WBMSAT News Bits 09/05/2015

Featured Article

Satellite operators appear likely to lose exclusive use of C-band spectrum.  (09/04)

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Spacepath Communications returning to IBC  with expanded product portfolio including touch-screen TWTAs.  (08/31)

RR Media CEO Avi Cohen to participate in Euroconsult panel on future of TV distribution at World Satellite Business Week in Paris.  (08/31)

Industry Reports

FSS industry posted an average annual growth rate of 4.3 percent over 2010-2013 with 2013 showing clear signs of slowdown at only +2 percent.  (09/02)

Launch Activity

ARCA Space Corp plans to test high-altitude drones and suborbital rockets at Space Port America in New Mexico.  (09/04)

Navy launches fourth MUOS satellite. (09/02)

Long delayed first launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy now scheduled for April or May of 2016.  (09/02)

Inmarsat launches third Global Xpress satellite.  (08/31)

Krunichev Telecom announces new Launch Information Processing and Display Center supporting visual presentation of launch information.  (08/31)

Indian GSLV launches with GSAT-6.  (08/27)

Market Strategy & Revenues

ST Teleport and AsiaSat bolster a preexisting partnership to enhance service offerings to the VSAT and media sectors. (09/02)

Satellite Operations

Fourth MUOS satellite completes new military smart phone-like network’s near global coverage.  (09/03)

Agency managing Galileo and EGNOS satellite navigation programs finally certifies SES-5 satellite for navigation service three years after launch.  (09/03)

NigComSat 1-R reportedly lying idle in space because of inter-agency rivalry in Nigeria.  (09/01)

Satellite Technology

Finnish startup KNL Networks claims to have developed an alternative that is not only cheaper than satellite but offers reliable global coverage.  (09/04)

DARPA explores on-orbit robotic satellite assembly.  (08/31)

China set to launch world’s longest quantum network –  if all goes according to schedule, China would be first to launch quantum communications satellite.  (08/30)

Government, Military & Defense

Colorado lawmaker pushes U.S. Air Force to scrutinize SpaceX in aftermath of launch failure.  (09/03)

Navy extends contract to Rome Research Corporation for provision of satellite operations and maintenance services.  (09/02)

NASA releases GSFC solicitation for low cost satellite optical communications ground station.  (09/01)

Northrop Grumman, ViaSat and Optus team to respond to tender for  WGS access for Australia.  (09/01)

Kratos’ RT Logic gets $49 million contract to support U.S> government satellite communications.  (09/01)


CITEL proposes allocating 3400 – 3600 MHz portion of C-band to International Mobile Industry.  (09/02)

As LightSquared emerges from bankruptcy, it again seeks FCC authorization of the use of satellite frequencies for its cellular network.  (08/31)


COM DEV announces AVSAT product line, designed to enable aircraft to communicate with satellites, reaches several important milestones.  (09/03)

Iridium aims to save airlines money with new traffic-tracking satellites.  (08/30)

Faster in –flight Wi-Fi coming soon on a global level.  (08/30)


NBN argues its satellite and fixed wireless solutions are delivering higher-speed broadband to remote Australian areas than ever before.  (09/02)


FCC attempts to stop broadcasters from blacking out programs while negotiating with TV providers. (09/04)

Capacity Deals

Axesate signs ,multi-year muilti-transponder agreement with Eutelsat Americas.  (09/03)

Avanti signs multi-year agreement with Global RadioData Communications for secure Ka-band connectivity for government, defence, and emergency service customers.  (09/02)

Ground Systems

McMurdo introduces next-gen software for satellite-aided search and rescue.  (09/04)

M/A-COM expands portfolio with 20watt and 4-watt Ka-band power amplifiers. (09/03)

Wavestream is certified to ISO/AS 9100 quality system standard.  (09/02)

GeoTelecommunicatoins selects Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c platform for enterprise and consumer markets in Russia.  (08/31)

Kymeta’s flat, thin, light and low-cost metamaterials-based satellite tracking antennas to work with Intelsat Epic satellites for mobile applications.  (08/29)


Signalhorn supplying remote managed communications for offshore fleet of leading maritime company.  (09/03)


Russia and China discuss joint mobile satellite communications projects.  (09/01)

Oil & Gas

SpeedCast selected by interoil to deliver highly available and flexible field connectivity solutions.  (09/03)

The Human Element

Satellite communications technology helped to save lives and reconnect loved ones right after the Nepal earthquake.  (09/02)

Oklahoma representative Jim Bridenstine recognized for leadership on space issues.  (09/01)

Satellite images confirm Syrian temple destruction in Syria.  (08/30)

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