Satellite TODAY Daily News Links (Oct. 19)

By | October 19, 2012 | Curated Content, ST Briefs

White Space Wi-Fi Draft Standard Prototype Developed

-via TVTechnology.com

"Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology says it has developed “the world’s first Wi-Fi prototype” for TV band white spaces based on IEEE’s 802.11af draft specification… more

Canada to Launch First Military Satellite

-via WindsorStar.com

"Defence Minister Peter MacKay will give Sapphire, Canada’s first military satellite, the official send-off Thursday at the David Florida Laboratory, where it underwent final tests before a planned launch in December… more

FCC Approves AT&T, Sirius Spectrum Compromise

-via PCMag.com

"The Federal Communications Commission today approved a plan that will allow AT&T to use spectrum in the Wireless Communication Services (WCS) band and further its 4G LTE network rollout… more

Space Station Opens Launch Pad for Tiny Satellites

-via Space.com

"Astronauts on the International Space Station have transformed their high-flying laboratory into a new kind of launch pad for tiny satellites in a bid to boost student interest and access to space… more

Air Force Extends Anti-Leak Tool to Space System

-via NextGov.com

"The Air Force has connected part of its satellite communications system to a defensewide security tool that blocks classified data leaks, Pentagon officials said… more

HTP Fuel Could Improve Safety of Satellite Thruster Systems

-via TheEngineer.co.uk

"A team at Astrium is leading the development of thruster technology that runs on the same propellant as British Black Arrow rockets — and that being used by the Bloodhound land-speed record team — as a replacement for the more dangerous hydrazine, which could be banned under incoming EU law… more

GOES-13 Satellite Returns to Active Duty

-via WashingtonPost.com

"In late September, a key NOAA weather satellite for monitoring storms over the Eastern U.S. and Atlantic ocean failed. But yesterday, NOAA announced its engineers had restored the satellite – known as GOES-13 – to full operation… more

Riedel Provides End-to-End Communications Solutions for Red Bull Stratos Skydive

-via BroadcastEngineering.com

"The Red Bull Stratos, the 120,000ft skydive from the edge of space, was a mission that transcended human limits. Riedel Communications provided the entire communications solution for this project, integrating both wireless and wired digital intercom systems… more

Uncertainty Continues to Dog Satellite Maker SunSpace

-via BDlive.co.za

"MICRO-satellite manufacturer SunSpace will not retain its existing shape when its "core capabilities" are absorbed into the South African National Space Agency (Sansa), according to Sansa CEO Sandile Malinga… more

NASA Releases Free Educational Video Game Based on Space Craft Communications and Navigation Network

-via Newstaar.com

"In their continued effort engage youth in science education, NASA has released another free interactive educational video game based on real science and NASA mission objectives. The latest release is based on The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program… more

NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver tours Lockheed Martin in Denver

-via DenverPost.com

"NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver visited Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Jefferson County on Monday for a progress update on the next mission to Mars — Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, a.k.a. MAVEN — as well as the heat shield for Orion, the next human-carrying space mission… more

Thuraya Reveals Fastest Hotspot

-via Itp.net

"UAE-based mobile satellite services operator, Thuraya Telecommunications Company, yesterday launched its Thuraya XT-Hotspot product… more

China’s Satellite Explores Dangerous Asteroid

-via ZDnet.com

"After probing the moon, Chinese satellite Chang’e II left the lunar orbit and began to explore asteroid No. 4179 which is 7 million km away from Earth. The country also set out plans to send retrievable rovers to the moon by 2017.… more

Eutelsat Set to Take Iran Satellite Channels Off Air

-via PressTV.ir

"European satellite provider Eutelsat SA is set to pull the plug on several satellite channels and radio stations broadcast from Iran. The company has ordered media services company, Arqiva, to take the Iranian satellite channels off one of its Hot Bird frequencies… more

NAB Rebuts MVPDs on Retransmission before FCC

-via Rbr.com

"Cable and satellite companies have been trying to get regulators to intercede on their behalf when it comes to retransmission consent – and the National Association of Broadcasters took their arguments and answered them one by one in a filing with the FCC… more

Indian BrahMos using Russian GPS System

-via Upi.com

"India’s newest cruise missile, the BrahMos, is using the latest Russian cruise missile satellite navigation technology, Russian defense sources said… more

Galileo satellites moved to pad for Friday launch

-via SpaceDaily.com

"The two Galileo satellites and their upper stage have been enclosed within their protective fairing, and moved to join the Soyuz rocket on the launch pad… more

NASA sends HTC/Google Nexus One into Space

-via betanews.com

"Launched with Android 2.1 Eclair in January 2010 the HTC-built Google Nexus One is more than two years old, but that is not stopping NASA from re-launching the smartphone… into space this time around… more

Ku-band vs. Ka-band-What’s the Real Story?

-via IntelsatGeneral.com

"Comparing Ku-band and Ka-band satellite capacity is a high interest topic right now in the satellite industry. In fact, a previous story we wrote on this topic is one of the best read pages on SATCOM Frontier… more

Apple Maps Stirs Up Debate on Censoring Satellite Map Data

-via PopSci.com

"The latest wrinkle in the Apple Maps fiasco has nothing to do with the iOS6 app being faulty, and everything to do with the app being too good… more

NOAA satellites: Helping Save Lives for 30 Years

-via Phys.org

"The Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking system, or Cospas-SARSAT, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of this first life-saving rescue in the United States, which occurred October 10, 1982… more

SpaceX Dragon Successfully Links Up With Space Station

-via TaklingPointsMemo.com

"A future of routine commercial cargo deliveries to humans living in outer space came just a bit closer to reality on Wednesday when SpaceX successfully joined its unmanned Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station orbiting some 250 miles above the Earth at a speed of over 17,000 miles per hour… more

Inside Astrium’s Earth Observation Cleanroom

-via AviationWeek.com

"EADS Astrium gave us a tour of their Earth-observation clean room in Toulouse Oct. 8, where the company’s medium-resolution Spot 7 satellite is undergoing integration ahead of environmental testing next year… more

Why the Engine Failure Could be Good News for SpaceX

-via PopularMechanics.com

"SpaceX’s Dragon capsule is on its way to the ISS, but not before losing one of the nine Merlin engines during the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket… more

Satellite Failure Puts European Space Agency in Tough Position

-via Space.com

"The European Space Agency (ESA) faces the uncomfortable choice of either actively removing its dead Envisat satellite from low Earth orbit or risk being held liable if Envisat damages another satellite, a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) said… more

Boeing Wants to Take Down Space Junk With Clouds of Gas

-via GeekWire.com

"Orbital debris, also known as space junk, is a problem that many people in government and the commercial space industry are hoping to solve — clearing the Earth’s orbit of old satellites and other equipment… more

Wall Street Watch this Week: A Showdown for Satellite Radio

-via DailyFinance.com

"When Liberty Media hosts its annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday, investors may do a double-take when they see Sirius XM Radio’s Mel Karmazin take the stage… more

ISRO to Launch 14 Communication Satellites to Meet Transponder Crunch

-via EconomicTimes.com

"The Department of Space (DoS) has projected demand for 794 transponders in the 12th plan (2012-2017) from the operational transponder capacity of 187 from INSAT-GSAT satellites as of March-end this year… more

FCC Chief Details Spectrum Plan to Boost High-Speed Services in 2015

-via MacWorld.com

"FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski detailed plans on Thursday to free up more wireless spectrum that carriers say they need to offer high-speed mobile services… more

Japan Mini-Satellite to Flash Code From Space

-via Phys.org

"Researchers hope the satellite, measuring 10 centimetres (four inches) cubed and launched from the International Space Station on Friday, will become the first orbiter to transmit an LED message across the night sky… more

Report: US to field GPS-guided artillery shells in South Korea

-via Stripes.com

"The U.S. military apparently is bringing GPS-guided Excalibur shells to South Korea to improve its ability to counter North Korean artillery batteries… more

How Dangerous is Space Debris?

-via Guardian.co.uk

" This week, the International Space Station (ISS) made its latest move in a long-running game of cat and mouse with pieces of space debris. For years now, the ISS has been dodging collisions… more

Tehran Jamming Foreign Broadcasts

-via Rferl.org

"A U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) statement says the jamming may be connected with demonstrations and mass arrests on October 3 as Iranians protested the plummeting value of Iran’s rial currency… more

UCC Revises Digital Switch Standard Specifications

-via Monitor.co.ug

"The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has adjusted the digital migration standard specification in order to ease the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting… more

LightSquared Tries To Keep Its 4G LTE Dream Alive

-via CNet.com

"The startup that won’t give up recently filed a new proposal to the FCC to revive its plan for building a nationwide 4G LTE network to compete with AT&T and Verizon Wireless… more

UK Design To ‘Harpoon’ Old Satellites

-via BBC.co.uk

"UK engineers are developing a system to harpoon rogue or redundant satellites and pull them out of the sky.It is a response to the ever growing problem of orbital junk – old pieces of hardware that continue to circle the Earth and which now pose a collision threat to operational spacecraft… more

Pentagon Approves Limited Fielding of Broadband Network Gear

-via NextGov.com

"The Army has won Pentagon approval for limited production and fielding of a long-range broadband tactical communications system, which will help equip brigades from the 10th Mountain Division slated for deployment to Afghanistan in 2013… more

Satellite Broadband Rollout For All In US: But Europe Just Doesn’t Get It

-via TheRegister.co.uk

"Dish, the US satellite provider, has switched on its home domestic broadband service, but while Americans embrace satellite Europeans don’t seem interested in talking to their birds… more

GSAT-10 Pushed Towards Geostationary Orbit

-via FirstPost.com

"Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Monday pushed its heaviest communication satellite GSAT-10 further towards the geostationary orbit by firing the liquid apogee motor on board the 3.4-tonne spacecraft… more

Satellite Radio Tries to Remain Relevant by Turning to Telematics

-via Wired.com

"Satellite radio seemed like a good idea a decade ago. That was before drivers had a wide array of alternatives to commercial-clogged AM and FM bands… more

With New Satellite Tech, Rural Dwellers Get Access to True Broadband

-via GigaOm.com

"HughesNet has turns on its residential broadband service, offering 15 Mbps speeds in rural America where the quality of broadband connections have always suffered. Hughes isn’t the only one though…more

Orbital Sciences Rolls Out Antares Rocket Stage at Va. Launch Pad

-via FloridaToday.com

"While SpaceX’s prepares to launch the first commercial cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, planned at 8:35 p.m. Sunday, NASA’s other commercial cargo partner took a long-awaited step forward today…more

Popular Mechanics Honors Breakthrough Innovations

-via News.CNET.com

"The magazine’s editors name the most innovative products, from the Lytro camera to Microsoft’s Surface tablet, and give props, too, to bright minds like SpaceX’s Elon Musk…more

Chinese Defense Ministry: Use of Unmanned Drones Justified

-via GMANetwork.com

"A Chinese defense ministry executive on Thursday defended China’s use of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, over an area disputed by China and the Philippines…more

Google Maps Adds New High-Res Satellite Images and (Basically) Flyover for a Bunch of Cities

-via Gizmodo.com

"This sort of seems like piling on. Google just added a bunch of new high res images to its maps. That means its overhead satellite data should be even more up to date, and its 45-degree Flyover-like images will be more abundant…more

NASA Once Thought Canada’s Famed Alouette-1 Satellite Was Too Ambitious:

-via NationalPost.com

"Colin Franklin remembers the challenge of starting from scratch to build the Alouette-1 satellite which launched Canada as a space-faring nation 50 years ago. When it went into orbit in 1962, Canada became the third country in the world, after the then-Soviet Union and the United States, to have a satellite in space…more

FCC chairman: Agency needs to police broadband competition

-via PCWorld.com

"The U.S. Federal Communications Commission needs to be a “cop on the beat” to ensure mobile and broadband competition across the country, the agency’s chairman said Tuesday…more

SK Telecom Changes LTE landscape

-via KoreaTimes.co.kr

"PSK Telecom, Korea’s largest mobile carrier, has changed the landscape for the long-term evolution (LTE) services market by seeking ways to upgrade its technology…more

Telefonica del Peru Deploys iDirect Evolution Platform To Extend Enterprise Service Offerings

-via SacBee.com

"VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Telefonica del Peru, a subsidiary of Telefonica Latinoamerica, one of Latin America’s largest telecommunications operators, has launched a new VSAT service based on the iDirect Evolution platform…more

Drones Subject to GPS Spoofing, Privacy ‘Abuses,’ GAO Report Warns

-via Wired.com

"The Government Accountability Office is warning Congress that its push for drones to become commonplace in U.S. airspace fails to take into account concerns surrounding privacy, security and even GPS jamming and spoofing…more

Balky Satellite Forces Return to ‘Old-School’ Forecasts

-via HeraldTribune.com

"If another hurricane threatens the eastern U.S. this year, the federal government will have to use more airplane reconnaissance trips to ensure an accurate forecast…more

Suparco set to get global navigation satellite system

-via Dawn.com

"Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) is in the process of acquiring the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) in collaboration with China, which will give a boost to its satellite communication technology…more

SpaceX Conducts First Test of Grasshopper Reusable Rocket Prototype

-via Examiner.com

"According to SpaceX, the company conducted the first test of its Grasshopper reusable rocket prototype at its test facility in McGregor, Texas. The rocket rose six feet in the air and the landed again in an apparent successful test on Friday, Sept 21…more

Pictures: Drones Take on Hurricanes, Environment Work

-via News.NationalGeographic.com

"While the American Civil Liberties Union and the Obama Administration duked it out in court last week over the U.S. military’s use of lethal drone strikes in the war on terror, NASA launched its own drone mission in the ongoing battle to understand and predict deadly storms…more

Dish accuses Sprint of Glossing over Spectrum Issues

-via FierceWireless.com

"Dish Network and Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) continue to spar over proposals to shift Dish’s MSS S-band spectrum by 5 MHz, with Dish accusing Sprint of glossing over critical issues related to its spectrum and LTE deployment plans.more

Woman Posing as Scientist Breaches ISRO Security

-via TheHindu.com

"A woman posing as a senior scientist breached the high security Indian Space Research Organisation with a fake ID card but was quickly arrested, police said on Monday. Police said the 44-year-old woman has been identified as Jula N Shyam, a native of Ahmedabad. She has been sent to jail till October 6 on charges of criminal trespass and other offenses…more

Independent Review Finds NOAA Satellite Oversight ‘Dysfunctional’

-via AviationWeek.com

"An independent review panel has concluded that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) oversight of its weather satellite programs is “dysfunctional,” leaving the execution of its GOES-R and Joint Polar Satellite System programs an “extremely challenging” proposition…more

Russia’s First Private Satellite to Be Launched in 2013

-via En.Ria.Ru

"Russia’s first satellite manufactured and operated by a private firm will be launched next year, Dauria Aerospace head Mikhail Kokorich told RBK daily. The DX1-class 50-kg satellite will be designed to “fine-tune a satellite platform, monitor the movement of ships in the world’s oceans and test a variety of payloads,” he said…more

FCC Says It Didn’t Know About LightSquared Interference

-via Businessweek.com

"The Federal Communications Commission said it initially approved Philip Falcone’s LightSquared Inc. without knowing the wireless service would interfere with global positioning system signals, because GPS- gear makers didn’t complain… more

New Orleans Says No to Drones at Super Bowl

-via USNews.com

"There won’t be drones buzzing high over the Super Bowl in New Orleans this February, after all. But city officials say they could use drones at other high profile events, including Mardis Gras… more

At IBC2012, Broadcast Waits for the Future To Become Clear

-via Sportsvideo.org

"It has been a little less than two weeks since the sports-production community descended on Amsterdam for IBC2012, arguably the broadcast-technology conference that has the most-global feel: unlike the NAB Show, it isn’t dominated by khaki pants and polo shirts. Even better for attendees, it features more actual working prototypes than concepts… more

Why Your In-Flight Wi-Fi is Slow and Expensive: It’s All About the Pipe

-via Gigaom.com

"It has been five years since American Airlines first launched Wi-Fi on its domestic flights in the U.S. and, frankly, since that time, Wi-Fi on airplanes is still stuck on the runway. It’s expensive, slow and based on GoGo data, less than 10 percent of flyers even attempt to use the service, even if someone else is paying for it… more

USAF Validates Competitors For Small Launches

-via AviationWeek.com

"The U.S. Air Force has reviewed the candidates for the Orbital/Suborbital Program-3 contract and determined that all bidders will be eligible to compete, according to Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center. The “competitive range” review took place last week, she says. Air Force officials declined to say how many bidders have offered options for the OSP-3 contract… more

NASA Laser Communications Mission Passes Major Review Milestone

-via Phys.org

"NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) mission has successfully completed a Mission Concept Review, a major evaluation milestone of the engineering plan to execute the build and launch of a space communications laser system. The LCRD payload is scheduled for launch onboard a Loral commercial satellite in 2017… more

JetBlue To Launch Free In-Flight WiFi

-via TechnoBuffalo.com

"Good news for travelers who need to stay connected en route: According to an internal company email acquired by The Verge, JetBlue is reportedly planning to unveil high-speed wireless Internet access early next year… more

China Adds 2 Satellites to Global Positioning Net

-via Businessweek.com

"China has added two more satellites to a global navigation network that will eventually compete with America’s Global Positioning System… more

NASA Funds ‘Thor Hammer’ Idea for Tossing Satellites

-via Mashable.com

"Humans can only dream of having the power of Thor, the Norse-inspired superhero who can whirl and throw his hammer at blinding speeds. A NASA-funded plan envisions rockets using a similar idea to hurl tiny satellites toward other planets…more

Indian Manned Space Flight Delayed Further

-via Firstpost.com

"India’s first human space flight would be delayed further for want of requisite technologies and capabilities, a top space official admitted Monday…more

Broadcasters Consider Dropping Suit Over FCC’s Political Ad Database

-via TheHill.com

"The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) on Monday moved to delay its lawsuit challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) order requiring TV stations to put political advertising data online. The group told a federal court that it needs more time to decide whether to drop the case entirely…more

Dish Fights FCC Pressure Over Wireless Network

-via BizJournals.com

"Dish Network Corp. is fighting Federal Communications Commission pressure to change the frequencies Dish would use for a wireless broadband network it wants to launch. The battle over the frequency shift comes amid Dish wait for an FCC’s verdict on letting the Douglas County-based company change the use of 40 megahertz of satellite broadcast spectrum it spent $2.9 billion buying last year…more

Indian Satellite GSAT-10 Launch Put Off After Rocket Snag

-via Business-Standard.com

"The launch of Indian communication satellite GSAT-10 has been put off after the European space consortium Arianespace which was to orbit it, found a snag in the Ariane V rocket in the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana, ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan said today. Arianespace was scheduled to launch GSAT-10 along with ASTRA 2F spacecraft, built by the Astrium division of EADS for Luxembourg-based SES, in the early hours of September 22…more

GPS Shoes Guide You Home With a Click of the Heels

-via Mashable.com

"With a simple click of the heels, a pair of GPS shoes may make it easier to find your way home.Created by British designer Dominic Wilcox, the “No Place Like Home GPS Shoes” are programmed to guide you back to your abode “no matter where you are in the world…more

Drone Market Set to Take off in U.S.

-via TurkishWeekly.net

"Up until now aerial drones have been used mostly by the U.S. military overseas to kill terror leaders and provide surveillance, but a burgeoning new industry is developing, eager to put non-military unmanned aerial vehicles in the skies over America and turn an enormous profit… more

Building Satellites to Listen to Space

-via Businessweek.com

"Over the next year a dozen or so tiny, homemade satellites will be launched into space. They’ll conduct experiments in low earth orbit—about 140 to 600 miles up, roughly as high as the International Space Station. After three months, they’ll drift toward earth and reenter the atmosphere, incinerating into memories. Sandy Antunes is the champion of these so-called picosatellites, which usually weigh less than 2.2 pounds… more

Iraq to Launch its First Satellite Before the End of 2013

-via Al-Shorfa.com

"The Iraqi Ministry of Science and Technology intends to launch the first Iraqi experimental satellite before the end of next year, in collaboration with an Italian university. The ministry said the satellite will be used for educational and research purposes… more

U.S. Drones Never Left Libya; Will Hunt Benghazi Thugs

-via Wired.com

"The skies over Libya were clogged with U.S. Predator drones during last year’s war. But just because the war officially ended in October didn’t mean the drones went home…more

Myanmar Mulling Satellite Launch With Japanese Aid

-via Phys.org

"Myanmar is looking at launching a small Earth-observation satellite with Japanese aid, a company official said Thursday, as the country comes in from the cold after decades of isolation…more

Thales Alenia Wins French Comsat NG Satellite Study Contract

-via Army-Technology.com

"Thales Alenia Space has been awarded a contract by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) to conduct a study on France’s Armed Forces future military satellite communications (MILSATCOM) system, dubbed Comsat NG. Under the deal, the company will conduct a one-year review of MILSATCOM capacity required in orbit, acquisition procedures and collaboration schemes, before submitting the analysis to DGA… more

Airlines Hunt for a Connectivity Catalyst

-via Flightglobal.com

"The in-flight connectivity market is growing rapidly, and operators now have myriad options for the systems they can install on their aircraft to give passengers in-flight wi-fi. As passengers start bringing more types of personal electronic devices on board, airlines are choosing to install wi-fi regardless of whether it comes packaged with an embedded IFE system or not… more

Satellites and Secure Wireless Evolve to Meet New Demands

-via DefenseSystems.com

"Troops operating in all domains turn to satellite communications (SATCOM) and secure wireless for tactical communications. Responding to an increasing need for instantly accessible, high-speed and secure communications, the Defense Department is evaluating and deploying a variety of new systems in space, on the ground and even in the air……more

South Korea Making 3rd Launch Try from its own Territory

-via WashingtonPost.com

"South Korea said Tuesday it will launch a rocket next month carrying an observation satellite, its third attempt to put a satellite fired from its own territory into orbit. The announcement by South Korea’s Science Ministry came five months after North Korea drew international condemnation for its own rocket launch……more

GPS Devices Help Check Illegal Waste Dumping in Abu Dhabi

-via GulfNews.com

"Abu Dhabi: Increased awareness and installing GPS (Global Positioning System) devices in waste collection trucks to track them have minimised number of illegal waste dumping in the emirate, the Centre of Waste Management — Abu Dhabi said on Monday…..more

Weather Satellite to be Delivered in Orbit to Eumetsat

-via Phys.org

"Later this month, Europe’s newest meteorology satellite, MetOp-B, will blast into space from Baikonur Cosmodrome. For mission control teams at ESA, liftoff marks the start of 72 hours of intense focus during the mission’s critical launch and early orbit phase…..more

Egypt Satellite Halts Syria State TV Re-broadcasts

-via Reuters.com

"The state-controlled satellite company in Egypt, whose president has repeatedly pleaded to the Syrian Government to stand down, stopped broadcasting from Wednesday three Syrian state channels on its Nilesat system, a company source said…..more

China to Launch 8 satellites for Land, Ocean Surveillance Before 2020

-via EconomicTimes.com

"China plans to send as many as eight satellites into the space before 2020 to provide ocean and land data and supervise the marine environment, a senior official has said…..more

EU Satellite Navigation System to be Partly Operational by End of 2014

-via WashingtonPost.com

"Antonio Tajani — speaking at the official opening of the new Galileo system’s headquarters in the Czech capital, Prague on Thursday — said that two satellites will be launched next month, and from next year four more will go up every six months until a network of 30 is completed……more

Do-It-Yourself Satellites: Put Yours In Orbit For $1,000

-via ABCNews.com

" What could you do with your own, do-it-yourself satellite? Such things now exist—and at prices as low as $8,000, including the blast-off into space…..more

Telkom to Find New Partner for Satellite Launch

-via TheJakartaPost.com

"Having failed to launch its Telkom-3 Satellite with a Russian company in August, state-run telecommunications company PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) says it is seeking a partnership with another company……more

Secret Spy Sat Agency Plans Unblinking Array

-via Wired.com

"The U.S. has a vast constellation of spy satellites in orbit. But these surveillance spacecraft have traditionally only been able to gaze down on a few small areas of the planet at a time, like flashlights probing the dark. And this, only with careful advance planning by human operators on the ground……more

UAE, Kazakhstan Hold Satellite frequency Coordination Meeting

-via AMEInfo.com

"The United Arab Emirates (UAE) represented by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) held a coordination meeting with a delegation from Kazakhstan at the TRA headquarters in Dubai from 26-30 August 2012. A number of technical issues with regard to coordinating satellite frequencies were discussed between the two sides……more

Satellite Time Capsule for Life on Earth

-via NewScientist.com

"It was September 1940. Four teenagers were walking a dog when they stumbled into a cave holding Palaeolithic paintings, a depiction of a time long forgotten. To this day these images, the famous Lascaux cave paintings remain enigmatic, with some historians suggesting that they were created deep underground as a kind of message for the future……more

The Advantages and Benefits of Australian Teleports

-via SatelliteCommunicationAustralia.blogspot.com

"As a politically and geologically stable country, with low rain fall and mild temperatures, Australia provides the perfect location to house Teleports and satellite infrastructure. In fact, many military organizations rely on the ground facilities in Australia for their mission critical communications in volatile regions like Middle East, where terrestrial networks simply won’t do…..more

Revolutionary Microsatellite Set for ISS launch

-via JapanTimes.co.jp

"Takushi Tanaka can’t wait for a microsatellite his project team developed for a unique mission to be released from the international space station in September…..more

Venezuela to Orbit Second Satellite in Late September

-via Venezuela-US.org

"Jorge Arreaza, Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, announced Thursday that Venezuela will launch its second satellite, called the Miranda satellite, from China late next month. The satellite, which will help guarantee national security and defense, is assembled by a team of Venezuelan scientists working in Beijing…..more

Synchronized Tumbling: How to Catch a Retired Satellite

-via Phys.org

"In space, there are no brakes. Active satellites and spacecraft achieve controlled movement with thrusters. Retired satellites, on the other hand, no longer controlled from Earth, tumble in their orbits through space while traveling at high speed. A spacecraft seeking to rendezvous with such a satellite must perform a delicate dance to safely approach and synchronize movements…..more

BRICS Race to Mars

-via NYTimes.com

"Let’s send a mission to Mars, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced a couple of weeks ago, just as his government was fending off corruption charges and the country was still recovering from the biggest blackout since the invention of electricity…..more

D.C. Circuit Judge Sets Key Dates in ‘Political File’ Rule Appeal

-via BNA.com

"The National Association of Broadcasters has until Oct. 4 to outline arguments against a Federal Communications Commission rule requiring TV stations to disclose information online about political ad purchases, a federal judge has ruled….more

TacSat-4 Participates in Navy Fleet Experiment Trident Warrior

-via NRL.navy.mil

"U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Tactical Satellite-4 successfully completes three weeks of intense testing, June 28, as part of the Navy’s annual Trident Warrior Experiment 2012 (TW12). TacSat-4 is a Navy-led Joint mission that provides Ultra High Frequency (UHF) satellite communications (SATCOM)…..more

Will Drones Take Flight for TV Stations?

-via TVNewsCheck.com

"The FAA has begun writing licensing regulations and safety requirements that would allow unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) to be used for purposes including newsgathering by 2015. They would be a less costly and potentially more capable replacements for manned helicopters…..more

SES Launches HD Push in Latin America

-via RapidTVNews.com

"Satellite operator SES has launched an antenna programme in Latin America, aiming to install TV antennae in a variety of pay-TV headends to provide HD satellite feeds, combined with a new satellite launch in 2013…..more

Satellite Companies Look to Drones for Growth

-via WashingtonPost.com

"Unmanned aircraft have gained far greater public attention as the Obama administration has made drone strikes a key part of its military strategy. They are now considered potential tools in everything from border security to scientific research…..more

How Iridium took a Chance on SpaceX and Won

-via GigaOM.com

"Today SpaceX is an aerospace sensation, but several years ago the prospects of the fledgling space travel startup weren’t so certain. That’s when satellite communications provider Iridium decided to place a huge bet on SpaceX, handing it the single biggest commercial launch contract in history…..more

Android Phones Will Power NASA’s New Fleet of Mini-Satellites

-via PCWorld.com

"Hoping to inject new life into low-cost space exploration, NASA’s ‘PhoneSat’ program will launch a series of Google Nexus One–controlled mini-satellites into space later this year…..more

Sirius Shares on a Tear, but Liberty Media Takeover Looms

-via Reuters.com

"Investors are buying up Sirius XM Radio stock ahead of a potential share buyback, but some analysts and investors say it would be wiser to hold off on purchasing shares until there is clarity on how Liberty Media plans to operate the satellite radio company…..more

New Downlink Transmitters Improve News Helicopter Broadcasts

-via 4RFV.com

"The perennial and unique problem of ensuring reliable broadcast from news helicopters was given a boost when Integrated Microwave Technologies, part of the Vitec Group, unveiled a new transmitter…..more

Sun TV, Dish TV Better Investment Picks: Analyst

-via MoneyControl.com

"Vikash Mantri of ICICI Securities, says that the process of digitization in western world or developed markets takes around 10 years. It will take us at least two-three years for us to see some benefits of higher ARPUs or cost to consumer and those benefits getting passed on to the broadcaster……more

Space-Faring Needs a Code of Conduct

-via GulfNews.com

"The absence of rules jeopardizes security — what happens in space will heavily influence whether relations between China and the US become more dangerous or more cooperative…..more

FAA Misses Deadline to Create UAV Pilot Program

-via Rotor.com

"The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has sent a letter to the secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Ray Lahood, and acting Federal Aviation Administration administrator Michael Huerta, urging them to create the legally mandated pilot program for the integration of pilotless planes into the national airspace system (NAS)…..more

SiriusXM to Retire $681 Million of Debt

-via SiriusBuzz.com

"That is a real mouthful, but what does it mean? In simple terms it means that SiriusXM will have refinanced $400 million of the debt and used $281 million in cash to retire the balance of it…..more

Invisibility Cloak Tech Useful for Talking to Satellites

-via CNET.com

"Intellectual Ventures’ second spinoff is translating research in so-called metamaterials into cheaper and easier-to-use communications equipment for plans, ships, and eventually even your individual hot spot…..more

Sri Lanka’s First Space Academy to Launch with Chinese Assistance

-via TruthDive.com

"Sri Lanka’s first space academy is to be unveiled next year with expert technical assistance offered by China through a joint undertaking between Supreme Satellite Private Ltd, Colombo, Sino Satellite Communications Company Ltd (SinoSAT) and China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC)…..more

Eyes in the Sky Spy on Threatened Jungles

-via Reuters.com

"In the two minutes it takes to read this story, an area the size of 60 football pitches will have been clear-cut by illegal loggers globally, according to Chatham House, an independent policy institute in London…..more

Video: Robots to Recycle Space Junk

-via DesignNews.com

"The military spends a lot of money on building communication satellites and sending them into space. Lots of them are still up there, long after they’ve failed or become obsolete…..more

MIT-Developed ‘Microthrusters’ Could Propel Small Satellites

-via MIT.edu

"A penny-sized rocket thruster may soon power the smallest satellites in space. The device, designed by Paulo Lozano, an associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, bears little resemblance to today’s bulky satellite engines, which are laden with valves, pipes and heavy propellant tanks…..more

Dish Network Said To Plan Nationwide Satellite Broadband

-via Bloomberg.com

"Dish Network Corp. is preparing to introduce a nationwide broadband-Internet service using a satellite from sister company EchoStar Corp. (SATS), according to three people familiar with the situation…..more

UK Satellite Operator Turns iPad Into Remote Control

-via Mediapost.com

"Many industry technophobes believe handheld devices will eventually replace the remote traditional control, and British satellite operator Sky has launched a service where the iPad can fill that role. An app allows changing channels as well as pausing and rewinding with taps on the screen…..more

Khrunichev Director Resigns After Launch Failure

-via RIANovosti.ru

"The head of a top Russian rocket company handed in his notice on Wednesday, a day after Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev reprimanded space officials over a failed satellite launch last month, a government source said…..more

Using Satellite Imagery to Document Destruction in Syria

-via PBS.org

"Add Syria to the list of places where human rights organizations are using commercially available satellite imagery to document destruction during conflict…..more

KT Boss Vows to Beef Up Database Security

-via KoreaTimes.co.kr

"Executives at KT have been taking turns expressing regret after hackers broke into the company’s computer network and stole the personal details of nearly 9 million of its subscribers…..more

Ministry May Approach Council of State Over InTouch

-via NationMultimedia.com

"The Information and Communications Technology Ministry might consult the Council of State on its next move after Thaicom had already informed it that its parent InTouch has no policy to raise its shareholding in the satellite operator to the original level…..more

ISRO Close to Launching Three Foreign Satellites

-via Business-Standard.com

"Indian Space Research Organisation is close to signing contracts for launching three foreign satellites on board its home-built Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from Sriharikota spaceport. ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan said Antrix Corporation, the space agency’s marketing arm, is in advanced dialogue for three launch services contracts…..more

Pac-12 Working to Get Satellite, Telco Deals

-via CEDMagazine.com

"The Pac-12 said it is unlikely it will have distribution agreements in place for its new television networks with all four of the major satellite and telco providers in time for next week’s launch…..more

Cold War Secrets: Spy Satellite Photos Lost at Sea, then Saved

-via CNET.com

"Photos newly released by the CIA show how the Navy pulled off one of the deepest undersea salvage efforts ever and retrieved spy images of Soviet sub bases and missile silos……more

New NASA Mission Ready To Brave Earth’s Radiation Belts

-via DefenseDaily.com

"NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission will send two spacecraft into the harsh environment of our planet’s radiation belts. Final preparations have begun for launch on Thursday, Aug. 23, from Florida’s Space Coast…..more

Medvedev Says Space Failures Cost Russia Prestige and Cash

-via Reuters.com

"Moscow is losing prestige and money due to botched space projects, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday after Russia junked two satellites in the latest launch failure to dog the once-pioneering industry…..more

US and S Korea Both Claim First Place on Voice-over-LTE

-via TheRegister.co.uk

"Network operators from South Korea and the United States were both claiming victory on Wednesday after racing right down to the wire to become the first in the world to offer voice over LTE (VoLTE) services…..more

To Test A Satellite Dock, the NRL Built a 37-Ton Air Hockey Table

-via Gizmodo.com

"How do you test the functionality of a wholly new type of satellite docking system in the weightlessness of space, without shooting round after round of prototype into orbit? If you’re DARPA, you float the satellites—air hockey-style—on top of a 37.5-ton slab of granite…..more

Liberty Media Spinning Off Starz to Go After Satellites

-via WallStreetJournal.com

"Liberty’s CEO Greg Maffei says the move will “permit us to better pursue our strategic objectives, including creating two currencies that could be used for acquisitions; and create significant liquidity at Liberty Media, which preserves all our options with respect to SiriusXM and Live Nation….more

India’s $82 Million Mission To Mars Orbit Planned For 2013

-via Bloomberg.com

"India plans to launch a satellite to orbit Mars in October or November next year in a bid to compete with Asian rivals China and Japan in space exploration…..more

Satellite Scarcity Leaves Australia Vulnerable

-via ABC.net.au

"Australia has long been something of a Blanche Dubois of satellite earth observation; keen to rub shoulders with the global space industry but ultimately dependent on the kindness of strangers…..more

Sky-high Thinking for African Internet

-via BBC.co.uk

"Not in hope of divine intervention, but as an opportunity: satellite-powered broadband could be the answer to Africa’s connectivity conundrum…..more

SkyVision Acquires Afinis from Monaco Telecom

-via TelecomLead.com

"SkyVision Global Networks, a provider of IP connectivity over satellite and fiber optic networks throughout Africa, has acquired Afinis Communication from Monaco Telecom, which is a subsidiary of Cable & Wireless Communications….more

Mars Satellite Captures Best Curiosity Shot Yet

-via DVice.com

"NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory couldn’t have hoped for a more perfect Mars landing for Curiosity. The complex descent went off without a hitch, and not only did Curiosity start sending postcards from Mars immediately, but the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter had a surprise for the world, too….more

Satellite Financial Sense as an Alternative to Mobile Telecoms

-via ITWeb.com

"From a business model and pricing structure point of view, a cost comparison between mobile services and satellite technology reveals that satellite works out to be up to 10 times more cost-effective…..more

CU-Boulder’s CubeSat Satellite Planned for Weekend Launch

-via ColoradoDaily.com

"After two delays, the Atlas V rocket carrying a University of Colorado satellite is now scheduled to launch at 1:40 a.m. Saturday. The rocket previously had been scheduled for launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Thursday morning but was delayed then, and again early Friday, because of a range safety issue, meaning there was possibly a boat or truck in the launch area, according to students who worked on the project…..more

Milsatcom Solutions Becoming Small, Mobile, and Available

-via Military Aerospace.com

"Information is king on the battlefield; hundreds or thousands of warfighters need to know the positions and capabilities of everyone involved. The problem is the unreliability of communications channels, which can lack sufficient bandwidth or require certain circumstances such as line-of-sight…..more

Finding Art in Google Maps: Jenny Odell’s Satellite World

-via Time.com

"For the average person, Google Maps is a website used to locate an address on a map, find directions from one place to another and see what areas around the world look like from a bird’s eye perspective. But for artist Jenny Odell, Google Maps is a tool to see, cut up and re-imagine her world in a new, photographic way…..more

Inflatable Satellite Parts Win $100k Space Prize

-via CBSNews.com

"Space Ground Amalgam, LLC took home first place in the 2012 NewSpace Business Plan Competition, which seeks to help startup space firms create potentially game-changing technologies…..more

Aging NASA Science Satellite on Call to Confirm Mars Landing

-via CNET.com

"To help scientists and engineers follow the action 154 million miles away, the trajectory of the Mars Science Laboratory was set up to make sure the rover’s descent to the surface of the red planet occurs within view of three orbiting satellites…..more

GeoEye Merger Brings Company’s Rocky Trajectory to an End

-via WashingtonPost.com

" But shortly after ink dried on the 10-year deal, government funding for the EnhancedView program began to erode. Just last month, GeoEye learned that money allotted for the coming fiscal year would be delayed at best, and significantly cut at worst…..more

San Quentin Inmates Build Satellite Parts for NASA

-via MSNBC.com

" The NASA Ames Research Center is known for establishing innovative partnerships and Pete Worden, the former Air Force general who serves as the center’s director, is known as a maverick. Still, the latest joint venture to come to light has caught even some longtime NASA observers by surprise…..more

China Completes First Data Relay Satellite Network

-via Xinhuanet.net

"China has launched its Tianlian I-03 satellite from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province. This marks the completion of the country’s first data relay satellite network…..more

South Korean Artist Makes his Own $500 Satellite

-via SkyNews.com

"A South Korean artist has created his own satellite which will be launched into space in December. Reuters reports it has taken over six years for Song Hojun to complete his satellite project, which he made using bits and bobs from back-alley electronics stores in his home town of Seoul…..more

Study Shows Satellite TV Boom Will Continue

-via Advanced-Television.com

"The number of pay DTH homes for 80 countries covered in a Digital TV Research report will be 220 million by end-2017, up from 154 million at end-2011 and 91 million at end-2007……more

Viacom And DirecTV Reach Deal

-via SeekingAlpha.com

"How do you know when a reasonable deal is reached? When neither party jumps up and down in celebration, yet both parties are satisfied. Another measure is the reaction of the stock market to the news…..more

Telstar and the Transparency of Space Success

-via TheSpaceReview.com

"Fifty years ago today, an antenna near Andover, Maine, transmitted a television signal up into space, where it was received by the Telstar satellite, launched earlier that month. Telstar retransmitted the signal to the other side of the Atlantic, allowing Europeans to view a quintessential part of Americana: a baseball game…..more

Dish Cash Hoard Signals Wireless Possibility: Corporate Finance

-via Bloomberg.com

"Dish Network Corp. (DISH) has amassed a record amount of cash through bond sales as the second-largest U.S. satellite-television provider seeks to expand into the wireless business to offset a decline in its core customer base…..more

Draper Works with DARPA to Recycle U.S. Satellites on Project Phoenix

-via Virtual-Strategy.com

"Draper Laboratory is working with the U.S. Department of Defense to develop and demonstrate technologies to cooperatively harvest and re-use valuable components from retired, nonworking satellites in geosynchronous orbit and demonstrate the ability to create new space systems……more

U.S., Europe Scrap for Gulf Satellite Deal

-via UPI.com

"U.S. satellite-makers like Raytheon Corp. and Lockheed Martin have reportedly succeeded in convincing the U.S. administration to ease export rules so they can compete with European firms to sell spy satellites to the United Arab Emirates……more

Former NASA Astronaut Shows Landsat Satellite Images

-via OzarksFirst.com

"NASA has special satellites that show how much our land has changed in the past few decades. Piers Sellers, a former astronaut, joined KOLR10 News This Morning to show us images of the Ozarks……more

Xplornet Widens its Service

-via OttawaCitizen.com

"Satellite Internet provider Xplornet Communications Inc. will soon blanket Canada’s underserviced Internet areas with much faster signals. The Woodstock, N.B., company, has purchased all of the Canadian broadcast capacity of the recently launched EchoStar XVII, owned by Hughes Network Systems for an undisclosed sum…..more

Satellite Operators Implement Carrier ID for Olympics

-via DigitalTVEurope.net

"Satellite operators Eutelsat, Intelsat and SES are to implement Carrier ID, a new technique to help identify transmissions, as part of the package of services they are offering during the London Olympics…..more

Can Satellite TV Disputes Spill Over To Sirius XM?

-via SeekingAlpha.com

"The issue has consumers in a frenzy because they may not be able to receive the channels they want on their service anymore. Do these battles demonstrate that an on-line streaming experience may be a competitive wave of the future, or is it still too early for that?….more

Satellite Operators Prepare for Olympic Interference

-via BroadcastNow.co.uk

"With the London Games expected to generate over 2,000 hours of satellite coverage final preparations are underway for the implementation of carrier ID, a stamp on uplink signals that helps satellite operators to identify transmissions to their satellites…..more

Pay-TV Industry Divided on Web Strategy

-via KansasCity.com

"Want to watch an episode of TNT’s "The Closer" online? You have to fill out a form on TNT’s website, proving you have a cable or satellite television subscription. And your cable or satellite provider also needs to have a deal with TNT to carry its content online…..more

Satellite to Track Mars Goes Out of Orbit

-via NewsPakistan.pk

"Satellite to track Mars goes out of orbit NASA might not be able to continue getting real-time coverage of the decent of Mars rover ‘Curiosity’ into Gale Crater as the satellite that was supposed to track the task went out of orbit due to a manoeuvring system glitch last month…..more

‘Space Nut’ Looks Skyward With Web-funded Satellite

-via PCWorld.com

"Ask any Silicon Valley entrepreneur about their startup and they’ll usually tell you the sky is the limit. For some, it’s not just the limit but the goal…..more

SkyCube: A Social Space Mission

-via GizMag.com

"Southern Stars Group LLC, the company responsible for the popular SkySafari apps for iOS, Android and Mac OS X, is thinking a little bigger with its next project. The publicly funded SkyCube is a miniature CubeSat satellite that will orbit the planet, transmitting low-resolution images of the Earth while broadcasting short messages from sponsors in the form of data pings. In short, it’s the world’s first social space mission…..more

Behind the TV Bhannel Blackouts: Stalling Profits

-via FoxNews.com

"Channel blackouts such as the one that resulted from the recent spat between Viacom and DirecTV have become far more common over the past three years. Consumers can thank the changing dynamics of the entertainment industry…..more

Satellites Drive Space Industry’s Appeal to Business

-via Reuters.com

"A European science satellite originally launched to monitor sea ice may tap into a burgeoning commercial interest in the Arctic, a sign of growing demand for the paraphernalia of the space industry from business…..more

A La Carte Pricing Would Cut Bickering Over Pay TV Fees

-via LATimes.com

"Once again, TV viewers encountered full-page ads in the newspaper this week declaring that a greedy cable or satellite company was denying people the right to watch their favorite shows…..more

2011-2012 Annual Report on China’s VSAT Market

-via SacBee.com

"Getting along with rapid economy growth, domestic satellite communication companies face new opportunities and obtain rapid growth in satellite private network market, satellite communication in rural regions, value added services, and other segmenting markets…..more

The Birth of Satellite Communications

-via SatelliteSpy.com

"10th July 1962 marked the birth of satellite communications. Exactly 50 years ago today the Telstar satellite commenced its journey into space from Cape Canaveral and became the first ever active communications satellite. It carried the first live trans-Atlantic TV broadcasts…..more

Commission Upgrades EGNOS for Positioning Accuracy

-via AirTrafficManagement.com

"A new EGNOS transponder was launched on 9 July via satellite from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, by the European Commission in order to upgrade and maintain the EGNOS system…..more

Once-Derided Climate-Change Satellite May Launch With New Goal

-via BostonHerald.com

"An Earth observation satellite conceived by former Vice President Al Gore — but banished to a Maryland warehouse by foes of climate change after George W. Bush beat Gore for the presidency — could get a ride into space as early as 2014…..more

DARPA’s Futuristic Phoenix Satellite Re-Servicing Program

-via Space.com

"Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) describes the Phoenix program: The goal of the Phoenix program is to develop and demonstrate technologies to cooperatively harvest and re-use valuable components from retired, nonworking satellites in GEO and demonstrate the ability to create new space systems at greatly reduced cost…..more

Satellites Show Ups, Downs of Pollution

-via UPI.com

"Nitrogen dioxide pollution in the atmosphere has decreased in the United States and Europe but increased in the Middle East and parts of Asia, researchers say.More than 15 years of atmospheric observations and measurements by satellites have revealed both increases and decreases in air quality, the European Space Agency reported Monday….more

Satellite TV Companies Look Undervalued, But Risks Loom

-via SeekingAlpha.com

"Looking from a multiples standpoint, satellite television companies DirecTV (DTV) and Dish Network (DISH) both appear to be undervalued. DirecTV is expected do have per annum earnings growth of over 18 percent over the next five years, but has a P/E ratio of 13.3….more

A Satellite Battle Over the Eastern Skies

-via WallStreetJournal.com

"For European satellite company SES, the Asian sky’s the limit. Faced with well-developed and largely saturated markets in Europe and North America, global satellite operators are looking east, where they seek fresh impetus for growth in Asia’s middle-class consumers and burgeoning enterprises…..more

Israel’s Domestic Communications Satellite Industry Saved

-via GantDaily.com

"The decision to award the construction of Israel’s newest communications satellite to a state-owned company has probably saved the life of the production line and was likely done to preserve independence for defense communications…..more

MultiChoice Losing a Fortune to Zimbabwe Piracy

-via Advanced-Television.com

"According to a BBC Monitoring report South African pan-regional broadcaster MultiChoice/DStv is losing “hundreds of thousands of dollars a year” because of signal piracy by Zimbabwean users of a pirate set-top box…..more

House Members Would Give NOAA More Satellite Control, Not Less

-via AviationWeek.com

"If acquisition control of critical and delayed U.S. weather satellite programs must be given to one federal agency rather than two, some House members still would choose the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) over NASA, despite its much-publicized problems….more

MDA Wins Key Foothold in U.S. with Loral Deal

-via TheGlobeAndMail.com

"Canadian space technology company MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. has finally struck the deal it hopes will open the floodgates to the lucrative U.S. market – and erase the bad memory of an attempted 2008 divestiture that was killed by Ottawa….more

SMOS Satellite Measurements Improve as Ground Radars Switch Off

-via Phys.org

"Over a dozen radio signals that have hindered data collection on ESA’s SMOS water mission have been switched off. The effort also benefits satellites such as NASA’s Aquarius mission, which measures ocean salinity at the same frequency….more

Telstar Satellite: Proving the Naysayers Wrong

-via FierceTelecom.com

"Fifty years ago, on July 10, 1962, the first active relay communications satellite–Telstar–was launched into an elliptical orbit. It was the brainchild of Dr. John R. Pierce of Bell Telephone Laboratories, and showed the way for the host of geostationary and low-earth-orbit communication satellites that would follow….more

NBN To Construct Satellite Station in Tassie

-via ZDNet.com

"The Geeveston ground station, expected to be operational in 2013, will be a single storey building with two 13.5-metre diameter satellite dishes, and will help service between 15,000 and 20,000 Australian homes and businesses with broadband speeds of up to 12 megabits per second….more

AIA: Fix Arms Export Laws For Commercial Satellite Sales

-via Defense.AOL.com

"It is long past time for Congress to reform the current laws governing the export of commercial satellites – an outmoded and counterproductive system intended to enhance national security while inadvertently undermining America’s domestic space industry, a recent Defense Department report makes clear….more

Most Powerful Hydrogen Rocket Ever Is Set for Launch Friday

-via PopularMechanics.com

"If all goes well, the world’s most powerful hydrogen and liquid oxygen fueled rocket engine will take flight for the first time tomorrow at 6:13 am EDT. The Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) RS-68A adds 39,000 pounds of thrust to the first-gen RS-68 for 702,000 total pounds of thrust….more

Time to Wake Up and Smell the Revolution

-via DailyFinance.com

"It’s not really a surprise, but the numbers are eye-catching regardless: According to a recent survey, around 17% of people who subscribe to premium cable networks would consider defecting to Netflix. As if that weren’t scary enough for cable operators and their satellite brethren, an almost equal percentage prefer getting video-on-demand services from the Netflixes of the world rather than them….more

ArduSat: A Tiny Satellite That’s Meant to Be Shared

-via PCWorld.com

"Sending a satellite into space is pretty difficult, not to mention expensive, so instead of sending a bunch of satellites into space to tinker with, why not design a single, highly versatile satellite that a bunch of people can share?….more

Pentagon’s Zombie Satellite Program Comes to Life

-via Wired.com

"Dead satellites, that is. Last year, Darpa, the military’s blue-sky research agency, kicked off a program designed to harvest parts from unused communications satellites still orbiting the Earth, and then turn those bits and pieces — antennas in particular — into an array that operates as a low-cost “communications farm” for troops on the ground….more

Data From New Satellite Implemented in Record Time

-via NOAANews.com

"Data flowing from a new generation of instruments onboard the Suomi NPP satellite, a joint NASA/NOAA mission, are being used in NOAA’s global numerical weather forecast system a record seven months after launch, nearly three times faster than previous missions….more

NBN Excitement Turns Political in Australia

-via TheCourier.com.au

"The rollout of the National Broadband Network to communities in the Ballarat region has gone far less smoothly than the federal government would have hoped. Local government processes, coupled with community distrust has seen what Prime Minister Julia Gillard referred to as Australia’s largest nation-building infrastructure project hit some initial hurdles…..more

New Satellite Tool Tracks Deforestation

-via NYTimes.com

"An international team of researchers presented a new tool at the Rio+20 sustainability conference last week: the first satellite system for monitoring deforestation across Latin America in nearly real time….more

Launch of EGNOS Satellite Delayed

-via GPSWorld.com

"The launch of SES-5 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, originally scheduled for 18 June, has been delayed due to a problem with a first stage subsystem on the Proton launch vehicle. The rocket has been rolled back to the assembly building for further tests. A new launch date has not yet been announced….more

NASA Taps SwRI on Research Effort to Map Hurricanes

-via BizJournals.com

"Southwest Research Institute will develop eight nanosatellite observatories that will be launched into low-Earth orbit. Once in orbit, these observatories will receive Global Positioning System signals from the GPS satellites and from signals reflected from the Earth’s surface…..more

Demand from Asia-Pacific Region Leading Satellite Industry Boom

-via ChannelNewsAsia.com

"Satellite operators and launch companies are seeing demand for satellite services in Asia take off, a trend that industry players say will only accelerate in the coming years. Growing usage of smart devices, telecommunications, video-on-demand, and internet-based mobile connectivity have led to an increased need for satellite capacity…..more

Eyes in Space Could Save Flight Times

-via Discovery.com

"Tired of monstrously long flights to Europe? A new space-based global tracking system should shave flight times by opening up new routes, including paths that take advantage of quick-forming wind streams…..more

SiriusXM Canada Wants CRTC to Relax Homegrown Content Rules

-via WinnipegFreePress.com

"Money-losing satellite radio provider SiriusXM Canada wants its mandatory contributions to Canadian content development slashed by the federal broadcast regulator to better compete with conventional radio stations…..more

Staying in Touch at Sea Via Satellite

-via Phys.org

"Working on the high seas can be lonely separated from friends and family for weeks at a time. Communications via satellite close this gap by providing the means to stay in touch. Now, with ESA’s support, contacting shore is easier….more

Previewing the 2012 BroadcastAsia Show

-via TVTechnology.com

"The BroadcastAsia 2012 International Conference will be held in Singapore from June 19–22. Located at Suntec in downtown Singapore, the show is being held concurrently with CommunicAsia, located a short shuttle bus ride away at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands….more

CommunicAsia Goes Mobile to Stay Relevant

-via ZDnetAsia.com

"This year’s CommunicAsia tradeshow looks to keep in step with the industry’s latest developments as it adds three new tracks that focus on the application of mobile technologies, according to conference organizer Singapore Exhibition Services (SES)….more

Ten Things You Need to Know About GPS

-via DirectionsMag.com

"Most everyone has used GPS in some fashion. But how many people know how it works? Or know about its many siblings online or coming online in the coming years? Or how good it is at determining elevation? Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg rounds up what she thinks you should know about this important positioning system….more

Satellite Spots Lockheed’s Mystery Drone

-via Wired.com

"A commercial satellite has spotted a mysterious unmanned aerial vehicle parked at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works facility in Palmdale, California. The orbital snapshot was reportedly taken on Dec. 4, but became public only last week in a blog post by George Kaplan, a self-described “open source” intelligence analyst who relies solely on publicly available imagery….more

Cuba Experiencing Local Intranet, Mobile Phone, Satellite Boost

-via Reuters.com

"The number of Cubans linked to the country’s state-controlled intranet jumped more than 40 percent in 2011 compared to the previous year and mobile phone use rose 30 percent….more

Does Video Conferencing Improve Communication?

-via BroadcastNewsRoom.com

"Satellite Communication Systems (SCS) – Communication is vital to the success of any organization. Video conferencing coveys vast more information than….more

GPS Being Used as a Weather Forecast Tool

-via SpaceDaily.com

"Researchers at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the Bureau of Meteorology said data from GPS and low-Earth orbit satellites can improve real-time weather observations and help cross-calibration of instruments…..more

NuSTAR Launches Into Orbit!

-via DiscoverMagazine.com

"The NuSTAR X-ray observatory began its successful journey into orbit! The satellite was launched using a Pegasus rocket, a smaller vehicle that is literally dropped from an airplane and blasts away into space……more

DirecTV Could Also Deploy Ad-Skip Technology

-via Reuters.com

" DirecTV Group, the largest U.S. satellite TV operator, could deploy technology that would enable its millions of subscribers to automatically skip television advertising, its top executive said on Monday…..more

Alaska Airlines Testing Satellite-Guided Landing Process

-via KiroTV.com

"The FAA is hoping satellites guiding planes could be the key to greener, less noisy and cleaner flights….more

China Preparing for First Manned Space Docking in June

-via DailyTech.com

"China will send its Shenzhou 9 spacecraft to the Tiangong 1 orbital module at some point in June 2012, but the exact date hasn’t been specified yet. The Shenzhou 9 already made its way to the launch platform at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center last Saturday, which is in northwest China…..more

Ukraine, Russia, Canada Agree to Create Ukraine’s First Telecom Satellite

-via KyivPost.com

"Ukrainian, Russian and Canadian participants of the international project on Ukraine’s first national telecommunications satellite – the Lybid – have agreed a schedule of work on the construction and launch of the satellite in December 2013…..more

U.S. Pushes for More Global Cooperation in Space

-via Reuters.com

"The United States is pushing on multiple fronts for increased global cooperation in space, including joint war games, combined operations with allies, and moves toward data-sharing deals with France, Japan and other countries…..more

NDS Says Cisco Deal on Track Despite Allegations

-via ChicagoTribune.com

"Cisco’s $5 billion acquisition of pay-TV smartcard maker NDS is on track despite the emergence of new allegations since the deal was announced that NDS used illegal means to undermine competitors, NDS’s executive chairman told Reuters…..more

LightSquared Lenders Want Strict Leash on Company’s Cash Use

-via FoxBusiness.com

"A group of LightSquared’s senior lenders concerned about the wireless satellite company burning through its cash are proposing to extend the company a 90-day lifeline in exchange for liens on the company’s assets, a strict monthly budget and other conditions….more

Rare & Historic Transit of Venus Across Sun Occurs Today

-via Space.com

"Skywatchers have the opportunity to witness history today (June 5), as the planet Venus rambles across the face of the sun in a rare event that will not be visible again for 105 years….more

Satellite Provider Backs Regulation

-via Tribune242.com

"A leading Bahamas-based satellite TV provider says it will have no problem being regulated by the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), telling Tribune Business it welcomed fair competition but could not compete with ‘rogue’ operators undercutting on price…..more

Satellite Spy Agency Donates 2 Hubble-like Telescopes to NASA

-via WashingtonPost.com

"NASA has received a gift from an unexpected source — the nation’s satellite spy agency. The space agency confirmed Monday that it has received a pair of giant identical telescopes from the National Reconnaissance Office, which oversees the country’s constellation of spy satellites. NASA says the spy agency built them and then decided it didn’t need them…..more

Cable, Satellite TV Complaints Jump 28 Percent in Q1

-via FierceCable.com

"The number of complaints the Federal Communications Commission received from cable and satellite TV subscribers jumped 28 percent during the first quarter of 2012, with most consumers filing complaints involving service, programing or billing issues…..more

Senate Passes 5 Percent Tax on Satellite TV to Help Schools

-via SunTimes.com

"The Illinois Senate narrowly voted Thursday to impose a $75 million tax on satellite television providers in a move GOP critics described as “just another tax increase…..more

Boston Looks to Curb Clutter of Satellite Dishes

-via Boston.com

"On Thursday, a Boston City Council committee finalized wording on an ordinance that seeks to clean satellite dish clutter. The proposal, supported by Mayor Thomas M. Menino, would require the removal of all out-of-use satellite dishes…..more

‘Space Archeologist’ Uses Satellites to Peer into the Past

-via WTVR.com

"As children, everyone dreams of finding a long-lost city, or countless archaeological treasures much like the ones discovered by Howard Carter in the tomb of Tutankhamen. Some of us never outgrow that desire to seek out and explore ancient ruins. And, as it turns out, much of the ancient world remains unexplored and undiscovered….more

Senate Committee Moves Satellite TV Tax‎

-via SJ-R.com

"A Senate committee approved a 5 percent tax on satellite television service on Wednesday, legislation Democrats said would put services like DirecTV and Dish Network on the same competitive playing field as cable television and raise money for education….more

Satellite Communication and Nigeria’s Survivability: A Case for NigComSat

-via VanguardNGR.com

"Can Nigeria survive future challenges of nation building, wealth creation, national security and global competitiveness without strategically applying Information Technology and Communication Satellites in particular?….more

Video Game Tech Helps Coordinate Satellite Docking

-via LiveScience.com

"The same technology that detects your dorky "Dance Central 2" moves on your Xbox may soon help small satellites coordinate docking in space….more

GeoEye Takeover Seen After DigitalGlobe Bid Backfires

-via BusinessWeek.com

"In the race to map Earth from space, GeoEye’s bid to swallow DigitalGlobe Inc. has left its own valuation at the lowest in three years. That could compel GeoEye to try and sell itself instead….more

Approaching Asteroid May Get Close Enough to Smash Satellites

-via NationalGeographic.com

"A newly discovered asteroid called 2012 DA14 will pass so close to Earth in February that it might hit a communications satellite, scientists say. "That’s very unlikely, but we can’t rule it out," said Paul Chodas, a planetary astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California….more

Japan Launches Commercial Rocket Business

-via WallStreetJournal.com

"Japan launched for the first time early Friday a rocket with a non-Japanese payload, fulfilling a spare-no-expense, two-decade quest to compete in the world’s $4.3 billion commercial satellite-launch business…..more

AEHF 2 Communications Satellite Keeps on Climbing

-via SpaceflightNow.com

"Avoiding the perilous past of its forerunner, the U.S. Air Force’s newly launched anti-jam communications satellite has successfully fired its main engine three times to maneuver toward the intended operational orbit…..more

Satellite TV Firm Tunes In To New Owner

-via SkyNews.com

"CSC Media Group, which is owned by the private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson, has hired Lepe Partners, a new merchant banking firm established by one of the City’s best-known media advisers, to find a new owner…..more

Mini-VSAT Broadband Service for Workboat Fleet Management

-via MarineLink.com

"This collaboration will deliver an end-to-end fleet management package for the commercial workboat and fishing markets, bringing Boatracs’ market leading software applications to vessels via a reliable broadband connection in a single package….more

Spacecraft Repair Droids Could Give Satellites Longer Lives

-via Space.com

"The ability to breathe new life into an aging satellite using robot mechanics could potentially boost satellite industry efficiency and reduce mission costs, and at least one aerospace firm is forging ahead with plans to do just that….more

LightSquared Pledges to Push Forward After Bankruptcy Filing

-via WashingtonPost.com

"LightSquared said in its bankruptcy filing Monday, it will continue to try to win over the Federal Communications Commission to get its satellite venture up and running — a process that can take up to two years….more

Dead Satellite Envisat May Be Space Junk for 150 Years

-via HuffingtonPost.com

"The $2.9 billion Envisat spacecraft, which is about the size of a school bus, went mysteriously silent about a month ago after 10 successful years of studying our planet from orbit. The European Space Agency (ESA) announced Wednesday that it had given up hope of recovering the satelite, which died a year before its planned 2013 decommissioning….more

Iran Readying to Launch New Spy Satellite, Defense Minister Says

-via TimesOfIsrael.com

"A senior Iranian official announced Sunday that the country’s newest spy satellite would launch next month. This is not the first time that Iran has announced the imminent launch of the Fajr reconnaissance satellite….more

Solar Manufacturers Hail 50th Anniversary of Telstar Satellite Launch

-via PCBDesign007.com

"Today marks T-minus two months to the 50th anniversary of the launch of the solar-powered Telstar satellite, which christened the modern media era by transmitting the first intercontinental television broadcasts…..more

Failing Satellites Jeopardize Ability to Accurately Forecast Weather

-via Herald-Review.com

"The number of U.S. satellites watching Earth is expected to plummet by the year 2020, and weather forecasting — including hurricane tracking — could suffer as a result, a new report warns…..more

Bangalore’s ISRO Satellite Center turns Forty

-via NDTV.com

"Since 1972, ISRO Sattelite Centre (ISAC) has built more than 50 satellites that cover a wide spectrum of technologies and applications such as TV broadcasting, telecommunications, telemedicine, distance education and radio networking among others, a release said…..more

Bourke to Host NBN Satellite Ground Station

-via SMN.com.au

"THE north-western NSW town of Bourke has been picked as one of 10 towns across Australia to host a satellite ground station as part of the national broadband network…..more

GeoEye Mulls Options as Rival Rejects Takeover Bid

-via Reuters.com

"Satellite imagery company GeoEye said on Monday it was disappointed that rival DigitalGlobe Inc has rejected its takeover offer and is considering its options…..more

Shared Space the Safest Way for Human Spaceflight

-via ChinaDaily.com

"The US space shuttle is no longer in service, and it will likely be several years before the United States can resume independent human spaceflight. As a result, China’s upcoming Shenzhou IX mission to the Tiangong-1 space module will be viewed by some Americans with envy….more

DirecTV’s Expansion in Latin America Curbs Cash Flow

-via WallStreetJournal.com

"Faced with a maturing pay-TV market in the U.S., DirecTV is betting on fast-growing Latin America markets like Brazil and Colombia—where pay-TV penetration remains low relative to the U.S.—to gain subscribers and boost profits….more

Bringing Satellite Measurements and Global Climate Models Closer

-via PDDNet.com

"One popular climate record that shows a slower atmospheric warming trend than other studies contains a data calibration problem, and when the problem is corrected the results fall in line with other records and climate models, according to a new University of Washington study……more

GNSS Agency Moves to Prague

-via EuroPolitics.info

"The lower chamber of the Czech Parliament announced, on 3 May, that it has given the green light to the transfer to Prague of the administrative headquarters of the agency in charge of managing Europe’s own global navigation satellite system, Galileo…..more

Farming by GPS Saves Money, Environment

-via TheCuttingEdgeNews.com

"As spring planting goes into high gear in the United States, farmers are going high-tech in order to use less fertilizer, save money and protect the environment. Satellite-based GPS navigation systems are becoming standard on modern farm equipment, helping farmers get the most from their fields….more

Ergen Lays Out Dish Network’s 10-year Plan

-via Boston.com

"Charlie Ergen, the billionaire who controls Dish Network Corp., has a 10-year plan to transform the satellite TV provider into a one-stop shop for Internet access, video and voice services at home and on the go….more

BSkyB Distances Itself From NewsCorp, Posts Profit

-via CNBC.com

"Satellite broadcaster BSkyB sought to distance itself from the phone hacking controversy on Wednesday after British lawmakers suggested the ties to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp might endanger its licence….more

Will Hulu Soon Require a Cable or Satellite Subscription?

-via Mashable.com

"The battle between TV Everywhere and online streaming is getting more intense, amidst reports that Hulu will soon require a cable or satellite subscription to access the latest network content…..more

China Launches Two Navigation Satellites

-via SpaceDaily.com

"The Beidou-2 satellites, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan, was boosted by a Long March-3B carrier rocket and has entered the scheduled orbit…..more

Dedicated Satellites for Navy, IAF to be Launched Soon

-via IndiaTimes.com

"Armed with the capability of providing real time data from multiple sites, the dedicated communication satellites for Indian Navy and Air Force will be launched in the next two years, government told the Lok Sabha today…..more

A Military and Intelligence Clash Over Spy Satellites

-via NYTimes.com

"The nation’s spies and its military commanders are at odds over the future of America’s spy satellites, a divide that could determine whether the United States government will increasingly rely on its own eyes in the sky or on less costly commercial technology."….more

International Attempts to Save Envisat

-via Scanex.ru

"ESA specialists are trying to reestablish communication with the world largest civil RS satellite – ENVISAT. The radio contact with the satellite was suddenly lost on April 8 within the footprint of the Kiruna receiving station (Sweden). "….more

Air Force Halts Northrop Grumman Satellite Program

-via DailyBreeze.com

"The U.S. Air Force has terminated a weather satellite program in the South Bay, the military branch said Thursday. Northrop’s Aerospace Systems sector in Redondo Beach was the prime contractor for the Defense Weather Satellite System."….more

India Launches Surveillance Satellite in ‘Grand Success’

-via Space.com

"India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle blasted off Thursday with a radar surveillance satellite designed to obtain all-weather, day-and-night ground imagery for national security and environmental applications."….more

Satellite System Will Speed Up Tsunami Warnings

-via Nature.com

"NASA and a group of universities known as the READI network have begun testing an earthquake-warning system based on satellite data from the Global Positioning System (GPS). The method could have allowed Japanese officials to issue accurate warnings of the deadly March 2011 earthquake and tsunami ten times faster than they did, say scientists."….more

North Korea to Launch Satellites ‘One After Another’

-via Telegraph.co.uk

"North Korea has vowed to launch satellites "one after another", vigorously rejecting international condemnation of an April 13 launch that was seen overseas as a disguised ballistic missile test."….more

Inmarsat-2 F4 Satellite Switched Off Just Shy of 20th Birthday

-via SatNews.com

"The Company’s second-generation Inmarsat-2 F4 satellite has been switched off just days short of its 20th birthday. The spacecraft was built by a British Aerospace consortium with a projected operational lifespan of 10 years."….more

Europe’s Earth Observation Satellite Falls Silent

-via BusinessWeek.com

"The European Space Agency says it has lost contact with its Earth observation satellite Envisat. Efforts to resume communications have been unsuccessful since it fell silent April 8."….more

DMCii’s Detailed Satellite Imagery Helps Brazil Stamp Out Deforestation

-via SpatialNews.com

"Remote sensing solutions provider DMC International Imaging Ltd (DMCii) has signed a contract with Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) to deliver near real-time satellite imagery to monitor forest clearing in the Amazon rainforest and target illegal logging as it happens."….more

NOAA Retires GOES-7 After 25 years of Weather, Communications Service

-via EPOnline.com

"The GOES-7 satellite, one of NOAA’s earliest geostationary satellites, was moved into a higher orbit and retired from service. Launched in 1987, GOES-7 first served as a critical weather satellite, capturing images of developing hurricanes and other severe storms that impacted the United States."….more

NASA Funds Giant Flower-Shaped Satellite Concept

-via DigitalTrends.com

"Looking for unique renewable energy solutions, NASA has decided to throw some funding behind a giant flower-shaped satellite, in an attempt to harness the power of the sun."….more

Gambit 3 – The “Key Hole” KH-8 Spy Satellite

-via SeattlePI.com

"Like its predecessor, the KH-7, Gambit 3 was also a photo recon bird taking high resolution photographs using four cameras and vastly improved black and white film. Resolution reportedly was twice as good as that of the KH-7 at 0.5 meters."….more

Russian Satellite Falls Into Pacific Ocean: Report

-via LiveScience.com

"A dead Russian military satellite that circled the Earth for more than 15 years has plunged into a watery grave in the Pacific Ocean, according to Russian news reports."….more

Sirius XM Can Expand Opportunity In Auto Sector

-via SeekingAlpha.com

"Sirius XM Satellite Radio (SIRI) has long term deals with virtually every automaker that sells cars in North America. Over the past five years its added deals with Certified Pre-Owned cars through those same manufacturers."….more

UH Engineering Team Creates Small Satellite, Earns NASA Grant

-via KITV.com

"It’s a project that’s been two years in the making and included thousands of hours of volunteer work. Now, a team of University of Hawaii college students is stunning the world with its almost-ready-to-launch cube satellite."….more

What’s Behind North Korea’s Launch Plans?

-via CNN.com

"All eyes this week are on North Korea, which looks set to move forward with a provocative long-range missile launch. Last month, Pyongyang announced it would launch a rocket carrying a satellite sometime between Thursday and April 16 to mark the 100th anniversary of its founder, Kim Il Sung."….more

What Does a Bankrupt LightSquared Have to Offer?

-via GigaOM.com

"LightSquared’s backer, Philip Falcone, explained on Thursday his rationale for a voluntary bankruptcy filing for the would-be wholesale LTE network provider as opposed to selling the company and its assets. Given the paucity of actual assets in LightSquared, and the fact that Falcone has invested billions so far into LightSquared, this is almost a no-brainer."….more

Space Junk Floats Above Us in Night Sky

-via AlamogordoNews.org

"When many of us look up into the night sky, we are awe-inspired by what we see and contemplate: the unimaginably large universe, with its planets, stars, galaxies and clouds of glowing gas, stretching out in all directions farther than we can even begin to fathom."….more

Houston’s IAH Upgrades To Satellite

-via KUHF.org

"The Federal Aviation Administration is changing the way we travel by air. Houston is one of 21 cities in the country to be retooled with an aviation system, improving on-time flights and increase safety and fuel efficiency."….more

Galileo Satellites Intensify Competition on the Market of Navigation

-via Indrus.in

"Two satellites of the European Galileo global navigation satellite system have successfully passed flight tests. Full satellite group will consist of 30 devices, and there are plans of its expansion after 2015. Apparently, the competition between the navigation systems of different countries is growing."….more

Satellite Mission Seeks Gravity Data Renaissance

-via OilAndGasJournal.com

"Leeds, UK, has begun an industry-funded research study to enhance the resolution of satellite-derived gravity data used in the search for hydrocarbon-bearing structures under the world’s oceans and seas."….more

Utilities Increasingly Using Satellite Communications Technology

-via FierceSmartGrid.com

"An in-depth analysis of how utilities are using a wide range of public and private communications technologies shows that satellite technology is a growing component of utility telecommunications, with the majority of utilities (60 percent) using satellite communications to run the electric grid infrastructure."….more

Research: Over 1 Million U.S. Cable Subscribers Cut Cord in 2011

-via Time.com

"Cable and satellite TV subscription growth slowed down more than had been previously reported, and cord-cutting was a primary factor. But don’t worry about it — a revolution that will re-create the current multi-channel access paradigm is still a long way away."….more

A Satellite System That Could End Circling Above the Airport

-via NYTimes.com

"Capt. Mike Adams demonstrated what the future will look like at the nation’s airports as he pulled back on the throttles of his Boeing 737 flight simulator, setting the engines on idle to glide smoothly from his cruising altitude all the way down to the runway." ….more

Space ‘Sailboat’ Could Offer Solar Storm Early Warning System

-via ChicagoTribune.com

"Man first navigated the world using a sailboat–now, it might navigate the solar system in a similar fashion with the invention of the "solar sail," a satellite attachment hat uses the sun’s radiation to move around the solar system." ….more

Korea Sends Weather Satellite to Sri Lanka

-via DailyNews.lk

"The Korean government will hand over a satellite reception and analysis ground system for COMS (Communication, Ocean and Meteorological Satellite) to the Meteorological Department on April 5 at 11 am at the department." ….more

Auction for Bundesliga Broadcast Rights Heats Up

-via Reuters.com

"Broadcasters and telecommunications companies are going head-to-head for rights to broadcast top-flight German soccer league matches as a deadline to submit bids in an auction runs out on Monday." ….more

National Weather Service Budget Cuts Misguided, Misplaced

-via WashingtonPost.com

"Is there something wrong with this picture of enormous investments for satellites at the expense of relatively miniscule costs of valuable components of NWS’s operational mission? In the opinion of many, including myself, the answer is a confident yes." ….more

First NBN Wireless Customers Go Live in Armidale

-via ITWire.com

"Activ8me, a provider of the NBN interim satellite service has connected its first six customers to the NBN fixed wireless network in areas around Armidale in NSW." ….more

Swarm of Satellite-Operated Lasers for Asteroid Deflection

-via Photonics.com

"A swarm of small satellite-operated lasers could deflect asteroids headed for a catastrophic collision with Earth, a discovery that could radically change asteroid deflection technology. " ….more

Satellite Jamming Becoming a Big Problem in Middle East, North Africa

-via ARSTechnica.com

"The Arab Spring has had yet another consequence—satellite jamming, and the practice is serious enough to threaten the satellite operators’ business. Two operators, Arabsat and Nilesat, complained about the jamming in the Satellite 2012 Conference in Washington, D.C. last week." ….more

North Korea Reveals Details of Controversial Satellite

-via WashingtonPost.com

"North Korea says it aims to estimate crop production and analyze natural resources when it launches a satellite on a long-range rocket next month. The United States and South Korea view the launch as a cover for testing long-range missile technology." ….more

Satellite-TV Hacking Allegations Return for Murdoch

-via Wired.com

"It’s been four years since Rupert Murdoch’s NDS subsidiary was largely cleared in a civil lawsuit charging that the company employed hackers to sabotage rival companies. Now the allegations have surfaced again." ….more

Opinion: Satellite Security Requires More Rules, Not Fewer

-via HuffingtonPost.com

"A non-binding code of conduct of the sort proposed by the European Union in 2010 is currently the best way to improve outer space security. A treaty banning space weapons is not realistic both because defining a "space weapon" is infinitely difficult given the dual-use nature of space assets." ….more

North Korea Reaffirms Plan to Launch Satellite

-via NYTimes.com

"North Korea said on Tuesday that it would press ahead with its plan to launch a satellite into orbit next month, rebuffing President Obama and other world leaders who told the country to cancel the launch or face additional sanctions and the loss of food aid." ….more

Dish Sees Spectrum for Wireless Service

-via JournalGazette.net

"Dish Network Corp., the satellite-TV company seeking government approval for mobile-phone service, will probably avoid the interference concerns that thwarted a similar plan by LightSquared Inc., executives and analysts said." ….more

Professor, Grad Student Using Satellite Info to Study Lagoon System

-via Daytona Beach News Journal.com

"When officials monitoring the health of the Indian River Lagoon system went looking for someone to map sea grass and phytoplankton, they didn’t have to go far. A professor and graduate student at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach were already interested in just such research." ….more

Bringing Broadband to the Boonies: The Odyssey Begins

-via CNET.com

"This is the first installment in a five-part Crave series detailing writer Eric Mack’s long struggle to get a broadband connection in rural New Mexico, where he lives." ….more

Second Life for Failed Russian Satellite?

-via ScienceMag.org

"It’s not dead yet! A Russian satellite on the brink of being de-orbited could still have a second life—as communications support for scientists in Antarctica. That’s the idea of William Readdy and Dennis Wingo." ….more

Satellites Map Earth’s Vital Resources

-via RedOrbit.com

"Recent studies show that satellite radar data can be exploited to map forest height, 3D forest structure and their natural or anthropogenic disturbance with high spatial resolution and accuracy." ….more

Next-Generation GPS Satellites Designed in Virtual Reality

-via Space.com

" A new factory built to crank out the next generation of advanced Global Positioning System satellites will draw upon some Hollywood magic: 3D glasses and virtual reality." ….more

Free Satellite TV for Africa

-via MyBroadband.co.za

" Samsung Electronics has unveiled plans to launch TVs that have built-in satellite decoders, with the aim of giving viewers access to around 60 channels for free." ….more

Expert: Egypt Satellite Program Struggling

-via UPI.com

" Egypt is struggling to make progress in gaining intelligence satellite capabilities, an Israeli space security expert said." ….more

FCC Plans New Rules on Satellite Airwaves

-via WallStreetJournal.com

"Federal telecommunications regulators began deliberations Wednesday on new regulations to open up satellite airwaves for more wireless phone usage and to set standards for how companies should use the airwaves in their next-generation wireless networks." ….more

Airlines Look to Satellites for Wi-Fi Internet in the Sky

-via Sci-Tech-Today.com

"Because they have few limits on bandwidth and can transmit data when planes are flying over water, satellites are an attractive option for U.S. airlines that are still figuring out the best and most affordable ways to deliver Internet on flights." ….more

DirecTV Begins Working on broadcasting Ultra HDTV Signals

-via DigitalTrends.com

"According to a report from Advanced Television, DirecTV is rolling out plans regarding upgrades that will eventually send out an Ultra HDTV signal." ….more

NigComSat Goes Commercial As FG Takes Delivery of Facility

-via AllAfrica.com

"Nigeria formally took delivery of its communication satellite and in-orbit delivery of Nigeria Communication Satellite (NigComSat-1R) yesterday with President Goodluck Jonathan, urging Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to henceforth deploy and take advantage of this new technology, thereby making it mandatory for all government agencies to use the facility" ….more

Ground Crews Save $1.7B US Military Satellite Stuck in Wrong Orbit

-via WashingtonPost.com

"Air Force ground controllers delicately rescued a $1.7 billion military communications satellite last year that had been stranded in the wrong orbit and at risk of blowing up — all possibly because a piece of cloth had been left in a critical fuel line during manufacture" ….more

North Korea Invites Foreigners to Satellite Launch

-via CNN.com

"North Korea will invite foreign space experts and journalists to witness the launch of a satellite that the United States and other nations see as a provocation, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said Saturday" ….more

George Clooney And The New-Ethics of Satellite Surveillance

-via IBTimes.com

"George Clooney believes that he has found evidence of the Sudanese government murdering its own citizens. Using images from space satellites, the Hollywood actor, with help from the Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP), documented crimes against humanity taking place in sub-Saharan Africa" ….more

Arianespace "Power of Three" Strategy Spotlighted at Washington’s Satellite 2012 Event

-via Space-Travel.com

"Arianespace’s new "Power of Three" theme is making its industry debut at this week’s Satellite 2012 event in Washington, D.C., where the company is underscoring the synergy, availability, reliability and commercial advantages of its full launcher family – while also adding new payloads to its order book." ….more

VIDEO: ISS Robot Dextre Refuels Satellites

-via BBC.co.um

"Dextre, a Canadian-built robot has competed a satellite refuelling trial on the International Space Station. Currently, once they run out of fuel satellites become space junk, and nearly 200 of them are orbiting the planet, posing a risk of collisions." ….more

DPRK to launch satellite next month: KCNA

-via ChinaDaily.com

"The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is to launch in mid-April a working satellite, Kwangmyongsong-3, manufactured by itself with indigenous technology to mark the 100th birth anniversary of President Kim Il-sung, the official news agency KCNA reported Friday." ….more

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