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US-Russian Cooperation Essential for Space Debris Mitigation

[Via Satellite 07-28-2014] To reign in the ever-expanding proliferation of space debris, cooperation between the governments of the United States and Russia is essential, said Jer-Chyi Liou, chief scientist for orbital debris with NASA’s orbital debris program office. Speaking at the NewSpace 2014 conference, Liou admitted that, though tensions with Russia do currently exist, working [...]

By | July 28, 2014

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Rockwell Collins Sells Satellite Communications Systems Branch

[Via Satellite 07-28-2014] Rockwell Collins has sold its satellite communications business to an Atlanta-based private investor group. Roughly 365 employees along with operational centers in Duluth, Ga., and Stockholm, Sweden, have now become a new entity named DataPath. The company will keep its focus on designing, manufacturing and servicing ground-based satcom systems mainly for military [...]

By | July 28, 2014

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ViaSat Acquires ISR Assets from Gray Labs

[Via Satellite 07-28-2014] ViaSat has acquired a high-rate modem product line and custom spacecraft technologies for Earth observation from Gray Labs. As part of the agreement, Gray Labs president Jim Gray has taken a senior consulting position with ViaSat to guide the company’s satellite-to-Earth Information, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities. “The output of ISR sensors [...]

By | July 28, 2014

MTN Maritime Cruise

MTN to Provide Satellite Connectivity for Three Cruise Lines

[Via Satellite 07-28-2014] MTN Communications has signed contracts for expanded and new services with three cruise ship operators. Pearl Seas Cruises, Lindblad Expeditions, and Windstar have selected MTN to enhance communications, crew welfare solutions, entertainment and corporate operations. Pearl Seas Cruises chose MTN for its inaugural ship, the Pearl Mist, for connectivity on routes that [...]

By | July 28, 2014


Tata Sky Selects Broadcom for Ultra HD Set Top Boxes

[Via Satellite 07-28-2014] Tata Sky has opted for Broadcom’s BCM7252 High-Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) H.265 system-on-chip (SoC) for Ultra-HD capable Set-Top-Boxes (STBs) in India. According to Broadcom, the SoC reduces video bandwidth use by 50 percent. In collaboration with Technicolor, Tata Sky plans to mass-deploy Ultra-HD STBs throughout India in 2015. Broadcom’s SoC enables 4K [...]

By | July 28, 2014

iDirect Evolution

iDirect Wins LiveCom Contract for Evolution Platform

[Via Satellite 07-28-2014] Hong-Kong-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) LiveCom has selected iDirect’s Evolution platform to expand the reach of its customers beyond the Asia-Pacific. The company intends to use a variety of iDirect remotes to meet needs in different verticals. LiveCom has customers in construction, energy, mining, government and other verticals. Using satellite, LiveCom provides [...]

By | July 28, 2014

A Disaster Tech Lab satellite dish installed in the Philippines. Photo: Disaster Tech Lab

Disaster Tech Lab Completes Typhoon Haiyan Report, Plans Second Trip

[Via Satellite 07-25-2014] Disaster Tech Lab recently completed its after-action report following a 163-day deployment in the Philippines. The non-profit was an active participant in the relief effort following Typhoon Haiyan, a Category 5 cyclone recognized as one of the strongest cyclones in recorded history. The storm struck the Philippines on Nov. 8 2013, making [...]

By | July 25, 2014

Iridium's satellite network operations center (SNOC). Photo: Iridium

Iridium to Select Manufacturing Partners for Iridium Next Products by End of 2014

[Via Satellite 07-25-2014] In preparation for Iridium’s next generation constellation Iridium NEXT, the company has issued more than 30 Request for Proposals (RFPs) to build new broadband subscriber products. Iridium anticipates providing speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps to commercial, government and safety communications users with the new constellation in place. The first products designed [...]

By | July 25, 2014

Northrop Grumman's headquarters. Photo: Northrop Grumman

Dried-Up Government Funds Hurt Northrop Grumman in Q2

[Via Satellite 07-25-2014] Northrop Grumman reported lower sales in three of the company’s four main sectors during second quarter 2014. aerospace systems experienced a 4 percent decrease, electronic systems a 2 percent decrease, and information systems an 8 percent decrease. Technical services increased during Q2 by 1 percent. Northrop Grumman attributed the lower sales in [...]

By | July 25, 2014

A Skymark Airlines Boing 737-800. Photo: Wikipedia

Skymark Airlines to Provide Free IFC through Panasonic Avionics

[Via Satellite 07-25-2014] Japanese airline Skymark Airlines is providing In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) free of charge to fliers via Panasonic Avionics’s eXConnect global connectivity service. The airline intends to equip Airbus A330s with Panasonic IFC for domestic flights, and said it expects to offer the same free service internationally on the Airbus A380. The first international [...]

By | July 25, 2014

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