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Saturday, September 27, 2014

This Week in Satellite News! (20 Sep – 27 Sep 2014)

Vincent Capezzuto Joins Aireon’s Executive Team
By Caleb Henry, September 25, 2014 [Via Satellite 09-25-2014]
Aireon has added Vincent Capezzuto to its management team as chief technology officer and vice president of engineering. Capezzuto is responsible for leading the design, development and implementation of the AireonSpace-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast system.
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SingTel Appointed as Global Xpress VAR

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By Caleb Henry, September 22, 2014 [Via Satellite 09-22-2014]
Inmarsat has selected SingTel to serve as a Value Added Reseller for Global Xpress (GX) with an emphasis on Asian and African markets. Singtel will focus primarily on customers in energy and media, among other verticals. The companies will also collaborate on a wholesale, managed Ka-band service supported by GX.
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Aireon to offer satellite tracking free to help search for missing planes
By Alwyn Scott and Jeffrey Dastin
New York Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:06am EDT
(Reuters) - Aireon LLC, a provider of satellite-based aircraft monitoring, said on Monday it will offer its tracking data for free to help authorities search for future missing planes. The system will go live in 2017, when its parent company Iridium Communications Inc finishes installing 66 next-generation satellites plus spares that will provide real-time data to air traffic control centers.
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Bombardier picks Iridium satcom for CSeries, details Global cabin connectivity plan RGN

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21 September 2014
Bombardier has further honed the satcom plan for its CSeries twinjet, selecting Iridium to power its avionics, RGN can reveal. “We’re starting by offering Iridium as the main satcom system to support the flight deck, including ACARS,” says Bombardier CSeries program director Sebastien Mullot. “It’s a very customer driven decision; we have been considering both Inmarsat and Iridium for a while, and we have more market demand for Iridium than Inmarsat due to the lower cost of Iridium, its weight and the fact that the system recently has been certified for [some] safety provisions.”
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Another Iridium NEXT Milestone Achieved With Successful Qualification of Its Unique Solar Panel Power System
New Design That Increases Performance and Reduces Costs for the Next-Generation Satellite Constellation is Now Ready for Manufacturing.
MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)
Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:IRDM) today announced the completion of an extensive testing program for qualification of its new solar panel design for the Iridium NEXT constellation. The innovative array that powers the Iridium NEXT satellites, expected to begin launching in 2015, contains four solar panels and will span 9.4 meters when fully extended, developing more than 2 kilowatts of power over a demanding charging cycle in Iridium's low earth orbit. The panel was developed by Spectrolab, the world's leading manufacturer of high-efficiency multijunction space solar cells and panels, and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO), a premier supplier of lightweight solar panel substrates.
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