WBMSAT News Bits 06/15/2015

Featured Article

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

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

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

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

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

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

Industry Reports

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

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

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

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

Launch Activity

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

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

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

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

Market Strategy & Revenues

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

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

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

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

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

Satellite Construction

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

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

Satellite Operations

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

Satellite Technology

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

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

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

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

Government, Military & Defense

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aeronautical

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

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

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

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

Broadband

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

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

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

Capacity Deals

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

Disaster Recovery

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

Ground Systems

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

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

Maritime

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

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

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

Mobil/Cellular

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

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

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

Oil & Gas

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

TV& Radio

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

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

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

Space

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

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

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

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

History

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

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Featured Article

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

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

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

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

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

Launch Activity

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

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

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

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

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

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

Market Strategy & Revenues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Satellite Construction

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

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

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

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

Satellite Operations

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

Satellite Technology

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

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

Government, Military & Defense

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aeronautical

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

Broadband

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

Disaster Recovery

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

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

Ground Systems

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

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

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

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

M2M

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

Maritime

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

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

Oil & Gas

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

TV& Radio

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

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

Space

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

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

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WBMSAT News Bits 05/30/2015

WBMSAT News Bits – Back to Basics for a Quick Read

Featured Article

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

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

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

Launch Activity

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

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

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

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

Market Strategy & Revenues

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

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

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

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

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

Satellite Technology

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

Government, Military & Defense

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Legal

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

Aeronautical

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

Earth Observation

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

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

Ground Systems

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mobil/Cellular

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

Oil & Gas

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

TV& Radio

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

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

Space

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

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

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

The Human Element

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

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

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WBMSAT News Bits 05/24/2015

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

Featured Article

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

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Microspace announces its endorsement of the Better Satellite World campaign of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI).
[INTERNET @ IT BUSINESS NET – 05/22/2015]

Industry Reports

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

Launch Activity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Market Strategy & Revenues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Satellite Construction

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

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

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

Satellite Operations

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

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

Government, Military & Defense

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

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

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

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

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

Regulatory

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

Aeronautical

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

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

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

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

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

Capacity Deals

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

Earth Observation

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

Ground Systems

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

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

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

Maritime

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

TV& Radio

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

Space

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

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

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

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

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

The Human Element

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

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

 

WBMSAT satellite communications consulting services

WBMSAT News Bits 05/16/2015

Featured Articles

Russian Proton-M with Mexican satellite Mexsat-1 is destroyed over Siberia; Inmarsat has no other options for its upcoming launch.
[Space News – 05/16/2015]

A potential conflict on Earth that escalates into space has prompted the Air Force to find an extra $5 billion to spend on offensive and defensive systems to protect national security satellites.
[Business Insider – 05/15/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

CASBAA 2015 forum in Mumbai to focus on ever-evolving satellite industry landscape.
[Indian Television – 05/15/2015]

Industry Reports

Latest Euroconsult report – Latin America is and will continue to be the top region for the addition of new satellite capacity until 2017.
[Via Satellite – 05/15/2015]

Frost and Sullivan report – Economic Growth in China and India Drives New Demand for Satellite Services.
[PR Newswire – 05/14/2015]

Pentagon’s annual report on Chinese military power – from space weapons to armed drones, Chinese technology is accelerating into worrying new arenas.
[Breaking Defense – 05/11/2015]

New Crewtoo report finds issues that concern seafarers the most include the need for onboard Internet access, the risk of stress and fatigue from increasing workloads, and the lack of shore leave.
[Nasdaq – 05/11/2015]

Launch Activity

NASA and Virginia look to Orbital ATK to finance last $2 million on Wallops launch facility repair bill.
[Space News – 05/15/2015]

Airbus Safran Launchers has submitted its formal bid to design and build Europe’s next-generation rocket, but its buyout of the CNES share of Arianespace is unresolved.
[Space News – 05/15/2015]

What appears to be SpaceX’s best chance to break into the national security launch market will come later this year in the form of a U.S. Air Force competition to launch one of its next-generation GPS 3 satellites.
[Space News – 05/14/2015]

Better than expected launch performance of SpaceX Falcon 9 positioned Eutelsat and ABS satellites for earlier arrival at orbital slots.
[Space News – 05//14/2015]

The Intelsat DLA-2 satellite, also known as Intelsat 31, will be put into orbit by Russia’s Proton Breeze M launch vehicle later this year.
[Space Daily – 05/14/2015]

Arianespace tells French Parliament it can outcompete SpaceX.
[Space News – 05/13/2015]

Belintersat, the new national satellite operator of the Republic of Belarus, is less than a year away from the launch of its first spacecraft.
[Via Satellite – 05/13/2015]

Russian satellite communications company Kosmicheskaya Svyaz plans to launch broadcast satellite Express-AM8 for Latin America in 3rd quarter 2015.
[Interfax – 05/12/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Hermes Datacomms expands presence in Middle East with new office in Iraq.
[Via Satellite – 05/12/2015]

Inmarsat appoints MVS USA as a Global Xpress (GX) Value Added Reseller (VAR) for the Maritime market.
[twst – 05/12/2015]

COM DEV secures access to key technology with strategic investment in Anokiwave.
[Stockhouse – 05/12/2015]

Satellite Construction

Boeing ends work on HySpecIQ imaging spacecraft, its only small satellite project,  because of downturn in natural resources market.
[Wall Street Journal – 05/12/2015]

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus Defence and Space have signed a 177 million euros development and production contract for the Jason CS/Sentinel 6 satellite.
[Via Satellite – 05/11/2015]

Satellite Operations

Since late 2013 the Amos 4 has been providing video feeds to Israeli military personnel in the West Bank, Gaza and at sea.
[Strategy Page – 05/13/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

McCain sponsored defense authorization bill would limit Russian engines available to United Launch Alliance, putting SpaceX in the driver’s seat.
[Space News – 05/15/2015]

Nanosatellites could provide future battlefield communications.
[Defense Systems – 05/15/2015]

Raytheon orders L-3’s Hawkeye and Panther VSAT terminals for Australian Defense Force’s WG3 connectivity.
[Executive Biz – 05/13/2015]

It is expected that industry-supplied bandwidth will play an even greater role as U.S. foreign and military strategy pivots toward Asia and communication needs grow.
[C4ISR & Networks – 05/12/2015]

Regulatory

Dish and Cogent Communications ask U.S. regulators to restrict AT&T Inc’s power over online video and other content as part of its proposed purchase of DirecTV.
[Channel News Asia – 05/14/2015]

Aeronautical

Inmarsat says it expects to launch its GX Aviation high-speed in-flight internet service late in the third quarter of 2015.
[Flightglobal – 05/12/2015]

Broadband

British ISP Satellite Internet announces it will offer free equipment to new subscribers on selected services in a bid to provide reliable high-speed Internet access to people without a reliable terrestrial connection.
[Wireless Developer Network – 05/14/2015]

Capacity Deals

Malaysian satellite communications services provider TS Global Network (TSGN) has invested in transponder capacity on APT’s Apstar 9 satellite to be launched in this year’s fourth quarter.
[Telcom Paper – 05/14/2015]

Earth Observation

NCAR’s discovery – imaging gravity waves rippling through Earth’s atmosphere – will help it understand how gravity affects atmospheric behavior on a global scale, and how it messes with radios and satellite communications.
[engadget – 05/13/2015]

Satellite data shows how deforestation is impacting our weather and our food.
[Mongabay – 05/12/2015]

Ground Systems

Fairview Microwave introduces a new line of LNA and high power X-band amplifiers.
[Via Satellite – 05/12/2015]

MACOM introduces 6W Ka-band power amplifier.
[Compound Semiconductor – 05/11/2015]

M2M

Globalstar launches industry’s smallest commercial one-way asset manager.
[Market Watch – 05/14/2015]

Maritime

Executive vice president at KVH talks about the company and emerging trends in the maritime industry and the demand for connectivity at sea.
[Providence Business News – 05/13/2015]

Services

Lepton Global Solutions launches a managed satellite network service for enterprise and government markets in North America on Intelsat’s Horizons 1 satellite.
[Via Satellite 05-14-2015]

Space

Next decadal survey for space-based Earth science will be challenged to meet wide-ranging science requirements from several agencies and incorporate new technologies while staying within realistic budgets.
[Space News – 05/15/2015]

History

Ten spectacular satellite collisions.
[Listverse – 05/13/2015]

 

WBMSAT News Bits 05/10/2015

Featured Article

U.S. report says China has the most rapidly growing space program in the world, and continues to develop lasers, satellite jammers and other weapons aimed at the space-based assets of adversaries.
[ENCA – 05/10/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Arabsat partners with Arab States Broadcasting Union “ASBU” in organizing and sponsoring the 16th edition of Arab Festival for Radio and Television from May 11th  to 16th,  2015 in Hammamet, Tunisia.
[SatNews – 05/07/2015]

Gilat promotes comprehensive line of Beyond-Line-of-Sight solutions at AUVSI-s Unmanned Systems 2015 event in Atlanta GA.
[ASD News – 05/05/2015]

Squire Tech Solutions to exhibit range of innovative mobile communications solutions at full slate of industry trade shows.
[Satnews – 05/04/2015]

Industry Reports

NSR sees Maritime satellite communications market growing to almost $5.2 billion in retail revenue by 2024.
[Via Satellite – 05/07/2015]

New NSR report – HTS making waves, but FSS remains core to Maritime satellite communications.
[Market Wired – 05/06/2015]

According to Euroconsult’s recent report total satellite capacity usage in Latin America increased at an 8 percent CAGR over 2009 – 2014.
[Satnews – 05/04/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Simstream Group of Paris and Dubai is partnering with SES to deliver satellite network projects to clients.
[Trade Arabia – 05/10/15]

ViaSat links with Aydin Yazilim ve Elektronik San.A.$., a supplier of software to the Turkish Armed Forces.
[Socal Tech – 05/08/2015]

Workers at NigComSat petition Minister of Communications Technology over proposed privatisation and alleged layoff of 150 members of the staff.
[Punch – 05/08/2015]

Airbus Defence and Space embarks on networking R&D venture with Cisco.
[Computer Weekly – 05/06/2015]

Azam Media grows to more than 250,000 subscribers since starting in Tanzania in 2013; CEO details East Africa expansion strategy.
[Via Satellite – 05/06/2015]

Tampnet and Marlink sign partner agreement for offshore 4G services.
[Your Subsea News – 05/05/2015]

Satellite Technology

Laser Light and Optus promise to expand realms of satellite communications through all-optical laser-based terrestrial/satellite network.
[Via Satellite – 05/04/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Indra Sistemas to implement its satellite communications systems in German Navy K-130 Corvettes.
[4-traders – 05/06/2015]

Legal

The scheduled entry into service of a satellite-based global communications system, which has cost the US military $7.6 billion, is in danger of slipping thanks to legal battles in Sicily.
[Defense News – 05/09/2015]

Regulatory

Representatives of the communications administrations of Belarus and Russia expect agreement on orbital positions of satellites soon.
[Belarusian News – 05/07/2015]

Aeronautical

Space-based airplane tracking demonstrated by an experimental receiver aboard a European satellite.
[Spaceflight Now – 05/07/2015]

Broadband

Canadian government to announce new measures intended to reduce the cost of Internet and television services in rural communities.
[Business News Network – 05/05/2015]

Ground Systems

Kratos is awarded satellite ground system contracts to support Thaicom 8 satellite.
[Globe Newswire – 05/08/2015]

Chief Technology Officer of SRT Wireless, explains the importance of hardening commercial satellite communications.
[Satprnews – 05/07/2015]

SES, in partnership with Korean company I DO IT, produces a Ku-band flat antenna with an integrated IP-Low Noise Block downconverter.
[Via Satellite – 05/06/2015]

Hughes creates combined portable BGAN terminal with Inmarsat.
[Via Satellite – 05/05/2015]

MACOM introduces industry leading high power 6W Ka-band power amplifier for VSAT terminals.
[RF Globalnet – 05/04/2015]

Thuraya debuts the industry’s most advanced satellite phone, the Thuraya XT-PRO.
[Maritime Professional – 05/04/2015]

M2M

Airbus Defence and Space launches satellite data management solution for machine-to-machine networks.
[Via Satellite 05-04-2015]

Mobil/Cellular

Elektrobit to develop mobile devices for the Mexsat satellite communication system.
[Cellular News – 05/05/2015]

Oil, Gas, and Mining

Alaska Communications and Quintillion to provide optical fiber broadband to North Slope oil and gas industry customers.
[MarketWatch – 05/07/2015]

Remote Australian mining and natural gas sites rely on satellite communication networks to connect their operations to phone and internet services.
[Ferret – 05/05/2015]

Space

SpaceX test of pad-abort system for protecting astronauts in case of a rocket failure on the launch pad is a success.
[Nextgov – 05/06/2015]

TV& Radio

SES and Samsung demonstrate first DVB transmission of High Dynamic Range UHD TV at annual SES Industry Days in Luxembourg.
[Business Wire – 05/06/2015]

Tata Communications will be official broadcast supplier for Formula One racing in 2015.
[dna India – 05/05/2015]

High pay-per-view demand for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight causes cable and satellite operators to ask for the fight to be delayed.
[Jacksonville – 05/03/2015]

The Human Element

British Army veteran to attempt to become first amputee to make unsupported crossing of Greenland ice cap, using Inmarsat to stay connected.
[4-traders – 05/07/2015]

Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellite communications systems helping run Nepal earthquake rescue.
[The Telegraph – 05/06/2015]

NovelSat donates NS3000 Professional Satellite Modems to facilitate satellite communications in the wake of the Nepal earthquake.
[OnScreen Asia – 05/06/2015]

NSSL Global’s satellite equipment is only lifeline for British solders Kayaking for 100 days in Arctic waters.
[Satnews – 05/06/2015]

 

WBMSAT News Bits 05/03/2015

Featured Article

SpaceX test of pad-abort system for protecting astronauts in case of a rocket failure on the launch pad is a success.
[Nextgov – 05/06/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Gilat promotes comprehensive line of Beyond-Line-of-Sight solutions at AUVSI-s Unmanned Systems 2015 event in Atlanta GA.
[ASD News – 05/05/2015]

Squire Tech Solutions to exhibit range of innovative mobile communications solutions at full slate of industry trade shows.
[Satnews – 05/04/2015]

Industry Reports

New NSR report – HTS making waves, but FSS remains core to Maritime satellite communications.
[Market Wired – 05/06/2015]

According to Euroconsult’s recent report total satellite capacity usage in Latin America increased at an 8 percent CAGR over 2009 – 2014.
[Satnews – 05/04/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Airbus Defence and Space embarks on networking R&D venture with Cisco.
[Computer Weekly – 05/06/2015]

Azam Media grows to more than 250,000 subscribers since starting in Tanzania in 2013; CEO details East Africa expansion strategy.
[Via Satellite – 05/06/2015]

Tampnet and Marlink sign partner agreement for offshore 4G services.
[Your Subsea News – 05/05/2015]

Satellite Technology

Laser Light and Optus promise to expand realms of satellite communications through all-optical laser-based terrestrial/satellite network.
[Via Satellite – 05/04/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Indra Sistemas to implement its satellite communications systems in German Navy K-130 Corvettes.
[4-traders – 05/06/2015]

Regulatory

Representatives of the communications administrations of Belarus and Russia expect agreement on orbital positions of satellites soon.
[Belarusian News – 05/07/2015]

Broadband

Canadian government to announce new measures intended to reduce the cost of Internet and television services in rural communities.
[Business News Network – 05/05/2015]

Ground Systems

Chief Technology Officer of SRT Wireless, explains the importance of hardening commercial satellite communications.
[Satprnews – 05/07/2015]

SES, in partnership with Korean company I DO IT, produces a Ku-band flat antenna with an integrated IP-Low Noise Block downconverter.
[Via Satellite – 05/06/2015]

Hughes creates combined portable BGAN terminal with Inmarsat.
[Via Satellite – 05/05/2015]

MACOM introduces industry leading high power 6W Ka-band power amplifier for VSAT terminals.
[RF Globalnet – 05/04/2015]

Thuraya debuts the industry’s most advanced satellite phone, the Thuraya XT-PRO.
[Maritime Professional – 05/04/2015]

M2M

Airbus Defence and Space launches satellite data management solution for machine-to-maching networks.

Mobil/Cellular

Elektrobit to develop mobile devices for the Mexsat satellite communication system.
[Cellular News – 05/05/2015]

Oil, Gas, and Mining

Alaska Communications and Quintillion to provide optical fiber broadband to North Slope oil and gas industry customers.
[MarketWatch – 05/07/2015]

Remote Australian mining and natural gas sites rely on satellite communication networks to connect their operations to phone and internet services.
[Ferret – 05/05/2015]

TV& Radio

SES and Samsung demonstrate first DVB transmission of High Dynamic Range UHD TV at annual SES Industry Days in Luxembourg.
[Business Wire – 05/06/2015]

Tata Communications will be official broadcast supplier for Formula One racing in 2015.
[dna India – 05/05/2015]

High pay-per-view demand for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight causes cable and satellite operators to ask for the fight to be delayed.
[Jacksonville – 05/03/2015]

The Human Element

British Army veteran to attempt to become first amputee to make unsupported crossing of Greenland ice cap, using Inmarsat to stay connected.
[4-traders – 05/07/2015]

Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellite communications systems helping run Nepal earthquake rescue.
[The Telegraph – 05/06/2015]

NovelSat donates NS3000 Professional Satellite Modems to facilitate satellite communications in the wake of the Nepal earthquake.
[OnScreen Asia – 05/06/2015]

NSSL Global’s satellite equipment is only lifeline for British solders Kayaking for 100 days in Arctic waters.
[Satnews – 05/06/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 04/26/2015

Featured Article

According to Air Force Secretary the U.S. now believes it is facing new and evolving threats to everything it owns above earth.
[Vice – 04/24/2015]

Industry Reports

New Euroconsult report lists multiple challenges faced by MSS operators, including growing presence of mobile VSAT, troop withdrawals, and government budget reductions.
[Satnews – 04/20/2015]

Launch Activity

Mexico postpones launch of Centenario satellite at request of the manufacturer after flaw is found in a similar model.
[Latin American Herald Tribune – 04/26/2015]

Arianespace launch of THOR 7 and SICRAL 2 satellites delayed when an anomaly occurs on a conditioning equipment of the launcher.
[Space Ref – 04/24/2015]

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is set to launch with the TurkmenÄlem52E/MonacoSat Monday April 27.
[Orlando Sentinel – 04/24/2015]

Booz Allen Hamilton to launch tiny satellite from the International Space Station that may help the U.S. Air Force clear the air about a laser the service uses to calibrate one of its ground-based telescopes.
[Space News – 04/24/2015]

Following SKYM-1, Astrium’s Sentinel-2A built for Europe heads to Kourou as supply line for Arianespace launches continues to be busy..
[NASA Spaceflight – 04/20/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Half a century after helping launch the satellite communications industry, and later retreating, AT&T is on the verge of getting back into space. Big.
[Providence Journal – 04/26/15]

Arycom, a leading Brazilian mobile satellite communications company, is reprioritizing its focus on different verticals as the Brazilian economy experiences a slump.
[Via Satellite – 04/23/2015]

Telenor Maritime Radio is integrating its MarCom commercial maritime communications business unit with Maritime Communications Partner (MCP).
[Via Satellite – 04/23/2015]

Canadian aerospace company Magellan Aerospace unveils new Advanced Satellite Integration Facility in partnership with the University of Manitoba.
[Via Satellite – 04/24/20165]

Airbus begins approaching potential buyers for electronics and other assets it wants to sell to focus its defense division on warplanes, missiles, launchers and satellites.
[Reuters – 04/23/2015]

APT Satellite Holdings report higher revenue but lower pretax profit in 2015 as it has to lower prices due to glut in satellite capacity.
[Space News – 04/21/2015]

NewSat Ltd asks US bankruptcy court for help in a bid to complete the construction and launch of its next-generation satellite, the Jabiru-1, as it attempts to work through its financial troubles
[Geelong Advertiser – 04/20/2015]

Satellite Construction

China submits official bid for development and launch of second Azerbaijan communication satellite.
[ABC.AZ – 04/25/2015]

More than two years behind schedule, Turkey’s Gokturk-1 which suffered the complexities of a three-nation effort ­— Turkey, France and Italy — is cleared for shipment May 7.
[Space News – 04/23/2015]

Turkey has started manufacturing the Turksat 6 satellite for Turksat.
[Via Satellite – 04/20/2015]

COM DEV wins contract for Asian commercial communications satellite.
[4-Traders – 04/20/2015]

Satellite Operations

RSCC’s AM7 satellite reaches geosynchronous orbit.
[Via Satellite – 04/24/2015]

RSCC’s Express AM6 satellite, launched Oct. 21, 2014 aboard a Proton rocket, has initiated service from the 53 degrees east orbital slot.
[Via Satellite – 04/22/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

SES Government Solutions gets 14-year contract from Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems to host a WAAS payload on board SES-15.
[Business Wire – 04/23/2015]

Navy orders 25 maritime SATCOM antennas from Raytheon for submarine EHF and SHF communications.
[Military & Aerospace – 04/23/2015]

Comtech Telecommunications’ subsidiary Comtech EF Data receives an order from the U.S. government worth $1.3 million for satellite modems.
[Via Satellite – 04/22/2015]

The head of Air Force Space Command praises performance of new military satellite system designed in part to scour space for potential threats.
[Fox News – 04/21/2015]

Avanti Communications has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s highest accolade for business success.
[Satellite Spotlight – 04/21/2015]

General Dynamics to build and repair WIN-T tactical networking components in $36.4 million deal.
[Military & Aerospace – 04/21/2015]

Air Force small business contract program delivers ultra-portable satellite communications system.
[Wright Patterson AFB – 04/20/2015]

Northrop Grumman completes demonstration of a new protected tactical waveform space processor designed for use in military satellite communications.
[GovCon Wire – 04/20/2015]

UAE delegation outlines UAE’s space projects at the International Space Symposium in the US state of Colorado.
[The National – 04/19/2015]

Regulatory

FCC looks to leverage some of more antiquated spectrum technologies, in effect asking major broadcasters to entertain the idea of handing over their spectrum licenses to be auctioned off to wireless providers, to be used for satellite communications and mobile broadband.
[Technically Philly – 04/24/2015]

Aeronautical

Honeywell Aerospace, Inmarsat and Kymeta are working together to develop a new, higher-speed Ka-band wireless antenna for business and commercial aircraft customers around the globe.
[EFY Times – 04/21/2015]

Asset Tracking

Globalstar Europe gets agreement with Spanish technology and fleet tracking solutions specialist FAGOR Electrónica, S. Coop to deliver a satellite tracking solution for the trucking industry.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 04/23/2015]

Capacity Deals

TelOne renews contract with Avanti Communications for satellite internet coverage across Zimbabwe.
[IT Web Africa – 04/24/2015]

GPS, Navigation

The European Satellite Navigation Competition is looking for services, products, and business innovations that use satellite navigation in everyday life.
[Space News – April 2015]

Ground Systems

Globecomm orders new earth station from ASC Signal for its Laurel, MD location along with a Next Generation Controller upgrade for a 5.6m antenna.
[Via Satellite – 04/24/2015]

CYPRUS will soon operate a satellite terrestrial station, enhancing the country’s role as a regional search and rescue centre.
[Cyprus Mail – 04/23/2015]

Starting producton in July 2015, new SATcase incorporates a satellite communications device, search and rescue beacon, smart phone and a detachable antenna.
[Shepard Media – 04/22/2015]

Al Jazeera and Ooredoo select Skyline Communication’s DataMiner as Network Management and OOS platform for their new Global Media Cloud (GMC) network.
[On Screen Asia – 04/19/2015]

Maritime

KVH introduces the TracVision TV8, a new antenna system designed to deliver satellite television to vessels worldwide
[The Digital Ship – 04/22/2015]

MTN Communications releases “MTN UltraBurst,” an on-demand, consumption based Ku-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) service for yachting customers.
[Via Satellite – 04/21/2015]

Airbus Defence and Space service provider partner Ozsay Satellite Communications upgrades connectivity on five Transal tankers.
[Digital Ship – 04/20/2015]

Service Deals

MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has inked several contracts for geospatial information services with undisclosed customers.
[Via Satellite – 04/24/2015]

Space

The U.S. Air Force says it will launch an unmanned X-37B spaceplane for a fourth mission no earlier than May 20.
[Space News – 04/24/2015]

Canada extends support for ISS by four years until 2024.
[Design Engineering – 04/22/2015]

History

13 MORE Things That Saved Apollo 13, part 6: The Mysterious Longer-Than-Expected Communications Blackout.
[Universe Today – 04/21/2015]

The Human Element

Authorities in Turkmenistan are forcing residents to dismantle privately owned satellite dishes, according to Human Rights Watch.
[Human Rights Watch – 04/24/2015]

 

WBMSAT News Bits 04/19/2015

Featured Article

Security expert pulled off a United flight over concerns by FBI that he had hacked the flight.
[CNN Money – 04/17/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Eutelsat gears up to contribute its technology skills to At 15 days to Expo Milano 2015 as official and exclusive satellite partner.
[Satellite Spotlight – 04/16/2015]

Harris awarded two Via Satellite 2014 Excellence awards; Integrator of the Year and Vertical Impact Award for the oil and gas sector.
[Business Wire – 04/14/2015]

Industry Reports

According to Euroconsult’s latest report, Mobile Satellite Communications Markets Survey: Prospects to 2024, the Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) industry faces multiple challenges.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 04/16/2015]

New NSR report – OTT subscribers have grown double-digits year-on-year to a point where certain video content today skips linear TV altogether and opts only for the online channel.
[NSR – 04/13/2015]

New NSR report finds HTS systems key to $3.6 billion in revenue growth by 2024.
 [NSR – April 2015]

Launch Activity

Orbital ATK delivers the SKY MEXICO-1 (SKYM-1) satellite to the launch site in Kourou, French Guiana for its DIRECTV customer.
[Business Wire – 04/17/2015]

Hours after launching resupply mission to ISS, SpaceX ground teams begine preparations for a commercial satellite launch set for April 27.
[Spaceflight Now – 04/16/2015]

Mexico set to launch “Centenario”, the second of three satellites in the Mexsat program.
[The Yucatan Times – 04/16/2015]

Small satellite launch services provider Rocket Lab has created an engine for its Electron rocket that can be manufactured in three days time.
[Via Satellite – 04/15/2015]

After one-day weather delay SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launches Dragon cargo resupply mission to ISS, but the rocket’s first stage failed to survive a hard landing on a ship.
[Space News – 04/14/2015]

Arianespace delays launch of Thor 7 and Sicral 2 due to an anomaly on a fluid connector between the cryogenic upper stage and the launch table.
[Via Satellite – 04/14/2015]

Lockheed Martin is targeting a May 2017 launch date for the first satellite in the US Air Force’s next-generation global positioning system constellation.
[Defense News – 04/14/2015]

United Launch Alliance plans to recover first stage engine of its Next-Generation Launch System in mid-air in effort to reduce cost.
[Via Satellite – 04/14/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Australian pure-play satellite communications company NewSat has been placed in administration following financing woes that threaten to grind its Jabiru-1 satellite project to a halt.
[ZDNet – 04/17/2015]

Lockheed looks at cost cuts and repairing its reputation of arrogance in the satellite business.
[Reuters – 04/16/2015]

DataPath partnership with will allow DataPath to offer enhanced multimodal solutions, combining the best of both satellite and cellular communications technology to the broadcast market.
[Satellite Spotlight – 04/15/2015]

SAT>IP Alliance, consisting of SES, HISPASAT, Panasonic, NAGRA, ALi Corporation and MaxLinear, formed to extend role of satellite broadcasting in multiscreen ecosystems.
[Satellite Spotlight – 04/15/2015]

Satellite Construction

COM DEV wins contract for Asian commercial communications satellite.
[Space Ref – 04/17/2015]

Satellite Operations

Inmarsat’s second Global Xpress (GX) satellite—Inmarsat-5 F2 (I-5 F2) that launched Feb. 2—has completed its orbital deployment stages on schedule.
[Air Transport World – 04/14/2015]

Satellite Technology

ViaLite Communications, manufacturer of RF over fiber equipment, will supply a ViaLiteHD system for Intelsat’s high performance EpicNG satellite platform.
[Via Satellite – 04/17/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

U.S. eyes new ways to prepare and win future war in space.
[Reuters – 04/17/2015]

U.S. Central Command agreement with SES allows U.S. troops to send and receive information through satellite services.
[Intelligent Aerospace – 04/17/2015]

USAF Space Command chief says now is the time to consolidate ground control of satellites and quit building ground stations for each satellite system.
[Aviation Week – 04/17/2015]

Export Development Canada’s (EDC’s) recent financing of Hispasat’s Amazonas 5 satellite could be a signal of greater activity within the nation’s satellite industry.
[Via Satellite – 04/17/2015]

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have signed a new agreement to work together on the Dream Chaser space vehicle.
[Via Satellite – 04/17/2015]

SpaceX sends U.S. Air Force updated letter of intent outlining a certification process for its Falcon Heavy rocket to launch national security satellites.
[Space News – 04/15/2015]

Norsat International has received an purchasing order from the U.S. Defense Media Activity (DMA) for portable satellite terminals.
[Via Satellite – 04/15/2015]

Director of Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate says he hopes “2016 is going to be the year we’re finally able to take command and control of WGS and hand it over to the commercial sector.”
[Via Satellite – 04/13/2015]

SES to host NASA payload on SES14.
[Space Ref – 04/13/2015]

Harris receives order from U.S. Special Operations Command for MUOS-capable radios.
[UPI – 04/13/2015]

Russian aerospace defense commander claims a group of spy satellites have been discovered masquerading as space junk.
[The Moscow Times – 04/12/2015]

Aeronautical

Globalstar announces its new aviation antenna is now available for use with Experimental Category Aircraft.
[Aviation Pros – 04/16/2015]

Panasonic Avionics Corporation has reached a major milestone with the 700th aircraft installation of its eXConnect inflight Wi-Fi system.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 04/16/2015]

GAO warns the same Internet access now available on most commercial flights makes it possible for hackers to bring down a plane.
[Fox News 04/15/15]

Honeywell Aerospace, Inmarsat, and Kymeta are working together to design, create and test a new, higher-speed, Ka-band wireless antenna for business and commercial aircraft customers around the globe.
[Via Satellite – 04/15/2015]

Asset Tracking

Summit Secure launches “Summit AceTRACK,” a new fleet GPS tracking service.
[PR – 04/15/2015]

Capacity Deals

AREWA24, a 24-hour Free-to-Air (FTA) Hausa-language entertainment and lifestyle channel signs multi-year capacity lease with Eutelsat.
[Via Satellite – 04/16/15]

Televisa announces it has renewed and increased capacity on three satellites with coverage of the Americas operated by Eutelsat Communications.
[Business Wire – 04/14/2015]

Earth Observation

NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have begun work on a new satellite in the Landsat program, to be called Landsat 9, to launch in 2023.
[The Atlantic – 04/16/2015]

Ground Systems

Northrop Grumman successfully demonstrates a space-design protected tactical waveform processor that significantly enhances user data rates and spectral efficiency.
[Defence News – 04/15/2015]

Cobham EXPLORER 7100GX (E7100GX) vehicle-mounted terminal receives full type approval for use over the Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) network.
[M2M Now – 04/17/2015]

Thuraya certifies GRC Arion solution to provide commercial TacSat, allowing real-time encrypted communications across Thuraya’s coverage area.
[Via Satellite – 04/13/2015]

Maritime

Airbus Defence and Space service provider partner Ozsay Satellite Communications will upgrade satcom connectivity for five Transal Shipping oil/chemical tankers.
[Satnews – 04/14/2015]

Mobil/Cellular

Solomon Telekom Company Limited starts using O3b Network’s Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) service for backhaul in the Solomon Islands.
[Via Satellite – 04/17/2015]

On Call Communications and TVU Networks offer first combined satellite and cellular service plan for television news stations.
[Market Watch – 04/14/2015]

Oil & Gas

O3b, MEOSAT to provide high speed connectivity to oilfields in Southern Iraq.
[Via Satellite – 04/14/2015]

TV& Radio

AT&T about to get back into the space industry big time when its deal to acquire DirecTV closes, possibly by mid-year.
[Dallas News – 04/17/2015]

The Ultra High Definition Alliance (UHD Alliance) is coming to make sure Ultra-HD makes it to a screen near you and with lasting power.
[Via Satellite – 04/16/2015]

SES is planning its Ultra-HD foray in the United States with the start of its first 24/7 pilot channel in June.
[Via Satelite – 04/13/2015]

Intelsat and ScheduALL announce the successful implementation and launch of ScheduALL Connector to manage Occasional Use.
[Via Satellite – 04/13/2015]

TV5 Monde to launch Style HD channel for Asia Pacific on AsiaSat 5.
[Via Satellite – 04/13/2015]

Space

International team of scientists puts forward a blueprint for a purely space-based system to solve the growing problem of space debris.
[R&D Magazine – 04/17/2015]

The SpaceX Dragon rocket scheduled to launch on April 21 will carry a new kind of espresso machine to the ISS, called, fittingly, the ISSpresso.
[The Atlantic – 04/14/2015]

History

Founded in 1992 by two engineers with $500 in capital, Avionica today makes a range of innovative electronic devices for voice and data communication via satellite.
[Miami Herald – 04/17/2015]

In 1962, the United States nuclear test called “Starfish Prime” at high altitude above the Pacific Ocean caused many satellites in Earth’s orbit to become inoperable.
[DW – 04/17/2015]

The Human Element

Satcom Global supports charity Marie Curie, providing a solution to share Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ epic Marathon des Sables challenge with the world via satellite communications.
[Satnews – 04/15/2015]

Intelsat, BT Group, and ITC Global have donated satellite capacity, equipment and manpower to help restore critical communication networks across Vanuatu.
[Developing Telecoms – 04/15/2015]

WBMSAT News Bits 04/12/2015

Featured Article

“Commercial and Military Satellite Communications Market and Technology Outlook, 2022” sees powerful change toward a space-based network with capacity to serve the entire globe, a forecasted market of more than $41 billion cumulative for the 2015 – 2022 period.
[PR Newswire – 04/10/2015]

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

Intelsat, iStreamPlanet, Newtec, and PSSI Global Services will demonstrate future of true 4K UHDTV, HEVC compression and multiscreen distribution at 2015 NAB show.
[Space Ref – 04/10/2015]

Northrop Grumman to feature leading military and civil space technologies at 31st Space Symposium.
[PR Newswire – 04/10/2015]

Industry Reports

Growing in-flight connectivity market holds great potential for satellite businesses, achieving retail revenues of $3.2 billion by 2024 per NSR report.
[Market Wired – 04/09/2015]

Military communications market forecast to be worth $40 billion by end of 2020 in new report on RnRMarketResearch.com.
[Satellite Spotlight – 04/07/2015]

Launch Activity

With scheduled 2016 launch of Al Yah 3, Yahsat is intent on establishing UAE as a heavy hitter in the commercial satellite industry.
[The National – 04/10/2015]

The head of France’s aerospace industries association says full industry control of Ariane 6 is non-negotiable.
[Space News – 04/09/2015]

Proton-M ILV launch vehicle prepared for Mexican MexSat-1 launch at Baikonur.
[Satnews – 04/08/2015]

Arianespace is preparing Telenor Satellite Broadcasting’s Thor 7 and the joint French-Italian Sicral 2 satellite for upcoming dual launch.
[Via Satellite – 04/06/2015]

Turkey’s sixth satellite, Turksat 4B, scheduled for launch in June, 2015.
[Anadolu Agency – 04/06/2015]

Japan launches new spy satellite to replace old satellite which is outdated and wearing out.
[Clapway – 04/05/2015]

Market Strategy & Revenues

Iridium, whose predecessor was ahead of its time, makes gains in revenue and net income; is compared to Globalstar and ORBCOMM.
[Smallcap Network – 04/12/2015]

Optus Satellite and Laser Light Global announce venture to enhance Laser Light’s All Optical, Hybrid Global Network, using Optus’ Australian satellite facilities and terrestrial fiber networks.
[Customs Today – 04/09/2015]

Newsat forced to search for alternative funding to keep Jabiru-1 project from collapsing as major lender withdraws support.
[Reuters – 04/08/2015]

Satellite Technology

Surrey Satellite Technology collaborates with Aerojet Rocketdyne and NanoRacks on the development of the FeatherCraft platform.
[Via Satellite – 04/09/2015]

Government, Military & Defense

Indian Prime Minister’s visit to France yields multiple agreements including agreements to cooperate in satellite and space initiatives.
[F.INDIA – 04/11/2015]

Popular movement in Sicily called “No MUOS” protests construction of MUOS satellite station in desert by U.S. Navy.
[WorldBeyondWar – 04/11/2015]

The United States Strategic Command’s Joint Space Operations Center plans consult with commercial satellite industry officials to tighten relations between government and industry.
[Via Satellite – 04/10/2015]

Aerialink and Sat-Tel provide service members means to send a text via satellite to the private network’s Short Message Service Center (SMSC).
[PR Newswire – 04/09/2015]

Data Path wins $6.8 million contract to equip Denmark with WGS terminals.
[Via Satellite – 04/07/2015]

NATO outlines its Satcom needs and goals as it looks at how to better leverage commercial resources and be ready for new technologies.
[Via Satellite – 04/06/2015]

Australia approves purchase of new satellite terminals for deployed land forces, upgrades to existing satellite terminals, and terminal M&C systems.
[C4ISR&Networkds – 04/06/2015]

Regulatory

FCC releases Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in which it would have authority to modify commercial television broadcast station’s local market for purposes of satellite carriage rights.
[National Law Review – 04/06/2015]

Satellite Operations

Global VSAT Forum (GVF) launches global certification program for teleport personnel and satellite operations center technicians.
[Blackbird Satellite News – 04/11/2015]

Aeronautical

FLYHT signs two contracts to provide inflight tracking services with AFIRS systems already installed on aircraft that were purchased.
[Market Wired – 04/10/2015]

CarlisleIT, under a new partnership with Saint Gobain Performance Plastics, has introduced a new ARINC 791 solution for Ka- and Ku-band satellite communications installations.
[Aviation Today – 04/09/2015]

Airlines beginning to use inflight satellite communications to get emergency medical help for passengers and avoid costly diversions when possible.
[dna india – 04/09/2015]

Global Eagle Entertainment teams up with Waterfall, a mobile marketing company, to bring advertising to passengers on planes.
[Via Satellite – 04/08/2015]

Brastrading is building out an In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) service that could one day cover the entire continent of South America.
[Via Satellite – 04/08/2015]

Blue Sky Network of La Jolla, Calif. showed its new Hawkeye 7200, a portable satellite-tracking device, to Heli-Expo 2015 audiences for the first time.
[AIN online – 04/07/2015]

Broadband

Newtec announces together with Intelsat that its multiservice platform Newtec Dialog powers the new IntelsatOne Prism multimedia services.
[telecompaper – 04/10/2015]

Yahsat announces it has signed an agreement with international service partner SkyGate to distribute internet broadband services across the Middle East region.
[Zawya – 04/07/2015]

Inmarsat and China sign agreement for Global Xpress service.
[ATW – 04/06/2015]

Enterprise

Thuraya Certifies GRC Arion Solution to provide a commercial TacSat solution to key customer segments.
[Zawya – 04/11/2015]

Ground Systems

AvL Techologies unveils two new antennas for satellite applications.
[Via Satellite – 04/09/2015]

Imagine Communications creates software enhancements for SelinioFlex suite of solutions to support HEVC to meet increased bandwidth requirements for 4K UHDTV.
[Via Satellite – 04/06/2015]

Maritime

New RockFLEET system breaks the mould of traditional vessel trackers, by doubling up as a smart interface for M2M communication.
[Your Shipbuilding News – 04/08/2015]

Mobil

Sevis systems partners with Eutelsat to deliver 3G/LTE backhaul over Ka-Sat.
[Via Satellite- 04/09/2015]

Along with Next Generation 911 (NG911) to bring 911 up to date with 3G/4G/LTE technology as proposed by the FCC, introducing satellite diversity would make system more robust.
[Federal News Radio – 04/08/2015]

Oil & Gas

RigNet signs three-year contract with Norwegian international midwater drilling contractor to provide managed network solutions on North Sea rigs.
[Via Satellite – 04/10/2015]

TV& Radio

Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) and Media Speed Company sign contract for providing, installing and operating a digital Satellite TV Broadcasting platform in Riyadh.
[Saudi Gazette – 04/07/15]

Space

Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has successfully provided communications support to NASA’s Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) Mission.
[Satnews – 04/10/2015]

History

Intelsat 1 is placed in orbit April 6, 1965.
[EDN Network – 04/06/2015]