WBMSAT News Bits 01/03/16

Featured Article

Russian defense chief says SpaceX is ‘stepping on toes’ of Russia in space transport market.  (12-30-15)

Launch Activity

China has launched its most sophisticated observation satellite, Gaofen 4, as part of the country’s High-Definition (HD) Earth observation project.  (12-30-15)

The Russian communications satellite Express-AMU1 was launched aboard the Proton-M launch vehicle from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on 25 December.  (12-28-15)

Market Strategy & Revenues

As Singapore restructures its economy, the space, or satellite industry is one of new growth industries that are a priority.  (12-30-15)

SpeedCast acquires Newcom, continues expansion to South America.  (12-29-15)

Satellite Construction

SSL selected to provide a communications satellite to PT Telkom Indonesia.  (12-31-15)

Airbus Defense and Space and Thales Alenia Space have been awarded a contract to build France’s next-generation communications satellite.  (12-29-15)

Inmarsat orders two sixth-generation satellites from Airbus Defence and Space.  (12-24-15)

SSL selected to provide new high throughput satellite to Telesat.  (12-24-15)

Satellite Technology

European Space Propulsion (ESP) successfully completes testing of a five-kilowatt Hall Thruster.  (12-31-15)

NASA Selects Aerojet Rocketdyne to Further Develop Thruster that Uses Green Propellant.  (12-31-15)

Government, Military & Defense

United Launch Alliance (ULA) has contracted Orbital ATK to provide large-size composite structures to be used for the Atlas 5 and Delta 4 vehicles in support of the current United States Air Force Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles (EELV) programs.  (12-31-15)

Nigerian government, through NIGCOMSAT, wins bid to provide communications satellite technology services to Republic of Belarus over 15 years.  (12-31-15)

Pentagon announced that Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems has won a $102.9 million to produce Multiband Terminals to the US Navy.  (12-30-15)


Yahsat is keen to carve a niche in the In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) market. (12-31-15)

Delta Airlines wants the FCC to permit auction of new Air-To-Ground (ATG) spectrum within Ku-band for inflight connectivity. (12-29-15)


Norwegian Cruise Line broke the world record for the most social media usage at sea in November this year on a passenger ship linked to fast broadband VSAT. (12-28-15)

Oil & Gas

ITC Global has won two three-year contracts to provide remote offshore communications to five FPSOs offshore West Africa.  (12-23-15)

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