WBMSAT News Bits 01/16/2015

Featured Article

Taikonauts from China’s Shenzhou 9 mission aboard China’s space station Tiangong-1 Credit: China Central Television screen grab – Space News

ESA is actively working with China with the goal of placing a European astronaut on the Chinese space station.
[Space News – 01/16/2015]

Industry Reports

Unprecedented growth in high-speed mobile internet traffic has transformed telecom industry into most evolving, inventive and keenly contested space.
[Zacks – 01/16/2015]

“Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) Market in APAC Region 2014-2018” projects that market to grow at a CAGR of 6.78% over the period.
[Live-PR – 01/12/2015]

The overall FSS market is estimated to grow from $13.46 billion in 2014 to $17.21 billion by 2019 at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5.0%.
[Globe Newswire – 01/12/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Satellite Industry Association (SIA) announces election of its 205 Executive Committee.
[Satnews – 01/12/2015]

Launch Activity

Russian Proton launch of Inmarsat-5 F2 satellite delayed due to a technical malfunction of one of the blocks of the satellite.
[Itar-Tass – 01/16/2015]

SES announces plans to launch a dedicated satellite for governmental use in partnership with the Luxembourg government in 2017.
[Space Daily – 01/16/2015]

Getty Images – for illustrative purposes only

Yahsat says third satellite is on track for launch in fourth quarter of 2016.
[Arabian Business – 01/16/2015]

Launches from both coasts on same day possible January 29, 2015 if things go well – SpaceX on east coast and ULA Alliance Delta 2 from Vandenberg.
[Space News – 01/14/2015]

NASA officials term first Orion launch “tremendously successful,” But challenges remain.
[Space News – 01/14/2015]

Inmarsat’s second Global Xpress Ka-band satellite, Inmarsat-5 F2, set to launch on January 30, 2015.
[Digital Ship – 01/13/2015]

ViaSat selects SpaceX to launch ViaSat-2 satellite in late summer 2016.
[Market Watch – 01/12/2015]

Satellite Construction

European Data Relay Service (EDRS) – Credit: ESA – Space News

Construction of European data-relay satellite is in doubt.
[Space News – 01/16/2015]

Brazilian government approves changes to design of Geostationary Satellite for Defence and Strategic Communications (SGDC).
[telecompaper – 01/15/2015]

MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates signs a contract with Boeing for components for a Boeing 702MP satellite for an unnamed customer.
[Via Satellite – 01/14/2015]

Satellite Technology

NRL illustration of SpinSats in orbit – Defense News

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have launched a spherical, beach ball-sized satellite whose performance could help the military in its quest for smaller, less expensive satellites.
[Defense Sysems – 01/13/2015]

Ground Systems

USAF taps former chief of staff retired Gen Larry D. Welch to lead independent review of the services launch vehicle certification process.
[Space News – 01/16/2015]

O3b certifies Gilat Satellite Network’s SkyEdge 2 meoEge high performance terminal.
[Via Satellite – 01/16/2015]

New ViaSat patent includes techniques for measuring the primary contributors to the end-to-end SNR of a satellite link.
[4-traders – 01/14/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Russian company Energia signs the $1 billion contract with Orbital Sciences to provide 60 RD181 engines for Antares rockets.
[Space Daily – 01/16/2015]

Indian Space Agency shelves Hughes application to build and operate a KA-band satellite for the Digital India program.
[Financial Express – 01/15/2015]

MIL wins Navy contract to provide design and support of satellite communications, radio, video and networking technologies,
[C4ISR & Networks – 01/15/2015]

GSA says federal agencies are utilizing more commercial satellite communication services and turning to joint GSA/Defense Dept contract vehicle to find solutions.
[Fierce Government IT – 01/14/2015]

(Courtesy illustration) – Hanscom AFB

Satcom terminals connecting U.S. leaders to Minuteman combat crews undergoing upgrade and due to begin operational testing.
[Hanscom Air Force Base – 01/14/2015]

United States Marine Corps has purchased $15 million of Harris’ Falcon 3 vehicular radio systems and accessories for its AN/MRC-145 program.
[Via Satellite – 01/13/.2015]

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk claims cozy relationship between U.S. Air Force and other aerospace and defense industry contractors is preventing his company’s expansion.
[Big News Network – 01/13/15]

Atlas 5 rocket cores coming together on a United Launch Alliance factory floor. Credit: ULA – Space News

SpaceX and U.S. Air Force to enter mediation to resolve SpaceX lawsuit contesting block award to ULA.
[Space News – 01/13/2015]

General Dynamics Mission Systems and Rockwell Collins ship another 1200 AN/PRC-155 radios that connect lin-of-sight radios to satellite communications systems.
[4-traders – 01/13/2015]

Aeronautical

Gogo receives regulatory approval from FCC to operate its next generation In-Flight Connectivity technology – 2Ku.
[Via Satellite – 01/16/2015]

Avionica expects to take the satLINK MAX to new segments of air transportation including rotorcraft and General Aviation.
[Aviation Today – 01/14/2015]

Broadband

Virgin and Qualcomm announce investments in WorldVu, now known as OneWeb, which recently paired with SpaceX to build a fleet of 648 small satellites.
[GIGAOM – 01/15/2015]

GPS

U.K. Innovate offers up to $1.5 million in support of feasibility studies for new receiver technologies for Europe’s GNSS Galileo.
[Via Satellite – 01/16/2015]

Maritime

KVH expresses hope that new HTS systems coming on line in 2015 will bring additional capacity for maritime applications.
[Via Satellite – 01/16/2015]

Illustration from Maritime Executive magazine

New generation of satellites will enable improved connectivity and expanded bandwidth for ships at sea.
[Maritime Executive – 01/15/2015]

Inmarsat announces enhanced Maritime product roadmap including new products for Global Xpress – Fleet Xpress and FleeBroadband Xtra.
[Hellenic Shipping News – 01/15/2015]

Space

Image from the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter – Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona/University of Leices – Space News

After analyzing images from Mars orbiters for several years the U.K. Space Agency believe it’s Beagle 2 Mars lander made it to the surface 11 years and partially deployed.
[Space News – 01/16/2015]

Artificial Intelligence helps predict dangerous solar flares.
[R&D Magazine – 01/15/2015]

International Space Station as seen from Space Shuttle Atlantis in this July 2011 photograph. Credit: NASA – Space News

U.S. astronauts on Space Station evacuate to Russian section when alarm indicates ammonia leak.
[Space News – 01/14/2015]

SpaceX delivers flatworms and salmonella to International Space Station.
[Nextgov – 01/14/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Com Dev is closing its California plan but may acquire a U.S. company in the near future to gain a foothold in the U.S. that does not depend on government satellites.
[Space News – 01/16/2015]

SES and ITC Global announce a strategic agreement to connect oil and gas operations around the world.
[Today’s Energy Solutions – 01/15/2015]

Globalstar reaches record annual number of new subscribers (7,000) for the Spot satellite tracking and communications product.
[Via Satellite – 01/15/2015]

New SpaceX Seattle office could offer employment to hundreds.
[Satnews – 01/14/2015]

Shaw Communications profit drops on slip of subscriptions for cable, satellite and phone service.
[Financial Post – 01/14/2015]

SatLink Communications is making a shift from being primarily focused on satellite-oriented services to including complete content management services.
[Via Satellite – 01/12/2015]

The Human Aspect

Globalstar announces that its SPOT products have been used to initiate over 600 rescues in 2014 and over 500 in North America.
[CNN Money – 01/14/2015]

Satnews file photo

Goal of partnership between the SBCA Foundation and ITDRC is to assist communities affected by large scale natural disasters.
[Satnews – 01/13/2015]

 

WBMSAT News Bits 01/10/2015

Featured Article

SpaceX launch – Space Daily file photo

SpaceX successfully launches cargo to ISS, but attempted landing of first stage on ocean platform fails.
[Space Daily – 01/10/2015]

Industry Reports

Eutelsat reveals that research shows eight of its flagship television neighborhoods reach 274 million homes in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
[Business Wire – 01/09/2014]

New report on the global commercial avionics market sees steady market growth, intense competition, and fewer but bigger opportunities for suppliers.
[PR Newswire – 01/06/2015]

Eutelsat 3D enters vacuum chamber for testing. Photo: Thales Alenia Space. – Via Satellite

Frost & Sullivan analyst says strong demand for satellite services will result in increased competition for satellite and launch contracts.
[Via Satellite – 01/06/2015]

New market research report on companiesandmarkets expects Ka-band to accelerate new satellite launches in response to demand for bandwidth.
[Live-PR – 01/06/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Global Space & Satellite Forum (GSSF) in Dubai in May will draw industry experts from around the world to discuss how the technology creates new economic, social and educational benefits for nations globally.
[Satnews – 01/09/2015]

World Teleport Association ranks Harris CapRock number 1 on The Independent Top Twenty listing for 4th consecutive year.
[Satnews – 01/06/2015]

Launch Activity

ViaSat picks SpaceX Falcon Heavy to launch ViaSat-2 om 2016, citing ability to lift twice the payload at 1/3 the cost of closest competitor.
[Space News – 01/09/2015]

Eutelsat prepares for launch of record 5 satellites in 2015, shrugging off billion-dollar lawsuit brought by Latin-American firm.
[Space News – 01/09/2015]

A SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon spacecraft ready for launch (Photo credit: Courtesy SpaceX) – The Times of Israel

Last-minute cancellation of Falcon 9 launch by SpaceX January 6 could have big implications for Israel, as plans are to use the same rocket for Amos 6 launch.
[Times of Israel – 01/06/2015]

Arianespace expects to at least match its record 11 launches of 2014 in 2015.
[Space News – 01/06/2015]

Ariane rocket stage. Credit: SpaceNews photo illustration by Lance Marburger and Brian Berger – Space News

CNES begins small technology research program with Germany to develop future re-usable rocket stage, emulating SpaceX.
[Space News – 01/05/2015]

Third Navy MUOS satellite launch scheduled for January 20, 2015.
[ExecutiveGov – 01/05/2015]

Satellite Construction

Digital rendering of the SWOT satellite. Photo: Thales Alenia Space – Via Satellite

CNES selects Thales Alenia Space to build Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite.
[Via Satellite – 01/06/2015]

Iridium NEXT platform software first phase testing is successfully completed.
[Space Ref – 01/06/2015]

COM DEV receives expansion to previous contract to provide Ku-band equipment for a high throughput satellite (HTS).
[telecompaper – 01/05/2015]

Satellite Operations

Astra 2G reaches geostationary orbit.
[Via Satellite – 01/08/2015]

Photo: Indi Samarajiva (Flickr) – Via Satellite

Global VSAT Forum rallies international support to again defend the satellite industry’s use of C-band spectrum against the International Mobile Telecommunications industry.
[Via Satellite – 01/07/2015]

A satellite dish at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in North Carolina. (Freeside510 / Flickr) – Foreign Affairs

Cyber attacks pose significant threats to space systems; an upgrade is essential.
[Foreign Affairs – 01/07/2015]

Ground Systems

Kaena Point Satellite Tracking Station on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Photo: U.S. Air Force – Via Satellite

Versar joint venture awarded contract to repair infrastructure systems at Kaena Point satellite tracking station.
[Via Satellite – 01/07/2015]

Photo courtesy Glowlink – Satnews

Glowlink successfully fields latest version of Single Satellite Geolocation System (SSG) in a geographical region of the world prone to interference.
[SatNews – 01/05/2015]

Broadcom announce new low-power satellite device in its Outdoor Unit (ODU) portfolio.
[CNBC – 01/05/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

After effort to pool European military satellite procurement for several countries fails, France moves ahead alone with plans for Comsat NG.
[Space News – 01/09/2015]

Air Force select Raytheon and General Dynamics joint venture for $1.5 billion contract to maintain space launch ranges ..
[Via Satellite – 01/09/2015]

U.S. Air Force, failing to certify SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket for national security payloads by end of 2014, now targets mid 2015.
[Space News – 01/09/2015]

General Dynamics WIN-T Soldier Network Extension (SNE) satellite communications capability improves call-for-fire response during tests.
[Satnews – 01/08/2015]

UAE investment in space technology continues to grow as it seeks to develop a long-term strategic plan for advanced space innovation.
[Khaleej Times – 01/07/2015]

Kratos awarded $41 million for satellite operations for U.S. Air Force.
[Market Watch – 01/06/2015]

MIL Corporation gets Satellite Communications contract with the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division.
[Satnews – 01/05/2015]

Aeronautical

Global Eagle expects traditional content business to support the growing In Flight Connectivity (IFC) market.
[Via Satellite – 01/09/2015]

FAA awards Avionica a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to install satLINK MAX, the first ATC voice and data qualified Iridium product for Boeing 767’s.
[Air Traffic Management.- 01/09/2015]

This Diamond DA42 is equipped for surveillance, including Scotty’s satcom antenna -AIN online

Austria’s Scotty Group promotes new airborne satcom equipment offering HD video streaming, audio and data over lower-bandwidth, less-expensive satellite networks.
[AIN online – 01/07/2015]

Real time streaming of all aircraft operating data by satellite impractical because of extreme bandwidth required.
[Wired – 01/07/2015]

Mobile

KVH introduces low-profile five-inch high satellite TV antenna for vehicles with height restrictions.
[Via Satellite – 01/06/2015]

TV & Radio

DirecTV selects USB powered Ethernet-to-coax adapter from Entropic and Wistron NeWeb Corporation for Ultra-HD broadcasts.
[Via Satellite – 01/08/2015]

Broadcasting companies form UHD Alliance to set quality standards for Ultra HD.
[Via Satellite – 01/08/2015]

STMicroelectronics stars shipping Ultra-HDp60 quad-core System-on-a-Chip (SOC) for decoding Ultra HD.
[Via Satellite – 01/07/2015]

Dish Network announces launch of its first Ultra-HD Set Top Bos (STB) named 4K Joey.
[Via Satellite [Via Satellite – 01/06/2015]

Space

SpaceShipTwo under construction October 2014 – Credit: SpaceNews/Jeff Foust

Virgin Galactic to resume SpaceShipTwo test flights in 2015.
[Space News – 01/09/2015]

Interview with Elon Musk includes discussion of Falcon Heavy returnable booster, and Mars Colonial Transporter.
[Space News – 01/09/2015]

Kepler telescope – Credit: NASA illustration – Space News

NASA’s Kepler and SOFIA astronomy missions survive budget process but must deal with constrained funding.
[Space News – 01/09/2015]

Asteroid Redirect Mission plucking a small boulder from a large asteroid – Credit: NASA – Space News

NASA official issues reminder that proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) is about developing technology, NOT redirecting an asteroid.
[Space News – 01/08/2015]

Artist’s concept of ancient gas-giant planet in the core of the globular star cluster M4. Credit: NASA/STScI – Space News

NASA kicks off survey asking scientific community for ideas for the next large mission that NASA may recommend for the 2020s.
[Space News – 01/09/2015]

Legal

Defendant in SpaceX asks for dismissal of case for third time in six months.
[Space News – 01/092015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

SiriusXM reaches 27.3 million subscribers, adding 1.75 million net subscribers in 2014.
[Via Satellite – 01/09/2015]

New Airbus/Safran joint venture plans to purchase French government’s shares of Arianespace and assume full control.
[Space News – 01/08/2015]

Com Dev International completes acquisition of MESL Microwave.
[Via Satellite – 01/07/2015]

Orbcomm completes acquisition of SkyWave Mobile Communications.
[Via Satellite – 01/05/2015]

The Human Aspect

Pair planning to row across North Atlantic, staying in touch via satellite.
[Kingsbridge & Salcombe Gazette – 01/09/2015]

NGA and DigitalGlobe provide satellite imagery data for Ebola response.
[Via Satellite – 01/08/2015]

ITDRC and SBCA announce satellite CARES program at CES in Las Vegas, to help communities with disaster recovery.
[benzinga – 01/06/2015]

Mountain and cave rescue team trials Ka-band satellite link.
[British APCO Journal – 01/05/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 01/03/2015

Featured Article

Dec. 5 launch of an Orion spacecraft on a Delta 4 Heavy rocket – Credit NASA – Space News

Late surge of launch activity, primarily by China and Russia, pushed the total number of orbital launches worldwide in 2014 to its highest level in 20 years.
[Space News – 12/31/2014]

Industry Reports

Dataxis research shows that Latin America reached 66.08 million Pay TV subscribers by the end of the third quarter of 2014.
[Satellite Markets & Research – 01/02/2015]

China’s over-the-top (OTT) set-top box (STB) markets enjoyed 10-fold growth in 2013 but began seeing a decline in 2014 due to China government’s restrictions.
[Satellite Markets & Research – 01/02/2015]

Launch Activity

Russia remains world leader in space launches, with 38 successful space launches in 2014, maintaining first place in the world.
[Space Daily – 01/02/2015]

Aerial view of Alaska’s Kodiak Launch Complex. Credit: Alaska Aerospace Corp. – Space News

Kodiak launch site repairs continue despite Alaska Governor’s order to pause discretionary funding.
[Space News – 01/02/2015]

Long March-4B rocket loaded with the CBERS-4 satellite – Reuters – IB Times

China successfully launches Fengyun-II 08 meteorological satellite.
[International Business Timnes – 12/31/2014]

Navy prepares its 3rd MUOS satellite for January 20, 2015 launch.
[USNI – 12/31/2014]

Alaskan governor pauses funding for Kodiak launch complex, given tumbling oil prices.
[Via Satellite – 12/31/2014]

SES’ ASTRA 2G satellite carried into space aboard ILS Proton Breeze M booster.
[4-traders – 12/30/2014]

Russia launches remote sensing spacecraft Resurs P2 aboard a Soyuz 2.1b rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome.
[Via Satellite – 12/29/2014]

China launches remote sensing satellite Yaogan 26 with Long March 4B rocket.
[Via Satellite – 12/29/2014]

DSCOVR – Artist’s concept – Credit: NASA – Space News

Scheduling issues created by delayed space station resupply mission cause postponement of space weather satellite DISCOVR launch to at least January 29, 2015.
[Space News – 12/29/2014]

Es\’hail 1 satellite – DOHA News

Qatar plans to launch 2nd satellite from U.S. via SpaceX Falcon 9 in 4th quarter 2016.
[Doha News – 12/29/2014]

Satellite Construction

The Bangladesh government green lights a proposal to lease an orbital slot from Russia at a cost of Tk 2.19 billion to launch the nation’s first satellite, ‘Bangabandhu’.
[Satnews – 01/02/2015]

COM DEV wins contract expansion to provide additional equipment for a Ku-band HTS serving Asia-Pacific region.
[CNW – 12/31/2014]

First-generation O3b satellites – Photo Optique Video du CSG – P. Piron – Space News

Upon completing its first generation satellite network, O3b is in early stages of planning satellite network expansion for 10-fold increase in capacity.
[Spaceflight Now – 12/29/2014]

Startup Satellobic finalizes plans for 16-satellite earth observation constellation.
[Via Satellite – 12/29/2014]

Satellite Operations

South Korean officials seek measures to avoid possible collision of Science and Technology Satellite 3 and space debris 20cm in size.
[Korea Herald – 01/03/2015]

Sierra Nevada Corporation hands off operations of OG2 satellite to Orbcomm.
[Via Satellite – 12/31/2014]

China deorbits FY 2C weather satellite incompliance with national space debris mitigation standards.
[Via Satellite – 12/30/2014]

Satellites link up formerly isolated central Asia and Caucasus.
[Silk Road Reporters – 12/30/2014]

Ground Systems

Earth Station – credit Kratos – Via Satellite

Kratos gets three contracts for satellite communications equipment including earth stations for undisclosed customers.
[Via Satellite – 12/30/2014]

MaxLinear begins volume shipments of channel stacking system on chip (SoC) devices for satellite outdoor units (ODUs).
[Business Wire – 12/29/2014]

Aeronautical

Sikorsky helicopter – AERO News Network

Thales’s LiveAero and Greenwich Aerogroup demonstrate LiveAero satellite connectivity system In Sikorsky S-92 helicopter.
[AERO News Network – 12/30/2014]

Missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 was not among those of the fleet that had so far been upgraded with better satellite tracking equipment.
[Straits Times – 12/30/2014]

Earth Observation

Scheduled for January 29, 2015 launch, NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) instrument will measure the moisture in Earth’s soils with unprecedented accuracy and resolution.
[Satnews – 01/02/2015]

China as seen from space. Photo: NASA – Via Satellite

China says the entire country has been mapped in High Definition (HD) by satellite.
[Via Satellite – 12/31/2014]

South East Forest Area in Australia as seen by Hodoyoshi 1. Photo: Axelspace – Via Satellite

University of Tokyo’s SmallSat Hodoyoshi 1 successfully takes first images of Earth.
[Via Satellite – 12/30/2014]

Earth as seen from the Himawari 8 weather satellite. Photo: Japan Meteorological Agency – Via Satellite

Japan Meteorological Agency releases first images from the Himawari 8 geostationary weather satellite launched October 7, 2014.
[Via Satellite – 12/29/2014]

Maritime

Nobu Su registers patents for marine mobile network system allowing ships to form mutual network without satellite communications.
[SinoShip News – 12/31/2014]

TV& Radio

Sony signs agreements with cable, satellite, and telecom companies to deliver the controversial movie “The Interview” to consumers.
[Tech Times – 01/02/2015]

Space

File image, noctilucent clouds – Space Daily

Commercial suborbital research program to qualify scientist-astronauts to fly to space as part of international research campaign dedicated to study of global climate.
[Space Daily – 01/02/2015]

NASA programs the Dawn spacecraft to begin the approach phase to Ceres.
[Via Satellite – 12/30/2014]

Capacity Agreements

Al-Jazeera Media Network plans to begin broadcasting on the Es’hail 1 satellite to reach full Mille East and North Africa (MENA) region.
[Via Satellite – 12/31/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

RigNet acquires Timas Munaicom TOO of Kazakhstan to establish a footprint in Asia.
[SatNews – 01/02/2015]

Rostelecom and All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company form joint venture in Russia.
[Via Satellite – 12/30/2014]

History

Korea celebrates 20 years since its first commercial satellite launch.
[arirang – 01/03/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 12/26/2014

Featured Article

DSCOVR spacecraft at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center. Photo: NASA – Via Satellite

U.S. Air Force and NOAA join forces to resurrect launch of space weather satellite Triana, renamed the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DISCOVR).
[Via Satellite – 12/22/2014]

Industry Reports

New research report “Global Satellite Broadband Communication in Public Safety Market 2014 – 2018” projects 8.5% CAGR growth during the period.
[Live –PR – 12/25/2014]

“Satellite Value Chain: The Snapshot,” from Euroconsult, combines key trends and indicators from its other 2014 reports with dedicated research.
[Satnews – 12/23/2014]

Revenues for satellite-based unmanned aircraft systems predicted to grow from $1.3 billion in 2013 to $3.1 billion in 2023 according to NSR report.
[Intelligent Aerospace – 12/23/2014]

Enterprise VSAT & consumer broadband will grow to 9.5 million subscribers and $8.8 billion in revenue by 2023 per NSR report.
[Market Wired – 12/23/2014]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association to hold 205 Leadership Luncheon Panel in Las Vegas January 6, 2015.
[Satnews – 12/23/2014]

Launch Activity

Soyuz rocket lifts Russian intelligence satellite into orbit from Plesetsk Cosmodrome.
[Spaceflight Now – 12/26/2014]

Lockheed Martin-built MUOS-3 satellite encapsulated in launch vehicle fairing in preparation for January 20, 2015 launch.
[4-Traders – 12/24/2014]

SES’ Astra 2G scheduled to launch on December 28, 2014.
[Via Satellite – 12/22/2014]

Ground Systems

ChitrChatr integrates over 175 features into Alpha-1 version of its Comprehensive Universal Unified Communications Platform.
[Market Watch – 12/23/2014]

Government, Military & Defense

The MIL Corporation gets $57.3m Satellite Communications (SATCOM) contract from Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division.
[4-Traders – 12/25/2014]

Exelis and Iridium demonstrate new global communications capability for DISA.
[C4ISR & Networks – 12/24/2014]

NASA announces collaborative partnerships with four U.S. companies developing new space capabilities for government and commercial customers.
[Via Satellite – 12/24/2014]

MTN Government extends MILSATCOM capability throughout Europe and Southwest Asia with new 2m X-band earth station in Santander, Spain.
[PR Newswire – 12/22/2014]

Aeronautical

Boeing 777 – Photo: Ken Mist / Wikipedia – Via Satellite

Global Eagle Entertainment receives STC for Ku-band satellite connectivity on Boeing 777 aircraft.
[Via Satellite – 12/26/2014]

Broadband

Gilat supplying HTS multi-spot beam solution for satellite internet connectivity to a Latin American telecommunications service provider.
[Via Satellite – 12/23/20147]

Mobile

Now available, Inmarsat’s new satellite hotspot provides way to use smartphone or tablet seamlessly with satellite link.
[Network World – 12/23/2014]

TV& Radio

Broadcom seeking to address pay-TV piracy with GNSS-enabled chipset.
[Via Satellite – 12/23/2014]

Space

Artist’s rendition of akatsuki’s findings. Photo: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) / The University of Tokyo – Via Satellite

JAXA Venus Climate Orbiter AKATSUK, still in use though not in intended Venus orbit, discovers acceleration of solar wind at 20 times sun’s radius.
[Via Satellite – 12/26/2014]

Services

Satcom Direct’s TerraCom Direct data center solutions provider to provide airborne and terrestrial data security.
[Intelligent Aerospace – 12/24/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Australia’s remote connectivity needs fuel growth for domestic satellite operator Optus Satellite.
[Via Satellite – 12/26/2014]

Carlyle Group Fund to buy GE’s stake in Asia Satellite Telecommunications.
[4-Traders – 12/25/2014]

Globalstar selects Level 3 Communications to provide fully meshed MPLS network for its ground stations across the globe.
[4-Traders – 12/24/2014]

Laser Light and Pacnet Services Asia Pacific partner on commercial opportunities for SpaceCable, a planned constellation of optical satellites.
[Via Satellite – 12/22/2014]

History

Artist’s rendition of Inmarsat 2 F2. Photo: Airbus Defence and Space – Via Satellite

Airbus Defence and Space-built Inmarsat 2 F2 satellite breaks world record – decommissioned after 23.5 years of performance in orbit.
[Via Satellite – 12/22/2014]

The Human Aspect

SES joins consortium to fight Ebola with mobile lab.
[BioPrepWatch – 12/24/2014]

Iceberg on Sentinel-1A’s radar – Satnews photo

Sailor on around-the-world voyage alerted to massive iceberg in his path observed by Sentinel 1 satellite.
[Satnews – 12/23/2014]

Crossover International Academy in Ghana, supported by iDirect, is dedicated to helping children escape from slavery and rebuild their lives.
[Better Satellite World]

WBMSAT News Bits 12/19/2014

Featured Article

Space Daily file imageo96

Orbital Sciences signs $1billion deal with Russian design bureau Energomash for 60 RD181 rocket engines to power the Antares rocket.
[Space Daily – 12/18/2014]

Industry Reports

The 4K market will begin in earnest in 2016; the India market could be one to watch per ABI research analyst.
[Via Satellite – 12/19/2014]

New NSR report projects satellite communications market for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to generate $3.1 billion by 2023.
[Market Wired – 12/18/2014]

New commander of U.S. Air Force Space Command Gen. John Hyten outlines his vision for the service’s space operations in 36 minute video of interview with SpaceNews military space reporter Mike Gruss.
{Space News – 12/18/2014]

Of the 5 BRICS economies, the one making the most noise in the satellite telecom sphere recently is Brazil, with seemingly not a month going by without the announcement of more capacity coming online or another big contract signed.
[NSR – 12/17/2014]

Integration of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) into civil airspace is projected to generate $89 billion in revenues over the next decade.
[Via Satelllite – 12/17/2014]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

ASC Signal Corporation endorses Satellite Professionals International’s new “Better World” campaign cataloguing enormous contributions of satellite communications to the world.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 12/16/2014]

Scottish company Astrosat wins European competition with satellite monitoring application which could help alleviate transport problems caused by mudslides across Scotland.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 12/15/2014]

Launch Activity

Arianespace launches four more O3b satellites.
[Via Satellite – 12/19/2014]

Third MUOS satellite built by Lockheed Martin is encapsulated in launch vehicle fairing, ready for December 20 launch.
[PR Newswire – 12/19/2014]

ISRO’s prototype crew module floating in the Andaman Sea after splash down. Credit: ISRO – Space News

Indian Space Research Organisation successfully conducts first experimental flight of next-generation launch vehicle and demonstrates re-entry and recovery of prototype crew capsule.
[Space News – 12/18/2014]

SpaceX barge-landing attempt delayed until January.
[Space – 12/18/2014]

Russia launches a new communications satellite in full public view the same week as the U.S. launches a secret satellite, also viewed publicly.
[Space – 12/14/2014]

Launch of a secretive payload was seen across southern California – Space

Successful night launch for a secret U.S. satellite, from Vandenberg AFB California.
[Space – 12/13/2014]

Satellite Construction

U.S. Air Force space program languishes as new satellite architectures are studied.
[National Defense – January 2015]

Raytheon and Lockheed Martin demonstrate key satellite command and control capabilities for GPS III.
[Via Satellite – 12/18/2014]

The U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce says that the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recommends Azerbaijan have three additional communications satellites.
[Cistran Finance – 12/17/2014]

Satellite Operations

Artist’s view of Galileo Satellites 5 & 6. Photo: ESA/ J Huart – Via Satellite

Galileo’s fifth satellite, recently salvaged from the wrong orbit to begin navigation testing, combines with three of its predecessors to provide its very first position fix.
[Via Satellite – 12/19/2014]

As a result of its annual satellite life review, DigitalGlobe will extend the useful lives of two of its satellites: WorldView 1 and WorldView 2.
[Via Satellite – 12/18/2014]

Ground Systems

Eutelsat offers GSM Demodulation Tool to all members of the Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG).
[Via Satellite – 12/19/2014]

Comtech EF Data introduces new LPOD-R block up converter models.
[Via Satellite – 12/18/2014]

Via Satellite file image

Ground equipment manufacturers challenged to optimize bandwidth in a world where launches of HTS are increasing bandwidth by factor of 8 to 10.
[Via Satellite – 12/17/2014]

Broadcom introduces GPS-enabled device for satellite outdoor units.
[Light Reading – 12/17/20104]

ND SatCom has announced that their flagship technology, the SKYWAN 7000 product family, has received the FIPS certification for the SKYWAN Cryptographic Module.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 12/16/2014]

Government, Military & Defense

Exelis and Iridium successfully demonstrate new global-reach communications capability for the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) Distributed Tactical Communication System (DTCS).
[Herald Online – 12/19/2014]

Belarus interested in cooperation with Azerbaijan in the field of satellite communications, in particular the use of low-orbit satellites for collaborative research.
[Trend – 12/19/2014]

MTN Government extends its military satellite communications capability with 12-meter X-band antenna to support remote, small-aperture users throughout Europe and Southwest Asia.
[Satnews – 12/19/2014]

Australian Government orders wideband tactical radios from Harris to provide reliable and secure voice and data communications.
[Satnews – 12/16/2014]

U.K. Space Agency is making an extra investment of over £200 million in Europe’s space program, providing the U.K. with increased leadership in a rapidly growing global sector.
[Satnews – 12/15/2014]

Lockheed Martin opened its Test Radio Access Facility to help speed up MUOS certifications. – Defense Systems

Lockheed Martin opens a $6.5 million Test Radio Access Facility to support faster development and deployment of Navy’s MUOS system.
[Defense Systems – 12/15/2014]

Aeronautical

A CP-140M Aurora fitted with and interim BLOS communications system at IMP Aerospace. IMP Aerospace Photo – Skies Magazine

IMP Aerospace delivers first of three CP-140M Aurora aircraft fitted with Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) satellite systems to Royal Canadian Air Force.
[Skies Magazine – 12/17/2014]

Saudi Arabia’s Alpha Star Aviation Services signs long-term partnership contract with Satcom 1 to bring latest advanced satcom technologies to its fleet.
[Arabian Aerospace – 12/16/2014]

Disaster Recovery

One of the worst-hit towns by Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines. Photo: TSF – Via Satellite

Inmarst and Telecoms Sans Frontieres (TSF) help connect Philippine towns affected by Typhoon Hagupit.
[Via Satellite – 12/18/2014]

Thames Water’s Event Response Vehicle equipped with latest satellite communications technology to boost customer service during emergencies.
[University Chronicle – 12/15/2014]

Enterprise

Philippines communications solutions pro9vider Delnet International selects Gilat to provide Ku-band SkyEdge II VSAT network for PLDT.
[CNN Money – 12/18/2014]

Second largest telecommunications provider in Philippines, Globe Telecom will use iDirect VSATs for MPLS network for enterprises.
[Business Mirror – 12/17/2014]

Mobile

Inmarsat transmits record-setting 10Mbps in L-band.
[Business Wire – 12/19/2014]

Thuraya announces launch of XT-LITE, an entry-level satellite phone that can make and receive calls on Thuraya’s satellite network.
[The Digital Ship – 12/16/2014]

TV & Radio

Czech Republic and Slovakia public broadcasters begin test broadcast of Ultra HD content on SES’s ASTRA 3B satellite.
[Business Wire – 12/15/2014]

Space

Historic Oriion test flight re-entry transmitted live over SES satellite.
[Business Wire – 12/17/2014]

Capacity Agreements

Poland’s nc+ extends long-term Eutelsat relationship with HOT BIRD satellite capacity renewal.
[Market Watch – 12/15/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Malaysia’s first fully-integrated carrier-neutral cyberport that includes a satellite communications station, IP gateway and Tier 3 data centre in Cyberjaya has gone live.
[The Star online – 12/18/2014]

Satcom Direct launches new data center solutions provider, TerraCom Direct.
[Security @ IT Business Net – 12/18/2014]

CPI brings in $475 million in sales during FY 2014, a 13 percent increase from previous year.
[Via Satellite – 12/18/2014]

Technical Communications Corporation reports net loss of $299,000 on revenue of $1,559,000 for fiscal year and three months ending September 27, 2014.
[Market Watch – 12/15/2014]

International satellite communications industry elects five leading executives to serve on GVF’s board of directors and drive key initiatives.
[Satnews – 12/13/2014]

Kymeta announces $20 million financing to continue its successful growth trajectory – Vern Fotheringham stepping down as CEO at end of year.
[Business Wire – 12/15/2014]

History

December 18, 1958 SCORE (Signal Communication by Orbiting Relay Equipment) was launched into space. – CED Magazine

December 18, 1958 – the world’s first communications satellite, SCORE, nicknamed :Chatterbox,” is launched.
[CED Magazine – 12/18/2014]

The Human Aspect

Eutelsat Communications collaborating with NetHope to improve connectivity solutions for humanitarian organisations mobilised in West Africa for the Ebola crisis.
[Market Watch – 12/15/2014]

Group of students who receive help from Tanzania Support Foundation. Photo: Tanzania Support Foundation. – Via Satellite

Globecomm donates computers to a school in Tanzanian village of Selela to suppor mission of the Tanzania Support Foundation.
[Via Satellite – 12/18/2014]

WBMSAT News Bits 12/12/2014

Featured Article

A pair of RD-180 engines mounted to the base of an Atlas 5 rocket core. Credit: NASA Kennedy – Space News

Compromise appropriations bill includes $220 million for RD-180 replacement, despite Air Force objections.
[Space News – 12/11/2014]

Industry Reports

New market research report on companiesandmarkets.com predicts global Fixed Satellite Service market to grow at CAGR of 5.48 percent over period 2014-208.
[Live-PR – 12/09/2014]

New NSR report assesses Occasional Use capacity by resolution, average revenue per booking, full time feeds used for OU, and threads to traditional FSS OU business.
[NSR – December 2014]

Transportation represents over 44% of total units and over 20% of total satellite M2M/IoT market revenues; big data is moving M2M/IOT to new heights.
[NSR – 12/03/2014]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Following the huge success of Myanmar’s first Satellite Forum, the Myanmar government has outlined plans to launch its own satellite within five years.
[Realwire – 12/11/2014]

Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, is exhibiting at the ITU Telecom World exhibition hosted for the first time in Doha.
[Satnews – 12/08/2014]

Launch Activity

Airbus criticized by French senator for even thinking about using SpaceX for a satellite launch two years from now.
[Space News – 12/12/2014]

Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia – Space News

Omnibus bill includes $20 million for repairs at Wallops Island launch facility.
[Space News – 12/12/2014]

A photo illustration depicting Lockheed Martin’s Athena 2S rocket on the pad at Kodiak Launch Complex. Credit: Alaska Aerospace Corp. — Space News

Alaska Aerospace selects Lockheed Martin for Kodiak launches.
[Space News – 12/12/2014]

Orbital Sciences contracts United Launch Alliance to conduct next commercial resupply mission to ISS using Atlas 5 rocket.
[Via Satellite – 12/10/2014]

China’s 200th rocket launch carries the fourth installment in the China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite program, CBERS-4, into space.
[Tech Times – 12/09/2014]

Astra 2G – Credit: ILS photo – Space News

SES cedes its place for Astra 2G satellite  on Proton launch manifest to Gazprom Space Systems, after its November 28 launch was scrapped.
[Space News – 12/09/2014]

Canadian Satellite communications provider Hunter Communications is readying for the launch of its first hosted payload on the Eutelsat 115 West B satellite early next year.
[Via Satellite – 12/09/2014]

Long March 2D rocket lifts off carrying Yaogan-24 satellite. Credit: Xinhua photo by Ren Long – Space News

China launches two satellites within 24 hours.
[Space News – 12/08/2014]

Ariane 5 launches DirecTV 14 and India’s GSAT 16 satellites.
[Spaceflight Now – 12/06/2014]

Satellite Construction

(Getty Images – for illustrative purposes only) – Arabian Business

UAE’s Yahsat to raise around $500 million through debt and equity to finance a third satellite.
[Arabian Business – 12/12/15]

RSCC Meets with China Great Wall Industry Corporation to discuss manufacture, launch and operation of communications satellites.
[Via Satellite – 12/10/2014]

HISPASAT finds the multi-mission communications satellite it is looking for at Space Systems/Loral and orders Amazonas 5.
[Intelligent Aerospace.- 12/10/2014]

Airbus and SSTL to build software-defined “Eutelsat Quantum” class satellite for EUTELSAT enabling clients to actively define performance and flexibility.
[Via Satellite – 12/08/2014]

Satellite Technology

Navy’s nano-satelites, hitching rides on larger satellites, could boost tactical communications.
[Defense Systems – 12/08/2014]

First batch of eight SMDC-ONE nano-satellites built by Mitec delivered to Army; future constellation would extend tactical communications beyond-the-horizon.
[Defense Update]

Satellite Operations

Optus 10 satellite enters commercial service.
[Via Satellite – 12/12/2014]

Ground Systems

VeriSat releases interference analysis tool called SatGuard which was jointly developed with SES.
[Via Satellite – 12/125/2014]

Uraquay’s OpenSky orders Gilat VSATs for the state-owned telecommunications company ANTEL.
[Marketwatch – 12/11/2014]

Uplogix combines secure out-of-band access and local automation to improve management of networking and satcoms devices without using the network itself.
[SatNews – 12/11/2014]

Kratos is to extend existing Capacity Management Center of Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, to accommodate Es’hail-2 satellite to be launched in 2016.
[Market Watch – 12/08/2014]

Government, Military & Defense

Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that the DOD is expected to spend over $200 million over the next five years to store satellites.
[Via Satellite – 12/12/2014]

NASA awards $49 million IDIQ contract to Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority to support MARS 3 launch site services at Wallops Island.
[Via Satellite – 12/12/2014]

A NovaWurks Conformal Spacecraft based on the modular HISat platform. Photo: NovaWurks – Via Satellite

SpaceFlight to launch DARPA satlets, wins first military rideshare customer for Sherpa.
[Via Satellite – 12/11/2014]

French Defense Ministry contracts with Airbus Defence and Space and Thales for work on first eavesdropping satellite in spite of unresolved budget issues.
[Space News – 12/10/2014]

SES demonstrates ground breaking new O3b satellite technology for U.S. Government customers.
[Euronext – 12/08/2014]

Navy forced to postpone final certification test of MUOS to December 2015 because of problems integrating radio frequency waveform with ground segment and terminals.
[Space News – 12/08/2014]

10x10x30 inch Kestrel Eye with 1.5 meter imagery resolution (credit: USASMDC/ARSTRAT briefing to SMD symposium) – The Space Review

DOD recognizes that deploying smallsats might offer space resiliency, but creates challenges and could compound problem of space congestion.
[The Space Review – 12/08/2014]

Mysterious object 204-28E, launched by Russia with three satellites in May, performed intricate orbital maneuvers calling into question its purpose.
[Space News – 12/08/2014]

Aeronautical

ESA outlines opportunities and challenges for satellite aircraft tracking with Iris.
[Aviation Today – 12/10/2014]

Broadband

Credit: Google Loon – Space News

CNES partners with Google on Internet balloon project.
[Space News – 12/12/2014]

In partnership with Eclipse of Paris, Satcom Direct’s Router has been enhanced to allow up to four times faster data transfer rates with supported SwiftBroadband terminals.
[Aviation Pros – 12/09/2014]

Enterprise

Philippines’ Globe Telecom partners with iDirect to offer corporate clients robust, flexible, and high speed connectivity.
[PR Newswire – 12/10/2014]

Oil & Gas

Ceona Amazo – Penn Energy

Ceona Offshore selects Emerging Markets Communications to provide on-board communications solutions for its new Ceona Amazon.
[Penn Energy – 12/11/2014]

TV& Radio

Radiotelevisión Veracruz (RTV) has successfully delivered the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games across the Americas using IDC’s TITAN(TM) Video Contribution Solution.
[PR Web – 12/10/2014]

EpicVue selects Launchit to introduce satellite TV to trucking fleets.
[PRWeb – 12/09/2014]

Space

International Space Station – Credit: NASA – Space News

Surprises coming from the European Space Agency’s ministerial conference in Luxembourg include Britain raising stake in ISS.
[Space News – 12/12/2014]

Space Angels Network and Israel’s Space-Nest launch partnership to grow space startups.
[Via Satellite – 12/12/2014]

Photo at Space News

NASA will weigh several factors when it makes a Dec. 16 decision on a plan for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM).
[Space News – 12/11/2014]

Omnibus spending bill boosts NASA budget by $530 million.
[Space News – 12/10/2014]

NASA official says SLS and Orion will slip to 2018 based on technical issues in spite of funding increase.
[Space News – 12/10/2014]

France and the Czech Republic sign a treaty of cooperation on the peaceful exploration and use of outer space.
[Via Satellite – 12/10/2014]

Little NASA spacecraft known as New Horizons, asleep for most of its eight-year journey to the edge of the solar system, is about to make the first visit to Pluto.
[Washington Post – 12/09/2014]

NASA puts up $5 million prize purse to encourage private teams to send small satellites to and beyond lunar space as SLS ride-alongs.
[Space News – 12/08/2014]

Legal

SpaceX lawsuit against U.S. Air Force encounters jurisdictional challenge.
[Space News – 12/08/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Lockheed Martin opens new terminal facility for MUOS at its Sunnyvale, CA campus.
[Via Satellite – 12/12/2014]

Thales Alenia is spending roughly $10 million to expand its Cannes, France campus with new space optics building.
[Via Satellite – 12/10/2014]

The Human Aspect

Intelsat chairman and CEO David McGlade moving to position of executive chairman, and will be succeeded by Stephen Spengler.
[Via Satellite – 12/11/2014]

Globecomm sponsors satellite communications services for School at Sea.
[WhaTech – 12/11/2014]

Inmarsat brings life-saving connectivity to remote African village, allowing more than 1,000 children to receive enhanced medical care.
[Satellite Evolution Group  12/10/2014]

TSF deploys in Philippines to work with United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team before the country is slammed by super typhoon Haugpit.
[Satnews – 12/08/2014]

WBMSAT News Bits 12/06/2014

Featured Article

The RD-180 is the main engine on United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 rocket – Credit: ULA photo – Space News

House-Senate conference measure prohibits future use of a Russian-built RD180 rocket engine that today routinely launches U.S. national security satellites.
[Space News – 12/05/2014]

Industry Reports

Fixed satellite services (FSS) market worth $17.21 billion in 2019 according to new MarketsandMarkets report.
[PR Newswire – 12/05/2014]

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Analysis of the US Government and Military Commercial Satellite Market 2014″ report to their offering.
[Reuters – 12/04/2014]

Emerging markets are the source of the majority of satellite pay-TV growth according to Euroconsult report.
[Via Satellite – 12/04/2014]

Launch Activity

GSAT-16 and DirecTV 14 launch deferred for second time due to bad weather.
[Times of India – 12/06/2014]

Arabsat to invest USD 2.5 billion in launching five new sixth-generation satellites in 2015.
[telecompaper – 12/05/2014]

Intermediate Experimental Vehicle, IXV, ESA artist’s concept – Space News

ESA seeks answers about decision to cancel scheduled November launch of Intermediate Experimental Vehicle, IXV, because of range-safety concerns.
[Space News – 12/05/2014]

Special Purpose Inexpensive Satellite (SpinSat) is deployed from International Space Station through the Japanese Experiment Module Airlock.
[Via Satellite – 12/04/2014]

European Space Agency (ESA) says the agency is changing the governance arrangements of Europe’s next generation launchers letting industry take the lead.
[Via Satellite – 12/03/2014]

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have launched the Hayabusa 2 asteroid explorer satellite aboard an H2A rocket.
[Via Satellite – 12/03/2014]

Proton-M rocket – ITAR TASS/Roscosmos

Delayed Proton-M launches get new dates – Russia’s Yamal-401 satellite is scheduled for lift-off on December 16 and Europe’s Astra-2G on December 28.
[TASS – 12/02/2014]

Airbus is negotiating a SpaceX launch for the ESA-supported Laser Relay Satellite.
[Space News – 12/01/2014]

Satellite Construction

SSL takes Hispasat Amazonas 5 satellite contract away from Orbital Sciences.
[Space News – 12/05/2014]

ESA awards contracts to Airbus Defence and Space for Sentinel 6 Earth observation satellite.
[Via Satellite – 12/05/2014]

Thales Alenia Space will build the SWOT ocean-altimetry satellite as part of a U.S.-French collaboration and Airbus Defence and Space will build the Merlin methane-detecting satellite as part of a joint Franco-German program.
[Space News – 12/05/2014]

Data and satellite imagery startup OmniEarth is in the process of raising capital for a constellation of 18 Earth imaging satellites to collect space-based data.
[Via Satellite – 12/02/2014]

Lockheed Martin completes environmental testing on U.S. Navy’s fourth MUOS secure communications satellite.
[PR Newswire – 12/01/2014]

World Bulletin file photo

Turkey will be among those countries which produce and launch their own satellites within five years according to head of Turksat.
[World Bulletin – 11/30/2014]

Nepalese government may soon call a tender to hire a consultant that will conduct a feasibility study to launch Nepal’s own satellite.
[The Himalayan – 11/29/2014]

Satellite Technology

A deployed Spectrolab-produced solar wing. Photo: Boeing. – Via Satellite

Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab manufactures its 4 millionth gallium arsenide-based solar cell for space.
[Via Satellite – 12/03/2014]

Satellite Operations

Iridium Communications insists that its Iridium 91 satellite is fully operational in orbit and has not experienced a breakup or other anomalies despite a U.S. Air Force assessment to the contrary.
[Space News – 12/05/2014]

U.S. to expedite orbital collision-avoidance warnings to China, with no detour through the U.S. Sate Department.
[Space News – 12/05/2014]

Galileo satellite left in bad orbit reaches operating position.
[Space News – 12/05/2014]

Broadcasters worldwide agree to support training and certification by GVF for satellite uplink and terminal operators to encourage best practices and reduce interference.
[SatNews – 12/02/2014]

exacEarth’s exactView 1 satellite – Photo SSTL – Via Satellite

ExactEarth has purchased one in-orbit Automatic Identification System (AIS) satellite and has received license to obtain AIS data from two more spacecraft.
[Via Satellite – 12/02/2014]

Laser link between satellites Sentinel 1-A in LEO and Alphasat in GEO successfully used to downlink earth observation data from Sentinel 1-A through Alphasat.
[The Digital Ship – 12/01/2014]

Ground Systems

Azernews file graphic

Azerbaijan’s Space Agency Azercosmos signs agreement with Gilat to use the SkyEdge II-c network to offer multi-application satellite managed services to Azercosmos customers.
[Azernews – 12/05/2014]

VeriSat launches interference analysis tool jointly developed with SES.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 12/04/2014]

ATCi introduces its Simulsat Multibeam transport system specifically designed for a full range government and military applications.
[PR Newswire – 12/03/2014]

Hughes receives Inmarsat type approval for its 9211-HDR portable BGAN terminal.
[Via Satellite – 12/01/2014]

Government, Military & Defense

The Indian government is considering the idea of utilising satellite technologies for taking broadband services into rural and remote areas.
[The Hindu – 12/05/2014]

Aspiring private weather satellite operators want to sell data to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[Space News – 12/05/2014]

Artillery cannon crew members – U.S. Army photo

Army’s satellite-based Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, or WIN-T, Increment 2 enables rapid fire missions.
[U.S. Army – 12/02/2014]

U.S. Air Force extends Lockheed contract on Milstar, DSCS.
[Space News – 12/01/2014]

Aeronautical

Inmarsat reports that it is making strong progress in securing the necessary approvals from EU states in preparation for launch of Air to Ground service with airlines in Europe.
[Runway Girl Network – 12/05/2014]

Bristow Helicopters has selected Iridium’s OpenPort service to provide satellite broadband through Thales’ LiveAero product for its Sikorsky S-92 helicopters.
[Via Satellite – 12/03/2014]

European Space Agency (ESA) signs a contract with Inmarsat for development of a space-based aviation data link for European airspace.
[Air Transport World – 12/02/2014]

Broadband

New Zealand territory Tokelau telecommunications provider Teletok becomes Kacific’s sixth customer for HTS satellite broadband.
[Via Satellite – 12/05/2014]

Hughes Network Systems has begun offering broadband plans targeted to Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
[Via Satellite – 12/03/2014]

Enterprise

Advantech Wireless wins VSAT Discovery Network contract for nationwide IP base communications platform in Southeast Asia.
[PRWeb – 12/06/2014]

GPS

Broadcom announces industry’s first GNSS location hub for smartphones to support Galileo satellite system.
[Market Watch – 12/02/2014]

Maritime

Radiant Technologies (of CPI) wins contract for continued production of shipboard satellite communications radomes and reflectors.
[Via Satellite – 12/04/2014]

Bluetide Communications iOS app serves as a central touch point for fleet communication with capabilities from video streaming and deck snapshots to instant contact with individual vessels.
[Marine Log – 12/01/2014]

M2M

Numerex enhances its service offering to provide an industry-leading unlimited satellite data plan specifically targeted for its suite of M2M products.
[Globe Newswire – 12/05/2014]

TV& Radio

Encrypted IP video satellite broadcast solution delivered by Microspace.
[Satnews – 12/05/2014]

Mobile Telesystems (MTS) of Russia details plans to launch a satellite pay-TV service with 160 channels.
[Via Satellite – 12/04/2014]

Tokyo, Japan – site of 2020 Olympics – Photo: Chris Winkle – Via Satellite

NHK to broadcast 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 8K “Super High Vision” (SHV).
[Via Satellite – 12/01/2014]

Multichannel TV homes reaches over 500 million in Asia Pacific.
[Via Satellite – 12/01/2014]

Space

Orion capsule, atop a Delta IV rocket, lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla – Smiley N. Pool/Houston Chronicle – NY Times

First flight test is successful for NASA’s Orion spacecraft, designed to take astronauts beyond the moon.
[NY times – 12/05/2014]

MATROSHKA experiment outside International Space Station finds open space to be a bit less hostile to humans than expected.
[Space News – 12/04/2014]

NASA scheduled to loft an astronaut capsule, ORION, beyond low Earth orbit for the first time since Apollo 17 returned from the moon.
[New York Times – 12/02/2014]

Regulatory

U.S. Department of Justice clears merger of Orbital and ATK.
[Via Satellite – 12/05/2014]

Legal

Loral to pay $45 million and MDA/SSL to pay $55 million of $100 million ViaSat litigation settlement.
[Market Watch – 12/02/2014]

Capacity Agreements

XTAR to supply X-band space segment for NASA’s Ka-band Objects: Observation and Monitoring (KaBOOM) project.
[Via Satellite – 12/05/2014]

Services

Intelsat expands fiber services to its new Tyson Corner North American headquarters, and across North America, with Level 3.
[PR Newswire – 12/02/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

CMMB Vision agrees to acquire 51 percent of Dish-HJD Asia for $6 million.
[Via Satellite – 12/05/2014]

Digital rendering of Azersky in space. Photo: Azercosmos. – Via Satellite

Azercosmos to take ownership of Airbus’ Spot 7 EO satellite.
[Via Satellite – 12/02/2014]

Inmarsat appoints SpeedCast International Limited as a Distribution Partner for its flagship maritime service, FleetBroadband, and Fleet One.
[The Maritime Journal – 12/02/2014]

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is hiring … a farmer?
[Market Watch – 12/02/2014]

History

Osama bin Laden bought Inmarsat satellite phone for $15,000 in 1996 and made over 900 international calls over the next two years.
[Bloomberg Businessweek – 12/04/2014]

25 years in the commercial satellite telecom business a lifetime – SpaceNews 25th anniversary look back.
[Space News – 12/01/2014]

The Human Aspect

Thuraya increases its commitment to emergency communications response with the donation of Thuraya satellite phones to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
[Business Wire – 12/04/2014]

Nielsen survey for Globalstar reveals when it comes to winter road trips and outdoor activities, the majority of Ontarians have safety on their minds.
[Market Wired – 12/04/2014]

Extreme Tech file photo

The life of a South Pole communications technician – Extreme Tech interview.
[Extreme Tech – 12/02/2014]

WBMSAT News Bits 11/28/2014

Featured Article

Credit: European Space Agency graphic – Space News

Despite growing concern about orbital debris, and language in U.S. national space policy directing government agencies to study debris cleanup technologies, industry worries not enough is being done to implement the policy.
[Space News – 11/24/2014]

Industry Reports

New Frost & Sullivan report, “Analysis of the Global Military Satcom Applications Market,” expects 2013 revenue of $3.05 billion to grow to $3.82 billion in 2022.
[Satnews – 1126/2014]

The majority of the 764 FTA satellite channels in the Arab world are still broadcast in Standard Definition (SD), while only 10.5% broadcast in High Definition (HD).
[Satellite Markets & Research – 11/26/2014]

New Research and Markets report examines telecommunications market in Russia and segments offering potential for rapid growth and expansion.
[Satellite Spotlight – 11/25/2014]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Gilat-sponsored Satcom Innovations Russia 2014 event in Moscow sees excellent turnout.
[IT Business Net – 11/26/2014]

Thuraya Telecommunications Company named winner of Telecom Review’s Satellite Operator of the Year Award at fifth annual summit in Dubai.
[Satnews – 11/26/2014]

Arab Satellite Communications Organization, Arabsat, participants and sponsors attending Saudi Media Forum November 26-27.
[Satnews – 11/25/2014]

Launch Activity

Azernews file graphic

The launch of Turkmenistan’s first cosmic communication satellite has been postponed from November 2014 to the first half of 2015, RIA Novosti reported.
[Azernews – 11/28/2014]

Launch preparations of Soyuz  underway at Kourou for December 18 launch of next four O3b satellites.
[Space Daily – 11/28/2014]

DIRECTV-14 encapsulated in fairing, ready to be positioned atop India’s GSAT-16 in preparation for early December launch from French Guiana.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 11/27/2014]

ASTRA 2G communications launch delayed due to fault discovered in control unit of the Proton Briz-M upper stage booster.
[Spaceflight Insider – 11/26/2014]

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle with “X-wing” fins. Credit: SpaceX photo – Space News

Elon Musk shows off ‘X-wings’ for Falcon 9R reusable rocket, along with plans for seaborne landing pads.
[Space News – 11/25/2014]

NASA selects Orbital’s Pegasus rocket to launch ICON Ionospheric Science Satellite.
[Business Wire – 11/24/2014]

XCOR successfully conducts hot fire testing of the XR-SH25 next generation upper stage engine’s regeneratively cooled thrust chamber.
[Via Satellite – 11/24/2014]

Satellite Construction

Saarc member states welcome India’s proposal to launch a satellite for the Saarc region in 2016.
[NDTV – 11/27/2014]

Azernews file graphic – Azernews

Azerbaijan will set orbital position of second telecommunications satellite by 2015, with signing of construction contracts to begin next year.
[Azernews – 11/27/2014]

Northrop Grumman delivers AstroMesh reflector for SMAP satellite.
[Via Satellite – 11/25/2014]

Following the launch of micro satellite “PicoDragon” in 2013, Vietnam plans to improve its technological capabilities and launch its first commercial satellite by 2020.
[Vietnam Net – 11/24/2014]

Northrop Grumman is awarded contract to build third Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System.
[Via Satellite – 11/21/2014]

Satellite Technology

Addvalue is developing a radiation-resistant satellite-based modem to be experimented on the new VELOX-II satellite built by Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.
[4-traders – 11/25/2014]

Photo: NASA – Via Satellite

NASA hosts $5 million CubeSat challenge.
[Via Satellite – 11/25/2014]

Busek concept for managing space debris involving two spacecraft – Credit: Busek video capture – Space News

Companies attending a recent workshop offered a number of technical concepts for reducing the amount of orbital debris, but acknowledged that they lack business plans for carrying out those efforts.
[Space News – 11/25/2014]

Satellite Operations

The first ever gigabit transmission via laser of imagery between the radar sensor on Sentinel-1A and Alphasat satellites, the latter built by Airbus Defence and Space, has taken place successfully.
[Directions Magazine – 11/28/2014]

Ground Systems

Advantech Wireless unveils aerial surveillance, military security, and disaster recovery solutions.
[Defense World – 11/26/2014]

Comtech Telecommunications gets $3.5 million order for SATCOM ground equipment to support mobile network upgrade & expansion in Asia.
[CNBC – 11/24/2014]

Gilat signs agreements to provide SkyEdge II-c terminals to three ISPs subscribing to SES Broadband Services’ Astra Connect service offering.
[4-traders – 11/24/2014]

Government, Military & Defense

The Spektr-UV telescope will be similar to the US Hubble Space Telescope (HST) – Space Daily

U.S. bans technology export for Russian Spektr-UV telescope project.
[Space Daily – 11/28/2014]

Russia and China plan to create a mobile system of several satellites and infrastructure to serve emergency services, border guards, and rescue operations.
[Vestnik Kavkaza – 11/27/2014]

Russia’s Center for Operation of Space Ground-Based Infrastructure (TsENKI) reports that the Meteor M2 remote sensing satellite has nearly completed in-orbit testing following its July 8 launch.
[Via Satellite – 11/26/2014]

Lockheed Martin gets $41 million cost-plus award fee modification for logistics and sustainment support of the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) and Milstar Military Satellite Communications Systems.
[Via Satellite – 11/26/2014]

Air Force’s Enhanced Polar System communications project passes integrated baseline review by contractor Northrop Grumman.
[C4ISR & Networks – 11/26/2014]

NASA is again seeking bids on more than $1 billion of space medicine work covered under a contract that will be awarded at least two years later than planned because of prolonged sparring between incumbent Wyle Laboratories and SAIC.
[Space News – 11/26/2014]

Orbital Sciences Corp. will get most of its planned revenue from NASA for the Oct. 28 launch of Orbital’s Antares rocket despite the rocket’s failure because the milestone that triggered payment was the rocket’s ignition and liftoff, not launch success.
[Space News – 11/25/2014]

Tiny Florida firm acting as middleman in acquisition of Russian rocket engines for U.S. government is marking up each engine by millions.
[Space News – 11/24/2014]

U.S. Air Force is expected to demonstrate its newly developed protected tactical waveform in new modems and reworked terminals as early as 2018.
[Space News – 11/24/2014]

Inquisitr file photo

Satellite images show that China is building its own island along the Spratly Islands off of the Fiery Cross Reef large enough for an airfield.
[Inquisitr – 11/22/2014]

Solar Prominence – Photo: Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA – Via Satellite

U.S. government agencies are interested in greater amounts of data on solar activity.
[Via Satellite – 11/14/2014]

Aeronautical

Inmarsat outsources the provision of security IT and services to CGI as part of a European Space Agency air traffic management project.
[Computer Weekly – 11/28/2014]

Europeans charged with modernization of air traffic control consider space junk issue while deciding whether to use new satellite or existing systems.
[Air Traffic Management – 11/26/2014]

AirMedia partners with China Telecom Satellite Communications on in-flight connectivity.
[Financial News – 11/24/2014]

Broadband

Croatian Post to market Eutelsat Tooway satellite broadband service.
[telecompaper – 11/27/2014]

SkyVision builds satellite IP network in Seychelles.
[Sip Trunking Report – 11/24/2014]

OTE selects Eutelsat KA-SAT to deliver OTE SA’s new satellite broadband service to homes across Greece.
[OnScreen Asia – 11/24/2014]

Maritime

MSC Cruises has started a fleet-wide optimization enabled by Marlink to improve shipboard VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) connectivity to compare with terrestrial wireless broadband.
[Satnews – 11/24/2014]

Oil & Gas

GVF-EMP Oil & Gas Communications Conference Series in Kuala Lumpur draws to close, previewing London Roundtable programme.
[GVF Press Release – 11/25/2014]

TV& Radio

SES announces that Germany-based TurkShow is broadcasting across Western Europe via Astra at the 19. Degrees East orbital position.
[Business Wire – 11/25/2014]

Legal

DeLorme wins judgment – EDVA judge invalidates patent on satellite-based emergency notification system.
[Virginia ip Law – 11/21/2014]

Space

Italy, Europe’s third-largest International Space Station contributor, calls Thales Alenia’s concerns about insufficient funding legitimate but overblown.
[Space News – 11/26/2014]

3-D printer on the International Space Station fabricates a replacement part for itself.
[R&D Magazine – 11/25/2014]

Orbital Sciences congratulates NASA and the Swift satellite team on the recent 10th anniversary of the astrophysics spacecraft’s launch and successful operation, greatly exceeding its planned 2-year life.
[Market Watch – 11/25/2014]

Capacity Agreements

Globecast has entered an agreement with Measat Satellite Systems to broadcast U.S. network Home and Garden Television (HGTV) channel in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
[Via Satellite – 11/26/2014]

Services

NewSat will provide ground infrastructure support and future satellite services for an undisclosed European satellite operator.
[ZDNet – 11/28/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Gilat sees first positive net income in two years.
[Via Satellite – 1126/2014]

Sierra Nevada to close California propulsion facility.
[Space News – 11/26/2014]

Two Canadian pension funds near deal for Loral’s Telesat.
[Reuters – 11/25/2014]

Iridium says distorted process of vendor selection blocks its entry into Indian satellite phone market and alleges BSNL appears to work only with Inmarsat.
[Silicon India – 11/24/2014]

Top industry CTOs discuss questions they face, from High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and all-electric propulsion satellites to which launch provider to use.
[Via Satellite – 11/24/2014]

Eutelsat signs partnership with Spacecom that would drive expansion of digital entertainment in Africa.
[4-traders – 11/23/2014]

History

Goonhilly 1 “Arthur” – Credit GES Ltd – Southgate Amateur Radio News

Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd transforming the BT satellite communications site at Goonhilly into a new Space Science centre, as it tracks FUNcube and UKube-1.
[Southgate Amateur Radio News – 11/26/2014]

WBMSAT News Bits 11/21/2014

Featured Article

5th Galileo satellite orbiting earth – esa artist’s concept – esa

U.S warns EU that any preferential treatment it gives to its Galileo positioning, navigation and timing network may violate WTO agreements.
[Space News – 11/21/2014]

Industry Reports

According to ABI research, mobile video and data optimization could deliver operators savings and revenue boost of US$28.7 billion.
[Satellite Markets & Research – 11/21/2014]

New report by MarketsandMarkets forecast mobile satellite services market by services and access type to reach $5.62 billion by 2019.
[PRWeb – 11/20/2014]

Infonetics Research’s latest Pay TV Services and Subscribers report projects OTT to soar to US$10 billion by 2018.
[Satellite Markets & Research – 11/20/2014]

The Global Satellite Communication market in the Oil and Gas industry is to grow at a CAGR of 5.74 percent over the period 2013-2018.
[Live-PR – 11/18/2014]

BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa) offer sizable satellite capacity opportunities according to NSR report.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 11/19/2014]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Gilat to present latest advances in satellite communications at CommuniCast Myanmar 2014.
[CNBC – 11/19/2014]

Advantech Wireless named Most Promising Company of the Year at SATCON 2014./
[4-traders – 11/17/2014]

Launch Activity

Virginia may seek federal funds for Wallops spaceport repairs after $20 million damage caused by Antares explosion.
[Space News – 11/21/2014]

Europe’s satellite operators applaud apparent agreement between France and Germany, and say they need to hurry up.
[Space News – 11/20/2014]

Arianespace certified to ISO:14001 environmental management system certification for operations at its launch base in French Guiana.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 11/20/2014]

Fueling GSAT-16 – Photo is courtesy of Arianespace – Satnews

India’s GSAT-16 fueled and ready to go with co-passenger DIRECTV-14 in early December.
[Satnews – 11/20/2014]

SES satellite containing a military Ka- and X-band payload to be launched November 28 to help secure Luxembourg-registered slot reservation.
[Space News – 11/19/2014]

Third MUOS satellite for mobile warfighters is delivered to Cape Canaveral for a January 2015 liftoff.
[Brahmand Defence & Aerospace News – 11/19/2014]

Satellite Construction

Northrop Grumman gets $121 million contract to build and deliver the third Advance Technology Microwave Sounder for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System.
[Via Satellite – 11/21/2014]

SpaceX may launch PSN satellite – Credit: SpaceX photo – Space News

After Boeing unable to find partner customer for a two-satellite contract for all-electric satellites, Indonesia’s PSN switches to Space Systems/Loral.
[Space News – 11/20/2014]

SSL reveals that previously unnamed customer ordering a new satellite with a High Throughput Satellite payload  was PT Pasifik Satellit Nusantara (PSN).
[Satnews – 11/19/2014]

Argentina’s high-tech satellite expertise leads to insurance rates much lower than many other countries.
[Buenos Aires Herald – 11/17/2014]

Satellite Operations

NewSat’s Jabiru 2 hosted payload on Measat 3b enters service.
[Via Satellite – 11/18/2014]

Satellite Technology

Busek’s BHT-1500 Hall Effect Thruster. Photo: Busek – Via Satellite

Aerospace Corporation tests Busek Co.’s BHT-1500 Hall Effect Thruster, used for electric propulsion of satellites.
[Via Satellite – 11/18/2014]

Ground Systems Technology

Isat installs pilot VSAT terminals at Qatar’s Es’hailSat headquarters in Doha, Qatar, to enable commercialization of Ka-band payloads on Es’Hail 1.
[Trade Arabia – 11/20/2014]

Students using satellite-powered tablets. Photo: Newtec – Via Satellite

U.S.-based satellite solutions provider Yazmi and Newtec create an e-learning capability on the satellite-enabled Odyssey tablet.
[Via Satellite – 11/18/2014]

Government, Military & Defense

U.S. international partners in space to have indirect access to data from Pentagon’s next-generation Space Fence tracking system.
[Space News – 11/21/2014]

Photo: Cassidian – Via Satellite

Airbus Defence and Space creates a new satellite solution for transmitting data from remote border security sensor sites to central operational centers.
[Via Satellite – 11/20/2014]

Azerbaijan and the United Arab Emirates reach agreement on bilateral cooperation in the field of satellite communications.
[Azernews – 11/20/2014]

Expert says concerns that a mysterious Russian space object launched by Moscow may be a ‘satellite killer’ are hugely overblown.
[Fox News – 11/20/2014]

Russia testing a satellite that may be capable of chasing down other orbiting spacecraft, according to observers.
[BBC – 11/20/2014]

Defense Information Systems Agency having trouble gauging the military’s long-term requirements for satellite capacity.
[Via Satellite – 11/19/2014]

From air to space to operator–RIFL2E technology – Image is courtesy of DRDC – Satnews

Canadian RIFL2E project demonstrates that sensors producing high bandwidth data can be efficiently exploited using currently available and emerging satellite and other technology to connect and share intelligence.
[Satnews – 11/18/2014]

Flooded street in NY following superstorm Sandy – Photo: Oliver Rich. – Via Satellite

United States DHS sees room for satellite to play a role in the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), a developing national broadband network prioritized for emergencies and public safety.
[Via Satellite – 11/17/2014]

General Atomics gets $17 million contract modification for 16 universal upgrade kits to existing Poway, California dual carrier satellite communications ground data terminal.
[Signal online – 11/17/2014]

Aeronautical

Alcatel-Lucent to supply LTE ground equipment for Inmarsat’s Europe-wide aviation telecoms network, Europe’s first.
[FierceWirelessEurope – 11/21/2014]

Star Navigation Systems and International Communications Group launch integrated S.M.A.R.T. AIRCRAFT solution providing operators with omprehensive flight deck communications and airframe/flight management,
[Intelligent Aerospace – 11/21/2014]

Gogo receives Supplemental Type Certificate (STA) from the FAA to install Ku-band satellite connectivity service on Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.
[CNN Money – 11/20/2014]

Advantech Wireless releases new 100W Ku-band GaN based airborne grade SSPB/BUC.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 11/20/2014]

Broadband

OTE S.A., leading telecoms operator in Greece, turns to Eutelsat KA-SAT to extend high-speed internet availability across the country.
[Reuters – 11/21/2014]

Why is SpaceX so eager to enter the satellite internet business with a s many as 700 small low earth satellites given the sad history of many entrants into the business?
[Quartz – 11/20/2014]

SES to provide Astra Connect satellite broadband to 36 German villages in partnership with Orbitcom.
[Via Satellite – 11/19/2014]

Eutelsat Broadband look to expand presence in Slovakia.
[TeleGeography – 11/18/2014]

Facebook reportedly to sign deal with Avanti that will bring free internet access across Africa.
[IT Pro – 11/17/2014]

Disaster Recovery

Hughes Network Systems creates strategic information sharing partnership with the All Hazards Consortium.
[Via Satellite – 11/19/2014]

Enterprise

SkyVision provides Cable and Wireless Seychelles viable communications from the main island to smaller remote islands using the Romantis VSAT platform.
[Biz Community – 11/21/2014]

Maritime

Satellite communications come bundled from shipyards as a standard package of options within ten years.
[Superyacht News – 11/21/2014]

Mobile

SES concludes that Ku-band is superior to Ka-band for most mobile-broadband applications.
[Space News – 11/21/2014]

Bids in the U.S. government’s biggest auction of wireless licenses since 2008 have shot up to a surprising $24.2 billion in just five days.
[Wall Street Journal – 11/19/2014]

Oil & Gas, Energy

O3b Networks and Hermes Datacomms partner to deliver advance communications services to a major energy customer in Angola.
[Via Satellite – 11/21/2014]

O3b teleport in Perth, Australia – Photo: O3b Networks – Via Satellite

Gulfsat Madagascar selects O3b Networks to provide stellite capacity for high-performance broadband and telephony services.
[Via Satellite – 11/18/2014]

Television, Radio

IDC is selected by the Asamblea Nacional del Ecuador to deploy a new IDC video distribution service.
[Via Satellite – 11/20/2014]

IDC is chosen to upgrade satellite radio network of SRN of Australia.
[Via Satellite – 11/17/2014]

Space

Maven spacecraft – Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin – Space News

Glitch sends latest NASA Mars orbiter into safe mode less than a week after full science operations began.
[Space News – 11/20/2014]

Image credit NASA/DSO – Satnews

Japanese space probe and observatory record huge sunspot activity with a sunspot cluster 10 times the size of Earth.
[Satnews – 11/20/2014]

Credit: Lunar Missions Ltd. artist’s concept – Space News

British company announces crowdfunded lunar mission.
[Space News – 11/19/2014]

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team image – Space News

Philae managers say recovery is possible as the comet approaches the sun.
[Space News  11/18/2014]

Airbus gets ESA contract to build Orion service module.
[Space News – 11/18/2014]

Capacity Agreements

Globecomm has leased additional capacity on Gazprom Space System’s Yamal 402 satellite, totaling 36MHz.
[Via Satellite – 11/19/2014]

M7 Group of Luxembourg purchases additional capacity from SES to support new HD channels.
[Via Satellite – 11/18/2014]

Babylon Media Company signs contract for lease of one transponder from YAHLIVE.
[ZAWYA – 11/17/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

McQ Inc., a sensor system company, has entered a partnership with Iridium Satellite Communications Network developing applications for Commercial and Government customers.
[Market Watch – 11/21/2014]

AirMedia and China Telecom Satellite Communications Co. partner to offer in-flight connectivity and multimedia contents in China.
[CNN Money – 11/21/2014]

Inmarsat opens office in Auburn, Australia, 10 minutes away from Sydney.
[Via Satellite – 11/19/2014]

Invacom Group acquires Foxcom, with an eye to expanding Foxcom’s footprint in existing and new geographies while entering new product markets.
[Satnews – 11/20/2014]

ATK still ready to continue with Orbital Sciences merger after reviewing the company’s go-forward plan following the October 28 rocket failure.
[Via Satellite – 11/20’2014]

Eutelsat and Spacecom partner to drive expansion of digital entertainment services at one of Africa’s fastest-growing video neighborhoods.
[Space News – 11/20/2014]

Satcom Global targets mobility market In  Russia with a new office in Moscow.
[Via Satellite – 11/18/2014]

The United Kingdom Space Agency allocates approximately $50 million to build relationships with foreign companies through International Partnership Space Program.
[Via Satellite – 11/18/2014]

The Human Aspect

Soldiers from the 35th Sig. Bde. and 50th Expeditionary Sig. Bn. are receiving satellite communications equipment from the U.S. in Monrovia, Liberia to improve capabilities of mission to contain ebola.
[Satnews – 11/17/2014]

WBMSAT News Bits 11/14/2014

Featured Article

Feds lift export ban on commercial satellites.
[The Hill – 11/10/2014]

Industry Reports, Analysis

NSR’s “Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) via Satellite” report provides comprehensive market analysis of the UAS and assesses their impact on and use of satellite communications.
[Satnews – 11/12/2014]

With global FSS throughput theoretically quadrupling between 2000 and 2013 a glut might be expected, but each satellite service must be considered individually.
[Space News (The Big Satellite Shakeout) – 11/10/2014]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Themes for Myanmar’s CommuniCast 2014 November 18-10, 2014 to be “Mobile Services – New Engine for Economic Growth” and “Satellite Sovereignty.”
[Realwire – 11/14/2014]

22nd event in the GVF-EMP Oil & Gas Communications Conference Series will be taking place at the InterContinental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on November 19th and 20th, 2014.
[Satnews – 11/12/2014]

Launch Activity

The Astra 2G satellite being transported for launch. Photo: Yuzhny Space Center – Via Satellite

International Launch Services (ILS) prepares Proton for its 400th launch, the Astra 2G satellite.
[Via Satellite – 11/14/2014]

United Launch Alliance (ULA) not ready to commit to reusable next generation rocket.
[Via Satellite – 11/14/2014]

Falcon Heavy Rocket Credit: SpaceX artist’s concept – Space News

ViaSat-2 launch contract goes to SpaceX as Arianespace sits out the competition.
[Space News – 11/14/2014]

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin deliver third MUOS spacecraft to Cape Canaveral to be prepared for a January 2015 liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
[Satellite Spotlight – 11/11/2014]

Satellite Construction

Boeing successfully pairs Eutelsat 115 West B satellite with its co-passenger satellite in preparation for 2015 launch.
[Virtual Strategy – 11/12/2014]

NewSat picks GMV to build flight dynamics system for its upcoming High Throughput Satellite Jabiru 1.
[Via Satellite – 11/10/2014]

Satellite Technology

Windsat. Credit: Naval Research Laboratory photo – Space News

U.S. Air Force’s proposed next-generation weather satellite program will consist of a single satellite carrying three instruments that would launch in 2021 or 2022.
[Space News – 11/14/2014]

DARPA releases specifications for standardized spacecraft deployment system meant to allow military payloads to hitch rides on commercial satellites, then be separated when in space.
[Space News – 11/13/2014]

Elon Musk of SpaceX and WorldVu Satellites founder Greg Wyler discuss launching up to 700 smaller and less-expensive satellites to deliver internet.
[Digital Trends – 11/10/2014]

SSL to create small satellite product line using knowledge gained from Skybox Imaging.
[Via Satellite – 11/12/2014]

Ground Systems, Technology

Glowlink announces they have been awarded their third patent for the trademarked interference removal technology known as Communications Signal Interference Remover, or CSIR™.
[Satnews – 11/14/2014]

World’s first satellite-powered tablet to use Newtec technology for e-learning.
[Newtec Press Releases – 11/14/2014]

Gilat announces new SkyEdge 2-c Libra terminal that combines satellite and cellular technologies.
[Via Satellite – 11/13/2014]

Measat and NovelSat complete test of 64APSK modulation on Africasat 1a, reporting increase in spectral efficiency levels of 20 to 50 percent.
[Via Satellite – 11/13/2014]

Avanti approves C-Com Ka-band mobile antennas for operation on the Hylas 1 and Hylas 2 satellites.
[Via Satellite – 11/13/2014]

Radio wave circulator developed by researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering. – R&D Magazine

Radically smaller more efficient radio wave circulator developed by researchers could double bandwidth usage.
[R&D Magazine – 11/12/2014]

Onlime purchases latest generation satellite services hub from Romantis to be installed at the Onlime teleport near Hameln in Germany.
[Via Satellite – 11/.12/2014]

Beam Communications receives Inmarsat approval for the company’s range of IsatDock2 docking stations for the IsatPhone satellite handset.
[SatNews – 11/12/2014]

Cobham releases 2.4-meter radical offset Sea Tel VSAT antenna for both C-band and Ku-band operation that can switch between VSAT bands automatically.
[Via Satellite – 11/11/2014]

Intellian v-series antennas, with strong performance and redundancy and simple conversion from Ku-band to Ka-band, provide easy upgrade path to Thor 7 for Telenor’s customers.
[Satnews – 11/10/2014]

Government, Military & Defense

Canada’s Department of National Defence awards contracts to enhance the operational capability of the Canadian Armed Forces and global military satellite communications.
[The Windsor Square – 11/15/1014]

NOAA admits cyberattack compromised four unnamed NOAA web sites, prompting unscheduled shutdown and maintenance to mitigate the attacks.
[Space News – 11/14/2014]

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is looking for a host satellite to carry a roughly 100-kilogram science instrument to a geostationary orbit in 2022.
[Space News – 11/13/2014]

U.S. Defense Department “strongly disagrees” with congressional proposals for large government program to replace Russian RD-180 rocket, favoring privately funded alternatives.
[Space News – 11/12/2014]

Advantech Wireless to expand broadband VSAT network for government services in Latin America.
[Via Satellite – 11/12/2014]

Malta Communication Authority plans to publish an international call for proposals to be submitted for the use of two orbital satellite slots.
[Independent – 11/13/2014]

Regulatory

President Barack Obama wants to see broadband reclassified under Title II, as a means of ensuring the Internet remains free and open.
[CED Magazine – 11/10/2014]

Aeronautical

Thales to provide satellite communications for Air China Boeing 737s.
[4-traders – 11/14/2014]

Broadband

ViaSat hopes to lure rural subscribers with unlimited bandwidth on the satellite beams serving those areas, as beams in high-demand areas near capacity.
[Space News – 11/14/2014]

RCS Communications brings satellite broadband to South Sudan using O3b capacity.
[Via Satellite – 11/14/2014]

Raga Sat of the Democratic Republic of Congo is first African client to go live on O3b Networks’ Fiber in the Sky satellite network.
[Via Satellite – 11/12/2014]

The operator of the Global News Network in the Phillipines, will launch a satellite-based broadband service in December 2014.
[InterAksyon – 11/10/2014]

Enterprise

iDirect Asia Pte Ltd team partners with Mercantile Communications Pvt Ltd to deliver VSAT communications to Mount Everest.
[PR Newswire – 11/09/2014]

Maritime

ARRIS Group provides SecureMedia advanced content protection technology to KVH Industries for its unique IP-MobileCast satellite-based entertainment-on-demand service for ships at sea.
[Market Watch – 11/13/2014]

KVH triples its Mini-VSAT network capacity for its maritime customers in the South American region.
[Via Satellite – 11/12/2014]

Oil & Gas, Energy

O3b Networks and Hermes Datacomms team up to deliver advanced communications services to a major energy customer in Angola.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 11/13/2014]

O3b Texas gateway. Photo: O3b Networks. – Via Satellite

O3b Networks creates a new offshore communications service O3bEnergy 20 for energy sector customers in the Gulf of Mexico.
[Via Satellite – 11/11/2014]

Television

DirecTV teams up with Samsung to offer some 4K UHTV content to customers with DirecTV’s Genie HD DVR and a 2014 model Samsung UHD TV.
[Via Satellite – 11/14/2014]

Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) and Romantis GmbH are creating a new technological direct-to-home (DTH) TV-platform for Africa.
[Screen Africa – 11/12/2014]

Eutelsat adds the Video-on-Demand (VOD) service MYTF1VOD to its French satellite TV platform Fransat.
[Via Satellite – 11/11/2014]

Media Networks and Cable & Wireless Panama announce DTH agreement using Media Networks’ wholesale service.
[Via Satellite – 11/11/2014]

Space

Panarama of Comet 67 taken by Rosetta’s Philae lander. Credit: ESA image – Space News

Europe’s Philae lander went into a likely permanent hibernation on Nov. 15, some 57 hours after first touching down on Comet 67, after sending cache of science data.
[Space News – 11/15/2014]

Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman’s path to guiding a successful mission to Mars began with a launch failure, then another one.
[Wall Street Journal – India Real Time – 11/14/2014]

General Dynamics to support Canada’s Mercury Global Project.
[Market Watch – 11/13/2014]

Rosetta mission successfully places small spacecraft on the surface of comet, though harpoons intended to secure it fail to fire.
[New York Times – 11/13/2014]

Lockheed Martin is co-operating the largest infrared telescope in the Western Hemisphere to study space debris and for other research studies.
[Space Daily – 11/07/2014]

Mars spacecraft reveal comet flyby effects on Martian atmosphere.
[R&D Magazine – 11/10/2014]

Capacity Agreements

iN Demand renews agreement with SES for C-band capacity on AMC-1.
[Via Satellite – 11/14/2014]

Isocel Telecom signs multi-year capacity lease on Eutelsat 3B to provide satellite connectivity to Benin tax authorities.
[Via Satellite – 11/13/2014]

Luxembourg-based satellite television provider M7 Group has contracted additional capacity from SES and extended an existing capacity contract at ASTRA 23.5 degrees East.
[Satnews – 11/13/2014]

Crystal TV of Ghana signs 10-year capacity agreement with Eutelsat to reach customers beyond its terrestrial coverage area.
[Via Satellite – 11/10/2014]

Market Strategy & Revenues

ORBCOMM enters agreement to acquire SkyWave Mobile Communications.
[Satnews – 11/13/2014]

New brand identity and logo unveiled by SageNet/Spacenet visually conveys the integration of the two companies.
[Businesswire – 11/12/2014]

Thuraya sets out company roadmap in Dubai at the Thuraya Product Development Forum in Dubai.
[Via Satellite – 11/11/2014]

The Human Aspect

Avanti unveils Avanti Connected Education , which will deliver Internet-enables learning to thousands of children in Africa.
[Via Satellite – 11/12/2014]

SES has initiated broadcasts of an Ebola-focused education channel called “Fight Ebola” on its Astra 2F and SES 5 satellites.
[Via Satellite – 11/11/2014]

Malaysia Chronicle article claims evidence points to sophisticated hijackers taking over flight MH370, turning off satellite and other communications.
[Malaysia Chronicle – 11/09/2014]