WBMSAT News Bits 12/23/2015

Featured Article

SpaceX launches 11 ORBCOMM satellites and achieves historic landing. (12-22)

Industry Reports

NSR Report points to polar regions as budding satcom markets.  (12-18)

Land transport drives satellite M2M/IOT.  (12-17)

The Great Satcom Convergence.  (12-16)

Launch Activity

Does SpaceX launch and first stage landing portend a new future for humanity?  (12-22)

Amateur radio tech team plans launch of amateur radio transponder into geosynchronous orbit to support emergency communications.  (12-22)

National University of Singapore (NUS) team pushes space frontier with first satellite launched with 6 Singapore made satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh, India.  (12-20)

New Chinese satellite will join the hunt for dark matter.  (12-19)

Russian Proton-M lifts GARPUN military satellite to orbit.  (12-14)

Market Strategy & Revenues

Airbus Group divests Commercial Satcom business and retains Government.  (12-22)

Cubic announces purchase of GATR and TeraLogics.  (12-21)

  1. Goldman & Company eliminated its stake in Loral Space & Communications Ltd. (12-19)

Inmarsat climbs on prospects for airline business and fourth satellite launch.  (12-17)

SES and Viasat extend partnership for TV distribution in the Nordic and Baltic countries.  (2-17)

LightSquared has risen again after three-and-a-half years in Chapter 11, with new backers on board.  (12-16)

Turksat and Inmarsat enter MoU to explore opportunities, initially in the defence and aviation sectors.  (12-14)

Satellite Construction

ViaSat is ramping up its coverage with a plan for global High Throughput Satellite (HTS) connectivity with a fleet of three new satellites.  (12-14)

Satellite Operations

Brazilian geostationary satellite enters integration and testing phase.  (12-22)

France and Japan test satellite-to-ground laser communications.  (12-21)

Boeing has transferred on-orbit control of the Morelos 3 satellite, launched Oct. 2 aboard an Atlas 5 rocket, to the Mexican government.  (12-17)

Spacecom’s Amos-5 goes dead, declared a permanent loss.  (12-15)

Satellite’s last days improve orbital decay predictions.  (12-15)

Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite is now fully operational at 15 degrees West. (12-15)

Satellite Technology

Hoverink International Holdings plans Orbital Advertising Platform via a hosting orbital satellite from which they can display holographic images of brands (12-22).

Globalstar Announces Next Generation Technology Agreement With Yippy, Inc  (12-17)

Government, Military & Defense

French armed forces order two communications satellites.  (12-23)

Thales and Airbus to supply French military satellite communications.  (12-23)

U.S. Army awards GATR its first T2C2 LRIP delivery order worth $3.26 million under single award IDIQ Small Business Innovation Research III contract.  (12-21)

Defense experts predict the next world conflict will begin in space with superpowers or terrorists blasting communications and spy satellites out of orbit.  (12-19)

DoD’s Pivot to Commercial Satcom: Reality or Wishful Thinking?  (12-18)

Russia now fields one of the largest and most effective satellite groups in the world, and it has reached a peak of activity amid the military operations in Syria.  (12-14)


EchoStar supports FCC satellite-licensing reform order.  (12-18)


The connected aircraft readies for takeoff.  (12-21)


Avanti is deploying Gilat VSATs to provide the fastest available broadband Internet access to rural households throughout the UK. (12-23)

Smart Rural signs contract with Avanti for rural Spain and Portugal.  (12-21)

TerniEnergia to use Avanti’s Ka-band satellite technology to provide high-speed broadband connectivity to its renewable energy plants located in South Africa.  (12-18)

Tech experts pour scorn on Trump’s plan to ‘close’ parts of the Web to ISIS.  (12-17)

Bentley Walker signs additional contract with Avanti Communications to deploy connectivity across East Africa and the U.K.  (12-16)

SES Links With SolarKiosk to Bring Off-Grid Internet to Underserved Villages Worldwide.  (12-15)

Children studying in regional and remote Australia will soon have access to dedicated broadband capacity. (12-14)

NBN doubles satellite data allowances, moves 40k homes to fixed-wireless.  (12-14)

Inmarsat will provide attendees at the Satellite Industry Association’s (SIA) 11 Annual DoD Commercial Satcom Workshop with live, interactive demonstrations of Global Xpress.  (12-14)

Capacity Deals

Televisa of Mexico contracts for capacity on SES’s AMC-9 satellite.  (12-18)

Ground Systems

Peru’s Fitel awards Gilat a regional telecommunications infrastructure project for $108 million, in the region of Cusco.  (12-17)


KVH expands the capacity of its mini-VSAT Broadband network around the globe with two major upgrades (12-23).

EMC signs agreement with Mercy Ships to expand and upgrade satellite communications systems and services it provides the hospital vessel operator.  (12-21)

Marlink VSAT services provide reliable connectivity for operational and crew communications on MSC Zoe and 130 other MSC ships.  (12-18)

Novel tsunami detection network uses navigation systems on commercial ships.  (12-16)

Inmarsat, EM Solutions Combine Milsatcom, Global Xpress for New Maritime Satellite Terminal.  (12-15)


Kymeta And Intelsat Complete Industry-First Mobility Tests For Next Generation Antenna Technology.  (12-15)

Oil & Gas

ITC Global awarded multiple contracts for offshore communications in Western Africa.  (12-21)

The Human Element

GVF votes Harris CapRock president Haslam to board of directors of GVF.  (12-22)

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