Ah, integrating an iPhone with satellite services. We’ve been after that for years and I’m sure we’ll see both talk, text, broadband data and TV — some by satcom, but mostly by terrestrial (GSM, CDMA, LTE, whatever). Dish Network will be the first.
Thuraya had their system — using GSM and satellite when signal was unavailable — up and running in deserts of Asia and Africa since 2001. How many handsets have they sold? Would you believe 600,000? That’s right: it took 12 years to sell that many — and I don’t think you’re counting net handsets in use today (churn, upgrades, etc., over the years). The new boss from Michigan is really getting this moving.
Pentagon renews lease of Chinese satellite for another year, stating that Apstar-7 remained to only satellite solution available that meets AFRICOM’s satellite communications requirements. [Bloomberg Businessweek - 05/15/2013]
Senator McCain’s Televisions Consumer Freedom Act woul eliminate regulatory barriers ranging from blacking out sports games to how cable plans are priced, and would allow satellite providers to provide “a la carte” programming. [Satellite Today - 05/15/2013]
Planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft loses second momentum wheel, of four, and it’s planet-hunting days may be over. [Space News - 05/15/2013]
Astrium is selected to build Express-AMU1/EUTELSAT 36C satellite to be launched in 2015 to provide broadcast services in European part of Russian Federation in Ku and Ka bands. [Yahoo Finance - 05/15/2013]
Viasat and the L-3 Platform Integration Division sign memorandum of agreement to collaborate on complete broadband satellite communication system for airline-sized planes. [financial news - 05/15/2013]
The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin deliver the second Mobile User Objective System satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for a launch scheduled in July. [4-traders - 05/13/2013]
Cobham purchases Axell Wireless Ltd., a privately-owned supplier of wireless communications for commercial and public safety markets. [Microwave Journal - 05/13/2013]
Hughes signs Morsviazsputnik in Russia, the licensed operator of Inmarsat’s mobile satellite services sector in Russia, as a distribution partner for Hughes BGAN mobile satellite products. [Yahoo Finance - 05/13/2013]
Global satellite and terrestrial connectivity provider Emerging Markets Communications commits to join the Global VSAT Form’s Satellite Spectrum Initiative Campaign, combating satellite interference. [Satellite Spotlight - 05/13/2013]
Countdown To Launch – webcast of EUTELSAT 3D launch will begin at 11:00 am EDT on May 14th, with the live launch at 12:02 pm EDT / 10:02 pm Baikonur. [ILS - Countdown to Launch]
EchoStar returns to International Launch Services to contract for launch of the heaviest commercial satellite to date. [Space News - 05/13/2013]
Air Force expects to shave $1 billion from its space acquisition portfolio over the next five years, primarily through efficiencies that include reduced oversight of key programs. [Space News - 05/10/2013]
FCC committee votes 4-0 to advance Qualcomm plan for 150 – 200 ground stations using 500 MHz of spectrum in the 14.0 to 14.5 GHz band to provide broadband to aircraft. [Fierce Broadband Wireless - 05/10/2013]
Intelsat adds its name to the list of commercial satellite owners whose business is feeling the effects of Sequestration. [Space News - 05/10/2013]
On the sidelines at Milsatcom Middle East, regional governments are warned to beef up protection of military and government satellite communications in the face of increasing cyberattacks. [The National- 05/10/2013]
Singapore Army is enhancing battlefield communications through its Wide Area Communications (WAC) system that includes the Ku-Band Satellite Communications system. [asiaone - 05/10/2013]
Canadian space hardware and service provider MDA, which recently acquired Space Systems/Loral, is investing in SS/L’s California campus to pursue U.S. government business. [Space News - 05/09/2013]
Inmarsat acquires TC Communications of Australia, a satellite communications specialist, to support Inmarsat’s expanding Global Government and Enterprise Business Units. [telecompaper - 05/09/2013]
TCS (TeleCommunication Systems) receives $2 million in incremental funding to deliver communications systems support for U.S. Marine Corps. [Satellite Spotlight - 05/09/2013]
SatADSL, a Belgian company providing satellite Internet access and communications service in SubSaharan Africa completes capital increase aimed at financing its development over the next 5 years. [Satellite Evolution Group - 05/09/20132]
DISA looks for new, secure capability to replace some Iridium satellite phones that are over 15 years old and going out of production. [Defence Systems - 05/08/2013]
Astrium enhances it hybrid communications network offering for mining companies in remote areas with an extension of MPLS capabilities through a new POP in Paris. [Satellite Today - 05/08/2013]
NavigationArts creates application to view and manage satellite beam information on moving military aircraft for iDirect Government Technologies. [EON - 05/08/2013]
More than 400 space and satellite experts attend fourth edition of the Global Space & Satellite Forum and Milsatcom Middle East in Abu Dhabi. [TradeArabia - 05/08/2013]
Startup partners with Russian firm to stream earth observation video from the International Space Station. [Quartz - 05/07/2013]
Pentagon launches “long overdue” effort to safeguard U.S. national security satellites and develop ways to counter the space capabilities of potential adversaries. [Reuters - 05/07/2013]
Texas House Bill supporting construction of rocket launch site in South Texas by SpaceX is blocked by longest-serving member of the Senate. [Chron - 05/07/2013]
Berg Insight report cites ORBCOMM as the largest vendor of intermodal container tracking solutions. [EON - 05/07/2013]
By Light is awarded a five year contract to provide a global broadband, two-way, IP data services capability in support of the Defense Logistics Agency worldwide logistical mission. [Business Wire - 05/06/2013]
Armada’s associate CMSCG achieves swift distribution of Thuraya mobile satellite phones for fast-growing China market. [4-traders - 05/05/2013]
U.S. Air Force has been quietly developing and has finally fielded measures to counter interference and electronic attacks directed against satellite communications. [Defence Update - 05/03/2013]
China launches state-owned communications satellite to transmit TV and data to commercial customers across Asia, Africa and Australia for the next 5 years. [RapidTV news- 05/03/2013]
Pentagon indirectly leases capacity on a Chinese satellite, leading to criticism from Capitol Hill – situation could become commonplace without reform in the way the military procures commercial satellite capacity. [SpaceNews - 05/03/2013]
Steve Birnbaum of the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) is honored by the White House for expertise and innovative HTS satellite solutions that enabled locally-driven community response during Hurricane Sandy relief operations. [SatNews - 05/03/2013]
Inmarsat and Honeywell partner with Ka-band; as Inmarsat prepares to launch first Global Xpress Ka-band satellite, Honeywell completes preliminary design review of satcom hardware for aircraft. [AIN online - 05/03/2013]
A top line-up of global satellite communications experts to meet in Abu Dhabi and discuss next steps forward in global military telecom market expected to reach $7.4 billion in 2013. [TradeArabia - 05/02/2013]
Iridium joint venture Aireon, developer of world’s first satellite-based global air traffic surveillance system, signs long-term commercial. data services contract with NAV CANADA. [Satellite Evolution Group - 05/02/2013]
Harris Caprock completes installation of advanced communications solutions onboard 33 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. vessels that will improve crew morale, guest experiences, and company operational efficiencies. [Harris Caprock - 05/02/2013]
Comtech Xicom gets $1.2 million contract from a leading European integrator for antenna-mount Ku-band ampliviers to be used in transportable uplink systems for a TV broadcast network. [Satellite Evolution Group - 05/02/2013]
Chinese launch Chinasat-ll (Zhongxing-1) aboard a Long March 3B/E (Chang Zheng-3B/E) rocket form the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. [NASA Spaceflight - 05/01/2013]
Militaries worldwide forced to face same questions as businesses and demand for satellite capacity increases – is Ka-band the way forward, and can they modernize while cutting costs? [Satellite Today - 05/01/2013]
Sea Launch failure identified as hydraulic oil pump not built to specifications, company aims to return to flight by year’s end. [Space News - 05/01/2013]
Hiltron products to be showcased at Broadcast Asia 2013 include advanced motorized antenna mount. control system, and SNG satellite link monitor and controller that allow SNG uplinks to be operated on inclined orbit satellites. [4rfv.co.uk - 05/01/2013]
May Satellite Executive Briefing magazine includes: ‘Update on the African Satellite Market’ by Virgil Labrador, ‘The Lack of Consensus on Spectrum Demand’ by Armand Musey, and ‘Back and Forth with O3b Networks CEO Steve Collar’ by Lou Zacharilla. [Satellite Markets - May 2013]
Russia wins, SpaceX loses, as NASA budget cuts force choice for manned space missions. [Quartz - 04/30/2013]
SES hopes for strong impact in the UK satellite broadband market, signing a deal with BeyonDSL for the distribution of SES Broadband in the U.K. and Ireland. [Satellite Today - 04/30/2013]
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo makes its first powered flight, breaking the sound barrier in a test over the Mojave Desert. [R&D Magazine - 04/29/2013]
As O3b’s first satellites arrive in French Guiana, the Exploration & Production, and Mining operations segment represents a small but high-end market awaiting the availability of fiber speeds by satellite. [NSR - 04/29/2013]
Orbital sciences will design and build a new satellite for NASA that will investigate the connection between space weather and Earth’s terrestrial weather. [R&D Magazine - 04/29/2013]
Orbital Sciences Corporation selected by NASA to design, manufacture, integrate and test a new astrophysics satellite that will perform full-sky search for exoplanets around nearby stars. [Satellite Evolution Group - 04/25/2013]
Kymeta is the first to close a Ka-band link with a passive phased array antenna using metamaterials. [EON - 04/23/2013]
iDirect to host its third annual Global Partner Summit, where industry leaders from around the world will discuss market trends, insights, and best practices, in Istanbul May 6 – 8. [Wall Street Journal 04/23/2013]
COM DEV built multiplexers and switches populate Telesat’s Anik G1 satellite successfully launched April 15. [SatNews - 04/18/2013]
Responder to Superstorm Sandy disaster in Breezy Point, NY turns to Global VSAT Forum to put him in touch with satellite communications companies that are helping the community recover. [Urgent Communications - 04/18/2013]
The Saturno project, centering on distribution of satellite content to all domestic devices (television, laptops, tablets, or smartphones) using current infrastructure, led by HIspasat, successfully concludes its work with a meeting in Madrid. [Satellite Evolution Group - 04/18/2013]
Comtech EF Data gets a $1.1 million equipment order from an Asian telecommunications operator to support high-speed trunking links transporting 880 Mbps of data traffic, software upgradeable to over 3 Gbps. [Satellite Evolution Group - 04/18/2013]
SES announces that IN DEMAND has renewed an integral part of its cornerstone capacity agreement with SES for delivery of Pay-Per-View and Video ON Demand sports and entertainment television content .. [Satellite Evolution Group - 04/18/2013]
British firm unveils a sat-nav system that warns lorry drivers when they are approaching roads where they are at high risk of hitting a cyclist. [GPS Daily - 04/18/2013]
Proba-3 mission will be first in which two spacecraft will fly through space as a single unit – relative position accuracy to within less than one millimeter. [SatNews - 04/17/2013]
Eutelsat satellite Eutelsat 3D is undergoing final preparations for May 14 launch aboard an ILS Proton Breeze M rocket at Baikonour. [Satellte Today - 04/17/2013]
Astrium study, under contract with French space agency CNES, will analyze existing concepts and technologies and determine which can be used to successfully tackle large items of space debris. [SatNews - 04/17/2013]
MilSatCom Asia-Pacific 2013 – the largest SatCom event within the APAC region, to take place in Singapore May 9th and 10th. [Yahoo News - 04/17/2013]
French company Astrium approaches near-global X-band satellite communications for government and military customers with entry into service of its Skynet 5D and the launch of its hosted payload on Telesat’s Anik G1. [UPI - 04/17/2013]
Anik G1, successfully launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan; aims to ease overcrowded communications networks in Latin America and add capacity to DTH services in Canada, and government and military users across the Americas. [Universe Today - 04/16/2013]
Air Force Space Command developed database that was turned over to Stratcom maintains a registry of tens of thousands of man-made objects in space and shares the information freely with anyone who seeks it through a command-run website. [SatNews - 04/16/2013]
New Nigerian Permanent Secretary to the Communications Technology Ministry, on tour of NIGCOMSAT facility, expresses regret that the government has not properly harnessed the facilities for nation building. [allAfrica - 04/16/2013]
Spacecom of Israel wins three-year contract with one of Africa’s largest Internet Communications Service Providers for VSAT services on AMOS-5. [SatNews - 04/16/2013]
iDirect VP of Technology feels High Throughput Satellites can help solve biggest challenges of using satellite communications in the military – bandwidth and cost. [MILSATMAGAZINE - April issue]
Delivery of two state-of-the-art Ka-band Satellite On-The-Move terminals to the Japanese National Institute of Information and Communications Technology by Australian company EM Solutions represents key milestone for the firm for a partnership project with Tokyo-based Jepico Corporation. [MILSATMAGAZINE - April edition]
Instruments on the ground or attached to weather balloons give us wind velocity measurements, helping us predict weather changes and forecasting. And they do a pretty good job with it. Anybody with a radio, TV or Internet device can avail themselves of the weather forecast. Or a newspaper. Remember those?
Although I appreciate being able to know what the weather will be like after tomorrow or next week, I long for the days when we would simply look toward the sky, feel the wind and/or humidity and make an experienced guess on the next day’s weather. Winds from the south and we’ll get rain. Chilly wind from the northwest indicates a change toward colder days ahead.
If the wind makes a difference on the ground, think about what it would mean if we were able to use an instrument in space. Enter the ESA’s Aeolus mission, which includes the Aladin UV laser instrument.
The Aeolus satellite will carry a single, but complex, instrument that will probe the atmosphere to profile the world’s winds. Reliable and timely wind profiles are urgently needed by meteorologists to improve weather forecasts. In the long term, they will also contribute to climate research.
Aeolus carries a pioneering instrument called Aladin that uses laser light scattering and the Doppler effect to gather data on wind.
The laser generates high-energy UV light, which is beamed towards Earth through a telescope. As the light travels down through the atmosphere, it bounces off molecules of gas, particles of dust and droplets of water.
By comparing the shift in frequency of the received light from the transmitted light caused by the Doppler effect, the motion of the molecules in the atmosphere can be measured, revealing wind velocity.
The laser transmitter is being developed by Selex-ES in Italy.
It has been a very long and difficult undertaking – forging new technologies in many areas such as optics, opto-electronics, precision mechanics and thermo-mechanical design.
Recent tests show all this effort has not been in vain.
Throughout three consecutive weeks, the laser transmitter remained perfectly stable at full energy, producing a total of 90 million UV laser shots.
Considering that each shot is 5 MW, peaking at an intensity similar to that of a lightning strike and that this is repeated 50 times a second – the stress on the optical components that shape and guide the laser beam is tremendous.
Predicting weather and climate changes using a space-based UV laser. Cool.
University of Hawaii faculty and students designed satellite that will be launched in October 2013 in the first space launch from the State of Hawaii, from the U.S. Navy’s missile range on Kauai. [SatNews - 04/11/2013]
Honeywell and Boeing sign technical services agreement, seeking to develop next generation of high-speed in-flight connectivity services on passenger devices such as iPads, smartphones, tablets, and laptops. [Satellite Today - 04/11/2013]
NOAA-17 Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellite turned off after 11 years of successful operation. [SatNews - 04/11/2013]
SES announces launch of SES Ultra HD Experience initiative inviting content providers and broadcasters to work with SES to support the development of the Ultra HD value chain. [Satellite Evolution Group - 04/11/2013]
DeLorme launches next generation inReach satellite communicator with GPS; inReach keeps users connected when out of cell phone range. [Herald online - 04/11/2013]
Globecomm and TodoCast partner to combine TodoCast’s live Internet broadcast capabilities with Globecomm’s global satellite network and broadcast infrastructure to provide direct-to-consumer content distribution. [Satellite Evolution Group - 04/11/2013]
Bahrain’s NOORSAT deploys multiple Telairity quad-channel BE9400 high-compression SD encoders in a complete end-to-end redundant encoding system for new Middle East video installations. [Satellite Evolution Group - 04/11/2013]
Next Vega to be launched from French Guiana is delivered to Arianespace – is slated for May 2 mission to carry aloft Proba-V for the ESA, VNREDSat-1 for Vietnam, and an Estonian student nanosatellite ESTCube-1. [SatNews - 04/10/2013]
Aireon, a commercial venture that will leverage the Iridium Next satellite communications constellation to provide navigation and flight safety communications to airlines, waits for FAA funding commitment. [Space News - 04/10/2013]
RRsat to launch new content management and distribution solution for Russia and the CIS that includes RRsat’s Ku-band MCPC platform on the new Yamal-300K satellite. [RRSAT Press Release - 04/09/2013]
NAB – International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers (IABM) conference session saw data on recent market growth of 4.7% per annum, though profits down 12.7%; discussed strategies for reinvention of industry. [Satellite Markets - 04/09/2013]
ITT Exelis to fabricate composite-based bus structures for Orbital Sciences Corporation’s GEOStar-3 communications satellite. [EON - 04/09/2013]
New report in Reportlinker.com catalogue discusses the Global Military Communications and COTS Market for 2012-2013. [Yahoo Finance - 04/08/2013]
Euroconsult predicts strong performance for Ka-band in in-flight connectivity; overall take-up rate of connectivity services is lower than expected. [Satellite Today - 04/08/2013]
Telecommunications ministers from nine major Arab states, including Qatar, look into the prospects of acquiring next generation satellite technology to boost services across the region. [Gulf Times - 04/08/2013]
Iridium endeavors to re-enter India with Indian partners Bhgarat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and MTNL. [afaqs - 04/08/2013]
Boeing developing family of small satellite prototypes called Phantom Phoenix sharing a common architecture that can quickly and affordably be manufactured and configured for specific missions. [SatNews - 04/08/2013]
Abbot-led coalition Australian government would keep the fixed-wireless and satellite components of Australia’s National Broadband Network project. [ZDNet - 04/08/2013]
KVH announces availability of integrated service package pairing its mini-VSAT Broadbandsm service with Iridium OpenPort broadband services for seamless, fully global connectivity. [Daily Herald - 04/07/2013]