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HPSS Launch Panel

Reusability, Mass Production Top the List for SmallSat Launch Priorities

[Via Satellite 10-09-2015] Emerging small satellite launch providers are eager to speed up the production of rockets and introduce reusability in new launch systems. Speaking at the Hosted Payload and SmallSat Summit in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 8, executives from Virgin Galactic, Firefly Space Systems and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) all described [...]

By | October 9, 2015

Ship Boat Polarcus Naila

Marlink Gains Three-Year C-band VSAT Extension from Polarcus

[Via Satellite 10-09-2015] Marlink customer Polarcus, a Dubai-based geophysical services company has extended its global VSAT contract for an additional three years. The renewed agreement includes ongoing provision of voice and data connectivity through Sealink, Marlink’s C-band VSAT solution for Polarcus’ fleet of seismic vessels. Polarcus and Marlink will also migrate the seismic fleet from [...]

By | October 9, 2015

Wind Farm Offshore

RigNet TSI Gets Communications Contract from Offshore Wind Farm

[Via Satellite 10-09-2015] RigNet’s Telecom systems Integration (TSI) business has received a multi-million dollar contract to deliver communications systems and infrastructure for a high-voltage transmission platform in an offshore wind farm. A U.K.-based offshore contractor issued the contract award for a wind farm in the German sector of the North Sea. RigNet TSI’s scope of [...]

By | October 9, 2015

An Atlas V rocket carrying the NROL-55 mission lifts off from Space Launch Complex 3. Photo: ULA

ULA Launches NRO Satellite, CubeSats on Atlas 5 Rocket

[Via Satellite 10-09-2015] United Launch Alliance (ULA) orbited a defense satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) along with 13 CubeSats on Oct. 8 using an Atlas 5 rocket. The 13 Government Rideshare Advanced Concepts Experiment (GRACE) CubeSats are comprised of nine NRO-sponsored CubeSats and four NASA-sponsored CubeSats. Manufacturers of the CubeSats consist of [...]

By | October 9, 2015

Intelsat 15 Coverage Map

Orion Express Adds Viasat SD Channels to Intelsat 15

[Via Satellite 10-09-2015] Orion Express, one of the top satellite communications providers in Russia, has transferred all the Standard Definition (SD) channels for Russian broadcaster Viasat to its media platform on Intelsat 15. The channels, formerly on Asia Broadcast Satellite’s ABS 2 satellite, were broadcast on both ABS 2 and Intelsat 15 in parallel until [...]

By | October 9, 2015

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

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