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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

This week in Satellite News! (14Sep - 20Sep 2014)


O3b Ka-Band Constellation becomes Operational
Monday, 01 September 2014
O3b Networks today confirmed that in-orbit testing of its latest satellites has been successfully completed and the satellites have been commissioned into its eight-strong Ka-band constellation.
The first four satellites launched in June 2013 and another four in July 2014. O3b says that the constellation is now fully operational, allowing it to launch services on a global basis. The launch of a further four satellites is scheduled for early next year.
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Globalstar Releases the 9600 - The worlds smallest satellite data hotspot

Covington, LA, Sept. 4, 2014 (Globe Newswire)
Globalstar, Inc. has released its newest data solution, the Globalstar 9600™, meeting satellite phone owners' demands for fast and dependable communications when off the grid. With the 9600, Globalstar customers can now use a convenient app to seamlessly pair their existing satellite phone and smartphone to send and receive email over the world's most modern satellite network.
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SIA Deems Ex-Im Bank ‘Critical’ to US Satellite industry
August 18, 2014
In less than two months the United States Congress must make a decision on the fate of the Export-Import Bank, an independent federal agency designed to provide export financing when private banks are not able. The satellite industry around the world stands out as the quickest-growing market the bank supports, which makes this decision pivotal for satellite as a whole.

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Space industry looks at DoD's UAV broadband requirements
August 19, 2014
The space industry is working with the US Department of Defense to help better shape the broadband requirements of unmanned air vehicles in years to come, an industry executive has revealed.
UAVs are commonplace in many US military operations, but the full motion and high definition video capability that is continually required to be streamed from them means it continues to rely on commercial capabilities for satellite communications (SATCOM), Skot Butler, vice-president of satellite networks and space services at Intelsat General, says.

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Globalstar Announces the Retirement of Anthony J. ("Tony") Navarra, President Space Operations
August 21, 2014
today announced that Tony Navarra will be retiring after more than 20 years with Globalstar. Tony's retirement will become effective on October 2, 2014 and he will continue as a consultant for one year thereafter. His responsibilities and management duties will be divided between the current directors of satellite operations and satellite engineering, reporting to the CEO.

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Inmarsat in talks with airlines in Asia for tracking services
August 22, 2014
INMARSAT said executives are talking to officials of airlines in the Asia Pacific region for installation of the satellite operator’s satellite-tracking system. “We are in discussions with a number of airlines in the Asia Pacific region regarding testing and use of ‘SB [SwiftBroadband] Safety’ over the next year, but we have not yet announced any specific airlines,” said Bill Peltola, Inmarsat senior director of Aviation Asia Pacific.
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Iridium GO!(TM), World's First Truly Global Mobile Satellite Hotspot, Now Available
July 28, 2014

Iridium Communications Inc. today announced broad availability of the world's first truly global mobile satellite hotspot. The new Iridium GO!TM connects to smartphones and tablets by creating a satellite-based Wi-Fi zone, dramatically extending voice and data coverage of these devices when they are out of range of terrestrial networks. This first of its kind product is also the lowest cost device and service offering that Iridium has ever made, making global connectivity more affordable than ever.
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SES Receives Approval from GSA to Sell O3b Services
July 28, 2014
Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) received General Services Administration (GSA) approval to offer O3b services on their GSA Schedule as of July 8, 2014. This allows SES GS to be the first distribution partner to offer O3b capability directly to the U.S. Government.
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Intelsat General Among Companies Selected to Enable U.S. Air Force Deployment of Hosted Payload Missions
July 28, 2014
Intelsat General Corp., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, has been selected by the U.S. Air Force to participate in a half-billion-dollar, 15-year program to place government payloads aboard commercial satellites.
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RedPort XGate Satellite Email Expands To Globalstar Sat-Fi, Iridium GO!
July 30, 2014
RedPort Global, the leader in advancing satellite data speeds and services, today announced that it has updated the industry-leading XGate satellite email and data service to provide data services with the Globalstar Sat-Fi and Iridium GO! satellite Wi-Fi terminals. Customers will be able to access these services using the devices they already have, including smartphones, tablets and computers running Apple iOS, Google Android, Macintosh and Microsoft Windows. X
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Iridium Sees Major M2M Growth, Keeps Pace with Iridium NEXT
August 1, 2014
Iridium has signed a major contract with a prominent Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for use of its satellite services. Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium announced the win was one of multiple heavy equipment OEM customer deals the company has landed or is in the process of completing during the company’s second quarter earnings call, July 31, 2014.
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