A Disaster Tech Lab satellite dish installed in the Philippines. Photo: Disaster Tech Lab

Disaster Tech Lab Completes Typhoon Haiyan Report, Plans Second Trip

[Via Satellite 07-25-2014] Disaster Tech Lab recently completed its after-action report following a 163-day deployment in the Philippines. The non-profit was an active participant in the relief effort following Typhoon Haiyan, a Category 5 cyclone recognized as one of the strongest cyclones in recorded history. The storm struck the Philippines on Nov. 8 2013, making [...]

By | July 25, 2014

A Skymark Airlines Boing 737-800. Photo: Wikipedia

Skymark Airlines to Provide Free IFC through Panasonic Avionics

[Via Satellite 07-25-2014] Japanese airline Skymark Airlines is providing In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) free of charge to fliers via Panasonic Avionics’s eXConnect global connectivity service. The airline intends to equip Airbus A330s with Panasonic IFC for domestic flights, and said it expects to offer the same free service internationally on the Airbus A380. The first international [...]

By | July 25, 2014

Thales Hughes LTE

Hughes and Thales Test Satellite-Based Deployable LTE Mobile Network

[Via Satellite 07-24-2014] Hughes Network Systems and Thales Defense & Security have successfully tested a Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mobile satellite network designed for rapid deployment in emergency situations. The LTE network uses Hughes high throughput Jupiter and Spaceway 3 products, connecting them to the Thales B-14 system-on-wheels. Hughes said the private network solution is deployable [...]

By | July 24, 2014

China IFC Panasonic

China Telecom Satellite and Panasonic Launch In-Flight Connectivity for China Eastern Airlines

[Via Satellite 07-24-2014] China Eastern Airlines has equipped an Airbus A330 aircraft with In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) capability. China Telecom Satellite is providing the service through Panasonic’s eXConnect system. The first aircraft is dedicated to routes between Shanghai and Beijing so government officials can evaluate the service prior to granting approval for other domestic and international [...]

By | July 24, 2014

Eutelsat Algeria Divona

Eutelsat Gains Additional VSAT Customer in Algeria

[Via Satellite 07-23-2014] Algerian VSAT operator Divona, has signed a contract with Eutelsat for a 72 MHz transponder on Eutelsat 21B. The multiyear contract enables Divona to provide increased satellite connectivity to mobile telecom operators and enterprises in Algeria and Southern Europe. Eutelsat has been actively pursuing and building partnerships in the Middle East with [...]

By | July 23, 2014

RSCC maritime arctic

RSCC, ООО Isatel Awarded Broadband contract for Arctic Research Mission

[Via Satellite 07-23-2014] The Russian Hydro-meteorological Service (Roshydromet) signed an agreement with Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) and partner ООО Isatel to provide maritime connectivity to the research and survey vessel Akademik Tryoshnikov. The vessel will stay connected during its 82-day expedition using an RSCC-installed VSAT, a maritime stabilized SeaTel antenna and the Somatom control [...]

By | July 23, 2014

Wi-Fi Airplane

Honeywell In-Flight Connectivity Survey Shows How Badly Passengers Crave Wi-Fi

[Via Satellite 07-22-2014] Honeywell’s latest passenger survey on In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) shows just how much the mindset toward flying connected has changed. Led by Kelton, a market research group, the survey queried 1045 U.S. adults between June 6 and June 19 2014 who used Wi-Fi on planes within the past 12 months. The results showed [...]

By | July 22, 2014

Orbcomm Inmarsat Satellites M2M

Analysts Spirited by OG2 Launch, Give Strong Outlook for Orbcomm

[Via Satellite 07-21-2014] Orbcomm’s long-awaited launch of second-generation satellites (OG2) has cast the company in a positive light by several leading analysts. On July 14, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 vehicle carried six OG2 spacecraft into Low Earth Orbit, patching a hole that developed in the original 25-satellite OG1 constellation. With the first launch complete and the [...]

By | July 21, 2014

O3b fiber MEO

O3b Begins Service With Full Initial Constellation

[Via Satellite 07-21-2014] O3b Networks reports that its four new Medium Earth Orbiting (MEO) satellites have begun on-orbit testing and that customers are already trialing the service. The latest four satellites, launched July 10, 2014, doubled O3b’s constellation and raised the company to the level of a global operator. O3b has customers in East Timor, [...]

By | July 21, 2014

SNC OG2 Orbcomm

Sierra Nevada Corp Initiates Contact with Orbcomm’s OG2 Satellites

[Via Satellite 07-18-2014] Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), prime contractor for Orbcomm’s OG2 satellites, has established communication with the first six spacecraft launched July 14, 2014. The company is working with Orbcomm to complete the early on-orbit checkout. SNC confirmed the deployment of all solar arrays and antennas as well as connectivity with Orbcomm’s gateway Earth [...]

By | July 18, 2014

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