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Christof Kern, CEO at Fibersat

New HTS Tech the Key to Fibersat Hosted Payload

[Via Satellite 10-08-2015] Fibersat, an emerging satellite operator dedicated to serving markets in Africa, is preparing for the launch of its high throughput hosted payload Fibersat 1 in 2018. The Ka-band payload is scheduled to orbit with an Arabsat satellite, where it will provide video, data, and telecommunications services. Speaking with Via Satellite, Christof Kern, [...]

By | October 8, 2015

Riyad, capital of Saudi Arabia, at night

Comtech EF Data to Support Satellite Mobile Backhaul Network Upgrade in Saudi Arabia

[Via Satellite 10-08-2015] Comtech EF Data has been awarded a $1.1 million order for infrastructure equipment from a large mobile network operator in Saudi Arabia. This mobile operator will use the equipment to expand its existing Comtech EF Data-based mobile backhaul network to support both fixed and mobile users. To support the network expansion, the [...]

By | October 8, 2015

Pupils at a public elementary school in Kwara State

SES and Softwire Partner to Provide E-Learning Solutions to Rural Nigeria

[Via Satellite 10-08-2015] SES has signed a multi-year contract with Softwire Digital Solutions, to implement countrywide e-learning solutions in Nigeria. This country’s government selected Softwire Digital Solutions, a provider of IT and capacity building services in Nigeria, as one of several to implement a number of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) projects, with the aim [...]

By | October 8, 2015

Maersk Tankers

Maersk Tankers Selects Inmarsat’s Fleet Media for Entertainment Service

[Via Satellite 10-08-2015] Maersk Tankers will install Inmarsat’s Fleet Media maritime entertainment service on 30 of its vessels, as part of a 12-month pilot program. The 30 vessels were selected as the company was already in the process of updating communications equipment onboard and identified an opportunity to also upgrade the crew’s entertainment service. Fleet [...]

By | October 8, 2015

AsiaSat 4 satellite before launch

AsiaSat and Rohde & Schwarz Develop FTA Ultra-HD Channel for Asia

[Via Satellite 10-08-2015] AsiaSat and Rohde & Schwarz have partnered to advance next-generation Ultra-HD TV technologies by implementing a Free to Air (FTA) Ultra-HD channel on AsiaSat 4. Broadcasters and pay-tv platforms with an AsiaSat 4 C-band antenna in the Asia-Pacific region will be able to receive the Ultra-HD channel directly. Operating at 122 degrees, [...]

By | October 8, 2015

GPS satellites 2, 2R, 2F and 3 pictured over the Earth. Photo: U.S. Air Force

Prospects Shaky for First Competitive EELV Award

[Via Satellite 10-07-2015] The first competitive contract for the U.S. Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program is off to a precarious start, as vehicles from both United Launch Alliance (ULA) and SpaceX are undergoing significant changes. On Sept. 30, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) released a Request for Proposal [...]

By | October 7, 2015

Inmarsat Cobham European Aviation Network

Inmarsat Signs Cobham Satcom to Design Terminal for European Aviation Network

[Via Satellite 10-07-2015] Inmarsat has inked a contract with Cobham Satcom, who will design and produce an advanced Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) terminal for its recently announced European Aviation Network high-speed In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) solution. The terminal will be a vital component in the European Aviation Network, which will be the first aviation passenger connectivity [...]

By | October 7, 2015

Eutelsat 8 West B

Eutelsat Relocating Two Satellites Now That Eutelsat 8 West B is Active

[Via Satellite 10-07-2015] Eutelsat Communications’ new satellite, Eutelsat 8 West B, is online and actively broadcasting TV channels to more than 52 million homes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Launched on Aug. 20 by an Ariane 5 rocket, the new high-power satellite is collocated with a constellation of satellites operated by [...]

By | October 7, 2015

Air Traffic Control tower

Airservices Australia Examines Deploying Aireon’s Space-Based ADS-B

[Via Satellite 10-07-2015] Aireon has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Airservices Australia, Australia’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP). Airservices Australia will assess the concept of Aireon’s space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) solution. The Aireon ADS-B solution will facilitate smooth transition with neighboring Flight Information Regions (FIR) while also lowering ground infrastructure costs, reducing [...]

By | October 7, 2015


CPI Wins Order for Next-Gen TWTAs from African Integrator

[Via Satellite 10-07-2015] Communications and Power Industries (CPI) received a contract worth more than $600,000 at list prices for its new 1.25 kW, Digital Broadcast Satellite (DBS)-band SuperLinear Traveling Wave Tube Amplifiers (TWTAs) and related system hardware. The customer, an African integrator, is using the TWTAs and equipment for part of a primary uplink system [...]

By | October 7, 2015

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