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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

This Week in Satellite News! (Apr 18 – Apr 25 2016)

Thales Alenia Space wins initial funding for high-altitude platform

PARIS —Space-hardware manufacturer Thales Alenia Space on April 26 contracted with the French state investment bank, Bpifrance, to build a prototype high-altitude platform for future telecommunications, Earth observation and surveillance missions.
The Stratobus project, which Thales Alenia Space has been designing for several years, has won 17 million euros ($19.2 million) in backing from France’s Investing in the Future public bond program to reduce technology risks over 24 months.
In addition, four French regional governments whose industry will be on Thales Alenia Space’s Stratobus contracting team have committed to another 3 million euros in support.

View of the Earth
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Cobham Satcom’s Explorer 540 BGAN M2M Terminal Gains Inmarsat Type Approval

Cobham Satcom has started shipping its new Explorer 540 Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) terminal for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications, following Inmarsat Class 2 Type Approval and Inmarsat BGAN M2M certification. Explorer 540 is the first M2M communication terminal designed to operate on both Inmarsat BGAN and LTE/3G/2G cellular networks.
The Explorer 540 delivers real-time M2M communication for diverse applications including IP Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) for data backhaul, asset tracking, real-time surveillance and remote telemetry.

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Titan Desert Mountain Bike Competition to use Spot Satellite Trackers

The organizers of this year’s Titan Desert extreme mountain biking race have chosen to deploy Spot Gen3 satellite trackers to enhance the safety of the 400 race competitors. Taking place from April 24to 30, the 11th Titan Desert race, sees extreme cyclists ride more than 660km across Morocco’s cold Middle Atlas mountains followed by vast expanses of searing hot desert. Mobile communications in this remote and harsh terrain are either limited or completely non-existent, making satellite the only reliable means of communication.
Each participant will have a Spot Gen3 on their backpack, allowing race organizers, emergency support teams, sponsors, family and friends to precisely track each rider’s location online. Approximately 100 race marshals and operations personnel will also carry a Spot Gen3 device. In the case of emergency, a rider can press the device’s SOS button to request help. The Spot Gen3 transmits his or her location to the organizing team, making it easy to dispatch the closest support within minutes.

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2Ku is Live: Gogo, Aeromexico Launch Satellite IFC System

Gogo has ushered in its highly anticipated 2Ku satellite-based In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) technology, announcing that the system is live on five aircraft in Aeromexico’s fleet. The first aircraft to fly with 2Ku is an Aeromexico Boeing 737-800 aircraft with Sky Interior serving several destinations in the Americas.
“This is a groundbreaking milestone for Gogo as it signifies that the 2Ku era has officially taken flight," said Michael Small, Gogo's president and CEO. "Aeromexico was the first to commit to the service and we couldn't be more excited to have their passengers be the first to experience this game-changing technology."

Gogo’s 2Ku satellite antenna
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Senate bill cuts other NASA programs to fund SLS and Orion

WASHINGTON — An appropriations bill approved by a Senate committee April 21 provides a significant increase to NASA’s human space exploration programs by trimming funds from many other major NASA programs.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved unanimously a commerce, justice and science (CJS) spending bill for fiscal year 2017 during a markup session, two days after the CJS subcommittee approved the bill. None of the amendments considered by the committee affected NASA.
The bill provides $19.306 billion for NASA, an increase of more than $280 million from the administration’s request for fiscal year 2017 released in February. However, NASA’s exploration account, which includes SLS and Orion, is increased by nearly $1 billion from the request.

Engineers developing Orion’s thermal protection system have been improving the spacecraft’s heat shield design and manufacturing process since the vehicle successfully traveled to space for the first time last year. Credit: NASA
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Eutelsat to Power Upcoming Russian Broadband Service with Gilat Technology

Eutelsat has selected a SkyEdge 2-c hub with X-Architecture and SkyEdge 2-c small user terminals from Gilat to deliver broadband services in Western Russia. Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) will host the hub at its Dubna satellite center near Moscow.
The Gilat equipment will power a new range of broadband services in Western Russia. Eutelsat plans to launch new commercial services in the region in July using the new Express AMU1/Eutelsat 36C satellite. The satellite’s high throughput payload comprises 18 Ka-band beams delivering continuous coverage of Western Russia, from the Arctic coastline to the Caspian Sea.

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Global Maritime Satellite Communications Market - Value to Double Over the Next Decade

The value of the global maritime satellite communications market will double over the next decade, with a CAGR of 6% in terminals and 8% in revenue over the 10-year period. Ever-increasing data communications needs and the massive launch of new generation High Throughput Satellite (HTS) systems are expected to drive both the growth in the market and consolidation in the value chain.
Even though the economic environment is unfavorable due to oversupply in merchant capacity and falling oil prices, the maritime satcom market has maintained its high growth in the last 12 months. Driven by both fast-increasing communications requirements per vessel and aggressive marketing initiatives by service providers, the maritime VSAT market grew by 15% in terminals and 9% in revenues in the last year.
The global maritime satcom market reached an unprecedented level of 368,000 terminals, $816 million in revenue at the satellite operator level and close to $1.6 billion in revenue at the service provider level. A total of 7 Gbps of C- and Ku-band capacity was used for maritime VSAT business, compared to less than 2 Gbps in 2010.

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Inmarsat bolsters aero-broadband portfolio with lease of Telenor Thor 7 capacity

PARIS—Mobile satellite services provider Inmarsat has entered into a multi-year contract with Telenor Satellite of Norway to lease a large piece of the mobile Ka-band broadband capacity on Telenor’s Thor 7 satellite, industry officials said.
The agreement will allow London-based Inmarsat to bolster its growing aeronautical broadband portfolio over Europe and the North Atlantic air routes beyond Inmarsat’s own Global Xpress satellite, and without waiting for Inmarsat’s European air-to-ground network to deploy.
Inmarsat and Oslo-based Telenor officials declined to comment on the issue, but industry officials said the deal was concluded several months ago.

Thor 7 mobility beam
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

This Week in Satellite News! (Apr 11 – Apr 18 2016)

Inmarsat Performs Live Global Xpress Broadcast from Rio de Janeiro

Inmarsat is performing its first transcontinental live demonstration of Global Xpress (GX) broadcast capabilities during the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev. The demonstration features a live broadcast from Rio de Janeiro via GX.
Following the launch of its Global Xpress service for broadcasters last month, and combined with a portfolio of L-band newsgathering solutions, Inmarsat will deliver enhanced, tailored solutions for mobile journalists, broadcasters and content creators, in conjunction with its channel partners and third party software and service providers.
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Senate bill gives NASA $19.3 billion for 2017

WASHINGTON — A fiscal year 2017 spending bill approved by a Senate appropriations subcommittee April 19 would give NASA $19.3 billion, nearly the same as 2016 but with a significant increase for the agency’s Space Launch System program.
The overall NASA funding in the commerce, justice and science (CJS) bill is $21 million above what the agency received in 2016. It is also $275 million above the administration’s overall request for NASA, which used a combination of discretionary and mandatory funds to get around spending caps, a maneuver this bill does not adopt.
“The bill before us funds NASA at $19.3 billion, preserving the funding Congress provided in 2016,” said subcommittee chairman Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) at the brief, uncontentious markup session for the bill. “This level makes it possible for the agency to continue supporting ongoing science and exploration missions, especially the Space Launch System and Orion capsule development.”

When NASA announced the completion of the Space Launch System's critical design review Oct. 22, it also released an updated illustration of the rocket, with the core stage now orange instead of white. NASA said in a press release that orange is "the natural color of the insulation that will cover those elements," as was the case with the shuttle's external tank. Not explained in the release, those, are the curved gray and orange stripes on the solid rocket boosters. Some think they are intended to evoke memories of the shuttle itself or the logo of original shuttle contractor Rockwell International — or, perhaps, computer game company Atari. Credit: NASA
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Globalstar and Manx Telecom to Develop Integrated Cellular and Mobile Satellite Service

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc., and Isle of Man-based Manx Telecom, have partnered to develop EMN, a new multiple technology communications system that aims to switch between multiple cellular networks and a Direct-to-User (DtU) mobile satellite network. Using Globalstar’s Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation, EMN is intending to be a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) solution that will enable users to communicate as normal with their existing devices, such as smartphones or tablets, but with ubiquitous nationwide coverage via satellite operations.
With EMN, which uses Manx Telecom’s Smart SIM technology, when a user’s signal level begins to weaken due to the limited reach of the carrier’s coverage or disappears due to a natural or man-made disaster, connectivity will be automatically handed over to another mobile network that is in range. If a terrestrial network is not available, network connectivity will be transferred onto Globalstar’s system.
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OneWeb Satellites to open factory in Florida with eyes on business beyond OneWeb

PARIS — Start-up Internet satellite constellation operator OneWeb LLC will build most of  its 900-satellite constellation in a new factory in Exploration Park, Florida, following a co-funding agreement with the state of Florida, industry officials said.
The long-expected announcement was to be confirmed April 19 at a ceremony attended by OneWeb officials and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, officials said.
The creation of the Florida manufacturing plant adds another piece to the OneWeb puzzle, but at least two more-important decisions are expected from the company this year.

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Inmarsat Grants Type Approval for Skyware Atom 99 Global Xpress Terminal

Inmarsat has granted full type approval for Skyware’s Atom 99 terminal, for use over its high-speed broadband service, Global Xpress (GX). Skyware’s Atom 99 terminal will enable media and broadcasters to take the new lightweight, portable receiver dish to where the news is happening anywhere in the world, providing high quality live broadcast capabilities in even the most inaccessible regions.
The terminal, manufactured by Skyware Technologies, features a receiver dish measuring 99 cm in diameter, making it the most-powerful portable GX terminal for the enterprise market to date.
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'BEAM' Aboard: Experimental Inflatable Room Attached to Space Station

The International Space Station gained a brand new room on Saturday (April 16), but it will be another month before it grows large enough for the astronauts to enter.
A first-of-its-type inflatable structure, the BEAM — or Bigelow Expandable Activity Module — built by Bigelow Aerospace, was attached to the rear-facing port of the space station's Tranquility node. It is the first new addition to the orbiting outpost in five years.
Launched inside the unpressurized trunk of a SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule on April 8, the BEAM arrived at the space station two days later.

'BEAM' Aboard: Experimental Inflatable Room Attached to Space Station
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Commercial Aero Connectivity Market Will be Worth $4.6 Billion by 2025

Commercial aircraft connectivity markets are forecasted to reach retail revenues of $4.6 billion by 2025, according to Northern Sky Research’s (NSR) recent report, “Aeronautical Satcom Markets, 4th Edition.” Market growth is driven by in-flight passenger connectivity, reaching new heights with High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity.
“Quality of IFC service is an issue that airlines will need to consider seriously as part of their brand value, if take rates of expensive satcom and air-to-ground services are to grow in step with the interest of travelers,” said Claude Rousseau, NSR research director and report author.

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Get ready to stream Netflix, Hulu on flights with next-gen satellite broadband

In-flight Wi-Fi is about to get better. Companies such as Gogo, Panasonic, ViaSat, and Global Eagle Entertainment are working on next-generation satellite-based Wi-Fi solutions that should provide better bandwidth, speeds, and coverage than what’s currently offered now.
Domestically, Internet is typically provided through air-to-ground (ATG) technology. Gogo’s ATG service, the dominant provider, isbased on a cellular radio network, meaning it relies on land-based towers. That also means the plane will possibly experience dead spots in connectivity as it moves from one service area to another, or over large bodies of water. The maximum download bandwidth of the first-generation technology is only 3.1Mbps, although the company’s newer ATG-4 service supports up to 9.8Mbps. Virgin America, one of the more tech-savvy airlines, was the first to roll out ATG-4 across its fleet.

Get ready to stream Netflix, Hulu on flights with next-gen satellite broadband
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

This Week in Satellite News! (Apr 4 – Apr 11 2016)

Successful SpaceX Launch and Landing Boosts Reusability Confidence

SpaceX’s success in launching and landing a Falcon 9 rocket Friday is elevating the company’s confidence that it will recover more boosters going forward. SpaceX is now planning a test campaign around the recovered first stage with intentions of flying it again on a commercial mission later this year.
The April 8 Commercial Resupply Services 8 (CRS-8) mission for NASA sent the Dragon spacecraft with 7,000lbs  (about 3,200Kg) of cargo, including the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), on its way to the International Space Station (ISS). The Falcon 9’s first stage then landed on the barge-turned-ship “Of Course I Still Love You” in the Atlantic Ocean later that afternoon. Dragon reached the ISS on April 10, where crew bolted the spacecraft onto the station’s Harmony module.

Stage after landing
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Could Satellite Messaging Startup Higher Ground Bring Down the 911 System?

Higher Ground might be the only Silicon Valley startup promising not to disrupt its entire industry. This small satellite messaging business is battling claims by telecoms companies that its SatPaq device could interfere with their services, interrupt life-saving emergency calls and even cause major outages across the United States.
IEEE Spectrum can reveal that for the past several years, Higher Ground has been quietly developing SatPaq, a smartphone case with a flip-up antenna that communicates with geostationary satellites. Connecting to a smartphone messaging app via Bluetooth, SatPaq can send and receive text messages and email almost anywhere in the United States, including the wilds of Alaska.

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ULA delays next launch indefinitely to check Atlas 5 engine issue

WASHINGTON – United Launch Alliance announced April 8 that it has indefinitely delayed the next launch of its Atlas 5 rocket after the most recent launch of a Cygnus cargo spacecraft included a premature shutdown of the first stage engine.
ULA had planned to use its workhorse Atlas 5 rocket to launch a U.S. Navy narrowband communications satellite May 5. But during the March 22 launch of the OA-6 mission, used to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, the Atlas 5’s first stage engine shut down six seconds early, requiring the upper stage to fire more than a minute longer than planned to place the spacecraft into the proper orbit.
ULA officials said March 27 they would push back the launch of their next Atlas 5 mission, known as Mobile User Objective System-5, by at least a week to no earlier than May 12.

OA-6 launch
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Life Over Earth: Astronaut's 'Most Incredible' Space Station Experiences | Video
ESA astronaut Tim Peake, currently aboard the International Space Station, gives an update on the amazing sights he's seen during his stay. Also, he explains how he's been adapting to living in Space and calls his spacewalk the "most incredible experience" of his life.
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SES ready to invest in reusable rockets, in-orbit satellite servicing

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator SES on April 7 said it was ready to invest in satellite in-orbit refueling and in-orbit payload swaps in addition to its previously stated willingness to be the first customer to use a refurbished SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage for a launch.
In its annual report to investors, released after Luxembourg-based SES’s annual shareholder meeting, the company presented itself as pushing the envelope of new rocket and satellite technologies even as it keeps focused on the bottom line and increases its dividend.
The shareholders approved a 10 percent dividend increase, giving the stock 5 percent return based on its closing price on April 7.

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Inmarsat Forms Joint Venture with MCN to Bring Cockpit, Passenger Connectivity to China

Inmarsat has signed a Heads of Terms (HoT) agreement with Beijing Marine Communication and Navigation Company (MCN), which will lead to the creation of a joint venture to provide aircraft cabin and cockpit connectivity solutions in China’s fast-growing commercial aviation market. The companies expect to sign the final agreement later this year.
Inmarsat would provide its Global Xpress (GX) Aviation and SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) services through the joint venture. GX Aviation, the satellite operator’s broadband In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) solution, will launch this year enabling both passenger Wi-Fi and operational connectivity for aircraft that equip. Air China is set to trial GX Aviation this year.
SB-S is a flight deck communication platform that combines L-band satellite connectivity with advanced avionics, enabling airlines to meet the ICAO mandate for sub-15-minute tracking of all aircraft, Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC)’s four-minute mandate, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) updates.

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Ariane 6 designers say they’ll beat SpaceX prices on per-kilogram basis

LES MUREAUX, France – Europe’s next-generation Ariane 6 rocket remains on track for a 2020 first launch with a cost structure allowing the heavier Ariane 64 version to advertise per-kilogram prices below today’s Space X Falcon 9, European government and industry officials said April 6.
They said they saw no roadblocks to the 2020 first-flight date despite what they described as noncritical delays that have no impact on the rocket’s design, performance or cost targets.
These issues include a delay of several months in the ramp-up of Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL), which is the Ariane 6 prime contractor, due to tax issues in France, and an extended antitrust review by the European Commission of ASL’s plan to become the dominant shareholder of the Arianespace commercial launch consortium.

Ariane 6 converted
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Rising sea levels could have acute impact on NASA

“NASA is Facing a Climate Countdown,” the New York Times declared Monday in a story explaining the acute impact rising sea levels could have on NASA. About two-thirds of the land NASA manages is within five meters of sea level, including launch sites at the Kennedy Space Center and Houston’s Johnson Space Center. Increases in sea levels could result in more frequent coastal flooding at those locations, jeopardizing billions of dollars of the agency’s infrastructure.
The threat of rising sea levels isn’t news to NASA, which has been evaluating the possible effects of climate change on its coastal infrastructure for nearly a decade.
Indeed, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden highlighted the threat in a March 2015 exchange with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the Senate Commerce space subcommittee chairman seeking the GOP presidential nomination.

Launch Complex 39 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo: NASA
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Terra Bella Evaluating Launches for Eight SkySats by 2017

Earth observation company Terra Bella, previously known as Skybox Imaging, wants to have 21 satellites in orbit by the end of next year. The Google company has two satellites in orbit today: SkySat A, which launched on a Dnepr in 2013, and SkySat B, which orbited on a Soyuz in 2014. The next 19 mark the start of the SkySat C series, of which 11 are assigned to respective launch providers. In order to meet its goal of fielding a fleet of 21 by 2017, Terra Bella is studying launch options for the last eight.
Space Systems Loral (SSL) is Terra Bella’s manufacturing partner for the SkySat satellites, building 19 SkySat Cs — one prototype and 18 final versions. Joe Rothenberg, director of Skybox engineering and operations at Google, told Via Satellite that the first SkySat C satellite is currently scheduled to launch aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on May 31. The PSLV launch is for the prototype to precede the rest of the series. The next four are then to launch on an Arianespace Vega as a rideshare this summer, followed by six more on Orbital ATK’s Minotaur rocket during the fourth quarter this year.
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Singtel and Inmarsat Team Up on Maritime Cybersecurity

Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel) and Inmarsat have entered into a strategic partnership to enhance maritime cybersecurity using Trustwave’s Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution. Trustwave, the cybersecurity arm of Singtel, will provide the software-based UTM service to be integrated with Inmarsat hardware onboard ships to protect data and reduce cyber risk for maritime companies.
“The landscape of shipping is changing. As we move from traditional shipping into the ship intelligence era, the threat of cyber attacks have never been more real,” said Ronald Spithout, president of Inmarsat Maritime. “Risks from malicious attacks and unlawful access to a ship’s intelligence, its system infrastructure and networks cannot be ignored, and the shipping industry needs to take action.”

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Monday, April 4, 2016

This Week in Satellite News! (Mar 28 – Apr 4 2016)

Blue Origin Launches and Lands New Shepard for the Third Time

Blue Origin successfully flew its New Shepard suborbital vehicle for the third time in four and a half months April 2 as the company moves closer to commercial operations of the vehicle.
The vehicle lifted off from the company’s test site shortly after 11 a.m. Eastern time, according to a series of tweets by company founder Jeff Bezos. The vehicle’s propulsion module, the same one that flew earlier test flights in November and January, made a successful powered landing, he said. Its crew capsule, flying without people on board, parachuted to a safe landing.
The vehicle reached a peak altitude of nearly 103.4 kilometers, slightly above the “von Karman line” frequently used as the boundary of space and similar to previous test flights.

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Inmarsat Launches ‘Game-Changing’ Fleet Xpress Service

Global mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L) on Wednesday launched its highly anticipated Fleet Xpress, a new service that promises a “new era” in maritime satellite communications and guaranteed high-speed connectivity from anywhere on the world’s oceans.
The service is the first globally available, high-speed broadband service for maritime and offshore operators available from a single communications provider.
“Fleet Xpress is a ground-breaking new service that will shape communications at sea beyond recognition,” said Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat Maritime President.
“Through Fleet Xpress, ship owners and operators can experience unparalleled levels of performance and simplicity. It will provide the guaranteed high-speed connectivity that is essential to support the safest and most efficient vessel operations, anywhere in the world. While, in parallel, it will match the personal connectivity needs of even the most demanding modern seafarer, delivering services previously available only on shore,” Spithout added.
Fleet Xpress is based on Inmarsat’s new Global Xpress (GX) satellite constellation, combining the high data speeds of Ka-band with the ultra-reliable FleetBroadband L-band service for unlimited backup. The service is also fully integrated so it can switch automatically between Ka-band and L-band, ensuring an ‘always on’ guaranteed connection with a committed information rate.

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The Massive Flood of Bandwidth - Analysis and Impct

by Alan Gottlieb

Satellite market analysts predict that demand for bandwidth is soaring. Despite the
enormous planned increase in satellite capacity, many industry analysts predict all will be well. Soon they say, we will connect every ship, airplane, living being, electronic appliances and toothbrush to the Internet. Add the bandwidth required for ultrahigh definition TV and defense, and the industry will flourish. Historically, this sort of optimism has had many different faces.

In 1979, I sat in a room full of energy analysts in Houston and listened to presentation after presentation projecting a never ending rise in the oil price. All of their graphs pointed upward. Guess what? Shortly thereafter the price stopped rising; the oil service industry went bust, and we were all out of work.

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ULA Narrows Cause of Atlas 5 Launch Anomaly

WASHINGTON — United Launch Alliance engineers investigating a premature engine shutdown on the recent launch of a Cygnus cargo spacecraft have narrowed the cause of the anomaly to the vehicle’s first stage fuel system, the company announced March 31.
In a statement, ULA said the investigation into the March 22 incident, where the first stage shut down six seconds early, was ongoing, but that teams have developed “initial fault trees” to track down the cause of the problem.
“The team has been successful in isolating the anomaly to the first stage fuel system and its associated components,” the company said in the statement, but offered no additional details on what caused the anomaly.

Atlas 5/Cygnus launch photo
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Orbcomm Connecting Fairchild Freight Vehicles Across North America

Fairchild Freight, a truckload carrier specializing in the transportation of consumer food commodities throughout North America, has selected Orbcomm to provide its dual-mode cold chain telematics solution to track and monitor refrigerated trailers. The solution will provide Fairchild Freight with temperature, fuel management and maintenance data for its refrigerated cargo. The company will fully integrate this data with its proprietary back-office platform to optimize temperature compliance and asset utilization.
Orbcomm will provide both satellite and cellular connectivity through hardware and a Web-based reporting platform for optimal fleet management. Additionally, Fairchild Freight will be one of the first customers to leverage Orbcomm’s integration with PeopleNet’s fleet performance monitoring platform, providing Fairchild Freight visibility to more asset classes on one comprehensive platform.

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BEAM Inflatable Habitat to Launch to Space Station Next Week

An inflatable room that will be attached to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled to launch toward the orbiting laboratory next week.
The room, known as Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), was built by Bigelow Aerospace, a private company that has built other expandable space habitats in the past and has plans to continue to do so. BEAM will be the first such room to be tested on the ISS, and the first to be (briefly) occupied by astronauts.
BEAM will not be a fully functional addition to the space station. However, astronauts will enter it for a few hours at a time — about four times a year for two years, Bigelow representatives said in a NASA media teleconference yesterday (March 28). However, sensors inside BEAM will allow Bigelow engineers to test its durability against radiation and debris and make sure it meets safety standards set by NASA for any habitat that will house astronauts.

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Hispasat and Quantis Providing Satellite Connectivity for Titan Desert Racers

Hispasat and Quantis’ Moroccan subsidiary Nortis have reached an agreement with Gaes Titan Desert by Garmin a multi-stage mountain bike challenge — to become the race’s technology sponsors and provide needed satellite connectivity for the competition. This agreement will facilitate communications for the race’s organizers and for journalists.
The race takes place in the Moroccan desert, and the camps are located in remote areas where there is no terrestrial connectivity. Gaes Titan Desert by Garmin will have satellite Internet at their camps this year, allowing participants to connect with friends and family and to update their social network profiles. The race’s management will also use these Internet services as a security tool, and will allow the more than 20 media organizations covering the competition to send information, photos and videos, including live streaming, to their respective media outlets.
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Russia Launches Robotic Supply Ship Toward Space Station

An unmanned Russian cargo ship packed with 3 tons of supplies launched toward the International Space Station Thursday (March 31), beginning a two-day orbital delivery flight.
The Progress 63P spaceship is the third vehicle to launch to the space station in the past three weeks, and the second cargo craft to launch there in nine days. The ship's cargo includes 1,940 lbs. (880 kilograms) of propellant, 110 lbs. (50 kg) of oxygen, 926 lbs. (420 kg) of water and 3,161 lbs. (1,434 kg) of dry cargo, NASA officials said. The craft blasted off at 12:23 p.m. EDT (1623 GMT) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and was quickly concealed by a cloudy sky as it accelerated upward.
"[It's] a flawless ascent to orbit for the Progress resupply vehicle, the second in as many weeks to head to the International Space Station, with a third resupply ship, the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft, scheduled for launch on April 8," NASA spokesperson Rob Navias reported from Mission Control Houston during a NASA TV broadcast.

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European Space Agency changing space communication network to Lasers

European Space Agency began the construction of Phase One of a data highway in space, by saying a laser-equipped satellite into space on Friday.The European Space Agency a new laser terminal into orbit as part of broader efforts to Europe’s first optical communication develop network started to monitor a system capable of natural disasters and other catastrophes.
The new satellite can be used for many things to help the collection of up-to-date data on the environment, first responders in a disaster. They might even be useful in the prosecution of piracy or pollution. In short, they could save lives.
The new network collects images and data from these older satellites closer to Earth and passes this information to the earth then.

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