Supplement

ABS CEO Does Not Rule Out ProtoStar Asset Bid

Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) is one of the new breed of dynamic players on the Asian satellite landscape. Interestingly though, the operator generates less than 10 percent of its overall revenues within the Asia-Pacific region. The most recent deal for ABS may underline that ratio, as the operator signed a long-term, multiple transponder deal with […]

By | December 1, 2009

Message from the Editor

The Asian satellite landscape is a melting pot of opportunity and frustration. The opportunities are many, as the potential for satellite TV and communication services in markets such as India, China, Indonesia are huge. For example, in India, DTH platforms such as Tata Sky, DishTV, and Big TV have been adding huge numbers of subscribers […]

By | December 1, 2009

Combating Piracy Plague Creates Opportunities

Piracy is a plague that has an impact on pay-TV operators worldwide, and the problem has become even more acute in a distressed economic environment. The Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) estimates that in 2008, piracy cost pay-TV operators in Asia nearly $2 billion in revenues and more than 34 million subscribers […]

By | December 1, 2009

Military Supplement: Letter From The Editor

The military satellite communications landscape has seen some significant events in 2009, none bigger than the formal cancellation of the Transformational Satellite Communications System program. The program was intended to provide thousands of military users with wideband, highly mobile, beyond line-of-sight, protected communications to support network-centric operations for the future battlefield. While next-generation military satellite […]

By | September 1, 2009

Future Military Communications: What Happens After TSAT?

In July, at the Seattle World Affairs Council, U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, leader of U.S. Central Command, discussed how broadband IP network technology won the 2008 battle of Sadr City, Iraq, as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and warfighters using broadband communications on the move played key roles. In small or large battlefield operations of […]

By | September 1, 2009

Commercial Bus Rides: Fast Ticket to Space

A U.S. Air Force technology program is scheduled to get new sensing technology in orbit within just two years instead of the typical seven. Separately, Australian Defense Force (ADF) officials estimate that taxpayers will save more than $100 million on its UHF payload program. Both are examples of military payloads that will be hosted on […]

By | September 1, 2009

U.S. Military Officials Discuss Military Space Agenda

The United States remains the global leader in space-based military capabilities. However, with more nations than ever looking to develop these capabilities, the United States wants to foster greater cooperation when using these assets. In separate discussions, U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Susan Helms, director plans and policy, U.S. Strategic Command, and Brig. Gen. John […]

By | September 1, 2009

Military News

Boeing, Iridium Complete U.S. Navy GPS System Upgrades Iridium Satellite and Boeing achieved two milestones in coordinated efforts to develop and demonstrate capability enhancements to a high-integrity GPS program for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. For the first milestone, the companies completed an enhanced narrowband software modification to computers on Iridium satellites, enabling second-generation GPS-aiding […]

By | September 1, 2009

Military News

Outerlink To Provide Satellite Tracking To Homeland Security Department Outerlink Corp. has partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide satellite-tracking data from all commercial satellite tracking systems in domestic use today. OuterLink will integrate satellite data feeds from MSAT-, Iridium- and Inmarsat-based tracking systems. The program will allow aircraft operators that use […]

By | April 1, 2009

Higginbotham: Satellite Collision Shows Need For More International Coordination

Integral Systems CEO John Higginbotham believes the Feb. 11 collision of an Iridium satellite with a defunct Russian military satellite will test global diplomacy, legal and unilateral military and commercial space issues for years to come. Higginbotham says the collision calls for immediate prioritization of protecting military and commercial assets, as well as action on […]

By | April 1, 2009

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