WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 01/31/2014

February 1st, 2014

SpaceX launches its first GEO satellite and proves upgraded Falcon 9 v1.1 with three launches within a few months – United Launch Alliance re-entering commercial market – incumbents not surprised as competition heats up in satellite manufacturing and launching market.
[NSR - 02/12/2014]

Space Daily File Image

Russia, U.S. to pool efforts in the creation of asteroid diversion techniques.
[Space Daily - 01/31/2014]

Lockheed Martin MUOS satellite tests show extensive reach in polar communications capability.
[The Wall Street Journal - 01/31/2014]

Canada’s Sapphire military satellite designed to track objects in high Earth orbit begins operations.
[Space News - 01/31/2014]

Neosat satellite platform – Credit: ESA artist’s cocnept – Space News

French space agency CNES aligns research and technology budget with attempt to increase French and European satellite telecommunications prime contractors’ share of global commercial market to  50% by 2020, up from 30% now.
[Space News - 01/31/2014]

Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite – Credit: CNES artist’s concept – Space News

UK to invest $25 million in French environmental satellite projects.
[Space News - 01/31/2014]

3rd Space Operations Squadron has been repositioning satellites during nine-month effort to optimize the military wideband communications constellation.
[Defense Systems - 01/31/2014]

Globecomm Systems extends contract with Avanti to deploy satellite broadband services to thousands of businesses in South Africa.
[Business Wire - 01/31/2014]

Beam Communications selects Two10degrees to power their new Beam Tracking Portal (BTP).
[SatNews - 01/31/2014]

SES and EUTELSAT settle their dispute and conclude a series of agreements concerning the 28.5 degrees east orbital position.
[Wall Street Journal - 01/30/2014]

IDATE predicts global TV market revenue to grow at steady pace.
[Satellite Markets & Research - 01/30/2014]

Reportlinker adds report “Analysis of Global Wireless Backhaul via Satellite Market” to its catalogue.
[Market Watch - 01/30/2014]

European satellite navigation services to start this year after Galileo and Copernicus satellites launch in March.
[Via Satellite - 01/30/2014]

European Space Agency converts previously contracted back-up launch on a Rockot to a firm agreement with Eurockot Launch Services for placing into orbit an additional Copernicus Sentinel class satellite.
[SatNews - 01/30/2014]

Plato – Credit: artist’s concept from Thales Alenia Space (left) and artist’s concept from EADS Astrium (center) – Space News

Planet-hunting Plato wins backing of European scientists for $1B medium-class mission.
[Space News - 01/30/2014]

European Commission’s effort to set common European regulations on the sale of high-resolution satellite imagery outside Europe is blocked by British government.
[Space News - 01/30/2014]

Globalstar announces Sat-Fi, a new voice and data solution seamlessly integrating Wi-Fi devices with Globalstar’s satellite constellation.
[Via Satellite - 01/30/2014]

Thuraya unveils Orion IP maritime broadband terminal.
[Satellite Evolution Group - 01/30/2014]

Satcom Direct becomes an Inmarsat Broadband Global Area Network distribution partner.
[Aviation Pros - 01/30/2014]

Advantech Wireless releases advanced Multi-Carrier Demodulator (MCD).
[Satellite Evolution Group - 01/30/2014]

Planet Labs’ Dove 2 spacecraft. Photo: Planet Labs – Via Satellite

African Heirs Holding invests in U.S. start up Planet Labs, looking to transform the way imaging of the Earth is carried out with introduction of “Dove” spacecraft.
[Via Satellite - 01/30/2014]

McMurdo Group enters satellite search and rescue market.
[Via Satellite - 01/30/2014]

Europe’s Sentinel 1 radar satellite – Credit: ESA photo – Space News

European government group says radar satellites and Wi-Fi cannot coexist in the same slice of radio spectrum.
[Space News - 01/29/2014]

With one-two punch of Super Bowl and Winter Olympics in Sochi, 2014 shapes up as upswing year for contribution and occasional use satellite TV markets.
[NSR - 01/29/2014]

Soyuz rocket – Credit: Arianespace photo – Space News

Logjam at European Spaceport puts Arianespace in a ticklish spot.
[Space News - 01/29/2014]

Orange Business Services expands network capacity in Siberia on NSS-12 satellite in deal with SES.
[The Wall Street Journal - 01/29/2014]

Afghanistan signs strategic partnership with Eutelsat, hoping to accelerate access to satellite infrastructure for digital services with an in-orbit satellite to be deployed to 48 degrees East in February 2014.
[Broadband TV News - 01/29/2014]

Inmarsat’s BGAN SDR waveform receives SCA certification from Joint Tactical Radio System Test and Evaluation Laboratory.
[Herald online - 01/29/2014]

O3b completes successful live test of broadband voice and video on 4G/LTE networks.
[Via Satellite - 01/29/2014]

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. is awarded $3.2 million order from a government systems integrator for DoubleTalk Carrier-in-Carrier powered DMD2050E satellite modems.
[Market Watch - 01/29/2014]

SkyVision partners with Romantis to deliver quality VSAT platform solution to SkyVision customers worldwide.
[Via Satelite - 01/29/2014]

2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) comments addressing comsatcom receives praise for some sections, but still falls short with respect to Industry white paper shared with the government a year ago.
[Via Satellite - 01/28/2014]

RFI-EUI merger with IRG brings greater focus to Carrier ID initiative.
[Via Satellite - 01/28/2014]

2nd annual MilSatCom Middle East & Africa conference to be held Feb 24th & 25th in Dubai, UAE.
[PRWeb - 01/28/2014]

NASA GPM – NASA photo -Via Satellite

NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) scheduled February 27 to launch first coordinated international satellite, GPM, to provide near real-time observations on all types of precipitation.
[Via Satellite - 01/28/2014]

Liberty Global to acquire Ziggo – combined venture to reach 7 million Dutch homes, providing video, broadband Internet and telephony services.
[Via Satellite - 01/28/2014]

U.S. Navy surveys industry looking for companies who can demonstrate ability to develop and build MUOS-capable radio terminals.
[Military & Aerospace Electronics - 01/27/2014]

Boeing receives first signals from NASA TDRS L satellite.
[Via Satellite - Via Satellite - 01/27/2014]

Ball Aerospace completes integration of WorldView 3 spacecraft, scheduled to launch this summer for DigitalGlobe.
[Via Satellite - 01/27/2014]

Eleven Asia Pacific mobile operators form region’s largest Machine-to-Machine (M2M) alliance, offering a “one-stop-shop” experience for M2M deployment in the region.
[Via Satellite - 01/27/2014]

Three Romanian channels select the EUTELSAT 16A satellite to maximise reach.
[The Wall Street Journal - 01/27/2014]

Eutelsat’s E172a South Pacific satellite beam – SatNews

NSSLGlobal extends reach in Australasia with the opening of a new teleport at the Perth International Telecommunications Centre.
[SatNews - 01/27/2014]

Thuraya’s SatSleeve for Android launch brings MSS to top smartphone models.
[Via Satellite - 01/27/2014]

Sass@sea system developed by MediaMobil as part of Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) program is allowing ships to optimize their bandwidth use at sea.
[SatNews - 01/26/2014]

Vis Satellite webcast March 5h – “High Utilization AND High Throughput Efficiency?  Solving the TDMA vs. SCPC dilemma.”
[Via Satellite - March]

WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 01/24/2014

January 24th, 2014

NASA’s latest communications satellite, TDRS-L, gets a lift into space on a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket using a Russian designed RD-180 first stage engine.
[CBS News - 01/24/2014]

Sentinel-1 satellite – Credit: ESA artist concept – Space News

Europe mounts defense of radar satellite spectrum against wireless broadband incursion.
[Space News - 01/24/2014]

Space Travel file image

President Obama signs new spending bill including money to continue NASA’s human space exploration program, bringing back Project Constellation.
[Space Travel - 01/24/2014]

Illustration only – Space Daily

Sierra Nevada reserves Atlas rocket for 2016 Dream Chaser test flight.
[Space Travel - 01/24/2014]

Virgin Galactic reaches significant milestone in testing of new family of liquid rocket engines for LauncherOne, its small satellite launch vehicle.
[Space Travel - 01/24/2014]

Small lander named Philae – Credit: ESA artist concept – Space News

ESA managing expectations for small lander to be launched from comet-chaser satellite Rosetta for attempt to latch onto Comet 67P by harpoon in November 2014.
[Space News - 01/24/2014]

Airbus Defence and Space to build ground segment for France’s net-generation optical and infrared reconnaissance satellite system and maintain it for 12 years.
[Space News - 01/24/2014]

GVF-EMP Conference – Creating the New “New” Verticals – Air, Water, Surface & Rail – coming to London February 11th and 12th will analyze “seamless connectivity” for today’s communications users.
[SatNews - 01/24/2014]

ILS to launch Yamal 601 satellite for Russia’s Gazprom Space Systems in 2016.
[Via Satellite - 01/23/2014]

Global Satellite Broadband Communication in Public Safety market forecast to grow at a CAGR of 8.45% over the period 2014 – 2018 in new report added to Research and Markets offering.
[Yahoo Finance - 01/23/2014]

India’s satellite communication sector has experienced significant growth over past five years driven by demand from DTH payTV platforms and growing telecommunication needs in the country according to Euroconsult report.
[SatNews - 01/23/2014]

Location Based Services (LBS) ,market in Asia Pacific region set to grow at CAGR of 32.98% over the period 2013-2018 according to new report by Research and Markets, but lack of knowledge among users could challenge the growth.
[Satellite Markets & Research - 01/23/2014]

RFIEUI and IRG announce a merger helping the two groups to better serve the industry and combat satellite interference together.
[Satellite Evolution Group - 01/23/2014]

NASA expected to miss congressional deadline for releasing call for proposals for concepts for Discovery-class planetary science missions later this year.
[Space News - 01/23/2014]

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Gates says Pentagon believed PLA acted alone without knowledge of civilian Chinese leadership in 2007 Anti-satellite test.
[Space News - 01/23/2014]

Spot 6 image of Bora Bora, French Polynésia. Credit: Astrium image – Space News

France to make older Spot optical Earth observation images available to researchers for free.
[Space News - 01/23/2014]

SES selects Xstream to enhance Video on Demand platform.
[Via Satellite - 01/23/2014]

Inmarsat Government finalizes agreement to be a Value Added Reseller for Inmarsat Global Xpress as a cleared company under a proxy agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense.
[Via Satellite - 01/23/2014]

Telered and MEASAT provide TV services in Philippines.
[Via Satellite - 01/23/2014]

GS Group survey shows high demand for quality digital TV in Pakistan, but reveals problems influencing the quality of TV services.
[Via Satellite - 01/23/2014]

U.S. Navy accepts three MUOS ground stations built by General Dynamics.
[The Wall Street Journal - 01/23/2014]

NSSLGlobal opens teleport in Perth, Australia.
[Satellite Evolution Group - 01/23/2014]

Afghanistan drawdown that began in 2011 has led to diminishing growth in the global land mobile satcom market.
[NSR report - 01/22/2014]

Telesat majority owner Loral Space & Communications explores a sale of the Canadian satellite communication services company.
[Chicago Tribune - 01/22/2014]

ATK MegaFlex. Photo: ATK – Via Satellite

ATK demonstrates MegaFlex Solar Electric Propulsion solar array for NASA.
[Via Satellite - 01/22/2014]

ILS president says it is too early to say if launch market is oversaturated.
[Via Satellite - 01/22/2014]

U.S. Southern Command embarks on ambitious international CubeSat program, turning to the Naval Postgraduate School for evaluation of the micro satellites.
[SIP Trunking Report - 01/22/2014]

Sierra Nevada Corp to announce expansion plans for its Dream Chaser Space System.
[R&D Magazine - 01/22/2014]

Environmental & Safety Systems International spins of ESSI Communications division to create BlueTide Communications Corporation, focused on satellite communications for energy, maritime, and yacht leisure markets.
[Via Satellite - 01/22/2014]

Alphasat’s high-frequency hosted payload set to begin experiments.
[Via Satellite - 01/22/2014]

Digitaria International selects Signalhorn to provide satellite communications services to passengers and crew aboard fleet of twelve luxury vessels operated in the Americas, Mediterranean, and South African markets.
[telecompaper - 01/22/2014]

MTN signs new agreement with Carnival Corporation extending partnership providing Internet services to customers and crew aboard several of their cruise ships.
[Via Satellite - 01/22/2014]

New report added to offering of Research and Markets, “Analysis of Global Wireless Backhaul via Satellite Market,” discusses expected growth in the market in various regions, and key drivers for satellite backhaul.
[Business Wire - 01/21/2014]

NASA and Roscosmos to sign new transportation services contract by summer.
[Space News - 010/21/2014]

Gilat Satcom and Gilat Satellite Networks to supply fixed and on-the-move satellite services to the Israeli government.
[Yahoo Finance - 01/21/2014]

Spacebel signs commercial contract to supply Vietnam with VNREDSat 1b, an Earth observation system made in Belgium set to launch in 2017.
[Via Satellite - 01/21/2014]

Badan SAR Nasional selects Thuraya Telecommunications to provide satellite communications to improve search and rescue efforts in Indonesia.
[National Post - 01/21/2014]

Globalstar launches industry’s lowest cost and most accessible prepaid service thoughout EMENA.
[CIOL - 01/21/2014]

Telstra Global launches new Points-of-Presence increasing its global Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS) network in Western Europe and the American Midwest.
[Via Satellite - 01/21/2014]

LiveTV and Eutelsat agree to launch new Ka-band satellite connectivity for airlines in Europe.
[Yahoo Finance - 01/21/2014]

HISPASAT now offers HIGH TV 3D across Europe.
[SatNews - 01/21/2014]

Australian Defense Force selects ViaSat terminal for data link network management.
[Via Satellite - 01/21/2014]

With new HTS systems launching over next year or two, FSS C-band capacity might get lost in the mix, but it is not going anywhere, adding another 55 TPEs of capacity over the next ten years.
[NSR Report - 01/20/2014]

SpeedCast re-branding positions it in a top five position in the international satellite telecommunications service provider market.
[University Chronicle - 01/18/2014]

President of Astrium Services Government (now part of the Airbus group) calls the “Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA)” procurement strategy for the U.S. military dangerously flawed.
[Via Satellite - 01/17/2014]

NASA Tech Briefs article discusses photonic laser thrusters for spacecraft maneuvering.
[NASA Tech Briefs - January Issue]

WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 01/17/2014

January 17th, 2014

 

 

Space Daily file photo

NASA Space Launch System could make ‘outside the box’ science missions possible.
[Space Travel - 01/17/2014]

Marines build field-based command and control center for satellite and radio operations at Camp Hansen, Okinawa as part of pre-deployment communication exercise.
[dvids - 01/17/2014]

GOES R – Lockhedd Martin artist’s concept – Space News

Omnibus bill fully funds primary NOAA satellites, but does not fund an adjunct satellite intended to host instruments that cannot fit on NOAA’s primary polar-orbiting platforms.
[Space News - 01/16/2014]

NASA’s New Horizons – SatNews file image

Screaming through space at nearly one million miles a day, NASA’s New Horizons, launched in 2006, draws closer to its target Pluto, with encounter to begin in January 2015.
[SatNews - 01/16/2014]

GATR Technologies spins diminished military spending into opportunity with latest $440 million contract.
[Via Satellite - 01/16/2014]

Amid growing sentiment that U.S. military must adopt new ways of operating in space to cope with new threats and declining budgets, top executive with Lockheed Martin says the company must change as well.
[Space News - 01/16/2014]

Harris Broadcast acquires Imagine Communications, a digital video solutions company that delivers bandwidth-efficient services with prime video quality for online applications and TV Everywhere.
[Via Satellite - 01/16/2014]

Celebrity Solstice – Celebrity Cruises – Space News

KVH plans to debut multicast service intended to replace longstanding practice of sending DVDs by mail to ports in advance of ship arrivals.
[Space News - 01/16/2014]

ILS to launch Eutelsat 9B satellite in 2015.
[Via Satellite - 01/16/2014]

Dish and Southwest Airlines extend partnership and “TV Flies Free” promotion – through December 31, 2014 customers using iOS, Android, and other Internet-ready devices can get 20 live TV channels free, and VOD.
[SatNews - 01/16/2014]

Thuraya Telecommunications launches latest version of Thuraya SatSleeve for Android-based smartphones.
[Via Satellite - 01/16/2014]

Viking Satcom deploys ground station equipment to support SES’s new SES 6 satellite.
[Via Satellite - 01/16/2014]

Free NSR webinar February 12 – “Satellite Manufacturing and Launching: The Dawn of a New Era.”
[NSR - February 12 2014]

Government & Military Satcom – pessimistic views overshadow many opportunities for solutions that address military requirements of lower budgets while at the same time offering more bandwidth.
[NSR - 01/15/2014]

Satellite Today file image

Boeing Space Surveillance system helps U.S. Air Force reduce satellite loss by 66%, detecting potential threats more quickly and allowing operators to take early action if necessary.
[Via Satellite - 01/15/2014]

SpaceX drives sharp increase in projected launches at Cape Canaveral, which plans to support up to 21 rocket launches in 2014, a 50% increase from 2013.
[Space News - 01/15/2014]

ViaSat sees future in aeronautical and maritime broadband markets.
[Space News - 01/15/2014]

Members of Netherlands Parliament want Minister of Defense to explain the exact purpose of equipment owned by the American Defense Ministry in Burum, Friesland.
[NLTimes - 01/15/2014]

KVH doubles capacity of global C-band beams as its mini-VSAT broadband customers increase reliance on broadband connectivity.
[The Wall Street Journal - 01/15/2014]

Planning to connect your car to the Internet by satellite – Kymeta and UIEvolution.
[Via Satellite - 01/15/2014]

GSLVD 5 liftoff – Space.com

Indian launch of GSAT-14 communications satellite validates technology of ISRO’s indigenous GSLV-D5 rocket.
[Space.com - 01/14/2014]

Military & Aerospace image

Air Force searches for companies in the industry able to upgrade GPS satellite waveform generators.
[Military & Aerospace - 01/14/2014]

General Shelton tells George Washington University students that space is the “ultimate high ground,” fundamental to the economy.
[Milsat Magazine - January issue]

Boeing tests new anti-jamming technology making it easier and cheaper for the U.S. military to send secure communications via current satellites that do not have their own anti-jamming capability.
[UPI - 01/14/2014]

The first of two Intelsat launches by ILS in 2015 will be Intelsat DLA-2, also known as Intelsat 31.
[Via Satellite - 01/14/2014]

C-COM receives new orders from Russian reseller AltegroSky for additional iNetVu auto-deploy antenna systems.
[Yahoo Finance - 01/14/2014]

Tethers Unlimited is testing new propulsion method that might greatly improve access to as well as capability of CubeSats.
[Via Satellite - 01/14/2014]

RigNet and Harris CapRock target energy businesses in Houston Texas, naming Houston as its Americas regional headquarters.
[Houston BizBlog - 01/14/2014]

ViaSat’s Fly-Fi premiers on JetBlue Airways, offering new in-flight high-capacity Wi-Fi, opening the skies to business passengers needing faster internet while traveling.
[U-T San Diego - 01/14/2014]

Singapore Technologies Electronics wins $468 million in 4Q 2013 contracts for intelligent transportation, satellite communications, and advanced electronics and information communications technologies.
[Via Satellite - 01/14/2014]

Fifth Lockheed Martin MUOS secure communications satellite completes assembly and enters system test.
[Yahoo Finance - 01/13/2014]

2013 was an unprecedented year for satellite broadband access services with record subscriber growth – NSR forecasts the global satellite broadband assess market will add over 4.3 million net new subscribers in coming ten years.
[NSR - 01/13/2013]

Technavio report projects global satellite broadband communication in the Public Safety market to grow at a CAGR of 8.45% in the 2013 – 2018 period.
[SBWire - 01/13/2014]

TDRS L – Credit: Walter Scriptunas II – Spaceflight Now

NASA’s next-generation TDRS L satellite mounted atop Atlas 5 rocket in preparation for launch on Thursday, January 23.
[Spaceflight Now - 01/13/2014]

SpaceX may pick Texas over controversial Merritt Island launch site.
[Space News - 01/13/2014]

NASA/JPL Lunar Lasercomm OCTL Terminal. Credit: NASA/JPL – Novuslight

Future commercial prospects for laser satellite communication could include providing “broadband access to remote parts of the world without having to dig thousands of kilometres of trenches to lay down optical fibres.”
[Novus LIght - 01/13/2014]

Comtech receives $4.4 million contract to provide upgrade to Brazilian Military satellite network.
[CiOL - 01/13/2014]

Cloud Front Group and Saratoga Data Systems announce availability of Flume software protocol that transmits data up to 5-100X faster than TCP and 3X faster than SCPS acceleration protocol over satellite communications.
[IT Business Net - 01/13/2014]

MTN pioneers new iDirect X7 high-performance satellite modem on the Norwegian Breakaway, dramatically improving the efficiency and throughput of the vessel’s communications system.
[SatNews - 01/13/2014]

Bently Walker extends reach across Africa and the Middle East using Avanti’s HYLAS 2 satellite.
[Satellite Spotlight - 01/13/2014]

Raytheon to develop strategic SATCOM system to link nuclear forces to national command authorities.
[Military & Aerospace - 01/10/2014]

WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 01/13/2014

January 13th, 2014

 

Cygnus berthing with ISS – NASA Photo – Space News

Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Cygnus space capsule berths with International Space Station on re-supply mission.
[Space News - 01/13/2013]

China’s space policy is open to the world, according to the new chief of China’s space industry.
[Space Mart - 01/13/2013]

Iran is preparing to orbit three new home-made satellites in the future, according to Vice-President for Executive Affairs Mohammad Shariatmadari.
[Space News - 01/13/2013]

Boeing completes first of two 702HP geomobile satellites, Centenario. for government of Mexico.
[Space Daily - 01/10/2014]

Sky Perfect JSat selects SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to launch JCSat-14 communications satellite in 2015.
[Space News - 01/10/2013]

KVH surpasses 100-vessel mark in 10-year contract to supply next-generation satellite communications to U.S. Coast Guard cutter fleet, with 29.2 terabytes of data and over 835,000 VOIP minutes provided thus far.
[SatNews - 01/10/2014]

SpaceShipTwo – Space News

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceshipTwo reaches highest altitude to date in rocket-powered test flight over Mojave desert.
[Space News - 01/10/2013]

Falcon 9 v1.1 appears to have met U.S. Air Force’s requirements to bid for national security launches and challenge the market incumbent, United Launch Alliance.
[Space News - 01/09/2013]

Nextgov file photo

Obama administration extends International Space Station support another four years.
[Nextgov - 01/09/2013]

STPSat3 – Ball Photo – Space News

U.S. Air Force takes control of STPSat-3.
[Space News - 01/09/2013]

Launch of Orbital Science’s Antares mission following one-day delay raises awareness of space weather-induced flight risks.
[Via Satellite - 01/09/2014]

Sea Launch Launch – Space News

Energia chooses Sea Launch to launch the AngolaSat telecommunications satellite and the Energia 100 broadband satelli8te in 2016 in a dual-satellite mission.
[Space News - 01/09/2013]

Lockheed Martin gets $3.9 million contract to track orbital debris.
[Via Satellite - 01/09/2014]

Comtech gets $4.4 million contract from Brazilian military to upgrade its satellite network.
[Yahoo Finance - 01/09/2014]

Macdonald Dettwiler & Associates gets $4 million deal for European communications satellite subsystem.
[4-traders - 01/09/2014]

Hughes teams with Aruba Networks to provide retail Wi-Fi service.
[Via Satellite - 01/09/2014]

Cobham Satcom and Comtech EF Data partner to provide collaborative maritime solutions.
[Via Satellite - 01/09/2014]

X Class Solar Flare – NBC News

Huge solar flare causes Orbital Science’s Antares team to scrub ISS resupply mission.
[NBC News - 01/08/2013]

Zinwell Corp is developing a new satellite digital outdoor unit (D-ODU) using MaxLinear’s channel stacking system on chip (SoC).
[Via Satellite - 01/09/2014]

Use of satellite imagery is strongly related to economic growth – Asia good example as one of the most dynamic regional EO markets over the past five years.
[NSR - 01/08/2014]

GATR Technologies wins $440 million contract with U.S. Army for inflatable satellite communications antennas.
[BusinessWire - 01/08/2014]

Dish withdraws $2.2 billion bid to buy bankrupt LightSquared, as trial got underway over whether Dish’s Charles Ergen had unlawfully bought LightSquared’s debt in effort to take over the company.
[Reuters - 01/08/2013]

ESA’s Gaia spacecraft reaches operational orbit.
[Via Satellite - 01/08/2014]

Global Eagle plans expansion of in-flight connectivity across South Asia.
[Via Satellite - 01/08/2014]

Spacecom to broadcast African CHAN football championships via Amos 5 satellite.
[Via SAtellite - 01/08/2014]

Entropic announces first fully-integrated set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip for satellite receivers and IP clients.
[Via Satellite - 01/08/2014]

Thaicom 6 launch – SpaceX – Via Satellite

SpaceX successfully completes second GEO communications satellite launch, delivering Thaicom 6 into orbit.
[[Via Satellite - 01/07/2014]

Mars One plans two, or possibly three, communications satellites for the Red Planet.
[Via Satellite - 01/07/2014]

Arian 5 on pad at ZL-3 node – Via Satellite

Arianespace postpones launch of Ariane 5 ECA mission, citing need to change-out unspecified equipment on the VA217 Ariane 5 ECA launcher.
[Via Satellite - 01/07/2014]

Sea Launch photo – Via Satellite

Sea Launch Zenit 2S rocket completes inspection, preps for April launch.
[Via Satellite - 01/07/2014]

Computer Security firm analysis states that VSAT terminals may pose a soft target for hackers, finding more than 10,000 terminals of 3 million investigated to be using default passwords or having open ports.
[Computer World - 01/07/2014]

SES and EUTELSAT complete sale of Solaris Mobile to Echostar.
[Market Watch - 01/07/2014]

Broadcom announces new Outdoor Unit (ODU) satellite chipset that enables wider range of services to more subscribers without additional dish installations.
[Market Watch - 01/07/2014]

West African mining company uses satellite/cellular terminals to track mine vehicles where no other means of communications are available.
[Directions Magazine - 01/07/2014]

ISRO launch – Via Satellite screen shot

ISRO completes successful GSLV D5 launch of GSAT 14 satellite.
[Via Satellite - 01/06/2014]

Thales Alenia Space awarded Astrium contract for Ariane 5 Midlife Evolution (ME).
[Via Satellite - 01/06/2014]

Pleiades satellite.(Image from smsc.cnes.fr)

France-UAE satellite deal shaky after U.S. spy tech discovered onboard.
[RT - 01/06/2014]

WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 01/03/2014

January 4th, 2014

Navman Wireless adds satellite communications option to its OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking platform.
[Construction Equipment Guide - 01/04/2014]

Inmarsat PLC completes acquisition of Globe Wireless.
[The Wall Street Journal - 01/03/2014]

Columbus ISS (NASA Photo) – Space News

European Space Agency says that by late 2015 it will reduce its annual space station operating costs by 30% compared with 2010.
[Space News - 01/03/2014]

Mexican Oil and Gas reform opens up satellite opportunity for Jaba satellite engineering.
[Via Satellite - 01/03/2014]

Liberty Media reaches for control of SiriusXM satellite radio.
[LA Times - 01/03/2014]

Bolivian state-owned telecommunications company Entel establishes contact with the country’s first communications satellite, Tupac Katari, orbited in December.
[Hispanically Speaking News - 01/03/2014]

Eutelsat closes transaction to acquire 100% of share capital of SATMEX.
[The Wall Street Journal - 01/02/2014]

SpaceX rocket on pad (Space photo) – SatNews

SpaceX delays launch of Thaicom-6 by at least 3 days to allow launch team to resolve issue with Falcon-9 v1.1 rocket’s fairing.
[SatNews - 01/02/2014]

Amos 4 (IAI photo) – Via Satellite

Spacecom’s Amos 4 satellite concludes testing, prepares to enter commercial service.
[Via Satellite - 01/02/2014]

Soyuz 2.1v rocket – Via Satellite

New Soyuz 2.1v rocket completes first successful launch, carry8ing an AIST student built microsatellite and two SKRL 756 radar calibration spheres for the Russian Ministry of Defense into orbit.
[Via Satellite - 01/02/2014]

Airbus Defence and Space, formerly named Astrium, congratulates SpaceX for retaining focus on cost efficiency without veering off into fascinating but unnecessary engineering challenges.
[Space News - 01/02/2014]

Entropic Communications gets patent for “Method and Apparatus for Cross Polarization and Cross Satellite Interference Cancellation.”
[4-Traders - 01/02/2014]

CHIRP on SES-2 – Space News

U.S. Air Force targets 2016 for CHIRP follow-on.
[Space News - 01/02/2014]

Given the seriousness of the space debris problem, the Secure World Foundation discusses the need for space situation awareness among satellite operators.
[Via Satellite - 12/31/2013]

China puts into service its high-definition Earth observation satellite Gaofen 1.
[Via Satellite - 12/31/2013]

EIAST engineers. Photo: EIAST – Via Satellite

UAE announces plans to launch first domestically-built satellite in 2017.
[Via Satellite - 12/31/2013]

NASA artist’s concept showing the kinds of land surface data DESDynI mission will collect – Space News

Joint mission with India considered as NASA looks for savings in Earth science missions.
[Space News - 12/31/2013]

Energia completes full cycle of ground tests on Earth Observation Satellite EgyptSat 2, to be launched in April 2014.
[Via Satellite - 12/31/2013]

A Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, as captured by NASA’s SDO Telescope. Photo: NASA – Via Satellite

UK to invest approximately $7.6 million in space weather forecasting system to protect technology from solar activity.
[Via Satellite - 12/30/2013]

China says it will have 30 satellites in its Beidou navigation system by 2020 to improve accuracy to within inches to better compete with the U.S. GPS.
[GPS Daily - 12/30/2013]

Gazprom Space Systems’ board of directors unanimously approves several long-term company goals for development until 2020. including continued construction and sustainment of fleet of Yamal satellites..
[Via Satellite - 12/30/2013]

Newsat gets Malaysian satellite regulator’s confirmation with respect to the use of the orbital slot 91.5 degrees East for the Jabiru-1 satellite.
[4-Traders - 12/30/2014]

New report published by Reportbuyer.com, “Global Fixed Satellite Service Market 2012 – 2016,” forecasts the market to grow at a CAGR of 5.44% over the period.
[Yahoo Finance - 12/30/2013]

AEHF satellite – Lockheed Martin photo – Space News

Lockheed gets $116 million for AEHF launch support.
[Space News - 12/31/2013]

House Energy and Commerce Committee announces plans to use 2014 to begin process leading to an update of the Communications Act for the digital age.
[The Washington Times - 12/29/2013]

New law precludes Russian satellite monitor stations in U.S. unless Secretary of Defense and Director of National Intelligence certify they will not be used to spy.
[New york Times - 12/29/2013]

Euroconsult believes High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services are poised for record-breaking growth, with 33 HTS systems to be launched over the next three years (31 have been launched over past decade).
[Via Satellite - 12/27/2013]

Skybox Imaging releases first high resolution HD video images from SkySat 1.
[Via Satellite - 12/27/2013]

WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 12/27/2013

December 27th, 2013

Russian Proton-M rocket puts Russian government communications satellite Express-AM5 into orbit.
[Space Fellowship - 12/27/2013]

U.S. Air Force selects Raytheon’s high-bandwidth AEHF satellite terminal for secure, protected communications to aircrews during nuclear and non-nuclear missions.
[Yahoo Finance - 12/27/2013]

Global VSAT Forum (GVF) emphasizes importance of blanket licensing for countries to ensure the coexistence of satellite in the marketplace, and help developing countries attract foreign investment.
[Via Satellite - 12/26/203]

NASA’s 30-day Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD), with record-breaking data download and upload speeds, showed the system could operate as well as any NASA radio system.
[R&D Magazine - 12/26/2013]

Three Russian military satellites launched December 25 reach their target orbit.
[Space News - 12/26/2013]

Russia and Kazakhstan agree on three-year Baikonur roadmap.
[Space Daily - 12/26/2013]

ISRO targets January 5th launch window for GSAT 14 satellite.
[Via Satellite - 12/26/2013]

Storm system caught by NASA satellite – Christian Science Monitor

Set to launch in February, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite will gather data that can help with efforts to monitor the effects of global warming on precipitation.
[The Christian Science Monitor - 12/26/2013]

Azerbaijan’s first telecom satellite reaches $10 million in revenue for 2013, with more than 50% of payload sold.
[Via Satellite - 12/26/2013]

Sea Launch rocket with JSAT-9 – Space News

U.S. federal court grants in part and denies in part a motion by Boeing to dismiss counterclaims filed by Russian space giant Energia in Boeing’s lawsuit against the Russian company.
[Space News - 12/26/2013]

National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) purchases assets of the Satellite Communications Conference and Expo (SATCON) as well as Content and Communications World (CCW) from JD Events.
[SatNews - 12/26/2013]

The Atlas 5. Photo: ULA – Via Satellite

NASA selects United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Atlas 5 to launch planned 2016 Mars mission.
[Via Satellite - 12/24/2013]

Congress says Russia must use U.S. citizens to manage construction, operation, and maintenance of any satellite monitoring ground stations it builds in the U.S.
[NextGov - 12/23/2013]

Two-way ground station in Uganda – MIT Technology Review

Emerging data-coding technology could more than double bandwidth on satellite Internet connections, boosting service to developing countries, planes, and cruise ships and fixing jerky live video news feeds.
[MIT Technology Review - 12/23/2013]

Green satellite propulsion nears industry breakthrough with development of competitive propellant called Hydroxyl Ammonium Nitrate (HAN) fuel/oxidizer blend, or AF-M315E.
[Via Satellite - 12/23/2013]

Falcon 9 v1.1 launch – Space News

U.S. Air Force considering whether Falcon 9 v1.1 maiden launch will count toward certification qualifying the company to launch national security assets.
[Space News - 12/23/2013]

Panasonic and China Telecom partner to offer in-flight internet.
[telecompaper - 12/23/2013]

WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 12/20/20013

December 20th, 2013

Chinese rocket launches Bolivia’s first telecommunications satellite, with the president of Bolivia, who traveled to China for the launch, declaring it a success.
[7 News - 12/21/2013]

Launch Pad 39 – Space News

SpaceX had edge in competition to lease NASA pad in Florida because of its firm backlog.
[Space News - 12/20/2013]

Alcatel-Lucent to sell U.S. satellite unit LGS for $200 million.
[Bloomberg Business Week - 12/20/2013]

XTAR wins $5.6 million renewal of U.S. Army satellite telecom contract.
[Space News -12/20/2013]

Turksat and Eutelsat announce an agreement whereby Eutelsat will redeploy its EUTELSAT 33A satellite in May 2014 from 33 degrees East to 31 degrees East, where it will be operated by Turksat under its satellite network filings.
[SatNews - 12/20/2013]

Gaia satellite – R&D Magazine

Europe launches star-surveying satellite Gaia, in mission to map 1 billion stars.
[R&D Magazine - 12/19/2013]

ViaSat demonstrates full mesh MF-TDMA DAMA multi spot beam networking over the WGS satellite network for the U.S. Army.
[Via Satellite - 12/19/2013]

SSL celebrates 50th satellite built for Intelsat, and CEO discusses future satellite opportunities for the company.
[Via Satellite - 12/19/2013]

Inmarsat signs Astrium services as Global Xpress distributor.
[Space News - 12/19/2013]

Rio Urubamba an Amazon tributary, winding through the Sacred Valley, Peru. Photo: World Water Forum – Via Satellite

Gilat to connect remote areas near the Amazon river in Peru to enable Internet and telephone services for 70 communities in the Loreto region.
[Via Satellite - 12/19/2013]

AeroMexico 737 postcard photo – Via Satellite

Aeromexico to install Gogo Vision on at least 75 aircraft.
[Via Satellite - 12/19/2013]

Top 10 quotes from January issue of Via Satellite, as the magazine celebrates the winners of the first edition of the Via SAtellite Excellence Awards.
[Via Satellite - 12/18/2013]

SES, SpeedCast and AsiaSat donate satellite capacity and ground infrastructure services to Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.
[Wall Street Journal - 12/18/2013]

An artist’s impression of a Mars One base – getSurrey

Surrey Satellite Technology to develop interplanetary communications system between Mars and Earth for Mars One.
[getSurrey - 12/18/2013]

Military communication improved as 6th Boeing-built Wideband Satellite enters service.
[Space Daily - 12/18/2013]

Geoforce GT1 satellite GPS tracker becomes world’s first to receive IECEx/ATEX Zone 0 certification, the highest satellite tracking device safety rating.
[Via Satellite - 12/18/2013]

Comtech EF Data demonstrates 10% roll off functionality for DM240XR video broadcast modulator.
[Via Satellite - 12/18/2013]

Brazilian workers working on CBERS satellite inside re-inforced chamber – Phys.org

Brazil and China to launch new joint environmental monitoring satellite in 2014. [Phys.org - 12/17/2013]

Arianespace orders two Vega launchers for unidentified commercial customer for launches in 2017 and 2018.
[Space News - 12/17/2013]

SES-8 launch by SpaceX – Aurora Media Group

45th Space Wing provided vast network of radar, telemetry, optical and communications instrumentation to support successful launch by Space X of the SES-8 satellite.
[Aurora Sentinel - 12/17/2013]

Inmarsat acquires U.S. maritime service provider Globe Wireless in bid to transform its 6,000 ship customer base into future Inmarsat Global Xpress broadband users.
[Space News - 12/17/2013]

New Zealand plans to enhance naval communications capabilities, procuring ground infrastructure to operate on the WGS satellite network.
[IHS Jane's 360 - 12/17/2013]

Space walk – R&D Magazine

ISS Astronauts undertake massive repair job that could stretch to Christmas day, with series of spacewalks.
[R&D Magazine - 102/17/2013]

Kymeta successfully tests flat panel Ka-band antenna on Anik F2 and moves toward product development.
[Via Satellite - 12/17/2013]

ViaSat Exede Evolution is first satellite internet plan to offer unlimited, full-speed access for web pages and email.
[Yahoo Finance - 12/17/2013]

Exelis to use ENVI software for Skybox imaging data analysis, supporting data analysis of images from SkySat 1, the first in a planned constellation of 24 satellites from Skybox Imaging.
[Via Satellite - 12/17/2013]

Astrium and GeoNorth sign multi-satellite receiving station agreement, working together to build the first multi-mission Direct Receiving Station (DRS).
[Via Satellite - 12/17/2013]

Astrium signs agreement to provide 18 additional Ariane 5 ECA launchers to Arianespace.
[Via Satellite - 12/16/2013]

SSL is selected to build new replacement satellite for AsiaSat, AsiaSat 9.
[Via Satellite - 12/16/2013]

U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin more than $200 million in contract options to complete production of its fifth and sixth next-generation Global Positioning System satellites, known as GPS 3.
[Via Satellite - 12/16/2013]

Avanti Communications takes over ownership of the ARTEMIS satellite.
[IFA Magazine - 12/16/2013]

Arianespace to launch SGDC satellite for Brazil in 2016.
[Via Satellite - 12/06/2013]

GATR terminal in Phillipines – SatNews

GATR terminals among first high-bandwidth satellite communications terminals deployed in key areas of Phillipines after typhoon.
[SatNews - 12/16/2013]

Boat in Phang Nga – AsiaOne

Boats and aircraft passing through Andaman Sea region warned to watch out for falling parts of India’s GSLV-D5-II satellite launch vehicle.
[Asia One - 12/14/2013]

Research and Markets adds “Global Satellite Communication Market in the Oil and Gas Industry 2014 – 2018″ to their offering; number of UDW rigs expected to reach 220 – 230 units by 2018.
[Satellite Spotlight - 12/13/2013]

Sea Launch plans to focus on the heavy lift launch market, focusing on its strength to stay afloat as SpaceX enters its waters with a successful launch of SES-8.
[Via Satellite - 12/13/2013]

Lockheed Martin to re-enter the commercial satellite business, building and launching satellites.
[Via Satellite magazine January 2014]

WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 12/13/2013

December 13th, 2013

NASA negotiating pad lease with SpaceX after GAO rejects Blue Origin protest.
[Space News - 12/13/2013]

Brazil selects Thales to play a key role in its space development plans as it establishes SGDC Government Communications Satellite System.
[Defense World - 12/13/2013]

Arianespace and Visiona Tecnologia Espacial S.A. sign launch contract for the next Brazilian government satellite, the Geostationary Defense and Strategic Communications Satellite (SGDC).
[SatNews - 12/13/2013]

Mexican flag – Space News

Mexican government to award licenses for two orbital slots in Ku- and extended C-band frequencies at two orbital positions it has long held.
[Space News - 12/13/2013]

The sixth WGS satellite, funded by Australia, enters service.
[Via Satellite - 12/13/2013]

Chinese lunar rover – Space Daily

China’s first lunar rover to land on moon December 14.
[Space Daily - 12/13/2013]

Comtech reports increased commercial orders and expects downward revenue spiral following loss of Army contract and U.S..budget freeze to end this year.
[Space News - 12/13/2013]

EchoStar Corp. and Vivendi end talks on a joint venture to develop a pay-television service in Brazil using EchoStar’s orbital slot at 45 degrees west longitude.
[Space News - 12/13/2013]

RAVAN cubesat – Space Daily

New, low-cost cubesat mission led by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory will demonstrate technology needed to measure the absolute imbalance in the Earth’s radiation budget for the first time.
[Space Daily - 12/13/2013]

Federal budget crunch leads U.S. Air Force to decommission an experimental missile warning sensor hosted aboard a commercial satellite after 27 months on orbit.
[Space News - 12/12/2013]

Proton M launcher – Space Daily

Russian official plays down concerns on the future of Proton launches from Baikonur, saying that during a recent meeting with Kazakhstan’s president “we came to a mutual understanding about resuming Proton launches from Baikonur.”
[Space Travel - 12/12/2013]

Northrup Grumman satcom system aboard Fireberd – Primezone

Northrup Grumman re-purposes satellite communications system normally used in space as high-functioning low cost system for aircraft in one year.
[msn money - 12/12/2013]

Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (Melco) to build Japan’s GOSAT-2 environmental satellite.
[Space News - 12/12/2013]

Research and Markets announces addition of “2013 Report on the US Machine-to-Machine Communications Market – Includes Forecasts to 2018″ report to their offering.
[Satellite Spotlight - 12/12/2013]

Team of researchers, mainly Valencian, win contract with ESA to conduct research on use of new materials for reduction of the Multipactor effect in effort to improve space communications systems in ESA’s satellites.
[Product Design and Development - 12/12/2013]

British government deepens ties to China’s space sector with bilateral agreements on future joint projects and a fund to promote British industry’s search for a foothold in China.
[Space News - 12/12/2013]

Spacecom mulls over possible sale or merger.
[Globes - 12/12/2013]

Telespazio recently linked-up with Eutelsat to market broadband services using its Ka-Sat satellite and hopes satellite broadband can make a big impact in Italy, as well as other countries in Europe.
[Via Satellite - 12/12/2013]

ATK and Hughes successfully demonstrate LEO-based weather sensing technology to US Air Force.
[Via Satellite - 12/12/2013]

Avanti secures deal to connect libraries in South Africa.
[Via Satellite - 12/11/2013]

Contribution & Occasional Use TV Markets to Require over 700 Transponders and 1.4 Gbps of HTS Capacity by 2022.
{NSR – 12/11/2013]

NSR’s new report “Land Mobile and Handheld Satellite Markets” points out that traditional growth in this part of the satellite communications market accounted for 97% of global revenues in 2012; is expected to drop to 82% by 2022; growth in the consumer market is making significant impact.
[Via Satellite - 12/11/2013]

KVH is chosen by BW, a worldwide leader in maritime energy transportation, as the satellite communications solution for its Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) fleet.
[Wall Street Journal - 12/11/20103]

NIGCOMSAT decries annual capital flight due to unchecked penchant of Nigerian organisations to purchase bandwidth from abroad.
[National Mirror - 12/11/2013]

Reuters photo – msn news

Chinese-Brazilian satellite launched by China Monday failed to reach planned orbit and likely fell back to Earth.
[msn news – 12/10/2013]

Russian Glonass satellite – Nextgov

Obama administration reviews Russian proposals for satellite monitoring stations on U.S. soil.
[Nextgov - 12/10/2013]

Lt. Gen Ellen Pawlikowski says USAF needs innovative approaches to procuring satellite capacity; tells interviewer “A different strategy would be for us to go out and leverage the bargain basement aspects of the (commercial) satcom business.”
[National Defense - 12/10/2013]

Astronaut – Nextgov

6-year-old donates life savings and starts on-line petition to save NASA.
[Nextgov - 12/10/2013]

Russian DTH provider Tricolor discusses satellite capacity demands.
[Via Satellite - 12/10/2013]

Private Mars One venture engages Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology to work on hardware concepts for robotic Mars mission.
[nbc news - 12/10/2013]

Mars One accepting applications – CNN

200,000 people apply to live on Mars.
[CNN - 12/10/2013]

SkyWave and Garmin solution enables integrated vehicle tracking, navigation, driver communication and dispatch capabilities regardless of cellular service availability.
[Satellite Spotlight - 12/10/2013]

Honeywell and Inmarsat advance global wireless in-flight connectivity program.
[Via Satellite - 12/10/2013]

Globecast, Measat and Mezzo partner to bring new HD channel to Asia-Pacific region.
[Via Satellite - 12/10/2013]

NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite arrives at Kennedy Space Center.
[Yahoo News - 12/09/2013]

ABS-2 – PR Newswire

SSL delivers ABS-2 satellite to launch base in Kourou.
[Yahoo Finance - 12/09/2013]

Spacecom has kept all five of its satellites working at close to full capacity from DTH operators, TV channels, and North American agencies, and ultimately hopes to use its brand of Amos satellites to become a global operator.
[Via Satellite - 12/10/2013]

Recent Gooch & Housego acquisition Constelex Technology Enablers announced its participation in new European Union R&D projects and European Space Agency (ESA) space photonics contracts.
[LaserFocusWorld - 12/09/2013]

First Global Xpress®Satellite Launch and 7th ILS Proton Launch of 2013, Inmarsat-5 goes into orbit.
[Hispanic Business - 12/08/2013]

[MarketResearchReports.biz announces addition of new report "Global Satellite Communication Market in the Oil and Gas Industry 204 - 2018" to its database.
[WatchList News - 12/08/2013]

December 2013 issue of the Satellite Executive Briefing Features:      Europe Gets Universal Broadband Coverage by Elisabeth Tweedie      DTH Services Boost the Asia-Pacific Market by Peter Galace      The Importance of Latency in the Mobile Market by Virgil Labrador      Enterprise-Class HTS Servicees by Martin Jarrold
[Satellite Markets & Research - December 2013]

WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 12/06/2013

December 7th, 2013

Arianespace commercial launch consortium agrees to spend 36.5 million euros to build fueling facility at Europe’s South American spaceport to reduce time needed between Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega launches.
[Space News - 12/06/2013]

Constelex Technology, recently acquired by Gooch & Housego, to participate in new European Union R&D projects and European Space Agency Space Photonics contracts.
[StockMarketWire - 12/06/2013]

Boeing’s CST-100 above. Credit: Boeing artist’s concept. – Space News

FAA rules that NASA astronauts will fly as “space flight participants” aboard commercial spaceships being developed to taxi crews to and from the International Space Station.
[Space News - 12/06/2013]

U.S. House approves one-year launch indemnity extension for U.S. commercial launch companies.
[Space News - 12/06/2013]

Satellite industry officials say the same terrestrial wireless broadband interests that covet C-band spectrum now occupied by satellite systems are eyeing Ka-band for next-generation cellular networks.
[Space News - 12/05/2013]

WTA publishes top teleport operators for 2013.
[Satellite Markets & Research - 12/05/2013]

PhoneSat cubesat – softpedia

NASA cubesat weighing just 1 kilogram, measuring 10 centimeters on one side, PhoneSat 2.4 gets in touch with Earth from its low-Earth orbit.
[Softpedia - 12/05/2013]

ESA’s billion-star surveyor, Gaia, is set to embark on a five-year mission to map the stars with unprecedented precision, scheduled for December 19 launch from French Guiana.
{Satellite Evolution Group – 12/05/2013]

Scientists and engineers at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center (ATC) have developed the lightest satellite cryocooler (cooling system) ever built.
[Satellite Evolution Group - 12/05/2013]

Land O’Lakes acquires Geosys, a global technology firm that provides satellite imaging and insights to agribusiness.
[Satellite Evolution Group - 12/05/2013]

An EOMAP 3-D Image from the Great Barrier Reef. Photo: EOMAP – Via Satellite

Recently released 3-D map of the Great Barrier Reef created by German company EOMAP in conjunction with James Cook University in Australia covers approximately 350,000 square kilometers at 30 meter horizontal resolution.
[Via Satellite - 12/05/2013]

Society of Satellite Professionals International announces the launch of global campaign to change global discussion about the satellite industry, focusing on striking contributions to human welfare, safety and prosperity around the world.
[Satellite Markets & Research - 12/04/2013]

NSR predicts net gains in satellite industry revenue over the next 10 years due to the advent of HTS, in spite of some migration from C and Ku-band capacity to Ka-band.
|NSR – 12/04/2013]

Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG) launches campaign to achieve Carrier Identification (CID) implementation on all video carriers for the Football World Cup in 2014.
[SatNews - 12/04/2013]

An artist’s rendering of the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration hosted aboard a Space Systems Loral commercial communications satellite. Image Credit: NASA Goddard – Space Fellowship

NASA’s next laser communication mission passes Preliminary Design Review (PDR) on the way to a scheduled 2017 launch.
[Space Fellowship - 12/04/2013]

Australian satellite operator NewSat gets teleport customer contract to support the U.S. government’s Custom Satcom Solutions (SC2).
[SatNews - 12/04/2013]

Technitel selects Avanti Communications to provide satellite connectivity across the Polish utilities sector.
[Business Wire - 12/04/2013]

Wyless and Iridium join the International M2M Council (IMC), a global organisation that promotes the benefits of machine-to-machine communications.
[IT Business Net - 12/04/2013]

Third time IS the charm, as SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launches SES-8, its first commercial payload.
[Forbes - 12/03/2013]

Ball Aerospace completes primary structure for first Joint Polar Satellite System spacecraft, JPSS-1, on schedule for 2017 launch.
[Market Watch - 12/03/2013]

Teal Group space analysts identify 3,164 space payloads proposed to be built and launched to earth or deep space orbits between 2013 and 2032.
[Aerospace Manufacturing and Design - 12/03/2013]

Image: EPFL – R&D Magazine

Researchers in Switzerland manage to combine antennas and solar cells to work together with unprecedented efficiency in the near future, promising more compact and lightweight satellites.
[R&D Magazine - 12/03/2013]

Harris CapRock gets $46 million FAA contract to support the Alaskan Satellite Telecommunications Infrastructure.
[Satellite Spotlight - 12/03/2013]

Intelsat provides update on satellite capacity and other critical connectivities being used in restoration initiatives in Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.
[Yahoo Finance - 12/03/2013]

3rd Space Operations Squadron at Schriever AFB celebrates the Defense Satellite Communications System B10 satellite’s 20th anniversary on orbit.
[Global Security - 12/03/2013]

Harris deploys two mesh antenna reflectors on Lockheed’s MUOS satellite.
[Satellite Spotlight - 12/03/2013]

Hughes receives “Hazardous Locations Accreditation” for 9502 integrated antenna BGAN M2M terminal.
[The Wall Street Journal - 12/03/2013]

BringCom awarded GSA Schedule 70 additions, to provide transponded services including leasing of short and long-term satellite bandwidth.
[Hispanic Business - 12/03/2013]

Geostationary satellite to be provided by Visiona Technologia Espacial S.A. and Telebras to Brazilian Defense and Strategic Communications Geostationary Satellite (SGDC) system, to ensure security of Brazilian communications.
[Satellite Spotlight - 12/02/2013]

SkyWave and MCN expand satellite communications applications for land and sea, as the alliance makes IsatData Pro available in China for Maritime, SCADA and Vehicle Management System applications.
[Yahoo Finance - 12/02/2013]

Harris Corporation Falcon III(R) manpack radio successfully communicates with MUOS satellite constellation.
[Market Watch - 12/02/2013]

NovelSat signs 100th customer, offering increase in spectral efficiency above that of DVB-S2 of 30 to 60 percent, and transmission speeds from 100kbps to 730 Mbps.
[SatNews - 12/02/2013]

PPC of Nigeria selects EUTELSAT 10A satellite to boost C-band resources for Oil and Gas sector.
[The Wall Street Journal - 12/02/2013]

Global Gas Detection Equipment Market 2014-2018 and Global Satellite Communication Market in the Oil and Gas Industry 2014-2018 are new market research reports available at ReportsnReports.com store.
[PR Web - 12/01/2013]

 

WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits 11/29/2013

November 29th, 2013

SpaceX’s second attempt to launch SES-8 satellite, on Thanksgiving day, is shut down at last second as the rocket’s nine first-stage Merlin engines automatically shut down at ignition as increase in pressure in first stage oxygen tank was slower than expected.
[Space News - 11/29/2013]

SSL Partners with NASA to place laser communications relay demonstration on a commercial satellite.
[Azooptics - 11/28/2013]

Signalhorn is awarded funding from the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a gateway that will allow its customers to monitor all aspects of their services with the company, under ESA’s ARTES program.
[Satellite Evolution Group - 11/28/2013]

Brazil’s communications ministry (MinCom) approves two projects to deploy terrestrial satellite control stations by state-run telco Telebras under a tax exemption program
[BN Americas - 11/28/2013]

Image for illustration only – Space Daily

European Space Agency announces that next two large science missions will study the hot and energetic universe and search for elusive gravitational waves.
[Space Daily - 11/28/2013]

Brazilian telecom provider Telebras and Embraer sign contract to supply the Defense and Strategic Communications Geostationary Satellite (SGDC) system following outcry over U.S. spying..
[Space Daily - 11/285/2013]

Why the world’s 2nd largest fleet operator (SES) agreed to be SpaceX’s 1st customer for a launch to GEO.
[Space News - 11/27/2013]

NASA photo – PhysOrg

Small satellite delivered to International Space Station  is launched into space to demonstrate advanced deorbiting technique using exo-brake parachute..
[Phys Org - 11/27/2013]

Recent launch of Minotaur 1 rocket marked first flight test of new on-board safety system aimed at preventing errant rockets from causing damage or bodily harm on the ground.
[Space News - 11/27/2013]

Nitrogen tanks explode at SpaceX’s Texas rocket test facility.
[Space News - 11/27/2013]

Analyst speculates that Dish could spend up to $10.7B on LightSquared, H Block, AWS-3 and 600 MHz spectrum over the next year.
[Fierce Wireless - 11/27/2013]

DigitalGlobe and AstriumGEO strategies look like classic Niche vs. Mass Market opposition.
[NSR - 11/27/2013]

Boeing targets manned and unmanned ISR platforms for Inmarsat’s GX government sales tactic.
[Via Satellite - 11/27/2013]

Comtech Systems receives $2.4 million contract for new Troposcatter communications system.
[Via Satellite - 11/27/2013]

SpaceX has to postpone launch of SES-8 after three stoppages in the countdown.
[Via Satellite - 11/26/2013]

Reportstack announces new market report on Global Satellite Communication Market in the Oil and Gas Industry which forecasts the market to grow at a CAGR of 5.74 percent over the period 2013-2018.
[PR Carbon - 11/26/2013]

Artist’s rendition of exactEarth satellite – SatNews

exactEarth launches advanced AIS satellite that will extend its exactAIS constellation and increase the capacity of its global vessel monitoring service.
[SatNews - 11/26/2013]

CEA-Leti’s next-generation magnetometer technology was launched into space on board the European Space Agency’s three Swarm satellites to collect unprecedented detail about the Earth’s magnetic field.
[SatNews - 11/26/2013]

NASA weather satellite with Ball Aerospace’s GMI instrument arrives in Japan where it will launch aboard NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission.
[Via Satellite - 11/26/2013]

Telespazio and Eutelsat sign multi-year agreement to market KA-SAT services in Italy.
[msn Money - 11/26/2013]

Orbcomm strengthens cellular footprint through agreement with Telefonica.
[Via Satellite - 11/26/2013]

Caribsat teams up with Newtec and Eutelsat for West Indies broadband play.
[Via Satellite - 11/26/2013]

SpaceQuest CEO looks to enter M2M market.
[Via Satellite - 11/26/2013]

Huawei helps APT construct cloud data centers, integrating cloud computing data services with satellite communications services.
[Yahoo Finance - 11/26/2013]

Army photo – www.army.mil

Team Tobyhanna uses pioneering approach to install the Army’s next generation SATCOM ground terminals using a plan that exceeds the depot’s annual Value Engineering Proposal cost avoidance goal by more than 276 percent.
[www.army.mil - 11/26/2013]

ASC Signal Corporation secures major contract with Sheri Tai International Company of China for HF antennas for coastal communications systems.
[Satellite Evolution Group - 11/26/2013]

Creonic of Germany announces two new IP cores for satellite communication – a DVB-S2 demodulator and a DVB-CID (Carrier ID) modulator.
[SatNews - 11/26/2013]

Rogers Communications and NHL announce 12-year national broadcast and multimedia agreement.
[Yahoo Finance. - 11/26/2013]

Inmarsat appoints ESL as global government distribution partner.
[The Wall Street Transcript]

Teal Group analysts identify 3,164 space payloads proposed for launch To 2032 with an estimated value of more than $235 billion.
[PR Newswire - 11/25/2013]

NSR’s latest market size estimate in the Global Assessment of Satellite Supply & Demand 10th Edition study projects that global HTS demand will hit 451 Gbps in 2018 on a supply of 1.6 Tbps
[NSR - 11/25/2013]

Euroconsult expects 33 High Throughput Satellite (HTS) systems to be launched between 2014 and 2016, as HTS expand into new markets.
[Satellite Evolution Group - 11/25/2013]

Boeing’s Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals (FAB-T) development program has completed the functional qualification testing phase for the protected wideband satellite communications system.
[Satellite Spotlight - 11/25/2013]

Eutelsat selects Newtec’s Sat3Play VSAT Broadband Platform to extend its IP Easy service offering over the French West Indies and French Guiana.
[Satellite Markets & Research - .11/25/2013]

Lockheed wins $105 million Air Force contract to help operate two satellite communications systems.
[Washington Business Journal - 11/25/2013]

Globalstar announces that the Spanish Ministry of Defence is now using SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™ and SPOT Connect™ devices for in-field communications for personnel who are operating in remote locations with no cellular coverage.
[SatNews - 11/25/2013]

Three O3b 7.3m antennas in Peru – Via Satellite

O3b Networks opens satellite ground station in Peru.
[Via Satellite - 11/25/2013]

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. receives $1.1 million in additional orders for satellite equipment spares from Brazilian military.
[The Wall Street Journal - 11/25/2013]

Sat Space Africa to expand African market reach through AfricaSat 1a.
[Via Satellite - 11/25/2013]

ViaSat and Harris Corp are boosted by key breakthrough in the European milsatcom market, as BAE Systems U.K. selects the KOR 24 Small Tactical Terminal co-developed by the companies for installation on the Falcon 20.
[Via Satellite - 11/25/2013]

FLYHT introduces the Dragon, a revolutionary, lightweight, portable satellite communications device that blends existing FLYHT technology with that of the iPad.
[Wall Street Journal - 11/25/2013]

Snowden leaks reveal that Singapore and South Korea are helping the U.S. and Australia tap undersea telecommunications links across Asia.
[The Sydney Morning Herald - 11/24/2013]

Cable mergers might rekindle the consideration of a merger between DirecTV and Dish Network.
[Yahoo Finance - 11/23/2013]