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Thursday, September 22, 2016

This Week in Satellite News! (Sep 12 – Sep 19 2016)


Inmarsat Sponsorship for safety H.E.R.O.

Inmarsat will commemorate the untimely passing earlier this year of one of the architects of its Maritime Safety Operations network by sponsoring the first International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) H.E.R.O. Award for outstanding service to maritime search and rescue, 'The Vladimir Maksimov Award'.
The sponsorship is seen as a fitting tribute to Vladimir Maksimov, Inmarsat Director of SOLAS Services, who died on 4th May 2016 after a short illness, following 25 years with Inmarsat. Mr Maksimov played a central role in the Inmarsat safety team. 
The H.E.R.O. (Honouring Excellence in Rescue Operations) Awards, launched by the IMRF in April this year, have been developed to draw attention to the extraordinary work done to save lives in maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) across the world.

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Iridium Waits For SpaceX

Next-generation satellites are ready, but SpaceX is not
In 1998, Iridium switched on the world’s first global telephone service, utilizing a constellation of 66 interconnected satellites operating in six low-Earth-orbit planes. Less than a year later, the company went bankrupt and took its place in history as one of the worst business blunders of the 1990s. But Iridium’s satellites have proven more resilient than its original business plan. Designed by Motorola to last five years, most of the spacecraft are still operating or have ...

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Kymeta and TECOM Bring New, Cutting Edge Antenna Technology to the Aviation Market

Partnership seeks to provide inflight entertainment and communications (IFEC) providers and airlines better efficiency and cost savings, through metamaterials based flat panel technology.
REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Kymeta, the company delivering on the promise of global, mobile connectivity and TECOM, a Smiths Microwave brand and a leader in innovative design and manufacturing of high-performance antenna systems, today announced a Partner Development Program Agreement for the aviation market. Under the terms of the agreement, TECOM will incorporate Kymeta® mTenna® technology into an aviation grade terminal to demonstrate connectivity to a Ku-band satellite.

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Globalstar Prepares for Release of the Next Generation Sat-Fi® Satellite Wi-Fi Hotspot
COVINGTON, La., Sept. 13, 2016 -- Globalstar Inc. (NYSE:GSAT) announced today that alpha testing of its next generation duplex device, Sat-Fi2, has commenced in preparation to fully launch the highly anticipated mass consumer and enterprise product in early 2017. Building upon its predecessor, Sat-Fi2 allows customers to use their smartphones and tablets to stay connected when beyond cellular.
With the newest model and second-generation satellites and ground infrastructure in place, businesses and recreationalists will experience affordable, seamless connectivity unprecedented within the MSS industry. The smaller, more portable Hughes-based form factor will enable a wide range of enterprise and individual customers to economically leverage the benefits of Globalstar’s newest mobile satellite network.

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Cubic’s GATR Technologies and Intelsat General Achieve High-Throughput Link via Ultra-Portable Satellite Terminal

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cubic Corporation today announced that its subsidiary GATR Technologies(GATR), which operates within the Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) business division, and Intelsat General Corporation (IGC) successfully established a 26-megabits per second (mbps) downlink and a 10+ mbps uplink, carrying multiple data streams during performance testing of GATR’s prototype GATR-FLEX® sub-meter Ku-band, ultra-portable terminal.
GATR and IGC performed a series of tests using the open architecture, high-performance Intelsat EpicNG satellite IS-29e, GATR-FLEX antenna and GATR’s e850 ruggedized iDirect satellite modem, which maximized the throughput of the iDirect Evolution series modems. The tests measured throughput while taxing a single satellite link with data, voice and high-definition (HD) streaming video, which is normally done by two separate terminals over separate networks.

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ITC Global to Provide Connectivity for World’s Largest Semi-Submersible Rig

ITC Global has been awarded a three-year contract to provide broadband connectivity to the world’s largest semi-submersible drilling rig. The end-to-end service will enable the newly built rig to manage essential business communications and monitor and maintain operations through ITC Global’s Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) solution. The ultra-deepwater, harsh environment rig has been commissioned by a major petroleum exploration and production company to begin operations in October in the Great Australian Bight, positioned on the coastline of southern and western Australia.

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Inmarsat is named Global Satellite Operator of the Year

Inmarsat is proud to announce that it has been awarded the ‘Global Satellite Operator of the Year’ title at Euroconsult’s 13th Annual Awards for Excellence in Satellite Communications.
Euroconsult, the leading global consulting firm specialising in space markets, announced the winning recipients during World Satellite Business Week in Paris on 14 September.
The annual awards recognise companies and their management for outstanding accomplishments in the satellite sector.

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5G and IoT: Big winners of CTIA Super Mobility 2016

This year’s CTIA Super Mobility show, held Sept. 7-9 in Las Vegas, Nevada, shone the spotlight most brightly on 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). The killer app use case for 5G is IoT and, symbiotically, IoT cannot be fully realized without the higher capacity of 5G.
IoT is the world of interconnected devices and includes smart cities, connected vehicles, smart homes, wearables, enterprise and healthcare solutions. The magnitude of growth forecast in connected devices is staggering; 23 billion in 2020 and increasing to 75 billion five years later, and will dwarf the number of smartphones, say analysts at Frost & Sullivan.

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Antares return to flight now planned for early October
The first launch of an Orbital ATK Antares rocket with a new first stage engine is now planned for early October, a company official said Sept. 13.
Speaking on a launch systems panel during the AIAA Space 2016 conference here, John Steinmeyer, director of business development at Orbital ATK’s Launch Vehicle Division, said the company was working with NASA to finalize a date for the launch, which will carry a Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station.
“We’re targeting an initial launch capability in early October. We’re working with NASA to select an optimal launch date,” he said. “We’re very diligent in our preparations for that launch, and making sure we completely validate the system and the RD-181 engines.”

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Inmarsat, Hughes and SpeedCast Become Skynet Partners

Airbus Defence and Space, owner and operator of the Skynet X-band satellite system, has struck up partnerships with Inmarsat Government, Hughes Network Systems, and SpeedCast to offer Skynet military satellite communication services. The three companies are able to offer Skynet services to Australian, New Zealand and U.S. forces operating across the globe.
Inmarsat Government will include Skynet services as part of its portfolio offer to U.S. government customers. Hughes will use the partnership for U.S. government tactical missions, primarily using the Xebra service, which uses the Hughes HM300 lightweight X-band satellite terminal and Airbus Defence and Space’s Skynet capacity. SpeedCast will be offering the tactical secure communications services to the Australian and New Zealand government. In addition, Airbus Defence and Space has recently appointed SpeedCast to manage a new anchor station facility for the Skynet 5A military satellite, which is based at SpeedCast’s existing teleport in Adelaide, Australia.

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