Articles by Jeffrey Hill

Judges at SATELLITE 2017 Conference & Exhibition Startup Space event. Photo: Access Intelligence.

Getting in on the Ground Floor, Literally

While nearly all entrepreneurs behind new satellite startup companies share a common passion for the commercial development of space, some have invested their creative energies on developing valuable business opportunities on the ground. These entrepreneurs identify a more immediate need for technologies that provide the cornerstones of ambitious space visions, and a more practical product […]

By | August 21, 2017

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. "Chuck" Schumer. Photo: Flickr, Mike Steele.

US Senator Chuck Schumer Argues Against Weather Satellite Budget Cut

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer recently cited this Buffalo News article while criticizing the U.S. House of Representatives for proposing to cut $369 million from the next-generation weather satellite budget. The cut would leave just $50 million for the entire program. The same budget also proposes a 0.8 percent increase in the budget […]

By | August 9, 2017

Cubesats being launched from the Kibo module of the International Space Station. Photo: Flickr, NASA Johnson.

Ghana Enters the Space Race with First Satellite On-Orbit

A great day for our friends in Ghana as the nation celebrates launching GhanaSat 1 — its first satellite — into orbit on a SpaceX rocket. While Ghana’s government didn’t officially support the mission (most of the support was provided from JAXA), the success of the mission could motivate other governments on the continent to […]

By | August 7, 2017

Via Satellite July/August 2017 magazine cover

Three-Year Dash to 5G takes a Long, Winding (and Familiar) Road

Engineers and executives from major cellular carriers converged in Austin, Texas to engage in passionate exchanges about 5G rollout plans, business opportunities and technical challenges. There’s consensus among this group — 5G isn’t just “another G.” It’s a brand new, automated world of constant connectivity that is experiencing the beginning of a fourth Industrial Revolution.

By | July 11, 2017

Innovative Solid State Amplifier Technology in the 21st century

From the early 1980s until just a few years ago, Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) field effect transistors (FETs) were the mainstay of the Solid State High Power Amplifiers (HPA) industry for Radio Frequency (RF) transmission.

By CPI | May 08, 2017

SATELLITE 2016 Show Floor

What’s New and Exciting at SATELLITE 2017?

The chairman of the SATELLITE 2017 Conference & Exhibition answers the most frequently asked question he gets throughout the yearlong preparation for the event: “What excites you most about this year’s program?”

By | March 6, 2017

NewSat Jabiru-1 Contracts Keep Rolling In

[Satellite News 12-12-11] Australian satellite operator NewSat has added to its dramatic surge of Jabiru-1 pre-launch activity by signing a new 10-year, $67.2 million contract with an unnamed Middle Eastern telecommunications provider for Ka-band transmission capacity on the satellite.    The deal, announced Dec. 12, contracts NewSat’s Ka-band satellite capacity to provide high-speed Internet and […]

By | July 26, 2013

Modernization and Budget Challenges: Forcing International Militaries to Rethink Bandwidth

The needs and operational requirements of the world’s largest military organizations and businesses are not all that different. As the demand for satellite capacity steadily increases in both sectors, the satellite communications systems used by both military and enterprise end users must rapidly evolve to run in Ka-band and other high-throughput frequencies to operate over […]

By | May 1, 2013

Satellite-Commissioned Studies: Positive Signs or Positive Spin?

Many satellite companies commission their own independent consumer market studies throughout the year. Often, the primary purpose of these studies is to provide operators, service providers and manufacturers with valuable business intelligence. But every once in a while, these reports serve a secondary purpose, with data being pushed out via press releases.

By | March 29, 2013

U.S. Government Satellite Industry Awaits Real Impact of Sequestration

Satellite companies with exposure to Defense Department and broader government budgets in the United States should expect to see incremental headwinds as across-the-board cuts as a result of government sequestration are implemented, according to a new report from analysis firm Needham.

By | March 28, 2013

Intelsat Inks Capacity Lease Extension with Lebanese Distributor

[Satellite TODAY 03-22-13] FSS operator Intelsat has signed a multi-year contract extension agreement with Lebanon-based ART/International Network Distribution (ART/IND), which aggregates and distributes niche and international channels in the global market, Intelsat announced March 22.     ART/IND extended its agreement on the Intelsat 21 satellite located at 302 degrees East, for the contribution and distribution […]

By | March 22, 2013

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