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SmartSky Receptive to Partnering ATG with Satellite

[Via Satellite 11-24-2015] SmartSky Networks, designer of a new 4G LTE Air-to-Ground (ATG) network for the aviation sector, is open to partnering with satellite companies to augment its future connectivity solution. Ryan Stone, president of SmartSky, told Via Satellite that the perception of needing to have “either/or” is a misnomer, and that where satellite can [...]

By | November 24, 2015

How a proposed constellation of satellites with thermal infrared imaging sensors would locate wildfires

Satellite Sensors Would Deliver Global Fire Coverage

[Via Satellite 11-24-2015] NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., is working on a concept for a network of space-based sensors called FireSat in collaboration with Quadra Pi R2E, form San Francisco, Calif. FireSat would be a constellation of more than 200 thermal infrared imaging sensors on satellites designed to quickly locate wildfires around [...]

By | November 24, 2015

Satellite Applications Catapult Headquarters

Satellite Applications Catapult Signs MOU for Joint Activities with JAMSS

[Via Satellite 11-24-2015] The Satellite Applications Catapult has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with JAMSS America Inc. (JAI) to create a framework of activities between the two organizations. Under the terms of the MOU, Catapult and JAI will cooperate to stimulate further commercialization of their respective space applications technologies and facilities. The agreement will [...]

By | November 24, 2015

Telstar 12 Vantage Launch

MHI, JAXA Successfully Launch Telesat’s Telstar 12 Vantage

[Via Satellite 11-24-2015] Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have successfully launched Telesat’s broadcast and telecommunication satellite, Telstar 12 Vantage. An H-IIA Launch vehicle No. 29 (H-IIA F29) blasted off from the Tanegashima Space Center at 3:50 p.m. on Nov. 24 (Japan Standard Time, JST). The launch vehicle flew as [...]

By | November 24, 2015

Intelsat General to Provide Connectivity in Support of U.S. Air Force Middle East Operations

[Via Satellite 11-24-2015] Intelsat General has been awarded a contract to provide satellite services to the U.S. Air Force Central Command. The one-year contract calls for 144 MHz of Ku-bandwidth to support U.S. military operations in the Central Command area of responsibility. The service, which began in September 2015, has three one-year renewal option periods and [...]

By | November 24, 2015

Connected Car M2M IoT

IoT Market Set to Explode Across Healthcare, Agriculture, Telematics Sectors

[Via Satellite 11-23-2015] At the Internet of Things (IoT) World Forum in London last week, a number of speakers touched upon the changing dynamics of the IoT market, and the verticals that could see explosive growth in terms of connected devices. Chris Newton-Smith, chief marketing officer at Redknee, said in his presentation that we have [...]

By | November 23, 2015

Amos 5 C-band coverage map. Photo: Spacecom

Contact Lost with the AMOS 5 Satellite, CETel Provides Business Contingency

[Via Satellite 11-23-2015] Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, today announced that all communications and signals from the AMOS 5 satellite at the 17 degrees east orbital position have been lost. The failure occurred Saturday, Nov. 21. The company is currently employing all of its capabilities and those of its partners to re-establish communication [...]

By | November 23, 2015

Comtech HQ

Comtech Acquires TeleCommunication Systems for $430.8 Million

[Via Satellite 11-23-2015] Comtech Telecommunications and TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) jointly announced today the signing of a definitive merger agreement under which Comtech will purchase TCS in a cash transaction for approximately a $430.8 million enterprise value. During the 12 months ended Sep. 30, TCS reported revenue of $364.1 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $40.4 million, and during the 12 months ended July 31, Comtech reported revenue of $307.3 [...]

By | November 23, 2015

Offshore platform located in the Gulf of Mexico

RigNet Selects O3b to Bring Connectivity to Gulf of Mexico

[Via Satellite 11-23-2015] RigNet has signed an agreement with O3b Networks to bring high capacity, low latency connectivity to operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Under the agreement, the operator will deploy O3bEnergy, O3b’s high-performance service designed to meet the needs of offshore and remote site energy operators. RigNet expects the deal will enable significant [...]

By | November 23, 2015

Cyber security BAE Systems

ViaSat Launches High-Speed Ethernet Encryption

[Via Satellite 11-23-2015] ViaSat announced the availability of its first single-port 100 Gbps encryption device designed to scale from 10 to 40 to 100 Gbps, enabling customers to migrate their security infrastructure, as the demand for more bandwidth grows. The new high-speed Ethernet encryption appliance is part of a larger product family, which includes the [...]

By | November 23, 2015

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