WBMSAT News Bits 01/29/16

Featured Article

The era of commercial space laser communications is about to begin.  (01-29-11)

Launch Activity

QB50 shits plans from launching with Brazilian-Ukrainian Cyclone 4 to NanoRacks and Kosmotras.  (01-29-16)

U.S. Air Force issues 10th and final booster propulsion technology maturation BAA award.  (01-28-16)

Ariane 5 places 1st Intelsat Epic high-throughput satellite into orbit. (01-27-16)

Proton-M rocket carrying Eutelsat 9B communications satellite set for launch from Baikonur.  (01-28-16)

Air Force certifies upgraded SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for use in National Security Space missions.  (01-27-16)

SpaceX to launch Amos 6 satellite in May.  (01-26-16)

Blue Origin successfully re-launches and safely lands used New Shepard suborbital rocket.  (01-25-16)

Market Strategy & Revenues

Airbus Defence and Space and OneWeb create OneWeb Satellites company.  (01-27-16)

Telenor Satellite to further expand portfolio with new name.  (01-26-16)

Satellite Construction

Raytheon awarded NASA contract modification for two satellite sensors as part of the JPSS follow-on missions.  (01-29-16)

How a Va. Startup Plans to Launch 648 Satellites.  (01-26-16)

Airbus Defence and Space gets contract to provide two further optical satellites for Copernicus program.  (01-26-16)

India and France to develop satellite to study climate change.  (01-23-16)

Satellite Technology

NovaWurks prepares self-assembling spacecraft for LEO demonstration.  (01-27-16)

Government, Military & Defense

Iran’s Minister of Information and Communications Technology visits France with goal of promoting cooperation in building a national telecommunication satellite.  (01-27-16)


ViaSat gets contract to provide satellite terminals for Apache AH-64E Guardian helicopters.  (01-29-15)


LoRa Alliance, an industry organization in the IoT space, wants satellite companies to help define IoT standards.  (01-26-16)


AT&T to bundle DirectTV video into more service offerings.  (01-28-16)

ViaSat introduces new Exede business Internet service plans.  (01-26-16)

Capacity Deals

ABS signs a multi-transponder contract with Bluesky Pacific Group for satellite services on ABS 6. (01-27-16)

Ground Systems

Orbcomm releases IsatData Pro core modem.  (01-27-16)

SBIRS improved ground system passes final development capstone.  (01-25-16)

India to build satellite tracking station in Vietnam that offers eye on China.  (01-25-16)


The satellite industry is improving the way that terminal specifications, testing, and approvals are applied. (01-28-16)

Inmarsat wins mobile satellite communications contract for UAE.  (01-27-15)

Globalstar Spot activations hit 2015 record in Europe.  (01-25-16)

Service Deals

CSG Singleview and Total Service Mediation Chosen to Serve Next-Gen satellite services at Globalstar.  (01-26-16)

NIGCOMSAT is to provide 15 year In-Orbit Test (IOT) and Carrier Spectrum Monitoring (CSM) Services for the Belarus’ satellite. (01-26-16)


NSSLGlobal announces a significant upgrade to its fully-owned and operated VSAT network with the activation of two new beams. (01-28-16)

Paradigm providing VSAT systems for EU-funded project to serve over 50 countries in African market.  (01-25-16)


The Challenger seven remembered 30 years after STS-51L.  (01-28-16)

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