WBMSAT News Bits 12/13/2015

Industry Reports

NSR forecasts data volume for Satellite Fixed Broadband to grow at a CAGR of 27% over the next ten years, but this growth must be placed in proper context. (12-09)

Launch Activity

Zenit-2SB rocket launches Elektro-L No. 2 satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Dec. 11, 2015. (12-12)

China on Thursday morning put a new communication satellite into orbit from the southwestern Xichang Satellite Launch Center.(12-10)

SpaceX Returns With ORBCOMM Satellite Launch, May Attempt Ground-Based Landing Next Week. (12-10)

SES-9 arrives at Cape Canaveral for mid-January launch.  (12-10)

Snafus prompted six-month launch delay for NOAA’s next coastal-watchdog satellite GOES-R.

NASA to use two CubeSats to test multiple Satellite Networking and Communications. (12-08)

Market Strategy & Revenues

Inmarsat and Turksat enter collaborative partnership.  (12-11)

AEROSATCOM, joint venture by Eclipse and NSSL Global, becomes Value Added Reseller for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress. (12-09)

Ooredoo and Es’hailSat sign a major development and collaboration agreement. (12-08)

Satellite Technology

SSL Selected for NASA Project to Develop Robotic On-Orbit Satellite Assembly.  (12-10)

Government, Military & Defense

Revolutionary new drone could provide U.S.Navy long-range targeting data in event of loss of satellite links. (12-10)


Satcom Direct becomes the first to validate its business-aviation services over the Inmarsat 5F-2 satellite. (12-14)

Experts disagree whether pilots or passengers will drive broadband demand for airlines.


Avanti Communications Awarded UK Universal Broadband Contract. (12-7)

Capacity Deals

RSCC and the European service provider, Castor Networks enter into an agreement to provide satellite communications services using RSCC spacecraft Express-AM8.

Ground Systems

Advantech Wireless announces a substantial increase in bookings for its Gallium Nitride (GaN) based Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs). (12-07)


Maridive Group upgrades vessels to Marlink’s VSATWaveCall Plus.  (12-10)

Oil & Gas

RigNet signs connectivity agreement with U.S. Oil & Gas operator. (12-8)

Service Deals

One Horizon Group Signs VoIP-Supply Contract With Globecomm Asia Pte. Ltd. (12-09)


A satellite built at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory and abandoned in 1967 began transmitting again in 2013, an amateur radio operator found. (12-09)

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