WBMSAT News Bits 08/02/15

Featured Article

Congress misses chance to reauthorize the Export-Import bank, leaving the satellite industry in limbo. (07-31)

Industry Reports

M2M Satellite Communication Market worth 5.91 Billion USD by 2020. (July 2015)

Launch Activity

EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite being fueled in preparation for August 20 launch on Arianed 5 Flight VA225. (07-31)

Rocket Lab signs partnership with NASA allowing it to use NASA resources for launch efforts. (07-31)

Intelsat tempers down a disagreement with SpaceX over the deployment of two experimental satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). (07-29)

China’s Long March 3B launches two BeiDou satellites. (07-29)

Russia schedules first Proton rocket launch since May crash destroyed a Mexican satellite. (07-29)

Market Strategy & Revenues

Intelsat says its investment in OneWeb came in return for exclusive rights to wide swath of OneWeb’s future markets. (07-31)

DataPath establishes new Aberdeen, Md proving ground office. (07-31)

exactEarth Ltd. announces that the proposed exactEarth initial public offering is being postponed due to current challenging conditions in the capital markets.’ (07-31)

Eutelsat reports full year 2014-15 results fully in line with objectives; revenues of €1,476m up 4.0% like-for-like, and 9.5% on a reported basis. (07-30)

Intelsat reports Q2 earnings, says future satellites remain on track. (07-30)

Telesat reports Q2 earnings; will soon order Telstar 18. (07-30)

Iridium reports 2nd Q results and lowers annual service revenue and Operational EBITDA 2015 and long range outlook. (07-30)

Globalstar Spectrum just happens to sit right next to the band of spectrum that is used for WIFI and according to GSAT could boost U.S. WIFI capacity by as much as 33%. (07-30)

VT iDirect, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering), has formed a wholly owned subsidiary, VT iDirect Solutions in Ireland. (07-30)

Eutelsat is becoming a partner of Starburst Accelerator, a startup accelerator established in 2013 to stimulate growth in the aerospace industry. (07-29)

Airtel Ghana partners with Thuraya for 100% coverage for Ghanaians through combination of terrestrial and satellite connectivity. (07-29)

Speedcast strengthens its Maritime business with the acquisition of SAIT Communications. (07-28)

Russian Satellite Communications Company and RSC Energia sign agreement to work together on developing communications and satellite systems. (07-28)

Mexico’s Red 52 anticipates Latin America will remain a hotbed for satcom demand in the years to come. (07-28)

Yahsat signs new service partnership with ClickSat in Pakistan. (07-27)

Satellite Operations

This $1,000 Device Lets Hackers Hijack Satellite Communications. (07-31)

The US Navy’s PCSat NO-44, which is only supposed to transmit over the US, is now drowning out European amateurs and the USN doesn’t know what to do about it. (07-31)

Skynet 5A begins move eastwards to cover the Asia Pacific region. (07-28)

Government, Military & Defense

Secure, Lockheed Martin-built AEHF military satellite communications network now operational. (07-31)

U.S. Missile Defense Agency envisions a partnership with the U.S. Air Force on a system that would also perform space surveillance. (07-30)

TCS to continue support of USMC’s tactical satellite communications network. (07-30)

Military is the perfect customer for HTS – they can never get enough bandwidth, and are faced with cutting costs – but ground infrastructure is a barrier.  (07-27)


Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission investigates satellite parabolic dish smuggling syndicate. (07-31)


TTCL of Tanzania announces new digital capabilities with the launch of 100% national broadband coverage via Avanti’s satellite. (07-30)


German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle launches its German-language TV channel DW Deutsch on Astra 4A. (08-01)

StarTimes to distribute DTH TV channels to subscribers across Sub-Saharan Africa via SES Platform Services’ broadcast facility in Germany. (08-01)

Capacity Deals

FSM Telecommunications Corporation (FSMTC) has reached a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement with Asia Broadcast Satellite. (07-28)

Ground Systems

Globecomm receives an IDIQ contract from a preexisting customer to upgrade its telecommunications infrastructure. (07-31)

Canada makes multimillion dollar investment in Inuvik satellite station facility. (07-31)

C-COM’s iNetVu 1.2m Ka-band vehicle mount antenna system receives type approval from ViaSat for use on Exede network. (07-30)

Satcom Direct’s popular GlobalVT(SM) app now available for Android(TM) devices. (07-30)

Oil & Gas

Harris launches offshore satcom service providing Ku, Ka, and C-band with one antenna, one price, and guaranteed service availability. (07-30)

Service Deals



Workers begin constructing the panels of the world’s largest radio telescope in the mountains of China’s Guizhou Province. (07-28)

The Human Element

You’ll have 12 hours to get ready for the solar storm that could paralyze the world. – (07-29)

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