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Asia DTH

DTH Numbers To Break 100 Million Mark in Asia by 2018

[Via Satellite 07-30-2014] The number of Direct-to-Home (DTH) subscribers in Asia is set to nearly double between 2013 and 2018. This was one of the key findings of a major new report by Media Partners Asia (MPA). MPA predicts that DTH numbers in Asia will reach 110 million by 2018, up from 56.3 million in [...]

By | July 30, 2014

Eutelsat MultiChoice DStv

MultiChoice Africa Anchors Ku-band Payload on Upcoming Eutelsat 36C

[Via Satellite 07-30-2014] MultiChoice Africa has purchased the entire 15 Ku-band transponder payload on Eutelsat’s upcoming satellite Eutelsat 36C. The satellite is scheduled to launch in 2015. MultiChoice plans to use the capacity for Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) channels, along with in-orbit back-up capacity for network continuity. The 15-year agreement provides a [...]

By | July 30, 2014

GES Oman Brazil

Orbcomm Purchases GES Site in Brazil, Gains Regulatory Approval in Oman

[Via Satellite 07-30-2014] Mahd Telecom, Orbcomm’s, Oman-based national service provider partner, has received regulatory approval to provide Orbcomm services in Oman. Following the authorization, Orbcomm plans to build a Gateway Earth Station (GES) in the country and is able to complete the licensing process for spectrum. Orbcomm has also purchased the GES facility it was [...]

By | July 30, 2014

Global Xpress Inmarsat

Boeing Makes Global Xpress Capacity Sale to US Government

[Via Satellite 07-30-2014] Boeing, working with ViaSat, has signed its first U.S. government customer for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX). Boeing reports the customer has rights to military Ka-band capacity on the first GX satellite, Inmarsat 5, until Sept. 30, 2015. Inmarsat is launching three high throughput satellites (HTS) for GX, with the option of launching [...]

By | July 30, 2014

Patricia Cooper CEO SIA

Patricia Cooper to Join Intelsat, Leaving SIA in August

[Via Satellite 07-30-2014] After leading the Satellite Industry Association (SIA) for seven years, Patricia Cooper will be joining Intelsat as vice president of government affairs and policy. The move is effective Aug. 25, and Cooper will report to Michelle Bryan, Intelsat’s EVP, general counsel and chief administrative officer. As president of SIA, Cooper played an [...]

By | July 30, 2014

Planet Labs TSC

Planet Labs Selects Telecommunications Systems for Tracking Antennas

[Via Satellite 07-30-2014] Planet Labs has signed a contract with Telecommunications Systems (TSC) to build a global satellite-tracking network. The network will be comprised of TSC’s X/Y tracking antennas, designed for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) constellations. The TSC antennas remain in constant motion to track the satellites, and use an [...]

By | July 30, 2014

Thales U.K. mini-GEO

Thales UK to Introduce ‘Mini-GEO’ Satellite Bus

[Via Satellite 07-29-2014] Thales Alenia Space’s recently created subsidiary Thales U.K. is preparing to take on a major company project, according to CEO Martin Gee. Roughly three months after forming, the subsidiary is planning to take a lead role in the creation of a new “mini” geostationary satellite bus. “Thales Alenia Space has made of [...]

By | July 29, 2014


GSA Approves SES GS to Sell O3b Service to US Government

[Via Satellite 07-29-2014] SES Government
 Solutions (SES GS) reports that as of July 8, 2014, the company has received approval from the General Services Administration (GSA) to
 offer O3b Networks services on the agency’s schedule. The approval makes SES GS the first distribution partner offering services from O3b’s Medium Earth Orbiting (MEO) constellation to U.S.
government [...]

By | July 29, 2014

Rocket Lab Electron

Rocket Lab Announces Electron SmallSat Launcher, First 30 Launches Booked

[Via Satellite 07-29-2014] Rocket Lab revealed plans to build a carbon-composite dedicated small satellite launch vehicle named Electron. Currently under construction in New Zealand, the company anticipates launching payloads of up to 100-kg to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) for less than $5 million. Silicon Valley venture firm Khosla Ventures is the principal funder. The Electron [...]

By | July 29, 2014


ULA Completes 85th Launch with Three-Satellite Mission

[Via Satellite 07-29-2014] United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, launched three Air Force satellites on July 28, 2014. Using a Delta 4 rocket, the company carried two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites and the Automated Activation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space (ANGELS) satellite to near-Geostationary Orbits [...]

By | July 29, 2014

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