Connected car. Photo: Via Satellite

The Connected Car and Where Satellite Fits In

The dream of hybrid sat-cell connectivity in moving vehicles lives on in the commercial vehicle space with satellite connections providing tracking and some communications capability and cellular providing dispatching and emergency coms. The applications for satellite connections have expanded as the variety of satellite players has grown and interest in the automotive market has increased… […]

By | December 11, 2017

Alcomsat 1 before integration with the Long March 3B rocket. Photo: ASAL.

Algeria Joins the Space Club with New Satellite in Orbit

The Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) announced that the China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC) successfully launched the country’s first telecommunications satellite, Alcomsat 1, just after midnight on Sunday, Dec. 10. A Chinese Long March 3B rocket carried the satellite into orbit from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province. ASAL engineers will control and monitor […]

By | December 11, 2017

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Social Engineering: The Next Era of Cybersecurity

Satellite communications technology has reached a “zero delta position,” says Envistacom’s Vice President of Business Operations Nelson Santini. According to Santini, the industry has matured to a point where the key differentiators in the future will be new social engineering practices, as well as how satcom manufacturers embed security in the design process from inception, […]

By | December 8, 2017

Dream Cruises' World Dream megaship. Photo: Dream Cruises.

SES Expands Footprint in Maritime with Dream Cruises Deal

SES will provide capacity onboard the recently launched World Dream, Dream Cruises’ second megaship under Genting Cruise Lines. With the enhanced connectivity, guests can stream movies, game online and share real-time vacation travel videos and photos across social media platforms, Dream Cruises stated. The low-latency connectivity leverages SES’ O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) constellation and […]

By | December 8, 2017

Rendition of LeoSat constellation. Photo: LeoSat.

Globecomm Considers Expanding its Network with LeoSat

LeoSat, a company that plans to launch a constellation of up to 108 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) communications satellites, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore a potential service agreement with Globecomm. According to LeoSat, its constellation can provide instant infrastructure that is fast, secure and reliable, opening up new opportunities for […]

By | December 7, 2017

The Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Station in Iceland. Photo: Wikimedia/Gretar Ivarsson.

Kymeta Expands into Energy Sector with FMC GlobalSat

Kymeta announced it has expanded its distribution network to include FMC GlobalSat. The new partnership will make Kymeta’s satellite communications and internet connectivity capabilities available to wind, solar, geothermal, and other renewable energy facilities. According to the company, the renewable energy market has traditionally been limited to available connectivity options, such as fiber optic cables […]

By | December 7, 2017

Rendition of satellite laser communication links. Photo: Mynaric.

AWN Closer to Testing Airplanes as Communications Satellites

Airborne Wireless Network announced that, in preparation of its upcoming hybrid radio and laser communications flight test, Mynaric (formerly ViaLight Communications) has arranged for the shipment of two flight laser terminals and associated components to AWN. The confirmed shipment will allow AWN to conduct a two-plane test using two Cessnas or equivalent planes. The Cessna tests […]

By | December 6, 2017

Rendition of the ViaSat 2 satellite. Photo: ViaSat.

ViaSat 2 Successfully Transmits First Data from Space

ViaSat announced the ViaSat 2 satellite has successfully arrived in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) at 69.9 west longitude, and has transitioned into orbit normal mode (Earth pointing) with its reflector and radiator deployments now complete. The company also confirmed the satellite has commenced in-orbit testing, including the key milestone of the first end-to-end system test, […]

By | December 5, 2017

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SES, iDirect Partner on a Platform for GEO HTS

Customers of SES’ Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services will have greater flexibility and control of their capacity following the deployment of the iDirect Velocity ground infrastructure, developed by VT iDirect, SES has announced. The operator will deploy the iDirect Velocity infrastructure across three HTS systems — SES 12, SES 14 and […]

By | December 5, 2017

A cargo vessel owned by Marlink customer Maersk. Photo: Maersk.

Marlink Absorbs Radio Holland’s Connectivity Business

Marlink and Radio Holland have concluded a partnership agreement whereby Marlink has acquired Radio Holland’s connectivity business. The partnership builds on the complementary strengths and extensive expertise of the two companies and enables Marlink to further strengthen its global leadership in maritime Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT), the company stated. Radio Holland will be the […]

By | December 5, 2017

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