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Stephen Spengler, Intelsat's CEO.

Intelsat CEO: Future Satellites are Today’s Top Priority

[Via Satellite 05-01-2015] Upcoming satellites both near term and long term are Intelsat’s number one focus, according to recently appointed CEO Stephen Spengler. With three satellites expected to launch during the next 12 months, including the first of the high throughput EpicNG series, Spengler said on the company’s first quarter 2015 earnings call that among [...]

By | May 1, 2015

IsatPhone 2 vehicular antenna mounted on car

Inmarsat Debuts First IsatPhone 2 Vehicular Antenna

[Via Satellite 05-01-2015] Inmarsat has launched the company’s first vehicular antenna for the IsatPhone 2. Designed by AeroAntenna Technologies, the new external, vehicle-mounted, active antenna enables IsatPhone 2 voice connectivity while on the move by providing “line of sight” to a satellite while a user is traveling. Inmarsat anticipates the new antenna kit will be [...]

By | May 1, 2015

View of the Plaza Pedro Di Murillo in downtown La Paz.

Advantech Wireless Demos Cellular Backhaul LTE Solution in Bolivia

[Via Satellite 05-01-2015] Advantech Wireless has successfully completed a live demonstration of its cellular backhaul LTE Solution in Bolivia with its next generation VSAT modems and hub. The company conducted the demonstration to homologate its satellite platform with the LTE eNodeB from one of the major vendors of cellular equipment, paving the way for rural [...]

By | May 1, 2015

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Telesat Reports $229 Million in First Quarter Revenues

[Via Satellite 05-01-2015] Telesat reported consolidated revenues of $229 million, for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, a decrease of approximately 5 percent ($13 million) compared to the same period in 2014. The U.S. dollar was approximately 12 percent stronger than it was during the first quarter of 2014, resulting in a favorable impact on [...]

By | May 1, 2015

United Group TV

NSR Report Finds Linear TV via Satellite Still Strong Despite OTT Advances

[Via Satellite 05-01-2015] NSR expects satellite linear TV will remain healthy for some time despite the growth of Over-The-Top (OTT) alternatives. The research firm’s new report “Linear TV via Satellite: DTH, OTT & IPTV, 8th Edition” projects an increase of more than 21,000 channels across both Direct-to-Home (DTH) and video distribution platforms by 2024. NSR [...]

By | May 1, 2015

SpaceX ULA USAF

US Air Force Pushes Congress to Save EELV Competition

[Via Satellite 04-30-2015] The United States Air Force wants to compete as many as nine national security launches between this year and 2017, and another 25 between 2018 to 2022, according to officials’ testimonies during an April 29 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on military space programs. With confidence that SpaceX’s certification of the Falcon [...]

By | April 30, 2015

Proton rocket ILS

ILS, Dauria Team Up on Dual Launch Opportunities with Proton, Angara

[Via Satellite 04-30-2015] International Launch Services (ILS) and Dauria Aerospace have signed an agreement to study dual launch opportunities with Dauria’s Atom spacecraft and ILS launch vehicles. Officials from both companies will meet on a regular basis to study the commercial environment and explore mutually beneficial joint initiatives. The partnership paves the way for Atom [...]

By | April 30, 2015

Blue Origin New Shepard

Blue Origin Completes Test Launch of New Horizons VTVL Vehicle

[Via Satellite 04-30-2015] On April 29, Blue Origin conducted the first developmental test flight of its New Shepard Vertical Takeoff, Vertical Landing (VTVL) space vehicle. New Shepard reached a planned test altitude of 307,000 feet, reaching a speed of Mach 3 using the liquid oxygen, liquid hydrogen BE-3 engine, capable of 110,000-lbf. Blue Origin reported [...]

By | April 30, 2015

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Thaicom Deploys Satellite Communications Network in Nepal for Disaster Relief

[Via Satellite 04-30-2015] In response to the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, Thaicom has joined the list of satellite industry companies aiding in the aftermath of the natural disaster. The Thai operator has sent satellite equipment and engineers to aid in reconnecting the region. Much of the country’s telecommunications infrastructure was [...]

By | April 30, 2015

Thuraya XT-PRO

Thuraya Releases New Advanced Satellite Phone

[Via Satellite 04-30-2015] Thuraya announced today the availability of the Thuraya XT-PRO satellite phone, which builds off the Thuraya XT phone with new features and functionality. The new satellite phone leverages the GPS, Glonass, and BeiDou Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) for improved location accuracy. The Thuraya XT-PRO has a talk-time of nine hours, and [...]

By | April 30, 2015

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