Current Satellite News
November 7th, 2010
Arianespace... Acceptance By Azerbaijan (Launch)
[SatNews] The International Relations and Accounting Center of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan has selected Arianespace to launch the countrys first communications satellite.
ULA's Historical 350th Launch In 50-Years...And Counting! (LAUNCH)
[SatNews] It's not often that launch news includes such astounding statistics.
Arianespace... Vega Roll Out (Launch)
[SatNews] A representative P80 first stage for Vega is now on the launch pad in French Guiana, marking a milestone in preparations for next year's introduction of this lightweight vehicle, which will be operated by Arianespace in commercial missions.
Comtech EF Data + Stampede Technologies... Acquiring Minds Wish To Know...
[SatNews] Comtech EF Data Corporation has completed their acquisition of Stampede(r) Technologies, Inc., developer of the FX Series WAN optimization and application acceleration platforms.
SES WORLD SKIES... Claiming Capacity (Content)
[SatBroadcasting(tm)] Extending a ten-year alliance, SES WORLD SKIES, a division of SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), has announced that Clear Channel has renewed capacity deals for 144 MHz on four satellites to deliver connectivity and content to subscribers and audiences nationwide.
XTAR + Intelsat General... X-Band Obtained (MILSATCOM)
[SatNews] XTAR, LLC, the first U.S. commercial provider of satellite services in the X-band frequency, has been awarded a bandwidth contract from Intelsat General Corporation.
Hughes... Super Streaming (SATCOM)
[SatNews] Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) has successfully demo'd 16 Mbps of TCP throughput and over 20 Mbps of UDP streaming throughput to a single HN9400 Ka-/Ku-band broadband satellite terminal.
MTN Satellite Communications... Medical Emergency Management (SATCOM)
[SatNews] MTN Satellite Communications (MTN), a global provider of communications, connectivity and content services to remote locations around the world, has equipped the newest luxury yacht from the renowned Burger Boat Company shipyards with an impressive communication suite that includes a first-ever onboard medical treatment facility with 24/7 video conferencing capability.
Raytheon... Onwards With GPS OCX (MILSATCOM)
[SatNews] The Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) team has successfully completed a key design review of the Global Positioning System (GPS) Advanced Control Segment (OCX), signaling the team's readiness to proceed with the next development phase of the program.
NASA... EPOXI Glues Together Hartley 2 Encounter (Imagery)
[SatNEws] NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft successfully flew past comet Hartley 2 at 7:00 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT) Thursday, Nov. 4.
ORBCOMM... A Solid Grounding (SATCOM)
[SatNews] ORBCOMM Inc., a global satellite data communications company focused on two-way Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications and a provider of space-based Automatic Identification System (AIS) services, has commissioned the South African Gateway Earth Station (GES) into operation.
ViaSat + EM Solutions... COTM Confidence (MILSATCOM)
[SatNews] ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) has successfully demo'd full-mesh satellite communications at Ka-band between an Australian Army deployable 1.0-metre Compact Transmit Receive Suite (CTRS) terminal located at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and a 48-cm communication-on-the-move (COTM) terminal located at BAE Systems Australia using a ViaSat LinkWayS2(tm) MF-TDMA satellite modem.
Here's Looking @ Earth... Energetic Eruptions Bad News For Indonesia (ImageryNASA)
[SatNews] The steep-sided, cone-shaped Mount Merapi Volcano is both boon and curse to the people of Indonesia.
Intelsat Network...Makes Waves With NewWave Maritime (SATCOM)
[SatNews] Intelsat S.A. and NewWave Broadband Ltd., signed a multi-transponder, multi-year contract for Ku-band capacity on two future Intelsat satellites.
Here's Looking @ Earth... Kontinuing Kilauea Konflagrations (ImageryNA)
[SatNews] The surface of the southern coast of the Big Island of Hawaii is no more than 3,000 years old.
South Africa... EPIRBs Now A Must, Says SAMSA (SATCOM)
[SatNews] As rescue coordination centres around the world step up their pressure on yachts, ships, and all seagoing vessels, the South African Maritime Safety Authority's (SAMSA) Centre of Sea Watch Response has issued a statement that all 'ships' are 'required' to carry an EPIRB, via their Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC).
MathWorks + Swedish Space Corp... Time Is Of The Essence (Satellites)
[SatNews] MathWorks has announced that Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) reduced, by 50 percent, the development time of its Prisma project, which tests and validates guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) strategies for advanced autonomous formation flying.
RigNet... Remote Resources (SATCOM)
[SatNews] RigNet, Inc., an independent provider of remote communications solutions and collaborative applications to the global oil and gas industry, has extended its contract with SandRidge Energy (NYSE:SD).
EB... Listen Up... A New Emulator (SATCOM)
[SatNews] EB, a developer of embedded technology solutions for automotive and wireless industries, has unveiled EB Propsim F8 radio channel emulator with Aerospace and Satellite channel emulation Option (ASO) for aerospace and defense applications.
Agile Communication Systems... A Plethora Of Configurations (MILSATCOM)
[SatNews] Agile Communication Systems (ACS) exhibited their new advanced DVB-RCS/S2 Satellite Ground Station Terminals (SGST) at MILCOM 2010.
GlobalCom... Gaining South African Approval (SATCOM)
South African regulator Icasa has awarded the first licence to sell Iridium satellite phone systems and handsets to GlobalCom Satellite.
TCS... The BEST Is Going Away... (MILSATCOM)
[SatNews] TeleCommunication Systems (NASDAQ: TSYS) maritime communications experts will provide the Military Sealift Commands Next Generation Wideband commercial satellite communications infrastructure and service under the terms of a potential $315 million contract that was awarded on November 3rd. from the U.S. Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
Miranda + TIBA... Promo + Branding Entities (Graphics)
[SatBroadcasting(tm)] TIBA (Telepuerto Internacional Buenos Aires), a Latin American satellite, telecoms, and playout provider, has installed a Miranda Technologies graphics system to streamline branding and promotional graphics across its HD and SD channels.
Xinhua... Transnational SatTV Into US Homes (Content)
[SatBroadcasting(tm)] China Xinhua News Network Corporation (CNC)'s English channel has further extended its international reach with the successful launch of satellite broadcasts in North America on Sunday.
TSF's Satellite Saves After Tsunami Sweeps Indonesia
[SatNews] In the aftermath of the devastating tsunami that swept the Mentawai islands on October 25th, Telecoms Sans Frontiere (TSF) deployed to Indonesia at the request of the Office of the President of Indonesia and in coordination with ASEAN and BNPB (the Indonesian Government Disaster Management agency).
Scaled Composites... Retirement Bound...
Burt Rutan, founder of aerospace research firm Scaled Composites in 1982, has announced his plans to retire in
Expand... SPAR'ing With New Partner (Comms)
[SatNews] Expand Networks has been selected bySPAR Group, in conjunction with Africas largest Telco provider, Telkom SA, to deliver a managed WAN optimization service.
Pace + Latens... Acquiring Minds Wish To Know...
[SatBroadcasting(tm)] U.K. STB and DTV technology provider Pace plc has acquired Latens Systems Ltd, a Belfast-based software and conditional access specialist.
Here's Looking @ Earth... Nile Nightview (ImageryNASA)
[SatNews] One of the fascinating aspects of viewing Earth at night is how well the lights show the distribution of people.