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C-Com to Enter SOTM Market with Phased Array Antenna

[Via Satellite 05-26-2016] C-Com Satellite Systems, in partnership with the University of Waterloo, is creating its first Phased Array Antenna (PAA), adding the company to a growing list of players designing phased array systems with confidence that this time they will see widespread adoption by the commercial sector. Known for its flagship iNetVu antenna, C-Com [...]

By | May 26, 2016

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KT Skylife Buys Ericsson Encoders for Satellite Ultra-HD

[Via Satellite 05-26-2016] South Korean satellite pay-TV provider KT SkyLife has purchased Ericsson‘s High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) encoders to support its Ultra-HD broadcasts. The deal marks KT SkyLife’s fifth Ultra-HD channel launch to date. Ericsson encoders support video compression and pre-processing improvements in MPEG-2, Advanced Video Coding (AVC) and HEVC, with advanced compression capabilities [...]

By | May 26, 2016

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Eurovision Leases Capacity Across Four Eutelsat Satellites

[Via Satellite 05-26-2016] The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) signed new contracts for capacity on four Eutelsat satellites. The capacity will be used to carry live Eurovision broadcasts of flagship sporting events, including all major European football championships and this year’s most popular summer sports events. Using the Eutelsat 65 West A, Eutelsat 12 West B [...]

By | May 26, 2016

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Globalstar Awarded Spot Gen3 Contract from Nunavut Government

[Via Satellite 05-26-2016] Globalstar’s Canadian subsidiary Globalstar Canada Satellite has received a contract to provide Spot Gen3 satellite messengers to the Government of Nunavut to help increase the safety of its personnel and those it helps protect. According to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s “Communications Monitoring Report 2014: Telecommunications Sector,” while wireless networks cover [...]

By | May 26, 2016

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SES Launches HDR-Capable Ultra-HD Demo Channel

[Via Satellite 05-26-2016] SES has launched a 24/7 Ultra-HD test channel for transmitting High Dynamic Range (HDR) content at its annual industry days event May 26. The company is, with industry partners, demonstrating several technologies for enhancing the quality of Ultra-HD television with HDR, which provides much higher contrast and offers a more realistic viewing [...]

By | May 26, 2016


STN Starts Using Ka-band Antenna System from CPI ASC Signal Division

[Via Satellite 05-26-2016] The ASC Signal Division of Communications & Power Industries (CPI) and Satellite Telecommunications Network (STN) have completed the installation of the first uplink- and downlink-capable Ka-band antenna system at STN’s teleport. The 5.6 meter dish is equipped with CPI ASC Signal Division’s sub-reflector tracking technology, designed to enable more precise tracking precision [...]

By | May 26, 2016

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Frequency Electronics Receives HTS Payload Order

[Via Satellite 05-25-2016] Frequency Electronics won a contract worth more than $5 million to supply master timing and frequency generation systems for an undisclosed High Throughput Satellite (HTS) project. The satellite will operate in Ka-band with extremely high throughput along with enhanced bandwidth flexibility and economy to meet dual government mobile bandwidth and other commercial demand. [...]

By | May 26, 2016

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ViaSat Boosts R&D to Build ViaSat 3 Payloads in-House

[Via Satellite 05-25-2016] ViaSat expects to spend close to $100 million on Research and Development (R&D) throughout its fiscal year 2017 dedicated to developing the high capacity ViaSat 3 satellite system. The Ka-band satellite system, first announced in December last year, consists of three terabit-level spacecraft, with the first covering the Americas and the second [...]

By | May 25, 2016

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Avanti Awarded Long Term Contract from Sematron, Will Support Broadcast with Ka-band

[Via Satellite 05-25-2016] Avanti Communications has entered a new, long-term contract with Sematron. Based in the United Kingdom and operating globally, Sematron is a content delivery company specializing in IP connectivity, video broadcast and distribution. With access to dedicated capacity across the entire Avanti Hylas fleet of satellites, Sematron will provide a major U.K. national [...]

By | May 25, 2016

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SCS AG Signs Earth Observation Contract with UrtheCast

[Via Satellite 05-25-2016] South Africa-based Space Commercial Services Aerospace Group (SCS AG) has acquired the imagery distribution rights for sub-Saharan Africa from UrtheCast. Under the agreement SCS AG provides imagery products from UrtheCast’s two cameras on board the International Space Station (ISS) as well as its two Deimos satellites. UrtheCast takes high-resolution satellite images and [...]

By | May 25, 2016

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