Vern Fotheringham Leaves Leosat to Begin New Venture, V-Satcast

Bill McDonald

During an exclusive interview, Vern Fotheringham revealed he has left Leosat to embark upon a new venture.  He has formed V-Satcast with Quincy Jones, Lee Abrams, and Jamie Howard.  The company will serve edge-cached proprietary Over The Top (OTT) digital video content worldwide via satellite.  Plans are to launch the satellite CDN services in 2016.

The team is working to put together a global Ku-band satellite network, to be hosted on existing Ku-band satellites, and eventually to add distribution via the emerging HTS satellite networks.

Content will be cached at the consumer’s location, on a small device employing many gigabytes of flash memory capable of serving video instantly at the click of a remote control.

Vern stated that the target market has huge potential, and the current state of technology makes the company’s play possible.  Last year over 60% of internet traffic was OTT video, the vast majority of which which was generated by only about 30% of internet users.  As the percentage of users adopting OTT video increases, the percentage of internet traffic devoted to OTT video will continue to rise exponentially.  Internet providers will be hard pressed to keep up, requiring huge capital investment in infrastructure to provide the bandwidth demanded.  Ultimately, the cost of increased Internet access bandwidth consumption will inevitably be passed along to consumers, as ISPs will likely be forced to adopt metered bandwidth pricing.

At the same time, the cost of memory is declining exponentially, with even flash which is the most expensive category of memory now selling at retail for about $0.80 per gigabyte and continuing to decline dramatically.  This enables the manufacture of low cost, high-capacity, edge caching satellite receive devices that can be placed in the consumer’s home.

WBMSAT News Bits 07/20/2015

Featured Article

United States Strategic Command’s JFCC Space details goals for experiment with Commercial Integration Cell (CIC), composed of six satellite operators.
[Via Satellite – 07/20/2015]

Featured Book

“Innovations in Satellite Communication and Satellite Technology,” by Daniel Minoli, surveys key advances in commercial satellite communications and what might be the implications and/or opportunities for end-users and service providers in utilizing the latest fast-evolving innovations in this field.

Industry Reports

GAO report recommends that DOD (1) enforce current policy requiring DISA to acquire all commercial SATCOM; (2) conduct a spend analysis identifying procurement inefficiencies and opportunities; and (3) assess whether further centralization of commercial SATCOM procurement could be beneficial.
[4-traders – 07/18/2015]

Forecast International projects satellite manufacturers will build more than 430 communications satellites between now and 2024, worth $60.2 billion.
[Via Satellite – 07/17/2015]

Despite disruptions from oil and gas pricing, this industry remains one of the highest growth industries for the satellite VSAT market.
[Business Wire – 07/15/2015]

Launch Activity

Falcon 9 failure linked to upper stage tank strut.
[Space News – 07/20/2015]

ULA Delta 4 Medium to launch Air Force satellite Wednesday July 22, 2015 using a new, uprated main engine for the first time.
[Spaceflight Now – 07/20/2015]

EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite arrives in Kourou Spaceport in preparation for launch on August 20, 2015 aboard an Ariane 5 rocket.
[Satellite Spotlight – 07/20/2015]

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) conducts test of high thrust cryogenic rocket engine.
[Via Satellite – 07/20/2015]

Generation Orbit conducts second flight test of its GO-Flight Experiments Testbed.
[Via Satellite – 07/20/2015]

ESA approval paves way for Ariane 6, Vega contracts.
[Space News – 07/17/2015]

ILS now marketing small Angara variant, and expects Angara to be ready for heavy lift missions by 2021.
[Space News – 07/17/2015]

Arianespace opens new Fregat fueling facility for Soyuz rockets.
[Via Satellite – 07/17/2015]

Firefly Space Systems releases Payload User’s Guide for its Alpha small satellite launch vehicle.
[Via Satellite – 07/17/2015]

10th GPS IIF satellite launched aboard Atlas V EELV from Cape Canaveral.
[C4ISR & Networks – 07/16/2015]

ILS starts selling Angara 1.2 launches.
[Via Satellite – 07/16/2015]

Arianespace wins fresh Eumetsat contract after MSG 4 launch.
[Via Satellite – 07/16/2015]

Amid RD-180 debate, Russia aims to sell engines to China.
[Space News – 07/16/2015]

Recently granted launch site license by FAA, Houston Spaceport looks to establish itself as site for horizontal Resuable Launch Vehicles.
[Via Satellite – 07/15/2015]

Ariane 5 conducts MSG-4 and Star One C4 dual launch.
[NASA Spaceflight – 01/15/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Datapath selected as Inmarsat Government Global Xpress Service Provider.
[Business Wire – 07/20/2015]

China eyes purchase of struggling commercial launch-service provider Sea Launch AG from its owner, Energia of Russia.
[Space News – 07/17/2015]

Planet Labs acquires BlackBridge, which will continue to operate the RapidEye fleet of satellites.
[Via Satellite – 07/15/2015]

Lockheed Martin targets two to three commercial satellite deals per year.
[Via Satellite – 07/15/2015]

Satellite Construction

Iridium successfully completes Compact Antenna Test Range evaluation of its Iridium NEXT satellites.
[Via Satellite – 07/15/2015]

U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center announces delivery of third Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite into storage at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, Calif.
[Los Angeles Air Force Base  07/17/2015]

Satellite Operations

Air Force says six more DMSP satellites currently in orbit are susceptible to battery ruptures like that experienced in February on DMSP-F13.
[Space News – 07/20/2015]

Battling satellite interference – a view from the front lines.
[Space News – 07/20/2015]

Maneuvering Russian satellite has everyone’s attention, having made at least 11 close approaches to the rocket upper stage that released it into orbit.
[Space News – 07/17/2015]

Satellite Technology

Future Army nanosatellite to empower soldiers.
[ – 07/20/2015]

Metal foams capable of shielding x-rays and gamma rays hold promise for use in spacecraft among other applications.
[R&D Magazine – 07/20/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Harris gets $45 million in orders for U.S. Army’s MET program.
[The Street – 07/20/2015]

DataPath to provide WGS SATCOM terminals to the Danish Ministry of Defense under Foreign Military Sales Contract facilitated by USAF.
[Financial News – 07/16/2015]

Myanmar broadcasting law nears completion as satellite plans mature.
[Via Satellite – 07/16/2015]


Hughes demonstrates high definition video over satellite from rotary wing aircraft.
[PR Newswire – 07/20/2015]

Satcom Direct’s FlightDeck Freedom simplifies transition to Future Airspace Navigation System, supports connectivity for legacy airframes.
[Aviation Pros  07/16/2015]

15]ESA and Inmarsat complete first phase of program to develop Air Traffic Management satellite communications network.
[AIN Online – 07/17/2015]


Mobile Satellite Technologies introduces new automatic consumer satellite internet antenna and service.
[wireless developer network – 07/17/2015]


SES initiates live and linear Ultra-HD trial with MSO Armstrong.
[Via Satellite – 07/20/2015]

Capacity Deals

Sky Deutschland signs new capacity deal with SES for Ultra HD.
[The Financial Express – 07/16/2015]


Cobham Satecom increases focus on land terminals as growth market and sees potential for HTS to be catalyst for VSAT industry.
[Via Satellite – 07/17/2015]

Ground Systems

Comtech EF Data subsidiary Memotec gets $1 millioni order from North African GSM operator to support its satellite-based GSM backhaul network upgrade.
[Via Satellite – 07/20/2015]

Advantech Wireless releases second generation GaN technology based 200W/250W Ku-band SSPA/BUC for SNGs and Teleport Broadcasting.
[Street Insider – 07/17/2015]


Inmarsat gets European Space Agency backing for study of next generation mobile satellite services.
[Tech Week Europe – 07/16/2015]


Nasa’s deep space network receives New Horizons data packs from Pluto flyby some 4 ½ hours after transmission, after traveling roughly 3 billion miles.
[AZ Central – 07/18/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 07/13/2015

Featured Article

The Institute for Defense Analyses completes review of Air Force’s launch vehicle certification process, recommending four-phase approach to mission assuredness.
[Via Satellite – 07/13/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

The 33rd AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC) will be held on the Gold Coast of Australia from September 7 to 10, 2015.
[Satnews – 07/13/2015]

Skyline Communications endorses “Better Satellite World” campaign of the SSPI.
[Asia OnScreen – 07/13/205]

Satellite Industry Association organizes Congressional Sateillite Industry Technology Demo and Exhibition on July 8, 2015.
[Space Ref – 07/07/2015]

Industry Reports

NSR’s satellite capacity study finds HTS essential as traditional FSS faces challenges.
[StreetInsider – 07/13/2015]

Britain’s space industry doubles turnover in past decade to almost £12bn a year and is now targeting £40bn of the international market.
[The Telegraph – 07/13/2015]

Euroconsult’s new report projects $1 billioin in capacity revenues for cellular backhaul by 2025.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 07/09/2015]

Launch Activity

ISRO successfully launches five Surrey Satellite Technology Limited satellites.
[Via Satellite – 07/13/15]

Several companies express interest in commercializing “Super Strypi dedicated small satellite launch vehicle under development by Air Force.
[Via Satellite – 07/10/2015]

Air Force communications satellite WGS 7 joined to Delta 4 for July 22 launch.
[Spaceflight Now – 07/09/2015]

Air Force’s ORS-5 satellite to launch on Orbital ATK’s Minotaur 4 in 2017.
[Space News – 07/09/2015]

At parliamentary hearing about Europe’s next generation Ariane 6, the head of ESA lauds Space X Falcon 9 performance in spite of recent setback.
[Space News – 07/08/2015]

Next Ariane 5 launch reset for July 15.
[Spaceflight Now – 07/06/2015]

MUOS-4 preps for August launch on Atlas V rocket.
[C4ISR & Networks – 07/06/2015]

Indian space agency gets ready for to launch five british satellites on July 10, followed by Indian communications satellite GSAT6.
[Gulf News India – 07/10/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Spaceflight partners with Spire, Tethers Unlimited, BitBeam and Syrlinks to expand its global communications business.
[Satnews – 07/13/2015]

Once-mocked O3b investment by SES is now a force multiplier for the company.
[Space News – 07/13/2015]

Speedcast acquires teleport assets of troubled Austtralian company NewSate, which has been placed into receivership.
[ZDNet – 07/10/2015]

Broadband Satellite Services, parent of Satcom Global and marine engineering firm AND Group, gets $10m investment from BGF.
[Maritime Professional – 07102015]

Spacecom looks to Africa for more growth opportunities.
[Via Satellite – 07/06/2015]

Satellite Construction

Airbus Defence and Space signs contract for Quantum satellite with Eutelsat and the European Space Agency.
[Via Satellite – 07/09/2015]

Malaysia signs Radarsat 2 deal with MDA..
[Via Satelite – 07/08/2015]

Satellite Technology

Lockheed Martin opens research center for satellite sensors and communications.
[C4ISR & Networks – 07/10/2015]

‘Eutelsat Quantum’ to usher in a new era of commercial satellite service by enabling users to actively define and shape the performance and reach they need from a satellite.
[Satellite Spotlight – 07/09/2015]

Chinese companies boost investments and support for the satellite technology industry.
[CCTV – 07/07/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

GATR receives order for 36 inflatable 2.4m X- and Ku-band terminals for USMC’s Radio and Intelligence Battalions.
[4-traders – 07/13/2015]

Ireland’s Naval Service is getting a new satellite communications system which will be operated by Irish companies.
[Irish Examiner – 07/10/2015]

Korean Air Force launches the country’s first space monitoring body to better track other countries’ satellites, predict cosmic weather, and defend against air threats.
[Korea Herald – 07/08/2015]

Australia’s Department of Defence signs contract extending satellite deal with Optus until 2020.
[itWire – 07/09/2015]

Bolivian Space Agency select Gilat for national VSAT platform enabling comprehensive connectivity capabilities.
[Market Watch – 07/06/2015]


Gogo pushes global offering of its 2Ku product available later this year, with antennas being installed on 500 aircraft.
[[Space News – 07/13/2015]

ViaSat has entered a technology partnership with Virgin America to provide satellite connectivity for 10 new A320 aircraft.
[Via Satellite – 07/13/2015]

Pentastar Aviation awarded multiple STCs for installation of Satcom Direct Router on Gulfstream aircraft.
[Aviation Pros – 07/13/2015]

Blue Sky HawkEye 7200 Iridium satellite tracking solution gains certification from Brazilians national telecommunications agency, Anatel.
[Via Satellite – 07/10/2015]

Qualcomm, Gogo, and others continue to push for FCC’s 14 GHz ATG spectrum auction despite moves to satellite services.
[Fierce Wireless Tech – 07/06/2015]


Avanti signs deal with South African Foundation for African Business and Consumer Services to provide broadband to over 1,000 companies.
[4-traders – 07/13/2015]

Avantai claims headstart in race to provide satellite broadband to the unserved, in bringing Africa online.
[The Telegraph – 07/112015]

Rural Australian residents pay thousands for terrestrial broadband solutions as satellite broadband is bogged down and inadequate.
[itnews – 07/07/2015]


Malaysian officials to pursue owners of illegal satellite dishes in Cameron Highlands, believed to be in illegal settlements inhabited by foreign immigrants.
[Free Malaysia Today – 07/11/2015]

Brazil’s Oi TV expects HD-driven Pay-TV subscriber boom.
[Via Satellite – 07/09/2015]

SES’ HD+ and TechniSat create Ultra-HD decryption system, plan demo channel.
[Via Satellite – 07/09/2015]

Ground Systems

Space Systems Loral (SSL) has selected GMV to install the control center for Bank Rakyat Indonesia’s (BRI), upcoming satellite, BRIsat.
[Via Satellite – 07/10/2015]

ESA ground stations ready for Europe’s next weather satellite.
[PHYS ORG – 07/09/2015]

iDirect remote commissionaing solution helps Axesat streamline FSAT installations across Latin America.
[PR Newswire  07/07/2015]


Airbus executive believes Shipping is in the midst of huge change in how it views the role of satellite communications, something that is set to change the industry forever.
[Splash 24/7 – 07/07/2015]

Oil & Gas

Rignet awarded telecom and infrastructure for greenfield multi-train Gulf Coast LNG liquefaction and export facility.
[Via Satellite – 07/10/2015]


The distant reaches of planet Earth came into focus for the average American on July 11, 1962 with the successful relay of a transatlantic signal by Telstar, the first privately owned satellite launched the day before.
[StreetInsider – 07/11/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 07/06/2015

Featured Article

Russian Progress cargo spacecraft docks with International Space Station, easing concerns about supplying the station.
[Space News – 07/05/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Polish Brigadier General to speak at Global MilSatCom on development of satellite communications in the Polish Armed Forces.
[EIN Presswire – 07/03/2015]

Industry Reports

Global Military satellite market is expected to be worth US$5.7 billion in 2015, and is expected to increase to US$9.7 billion by 2025.
[ComputerWorld – 07/02/2015]

Launch Activity

Indian space agency gets ready for two launches
[Zee News – 07/05/2015]

Ariane 5 launch of European weather satellite and Brazilian telecommunications satellite now set for July 15, 2015.
[Space News – 07/03/2015]

Orbital ATK wins contract to launch Air Forces ORS-5 satellite.
[Space News – 07/03/2015]

OneWeb contracts with Arianespace and Virgin Galactic to deploy hundreds of refrigerator-sized spacecraft.
[Spaceflight Now – 07/01/2015]

Rocket Lab to extablish commercial launch site on Kaitorete Spit in New Zealand.
[Via Satellite – 07/01/2015]

Proton-M to put British telecom satellite Inmarsat-5F3 into orbit August 23.
[Russia Beyond the Headlines – 06/30/2015]

Falcon 9 loss could herald a perception change of SpaceX and a strained environment for the commercial satellite industry at large.
[NSR – 06/30/2015]

Spire expects to launch 20 3U weather cubesats by end of 2015, and more than 100 by the end of 2017.
[Space News – 06/30/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

German-based CETel poised to enter Latin American market, considers Ka-band expansion.
[Via Satellite – 07/02/2015]

Iridium appoints World Reach as official service partner.
[ARN – 07/01/2015]

Satellite Construction

Fourth Lockheed-built MUOS secure communications satellite shipped.
[Product Design & Development – 06/30/2015]

Satellite Operations

Ball Aerospace powers on the Joint Polar Satellite System satellite for the first time.
[Via Satellite – 07/01/2015]

Orbital ATK-built SKY MEXICO-1 successfully completes on-orbit testing.
[Satellite Spotlight – 06/30/2015]

DirecTV’s SKYM 1 satellite completes on-orbit testing.
[Via Satellite – 06/30/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Bolivian Space Agency selects Gilat for its national VSAT platform enabling comprehensive connectivity capabilities.
[The Street – 07/06/2015]

Many experts believe future war between major powers could play out is space.
[CNN – 07/01/2015]

McCain maintains stance against purchasing more of Russian RD180 rocket engines in face of SpaceX Falcon 9 loss.
[Space News – 07/01/2015]


Gogo expects to stay on top of In-Flight Connectivity market with its satellite-enabled 2Ku capability, as it expands globally.
[Via Satellite – 07/01/2015]


UAE’s Yahsat launches broadband services in Pakistan.
[Arabian Business – 07/03/2015]

Capacity Deals

Axesat of Colombia signs Intelsat EpicNG deal for enterprise networks and cellular backhaul.
[Via Satellite – 07/02/2015]

Ground Systems

PT Telkom of Indonesia awards Kratos contract for master control station.
[Nasdaq – 07/06/2015]

Via Direta picks iDirect Evolution platform for massive Brazilian e-learning program.
[Via Satellite – 06/30/2015]


SES demonstrates cloud-based solution delivering real time ISR data between headquarters and 4G mobile devices via O3b satellites.
[Financial Express – 07/03/2015]

Globalstar and Global Telesat Communications celebrate 5,000th SPOT device sales milestone.
[ – 07/02/2015]

Oil & Gas

Rignet wins managed offshore communications contract from major operator of offshore drilling and production assets in Southeast Asia.
[Via Satellite – 07/02/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 06/29/2015

Featured Article

SpaceX Falcon 9 explodes two minutes after liftoff, destroying cargo ship bound for International Space Station.
[Reuters – 06/2/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Upcoming 33rd AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Converence set for Australia’s Gold Coast September 7 – 10, 2015.
[Satnews – 06/25/2015]

Industry Reports

Global satellite manufacturing and launch market to grow at 5% CAGR to 2019.
[WhaTech – 06/22/2015]

Launch Activity

SpaceX failure leaves long list of customers in the lurch.
[Space News – 06/29/2015]

India’s SAARC satellite to be launched by December 2016.
[Focus News – 06/27/2015]

Eutelsat to launch MENA satellite services with Eutelsat 8 West B satellite.
[Broadband TV News – 06/25/2015]

Virgin Galactic to be inaugural launch provider for OneWeb satellites.
[Nasdaq – 06/26/2015]

Roscosmos signs contract with French and UK firms for 21 commercial satellite launches on the Soyuz carrier rocket.
[Sputnik News – 06/24/2015]

Vega rocket with Sentinel 2A blasts from Kourou, French Guiana June 23, 2015.
[Spaceflight Now – 06/23/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Deal between Wireless Nation and Gilat Satellite Networks brings New Zealanders a step closer to greater accessibility to satellite communications.
[Computer World – 06/29/2015]

Iridium announces go-to-market partners for Iridium® Push-to-Talk.
[Globe Newswire – 06/29/2015]

Globalstar announces that its gateway in Gaborone, Botswana has gone live, enabling it to deliver affordable simplex coverage over the African continent.
[Nasdaq – 06/25/15]

Hughes announces technology and marketing partnership with OneWeb.
[TWST – 06/25/2015]

Inmarsat signs agreement with Worldlink Communications appointing it as a Partner for FleetBroadband, serving the global maritime market.
[Satnews – 06/25/2015]

Satellite Construction

OneWeb announces a $500 million round of funding from some of the biggest corporate names in the world.
[Space News – 06/26/2015]

Satellite Operations

The next Star Wars – are we ready for satellite attacks?
[The Fiscal Times – 06/24/2015]

3rd Space Operations Squadron to retire its oldest satellite currently in orbit, known as B10, later this month at Schriever AFB.
[Schriever Air Force Base – 06/24/2015]

THOR 7 satellite reaches orbital position and is handed over to TSBc’s satellite control center.
[Satnews – 06/22/2015]

Satellite Technology

Government agencies differ on the use and usefulness of cubesats.
[Space News – 06/29/2015]

At least two of modernized versions of Lockheed Martin’s A2100 satellites will fly using XR?5 Hall Effect and MR?510 Arcjet electric propulsion subsystems.
[Spaceflight Insider – 06/26/2015]

Discovery paves way for new superconducting electronics that could improve satellite communications.
[R&D Magazine – 06/22/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Finnish Ministry of Transport and communications assigns communications regulator Ficora as authority for new satellite Public regulated Service.
[telecompaper – 06/29/2015]

Indian Department of Telecommunications gives nod to earmarking $8 million to state-owned BSNL for establishing satellite communications gateway in India.
[Indian Express – 06/28/2015]

Department of Devense plans to open a new space-war center within six months.
[GIZMODO – 06/24/2015]

General Atomics is awarded Gray Eagle UAV satellite communications contract.
[Clearance Jobs – 06/23/2015]

O3b successfully participates in U.S. Navy 7th Fleet Trident Warrior exercises.
[Business Wire – 06/22/2015]


New book analyzes legal issues with respect to who judges and enforces satellite communication law.
[idw online – 06/23/2015]


Flight tracking capability makes Australia one of first countries to comply with recommended standard to more closely track aircraft.
[AIN online – 06/23/2015]


Eutelsat satellite broadband to transform service at 300 Poste Italiane offices.
[Business Wire – 06/25/2015]

Is sky big enough for two multi-billion dollar satellite internet projects?  Both OneWeb and SpaceX say they will launch and operate hundreds of satellites within 3 years.
[Quartz – 06/24/2015]

Earth Observation

UrtheCast to launch 16 satellite iptical and SAR constellation.

Ground Systems

Advantech Wireless releases second generation GaN technology-based 400W C-band SSPA/SSPB, DVB0-S2X and Ultra HD ready.
[Benzinga – 06/26/2015]


KVH implements global MPLS network connecting all of the teleports and satellite beams in their mini-VSAT Broadband network.
[Satnews – 06/24/2015]


Millimeter waves, used by miliary satellite-satellite for decades, ideal for point-to-point, high speed, high bandwidth wireless communications.
[RCR Wireless  06/23/2015]

Oil & Gas

Hermes Datacomms is first to provide O3b capacity to meet growing demand of Oil & Gas sector in West Africa.
[realwire – 06/24/2015]


MILSTAR time capsule opened 20 years later.
[Offutt Air Force Base.06/26/2015]

The Human Element

Lepton Global Solutions supports MRIGlobal filed teams in West Africa in fight against Ebola, with VSATs and satellite services.
[Via Satellite – 06/25/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 06/22/2015

Featured Article

Senate appropriators want to give Goddard Satellite Servicing office $150 million to help launch robotic satellite repair mission by 2019.
[Space News – 06/22/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

At conference in Oslo, KVH urges maritime operators to utilize big data in order to remain competitive.
[Financial Content – 06/16/2015]

17th annual Global MilSatCom conference and exhibition to return to London November 3 – 5, 2015.
[Satnews – 06/15/2015]

Industry Reports

Key challenge for maritime service providers will be to turn the “volume markets” (by number of vessels) of merchant shipping or commercial fishing into valuable market segments on a per-vessel basis.
[NSR  – 06/22/2015]

Global satellite manufacturing and launch market to grow at CAGR of 5.14% during 2015.
[CIIO – 06/22/2015]

World Teleport Association releases research report Inside the Top Operators 2015.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 06/17/2015]

Nano and Microsatellite Markets report from NSR shows how the nano and microsatellite boom is leading to space industry diversification.
[Market Watch – 06/16/2015]

SES S.A. white paper concludes that exponentially rising airplane and ship traffic spurs demand for satellite capacity.
[Satnews – 06/15/2015]

Launch Activity

Jason-3 cannot launch soon enough to suit hurricane forecasters.
[Space News – 06/22/2015]

Air Force confirms ULA position that government does not own production rights on Atlas 5, hindering consortiums attempt to enter launch rocket business.
[Space News – 06/19/2015]

WGS-7 satellite arrives at Kennedy Space Center for next Delta 4 launch.
[Spaceflight Now – 06/18/2015]

SES wants to reuse first stage of SpaceX Falcon 9 that will launch SES-9 by September for a future discounted SpaceX launch.
[Space News – 06/18/2015]

European Data Relay System (EDRS) is now stalled by what may be a months-long delay in the launch of its first geostationary payload.
[Space News – 06/18/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Serial System acquires 4.5% stake in satellite communications gearmaker Global Invacom.
[4-traders – 06/22/2015]

O3b sees contract surge, targets new markets.
[Via Satellite – 06/19/2015]

NigComSat and China Great Wall to strengthen existing relationship between the two countries on satellite communication technology development.
[all Africa – 06/18/2015]

AsiaSat announces new organizational structure to power the growth of the company in key Asian and global markets.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 06/17/2015]

HISPASAT names the winners of their Best Telecommunications Satellite Innovation Project.
[Satnews – 06/17/2015]

TS Global Network teams with APT Satellite to have a major presence on Apstar 9.
[Via Satellite – 06/17/2015]

SpeedCast International experiences growing demand and increasing market share as it expands into new geographies and industries.
[FNArena – 06/16/2015]

Inmarsat and KVH sign reciprocal non-exclusive distribution agreement.
[Via Satellite – 06/15/2015]

African governments and telcos turn to satellite to bridge the connectivity gap.
[ZDNet – 06/15/2015]

Satellite Construction

Iridium NEXT set to begin deployment this year.
[Universe Today – 06/18/2015]

SSL selected to provide direct broadcasting satellite to B-SAT.
[Space Ref – 06/18/2015]

Airbus to build satellites for OneWeb’s constellation of 700 LEO satellites.
[ars technical – 06/17/2015]

COM DEV receives a series of orders to supply multiplexers, switches and ancillary equipment for a commercial communications satellite.
[Space Ref – 06/18/2015]

Satellite Operations

Thor 7 Ka-band satellite reaches its assigned orbital position.
[Digital Ship – 06/22/2015]

NASA says Aquarius satellite studying the world’s oceans has stopped working after four years.
[NBC News – 06/17/2015]

Satellite Technology

Tekever and ViaSat enter strategic alliance to expand the civilian use of drones with advanced satellite communications.
[4-traders – 06/20/2015]

European Space Agency and Airbus Defence and Space aim to buld out the European Data Relay System into a global laser network by 2020.
[Via Satellite – 06/18/2015]

China plans electrically propelled satellite.
[asiaone – 06/17/2015]

DARPA is soliciting proposals for lightweight inter-satellite communications links using nano satellites.
[GCN – 06/16/2015]

Swissto12 signs with European Space Agency to develop 3D printed metal-plated polymer satellite antenna.
[Phys Org – 06/16/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

O3b successfully participates in U.S. Navy 7th Fleet Trident Warrior 2015 exercises supporting HD video streaming, WiFi, and 4G/LTE fleet bubble.
[Business Wire – 06/22/2015]

Ivory Coast considers use of satellite to fight piracy and Islamist militants.
[Today  – 06/22/2015]

Turkey’s procurement planners take new steps to nationalize the country’s space programs to reduce reliance on foreign providers.
[Defense News – 06/21/2015]

Espionage experts reveal there has been massive expansion of satellite communications and surveillance capabilities at Pine Gap site in Australia.
[Independent Australia – 06/19/2015]

Satellite technology startup Accion Systems gets $3 million DOD contract.
[Via Satellite – 06/18/2015]

Five European countries sign space surveillance and tracking agreement.
[Via Satellite – 06/17/2015]

Government Accountability Office report says U.S. satellite terminals to ensure communications with nuclear bomber do not yet exist.
[Space Daily – 06/17/2015]

Congressional plans to consolidate U.S. military’s communications acquisition could result in dropping Defense Information Systems Agency in favor of the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center.
[Executive Gov – 06/15/2015]


Honeywell and Inmarsat test high-speed inflight connectivity for GX Aviation broadband services.
[Trade Arabia – 06/17/2015]

Cobham SATCOM increates list of STCs for installation of AVIATOR satcom systems aboard various airframes.
[Aviation Pros – 06/16/2015]


O3b Networks lacks the hype and globe-spanning ambitions of SpaceX and OneWeb, but its 12 satellites are already providing space internet.
[Bloomberg – 06/17/2015]

Rural Australians could be months away from faster internet, with first NBN satellite to be launched in September.
[ZDNet – 06/16/2015]

Disaster Recovery

Disaster Tech Lab is using Globalstar’s satellite phones and SPOT handheld messenger to improve efficiency of humanitarian efforts.
[Satnews – 06/18/2015]

BlueCosmo Satellite Communications launches independent mission with corporate partners to assist in global relief effort in Nepal.
[Business Insider – 06/17/2015]

Earth Observation

BlackSky Global details plans for 60 satellite earth observation constellation.
[Via Satellite – 06/16/2015]

Ground Systems

ESA to co-invest with Intelsat in Newtec development of ground equipment to support Intelsat’s high-thoughput Epic satellites.
[Space News – 06/17/2015]

Agencia Boliviana Espacial of Bolivia successfully completes trial using Newtec equipment to transmit more than 500 Mbps over 120MHz on Ka-band.
[University Chronicle – 06/17/2015]


Developed by the Southampton based Iridium partner Rock Seven, RockFLEET provides low-cost vessel position reporting over satellite from anywhere in the world,
[Hellenic Shipping News – 06/17/2015]


Harris CapRock introduces service to improve remote maritime and oilrig connectivity for crew members with cellphones or smartphones.
[Via Satellite – 06/16/2015]

Oil & Gas

ITC Global completes successful fleet transition of communications network for Shelf Drilling.
[Satellite Spotlight – 06/17/2015]

EMC leverages O3b technology to deliver first hjigh-thoughput satellite connectivity solution for the Oil & Gas industry.
[Virtual-Strategy Magazine – 06/15/2015]

Service Deals

Signalhorn to provide dedicated, multi-faceted turnkey telecommunications solution to African financial institution.
[Via Satellite – 06/19/2015]

TV& Radio

Palestinian Authority to broadcast new TV channel in Israel via satellite.
[algemeiner – 06/18/2015]

SES launches ultra HD demo channel in North America.
[The Financial Express – 06/17/2015]

Measat and Globecast to distribute HD channel for Bright Lights Media.
[Via Satellite – 06/17/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 06/15/2015

Featured Article

With WRC-5 approaching, the ITU, frustrated that satellite industry seems incapable of defending its own interests, is calling on ITU governments to submit letters attesting to importance of satellite C-band spectrum before terrestrial broadband networks take it away.
[Space News – 06/12/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

SSPI launches new Silicon Valley chapter.
[SSPI – 06/11/2015]

ORBIT showcases aerospace communications, airborne audio management at Paris Air Show.
[Intelligent Aerospace – 06/10/2015]

Europe’s leading military satellite communications event, Global Milsatcom, returns to London in November 2015.
[EIN Presswire – 06/09/2015]

NSR Free Webinar June 24th – “Aeronautical Satcom Market: Has In-Flight Connectivity Left the Gate?”
[NSR – June 2015]

Industry Reports

IT Market Research Report sees enterprise VSAT market growing at a CAGR of 10.49% between 2015 and 2018.
[Whatech – 06/12/2015]

OTT is weighing on the minds of many these days, with DTH and Cable TV platforms perhaps the most threatened.
[NSR – 06/09/2015]

Mobile broadband is no longer a “nice to have” for users worldwide, especially as mobile device usage explodes in all regions.
[NSR – 06/08/2015]

IPTV CDN market to be worth $12.2 billion by 2020, driven by several factors including unrelenting demand for mobile data applications.
[Markets and Marktes – June 2015]

Launch Activity

CEOs of SES and Eutelsat vow to do everything possible to avoid a duopoly between launch providers Arianespace and SpaceX.
[Space News – 06/12/2015]

Smallsat builders finally able to pick and choose from growing number of launch options.
[Space News – 06/12/2015]

Iridium’s future riding on 7 SpaceX launches and 1 Russian rocket.
[Space News – 06/11/2015]

ESA set to launch Sentinal-2A on June 23, 2015.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 06/09/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

ViaSat buys developer of network virtualization technology Engreen.
[socaltech – 06/11/2015]

French government confirms Arianespace will be in hands of Airbus Safran following divestment of shares owned by French government.
[Space News – 06/10/2015]

RR Media buys SatLink Communications for $19 million.
[Via Satellite – 06/09/2015]

Inmarsat extends Globecomm VAR relationship to maritime market.
[Via Satellite – 06/09/2015]

NSR Headquarters moves to Cambridge, MA.
[NSR – June 2015]

Satellite Construction

OneWeb taps Airbus to build 900 Internet Smallsats.
[Space News – 06/15/2015]

COM DEV receives order for passive microwave equipment for a communications satellite.
[Space Ref – 06/09/2015]

Satellite Operations

Inmarsat to move its Inmarsat-4 F2 satellite to new orbital position above Indian Ocean, creating 4th full-service L-band region.
[Space Ref – 06/10/2015]

Satellite Technology

New class of protected tactical communications validated in tests by U.S. Air Force, participated in by Intelsat.
[Space News – 06/14/2015]

Military researchers trying to develop lightweight low-power and optical communications links to enable cubesats to communicate with each other.
[Military & Aerospace – 06/10/2015]

Elon Musk’s SpaceX asks the federal government for permission to begin testing on an ambitious project to beam Internet service from space.
[Washington Post – 06/09/2015]

Facebook and Google have both lost enthusiasm for satellite internet, according to media reports.
[Quartz – 06/08/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

DISA likely to lose commercial satcom role to Air Force SMC as Congress pushes hard to consolidate satcom acquisition for the U.S. military.
[Breaking Defense – 06/12/2015]

U.S. Senate committee, following lead of House counterpart, recommends no funding for last of Air Force’s DMSP weather satellites.
[Space News – 06/12/2015]

U.S. Strategic Command is launching a new program that officials hope will lead to greater cooperation between the private and public sectors in space operations.
[Air Force Times – 06/10/2015]

Inmarsat SVP urges DoD to seek path to integrated, centralized military and commercial partnership for unified Satcom.
[GovConWire – 06/09/2015]

Harris receivs $55 million order from Australian Defence Force for comprehensive technical and logistics support for tactical radios.
[Satellite Spotlight – 06/09/2015]

U.S. Army approves General Dynamics for WINT-T Increment 2 full rate production.
[Satnews – 06/08/2015]

Airbus Defence and Space to provide augmented naval, ground and air communicatioins capability to Norwegian forces.
[RF Globalnet – 06/08/2015]


Technology limits feasibility of free inflight connectivity, ans airlines grapple with ways to draw the most value from passenger connectivity.
[Via Satellite – 06/11/2015]

L2 receives FAA-approved Supplemental Type Certificate for installing Cobham satellite system on Hawaiian Airlines 767-300 aircraft.
[Aviation Today – 06/11/2015]

Intelsat introduces IntelsatONe Flex for distribution partners serving the commercial air transport market.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 06/11/2015]

Satellite operators weigh aviation needs in future satellite designs.
[Via Satellite – 06/10/2015]


Opinion – Internet by satellite is a space race with no winners.
[Wired – 06/12/2015]

Internet in space is “worse than what dial-up was like” astronauts complain; could be about to change with laser communications.
[The Atlantic – 06/11/2015]

Australia’s NBN interim satellite plan oversubscribed, rationing download allowances; kids missing distance education lessons.
[ Australia – 06/07/2015]

Capacity Deals

Avanti Communications wins contract with South Africa telecoms operator.
[ShareCast – 06/09/2015]

Disaster Recovery

Hughes releases suite of satellite network solutions for emergency preparedness, restoral and post-event response for hurricane season.
[Via Satellite – 06/12/2015]

Ground Systems

C-COM receives 30 unit Ka-band antenna order from a UK integrator.
[Market Wired – 06/09/2015]

Unitron Group’s new ODU to use MaxLinear’s MxL801 dual-polarity Ku-band satellite down-conversion RF IC and MxL801 channel-stacking SoC.
[Business Wire – 06/09/15]


MTN Communications of Miramar, to be acquired by Emerging Markets Communications, adds more cruise line customers.
[World City – 06/13/2015]

Hispasat and Synhtelix introduce maritime broadband service known as uSAIL.
[Via Satellite – 06/11/2015]

Advanced maritime tracking capability, exactView RT by Harris, will see AIS payloads being deployed on 58 satellites as part of the Iridium NEXT constellation.
[Government Security News – 06/11/2015]


O3b signs multi-year agreement to provide additional trunkging services to the Palau National Communications Corporation.
[Financial Express – 06/13/2015]

SES sees significant growth for satellite services in the mobility sector, in particular in aeronautical and maritime connectivity.
[Satellite Spotlight – 06/12/2015]

Global Marine Networks announces launch of completely new and expanded for users of satellite phones and broadband.
[StreetInsider – 06/11/2015]

Oil & Gas

Climbing needs for throughput continues to drive the need for satellite throughput in the Canadian energy sector.
[Via Satellite – 06/12/2015]

TV& Radio

SES Platform Services releases service called FLUIDMedia allowing companies to streamline conversion and deliver to internet or VOD platforms.
[Via Satellite – 06/12/2015]

Ireland’s RTE signs two-year agreement with Europasat to use the innovative NewsSpotter newsgathering service provided by Eutelsat Broadband
[Satellite Evolution Group – 06/11/.2015]

Broadcom delivers multi-channel DVB-S2X satellite set-top box chip.
[Market Watch – 06/09/2015]


China aims to send craft to Mars in 200 days with electric thrusters.
[Want China Times – 06/14/2015]

NASA to send cubesats to Mars with insight Lander.
[Space News – 06/12/2015]

Twenty-four delegates from across Europe and the United States are at Goonhilly Earth Station to learn about satellite communications, and how to control orbiting spacecraft.
[BBC – 06/11/2015]

Scientists are one step closer to predicting solar storms.
[Nextgov – 06/09/2015]


NASA’s Mission Control Center turns 50.
[10NEWS – 06/07/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 06/07/2015

WBMSAT News Bits Online – a Clean Page for a Quick Read

Featured Article

What would happen if all our satellites were suddenly destroyed?
[io9 – 06/04/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

ORBCOMM & TURKSAT are newest members of Space Data Association, an international non-profit association of satellite operators that supports the controlled, reliable and efficient sharing of space environment and RF spectrum data.
[Satnews – 06/03/2015]

Emerging Markets Communications showcases Oil & Gas and Maritime connectivity solutions at Nor-Shipping 2015.
[Market Wired – 06/02/2015]

GVF’s certification and training team invite attendees to meet with them at CommunicAsia 2015.
[Satnews – 06/01/2015]

Launch Activity

Russia successfully launches a military satellite, following recent string of failures for the country’s space programme.
[The Economic Times – 06/06/2015]

Airbus unveils result of 5-year effort to design re-usable Ariane rocket first stage engine and avionics package, stimulated by SpaceX’s work.
[Space News – 06/05/2015]

SSL has found a companion payload to share the launch of the satellite it is building for Indonesia, PSN-6, to be launched by SpaceX Falcon 9 in 2017.
[Space News – 06/05/2015]

Generation Orbit has 11 Letters of Intent from prospective customers for its SmallSat air launch system GOLauncher 2.
[Via Satellite – 06/05/2015]

SpaceX’s launch of U.S. French Jason-3 ocean altimetry satellite is delayed because of an issue with spacecraft contamination.
[Space News – 06/02/2015]

Latest Proton failure leaves customers and insurers in a bind, with little choice but to stick with the rocket in spite of 4 failures in 3 years.
[Military Technologies – 05/29/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Dish Network in merger talks with T-Mobile.
[Wall Street Journal – 06/04/2015]

Iridium and Arion announce partnership to offer Iridium satellite products and services in South Korea.
[Market Watch – 06/04/20105]

zedIT Solutions of Canada expands longstanding IT partnership with Inmarsat.
[Business Wire – 06/04/2015]

NewSat set to see its assets sold to a foreign player with Measat a leading contender in a $US200 million to $US250 million fire sale.
[AFR Weekend – 06/03/2015]

Sinagpore-based investment group Global Invacom has announced plans to acquire Skyware Global, a US manufacturer of satellite terminals,
[4-traders – 06/03/2015]

Avanti and TTCL sign contract to expand Tanzania’s satellite broadband network.
[allAfrica – 06/02/2015]

Kratos enters agreement to sell U.S. and U.K operations of Electronic Products Division to Ultra Electronics Holdings.
[Satnews – 06/02/2015]

Petaluma, CA company X2nSat eyes opportunities in space, preparing for growth by planning satellite gateway at Spaceport America in New Mexico.
[Press Democrat – 05/31/2015]

Satellite Construction

LeoSat expects initial verdict on its system architecture and cost following completion of a feasibility study.
[Space News – 06/04/2015]

Kacific expects to use pre-orders from South Pacific island nations to begin production of two Ka-band payloads to be hosted on satellites of two willing satellite fleet operators.
[Space News – 06/04/2015]

Iridium announces completion of the first satellite payload-to-bus integration on an Iridium NEXT satellite.
[Market Watch – 06/01/2015]

NOAA’s GOES-R satellite begins environmental testing.
[Space Daily – 05/31/2015]

Satellite Operations

Innovative tiny satellite Lightsail, designed to test deployment of a solar sail, re-awakens eight days after communications with the spacecraft were lost.
[Christian Science Monitor – 05/31/2015]

Satellite Technology

SpaceX is planning a series of experimental communication satellites.
[Space News – 06/05/2015]

DARPA revamps Phoenix in-orbit servicing program to realign goals of the program with needs of U.S. Air Force.
[Via Satellite – 06/02/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Pakistan’s cold response to SAARC satellite project prompts India to go ahead with consultations with other regional member states without Pakistan.
[India TV News – 06/07/2015]

Turkmenistan’s national satellite communications is commissioned, beginning its operation.
[Trend – 06/06/2015]

U.S. Air Force issues RFP for an American-made rocket propulsion system to help end reliance on the Russian-built engine used today.
[Space News – 06/05/2015]

While American military has managed sufficient bandwidth over past two decades to move photos and video from aircraft and UAVs to ground stations, there is insufficient bandwidth available on the battlefield to move around needed data.
[Strategy Page – 06/05/2015]

Silent Sentry in Qatar continues to provide CENTCOM with defensive space control capabilities a decade after proof of concept.
[dvids – 06/05/2015]

House bill leaves last three JPSS satellites in the lurch.
[Space News – 06/04/2015]

North Korean space agency officials say the country is developing a more advanced Earth observation satellite and are defending their right to conduct rocket launches whenever they see fit.
[SF Gate – 06/04/2015]

Pentagon seeks easing of ban on Russian rockets for U.S. Space missions.
[NY Times – 06/03/2015]

The U.S. Navy has accepted the third Mobile User Objective System satellite from Lockheed Martin following in-orbit testing.
[UPI – 06/03/2015]

Lepton awarded $2.3 million contract to upgrade Department of Defense satellite networks.
[Digital Journal – 06/01/2015]

Central Australia’s Pine Gap spy base has taken on a new electronic surveillance role, making it a “multi-purpose mega-intelligence centre.”
[The Sydney Morning Herald – 05/31/2015]

United Arab Emirates announces the launching of the strategic plan for their newly-established space agency.
[Wall Street OTC – 05/31/2015]


Boeing has been awarded a $15 million contract to provide airborne broadband satellite communications enterprise service.
[C4ISR & Networks – 06/02/2015]


Hughes supplies broadband satellite system to IPSAT of Malaysia.
[Market Watch – 06/02/2015]

Disaster Recovery

At beginning of hurricane season Globalstar announces it is again partnering with Lt. Gen. Russel Honore in initiative to raise awareness of irreplaceable role played by satellite in disaster recovery.
[Internet @ IT Business Net – 06/04/2015]

ETSI’s Technical Committee for Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (TC SES) has published a series of “reference scenarios” for emergency telecommunications in disaster situations.
[telecompaper – 06/03/2015]

Ground Systems

Global satellite operator ABS selects Newtec Dialog to launch next generation VSAT and data services.
[Satnews – 06/02/2015]

Newtec further validates Mx-DMA and Newtec Dialog at Vodafone Innovation Park Lab in Germany.
[Space Ref – 06/02/2015]

TRAK Microwave latching Ka-band circulator-isolator offers 1 microsecond switching speed across 16 – 35 Ghz range.
[Thomas Net – 06/02/2015]

Broadcom announces that KT Skylife of South Korea has deployed the world’s first Ultra HD set-top box built on Broadcom’s single chip HEVC 4K/Ultra HD satellite solution.
[4-traders – 05/30/2015]


Hughes 9450-C11 terminal enables Inmarsat’s BGAN M2M service to go mobile.
[Satnews – 06/04/2015]


Polish bulk carrier Polsteam selects the mini-VSAT Broadband service from KVH as its satellite communications solution for its 60-vessel fleet.
[Satnews – 06/05/2015]

ORBIT Communication Systems receives order for multiple OceanTRx™ 7-500 Ka-Band SATCOM systems from one of the emerging Ka-band global satellite service providers.
[Via Satellite– 06/01/2015]

Oil & Gas

ST Teleport and Telespazio seal a partnership in Singapore to provide global Ku-band connectivity for maritime oil and gas customers.
[Satnews – 06/03/2015]

TV& Radio

People are increasingly using smartphones for streaming video, affecting the traditional pay-TV companies.
[Investor Wired – 06/05/2015]

SES and StarTimes expand partnership to provide attractive TV packages in Africa.
[The Financial Express – 065/03/2015]


China hopes to use the “Space Silk Road” system to create a live-feed “black box” which would provide constant global coverage of all air, shipping and overland routes.
[WantChinaTimes – 06/06/2015]

Boeing chooses Aitech to provide space-grade computers for Boeing NASA CST manned spacecraft.
[Military & Aerospace – 06/04/2015]

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WBMSAT News Bits 05/30/2015

WBMSAT News Bits – Back to Basics for a Quick Read

Featured Article

Images of China’s largest drone reveal new details on the country’s ‘stealth hunting’ capabilities.
[Daily Mail – 05/28/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Benefits of Mars missions, space exploration and satellite developments highlighted on the second day of the Global Space and Satellite Forum 2015, held in Abu Dhabi.
[Emirates 24/7 News – 05/28/2015]

Launch Activity

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) opens its recently completed Spacecraft Operations Center (SOC) head of a series of satellite launches.
[Via Satellite – 05/29/2015]

Orbital ATK confident on satellite launch demand and a return of its Antares rocket by March 2016.
[Via Satellite – 05/28/2015]

Ariane 5 rocket successfully launches DirecTV-15 and Sky Mexico-1 communications satellites.
[Spaceflight Insider – 05/27/2015]

The first of two new satellites for Brazilian satellite operator Embratel Star One, the Star One C4 satellite, arrives in French Guiana.
[Via Satellite – 05/26/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

NewSat restructuring bid continues.
[DataRoom – 05/30/2015]

Harris completes its acquisition of Exelis.
[Via Satellite – 05/29/2015]

Intelsat introduces managed mobility service IntelsatOne Flex to boost Epic integration.
[The Digital Ship – 05/29/2015]

Yahsat to undertake expansion project in Africa, Asia, Mideast.
[MENAFM – 05/29/2015]

Charter bid to acquire Time Warner Cable indicitive of cable companies racing to reinvent themselves as their business has been upended by the Internet.
[Sacramento Bee – 05/26/2015]

Satellite Technology

Professer proposes Using cubesats to forecast the behaviour of the ionosphere to enable a significant improvement in current satellite communications capability.
[domain-b – 05/27/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Arunchai Pradesh Chief Minister lobbys the Centre for use of satellite to boost communication and digital connectivity in North Eastern Region of India.
[E-PAO – 05/29/2015]

The word “Torus” in a Snowden leaked document is interpreted as a clue to massively expanded capability in satellite eavesdropping by governments.
[Wired – 05/28/2015]

U.S. Air Force certifies SpaceX to launch national security payloads, ending the United Launch Alliance monopoly.
[Quartz – 05/27/2015]

Australia’s NBN will still be able to launch and operate its satellites even if it doesn’t manage to secure use of the orbital slots from a Russian satellite operator, according to the ACMA.
[ZDNet – 05/27/2015]

Brazil earns BRL 183.7 million from auction of four satellite exploitation licenses.
[Broadcast & Satellite – 05/27/2015]

Director of ISRO arm SAC states new ISRO satellite will revolutionise Internet in India, eliminating cables and ideal for smart cities being planned.
[Indian Express – 05/27/2015]

Airbus Defence and Space and the ESA BIC program expect combined efforst to achieve another surge in commercial use of space infrastructures and technologies.
[Satnews – 05/26/2015]

United Arab Emirates launches national space agency strategy.
[ABC News – 05/25/2015]


US bankruptcy judge signs an order severing NewSat’s contract with Lockheed Martin, which is building the commercial satellite Jabiru-1.
[The Australian – 05/27/2015]


Russian private airline Transaero takes delivery of its first next-generation Boeing 737-800 which sports Ku-band satellite in-flight connectivity.
[Asia Travel Tips – 05/25/2015]

Earth Observation

Satellite imagery shows significant new construction at North Korea’s main rocket launch site.
[The Bristol Press – 05/28/2015]

DigitalGlobe teams up with Saab to form a joint venture to produce photo-realistic 3D products and digital elevation models globally.
[Via Satellite – 05/26/2015]

Ground Systems

Comtech EF Data’s commercially available Advanced Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) Solutions deployed and supporting multiple customer installations using O3b Networks’ satellite system.
[Via Satellite – 05/29/2015]

Hughes Networks Systems has released a new high-throughput router for the company’s Jupiter system, designed to operate over C and Ku band.
[Via Satellite – 05/28/2015]

S3 announces first fully integrated, single-conversion radio for devices, transceivers and modems operating off Iridium network.
[Semiconductor Today – 05/27/2015]

Advantech Wireless releases a new 50W X-Band Gallium Nitride (GaN)-based Solid State Power Block/Block UpConverter for tactical military applications.
[Via Satellite – 05/26/2015]

IDT releases 3 new low-loss ultra-linear RF variable attenuator products aimed at wideband communications systems.
[Business Wire 05/26/2015]

Veritas International selects highly secure satellite-based tracking system from Airbus Defence and Space for VIP Protection.
[4-traders – 05/26/2015]


Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. plans to present a compelling LTE satellite backhaul solution at CommunicAsia 2015.
[Benzinga – 05/27/2015]

Oil & Gas

Hess Corp. has selected Harris CapRock Communications to provide turnkey telecommunications to the Stampede offshore development in the Green Canyon area of the US Gulf of Mexico.
[Offshore Magazine – 05/28/2015]

TV& Radio

Today’s media networks are built using a complex mixture of fast-evolving technologies, such as satellite, VSAT, MPLS, SDH, and compression and media processing in the cloud.
[Satnews – 05/28/2015]

KT Skylife Using Broadcom chips for Ultra-HD STBs.
[Via Satellite – 05/28/2015]


X2nSat satellite gateway signals new life for Spaceport America.
[Via Satellite – 05/29/2015]

NASA sees its relationship with the satellite industry tightening as the agency pursues its objectives in each mission directorate.
[Via Satellite – 05/27/2015]

The Canadian Space Agency and the Israel Space Agency have joined forces to study two potential space missions.
[PLANT – 05/27/2015]

The Human Element

Executive of UAE-based satellite phone company says a satellite phone helped save 500 people on a sinking boat in the Mediterranean Sea.
[Gulf News Government – 05/27/2015]

Using a system of quick-deploying, satellite-connecting tools, coordination is enabled among the various groups involved in assistance activities in Nepal.
[Hanford Sentinel – 05/26/2015]

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WBMSAT News Bits 05/24/2015

 WBMSAT News Bits online – Back to Basics for a Quick Read

Featured Article

Failed launch of Mexico’s Centenario satellite is a setback for the spacecraft launch schedule and will spark a huge hike in insurance costs, while also discrediting Russian space technology.
[La Prensa – 05/23/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Microspace announces its endorsement of the Better Satellite World campaign of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI).

Industry Reports

NSR report – Inflight Connectivity in Asia expected to be long-haul growth market.
[NSR – 05/18/2015]

Launch Activity

A $60-million penalty stopped Mexico from calling off the launch of MexSat-1 communication satellite on Russian Proton-M launch vehicle.
[Space Daily – 05/22/2015]

ISRO is set to to launch Communications Satellite for Strategic Applications in July or August this year.
[Delhi Daily News – 05/21/2015]

X-37B spaceplane is launched on secret mission along with the UltraSAT payload consisting of ten small satellites for NASA, the US military and educational institutions.
[NASA Spaceflight – 05/19/2015]

All Proton flights grounded indefinitely following launch failure that caused Mexsat 1 to burn up in the atmosphere.
[Daily Mail – 05/18/2015]

Mexican government to collect $390 insurance payout over loss of Mexsat 1; similar satellite to launch in October will relieve need for immediate replacement.
[Spaceflight Now – 05/18/2015]

It’s hard to run a satellite company when your supply rockets keep blowing up – Inmarsat’s $1.6 billion Global Xpress again delayed by Proton-M failure.
[Quartz – 05/18/2015]

Turkmenistan launches 1st communications satellite into orbit.
[AZERNEWS – 05/18/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Airbus looks to sell mobile sitcom division to former owner Apax.
[Space News – 05/22/2015]

Link Microtek is appointed as UK and Ireland service center for the range of satellite communications equipment produced by U.S. manufacturer L-3 Narda-MITEQ.
[Satnews – 05/22/2015]

DigitalGlobe chief sees no competitive threat from Earth imagery startups.
[Space News – 05/21/2015]

iDirect Asia partners with ST Teleport to introduce web-based monitoring platform to maritime customers.
[PR Newswire New Jersey – 05/21/2015]

Gilat looks to connectivity contracts to bolster lagging revenues.
[Via Satellite – 05/21/2015]

Gilat reports 1st quarter loss of $5.6 million.
[Yahoo Finance – 05/20/2015]

Kymeta signs partnerships with Airbus Defence and Space on maritime connectivity, Intellian on maritime, Intelsat on next generation capabilities, and Honeywell and Inmarsat on aviation.
[Via Satellite – 05/19/2015]

ViaSat joins DeSIRE II remotely piloted aircraft systems project consortium, funded by ESA.
[Satellite Spotlight – 05/19/2015]

X2nSat and Spaceport America partner to establish next-generation satellite gateway for small satellite constellation.
[ – 05/19/2015]

Datapath acquires technology license to manufacture secure networking products from MissionMobility.
[Virtual-Strategy Magazine – 05/19/2015]

Satellite Construction

Massive delays and cost overruns on two European laser Earth observation programs cause ESA to modify contract procedures.
[Space News – 05/22/2015]

GOES-R satellite, scheduled to launch in 2016, begins environmental testing.
[PHYS-ORG – 05/21/2015]

Malaysian satellite communications company to invest in designated payload on APT’s APSTAR 9 satellite.
[The Malaysian Insider – 05/18/2015]

Satellite Operations

ViaSat facing capacity limits on ViaSat-1; situation will worsen until ViaSat-2 is launched on SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.
[Space News – 05/20/2015]

Interstellar traffic jam as Optus’ new satellite jams Intelsat signals.
[ The Sydney Morning Herald – 05/19/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Lockheed awarded $736M to perform sustainment work on three U.S. satellite systems for tactical communication.
[GOVCONWIRE – 05/22/2015]

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has harshly condemned Turkey over a prosecutor’s recent attempt to silence media critical of the government.
[Todays Zaman – 05/22/2015]

Special Operations Commands needs most a back packable satellite terminal capable of sending video – enter the GATR 1.2m inflatable.
[Strategy Page – 05/21/2015]

NASA, NOAA, EPA and USGS begin program to utilize satellites to detect harmful algal blooms.
[Space News – 05/20/2015]

Harris successfully conducts satellite communications calls using two Falcon III AN/PRC-117G tactical radios with MUOS waveform.
[Satellite Spotlight – 05/20/2015]


Hispasat, Eutelsat, Telesat, and UAE’s Star Satellite in the running for 15-year Brazilian orbital slots to be auctioned May 26.
[Fox News Latino – 05/20/2015]


ViaSat is growing its Exede in the Air Ka-band satellite communications coverage to offer huge data capacity across an increasing area of the globe
[AIN online – 05/20/2015]

Honeywell to offer satellite communication solutions to Gulfstream.
[Trade Arabia – 05/20/2015]

Satcom Direct offers SkyStreamTM bonding and aggregation service for faster airborne data transfer rates.
[PRWeb – 056/20/2015]

Inmarsat announced successful completion of high data rate service testing of SwiftBroadband, to double in-flight Wi-Fi speeds.
[Via Satellite – 05/20/2015]

Alleged airline hack may expose vulnerabilities in air travel.
[ABC News – 05/18/2015]

Capacity Deals

Globalsat signs multi-transponder deal with Hispasat for broadband services in Mexican schools, community centers and hospitals.
[Via Satellite – 05/20/2015]

Earth Observation

DigitalGlobe retires IKONOS satellite after service life exceeding 15 years.
[Via Satellite – 05/19/2015]

Ground Systems

Hiltron completes a combined Ku- and C-band HMAM Ka-band antenna mount system for Thales; report strong demand for HMAM satellite communication system.
[Satnews – 05/20/2015]

Qorvo introduces high-performance GaN power amplifiers for satellite communications.
[The Street – 05/19/2015]

Sumitomo Electric expands Satcom offerings with Ku-band GaN devices for satellite communications.
[Yahoo Finance – 05/19/2015]


Marlink wins contract to provide satellite connectivity to United Arab Shipping Company’s 17 ultra-large containerships.
[Via Satellite – 05/20/2015]

TV& Radio

SES to launch Ultra-HD Free-To-Air channel in Europe in September 2015 for Enstyle GmbH shopping channel.
[Via Satellite – 05/21/2015]


House approves commercial space bill.
[Space News – 05/21/2015]

SpaceX Dragon capsule splashes down in the Pacific Ocean, ending the longest-lasting Dragon resupply mission to the International Space Station.
[NBC News – 05/21/2015]

Planetary Society’s demonstration of microsatellite propelled by solar sails orbiting earth after launching along with secret X-37B spaceplane.
[Earth & Space – 05/20/2015]

Nasa advances Cubesat concept for interplanetary exploration.
[R&D Magazine 05/20/2015]

Space station could get Laser cannon to destroy orbital debris.
[msn news – 05/18/2015]

The Human Element

Iridium donates satellite phones and batteries to the International Telecommunications Unions to support disaster response capabilities.
[Via Satellite – 05/20/2015]

Intelsat donates satellite solutions in support of Red Cross and Team Rubicon efforts in Nepal.
[Satellite Spotlight – 05/18/2015]


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