.
[The Digital Ship – 02/06/2015]

AMC Networks selects Telesat C-band capacity for distributing programming to Canadian MSOs.
[Via Satellite – 02/05/2015]

Arabsat and Media Space sign contract to broadcast the Saudi Digital Satellite Platform from Arabsat satellites.
[Via Satellite – 02/04/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Harris is purchasing Exelis for $4.75 billion.
[Via Satellite – 02/06/2015]

Inmarsat selects IDG Europe to provide L-TAC services to Sweden.
[Via Satellite – 02/06/2015]

Intelsat and Kymeta join forces to design and build steerable flat panel metamaterials antenna optimized for the Intelsat Epic HTS platform.
[Business Wire – 02/05/2015]

Globalstar and Aglitech partner to bring SPOT Satcoms to France.
[Via Satellite – 02/05/2015]

Emerging Markets Communications acquires General Industry Systems, specializing in energy and maritime connectivity.
[SatNews – 02/05/2015]

History

NASA astronauts captured Intelsat 603 during a 1992 space shuttle mission and attached a new kick motor – Credit: NASA – Space News

Intelsat 603 satellite, rescued by spacewalking NASA astronauts 25 years ago, is decommissioned by Intelsat.
[Space News – 02/04/2015]

C-COM – from a long-shot to a global technology powerhouse (note – last line should read 193 countries, not 93).
[Trade Commissioner of Canada – web article]

 

WBMSAT News Bits 01/30/2015

Featured Article

World radiocommunication conference 2015 (WRC-15) will be held in Geneva Nov. 2-27 – Space News

ITU gives European satellite operators bad news – share the lower part of C-band spectrum with mobile operators.
[Space News – 01/29/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

EUMETSAT and others dig into EU space policy at EU Space Policy Conference in Brussels.
[Satnews – 01/28/2015]

Four new inductees for the 2015 Satellite Hall of Fame to be honored on March 17 SSPI annual Gala Benefit Dinner are announced.
[Satnews – 01/28/2015]

Launch Activity

Minor “debonds” to the Delta 2 booster insulation were identified. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls – Space News

NASA’s SMAP satellite launch is delayed for second time in a week, because of an issue with the Delta 2 rocket.
[Space News – 01/30/2015]

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket (above). Credit: SpaceX – Space News

After squeezing SpaceX out of current contention by cancellation of launch competition, Air Force offers up to 10 future competitions between now and 2017.
[Space News – 01/30/2015]

Japan delays launch of information gathering satellite due to weather.
[Space Daily – 01/30/2015]

Falcon 9 engines – Credit: SpaceX – Space News

SES considering trading its midyear launch aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 for a later launch slot to let someone else be the first to launch on the new platform.
[Space News – 01/30/2015]

Inmarsat-5F2 scheduled for launch on Superbowl Sunday – February 1, 2015.
[Space Daily – 01/30/2015]

Russia to launch trio of Gonets-M probes in early March.
[Space Daily – 01/29/2015]

A prototype under construction by Spire. Photo: Spire – Via Satellite

Spire plans to launch and operate a constellation of 20 commercial weather SmallSats by the end of 2015.
[Via Satellite – 01/29/2015]

National Space Organization of Taiwan to launch satellite to help predict earthquakes, with help of U.S.
[The China Post – 01/28/2015]

Arianespace is confident it will have regular launches of the Vega small satellite rocket starting this year.
[Via Satellite – 01/28/2015]

Turkmenistan telecoms market announced plans to launch its first communication satellite into orbit..
[Live PR – 01/26/2015]

Satellite Construction

Air Force to order two more Lockheed GPS 3 satellites.
[Space News – 01/30/2015]

Artist’s rendition of the deployed CFOSAT spacecraft in orbit. Photo: CNES – Via Satellite

The French space agency and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) sign agreement to step up the schedule for the China-France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSAT) mission.
[Via Satellite – 01/29/2015]

European satellites still depend heavily upon U.S. parts.
[Space News – 01/29/2015]

Ball Aerospace & Technologies has integrated two of the five instruments scheduled to fly on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s (NOAA) next polar-orbiting weather satellite,
[Via Satellite – 01/29/2015]

Vanguard successfully delivers two primary structural bus assemblies for the Advance Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Program to Lockheed Martin.
[Satnews – 01/26/2015]

Satellite Technology

European Data Relay System (EDRS). Photo: ESA – Via Satellite

European Space Agency and Airbus have entered a partnership to complete the full optical European Data Relay System (EDRS) between satellites.
[Via Satellite – 01/30/2015]

Ground Systems

Inuvik Satellite Station Facility in Inuvik, Canada. Photo: SSC – Via Satellite

Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) is increasing its capacity at the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility in Inuvik, Canada, with the addition of a new multi-mission antenna.
[Via Satellite – 01/29/2015]

Blonder Toungue receives approval by major U.S. satellite provider for its latest encoder for use in high definition (HD) deployments over coax.
[WebWire – 01/26/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

U.S. Strategic Command signs technical arrangement with Germany to share Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services and information.
[Via Satellite – 01/30/2015]

Harris wins 10-year FAA contract to upgrade and manage system providing real-time weather and flight-planning for Alaska’s general aviation community.
[Satnews – 01/30/2015]

Comtech receives $3.8 million order for high efficiency traveling wave tube amplifiers for major U.S. Army satellite communications program for transportable systems.
[Business Wire – 01/29/2015]

UltiSat gets multi-year contract to provide VSAT network solution to undisclosed U.S. government agency.
[Via Satellite – 01/29/2015]

During House hearing, DoD officials assure Representative that the DoD is committed to continuing use of commercial satellite systems.
[Space News – 01/28/2015]

U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center completes merger of two directorates and activates the Advances Systems and Development Directorate.
[Via Satellite – 01/27/2015]

Orbit Communications Systems gets substantial contract from Asian defense contractor for airborne satellite platforms.
[Via Satellite – 01/26/2015]

Broadband

Eutelsat and European Parliament encourage politicians to take action and use satellite technology to bring high-speed broadband to rural areas.
[Satnews – 01/29/2015]

Maritime

Leicester team is trialing concept to use earth imaging satellites to track and locate small vessels at sea.
[01/30/2015]

Oil & Gas

SES executive says digitization of the Oil and Gas sector in Americas is spurring demand for new satellite capacity to keep pace.
[Via Satellite – 01/30/2015]

TV& Radio

Eutelsat announces multi-year agreement with Kyrgystan’s public broadcaster RPO RMTR that will accelerate the country’s switch to fully digital broadcasting environment.
[Street Insider – 01/27/2015]

Eutelsat has partnered with Neotion and Broadpeak on a global solution for Free-To-Air (FTA)/secured Over The Top (OTT) services for smartphones, tablets and 4K screens.
[Via Satellite – 01/26/2015]

Africa portion of Amos 5 Ku-band West-Central Beam – Spacecom – Via Satellite

Spacecom wins multi-year contract to broadcast Africa Cable TV to Nigeria on the Amos 5 satellite.
[Via Satellite – 01/26/2015]

Al Araby Television Network selects Es’hail 1satellite to broadcast its channel exclusively in HD.
[Via Satellite – 01/26/2015]

Space

The X Prize Foundation awarded more than $5 million in intermediate prizes to five teams competing in the Google Lunar X Prize competition Jan. 26.
[Space News – 01/30/2015]

Boeing executive says SpaceX is making Boeing a better competitor in price-sensitive markets.
[Space News – 01/30/2015]

Independent safety panel criticizes NASA for not sharing information allowing it to evaluate the safety of its Commercial Crew Program.
[Space News – 01/29/2015]

Regulatory

Speaking on behalf of international satellite community, Eutelsat CEO warns African states of consequences if C-band resources are re-allocated to mobile operators.
[CNBC – 01/28/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Global Xpress – Photo: Inmarsat – Via Satellite

Satcom Direct named value added reseller for Inmarsat Global Xpress.
[Via Satellite – 01/30/2015]

Small Indian startups getting attention in the space industry.
[The Economic Times 01/30/2015]

Newsat struggles with delays in Jabiru-1 construction due to financing issues, and customer unrest.
[Herald Sun  01/29/2015]

Iridium and Appareo partner to bring next generation telematics solutions and global connectivity to customers.
[SpaceRef – 01/28/2015]

Orbital Sciences and Alliant Techsystems (ATK) stockholders voted in separate meetings to approve the merger of Orbital Sciences with ATK’s Aerospace and Defense Group.
[Via Satellite – 01/27/2015]

Recent acquisitions positioning Orbcomm as major solutions provider.
[Via Satellite – 01/27/2015]

History

Annual memorial for fallen astronauts brings back memories for space shuttle veteran.
[ABC News – 01/29/2015]

The Human Aspect

National 4-H Council and HughesNet announce 2015 program supporting commitment to introduce more American youth to STEM education.
[Via Satellite – 01/30/2015]

NetHope officials describes satellite response to Ebola as on “a scale never seen before.”
[Via Satellite – 01/26/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 01/23/2015

Featured Article

Space Daily File image: Dmitry Rogozin

When introducing the new head of Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos, Igor Komarov, Dimitry Rogozin says Russia must continue international space cooperation.
[Space Daily – 01/23/2015]

Industry Reports

Research and Markets announces addition of “The 2015 International Satellite Directory” to their offering.
[Business Wire – 01/23/2015]

Launch Activity

Inmarsat’s launch date for its second Global Xpress satellite, Inmarsat-t F2, is now set for February 1, 2015.
[Marinelink – 01/23/2015]

3D image of SES-10 satellite – Screen Africa

SES plans to launch powerful new hybrid satellite, ES-12, aboard an Ariane 5 booster from Korou in 2017.
[Screen Africa – 01/23/2015

ULA to unveil revamped Atlas 5 details at Space Foundation’s April Space Symposium.
[Space News – 01/23/2015]

IXV spaceplane fueled in preparation for February 11 launch from French Guiana Spaceport.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 01/22/2015]

Navy launches third satellite for global Mobile User Objective System (MUOS).
[Space Daily – 01/20/2015]

RD-180 engine Credit: ULA – Space News

Despite congressional ban on their use for national security launches, ULA considers purchasing up to 30 more Russian RD-180 engines for commercial launches.
[Space News – 01/20/2015]

Satellite Construction

GeoOptics establishing partnerships to support, build and launch LEO constellation for Continuous Earth Remote Observation (CICERO).
[Via Satellite – 01/23/2015]

Vanguard Space Technologies delivers advanced WHF bus structure assembly to Lockheed Martin for AEHF program.
[Aviation Today – 01/23/2015]

EshailSat targets DTH market in MENA region with planned Es’Hail 2.
[Via Satellite – 01/22/2015]

JPSS-1 satellite under construction. Credit: Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. – Space News

GAO forecasts delay in NOAA weather satellite systems.
[Space News – 01/22/2015]

Google and Fidelity invest approximately $1 billion in SpaceX, funding second large scale Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation announced in days.
[Via Satellite – 01/21/2015]

NYBB orders high-powered L-band satellite from Boeing which will be leased to Hong Kong-based CMMB Vision for mobile service in China and Asia.
[Via Satellite – 01/21/2015]

Satellite Technology

UK Chief Secretary to the Treasury visits Eutelsat to discuss recently announced “Eutelsat Quantum” satellite.
[herald online – 01/23/2015]

MIT graduate students’ startup Accion Systems prepared to commercialize new miniaturized electric propulsion system for small satellites.
[Via Satellite – 01/20/2015]

Satellite Operations

Image Credit: National Air and Space Museum – Space News

Two unexplained debris-producing events in 2014 involving active Iridium mobile communications satellites still a mystery; Iridium says satellites are operational.
[Space News – 01/21/2015]

Ground Systems

Norsat releases the Journey Manpack, a six-segment, carbon fiber 0.9-meter Ku-band satellite terminal.
[Via Satellite – 01/23/2015]

ASC Signal is selected to provide High Frequency (HF) antennas for defense customer in Poland, and provides them to several NATO countries.
[Via Satellite – 01/23/2015]

Advantech Wireless receives orders for more than $1 million for its GaN SSPAs from customers in Satellite News Gathering (SNG) industry.
[Via Satellite – 01/22/2015]

ATCi introduces TE-3000 advanced spectrum analyzer test instrument.
[IBN – 01/20/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Russia merges United Rocket and Space Corporation with Roscosmos.
[Via Satellite – 01/23/2015]

Lockheed Martin and Aerojet Rocketdyne developing new THAAD booster for missile defense rockets.
[Space News – 01/22/2015]

Image Credit: AIDA – Space News

Italian government funds next generation radar satellites in time to avert a gap.
[Space News – 01/21/2015]

Aeronautical

Global Eagle Entertainment brings satellite connectivity to new Boeing 737’s.
[Via Satellite – 01/20/2015]

Broadband

Credit SpaceNews illustration – Space News

Signs of a satellite internet gold rush in burst of ITU filings for massive constellations of LEO satellites in past 8 weeks.
[Space News – 01/23/2015]

SES, O3b executives view proposed mega-constellations with open but skeptical minds.
[Space News – 01/23/2015]

Hughes Network Systems updates its Gen4 satellite Internet plans with Hughes SmartTechnologies, bringing improvements in downloading, browsing and data usage management.
[Via Satellite – 01/21/2015]

O3b expects satellite to outpace fiber in Pacific this year, now having contracted 5 Gbps of total capacity in the Pacific region.
[Via Satellite – 01/20/2015]

Inmarsat encourages app developers to develop more applications using satellite broadband.
[PC World – 01/20/2015]

Earth Observation

Satnews file image

Courtesy of TerraSAR-X, DHI GRAS maps the floods in Denmark.
[Satnews – 01/23/2015]

Maritime

Marlink chosen to provide VSAT services for fleet of international dredging and offshore contractor Van Oord.
[Satellite Evolution Group  01/22/2015]

Satellite phones increasingly important to the commercial fisherman.
[World Fishing – 01/22/2015]

TV& Radio

Spacecom selected for broadcast services from Amos 5 satellite for bi-annual Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) football championship competition.
[Via Satellite – 01/20/2015]

Space

NASA advisory council remains skeptical of Asteroid Redirect Mission.
[Space News – 01/23/2015]

Image credit: NASA – Space News

NASA not ready to revise Mars mission architecture last updated in 2009.
[Space News – 01/23/2015]

Moon Express, a California company competing for the Google Lunar X Prize, to take over Cape Canaveral launch site.
[Space News – 01/22/2015]

Opinion – U.S. Space Supremacy now critical.
[Space News – 01/22/2015]

Opinion – To Be or Not To Be?  Mankind’s Exodus to the Stars.
{Space News – 01/22/2015]

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

Recently released documents show how SpaceX and Boeing won commercial crew contracts last September.
[Space News – 01/21/2015]

Obama State of the Union mentions space industry, including Orion test flight and upcoming 1-year stay at ISS for astronaut Scott Kelly.
[Space News – 01/21/2015]

NASA Administrator Bolden warns that the U.S. must hold the line on space policy and not interrupt progress NASA is making.
[Space News – 01/20/2015]

French Space Agency to focus on climate science in 2015.
[Space News – 01/20/2015]

Regulatory

FCC weighs plan to use Russian satellite network for 911 system, raising security concerns among U.S. politicians.
[Fox News – 01/22/2015]

A NanoRacks Plate Reader device aboard the International Space Station in 2013. Credit: Nanoracks – Space News

FAA plans to make it easier for launch providers to carry tag-along payloads.
[Space News – 01/22/2015]

Legal

SpaceX drops suit against U.S. Air Force in exchange for Air Force making more national security launch missions available for competition.
[Space News – 01/23/2015]

Capacity Agreements

SpeedCast inks deal with O3b for capacity in Papua New Guinea.
[TeleGeography – 01/23/2015]

Monaco-based Sonema leases capacity on Gazprom Space System’s Yamal 402 satellite for services in Africa.
[Via Satellite – 01/21/2015]

Services

Inmarsat signs service provider agreement with Globecomm Systems to supply Global Xpress service in support of U.S. Government customers.
[Via Satellite – 01/20/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

L-3 buys Miteq for $41 million.
[Via Satellite – 01/23/2015]

Asia Broadcast Satellite creates new executive position focusing on South Asia.
[Via Satellite – 01/23/2015]

Orbcomm acquires Internet of Things (IoT) specialist InSync Software.
[Via Satellite – 01/21/2015]

The Human Aspect

Singer Sarah Brightman in training, on grueling 72-hour survival course in snowy Russian forest, for space tourist role in September.
[Space Daily – 01/23/2015]