Articles by Kendall Russell


UrtheCast Names New CFO, Updates Guidance

UrtheCast has announced Sai W. Chu will be appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the company in late March 2017. Chu will succeed Issa Nakhleh, who will be resigning from the company after nearly five years. Nakhleh will remain as CFO until the company has filed its annual financial results for the year ended Dec. 31, 2016, after […]

By | February 22, 2017

Artist's rendition of SES-5.

TRT World Reach to Expand Global Distribution via Globecast, SES

International Turkish news platform TRT World is expanding its global distribution with Globecast on the SES fleet. TRT World started broadcasting in January from Astra 19.2 degrees east, Astra 28.2 degrees east, and SES-5 at 5 degrees east. These orbital positions were selected to reach viewers in continental Europe, U.K. and Sub-Saharan Africa. As part […]

By | February 22, 2017

BlackRay 72Ka predecessor, the BlackRay 71.

Gilat Announces Ultra-Compact, High Throughput Satcom Terminal for UAS

Gilat Satellite Networks announced the commercial availability of an ultra-compact airborne satellite communications terminal for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Weighing less than 5kg (11 lbs.), the BlackRay 72Ka is the newest in Gilat’s family of unmanned aerial terminals. The BlackRay 72Ka is specifically designed to operate with the new generation of Ka-band High Throughput Satellites […]

By | February 22, 2017

Online entertainment platform called Filmbox Live.

SPI Selects Eutelsat to Pursue Expansion Across the Americas

SPI International/FILMBOX Channels Group has signed a multi-year multi-satellite agreement with Eutelsat Americas, a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications, to distribute 10 High-Definition (HD) channels and one Ultra-HD channel to homes across the Americas. Starting on March 1, SPI International will leverage two Eutelsat satellites to take its channels to a broad audience across the region. […]

By | February 22, 2017

Demo image for SecureWatch.

DigitalGlobe Launches SecureWatch for Defense and Intelligence Customers

DigitalGlobe announced the launch of a new product, SecureWatch, optimized for international defense and intelligence customers. SecureWatch is a web-based subscription service that gives intelligence agencies and defense organizations access to DigitalGlobe’s 7 billion sq. km. imagery library and millions of square kilometers of daily image collections. SecureWatch capabilities are designed with the flexibility to […]

By | February 21, 2017

Artist rendition of JCSAT-18.

SKY Perfect JSAT Orders Boeing HTS to Increase Connectivity over Asia-Pacific

SKY Perfect JSAT has announced the procurement of JCSAT-18, a High Throughput Satellite (HTS), to meet increasing demands in the mobility and broadband market. Built by Boeing, JCSAT-18 will carry a Ku- and Ka-band HTS mission over Asia Pacific including Far East Russia as well as a traditional wide-beam mission over East Asia, in response […]

By | February 21, 2017

hiSky's Smartellite.

HiSky Introduces Ka-Band Satellite Terminal for MSS and IoT

HiSky has announced the introduction of Smartellite, a small portable device that uses advanced phased array beam steering antennas to automatically locate satellites at any location. According to the company, a proprietary built-in modem designed for low-to-medium bit rates allows for the fast acquisition of satellite signals while the network management system is designed to […]

By | February 21, 2017

Transcend 800 microwave radio.

Promexar Selects Advantech Radio for Microwave Backhaul System

Advantech Wireless announced that Promexar has selected its Transcend 800-B microwave radio for a microwave backhaul system in Monterrey, Mexico. The Transcend 800-B radio solution includes built-in interfaces for Asynchronous Serial Interface (ASI) (in & out), Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) and E1, 10 MHz clock and 1 pulse-per-second, carrying native video, native Internet Protocol (IP) and […]

By | February 21, 2017

Jerry Tarnacki, new SVP for Space Business. Photo: Aerojet Rocketdyne.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Appoints John Schneider, Jerry Tarnacki to New Roles

Aerojet Rocketdyne announced that Jerry Tarnacki has been appointed as the senior vice president of the company’s recently formed space business unit. In his new role, Tarnacki will report directly to Aerojet Rocketdyne Chief Executive Officer and President Eileen Drake. He will oversee all NASA programs, defense and commercial launch systems, advanced space and launch […]

By | February 21, 2017

NASA’s Restore-L satellite, rendering. Photo: SSL

Steve Oldham, SSL, on the Future of Satellite Servicing

Via Satellite sat down with Oldham to talk about satellite servicing and how SSL plans to position itself in this market in the coming months…

By | February 17, 2017

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