Articles by James Careless

Launch of the Soyuz-2.1a from Vostochny 2016-04-28. A speech by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation. There is also Yuri Gagarin's face and slogan "Raise your head!" to commemorate the 55th anniversary of Gagarin's flight visible on the photo.

Russia’s First Steps into the Commercial Satellite Industry – From our Archive

Russian President Vladimir Putin has long been a vocal advocate for the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome, a new spaceport in the Russian Far East that he hoped would reduce the country’s dependency on the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Unfortunately, the first two launches from Vostochny have been abject failures, including this week’s failed mission […]

By | November 30, 2017

Understanding the Language of Intermodulation Specifications in HPA Data Sheets

High power amplifiers (HPAs) are a critical component in the uplink earth station RF chain and are generally the most expensive components, after antennas, in that chain. For this reason, integrators or users in the market for HPAs must take great care to ensure that like-for-like comparisons are made when evaluating HPAs. Typically, linear output power

By CPI | Nov 08, 2017

State Of The Industry: Continued Years Of Growth

For the fourth year running, the global commercial satellite industry has had solid, measurable growth, generating $88.8 billion in revenues in 2005, according to the 2006 “State of the Satellite Industry Report” issued by the Satellite Industry Association and Futron Corp. That’s up 7.4 percent from 2004’s total of $82.7 billion, which was 11.3 percent […]

By | October 15, 2006

Understanding the MSV/Terrestar Ownership Dance

The U.S. wireless carriers generated revenues of $174.7 billion in 2005, according to the Telecommunications Industry Association. With numbers like these, it is no wonder that Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) providers have decided to enter the market by developing hybrid satellite/ancillary terrestrial component (ATC) wireless services. Their goal is to compete with cellular carriers like […]

By | May 22, 2006

While GAO Fiddles, Wildblue, Hughes Burn Ahead on Broadband

There are about 30 million U.S. households currently using broadband, according to a recently released report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). However, this news is bringing no joy to the GAO, because “Although the deployment of broadband is widespread, some areas are not served, and it can be costly to serve highly rural […]

By | May 22, 2006

Tivo Patent Win Could Leave Echostar With Few Options

Tivo Inc. looks to be riding high following it win of a patent claim against satellite TV provider Echostar, but the direct-to-home operator is not conceding defeat just yet. A Texas jury awarded Tivo more than $73 million April 13 in its digital video recorder (DVR) patent infringement suit against Echostar Communications Corp., driving Tivo’s […]

By | April 24, 2006

LEO Or GEO? Globalstar Debates Next Generation Of Satellites

LEO or GEO? That’s the question being pondered by Globalstar, as its first-generation fleet of 40 low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites ages. With the fleet designed to last into 2010, "we believe that now is the time to get moving on its replacement," Megan Fitzgerald, Globalstar’s senior vice president, Strategic Initiatives & Space Operations, said. In […]

By | April 10, 2006

Wildblue Now Offering Free Installation Except in Midwest

Wildblue Communications Inc. will offer free installation for its high-speed Internet via satellite service — except in the U.S. Midwest, where company subscriber numbers are doing quite well, Wildblue announced. The free installation offer is a continuation of Wildblue’s efforts to push satellite broadband out to rural and remote customers now, before terrestrial alternatives enter […]

By | April 3, 2006

Loral Re-Enters North American FSS Market

With the expiration of its two-year no-compete deal with Intelsat, Loral Skynet is once again offering Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) services to customers in North America. " We have resumed offering basic space segment services to U.S. customers," Jon Kirchner, Loral Skynet’s vice president of global marketing and business development, said. "We’re able to do […]

By | March 27, 2006

Providers Seek Early Buy-in For Emergency Communications

When it comes to buying emergency satellite communications before disaster hits, governments have yet to fully embrace purchasing complete systems. "They don’t want to pay for it if they’re not using it," said Kirby Farrell, executive vice president of Segovia. "Emergency managers at the state level, even after the hurricanes that destroyed the Gulf Coast, […]

By | March 20, 2006

Despite Legal Issues, KVH Pushing Ahead With New Business Plans

KVH Industries Inc., which manufactures satellite antennas for boats, cars, and recreational vehicles (RV), continues to expand its efforts in the mobile market, and executives feel confident about the future despite a patent lawsuit filed against the company. During February, KVH surpassed the 100,000 mark for shipments of its mobile antennas, which allows moving vehicles […]

By | March 6, 2006

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