Archive for April, 2011

Satellite Industry Headlines 04/29/2011

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits April 29, 2011

Final launch of space shuttle Endeavor is called off due to heater failure as six-man crew is walking toward the pad – NASA hopes to try again Monday.
[msnbc - 04/29/2011]

Azerbaijan is to sign a loan with French bank BNP Paribas in May to finance its first national telecommunications satellite Azerspace.
[ABC.AZ - 04/29/2011]

Arianespace to launch ABS-2 satellite for Asia Broadcast Satellite in 2013.
[Brahmand Defence & Aerospace News - 04/29/2011]

World’s largest product tanker owner, Maersk, fields KVH CommBox for network management on 120 vessels.
[GlobeNewswire -04/29/2011]

Two more communications providers, SI Wireless and Cellular South, join companies signing bilateral roaming agreements with LightSquared to expand planned nationwide 4G-LTE network.
[SatNews - 04/29/2011]

Pactel International is awarded multiyear contract to manage SamoaTel’s International Telephony business.
[SatNews - 04/29/2011]

Tracking Central Pty Ltd to  acquire exclusive licensing rights in Australia and New Zealand for GTX Corp’s GPS Smart Shoe product designed for seniors suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s.
[SatNews - 04/29/2011]

Global Space and Satellite Forum accepting registrants for the Use of Space Science and Technology for Disaster Management and Emergency Response workshop May 11 in Abu Dhabi.
[SatNews - 04/28/2011]

First meeting of Hosted Payload Alliance brings together representatives of industry and government to share creative solutions to challenging budgets for satellite systems.
[SatNews - 04/28/2011]

Eutelsat satellites booked for total of 13,000 MHz hours, equivalent to 15 transponders over 24 hours, for coverage of the royal wedding in London.
[SatNews - 04/28/2011]

COM DEV International is awarded Authorization to Proceed contract to provide equipment for a new commercial satellite.
[SatNews - 04/28/2011]

Texas-based Proactive Communications Inc. is awarded one of first fixed satellite services contracts from Texas Department of Information Resources, to provide rapid support in disasters and serve other needs.
[Satellite Spotlight- 04/28/2011]

Department of Veterans Affairs gets 13 systems from F4W Inc. which provide internet and VoIP connectivity for emergency situations, and include satellite broadband for when cellular is not available.
[PR Newswire - 04/28/2011]

EMS Technologies initiates new satellite communications study for The Commonwealth of Australia.
[Business Wire - 04/28/2011]

The second in series of 12 GPS IIF satellites arrives at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
[SatNews - 04/28/2011]

STM and ViaSat successfully demonstrate waveform interoperability between the STM SatLink 2000 modem and the ViaSat DoD-standard Joint Internet Protocol Modem.
[SatNews - 04/28/2011]

Skyware Global announces opening of new office in Washington DC area.
[SatNews - 04/28/2011]

Russia and Sweden agree to improve cooperation in the space industry, including launching Swedish satellites using Russian carrier rockets.
[SatNews - 04/28/2011]

KVH’s new TracPhone V3, at just 14.5″ (37cm) the world’s smallest Ku-band maritime VSAT terminal, receives FCC license.
[GlobeNewswire - 04/27/2011]

Rumors have owners of Telesat fighting over the price for which the Canadian satellite communications company might be sold.
[Ottawa Citizen - 04/27/2011]

Team including scientists at Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories and the Air Force Research Laboratory work to improve capabilities for detecting and monitoring threats to U.S. space operations (space junk).
[PhysOrg - 04/27/2011]

Chinese space officials confirm plans to build a 60-ton space station by 2020 and build a space freighter for hauling supplies to the station.
[SatNews - 04/27/2011]

DirecTV takes measure of its subscribers’ preferences with regard to possible launch of Netflix-like video streaming service, following the acquisition of Blockbuster by Dish Network.
[The Hollywood Reporter - 04/27/2011]

Malaysia’s no. 1 rated HD channel, ONE HD, joins MEASAT’s video neighborhood.
[SatNews - 04/27/2011]

Topcon Precision Agriculture announces that its HiPer series of satellite receivers has been expanded to include a specialty receiver for the worldwide agriculture market.
[Precision Pays - 04/27/2011]

Spanish operator Digital+ launches 3D demo channel on SES ASTRA’s ASTRA.
[SatNews - 04/27/2011]

Integral Systems is selected as Mewxsat-3’s turnkey ground segment subcontractor.
[Satellite Today - 04/27/2011]

Track24 launches first global tracking and messaging systems for individuals and small businesses using Iridium satellite network and Track24’s mapping software.
[SatNews - 04/27/2011]

AMI to support Thrane Aviator SwiftBroadband service in the United States.
[Satellite Today - 04/27/2011]

NASA’s nanosatellite NanoSail-D is slowly descending after successfully orbiting the Earth’s upper atmosphere for 95 days after deploying its 100-square-foot sail on January 20th.
[SatNews - 04/27/2011]

SES announces new investment in new Luxembourg satellite control facilities and business center.
[Satellite Spotlight - 04/26/2011]

Russian Space Forces re-establish contact with military satellite, Geo-IK-2, which went missing in February.
[SatNews - 04/26/2011]

Intelsat’s new African satellite, New Dawn, is safely in orbit following Good Friday launch from French Guiana.
[Engineering News - 04/26/2011]

 ATK is awarded contract to provide upgraded more powerful second stage motor for Orbital Science Corporation’s Taurus II commercial launch vehicle.
[SatNews - 04/26/2011]

ORBCOMM announces its two-way satellite data communications services are now authorized in Equador.
[Benzinga - 04/26/2011]

Kazakhstan ready to consider Russia’s proposal of converting Baikonur Space Center into a joint-stock company, with Russia as major shareholder, according to RIA Novosti.
[SatNews - 04/26/2011]

MTN Satellite Communications and ERZIA announce completion of Santander Teleport in Spain.
[PR Newswire - 04/26/2011]

Satcom Direct becomes distribution partner for Inmarsat’s global phone services, offering them directly to government, military, and corporate aviation customers and resellers.
[PR Web - 04/26/2011]

SES WORLD SKIES announces three new capacity deals with Global Crossing to meet growing connectivity demand across Latin America.
[Business Wire - 04/26/2011]

Inmarsat and SkyWave develop new low data rate tracking, monitoring and message service promising up to 37x data capability of current global M2M services, for Q3 2011 launch.
[NSR - 04/26/2011]

NARSS puts EgyptSat-2 launch on indefinite hiatus.
[Satellite Today - 04/25/2011]

Arianespace launches two satellites – Yahsat 1A and Intelsat’s New Dawn, from French Guiana.
[redOrbit - 04/24/2011]

Thuraya to sponsor the Istanbul University Solar Race Team in the World Solar Challenge across the continent of Australia, also providing Thuraya IP and Thuraya XT as their full communication solutions.
[SatNews - 04/24/2011]

SpaceX wins $75M NASA contract to complete Dragon spacecraft and modify it for human transport with launch escape system.
[Military Aerospace – 04/20/2011

WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 04/22/2011

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Ariane 5 ready for second attempt to launch Yahsat 1A and New Dawn satellites.
[NASA Spaceflight - 04/22/2011]

Thaicom 5 suffers technical glitch blacking out video service for about three hours.
[The Nation  - 04/22/2011]

Egypt announces indefinite postponement of the launch of research satellite EgyptSat 2 scheduled for 2013.
[SatNews - 04/22/2011]

Can Dish network leverage Blockbuster’s vast library of movies and licensing rights to stream them over the Web to unseat Netflix?
[Washington Post - 04/22/2011]

Hispasat Group and Pittsburgh International Telecommunications launch “New Winds” DTH platform on Amazonas-2 satellite.
[EIN Presswire - 04/22/2011]

ITC Global, international satcom provider to mining, energy, and maritime industries, to acquire satellite operations of Broadpoint LLC.
[PR Newswire - 04/21/2011]

Thales Alenia Space signs 54.5 million euros contract with the European Space Agency to supply new version of EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System).
[SatNews - 04/21/2011]

Avanti Communications welcomes Polish service provider Polnetkom to its HYLAS 1 system.
[SatNews - 04/21/2011]

SIS LIVE launches Tr-uPod multi-band, fully-automated tripod antenna system in 0.75, 1.0,1.2, and 1.5m sizes, capable of operating in X-, Ku-, Ka-, and DBS-bands, with 1.5m also available in C-band.
[SatNews - 04/21/2011]

SI Wireless and LightSquared enter bilateral roaming agreement which will provide SI Wireless with nationwide 4G-LTE footprint as well as satellite coverage in rural areas.
[PR Newswire - 04/21/2011]

Indian rocket successfully reaches space with three satellites including Resourcesat-2.
[SatNews - 04/20/2011]

Eutelsat announces contract between its subsidiary Skylogic and Avonline to sell broadband services using  KA SAT in the UK.
[sourcewire - 04/20/2011]

SES ASTRA signs agreement with Romanian Internet provider E-Sourcing Khow-How & Serv. Inc. for marketing of its satellite-based broadband service ASTRA2Connect in Romania.
[SatNews - 04/20/2011]

U.S.A.F. Wideband Global SATCOM system’s dual-band and crossbanding capabilities critical in ongoing earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan.
[SatNews - 04/20/2011]

IsatPhone Pro now available from Stratos Global with data service and Stratos’ recently released AmosConnect 8.2 communications application.
[PR Newswire - 04/20/2011]

German teleport & satellite service provider CETel acquires SeaMobile Europe.
[SatNews - 04/20/2011]

RapidEye satellite imaging products to be distributed throughout Africa by Geoconsult International.
[SatNews - 04/20/2011]

LightSquared signs bilateral roaming agreement with Cellular South, whose rural subscribers with no terrestrial coverage will get satellite coverage.
[SatNews - 04/20/2011]

World Teleport Association publishes “How to Deliver High Quality of Service 24x7x365″ report exploring best practices of teleport operators.
[SatNews - 04/20/2011]

RUAG Space of Sweden gets order from Thales Alenia Space for 81 Payload Interface Units for the Iridium NEXT satellites.
[SatNews - 04/20/2011]

Globalstar completes equity investment in TrafficCast International.
[SatNews - 04/20/2011]

Korea’s 1st communications satellite, Cheollian, starts commercial operations.
[The Chosunilbo - 04/19/2011]

U.S. Space is awarded U.S. Air Force contract to study feasible acquisition alternatives to satisfy MILSATCOM needs.
[PR Newswire - 04/19/2011]

Eumetsat moves Meteosat-6 to graveyard orbit after more than 17 years of service.
[SatNews - 04/19/2011]

Hughes Communications India named 2011 Best VSAT Operator in India at Telecom Operator Awards ceremony.
[PR Newswire - 04/19/2011]

Satellite broadband providers Dish Network, Echostar Technologies, ViaSat/Wildblue and Hughes Networks want piece of FCC broadband fund.
[Multichannel - 04/19/2011]

Spot recalls satellite communicator due to loss of emergency communications capability.
[eNews Park Forest - 04/19/2011]

Spacenet acquires nationwide broadband network solutions provider Cicat Networks.
[Washington Technology - 04/18/2011]

Avanti Communications wins $7.6M refund from Space Exploration Technologies Corporation in New York court.
[Sharecast - 04/18/2011]

Thales Alenia Space awards Lockheed Martin payload application software development contract for Iridium NEXT satellites.
[PR Newswire - 04/18/2011]

African communications company Vodacom awards Hughes Network Systems contract to provide HN and HX broadband satellite solutions to expand its network.
[PR Newswire - 04/18/2011]

Terrestar seeks court approval to hold auction for all its assets.
[Reuters - 04/18/2011]

KVH receives order worth more than $3.7M from an international customer for the TLS tactical navigation system.
[Satellite Spotlight - 04/18/2011]

May 24 NSR webinar interview with Eutelsat to evaluate the global HTS sector and discuss KA-SAT and its role in the European telecom market.
[gotomeeting - May 24 webinar registration]

AEHF-1 crosses half-way mark to geosynchronous orbit in orbit-raising procedure planned following its failure to reach orbit during launch in August 2010.
[SatNews - 04/17/2011]

WBMSAT PS satellite communications systems services

Satellite Industry Headlines 04/15/2011

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Global satellite machine-to-Machine (M2M) service revenues to reach $1.7B by 2017 according to new Global Industry Analysts report.
[San Francisco Chronicle - 04/15/2011]

U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency wants to lease a single commercial satellite for 15 years for $440M, meeting 78% of U.S. Central Command’s requirements in Afghanistan and Iraq while dramatically cutting costs.
[Next Gov - 04/15/2011]

Cheetah “Morale Satellite” system provides free phone calls home and fast Internet connectivity for soldiers in Afghanistan.
[DIVIDS - 04/15/2011]

Comtech receives $1.2M satellite ground station equipment order from a large integrator for a military requirement in a Latin American country.
[Your Industry News - 04/15/2011]

Senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb) in an open letter ask fellow senators to call on FCC to stop LightSquared from deploying its nationwide LTE network until it proves service does not interfere with GPS services.
[Fierce Wireless - 04/15/2011]

Space Data Association announces full operational capability of its Space Data Center, established by commercial satellite operators to improve the safety and efficiency of space operations.
[SatNews - 04/14/2011]

United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carries National Reconnaissance Office’s L-34 secret satellite payload aloft from Vandenberg.
[SatNews - 04/14/2011]

Arianespace to launch ASTRA 2E satellite for SES ASTRA in 2013.
[Brahmand - 04/14/2011]

New way to cool military satellite payloads to be tested by Northrop Grumman Corporation with an experiment on the International Space Station.
[SatNews - 04/14/2011]

Newtec extends invitation to all to join their 2011 Business Seminar “How to Keep Satellite Services Profitable” in Miami May 11 and 12, with first day capped by leisurely cruise and dinner.
[SatNews - 04/14/2011]

ITT successfully concludes Critical Design Review for imaging payload for the Worldview-3 Earth observation satellite being built for DigitalGlobe.
[SatNews - 04/14/2011]

Iridium excecutive states that the biggest opportunity ever for placing hosted payloads aboard telecommunications satellite system (the 66-satellite next generation Iridium system) may be lost because of slow-moving government bureaucracies.
[Space News - 04/14/2011]

Gilat’s SkyEdge II Broadband Satellite Network selected by Telecom Namibia to provide hundreds of locations throughout Namibia with VOIP and Internet services.
[SatNews - 04/14/2011]

New satellite to be launched from Kodiak Alaska, TACSAT-4, will carry UHF payload in highly elliptical orbit that will allow soldiers to communicate from deep canyons rather than out in the open, saving lives, though only available 6-7 hours a day.
[National Defense - 04/14/2011]

Advantech Wireless signs contract with Hoje Telecom of Brazil to provide VSAT upgrade hub, RF equipment, and more than 1,000 remote terminals.
[SatNews - 04/14/2011]

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services, in conjunction with Globalstar Avrasya of Turkey, provisioned to cover all of European sub-continent as well as northern Africa, Middle East, and most of Mediterranean and eastern Atlantic ocean maritime region.
[SatNews - 04/14/2011]

U.S. Air Force awards Integral Systems $6.99M contract for Rapid Attack Identification, Detection, and Reporting System to provide near real-time detection, characterization, geolocation, and electromagnetic Interference reporting for critical satellite communication systems.
[SatNews - 04/14/2011]

Dynetics and Pratt & Whitney join Rocket City Space Pioneers team competing for Google $30M Lunar X Prize to be awarded to first team to build and launch to the moon a privately funded spacecraft capable of completing a series of exploration and transmission tasks.
[SatNews - 04/14/2011]

MDA signs contract worth more than $40M to provide technology support for satellite communications and information service for a confidential customer.
[Windsor Star - 04/14/2011]

92,708 total registered attendees for 2011 NAB show in Las Vegas, with 25,691 international attendees and 1,314 news media, beating 2010 final attendance of 88,044.
[SatNews - 04/13/2011]

German aerospace contractor approved for taking lead role in designing European data relay satellite to promptly relay images of Earth from orbiting spacecraft back to ground stations.
[Spaceflight Now - 04/13/2011]

Top Azerbaijani official says country will launch communications satellite in 2012.
[RFE/RL - 04/13/2012]

Russia plans to test a next-generation spacecraft, build a new cosmodrome and even consider a manned mission to Mars after 2035.
[R&D Magazine - 04/13/2011]

China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology announces launch of eighth satellite of the Beidou-2 global navigation system aboard a Long March 3A rocket on April 10, 2011.
[Examiner - 04/13/2011]

RRSAT grows global broadcast network to over 590 channels featuring SD, HD, and 3D formats and increased number of playout centers in Israel and U.S.
[PR Newswire - 04/13/2011]

Arqiva will launch dedicated DVB-S2 MPEG-4 shared platform at Los Angeles teleport, affording broadcasters and mobile providers access to 100% of U.S. cable headends via SES WORLD SKIES’ AMC10 satellite.
[TMCnet - 04/13/2011]

Raytheon leads team bidding on U.S. Air Force Launch and Test Range System (LTRS) Integrated Support Contract (LISC).
[Defense - Aerospace - 04/13/2011]

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission approves merger of XM Canada and Sirius Canada.
[Satellite Today - 04/13/2011]

Intelsat’s New Dawn African satellite rescheduled for April 22 launch.
[Engineering News - 04/12/2011]

SES ASTRA Platform Services opens new playout centre near Munich, significantly expanding capabilities to provide broadcasters and
production houses around the world with state-of-the-art playout and platform services.
[SatNews - 04/12/2011]

Harris to deliver shipboard satellite communications terminals to Canadian Navy.
[Satellite Spotlight - 04/12/2011]

SES WORLD SKIES announces AMC-3 C-band capacity deal with Weigel Broadcasting to deliver new digital ME TV channel to broadcast stations and viewers across U.S.
[Business Wire - 04/12/2011]

GMPCS unveils IsatTruck vehicular satellite phone package.
[PR Web - 04/12/2011]

TeleCommunications Systems selected as participant in FCSA contract allowing government agencies to procure services from commercial satellite services providers.
[Market Wire - 04/12/2011]

NSR press release – Revenues for Broadband Satellite Satellite Services to Exceed S$9 Billion by 2020.
[NSR - 04/12/2011]

GlobeCast selects Eurobird 9A to launch HD distribution platform.
[Indian Television - 04/12/2011]

Level 3 buys Global Crossing in effort to create a networking giant.
[Business Insider - 04/11/2011]

Maiden voyage of Ocean Star Pacific, first ship of the first national cruise line based in Mexico, to offer MTM satellite communications VSAT, crew calling, and Internet services.
[PR Newswire - 04/11/2011]

Qatar plans early 2013 launch of its high-powered communications satellite Es’Hail, being built under joint investment with Eutelsat.
[Gulf Times - 04/11/2011]

TerreStar GENUS satellite-enabled cellular smartphone provides expanded voice and data roaming coverage for mobile users.
[SatNews - 04/10/2011]

Iran’s claims about satellite service raise difficult question for ITU – “Can regulators refuse to accept word of sovereign nation about its own assets even if they are convinced it is lying?”
[Spacenews - 04/08/2011]

NSR Report “Broadband Satellite Markets” – VSAT networking and broadband access continue gains; a turning point for IP trunking.
[NSR - May 2011]

NSR Report “Global Satellite Manufacturing and Launch Markets” – 109 payloads were carried by 74 launch missions worldwide over the past 12 months, down from 2009 by 6.5%.
[NSR - May 2011]

Raytheon seeks new applications for System designed to communicate with deeply submerged swiftly moving submarines using satellites and underwater communications systems tied to buoys, since Navy has yet to come to decision on deployment.
[National Defense Magazine - May 2011]

NSR upcoming – HTS and KA-SAT: “Changing the European Telecom Landscape” – An Interview with Eutelsat.
[gotomeeting - May 24, 2011]

Satellite Industry Headlines 04/08/2011

Friday, April 8th, 2011

WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits April 8, 2011

Iran attempting to retrieve Mesbah-1 satellite from Italy – satellite was to have been launched by Russia in 2005, but Russia denies having received satellite.
[Payvand Iran - 04/08/2011]

KVH creates Brazilian subsidiary in ongoing effort to offer sales, service, and support in key commercial maritime regions.
[SatNews - 04/08/2011]

Intelsat gets series of new contracts with media customers using Intelsat’s video satellite neighborhoods.
[SatNews - 04/08/2011]

Innovations related to space technologies developed today define crucial role of space in first step toward an integrated European Space Policy under Lisbon Treaty.
[Space Daily - 04/07/2011]

Dish Network may be preparing for competition with Netflix, with a winning bid of $228M at auction for bankrupt Blockbuster.
[Wall Street Journal - 04/07/2011]

Harris merges Schlumberger, CapRock, and Core180 acquisitions into a single unit.
[Satellite Today - 04/07/2011]

U.S. Space launches mobile communications business targeting government agencies.
[PR Newswire - 04/07/2011]

Row 44 partners with Hughes and Intelsat to expand Ku-band in-flight coverage of international in-flight broadband platform.
[Satellite Today - 04/07/2011]

U.S.A.F. forwards contract modification directing SBIRS contractor team to implement revised ground delivery strategy to receive data from both DSP satellites and SBIRS satellite.
[SatNews - 04/07/2011]

Ocean Systems Engineering Corporation wins $12M task order from U.S. Marines for engineering and scientific support for networking and satellite communications.
[SIGNALSCAPE - 04/07/2011]

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates contracts with Boeing to provide advance technology solutions for the 702HP satellites.
[SatNews - 04/07/2011]

Vizada is among first Inmarsat Distribution Partners to roll out new IsatPhone Pro email and data transfer capability to its entire network of service provider partners.
[SatNews - 04/07/2011]

GMPCS Personal Communications offers Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro data service and email.
[Benzinga - 04/07/2011]

Bosnia’s Mreza Plus TV now distributed by AMOS satellite fleet.
[SatNews - 04/07/2011]

RRsat’s new MCPC platform on Hispasat 1E to bring digital HD, 3D, and SD satellite video to tens of millions of viewers in Latin America.
[SatNews - 04/07/2011]

Space X unveils plans to launch the world’s most powerful rocket since man went to the moon.
[R&D Magazine - 04/06/2011]

Mitsubishi announces completion of construction of the ST-2 communications satellite ordered by Singapore Telecommunications and Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom.
[4-traders - 04/06/2011]

Twice last week space junk approached International Space Station too closely for comfort, and experts predict more close calls over next several years.
[Fox News - 04/06/2011]

U.S. Army’s WIN-T program accelerates efforts in the at-the-halt and fixed satellite communications programs.
[Defense Systems - 04/06/2011]

Recently signed multi-year network partnership agreement with Open Range Communications may be key to filling out LightSquared’s nationwide network.
[Urgent Communications - 04/06/2011]

Integral Systems wins $8.6M contract modification to its Command and Control System-Consolidated with U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center.
[Satellite Today - 04/06/2011]

Eutelsat signs another deal, with French Internet service provider Sat2Way, as it looks to fill Ka-Sat before operations begin.
[Satellite Today - 04/06/2011]

Hughes Europe to spotlight advanced satellite technology and services at Antibes Yacht Show in Antibes, France, from April 7 – 10.
[SatNews - 04/06/2011]

OnAir’s combined GSM and inflight internet services using SwiftBroadband prove to have sufficient capacity for passengers’ needs after 1 year of service.
[SatNews - 04/06/2011]

ViaSat and JetBlue finalize plans for Ka-band in-flight broadband service.
[Satellite Today - 04/05/2011]

TriaGnoSys launches GSMConneX, an end-to-end solution providing GSM services to aircraft passengers.
[SatNews - 04/05/2011]

Q-KON SA provides mobile satellite service for users in South Africa requiring high-speed Internet access in remote locations.
[PRLog - 04/05/2011]

Russian spacecraft named for Yuri Gargarin reaches orbit on way to International Space Station.
[SatNews - 04/05/2011]

International Launch Services gets Mitsubishi’s contract for launch of Turksat 4A and Turksat 4B on ILS Proton.
[SatNews - 04/05/2011]

Gilat partners with Ethiopian wireless business solution specialist Global Tracking to provide comprehensive fleet tracking services in Ethiopia.
[Satellite Today - 04/05/2011]

SkyVision establishes enterprise hub in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
[Satellite Today - 04/05/2011]

Communications crosslink between STSS satellites built by Grumman extends real-time “stereo tracking” of space objects.
[ComSpaceWatch – 04/04/2011]

Dual-purpose Indian satellite GSAT-8, with Ku-band and navigation payloads, arrives in French Guiana.
[SatNews - 04/04/2011]

Rafael Advance Defense Systems developing micro-satellite concept employing low-earth-orbit high resolution imaging satellites suitable for airborne launch.
[SatNews - 04/04/2011]

Iridium announces operational launch of Global Service Program to support all users of Iridium OpenPort broadband maritime satellite communication service.
[Traders Huddle - 04/04/2011]

New consortium headed by Astrium to demo telemedicine network for Africa under award by the European Space Agency.
[SatNews - 04/04/2011]

Surrey Satellite Technology expands on-line e-commerce product offering to include space-qualified satellite platforms.
[SatNews - 04/04/2011]

KVH extends availability of recently introduced simple, fast rate plans for mini-VSAT maritime broadband to all new miniVSAT broadband subscribers.
[Globe Newswire - 04/04/2011]

Satellite Industry News Headlines 04/01/2011

Friday, April 1st, 2011

WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits April 1, 2011

Australian satellite services provider NewSat wins $4.4 million contract with U.S. military to provide communications to troops in Afghanistan.
[ARN - 04/01/2011]

Network structure designed by SPAWAR engineers piggybacks chat and secure data information on Iridium low data rate channels, and is assisting responders to Japan’s earthquake disaster.
[SatNews - 04/01/2011]

Chunghwa Telecom and Singapore Telecommunications to launch joint-venture communication satellite, ST-2, in mid-May 2011 to replace ST-1.
[DigiTimes - 04/01/2011]

Venezuela and Uraguay sign series of strategic agreements to advance satellite communications.
[venezuelanalysis - 04/01/2011]

South African National Space Agency and Russian counterpart Roscosmos expect to cooperate in Radioastron space telescope programme.
[SatNews - 04/01/2011]

Ariane launch of Abu Dhabi’s first satellite Yahsat Y1A and Intelsat satellite New Dawn is postponed due to technical problems.
[Reuters - 03/31/2011]

Inmarsat buys Norway’s Ship Equip for $159 million Euros.
[City A.M. - 03/31/2011]

Telesat Holdings said to be entertaining takeover offers from EchoStar Corp. and Carlyle Group, with decision possible within days.
[Bloomberg - 03/31/2011]

 Pentagon and Transportation Department officials write FCC, concerned about possible interference with GPS devices by LightSquared mobile broadband service.
[Wall Street Journal - 03/31/2011]

GeoEye supports relief efforts in Japan by providing satellite imagery of areas of devastation vie its online web services platform, EyeQ.
[SatNews - 03/31/2011]

KVH is presented 2011 MSUA Innovation Award for its revolutionary approach to satellite communications with its mini-VSAT Broadband SM network and TracPhone V7 hardware.
[Space Daily - 03/31/2011]

Earth observation satellite company RapidEye signs distribution agreement with Ramani Geosystems of Kenya for the entire continent of Africa.
[SatNews - 03/31/2011]

Vizada lands General Services Administration Schedule 70 Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition contract to provide mobile satellite services to U.S. Government.
[TMCnet - 03/31/2011]

International spacecraft that will take NASA’s first space-based measurements of ocean surface salinity arrives at Vandenberg AFB launch site.
[SatNews - 03/31/2011]

Libyan opposition launches satellite television channel, Ahrar TV, with help of Qatari government, to counterbalance state-controlled media.
[SatNews and Really Rocket Science - 03/30/2011]

F4W’s technology improves quality, increases VoIP connections via satellite and cellular by 500%.
[PR Newswire - 03/30/2011]

Seven satellite industry companies agree to form alliance to increase awareness of benefits of hosted government payloads on commercial satellites.
[SatNews - 03/30/2011]

Distribution agreement between NextAlarm and Hughes will bring NextAlarm’s products and services to subscribers of HughesNet service.
[PR Newswire - 03/30/2011]

Vizada renews sponsorship contract with TSF, pledging to continue mobile satellite communications support in 2011, including current mission in Libya.
[SatNews - 03/30/2011]

Japanese spaceship loaded with garbage from International Space Station burns up in Earth’s atmosphere.
[Fox News - 03/30/2011]

Thuraya selected by Spanish mountaineer as satellite communications partner for forthcoming climb of Mount Everest.
[SatNews - 03/30/2011]

Earth Observation market includes two extremes – free availability and distribution by agencies like NOAA, and large, lucrative military contracts.
[NSR - 03/30/2011]

MDA receives contract from Canada’s Department of National Defense to operate and maintain Sapphire System monitoring space objects around the clock.
[SatNews - 03/30/2011]

Applied Satellite Technology makes available onsatmail, a free compressed email service on IsatPhone Pro handheld satellite phones.
[SatNews - 03/30/2011]

L-3 introduces high-power density Microwave Power Module capable of 110 watts of saturated power in 20 to 21 GHz band in small form factor suitable for airborne applications.
[SatNews - 03/30/2011]

UN telecommunications agency reaches agreement with Intelsat and the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization to expedite restoration of vital telecommunications services following natural disasters.
[UN News Centre - 03/29/2011]

Skylogic and SkyDSL Global extend partnership and raise level of performance with new-generation broadband service using KA-SAT satellite.
[TMCnet - 03/29/2011]

iDirect improves security and enhances mobility for Defense and Government customers in its iDX 2.3 software and advanced hardware.
[PR Newswire - 03/29/2011]

JAXA sets up satellite communications at disaster-struck areas in Japan.
[Satellite Spotlight - 03/28/2011]

Telecoms Sans Frontieres provides more than 28,000 international calls in one month to Libyan refugees in La Chucha transit camp.
[SatNews - 03/28/2011]

Comet-hunting spacecraft is sent command to burn remaining fuel and shut down after 12 years in operation.
[R&D Magazine - 03/28/2011]

Japanese satellites in clean rooms survived quake.
[Spaceflight Now - 03/28/2011]

Eutelsat gets ‘Crystal Antenna of the World of Media’ award for spearheading Poland’s first live satellite transmission in 3D (football match).
[SatNews - 03/28/2011]

SkyTraq introduces GLONASS/GPS receiver that offers drop-in upgrade for existing GPS equipment.
[SatNews - 03/28/2011]

Integral Systems adds two satellite interference monitoring, detection, and geolocation sites in Republic of Cyprus and Republic of South Korea.
[SatNews - 03/28/2011]

MTN Government Services added to FCSA government contract.
[PR Newswire - 03/28/2011]

Comtech wins orders worth $1.7 million from domestic prime contractor supplying Electronic Warfare Systems.
[TMCnet - 03/28/2011]

Yahsat launches “A Nation’s Pride in the Sky’ school program in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Education Council to educate students about satellite technology.
[Khaleej Times - 03/28/2011]

RRsat’s Station711 and Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband chosen by Swire Pacific Offshore as next-generation communications platform.
[PR Newswire - 03/28/2011]

Gilat awarded new contract for broadband services in rural Peru.
[Globe Newswire - 03/28/2011]

ViaSat expands Yonder high-speed satellite internet service in Brazil via StarOne C1 satellite.
[Satellite Today - 03/28/2011]

Transponders for India’s DTH: “Open Skies” behind closed doors.
[NSR - 03/28/2011]

The oil and gas trifecta:  voice, data, and video via satellite.
[NSR - 03/21/2011]

Irish start-up technology company Mandac signs East African deal bringing Internet access to rural East Africa.
[talk Satellite - EMEA - 03/21/2011]