WBMSAT News Bits 07/27/2015

Featured Article

AT&T closes DirecTV purchase following FCC approval of the transaction. – 7/24

Featured Book

“Innovations in Satellite Communication and Satellite Technology,” by Daniel Minoli, surveys key advances in commercial satellite communications and what might be the implications and/or opportunities for end-users and service providers in utilizing the latest fast-evolving innovations in this field.

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Hosted Payload and Smallsat Summit to be held in Washington D.C. October 8.

Industry Reports

Number of satellite-connected devices with access to a global network is projected to surpass 2 billion in 2015 and reach more than 28 billion by 2020. – 7/24

Launch Activity

Air Force’s WGS-7 satellite launched from Cape Canaveral as threatening weather skirts the site. – 7/27

Air Force says ULA will need 18 – 22 Russian RD-180 rocket engines to compete with SpaceX for upcoming National Security launches.  – 7/27

Chinese Long March 3B launches dual Beidou mission. – 7/25

SBIRS GEO-4 will leapfrog GEO-3 to the Launchpad. – 7/24

EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite lands in Kourou Spaceport and preps for Ariane 5 launch on August 20. – 7/20

Market Strategy & Revenues

Yahsat signs new service partnership with ClickSat in Pakistan. -7/27

SkyStream diversifies business to include new verticals and systems integration; is considering European opportunity.  – 7/27

SES unable to provide forecast for 2016 revenue until SpaceX sets firm date for launch of SES-9 satellite.

ISS Reshetnev building new facility for satellite antennas and feeder devices.  – 7/23

Motive signs MOU with MTN to provide BYOD TV technology and engineering support to develop new services. 7/20

Satellite Construction

Indian DTH and communications satellite for SAARC moves closer to reality. – 07/27

COM DEV wins major order for equipment for two commercial communications satellites. – 7/24

SSL delivers its 50th satellite, Intelsat 34, to Kourou for Ariane 5 launch. – 7/22

Satellite Operations

Airbus Defence and Space moving Skynet 5A satellite for better Asia Pacific protection and secure military satcom. – 7/27

Boeing is completing the first tests of military Ka-band service available through the Inmarsat-5 F2 commercial communications satellite. – 7/23

Satellite interference is a critical challenge as satellite communications becomes a  more important piece of day-to-day life.

Satellite Technology

Effective Space Solutions secures downpayment funding for first two in-orbit servicing spacecraft. – 7/23

Escape Dynamics announces successful test of thruster powered y beamed high power microwave energy.  – 7/23

Future Army nanosatellites to empower soldiers. – 7/22

Government, Military & Defense

UK agrees to liability cap for satellite operators, to encourage growth in Britain’s commercial space sector.  – 7/27

GAO warns DoD of “fragmented” approach to commercial satellites that costs money in lost bulk-purchase opportunities. – 7/22

Defense contractor team completes information assurance CDR for AEHF low cost terminals.  – 7/22

Transportable, reliable communications and command-and-control systems critical to Army’s vision of role as “expeditionary” force. – 7/21

JFCC kicks off six month CEC experiment with six satellite operators for greater information sharing to improve Space Situational Awareness. 7/20

Inmarsat to lead mobile satellite technology feasibility study for ESA. – 7/20


FCC approves the AT&T acquisition of DirecTV.  – 7/24

FCC moves toward denial of Dish’s $3.3 billion in discounts earned by bidding through smaller companies in spectrum auction. – 7/23

Consumer groups say FCC conditions on AT&T-DirecTV merger fall short. – 7/23

Intelsat claims SpaceX internet satellites could block its own and asks FCC to reject SpaceX application for permission to test proposed service. – 7/22


ESA and Inmarsat target 2018 for initial 4-D flight path control for European airspace to be in place. – 7/21


Mobil Satellite Technologies announces availability of automatic satellite antenna system and broadband satellite internet service.  – 7/22


Media Networks is shifting focus primarily to HD, 4K, and expanding the reach of television beyond the home. – 7/27

Earth Observation

NASA helps tame earth-based fires using space-based technology. – 7/22

NASA satellite takes spectacular whole-earth image from space.

Ground Systems

Norsat receives follow-on order from Eurasian defense contractor.  – 7/27

NBN satellite station going live outside Broke Hill, Australia. – 07/26

Comtech Telecommunications wins $1.6 million military TWTA contract. – 07/22

Iridium announces availability of mobile applications for Iridium GO!, – 7/22

MaxLinear’s satellite CSS chipset powers world’s first reconfigurable Digital LNB from ProBand. – 7/22

Harris gets $45 million in delivery orders for advanced satellite terminals for Army.  – 7/21


New Class CEO sees future for the connected ship, bringing big data to the maritime industry. – 7/21


UK and South African space agencies to increase collaboration.  – 7/27

Bahraini National Space Science Agency representatives discuss cooperation in technology and space science with UAE Space Agency. – 7/26

The Human Element

Vern Fotheringham leaves Leosat to begin new venture, V-Satcast. – 7/27

Hispasat to supply satellite communications to the Ruta BBVA organization on Colombian leg of their journey. – 07/24

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