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Artist rendition of the SES 12

Future SES Satellites To Focus Heavily on In-Flight Connectivity

[Via Satellite 09-16-2014] SES is preparing future satellites to include a greater focus on mobility, especially regarding In-Flight Connectivity (IFC). Two upcoming SES spacecraft, SES 9 under construction by Boeing, and the High Throughput Satellite (HTS) SES 12 by Airbus Defence and Space, will have features enabling them to bolster service for aircraft traveling to [...]

By | September 16, 2014

ULA Atlas 5 NROL 67 Launch

United Launch Alliance Closing in on Domestic Engine Decision

[Via Satellite 09-16-2014] United Launch Alliance (ULA) has announced it has completed a study on domestically produced engines that could replace the Russian-built RD-180 for the Atlas 5. In June 2014 the joint Boeing-Lockheed Martin venture signed several contracts with U.S. companies to evaluate domestic alternatives following the degradation of political relations between the United [...]

By | September 16, 2014

SGDC satellite AEB Brazil

Brazil Orders Hybrid Satellite from Thales Alenia Space

[Via Satellite 09-16-2014] Telebras and the Brazilian Ministry of Defense have ordered a X- and Ka-band satellite from Thales Alenia Space. The Geostationary Satellite Defense and Strategic Communications (SGDC) spacecraft is planned to serve both military applications as well as provide telecommunications to rural parts of the country. Currently, Brazil relies heavily on foreign satellites [...]

By | September 16, 2014

Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner Interior

Panasonic Avionics Providing In-Flight Connectivity for Spanish Airline

[Via Satellite 09-16-2014] Spain-based airline Air Europa has selected Panasonic Avionics for In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) services. Under the agreement, Panasonic will provide its eX3 and eXConnect IFEC solutions. Air Europa is the third largest airline in Spain, and will be using Panasonic’s Ku-band satellite service for its new 787-8 Dreamliner fleet. eXConnect provides [...]

By | September 16, 2014

Eutelsat's smartLNB demo at IBC

Eutelsat, Cisco Partner on Cloud Video via Satellite

[Via Satellite 09-16-2014] Eutelsat and Cisco have partnered for a demonstration of cloud-based video content provided over satellite. The demonstration at IBC 2014 showcased live IP streaming and Push Video On Demand (VOD) through a turnkey solution using Eutelsat’s “smart LNB” and Cisco’s Set-Top-Box embedding Cisco Videoscape technology. Eutelsat’s “smart LNB” bundles Direct-to-Home (DTH) reception [...]

By | September 16, 2014

Harris Falcon 3

Harris Corp Wins $19 Million IDIQ Contract for Falcon 3 Radios

[Via Satellite 09-16-2014] The United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has awarded a $19 million Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to Harris Corporation for as many as 1,500 Falcon 3 AN/PRC-152A wideband radios and accessories. The U.S. Department of Defense uses the AN/PRC-152A wideband tactical radios for ground-to-air communications and enhanced battlefield [...]

By | September 16, 2014

Mobility cellular phone

NSR Sees Mobile Video as Key Satellite Opportunity

[Via Satellite 09-15-2014] The world is on track to see mobile subscriptions outpace the human population in a short period of time, according Ericsson’s August 2014 interim update of the “Ericsson Mobility Report.” In Q2 2014, there were 80 million new mobile subscriptions, raising the number of global subscriptions to 6.8 million. As a result, [...]

By | September 15, 2014

OG2 Orbcomm SNC SpaceX

Orbcomm OG2 Satellites Enter Commercial Service

[Via Satellite 09-15-2014] Orbcomm has confirmed that all six of the company’s second-generation satellites, OG2, have begun providing Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Automatic Identification System (AIS) services. The satellites, which were launched on July 14 by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, are now processing more than 20 percent of Orbcomm’s M2M traffic. Five of the six [...]

By | September 15, 2014

Gazprom Onlime Africa

Onlime Signs Capacity Contract with Gazprom Space Systems

[Via Satellite 09-15-2014] Onlime has entered an agreement with Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) for capacity on the upcoming Yamal 402 satellite. GSS will provide Ku-band capacity, which will expand Onlime’s coverage across the continent. Onlime is currently bolstering its presence across Africa through the provision of satellite and fiber based networks, Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), [...]

By | September 15, 2014

Google Glass Avanti

Avanti Incorporates Satellite App into Google Glass

[Via Satellite 09-15-2014] Avanti Communications has created an app for Google Glass that works alongside the company’s proprietary Avanti Mobile Assist (AMA) app released earlier this year. The Google Glassware app provides users with the relative location of Hylas 1 and Hylas 2 satellites with hands-free alignment for satellite dishes. Together, AMA and Google Glassware [...]

By | September 15, 2014

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