Globalstar ADS-B Flight

Globalstar, ADS-B Technologies Complete Space-Based Aircraft Tracking Demonstration

[Via Satellite 09-19-2014] Globalstar, in collaboration with ADS-B Technologies, recently completed a four-day 7,000-mile flight test of a dual-link Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system. The space-based ADS-B Link Augmentation System, or ALAS, is capable of tracking an aircraft’s location for every second of its trip. Traditional terrestrial ADS-B lacks the global coverage capability of satellite-enabled [...]

By , | September 19, 2014


MDA’s UK Subsidiary Wins ESA Contract for ISS Component

[Via Satellite 09-19-2014] The European Space Agency (ESA) as awarded MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates’ (MDA’s) Harwell U.K.-based subsidiary a contract to build a Ka-band data relay terminal flight model for the agency’s Columbus module on the International Space Station (ISS). MDA anticipates contract finalization by the end of 2014, which has an expected value of [...]

By | September 19, 2014

airplane seats

Virgin Atlantic Selects Gogo’s 2Ku Service for IFC

[Via Satellite 09-18-2014] Virgin Atlantic has partnered with Gogo to install the new 2Ku In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) service on the airline’s existing fleet. The companies have agreed on principle terms and are working together to finalize a definitive agreement. Virgin Atlantic is Gogo’s first European airline customer. In August the company signed its first 2Ku [...]

By | September 18, 2014

NBN Co Walumla ground station

NBN Co Nears Completion of Satellite Ground Station Network

[Via Satellite 09-17-2014] Australia’s government-owned National Broadband Network (NBN Co) has completed its ninth satellite ground station, located in Waroona in Western Australia. The organization has one more station to finish in order to complete the network, which is to consist of 10 sites featuring 24 satellite dishes. The ground stations support NBN’s Long Term [...]

By | September 17, 2014

Gazprom Space Systems and Bentley Walker Execs

Bentley Walker Purchases Capacity on Yamal 402 Satellite

[Via Satellite 09-17-2014] European Internet Service Provider (ISP) Bentley Walker has signed an agreement with Gazprom Space Systems for capacity on the Yamal 402 satellite. The company intends to use the capacity for services in Africa. Following the purchase, Bentley Walker deployed an iDirect Evolution hub at Telekom Austria’s Aflenz Teleport. The 9-meter antenna will [...]

By | September 17, 2014

Skytech Ka- and Ku-band Dual Antenna

MTN to Debut Dual Ku- and Ka-band Antenna with SkyTech

[Via Satellite 09-17-2014] MTN Communications has announced a new Ku-/Ka-band solution in collaboration with Skytech designed for the yachting industry. The Skytech solution, which uses the Skytech BB75 antenna, is optimized through MTN Maestro communications management solution. The new product will provide a segue to MTN’s upcoming high throughput satellite (HTS) multi-spot beam Ku-band services [...]

By | September 17, 2014

A ThinKom Antenna specialized for aircraft

Inmarsat Teams Up with ThinKom for Global Xpress Terminals

[Via Satellite 09-17-2014] Inmarsat has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ThinKom Solutions to evaluate market opportunities for Communications-on-the-Move (COTM) applications using its antenna and product solutions. The partnership will center on developing terminals for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress High Throughput Satellite (HTS) network. Inmarsat said COTM is the second phase of the company’s development [...]

By | September 17, 2014

Artist rendition of the SES 12

Future SES Satellites To Focus Heavily on In-Flight Connectivity

[Via Satellite 09-16-2014] SES is preparing future satellites to include a greater focus on mobility, especially regarding In-Flight Connectivity (IFC). Two upcoming SES spacecraft, SES 9 under construction by Boeing, and the High Throughput Satellite (HTS) SES 12 by Airbus Defence and Space, will have features enabling them to bolster service for aircraft traveling to [...]

By | September 16, 2014

SGDC satellite AEB Brazil

Brazil Orders Hybrid Satellite from Thales Alenia Space

[Via Satellite 09-16-2014] Telebras and the Brazilian Ministry of Defense have ordered a X- and Ka-band satellite from Thales Alenia Space. The Geostationary Satellite Defense and Strategic Communications (SGDC) spacecraft is planned to serve both military applications as well as provide telecommunications to rural parts of the country. Currently, Brazil relies heavily on foreign satellites [...]

By | September 16, 2014

Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner Interior

Panasonic Avionics Providing In-Flight Connectivity for Spanish Airline

[Via Satellite 09-16-2014] Spain-based airline Air Europa has selected Panasonic Avionics for In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) services. Under the agreement, Panasonic will provide its eX3 and eXConnect IFEC solutions. Air Europa is the third largest airline in Spain, and will be using Panasonic’s Ku-band satellite service for its new 787-8 Dreamliner fleet. eXConnect provides [...]

By | September 16, 2014

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