WBMSAT News Bits 03/07/2015

Featured Article

The technology of spying – Neil Bond – Stuff

Latest Snowden files released describe secret spy activity over the South Pacific region performed within Waihopai earth station in New Zealand.
[Stuff – 03/08/2015]

Industry Reports

Mobile satellite services market, dominated by players such as Inmarsat, Iridium, EchoStar, ORBCOMM, Globalstar and Thuraya, to surpass $3.2 billion by 2020.
[PR Newswire – 03/06/2015]

Euroconsult report sees steady increase across smallsat market, with 510  satellites to be launched in next 5 years.
[Via Satellite – 03/05/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

GlobaFone to exhibit at International Wireless Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas March 18th and 19th.
[Street Insider – 03/06/2015]

Leading space and satellite industry experts to speak at 5th Global Space and Satellite Forum.
[Global Space and Satellite Forum – May 26 – 28, 2015]

Gilat to highlight next-generation mobility, HTS and cellular solutions at Satellite 2015.
[Financial Content – 03/05/2015]

TrustComm executives are featured speakers at Satellite 2015.
[Satellite Spotlight – 03/03/2015]

Launch Activity

SES signs with Arianespace to launch SES-15, and Airbus Defence and Space for SES-14.
[Satellite Spotlight – 03/06/2015]

UK spaceport artist rendition. Photo: Gov.UK – Via Satellite

U.K. government confirms widespread industry support for its plans for a spaceport.
[Via Satellite – 03/06/2015]

French-Italian military communication satellite Sicral-2 to be launched in April.
[Defense World – 03/05/2015]

Russian Satellite Communications Company delivers Express AM8 to Baikonur for scheduled April 6 launch.
[Satnews – 03/04/2015]

Iridium pushes back inaugural launch of Iridium Next satellites until October to further evaluate payload software issues.
[Space News – 03/04/2015]

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral carrying the world’s first all-electric communications satellites ABS 3A and EUTELSAT 115 West .
[Space – 03/02/2015]

Soyuz-2.1a rocket takes Russian military satellite to designated orbit.
[Space Daily – 03/02/2015]

Japanese H2A rocket carrying a UAE earth observation satellite named Khalifasat is scheduled to lift off in 2017 from a space center in southwestern Japan.
[KUNA – 03/02/2015]

India scheduled to launch the 4th of 7 satellites in its satellite navigation system on March 9, 2015.
[Sputnik News – 03/02/2015]

Satellite Construction

Gazprom evaluates its business relationships in light of changes in economic circumstances, and will scrub contracts with French satellite providers.
[Space Daily – 03/06/2015]

Lockheed integrates AEHF-4 satellite’s propulsion core and payload module.
[Airforce-technology – 03/05/2015]

Satellite Operations

U.S. Air Force illustration – Daily Mail

An unknown ‘temperature spike’ caused the explosion of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 13 (DMSP-F13).
[Daily Mail – 03/02/2015]

Ground Systems

Kratos announces its SAT Corporation subsidiary has released SigX Protect, a patent-pending RF interference cancelling product.
[Globenewswire – 03/05/2015]

Comtech Telecommunications gets $2.2 million in orders for High Power Amplifiers.
[Market Watch – 03/02/2015]

NIppon TV successfully carries out world’s first DVB-S2X 256APSK transmission using Newtec technology.
[Realwire – 03/02/2015]

NovelSat has announces it will start demo’ing NovelSat NS4, the next generation successor to NovelSat NS3, surpassing performanc of DVB-S2.
[Satnews – 03/02/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Hiltron, in partnership with ATG Middle East, completes a satellite downlink system feeding a multi-channel compliance suite for a broadcast regulatory organisation based in the Middle East.
[Screen Africa – 03/06/2015]

Inmarsat announces that its new L-band Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (LAISR) service has completed successful customer airborne testing and will be available for U.S. government customers by June, 2015.
[Business Wire – 03/05/2015]

Aeronautical

Photo: Sgt Frank Hudec/Royal Canadian Air Force, Sgt Frank Hudec – C4ISR & Networks

Canada is upgrading its Lockheed CP-140 aircraft with a ViaSat satellite communications system.
[C4ISR & Networks – 03/05/2015]

Broadband

Leading Alberta, Canada ISP Xplornet Communications announces technological upgrade which enable users to get speeds up to 25 Mbps.
[Daily Herald Tribune – 03/05/2015]

Energy

Emerging Markets opens office in Houston, Texas to grow and support its oil and gas customers.
[Energy Industry Today – 03/03/2015]

Newtec to install Newtec Dialog for Saudi Electricity Company.
[Via Satellite – 03/04/2015]

Maritime

Leosat’s constellation is expected to provide 1.2 Gbs of synchronous connections worldwide for business and government customers, with maritime listed as a primary market.
[Digital Ship – 03/06/2015]

Skywave introduces dual-mode terminals for fleet management applications.
[Via Satellite – 03/04/2015]

M2M

Case expands coverage of SiteWatch telematics service into new areas through partnership with Iridium.
[For Construction Pros – 03/05/2015]

Mobile

Globalstar says its upgraded ground segment, to take advantage of its second generation satellite constellation, should be offering higher speed service in North America this year.
[Space News – 03/06/2015]

Exelis wins $7.6 million order for on-the-move satellite communications.
[C4ISR & Networks – 03/04/.2015]

TV& Radio

Forthnet, owner of Nova of Greece, chooses high end harmonic compression head-end to support DTH service in Greece.
[Via Satellite – 03/04/2015]

Space

File image of a Cubesat in orbit. – Space Daily

NASA launches CubeSat from ISS to test re-enter drag device.
[Space Daily – 03/05/2015]

NASA hopes to improve satellite communications by studying the Ionosphere.
[Tech Times – 03/03/2015]

Regulatory

Gogo gears up for U.S. FCC authorization to auction Air-to-Ground mobile broadband in 14 – 14.5 Ghz range on secondary license basis.
[Via Satellite – 03/06/2015]

Legal

British law enforcement agencies arrest a 23-year-old man suspected of being involved in a hacking attack last year against a satellite communications system operated by the U.S. Department of Defense.
[CIO – 03/06/2015]

SpaceX gets “partial win” in Blue Origin patent dispute.
[Space News – 03/05/2015]

Capacity Agreements

Hughes to provide Jupiter system to Malaysian customer TS Global Network.
[Via Satellite – 03/04/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Digital TV Europe file photo

Arabsat teams up with Santander Teleport to extend and improve enterprise communications infrastructure in Africa.
[Digital TRV Europe – 03/06/2015]

Sky Perfect JSAT to establish new subsidiary to deliver Japanese content overseas.
[Via Satellite – 03/06/2015]

Inmarsat PLC reports preliminary full year results for 2014, with total revenues of $1.285 billion.
[TWST – 03/05/2015]

ViaSat acquires EAI Design Services, grafting its expertise in high-speed, low-power ASIC and FPGA design into satellite and cybersecurity projects.
[Via Satellite – 03/03/2015]

The Human Aspect

Leosat announces the appointment of former Kymeta CEO Vern Fotheringham as Chief Executive Officer.
[Financial Content – 03/04/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 02/28/2015

Featured Article

Russian carrier rocket Soyus-ST with broadband communications satellites launched last December. (Jody Arriet/AFP) – Mail & Guardian

South Africa’s intelligence service reportedly relied on a spy “with direct access to the Russian government” to find out details of its own government’s involvement in a R1.14-billion joint satellite surveillance programme with Russia.
[Mail & Guardian – 02/27/2015]

Industry Reports

Despite shrinking military budgets, the U.S. DoD’s plans for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will not diminish anytime soon.
[NSR – 02/26/2015]

HTS attracting attention of broadcasters with abundant bandwidth and relatively low price as compared to traditional FSS and MSS solutions.
[NSR – 02/25/2015]

NSR report – satellite manufacturing and launching are facing unprecedented growth with new constellations more than doubling the number of satellites deployed.
[MarketWatch – 02/24/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

GVF will once again host its Satellite Interference Prevention Summit March 19 at Satellite 2015 in Washington D.C.
[Satnews – 02/27/2015]

Benefits of developing satellite communications for national security and commercial purposes highlighted at Milsatcom Middle East.
[Arabian Aerospace – 02/24/2015]

Gilat to promote unique cellular solutions over satellite at Mobile World Conference 2015 March 2-5 in Barcelona, Spain.
[Globe Newswire – 02/24/2015]

High level military and industry speakers to discuss the role of space as a key component in future military communications at SMi in London on March 4-5, 2015.
[Satnews – 02/23/2015]

Launch Activity

EUTELSAT 115 West B, the company’s first all-electric satellite, scheduled for launch March 1 on Falcon 9 rocket.
[Business Wire – 02/26/2015]

File photo of a Falcon 9 rocket launch from Cape Canaveral on Feb. 11. Credit: SpaceX – Spaceflight Now

Two SES satellites booked to launch on Falcon 9 rockets in 2017 may be first to launch from Texas spaceport.
[Spaceflight Now – 02/25/2015]

Swedish Space Corporation launches sounding rocket to test cryogenic fuel for Ariane 6.
[Via Satellite – 02/25/2015]

Thor7 Ka-band satellite arrives at Guiana Spaceport in Kourou ahead of its scheduled launch in mid-April.
[Digital Ship – 02/23/2015]

Express AM-7 delivered to Balkonur – Satnews

Russia’s Express-AM7 satellite arrives at Yubileyny in advance of scheduled March 19 launch.
[Satnews – 02/23/2015]

Satellite Construction

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates provides Ku-band payload equipment to growing Turkish communications market.
[Via Satellite – 02/26/2015]

Satellite Technology

The Saphir Robotics Project. Photo: Thales Alenia Space – Via Satellite

Thales Alenia Space is bringing robots into clean rooms to work alongside people.
[Via Satellite – 02/27/2017]

ESA, Airbus Defence and Space, and European Data Relay System partnership to provide laser communications data rates up to 1.8 Gbps.
[SatNews – 02/25/2015]

Satellite Operations

Defense Meteorological Satellite System (DMSP) spacecraft. Credit: U.S. Air Force – Space News

A 20-year-old military weather satellite apparently exploded in orbit Feb. 3 following what the U.S. Air Force described as a sudden temperature spike.
[Space News – 02/27/2015]

Ground Systems

ASC Signal is awarded major contract by Harris Corporation to deliver a network of earth station antennas supporting NOAA’s next generation weather satellites.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 02/26/2015]

Harris Corp finishes GOES-R ground segment IT infrastructure.
[Via Satellite – 02/25/2015]

Comtech EF Data gets $5 million in orders for SATCOM equipment and services to expand communication network in Asia.
[Via Satellite – 02/24/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

DoD funds three-year green rocket propellant study with Aerojet Rocketdyne.
[Via Satellite – 02/27/2015]

Canadian Department of Defence upgrading airborne ISR with ViaSat mobile satellite system.
[PR Newswire – 02/26/2015]

Australia Defence’s satellite communications overhaul expected completion now an anticipated five years behind schedule.
[it news – 02/25/2015]

Yahsat signs contract with Bahrain Defense Force to provide satellite communications services.
[ZAWYA – 02/25/2015]

Marines look to ViaSat for hatch-mount SATCOM antenna for streaming video aboard KC-130J aircraft.
[Military & Aerospace – 02/24/2015]

French Defence Procurement Agency awards Thales a contract to supply a further 20 ground terminals as part of the Syracuse III satellite programme.
[Military & Aerospace – 02/24/2015]

India and Emirates delegates meet to discuss possible future collaboration in the field of space and related areas.
[Via Satellite – 02/24/2015]

TeleCommunication Systems makes O3b Network satellite products and services available to government agencies through GSA Schedule 70.
[TMCnet – 02/23/2015]

Exelis receives orders valued at $7.6 million from ADS, Inc. on behalf of DoD to provide SATCOM on-the-move (SOTM) networked command and control connectivity.
[Inside Indiana Business – 02/23/2015]

Aeronautical

Yahsat completes successful factory test of state-of-the-art airborne satellite communications system for homeland security client.
[Arabian Aerospace – 02/28/2015]

Rockwell Collins and SITA roll out new tracking options for airlines.
[Aviation Week – 02/27/2015]

Thales’s LiveTV Satellite Communications and distributor Greenwich AeroGroup have demonstrated the LiveAero airborne connectivity system on a Sikorsky S-92 in flight.
[AIN Online – 02/27/2015]

Earth Observation

WorldView 3 image of Sao Paulo Brazil at 30 cm resolution. Photo: DigitalGlobe – Via Satellite

DigitalGlobe partners with United Nations on high resolution services for economic, social, and scientific benefits.
[Via Satellite – 02/27/2015]

Credit: NASA/GSFC – Space News

MDA sees rebound in U.S. earth observation market, with U.S. government back in the market after slump caused by sequestration.
[Space News – 02/26/2015]

Auckland, New Zealand seen at 30 cm resolution. Photo: DigitalGlobe – Via Satellite

DigitalGlobe begins commercial sales of high resolution 30 cm imagery from WorldView 3 satellite.
[Via Satellite – 02/25/2015]

Maritime

Photo: Wikipedia – Via Satellite

With demand for greater bandwidth by superyacht owners expected to ripple out to rest of maritime community, HTS offers a solution.
[Via Satellite – 02/27/2015]

KVH ships its 5,000th TrackPhone system for mini-VSAT network.
[Via Satellite – 02/24/2015]

SatLink Communications orders ‘sizable quantity’ of NovelSat modems for maritime customers.
[Via Satellite – 02/23/2015]

Mobile

The Optus Thuraya SatSleeve, which transforms a smartphone into a satellite phone, is now available for iPhone 6.
[Via Satellite – 02/26/2015]

UK trials completed to deliver a secure, rapidly deployable cellular communications system over satellite for defence and security use in remote locations.
[Satnews – 02/24/2015]

Space

Timing of congressional ban on use of Russian rocket by government puts ULA and Air Force in a bind.
[Space News – 02/27/2015]

NanoRacks deploys small satellites from dispensers transported outside the International Space Station – Credit: NASA – Space News

As NASA encourages commercial use of International Space Station, potential customers hitting bottleneck.
[Space News – 02/27/2015]

Argentina’s Congress approves installation of Chinese satellite tracking station for Chinese moon missions.
[Satnews – 02/27/2015]

The Aurora Borealis viewed by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station – Credit NASA/JSC – Phys Org

Study of irregularities in the ionosphere may help improve GPS communications.
[Phys Org – 02/27/2015]

Russia to remain part of ISS until 2024, when it will detach its modules and form its own outpost in low Earth orbit.
[Space News – 02/25/2015]

The UAE’s director general of the country’s newly-established space agency says the UAE has invested more than Dh18 billion into its space programmes.
[The Natioinal – 02/24/2015]

Regulatory

NYU Wireless advocates releasing spectrum in millimeter wave bands for wireless communications as Satellite industry raises concerns in FCC’s Notice of Inquiry on the subject.
[FierceWirelessTech – 02/26/2015]

Capacity Agreements

My Group signs capacity and distribution agreement with Prague-based CE Media for distribution of Czech Lifestyle channel.
[Via Satellite – 02/24/2015]

Services

Harris CapRock Communications has launched the industry’s first unified, fully managed satellite, wireless and terrestrial connectivity service.
[Business Wire – 02/25/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Startup NewSat of Australia repots sharp drop in revenue and deepening losses, and has been unable to meet milestone payments on its first satellite, Jabiru-1.
[Space News – 02/27/2015]

Airbus and Safran joint venture to take over design and production of Europe’s Ariane 5 and future Ariane 6 rockets is expected to be in full operations by late 2015.
[Space News – 02/27/2015]

Verizon joins its counterparts in claiming that bidding strategy used by Dish distorted the government’s $45 billion spectrum auction.
[Wall Street Journal – 02/27/2015]

Castor Networks acquires South Africa’s Telstream Telecoms to strengthen African presence.
[Ventures – 02/27/2015]

Iridium Communications beats market projections and expects total service revenue in 2018, after deploying Iridium Next, of between $420 and $485 million.
[The Motley Fool – 02/26/2015]

Iridium announces four value-added partners that will build and distribute products compatible with next-generation Iridium Certus broadband service.
[SatNews – 02/26/2015]

Globecomm opens new office in Jakarta, Indonesia, extending its presence in Asia and the Pacific region.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 02/26/2015]

Orbital Tracking Corp. to focus on building satellite ground infrastructure and worldwide mobile satellite retail ecommerce operations.
[CNN Money – 02/26/2015]

The ‘connected car’ and ‘smart cities’ are two potentially new and exciting markets the satellite industry could play in over the coming years.
[Via Satellite – 02/26/2015]

SpeedCast International acquires Geolink Satellite Services, a provider of satellite communications services in the African region.
[Satnews – 02/25/2015]

Nigeria’s Chairman of Mobile Software Solutions & Immediate Past-President of ISPON speaks of a new beginning for NigComSat.
[Vamgiard – 02/25/2015]

Japanese telecommunications group KDDI Corporation has sold its entire 4.85 percent stake in satellite communications company Inmarsat.
[Reuters – 02/24/2015]

Speedcast evaluating ways to leverage capacity from new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) systems coming on line around the world.
[Via Satellite – 02/23/2015]

The Human Aspect

Solar Impulse to use Intelsat and ITC Global for communications during first round-the-world solar flight.
[Space Ref – 02/26/2015]

John Whitford Communications to participate in Satellite Community Aid Relief Efforts (CARES) disaster relief program.
[Broadcast Newsroom – 02/26/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 02/20/2015

Featured Article

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory mission – Credit: SpaceX – Space News

SES agrees to be the inaugural customer aboard an enhanced version of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket following careful review of its more powerful first stage engine block.
[Space News – 02/202015]

Industry Reports

NSR report looks at what the near term instability of crude oil pricing can mean for SATCOM in the Energy markets.
[NSR – 02/19/2015]

Paradigm analyst says COM DEV is returning to its former glory, in perfect position to capture part of exploding global broadband market.
[Cantech Letter – 02/18/2015]

Berlin, Germany at night. Photo: Alexander Steinhof (Flickr) – Via Satellite

SES research reveals number of houses receiving HD television in Germany exceeds 17 million, growing 24% over 2013.
[Via Satellite – 02/18/2015]

IOT prime time for satellite?  NSR projects that by 2023, there are estimated to be 5.8 million satellite M2M and IoT connections globally.
[NSR – 02/17/2015]

Latest edition of NSR’s Wireless Backhaul via Satellite continues coverage of satellite backhaul opportunities while assessing LEO-HTS systems.
[NSR – March 2015 report]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Thuraya to showcase mission-critical satellite communication solutions at IDEX 2015 Feb 22 – 26.
[UAE Interact – 02/19/2015]

Unidentified file photo at Satellite Evolution Group

CABSAT 2015 will examine the myriad challenges currently facing satellite companies and regional telcos as consumer viewing habits change.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 02/18/2015]

Growing demand for commercial satellite communications will be among the top agenda topics at the upcoming Milsatcom Middle East Conference in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
[Trade Arabia – 02/18/2015]

Launch Activity

Cryogenic core stage for the first Ariane 5 launch of 2015 – Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Photo Optique Video du CSG – P. Baudon – Spaceflight Now

Arianespace on pace for one launch per month in 2015.
[Spaceflight Now – 02/18/2015]

Satellite Construction

OHB AG completes integration of the first geostationary communications satellite ‘Hispasat Advanced Generation 1′
[TeleTrader – 02/18/2015]

Boeing Satellite Systems, Airbus Defense and Space and Orbital ATK win orders from SES for three new communications spacecraft for launch in 2017.
[Spaceflight Now – 02/16/2015]

Satellite Operations

The Internet and new communications technologies including satellite communications may be shifting innovation away from big cities.
[Washington Post – 02/18/2015]

Cryptography could help prevent collisions among the thousands of commercial and spy satellites currently in orbit.
[red Orbit – 02/16/2015]

Ground Systems

TeleCommunication Systems, using partner Comtech’s SSPAs and modems, successfully tests industry-first 50 Mbps Troposcatter link.
[PR Newswire – 02/20/2015]

Satnews file photo

FindMyAnimal’s collar uses Globalstar’s satellite network to geo-fence livestock, helping farmers find animals and officials track endangered species.
[Satnews – 02/19/2015]

Kratos is awarded contract for carrier monitoring system for NewSat’s Jabiru-1 satellite.
[CNN Money – 02/17/2015]

Australian telco ZipTel has signed a deal with global satellite communications provider SpeedCast that will see its ZipT application provided to users worldwide.
[Courier Mail – 02/17/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Norsat awarded $3.5 million portable satellite terminal contract from major Eurasian defense contractor.
[The Street – 02/19/2015]

SBG gets contract to provide support services for U.S. Navy satellite communications systems.
[Naval Technology – 02/18/2015]

U.S. Air Force tests prove that the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellites could be operated remotely and securely from mobile ground unit in case of nuclear war.
[Product Design & Development – 02/17/2015]

Nigerian government plans to sell NigComSat in effort to inject entrepreneurial spirit into the running of the company.
[Punch – 02/17/2015]

Aeronautical

Aireon signs MOA with central and west African ANSP to use its satellite aircraft tracking services to improve Air Traffice Management in their airspace.
[Via Satellite – 02/19/2015]

Aircraft switching from beam to beam or satellite to satellite. Photo: ViaSat

ViaSat CEO expresses opinion that changing attitudes about In-Flight Connectivity may lead the way to monetizing the market.
[Aviation Today – 02/17/2015]

Satcom Direct introduces AeroIT; the world’s first IT certification for aviation.
[PR Web – 02/17/2015]

Broadband

Nigerian Federal Government unveils Ka-band rural connectivity drive with launch of NigKaNet.
[Vanguard – 02/18/2015]

Earth Observation

Cornell Univ. study warns that the existing system of space-based rainfall observation satellites requires a serious overhaul.
[R&D Magazine – 02/13/2015]

Enterprise

Signalhorn brings Xtend to new verticals in retail, using combination of terrestrial circuits, 3G/4G wireless, and satellite to meet Point of Sale requirements.
[Via Satellite – 02/20/2015]

IOT

SIGFOX joins MUSTANG Project launched by Airbus Defence and Space to build Earth- and Satellite-based system for worldwide Internet of Things.
[TMC News – 02/19/2015]

Legal

California Institute of Technology accuses Hughes Communications Inc. and Dish Network Corp. of infringing four patents for error correction codes.
[Law 360 – 02/17/2015]

Maritime

P&O Ferries and MTN transform sea travel communications by launching the first Wi-Fi hot spot on the English Channel.
[Satellite Spotlight – 02/17/2015]

Mobile

T-Mobile CEO says he’s open to all scenarios with Dish, with large cache of wireless spectrum Dish has accumulated not yet committed.
[CNET Magazine – 02/19/2015]

Space

Orbital ATK says its revamped Antares rocket featuring a new main engine will make its first launch in March 2016 carrying a fully loaded cargo ship bound for the International Space Station.
[Space News – 02/20/2015]

Europa Clipper. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech – Space News

Europa Clipper working on the leading concept for a mission to Europa believes it can be ready for launch as soon as 2022.
[Space News – 02/20/2015]

Credit: Mars One artist’s concept. – Space News

Mars One quietly suspends work on a pair of robotic missions, putting into question plans to launch those spacecraft to Mars in 2018.
[Space News – 02/18/2015]

TV& Radio

IDC deploys Pro Audio radio network across Peru.
[Via Satellite – 02/19/2015]

Satellite service provider M7 Group has grown to become one of the top five pay-TV operators in Europe.
[Via Satellite – 02/18/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

DirecTV challenged by deteriorating currencies in Latin America.
[Via Satellite – 02/20/2015]

Gilat brings in $235 million in 2014 revenue, with EBITDA increasing 43% over 2013.
[Via Satellite – 02/20/2015]

Hispasat sees steady revenues in unfavorable market.
[Via Satellite – 02/19/2015]

Intelsat warns investors of a rough ride over next couple of years as it awaits Epic, with 2014 revenues behind those of SES.
[Space News – 02/20/2015]

CST-100 commercial crew vehicle – Credit: Boeing – Space News

Boeing folds SLS (Space Launch System Heavy) and CST-100 space capsule programs into new division.
[Space News – 02/18/2015]

Globalstar shares rise after stock-shorter cashes out.
[Space News – 02/18/2015]

Swiss Space Systems opens Croatia subsidiary, plans to build spaceport.
[Via Satellite – 02/18/2015]

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting is in the early stages of an entrance into the markets of aviation and government connectivity.
[Via Satelllite – 02/17/2015]

Intelsat and Azercosmos team up to expand global coverage through joint Azerspace 2/Intelsat 38 satellite..
[Via Satellite – 02/17/2015]

NASA’s C-130 transport aircraft. Credit: NASA/ Dennis Rieke and Mark Russell – Space News

Exelis, being acquired by Harris, is hiring to support its growing workload which includes building primary environmental monitoring sensor for Japan’s Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite-2.
[Space News – 02/17/2015]

Expedition Communications and Winegard form a partnership that enables Expedition to recommend, sell and install Winegard’s line of VSAT antenna systems.
[Street Insider – 02/17/2015]

The Human Aspect

U.S. military helps fight Boko Haram by sharing key communications equipment and intelligence with African allies.
[Defense Systems – 02/18/2015]

Mobile Cancer Survivor Clinic – UT Southwestern

C-COM’s iNetVu antenna provides communications for Southwestern Medical Center’s mobile cancer survivor clinic.
[UTSouthwestern Medical Center – 02/18/2015]

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]