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TRW FILES PATENT INFRINGEMENT LAWSUIT AGAINST ICO

TRW Inc. followed up months of threats regarding infringement of its Odyssey system design patents by filing a lawsuit against ICO Global Communications Ltd. in federal court in California last Friday, May 10. The suit seeks an injunction to halt ICO’s development of its MSS system on grounds that it infringes the Odyssey patents, and […]

By | May 16, 1996

ICO APPOINTS MARKETING CONGLOMERATE FOR PR, INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS

ICO Global Communications Ltd. appointed the WPP Group, the London-based international marketing communications conglomerate, to head up its worldwide public relations effort. WPP Group and its subsidiaries also will assist internal communications between ICO’s 47 investors, create an ICO website and intranet for internal exchanges, and help define ICO’s “corporate identity.” WPP Group, with annual […]

By | May 16, 1996

GORCA ACQUIRES MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTING GROUP

The Gorca Group announced it acquired a majority stake in The Fountain Group, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting and engineering services company. The company (renamed Fountain Integrated Systems Inc.), will serve the motor carrier and intermodal industry, Gorca said, with an initial focus on low-cost mobile communications and fleet management systems. Gorca Group is a small […]

By | May 16, 1996

FIRST INMARSAT 3 GOES INTO SERVICE

The first of five Inmarsat 3 satellites entered commercial service on schedule Saturday, May 11. The satellite–eight times more powerful than its predecessor–will serve the Indian Ocean Region from the 65 degrees E slot. The satellite has taken over the region’s Inmarsat 2 traffic; the 2-series bird is now a spare and has been relocated […]

By | May 16, 1996

QUALCOMM BOOSTS OMNITRACS GEOGRAPHIC CAPABILITIES WITH NEW AGREEMENT

Qualcomm Inc. signed a value-added reseller agreement with Ragsdell Group Inc. to incorporate Ragsdell’s geographical database with its OmniTracs fleet management system. Ragsdell’s database, dubbed GeoMaster, enhances OmniTracs’ vehicle location applications. Other software available with Qualcomm’s OmniTracs system handles customer service, dispatch, payroll, general ledger functions and fuel purchasing. (Qualcomm, 619/587-1121.)

By | May 16, 1996

TELEDESIC NAMES FORMER IRIDIUM, AIR FORCE OFFICIAL AS LAUNCH

Teledesic Corp., the prospective broadband LEO operator, named Jeffrey Finan manager of its launch operations. Finan most recently handled the procurement of launch vehicles for Iridium Inc.; he previously led a team developing launch site manufacturing processes for Motorola Inc.’s satellite communications division. Finan also has 11 years experience with the U.S. Air Force’s satellite […]

By | May 16, 1996

BRIEFS

Rockwell Gets $11.8 Million Contract Rockwell International’s Collins Avionics and Communications Division won an $11.8 million contract modification from the U.S. Naval Systems Command for 701 control display navigation units. The units will go into GPS systems onboard Navy and Air Force aircraft. (Jim Thebeau, Rockwell Intl, 319/395-5775.) HighwayMaster Signs Deal With NationaLease Dallas-based HighwayMaster […]

By | January 25, 1996

SATELLITE ’96 CONFERENCE UPDATE (AS OF JAN. 22, 1996)

For the 15th consecutive year, SATELLITE NEWS, Via Satellite magazine and the 1995 World Satellite Directory announce “Satellite ’96: Emerging Global Markets,” Feb. 7-9, 1996, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, in Washington, D.C. Satellite ’96 has grown to be the most important commercial communications satellite conference and exhibition in the United States. Via Satellite […]

By | January 25, 1996

AT OUR DEADLINE:

Rand Corp.’s Critical Technologies Institute will be releasing its “The Global Positioning System: Assessing National Policies” report on Jan. 31. Topics will include discussion on how GPS should be governed, how should the U.S. balance national security and commercial interests and should the GPS system continued to be funded by U.S. taxpayers. The study, authored […]

By | January 25, 1996

FINANCIAL

Tech-Syn said it would post lower than expected earnings because of technical problems that delayed shipments, the company said. The announcement dropped the company’s stock $3.25 to $28.62. Tech-Sym makes GPS equipment and control units for U.S. military training areas. During the quarter, the company bought Berlin-based Telefunken Sendertechnik for an undisclosed figure. (Wendell Gamel, […]

By | January 25, 1996

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