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Rendition of the Telstar 19 Vantage satellite. Photo: Telesat.

Telesat Signs 15-Year Capacity Contact with Bell Canada

Telesat announced that Bell Canada has signed a 15-year contract for substantially all of the High Throughput Satellite (HTS) spot beam capacity over northern Canada on Telesat’s new Telstar 19 Vantage satellite. Bell Canada subsidiary Northwestel will use the capacity to enhance broadband connectivity for communities in Nunavut, Canada’s northernmost territory. Space Systems Loral (SSL) […]

By | September 21, 2017

Saphina Ho, AsiaSat general counsel. Photo: AsiaSat.

AsiaSat Appoints Saphina Ho as New General Counsel

Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AsiaSat) announced the appointment of its new general counsel, Saphina Ho. Succeeding Catherine Chang, Ho will be a member of the management team, overseeing all legal affairs of the company. Ho has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, specializing in regional and corporate legal matters. Prior to joining […]

By | September 21, 2017

TEMPO’s measurements from GEO will create a dataset that improves prediction of air quality and climate forcing. Photo: NASA.

NASA’s TEMPO Spectrometer Closer to Completion

The Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument, designed and built by Ball Aerospace for NASA, has completed spectrometer testing and verification, Ball Aerospace announced. Under its Earth System Science Pathfinder program, NASA selected TEMPO as the first Earth Venture-Instrument to provide hourly measurements of air quality across North America. This instrument will make precise measurements […]

By | September 21, 2017

Kay Sears

Lockheed Martin’s Sears on New Family of Satellite Buses

Lockheed Martin has invested $300 million to develop a new family of satellite buses that incorporate a range of manufacturing and design enhancements, as well as hundreds of common components to speed production times and reduce costs. According to Kay Sears, Lockheed Martin vice president of strategy and business development, the new buses are a […]

By | September 20, 2017

SSL hibay Facility

SSL to Validate Payload Cybersecurity for US Air Force

Innoflight has selected SSL to provide a high fidelity simulation environment for testing the security of hosted payloads on commercial satellites. The capability, which is being developed for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) as part of its Secure IP Payload Accommodation Demonstration Project, will enable SMC to demonstrate cybersecure payload […]

By | September 20, 2017

Flyht's AFIRS product. Photo: Flyht.

Inmarsat to Demo SwiftBroadband-Safety with Flyht

Inmarsat will demonstrate its new SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) solution in a flight trial with Flyht. The evaluation will commence later this year using an experimental trial aircraft that enables a range of conditions to be assessed. The evaluation will test the capabilities of Inmarsat’s SB-S solution to provide secure, high-speed global connectivity to enhance airline safety, […]

By | September 20, 2017

Three Raid Amazones competitors prepare for the next leg of the race. Photo: Raid Amazones.

Globalstar Extends Tracking Support for Marathon Des Sables

Globalstar announced that it has extended its support of the Marathon Des Sables (MDS) for an additional three years. As part of the deal, more than 1,450 athletes competing in all MDS events and sister events, such as Raid Amazones, will carry Spot Gen3 devices for safety and tracking. Since 2015, MDS organizers have used […]

By | September 20, 2017

Diagram of the TESA application. Photo: TerraSense.

TerraSense Launches Big Data Application to Aid Farmers

TerraSense has launched a new software application paired with a hardware solution that provides predictability and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to the agricultural sector and other verticals. According to the company, the TerraSense Environmental Sensing Application (TESA) continually gathers soil quality data in real time, allowing agricultural workers to produce more food with fewer input resources […]

By | September 20, 2017

Photo: Comcast.

Is Comcast About to Shut Down Its OTT Play?

Comcast has confirmed that it is pulling back from its Over-the-Top (OTT) streaming app, called Watchable, and is looking for new ways to distribute video content. Similar streaming platforms have also struggled to find a place in a video entertainment market dominated by YouTube and Facebook. So will Comcast cut support for Watchable altogether? Read […]

By | September 20, 2017

Globecomm headquarters in Long Island, NY. Photo: Globecomm.

Low-Cost Bandwidth Opens New Opportunities for Globecomm

The influx of High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and new Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations is changing the economics of capacity in the satellite industry, drastically cutting the cost of bandwidth and driving newfound demand for broadband IP networks. To take advantage of the better pricing and new applications now made feasible by satellite, Globecomm will continue […]

By | September 19, 2017

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