WBMSAT News Bits 02/15/2015

Featured Article

Shutterstock / Pavel Ignatov – Market Watch

China nears launch of hack-proof ‘quantum communications’ link, plans satellite launch in 2016 as first step towards quantum network in the sky.
[Market Watch – 02/09/2015]

Industry Reports

The recent launch of a Japanese radar satellite (IGS-5) on an H-2A rocket is the latest indication that seeing through clouds at any time of the day is a continuing trend.
[NSR – 02/12/2015]

Geopolitical tension and instability drive mobility for special ops & army.
[NSR – 02/10/2015]

NSR’s Satellite Manufacturing and Launch Services, 5th Edition (SMLS5) provides the industry’s most comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of activity in global manufacturing and launch markets.
[NSR – 02/09/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

The Space Data Association (SDA) will be holding its Annual User’s Meeting at the Intelsat Headquarters in Tyson’s Corner, VA on Monday 16th March.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 02/12/2015]

Via Satellite magazine partners with the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) on its “How Satellites Make a Better World” campaign.
[Via Satellite – 02/12/2015]

IEEE GLOBECOM 2015 to Hold 58th Annual Conference from December 6 – 10 in San Diego, California.
[PR.com – 02/05/2015]

Launch Activity

Boosted by its contract to launch satellites for OneWeb’s ambitious 648 LEO satellite constellation, Virgin Galactic opens new production facility for LauncherOne rockets.
[Via Satellite – 02/13/2015]

Ariane 5 (shown above in 2009) – Credit: Arianespace – Space News

South Korean government selects Europe’s Arianespace to launch two geostationary-orbit meteorological and environment-monitoring satellites in 2018 and 2019.
[Space News – 02/13/2015]

U.S. Air Force Secretary expects an initial report in March detailing the tasks still standing between SpaceX and its long-sought certification to launch national security payloads.
[Space News – 02/13/2015]

Thor 7 satellite – NASA Spaceflight

Thor 7 on its way to French Guiana; will join SICRAL 2 on April 16 launch.
[NASA Spaceflight – 02/12/2015]

Third time is the charm for SpaceX to launch observatory, but landing test is cancelled.
[R&D Magazine – 02/12/2015]

SpaceX calls off launch of Deep Space Climate Observatory when critical Air Force radar-tracking system failed.
[R&D Magazine – 02/09/2015]

Satellite Operations

United States Strategic Command (Stratcom) wants better tracking for small satellites as the number of them in orbit continues to skyrocket.
[Via Satellite – 02/09/2015]

Ground Systems

Norsat has delivered a prototype of its Atom 25 Watt Ka-band Block Upconverter (BUC) to an undisclosed defense customer.
[Via Satellite – 02/13/.2015]

Mobil Satellite Technologies announces immediate availability of new ECT-10 Emergency Communications Trailer, providing robust broadband communications at any disaster scene or remote location within just a few minutes.
[PR Newswire – 02/10/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

General Dynamics adds over-the-air MUOS radio testing to its Arizona lab for companies intending to connect their radio and antenna products to the MUOS network.
[PR Newswire – 02/13/2015]

New space programs budget designed to hold the Air Force over until a series of studies on the future of U.S. military space architecture are completed.
[Via Satellite – 02/12/2015]

CNES, the French space agency, and the Agencia Espacial Mexicana (AEM), Mexico’s space agency, have agreed to step up the cooperation initiated in April 2014 on space-based telecommunications, remote sensing and disaster relief.
[Via Satellite – 02/12/2015]

High throughput satellites drive the evolution of military communications networks.
[Via Satellite – 02/12/2015]

The Air Force concluded a six-month rigorous and complex multiservice operational test and evaluation of its Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF)system in January at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.
[U.S. Air Force – 02/11/2015]

The Packet file photo

Goonhilly Earth Station and Avanti among 14 south west businesses to receive share of £47 million from Britain’s regional growth fund.
[The Packet – 02/11/2015]

3rd MUOS satellite to be launched completes prescribed maneuvers to reach geosynchronous orbit and successfully unfurled its umbrella-like antenna reflectors.
[Military.com – 02/09/2015]

Navy Admiral Haney, head of U.S. Strategic Command, voices concern that multiple countries, especially China and Russia, pose grave threat to U.S. space security systems.
[Space War – 02/10/2012]

Aeronautical

Aircraft switching from beam to beam or satellite to satellite. Photo: ViaSat – Via Satellite

ViaSat Chairman and CEO sees an opportunity for new in-flight Wi-Fi strategies and technology to drive revenue for the company, even in the face of a shrinking U.S. market.
[Via Satellite – 02/12/2015]

Inmarsat supports International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) commitment to urgent implementation of live flight tracking.
[Via Satellite – 02/11/2015]

Panasonic Avionics plans to have High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity that wraps around the world for its In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) services by 2017.
[Via Satellite – 02/10/2015]

Broadband

Telekom Austria Group (TAG) is extending its relationship with Eutelsat Communications to offer satellite broadband across its footprint in Central and Eastern Europe.
[Via Satellite – 02/10/2015]

Australia’s state-owned National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) has finished construction of the last ground station needed for its Long-Term Satellite Solution (LTSS) broadband service.
[Via Satellite – 02/09/2015]

Earth Observation

DigitalGlobe announced a new agreement to provide Exogenesis with access to its Geospatial Big Data (GBD) platform.
[Via Satellite – 02/11/2015]

Maritime

Grand Circle Cruise Line’s newly-acquired M/V Corinthian vessel. Photo: Grand Circle Cruise Line – Via Satellite

MTN signs two new global cruise line operators and renews a long-term European customer.
[Via Satellite – 02/12/2015]

KVH Industries has rolled out a new dedicated voice configuration for its mini-VSAT Broadband global maritime satellite network.
[Via Satellite – 02/11/2015]

With ElevenOS and its satellite communications partners, Royal Caribbean is reportedly the first in the industry to offer unlimited Internet based on a per-day rate.
[Marinelink – 02/11/2015]

More on-board satellite Internet connectivity supplied by iSeaglobal in 2015.
[PR.com – 02/08/2015]

M2M

Numerex, an Atlanta, Ga. based Machine-to-Machine (M2M) service provider, is contemplating ways to expand its services internationally by using satellite.
[Via Satellite – 02/13/2015]

Mobile

DeLorme announced enterprise plans and services that making it easier for business and government customers to track, monitor and communicate with workers in remote locations using inReach personal satellite communicators.
[Via Satellite – 02/11/2015]

TV& Radio

A Samsung Ultra-HD television. Photo: Samsung – Via Satellite

SES has started simulcasting its Ultra-HD demonstration channel from the 19.2 degrees east orbital position to audiences in the U.K. and Ireland from the Astra 2E satellite at 28.2 degrees east.
[Via Satellite – 02/12/2015]

Brazilian satellite operator Embratel Star One is readying for an increase in demand for mobility services, along with the permanent presence of Ultra-HD in Latin America.
[Via Satellite – 02/11/2015]

Continental Satellite (ConSat TV) has chooses Spacecom’s Amos 5 satellite Ku-beam to transmit Nigerian Direct-to-Home (DTH).
[Via Satellite – 02/10/2015]

Space

Arianespace’s lightweight Vega launcher is now four-for-four in missions from the Spaceport following today’s success with the European Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV).
[Satellite Evolution Group – 02/11/2015]

Weather

New head of NOAA says the agency should not cordon off any of its budget to help would-be commercial weather satellite operators defray development expenses.
[Space News – 02/12/2015]

Space debris threat to converted demonstration satellite used by NOAA for weather prediction pending operation of Joint Polar Satellite System.
[Nextgov – 02/12/2015]

Planet IQ designing constellation of 12 to 18 small satellites to keep watch on GPS spacecraft, using atmospheric effect on signals to predict weather.
[Discovery News – 02/09/2015]

Regulatory

Speedcast receives Australian certifications.
[4-traders – 02/13/2015]

Capacity Agreements

AssetLink Global selects Iridium to connect its AssetPack 3 solar rechargeable monitoring and tracking device.
[Via Satellite – 02/09/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Satcom Direct opens new offices in Canada, U.S., Australia.
[Via Satellite – 02/13/2015]

New smallsat research lab to open in Singapore.
[Via Satellite – 02/13/2015]

ViaSat partners with EvoNexus to fund startups – applications now being accepted for spots in EvoNexus incubator.
[UT San Diego – 02/12/2015]

General Dynamics expands Arizona MUOS radio test lab offering direct connectivity with on-orbit MUOS satellites.
[Space Ref – 02/12/2015]

IDG Europe, an Inmarsat service provider that has been serving the Swedish government market since 1992, has been appointed an L-TAC Services distributor.
[Satnews – 02/12/2015]

Newtec kick-starts 30th anniversary celebrations, announcing significant sales growth and expanding into new markets.
[Realwire – 02/11/2015]

Orbital Sciences and the aerospace and defense groups of Alliant Techsystems (ATK) have completed the merger between the two companies.
[Via Satellite – 02/10/2015]

The Human Aspect

Inmarsat’s satellite communications network continues to provide vital connectivity and support for Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) during the ongoing Syrian conflict.
[Webwire – 02/11/2015]

Eutelsat and MultiChoice have announced the winners of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, a pan-African competition to promote interest in science and space technology in young African students.
[Viasat – 02/11/2015]

Inmarsat is offering all post-pay IsatPhone 2 customers free-of-charge access to GEOS’ Worldwide Emergency Response Coordination service.
[Maritime Journal – 02/10/2015]

The Altura Zenith is taking part in several Search and Rescue exercises in Norway – Spar Point Group

Altura Zenith drone takes part in several Search and Rescue exercises in Norway, proving its capabilities for Avalanche Search & Rescue in the harshest climatic conditions.
[Spar Point Group – 02/10/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 02/06/2015

Featured Article

A diagram shows the coverage areas of each of OneWeb’s planned satellites. – OneWeb – VOX

SpaceX, working with Google, and OneWeb, teamed with Virgin Galactic, race to build satellite internet.
[VOX – 02/05/2015]

Industry Reports

Futuresource analysts think Over-The-Top (OTT) operators could overtake satellite as frontrunner for next generation (4K) video.
[Via Satellite – 02/04/2015]

SIGNAL magazine reports that anti-satellite weapons may represent significant threat to satellite broadband.
[SC Magazine – 02/04/2015]

Global mobile data traffic grew 69% in 2014.
[Satellite Markets & Research – 02/04/2015]

NSR report finds long term opportunities in the energy market remain strong in spite of near term challenges.
[Satellite Markets & Research – 02/03/2015]

February issue of Satellite Executive Briefing magazine features “The Future of Satellites and Broadcasting” by Calos Espinos, “Back and Forth with SSPI Hall of Fame Inductee XT Vuong” by Lou Zacharilla, “Case Study: Satellites Helping to Assess Risk of Epidemics,” “ITU Telecom: Focus on the Future” by Roxana Dunnette, “Executive Spotlight Interview with ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Toure,” and “Connectivity, CABSAT and Cherry Blossoms” by Martin Jarrold.
[Satellite Markets – February 2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

GVF-EMP Conference Partnership in association with SES and Advantech Wireless and with support from APEX is presenting Connectivity 2015 conference in London February 19 – 20.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 02/05/2015]

IEEE GLOBECOM 2015 to hold 58th annual conference from December 6 – 10 in San Diego.
[Wireless Developer Network – 02/04/2015]

Launch Activity

ALASA concept art. Photo: Boeing/Chuck Schroeder – Via Satellite

DARPA plans to conduct 12 orbital test launches of an Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) dedicated SmallSat vehicle.
[Via Satellite – 02/06/2015]

NASA set to launch satellite DISCOVR, in storage for years, to detect disruptive solar storms.
[Fox News – 02/05/2015]

NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
[Research and Development Magazine – 02/02/2015]

Second satellite launched for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network.
[Spaceflight Now – 02/02/2015]

Satellite Technology

Depiction of Harris mesh antennas – Defense Systems

Harris tells U.S. military its Fixed Mesh Reflectors (FMR) can reduce satellite mass by 50%, providing significant savings in satellite programs.
[Defense Systems – 02/06/2015]

Orbital Sciences will use Aerojet Rocketdyne’s XR-5 Hall thrusters on its newest satellite bus, the GEOStar 3, for an all-electric design.
[Via Satellite – 02/04/2015]

NASA’s Deep Space 1 with NSTAR ion thruster. Photo: NASA – Via Satellite

Thales Alenia Space and Airbus Defence and Space contract European Space Propulsion for initial development of new electronic controller for XR-5 Hall thruster.
[Via Satellite – 02/02/2015]

High power laser diode has been demonstrated that will provide an order of magnitude increase in brightness, extending range of optical satellites.
[SPIE – 02/02/2015]

Satellite Operations

Russian satellite Express-AM33 comes back to life after an unknown glitch upsets the satellite’s operation.
[Itar-Tass – 02/04/2015]

Ground Systems

Newtec receives “Factory of the Future” award as part of Belgian campaign “Made Different.”
[Satellite Evolution Group – 02/05/2015]

General Dynamics upgrades Digital Modular Radios (DMR) with HF dynamic routing, quadrupling channels to 16 for HF ground and UHF satellite links.
[Satellite Spotlight – 02/04/2015]

M/A-COM introduces MAAP-011139 high-linearity 4-watt Ka-band power amplifier for Ka-band high-data-density satellite communications.
[Satnews – 02/03/2015]

M2M Connectivity introduces IDP 200 series packaged satellite modems from ORBCOMM subsidiary SkyWave.
[DIP – 02/03/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

A B-52 takes to the air at an international exhibition in Britain. Photo: Adrian Pingstone – UPI

Boeing gets contract to upgrade B-52 with displays showing real-time intelligence feeds overlaid on moving maps and communication data links that connect by satellite to other platforms and troops in the field.
[UPI -02/06/2015]

Russia suspends joint space program with Ukiraine.
[Space Daily – 02/06/2015]

2016 DOD budget for communications, electronics, and intelligence headed up after two flat years.
[Military & Aerospace – 02/05/2015]

Senator McCain accuses U.S. Air Force of “actively keeping” SpaceX out of the national security launch market.
[Space News – 02/04/2015]

Two Army try-before-you-buy events explore use of commercial off the shelf (COTS) products to modernize the service’s systems.
[Defense News – 02/04/2015]

While requesting fewer dollars for its 2016 budget, DoD is increasing focus on space industry competition.
[Via Satellite – 02/04/2015]

Estonia moves toward membership in the European Space Agency.
[Via Satellite – 02/04/2015]

IDC gets government contract to expand its secure satellite-broadcasting network.
[Via Satellite – 02/04/2015]

Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument on the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite captured the image. Photo: NOAA – Via Satellite

GAO calls on NOAA to beef up contingency programs for aging polar satellites.
[Via Satellite – 02/03/2015]

British surveillance agency GCHQ is collecting huge amounts of satellite telephone data and sharing with sister agency in the U.S.
[Space Daily – 02/03/2015]

Hughes Europe signs agreement with Turksat to deliver its Jupiter HTS ground system to the Turkish operator.
[Via Satellite – 02/03/2015]

Defense One file photo – Defense One

Obama requests more money for military spy satellites, lasers, and a space fence in budget proposal.
[Defense One – 02/02/2015]

Asian Navy customer orders OceanTRxTM4 maritime satellite communication systems from Orbit Communications Systems.
[Via Satellite – 02/02/2015]

Nigeria may privatize NigComSat by 2018 says Minister of Communication Technology.
[Premium Times – 01/31/2015]

Aeronautical

CBR file photo – CBR

Inmarsat announces support for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s commitment to live flight tracking.
[CB online – 02/06/2015]

Following disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, China moves to require satellite systems on commercial aircraft.
[International Business Times – 02/05/2015]

Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and Aieron sign Memorandum of Agreement to enhance aircraft tracking in the Singapore Flight Information Region.
[Via Satellite – 02/05/2015]

Global Eagle Entertainment is jointly designing a new In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) antenna with Quantenelektronische Systeme GmbH.
[Via Satellite – 02/05/2015]

Broadband

India’s telecom minister indicates readiness to use satellite or drones to further Digital India initiative.
[Economic Times – 02/04/2015]

Opinion – with newer smaller satellites, second generation high-flying satellite ventures may be more apt to succeed than earlier attempts like Teledesic.
[Fierce Wireless Tech – 02/02/2015]

Emergency Response

Inmarsat is offering all post-pay IsatPhone 2 customers free-of-charge access to GEOS’ Worldwide Emergency Response Coordination service.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 02/05/2015]

GPS

India interested in Russia’s Glonass satellite navigation system.
[GPS Daily – 02062015]

Maritime

Speedcast gets contract from Gearbulk, a shipping service company operating large fleets of open gantry craned vessels.
[4-Traders – 02/04/2015]

KVH rolls out enhanced VoIP service for its mini-VSAT maritime broadband network.
[CNN Money – 02/03/2015]

Globalstar announces array of solutions for commercial fishing which it will demonstrate at Skipper Expo International March 6-7 in Galway, Ireland.
[Satnews – 02/03/20015]

Satellite Applications Catapult consortium developing marine vessel monitoring system to reduce emissions and fuel costs and improve efficiency..
[Maritime Journal – 02/02/2015]

Mobile

Chunghwa Telecom collaborates with RR Media for mobile satellite services in Taiwan.
[CNN Money – 02/02/2015]

Delnet International of the Philippines chooses Gilat Satellite Network’s Skyedge 2 network for cellular backhaul.
[Via Satellite – 02/02/2015]

Oil & Gas

Hermes Datacomms hosts FSAT licensing forum for oil companies in Myanmar, instructing them hoe to comply with local laws.
[Satnews – 02/05/2015]

Weather

Spire plans to deploy 20 tiny satellites into low-Earth orbit and use GPS radio occultation to track the weather, building private weather database.
[Nextgov – 01/30/2015]

Space

A Torus rim, one of the three space colony designs conceptualized at NASA Ames in the 1970s. Credit: NASA Ames Research Center/Don Davis – Space News

“Going into space to stay” – what did the president mean in his State of the Union address?
[Space News – 02/06/2015]

NASA issues sole source notice for six Soyuz seats for transporting astronauts to the ISS in 2018.
[Space News – 02/06/2015]

ISS Reshetnev begins construction of the Millimetron Space Telescope, a future observatory to study black holes, stellar and planet formation, and dark energy.
[Via Satellite – 02/06/2015]

SNC Dream Chaser study with German Aerospace Center partner confirms viability of using spacecraft for LEO science missions.
[Space Daily – 02/06/2015]

Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM)- Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls – Space News

Positive FAA review of proposed Bigelow Aerospace lunar habitat first step towards supporting commercial activities on the moon.
[Space News – 02/06/2015]

Regulatory

European Satellite Operators Association (ESOA) secretary general confident of positive outcome at WRC-2015 in spite of most serious challenge to date by wireless industry.
[Via Satellite – 02/02/2015]

Satellite Industry Association files comments with FCC applauding efforts to further streamline regulations covering satellite communications.
[Space Ref – 02/02/2015]

Russian satellites nixed for 911 calls in U.S. – FCC doesn’t allow use of non-US satellites.
[Terra Daily – 02/01/2015]

Capacity Agreements

Milano Teleport boosts its use of C-band capacity by 35%, offering global C-band coverage for it iSeaglobal VSAT product.
[The Digital Ship – 02/06/2015]

AMC Networks selects Telesat C-band capacity for distributing programming to Canadian MSOs.
[Via Satellite – 02/05/2015]

Arabsat and Media Space sign contract to broadcast the Saudi Digital Satellite Platform from Arabsat satellites.
[Via Satellite – 02/04/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Harris is purchasing Exelis for $4.75 billion.
[Via Satellite – 02/06/2015]

Inmarsat selects IDG Europe to provide L-TAC services to Sweden.
[Via Satellite – 02/06/2015]

Intelsat and Kymeta join forces to design and build steerable flat panel metamaterials antenna optimized for the Intelsat Epic HTS platform.
[Business Wire – 02/05/2015]

Globalstar and Aglitech partner to bring SPOT Satcoms to France.
[Via Satellite – 02/05/2015]

Emerging Markets Communications acquires General Industry Systems, specializing in energy and maritime connectivity.
[SatNews – 02/05/2015]

History

NASA astronauts captured Intelsat 603 during a 1992 space shuttle mission and attached a new kick motor – Credit: NASA – Space News

Intelsat 603 satellite, rescued by spacewalking NASA astronauts 25 years ago, is decommissioned by Intelsat.
[Space News – 02/04/2015]

C-COM – from a long-shot to a global technology powerhouse (note – last line should read 193 countries, not 93).
[Trade Commissioner of Canada – web article]

 

WBMSAT News Bits 01/30/2015

Featured Article

World radiocommunication conference 2015 (WRC-15) will be held in Geneva Nov. 2-27 – Space News

ITU gives European satellite operators bad news – share the lower part of C-band spectrum with mobile operators.
[Space News – 01/29/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

EUMETSAT and others dig into EU space policy at EU Space Policy Conference in Brussels.
[Satnews – 01/28/2015]

Four new inductees for the 2015 Satellite Hall of Fame to be honored on March 17 SSPI annual Gala Benefit Dinner are announced.
[Satnews – 01/28/2015]

Launch Activity

Minor “debonds” to the Delta 2 booster insulation were identified. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls – Space News

NASA’s SMAP satellite launch is delayed for second time in a week, because of an issue with the Delta 2 rocket.
[Space News – 01/30/2015]

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket (above). Credit: SpaceX – Space News

After squeezing SpaceX out of current contention by cancellation of launch competition, Air Force offers up to 10 future competitions between now and 2017.
[Space News – 01/30/2015]

Japan delays launch of information gathering satellite due to weather.
[Space Daily – 01/30/2015]

Falcon 9 engines – Credit: SpaceX – Space News

SES considering trading its midyear launch aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 for a later launch slot to let someone else be the first to launch on the new platform.
[Space News – 01/30/2015]

Inmarsat-5F2 scheduled for launch on Superbowl Sunday – February 1, 2015.
[Space Daily – 01/30/2015]

Russia to launch trio of Gonets-M probes in early March.
[Space Daily – 01/29/2015]

A prototype under construction by Spire. Photo: Spire – Via Satellite

Spire plans to launch and operate a constellation of 20 commercial weather SmallSats by the end of 2015.
[Via Satellite – 01/29/2015]

National Space Organization of Taiwan to launch satellite to help predict earthquakes, with help of U.S.
[The China Post – 01/28/2015]

Arianespace is confident it will have regular launches of the Vega small satellite rocket starting this year.
[Via Satellite – 01/28/2015]

Turkmenistan telecoms market announced plans to launch its first communication satellite into orbit..
[Live PR – 01/26/2015]

Satellite Construction

Air Force to order two more Lockheed GPS 3 satellites.
[Space News – 01/30/2015]

Artist’s rendition of the deployed CFOSAT spacecraft in orbit. Photo: CNES – Via Satellite

The French space agency and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) sign agreement to step up the schedule for the China-France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSAT) mission.
[Via Satellite – 01/29/2015]

European satellites still depend heavily upon U.S. parts.
[Space News – 01/29/2015]

Ball Aerospace & Technologies has integrated two of the five instruments scheduled to fly on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s (NOAA) next polar-orbiting weather satellite,
[Via Satellite – 01/29/2015]

Vanguard successfully delivers two primary structural bus assemblies for the Advance Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Program to Lockheed Martin.
[Satnews – 01/26/2015]

Satellite Technology

European Data Relay System (EDRS). Photo: ESA – Via Satellite

European Space Agency and Airbus have entered a partnership to complete the full optical European Data Relay System (EDRS) between satellites.
[Via Satellite – 01/30/2015]

Ground Systems

Inuvik Satellite Station Facility in Inuvik, Canada. Photo: SSC – Via Satellite

Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) is increasing its capacity at the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility in Inuvik, Canada, with the addition of a new multi-mission antenna.
[Via Satellite – 01/29/2015]

Blonder Toungue receives approval by major U.S. satellite provider for its latest encoder for use in high definition (HD) deployments over coax.
[WebWire – 01/26/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

U.S. Strategic Command signs technical arrangement with Germany to share Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services and information.
[Via Satellite – 01/30/2015]

Harris wins 10-year FAA contract to upgrade and manage system providing real-time weather and flight-planning for Alaska’s general aviation community.
[Satnews – 01/30/2015]

Comtech receives $3.8 million order for high efficiency traveling wave tube amplifiers for major U.S. Army satellite communications program for transportable systems.
[Business Wire – 01/29/2015]

UltiSat gets multi-year contract to provide VSAT network solution to undisclosed U.S. government agency.
[Via Satellite – 01/29/2015]

During House hearing, DoD officials assure Representative that the DoD is committed to continuing use of commercial satellite systems.
[Space News – 01/28/2015]

U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center completes merger of two directorates and activates the Advances Systems and Development Directorate.
[Via Satellite – 01/27/2015]

Orbit Communications Systems gets substantial contract from Asian defense contractor for airborne satellite platforms.
[Via Satellite – 01/26/2015]

Broadband

Eutelsat and European Parliament encourage politicians to take action and use satellite technology to bring high-speed broadband to rural areas.
[Satnews – 01/29/2015]

Maritime

Leicester team is trialing concept to use earth imaging satellites to track and locate small vessels at sea.
[01/30/2015]

Oil & Gas

SES executive says digitization of the Oil and Gas sector in Americas is spurring demand for new satellite capacity to keep pace.
[Via Satellite – 01/30/2015]

TV& Radio

Eutelsat announces multi-year agreement with Kyrgystan’s public broadcaster RPO RMTR that will accelerate the country’s switch to fully digital broadcasting environment.
[Street Insider – 01/27/2015]

Eutelsat has partnered with Neotion and Broadpeak on a global solution for Free-To-Air (FTA)/secured Over The Top (OTT) services for smartphones, tablets and 4K screens.
[Via Satellite – 01/26/2015]

Africa portion of Amos 5 Ku-band West-Central Beam – Spacecom – Via Satellite

Spacecom wins multi-year contract to broadcast Africa Cable TV to Nigeria on the Amos 5 satellite.
[Via Satellite – 01/26/2015]

Al Araby Television Network selects Es’hail 1satellite to broadcast its channel exclusively in HD.
[Via Satellite – 01/26/2015]

Space

The X Prize Foundation awarded more than $5 million in intermediate prizes to five teams competing in the Google Lunar X Prize competition Jan. 26.
[Space News – 01/30/2015]

Boeing executive says SpaceX is making Boeing a better competitor in price-sensitive markets.
[Space News – 01/30/2015]

Independent safety panel criticizes NASA for not sharing information allowing it to evaluate the safety of its Commercial Crew Program.
[Space News – 01/29/2015]

Regulatory

Speaking on behalf of international satellite community, Eutelsat CEO warns African states of consequences if C-band resources are re-allocated to mobile operators.
[CNBC – 01/28/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Global Xpress – Photo: Inmarsat – Via Satellite

Satcom Direct named value added reseller for Inmarsat Global Xpress.
[Via Satellite – 01/30/2015]

Small Indian startups getting attention in the space industry.
[The Economic Times 01/30/2015]

Newsat struggles with delays in Jabiru-1 construction due to financing issues, and customer unrest.
[Herald Sun  01/29/2015]

Iridium and Appareo partner to bring next generation telematics solutions and global connectivity to customers.
[SpaceRef – 01/28/2015]

Orbital Sciences and Alliant Techsystems (ATK) stockholders voted in separate meetings to approve the merger of Orbital Sciences with ATK’s Aerospace and Defense Group.
[Via Satellite – 01/27/2015]

Recent acquisitions positioning Orbcomm as major solutions provider.
[Via Satellite – 01/27/2015]

History

Annual memorial for fallen astronauts brings back memories for space shuttle veteran.
[ABC News – 01/29/2015]

The Human Aspect

National 4-H Council and HughesNet announce 2015 program supporting commitment to introduce more American youth to STEM education.
[Via Satellite – 01/30/2015]

NetHope officials describes satellite response to Ebola as on “a scale never seen before.”
[Via Satellite – 01/26/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 01/23/2015

Featured Article

Space Daily File image: Dmitry Rogozin

When introducing the new head of Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos, Igor Komarov, Dimitry Rogozin says Russia must continue international space cooperation.
[Space Daily – 01/23/2015]

Industry Reports

Research and Markets announces addition of “The 2015 International Satellite Directory” to their offering.
[Business Wire – 01/23/2015]

Launch Activity

Inmarsat’s launch date for its second Global Xpress satellite, Inmarsat-t F2, is now set for February 1, 2015.
[Marinelink – 01/23/2015]

3D image of SES-10 satellite – Screen Africa

SES plans to launch powerful new hybrid satellite, ES-12, aboard an Ariane 5 booster from Korou in 2017.
[Screen Africa – 01/23/2015

ULA to unveil revamped Atlas 5 details at Space Foundation’s April Space Symposium.
[Space News – 01/23/2015]

IXV spaceplane fueled in preparation for February 11 launch from French Guiana Spaceport.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 01/22/2015]

Navy launches third satellite for global Mobile User Objective System (MUOS).
[Space Daily – 01/20/2015]

RD-180 engine Credit: ULA – Space News

Despite congressional ban on their use for national security launches, ULA considers purchasing up to 30 more Russian RD-180 engines for commercial launches.
[Space News – 01/20/2015]

Satellite Construction

GeoOptics establishing partnerships to support, build and launch LEO constellation for Continuous Earth Remote Observation (CICERO).
[Via Satellite – 01/23/2015]

Vanguard Space Technologies delivers advanced WHF bus structure assembly to Lockheed Martin for AEHF program.
[Aviation Today – 01/23/2015]

EshailSat targets DTH market in MENA region with planned Es’Hail 2.
[Via Satellite – 01/22/2015]

JPSS-1 satellite under construction. Credit: Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. – Space News

GAO forecasts delay in NOAA weather satellite systems.
[Space News – 01/22/2015]

Google and Fidelity invest approximately $1 billion in SpaceX, funding second large scale Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation announced in days.
[Via Satellite – 01/21/2015]

NYBB orders high-powered L-band satellite from Boeing which will be leased to Hong Kong-based CMMB Vision for mobile service in China and Asia.
[Via Satellite – 01/21/2015]

Satellite Technology

UK Chief Secretary to the Treasury visits Eutelsat to discuss recently announced “Eutelsat Quantum” satellite.
[herald online – 01/23/2015]

MIT graduate students’ startup Accion Systems prepared to commercialize new miniaturized electric propulsion system for small satellites.
[Via Satellite – 01/20/2015]

Satellite Operations

Image Credit: National Air and Space Museum – Space News

Two unexplained debris-producing events in 2014 involving active Iridium mobile communications satellites still a mystery; Iridium says satellites are operational.
[Space News – 01/21/2015]

Ground Systems

Norsat releases the Journey Manpack, a six-segment, carbon fiber 0.9-meter Ku-band satellite terminal.
[Via Satellite – 01/23/2015]

ASC Signal is selected to provide High Frequency (HF) antennas for defense customer in Poland, and provides them to several NATO countries.
[Via Satellite – 01/23/2015]

Advantech Wireless receives orders for more than $1 million for its GaN SSPAs from customers in Satellite News Gathering (SNG) industry.
[Via Satellite – 01/22/2015]

ATCi introduces TE-3000 advanced spectrum analyzer test instrument.
[IBN – 01/20/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Russia merges United Rocket and Space Corporation with Roscosmos.
[Via Satellite – 01/23/2015]

Lockheed Martin and Aerojet Rocketdyne developing new THAAD booster for missile defense rockets.
[Space News – 01/22/2015]

Image Credit: AIDA – Space News

Italian government funds next generation radar satellites in time to avert a gap.
[Space News – 01/21/2015]

Aeronautical

Global Eagle Entertainment brings satellite connectivity to new Boeing 737’s.
[Via Satellite – 01/20/2015]

Broadband

Credit SpaceNews illustration – Space News

Signs of a satellite internet gold rush in burst of ITU filings for massive constellations of LEO satellites in past 8 weeks.
[Space News – 01/23/2015]

SES, O3b executives view proposed mega-constellations with open but skeptical minds.
[Space News – 01/23/2015]

Hughes Network Systems updates its Gen4 satellite Internet plans with Hughes SmartTechnologies, bringing improvements in downloading, browsing and data usage management.
[Via Satellite – 01/21/2015]

O3b expects satellite to outpace fiber in Pacific this year, now having contracted 5 Gbps of total capacity in the Pacific region.
[Via Satellite – 01/20/2015]

Inmarsat encourages app developers to develop more applications using satellite broadband.
[PC World – 01/20/2015]

Earth Observation

Satnews file image

Courtesy of TerraSAR-X, DHI GRAS maps the floods in Denmark.
[Satnews – 01/23/2015]

Maritime

Marlink chosen to provide VSAT services for fleet of international dredging and offshore contractor Van Oord.
[Satellite Evolution Group  01/22/2015]

Satellite phones increasingly important to the commercial fisherman.
[World Fishing – 01/22/2015]

TV& Radio

Spacecom selected for broadcast services from Amos 5 satellite for bi-annual Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) football championship competition.
[Via Satellite – 01/20/2015]

Space

NASA advisory council remains skeptical of Asteroid Redirect Mission.
[Space News – 01/23/2015]

Image credit: NASA – Space News

NASA not ready to revise Mars mission architecture last updated in 2009.
[Space News – 01/23/2015]

Moon Express, a California company competing for the Google Lunar X Prize, to take over Cape Canaveral launch site.
[Space News – 01/22/2015]

Opinion – U.S. Space Supremacy now critical.
[Space News – 01/22/2015]

Opinion – To Be or Not To Be?  Mankind’s Exodus to the Stars.
{Space News – 01/22/2015]

SpaceX Dragon 2 (left) and Boeing CST-100 capsules. Credit: SpaceX artist’s concept and Boeing – Space News

Recently released documents show how SpaceX and Boeing won commercial crew contracts last September.
[Space News – 01/21/2015]

Obama State of the Union mentions space industry, including Orion test flight and upcoming 1-year stay at ISS for astronaut Scott Kelly.
[Space News – 01/21/2015]

NASA Administrator Bolden warns that the U.S. must hold the line on space policy and not interrupt progress NASA is making.
[Space News – 01/20/2015]

French Space Agency to focus on climate science in 2015.
[Space News – 01/20/2015]

Regulatory

FCC weighs plan to use Russian satellite network for 911 system, raising security concerns among U.S. politicians.
[Fox News – 01/22/2015]

A NanoRacks Plate Reader device aboard the International Space Station in 2013. Credit: Nanoracks – Space News

FAA plans to make it easier for launch providers to carry tag-along payloads.
[Space News – 01/22/2015]

Legal

SpaceX drops suit against U.S. Air Force in exchange for Air Force making more national security launch missions available for competition.
[Space News – 01/23/2015]

Capacity Agreements

SpeedCast inks deal with O3b for capacity in Papua New Guinea.
[TeleGeography – 01/23/2015]

Monaco-based Sonema leases capacity on Gazprom Space System’s Yamal 402 satellite for services in Africa.
[Via Satellite – 01/21/2015]

Services

Inmarsat signs service provider agreement with Globecomm Systems to supply Global Xpress service in support of U.S. Government customers.
[Via Satellite – 01/20/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

L-3 buys Miteq for $41 million.
[Via Satellite – 01/23/2015]

Asia Broadcast Satellite creates new executive position focusing on South Asia.
[Via Satellite – 01/23/2015]

Orbcomm acquires Internet of Things (IoT) specialist InSync Software.
[Via Satellite – 01/21/2015]

The Human Aspect

Singer Sarah Brightman in training, on grueling 72-hour survival course in snowy Russian forest, for space tourist role in September.
[Space Daily – 01/23/2015]

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]