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Shelton Sequester Atlantic

Air Force Space Command Warns Security Risks from Further Sequestration

[Via Satellite 07-24-2014] The U.S. Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) does not have a clear way of enduring another round of sequestration, Gen. William Shelton said Tuesday at the Atlantic Council. With budgets remaining tight, the general insisted that the challenges faced by AFSPC differ in ways that make sustaining more cuts next to impossible. [...]

By | July 24, 2014

Thales Hughes LTE

Hughes and Thales Test Satellite-Based Deployable LTE Mobile Network

[Via Satellite 07-24-2014] Hughes Network Systems and Thales Defense & Security have successfully tested a Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mobile satellite network designed for rapid deployment in emergency situations. The LTE network uses Hughes high throughput Jupiter and Spaceway 3 products, connecting them to the Thales B-14 system-on-wheels. Hughes said the private network solution is deployable [...]

By | July 24, 2014

NASA Mars

NASA Issues RFI for Mars Communications Satellites

[Via Satellite 07-24-2014] NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to build a set of communications satellites for Mars. The approach signals a major change in the way NASA procures services from the commercial sector, as the operator would continue to own the satellites while in orbit around the Red Planet. The space agency [...]

By | July 24, 2014

NASA Tempus Sounder

Tempus Global Data Receives License from NOAA for GEO-Sounder Constellation

[Via Satellite 07-24-2014] The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded a license to Tempus Global Data for a hyperspectral imaging and sounding system constellation. Tempus will leverage the Sounding and Tracking Observatory for Regional Meteorology (STORM) instrument through an exclusive agreement with Utah State University (USU) who built the instrument for NASA. The [...]

By | July 24, 2014

SES Africa Astra

SES, CWG Launch Nigeria’s First FTA Digital TV Platform

[Via Satellite 07-24-2014] SES, in partnership with Computer Warehouse Group (CWG), is launching the first Free-to-Air (FTA) digital TV platform in Nigeria. The Direct-to-Home (DTH) service will use SES’ Astra 2F satellite located at 28.2 degrees East to broadcast channels throughout West Africa. CWG is handling the teleport services for the new platform, which is [...]

By | July 24, 2014

China IFC Panasonic

China Telecom Satellite and Panasonic Launch In-Flight Connectivity for China Eastern Airlines

[Via Satellite 07-24-2014] China Eastern Airlines has equipped an Airbus A330 aircraft with In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) capability. China Telecom Satellite is providing the service through Panasonic’s eXConnect system. The first aircraft is dedicated to routes between Shanghai and Beijing so government officials can evaluate the service prior to granting approval for other domestic and international [...]

By | July 24, 2014

Via Satellite Highlights

Highlights of Via Satellite: July’s Top 10 Quotes

[Via Satellite 07-23-2014] As the satellite industry continues to grow and evolve, the winds of change can be felt in nearly every sector. The July issue of Via Satellite touches on some of the prominent areas of change as new technological advances begin reshaping the landscape. We talk to leaders from the world’s main launch [...]

By | July 23, 2014

Eutelsat Algeria Divona

Eutelsat Gains Additional VSAT Customer in Algeria

[Via Satellite 07-23-2014] Algerian VSAT operator Divona, has signed a contract with Eutelsat for a 72 MHz transponder on Eutelsat 21B. The multiyear contract enables Divona to provide increased satellite connectivity to mobile telecom operators and enterprises in Algeria and Southern Europe. Eutelsat has been actively pursuing and building partnerships in the Middle East with [...]

By | July 23, 2014

RF-7850M-HH Radio Harris

Harris Corp Receives $15 Million Order for Tactical Radios

[Via Satellite 07-23-2014] Harris Corporation received an order for wideband handheld tactical radios from an undisclosed Middle East country. The order, worth $15 million, provides the country with RF-7850M multi-band, multi-mission radios. The RF-7850M-HH is capable of supporting the latest wideband and narrowband networking waveforms, and is interoperable with the Harris Falcon 2 and Falcon [...]

By | July 23, 2014

RSCC maritime arctic

RSCC, ООО Isatel Awarded Broadband contract for Arctic Research Mission

[Via Satellite 07-23-2014] The Russian Hydro-meteorological Service (Roshydromet) signed an agreement with Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) and partner ООО Isatel to provide maritime connectivity to the research and survey vessel Akademik Tryoshnikov. The vessel will stay connected during its 82-day expedition using an RSCC-installed VSAT, a maritime stabilized SeaTel antenna and the Somatom control [...]

By | July 23, 2014

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