Articles by Rebecca Lincks

Gilat’s SkyEdge II System to Expand Hispasat Network

[Satellite TODAY 03-21-13] Hispasat will expand its broadband satellite-based network with Gilsat Satellite Networks’ SkyEdge II System, Gilat announced March 20. The SkyEdge system aims to join thousands of new broadband users throughout under-serviced areas across Spain to the network by the end of 2013. Gilat’s SkyEdge II system will be combined with the beam […]

By | March 21, 2013

U.S. Satellite and Telco Subscribers Increase as Cable Falls in 2012

[Satellite TODAY 03-21-13] U.S. satellite and telco distributors achieved a small gain of multichannel video subscribers in 2012, SNL Kagan reported. According to SNL Kagan, the three primary TV distribution platforms increased 46,000 video customers in 2012, reaching 100.4 million consumers now accounting for 84.7 percent of occupied U.S. homes. A majority of these gains […]

By | March 21, 2013

Planck’s CMB Image Challenges Current Views of Universe

Tags: Eurpean Space Agency, Planck, Big Bang Publication: HuffingtonPost.co.uk Publication Date: 03/21/2013 Cosmic microwave background (CMB) seen by Planck, with asymmetry and ‘cold spot’ highlighted Image credit: ESA The European Space Agency (ESA) has released the most precise map of the ancient universe ever made. The Planck space telescope constructed this 50 million pixels all-sky image […]

By | March 21, 2013

JetBlue Strives to Keep Basic Wi-Fi Free

Tags: In-flight Wi-Fi, JetBlue, ViaSat, Ka-band, Exede Publication: Skift.com Publication Date: 03/20/2013 Artist’s illustration of the ViaSat-1 satellite, which powers the Exede Wi-Fi internet service. Image credit: ViaSat JetBlue has revealed new details about its satellite-based Wi-Fi, as the airline is getting close to equipping its first aircraft with the service. JetBlue is marketing the […]

By | March 21, 2013

SSL to Build Hughes’ Jupiter 2/EchoStar 19 Satellite

[Satellite TODAY 03-21-13] Hughes Network Systems has chosen SSL to build the Jupiter 2/EchoStar 19, projected to be the world’s highest capacity broadband satellite, the commercial satellite provider announced March 21. The large, multi-spot beam Ka-band satellite is designed to have 50 percent more capacity than the Jupiter 1/EchoStar 17 satellite, aiming to meet the […]

By | March 21, 2013

U.S. Air Force Launches Second Satellite for SBIRS

[Satellite TODAY 03-21-13] The U.S. Air Force launched the GEO-2 satellite March 19, the second of its second next-generation missile warning constellation. The GEO-2 was launched via a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket into geosynchronous orbit in the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS). This system aims to include four satellites in geosynchronous orbit, infrared […]

By | March 21, 2013

DAARSAT to Utilize Amos-5 Capacity

[Satellite TODAY 03-21-13] DAAR Communications has launched its Nigerian Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite TV service DAARSAT on Spacecom’s Amos-5 satellite at 17 degrees East, Spacecom announced March 21. DAARSAT is the eighth Nigerian DTH service on the Amos-5, joining the Infinity and HiBand services among others, and is now available as a stand-alone digital TV service […]

By | March 21, 2013

SpaceX’s Merlin 1D Engine Now Qualified to Fly on Falcon 9

[Satellite TODAY 03-21-13] Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX) next generation Merlin 1D engine has achieved flight qualification through a 28 test program and is now fully qualified to fly on the Falcon 9 rocket.        “The Merlin 1D successfully performed every test throughout this extremely rigorous qualification program,” SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon […]

By | March 21, 2013

Galaxy Expands Ka-Band SkyDATA Service to Eastern Canada

[Satellite TODAY 03-20-13] Galaxy Broadband Communications will launch a new Ka-band beam on its SkyDATA Enterprise class service covering Central and Eastern Canada, including Northern Ontario, Northern Quebec and the western areas of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Canadian satellite communications company announced March 19. The new service is scheduled for an April 15 launch using […]

By | March 20, 2013

On Call to Develop Second Generation of QuickSPOT

[Satellite TODAY 03-20-13] On Call Communications is developing the second generation of its QuickSPOT on-demand satellite network aiming to expand with higher upload speeds, dual feeds and new flexibility to choose between on-demand and scheduled service, the company announced March 19. For this next generation network, On Call has selected the Romantis Universal Hardware Platform […]

By | March 20, 2013

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