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Rendition of users on Tanaza's Wi-Fi cloud management platform. Photo: Tanaza.

Yahsat and Tanaza Partner to Expand Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

Yahsat announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Tanaza, an Italian Wi-Fi cloud management software provider. Under the terms of the MOU, Tanaza will provide Yahsat with a web platform to manage multiple users accessing Wi-Fi and social hotspots across the operator’s coverage footprint. Yahsat will take advantage of the Tanaza’s cloud-based […]

By | January 11, 2018

Example of a GeoStar 2 satellite. Photo: Orbital ATK.

Arianespace to Launch Intelsat’s Galaxy 30 and MEV 2

Arianespace has signed an agreement to launch two satellites for Intelsat. The first launch will carry Intelsat’s Galaxy 30 satellite together with the Orbital ATK Mission Extension Vehicle 2 (MEV 2) as a stacked pair. Galaxy 30 will be the first replacement satellite for the North American Galaxy fleet and in addition to its C-band […]

By | January 10, 2018

A De Poli Tankers vessel crashes over waves at sea. Photo: De Poli Tankers.

De Poli Tankers and Marlink Renew Multi-band Satcom Contract

Dutch ship owner De Poli Tankers has extended its contract with Marlink, securing high-bandwidth global communication using the Sealink Plus service for its fleet of eight chemical tankers and two gas tankers. According to De Poli Tankers, it chose to retain the Sealink Plus service for the future as it combines high-bandwidth Very Small Aperture […]

By | January 10, 2018

An Airbus A320 Air Cote d'Ivoire passenger jet. Photo: Air Cote d'Ivoire.

ASECNA, Aireon Partner to Enhance Safety in African Airspace

Aireon announced today that it has signed a data services agreement with the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA). Together, the pair will bring real-time air traffic surveillance to high-trafficked, terrestrial African corridors. ASECNA is one of Africa’s largest Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), covering 16.1 million square kilometers of airspace, through six Flight […]

By | January 10, 2018

Orbital Insight Chief Developmental Officer Dave Story. Photo: Orbital Insight.

Dave Story Joins Orbital Insight as Chief Development Officer

Orbital Insight announced Dave Story has joined the company as Chief Development Officer (CDO). Story will lead Orbital Insight’s global product vision, analytics software design and development, and go-to-market strategy. Story’s technology and business expertise spans more than 15 years of executive-level positions in analytics, scaling infrastructure, and software design and development at companies including […]

By | January 10, 2018

Rendition of the ViaSat 2 satellite. Photo: ViaSat.

ViaSat 2 Confirmed for Commercial Launch in February

ViaSat announced it has begun beta service on the ViaSat 2 satellite, and affirmed plans for full commercial service launch in February. The company expect the ViaSat 2 satellite system to significantly improve speeds, reduce costs and expand the footprint of its broadband services across North America, Central America, the Caribbean, a portion of northern […]

By | January 9, 2018

Bingham Canyon copper mine in Utah, the largest man-made hole in the world. Photo: Inmarsat.

IOT Critical to Gaining a Competitive Edge in Mining

Businesses in the mining industry are backing the Internet of Things (IOT) to help them retain their market share as competition in the sector intensifies, the quality of seams decreases, and profit margins are put under pressure. According to recent research published by Inmarsat, IOT will play a critical role in helping mining businesses increase […]

By | January 9, 2018

Xiaochu Wang, Chairman of China Unicom with Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat at the MOU signing. Photo: Eutelsat.

China Unicom to Leverage Eutelsat 172B for Enhanced IFC

On the occasion of French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to China, Eutelsat Communications signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China United Network Communications (China Unicom) aimed at addressing the fast-growing satellite communications market in Asia-Pacific in the framework of the “Belt and Road” initiative. China’s Belt and Road initiative is a strategy put […]

By | January 9, 2018

Roughly 100 people from 30 different companies attended NASA’s April 2017 satellite servicing industry day. The group represented various industries, including engineering, manufacturing, technology, insurance, data solutions and more. Photo: NASA/Michael Flynn

NASA to Host Industry Day for Satellite Servicing

NASA will host a satellite servicing industry day at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland on Jan. 30. The all-day event will focus on technology for building in-orbit servicers and incorporating compatible servicing features and devices on future satellites. NASA has already been working to make satellite servicing a reality, partnering with SSL […]

By | January 9, 2018

SpaceX's Falcon 9 touches down on Earth after launching the Zuma payload on Jan. 7, 2017. Photo: SpaceX.

Did SpaceX's Mysterious Zuma Mission Fail?

SpaceX attempted to launch a highly classified payload — codenamed Zuma — for the U.S. government on Sunday, Jan. 7. According to SpaceX, Falcon 9 completed its job as planned, ejecting the satellite into space before returning to Earth for a safe relanding. Government officials, however, told Reuters on Monday that the satellite did not […]

By | January 9, 2018

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