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Thales Alenia Space Introduces Fully Digital Satellite to Address Fast Moving Market Needs

September 10, 2019 – Thales Alenia Space has launched its new Space Inspire satellite product line (INstant SPace In-orbit REconfiguration) which allows seamless mission and services reconfiguration, instant in-orbit adjustment to the demand, transition from video broadcasting to broadband connectivity services while maximizing the efficiency & effective use of the satellite resources. Over the past…

SES Selects SpaceX to Launch O3b mPOWER MEO Communications System

September 9, 2019 – SES has selected SpaceX as a launch partner to deliver its next-generation Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite constellation into space on board Falcon 9 rockets from Cape Canaveral. The two companies have disrupted the industry in the past when SES became the first to launch a commercial GEO satellite with SpaceX,…

CGWIC to Provide Gateway RF Front-End System for New Indonesian High-Throughput Satellite

September 6, 2019 – China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) and Indonesia PT. Satelit Nusantara Tiga (SNT) signed a contract for 13M RF front-end system for Ka-band Gateway to serve a new high-throughput satellite over Indonesia. Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo) has selected the consortium led by the domestic satellite operator Pasifik…

SES Redefines Live Events with Synchronised Satellite and OTT

September 4, 2019 – SES’s latest solution synchronises over-the-top (OTT) and satellite broadcasts by delivering IP signals to OTT platforms as fast as satellite to create enhanced live viewing experiences, SES announced today. The new solution, named Satellite and OTT in sync, gives broadcasters the power to deliver a more consistent experience to viewers watching…

OneWeb Brings Fiber-like Internet for the Arctic in 2020

September 4, 2019 – OneWeb announced the details of its Arctic high-speed, low-latency internet service. OneWeb will deliver 375 Gbps of capacity above the 60th parallel North. With service starting in 2020, there will be enough capacity to give fiber-like connectivity to hundreds of thousands of homes, planes, and boats, connecting millions across the Arctic.…

Iridium and Thales Expand Partnership to Deliver Aircraft Connectivity Services

September 3, 2019 – Iridium Communications Inc. announced Thales as the newest Iridium Certus aviation service provider.  While already developing the Iridium Certus-based FlytLINK terminal and antenna, Thales will now be able to offer both Iridium Certus terminals and Iridium Certus connectivity services to business jets, commercial aircraft, rotorcraft, general aviation and UAVs.  Iridium Certus is the…

Hughes Partners with VNC to Create Solutions for Extending LTE Mobile Connectivity

August 20, 2019 – Hughes Network Systems, in partnership with Virtual Network Communications (VNC), announced new joint solutions to extend mobile network connectivity using an integrated combination of VNC’s deployable LTE technology with Hughes JUPITER and HM satellite systems. The new solutions support various global applications for government, militaries, first responders, and commercial Mobile Network…

Optus and Myriota Form First-of-its-Kind Agreement to Bolster Remote IoT Coverage

August 20, 2019 – Optus Business has entered into an agreement with Myriota, the global leader in nanosatellite Internet of Things (IoT), with a view to providing remote and regional connectivity for IoT devices and applications. An Australian first, the major telco-nanosatellite provider agreement will bring together Optus’ premium national networks and digital enablement capabilities…

Chinese Space Startup to Send Heavy Satellite

August 14, 2019 – China’s Smart Dragon-1 rocket will carry a heavy satellite developed by a commercial Chinese space company in its upcoming launch, the Beijing Daily reported. The satellite, which weighs 65 kg, was manufactured by Beijing Qiansheng Exploration Technology Co., Ltd. founded in 2017 with a license to develop microsatellites and satellite data…

PSN Selects Kratos for Unified Monitoring Solution for Region’s First VHTS

August 8, 2019 – Kratos Defense & Security Solutions was selected by the PSN Consortium, led by Indonesian satellite operator Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) to deliver a unified ground station monitoring solution to support the first Very High-Throughput Satellite (VHTS) in the region. PSN will deploy and operate the highest broadband satellite in Asia on…

OneWeb Secures Global Spectrum Rights

August 7, 2019 – OneWeb, whose mission is to connect everyone everywhere, is pleased to announce it has succeeded in bringing into use its spectrum rights in the Ku- and Ka-band spectrum. To achieve this milestone, OneWeb’s satellites have been transmitting at the designated frequencies in the correct orbit for more than 90 days, enabling…

SES Pioneers Cloud-Based Network Automation and Service Orchestration

August 5, 2019 – SES will create an open, standards-based network automation and service orchestration platform, built on Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) and powered by Amdocs’ network functions virtualization (NFV) technology. With today’s announcement, SES is the first satellite network solutions provider to adopt ONAP, an open software platform designed for orchestrating the creation…

Speedcast Wins Contract for Fully-Managed Communications with Color Line

July 23, 2019 – Speedcast has been awarded a new multi-year, fully-managed communications contract with Color Line, onboard the Color Carrier vessel. Color Line is Norway’s largest cruiseferry company, and Color Carrier is the latest addition to the Cargo service fleet operating between Oslo, Norway and Kiel, Germany. The new communications service provided by Speedcast…

OneWeb’s Satellites Deliver Real-Time HD Streaming from Space

July 16, 2019 – OneWeb, whose mission is to enable internet access everywhere for everyone, announced the successful test of its six satellites in Low Earth Orbit. All satellites delivered high-speed, low-latency services, with speed of more than 400 Mbps which enabled the fastest real-time video streaming in Full HD from Space. The tests, which…

Newtec Dialog Transforms Telemedia’s Outside Broadcast Capabilities

July 16, 2019 – Newtec has provided a Newtec Dialog hub system to enhance the live broadcast capabilities of Telemedia, a media broadcast company based in Sandton, South Africa. The Newtec Dialog hub will enable Telemedia to offer a data service in addition to video broadcasting services from its fleet of Outside Broadcast (OB) trucks.…

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract to SpaceX for Astrophysics Mission

July 8, 2019 – NASA has selected SpaceX to provide launch services for the agency’s Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission, which will allow astronomers to discover, for the first time, the hidden details of some of the most exotic astronomical objects in our universe. The total cost for NASA to launch IXPE is approximately…

China’s Ocean Observation Satellites Put into Operation

July 8, 2019 – China’s two ocean observation satellites, HY-1C and HY-2B, have completed their in-orbit delivery, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources. The two satellites represent the country’s highest level of marine remote sensing satellites and the delivery signified that China’s first batch of ocean observation satellites became operational. The HY-1C was launched…

Airbus to Develop CO3D Earth Observation Programme for CNES

July 8, 2019 – The French Space Agency (CNES) has awarded the CO3D (Constellation Optique 3D) contract to Airbus. Under this agreement, Airbus will deliver a global high-resolution Digital Surface Model (DSM).  Following launch, expected end of 2022, the Airbus-made CO3D constellation, comprising four identical satellites, will deliver 50cm resolution stereo imagery across the world…

Thales Alenia Space to Provide SATRIA Telecommunication Satellite for Indonesia

July 1, 2019 – Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo) has selected the consortium led by the domestic satellite operator Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) to deploy and operate a broadband telecommunication satellite. This consortium has awarded Thales Alenia Space to design and manufacture the satellite named SATRIA. The Consortium PSN has formed Satelit…

Hughes JUPITER System Selected to Power New Indonesian High-Throughput Satellite

July 1, 2019 – Hughes Network Systems, LLC announced that its JUPITER™ System has been chosen as the ground network platform for a new satellite over Indonesia. The contract for construction and operation of the 150 Gbps “Multifunctional Satellite” has been awarded by the Government of Indonesia, through its Ministry of Communication and Informatics, to…

Intelsat and Lintasarta to Expand Internet and Mobile Access across Indonesia

July 1, 2019 – Intelsat has been selected by PT. Aplikanusa Lintasarta, a data communication, internet service, and IT services provider, to support the deployment and expansion of Indonesia’s broadband and wireless communications infrastructure, bringing reliable, consistent, and affordable connectivity to millions of Indonesians. Indonesia is home to the world’s fourth largest population. Its citizens…

Speedcast Achieves Advanced Consulting Partner Status in the AWS Partner Network

June 26, 2019 – Speedcast International Limited has achieved Advanced Consulting Partner status in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN). This achievement demonstrates Speedcast’s ability to deliver proven customer solutions leveraging cloud-based technologies on AWS that seamlessly interoperate with its global satellite and terrestrial infrastructure. Speedcast is the first satellite services provider to achieve…

Arianespace Launched T-16 and Eutelsat 7C by Ariane 5

June 20, 2019 – Arianespace confirms its status as a trusted partner to world-class operators of communications satellites with the launch of T-16 and Eutelsat 7C. The company’s fifth launch of 2019 took place on June 20 from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. With this latest success, the second…

Speedcast Launches Cobham SAILOR 800 HP for Maritime and Offshore Customers

June 6, 2019 – Speedcast International Limited has successfully included the new, innovative Cobham 800 HP VSAT terminal as part of their Maritime and Offshore VSAT portfolio. To celebrate this exclusive new terminal launch, Speedcast is introducing a new Cobham dual system promotion for commercial maritime vessels, adventure cruise ships, and offshore supply vessels. Cobham’s…

Success of China’s First-ever Sea Launch Is Achieved by CZ-11 WEY

June 5, 2019 – CZ-11 Solid-fuel Space Launch Vehicle (CZ-11 WEY), jointly named by CASC and a corporate brand, sees its first sea launch on the Yellow Sea, successfully sending seven commercial satellites into a circular orbit of about 600 kilometers, including Bufeng No.1 A/B Satellite, China125 No. 1 A/B Satellite, Jilin No. 1 High-definition…

Inmarsat, MTI and RINA Join Shipping’s Autonomous Shipping Alliance

June 5, 2019 – Three of the leading influencers in the international maritime sector have joined One Sea, the industry alliance that brings together leading exponents of autonomous ship technology. Global satellite group Inmarsat and NYK Group research subsidiary MTI (Monohakobi Technology Institute) have joined One Sea as full members, while the Royal Institution of…

Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Launches Space & Sensing Systems Division

June 5, 2019 – Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. has launched a Space & Sensing Systems division at its Cypress, CA headquarters. The new division will sell satellite on-board equipment, including solar array panels, lithium-ion batteries, and RF equipment. The division will also sell the company’s Mobile Mapping System (MMS) and centimeter-level high-accuracy positioning receiver (AQLOC). MMS…

Inmarsat Orders 3 New GX Satellites from Airbus

May 30, 2019 – Airbus has signed a contract with Inmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, to design, manufacture and build the first in their next generation of geostationary Ka-band satellites, Inmarsat GX7, 8 & 9. The three satellites are the first to be based on Airbus’ new OneSat product line, which…

Viasat Delivers 18-Inch Ka-band IFC Antenna System

May 29, 2019 – Viasat Inc. announced the availability of its new Ka-band Global Aero Terminal (GAT-5518) to provide in-flight connectivity (IFC) services on government and business aviation aircraft – from government-focused Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and fixed-wing military platforms to VIP business and corporate jets. The compact terminal delivers the industry’s highest data rates for an 18…

Marlink Extends Partnership with Newtec to Enhance its Global VSAT Network

May 29, 2019 – Newtec and Marlink, the world’s leading provider of end-to-end managed connectivity and IT solutions for enterprise and maritime industries, have extended their partnership to future-proof Marlink’s global VSAT network. As the confirmed Number 1 maritime VSAT provider in the industry, Marlink will adopt the Newtec Dialog® platform to evolve and enhance its industry-leading VSAT services…

SpaceX Rocket Brings First Batch of 60 Internet Satellites into Space

May 24, 2019 – SpaceX launched its first batch of 60 Starlink satellites into space on May 23, in an effort to build a 12,000-strong satellite network capable of providing broadband internet services. The Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the satellites, was lifted off at 10:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (1430 GMT) from Space Launch Complex…

Viasat to Deliver the World’s First Link 16-Capable LEO Spacecraft

May 22, 2019 – Viasat announced it has been awarded a contract by the Administrator of the Space Enterprise Consortium, under the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles XVI program, to deliver and test the first-ever Link 16-capable LEO spacecraft. Leveraging the Company’s leadership in satellite innovation and military communications, the Viasat-designed spacecraft is intended…

Arianespace to Orbit Spanish SEOSat/Ingenio EO Satellite

May 20, 2019 – Arianespace and the European Space Agency (ESA/Earth Observation Programs directorate) announced the signature of a launch services contract with a Vega launcher for SEOSat (Spanish Earth Observation SATellite) for Spain’s Center for Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI – Centro para el Desarrollo Technologico Industrial). SEOSat/Ingenio is a high-resolution optical imaging mission of Spain –…

Speedcast Creates Custom Connectivity Solution for Hospitals in Papua New Guinea

May 17, 2019 – Speedcast International Limited announced that it is providing the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority, in Papua New Guinea, with a custom private C-band VSAT network for more reliable, cost-effective connectivity for several local hospitals. This solution will ensure consistent Internet and reliable hospital to hospital communications. Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority…

China Develops New-Generation Rockets for Upcoming Missions

May 16, 2019 – China has developed a number of new-generation carrier rockets to take the country’s space industry to the next level. The Long March-7 is a medium-sized carrier rocket with high reliability and safety. It is designed to launch cargo vehicles during the construction of China’s manned space station project and meet the long-term demand…

Intellian Introduces the All New 1 Metre Global Xpress Terminal, GX100NX

May 13, 2019 – Intellian, the global leader of mobile satellite communication antenna systems, is unveiling an all new 1m Global Xpress terminal, GX100NX. The Intellian GX100NX offers high-speed data and global operation, and exceptionally efficient RF design for unrivalled link performance on the Fleet Xpress service. It is also future-proof, with support for 2.5GHz…

Airbus to Build Multimission Satellite for MEASAT

May 6, 2019 – Airbus has been selected by MEASAT Global Berhad (MEASAT), the leading Malaysian operator, to build MEASAT-3d, a new multimission telecommunications satellite to replace capacity and augment its core business in Malaysia, Asia, Middle East and Africa. Positioned at 91.5°E collocated with MEASAT-3b, also built by Airbus, MEASAT-3d will deliver improved performances…

OneWeb and Intellian Announce User Terminal Partnership

May 6, 2019 – OneWeb has announced a partnership with Intellian to build user terminals designed specifically for remote enterprise networks, cellular backhaul expansion and remote connectivity needs. The user terminals will be the units provided to customers to enable the high-speed, low latency service that our global satellite constellation will deliver. This partnership represents…

Thuraya Signs Strategic Agreement with Elcome to Drive Maritime Growth

May 2, 2019 – Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a subsidiary of the Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), announced it has signed a Service Partner agreement with Elcome, one of the world’s largest marine technology system integrators. Elcome will provide Thuraya’s products and services worldwide across key vertical markets. Headquartered in Dubai and operating out of…

Comtech EF Data Expands Satellite Modem Product Line

May 1, 2019 – Comtech EF Data Corp. expanded its Satellite Modem product line, introducing more form factor choices, the SLM-5650C and SLM-5650C ODU CyberLynx™ Software Defined Modems, and enhanced performance options. The SLM-5650C and SLM-5650C ODU CyberLynx Software Defined Modems are the latest generation modem solutions featuring extremely compact form factors and software options.…

Hughes Announces JUPITER System Enhancements for Highest Possible Performance and Efficiency

May 1, 2019 – Hughes Network Systems announced enhancements to its JUPITER System, the company’s next generation very small aperture terminal (VSAT) platform for broadband services over both high-throughput and conventional satellites. The Hughes JUPITER System enables operators to achieve the highest possible performance and efficiency for satellite broadband, with enhancements including: support for up…

Viasat and China Satcom Partner to Bring IFC Service to Airlines over China

April 23, 2019 – Viasat and China Satellite Communications (China Satcom) announced an agreement for a strategic partnership to jointly provide in-flight connectivity (IFC) services within China for domestic and international airlines. Viasat and China Satcom will work in partnership to enable Viasat’s global airline customers to have roaming connectivity when flying over China; provide…

Hughes Provides Internet Access across Vast Areas of Russia

April 18, 2019 – Hughes Network Systems, LLC announced the deployment of 1,300 satellite-enabled Community Wi-Fi Hotspots across Russia by longtime service provider customers AltegroSky Group of Companies and KB Iskra. With an average of 250 people having access to each of the Home/SMB hotspots, the providers will reach over 300,000 people in the Far…

ILS Opens New Era with New Launch Pricing

April 12, 2019 – International Launch Services (ILS), a U.S.-based global commercial launch services provider, is inaugurating a new era in its 25-plus-year history, and in the life of the historic Proton M launch vehicle, company officials have declared. Cost savings have been achieved through benefits realized from quality improvement initiatives coupled with significantly lower…

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launches Arabsat-6A

April 12, 2019 – On Thursday, April 11 at 6:35 p.m. EDT, Falcon Heavy launched the Arabsat-6A satellite from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The satellite was deployed approximately 34 minutes after liftoff. Following booster separation, Falcon Heavy’s two side boosters landed at SpaceX’s Landing Zones 1 and 2…

Hughes Awarded Contract by Boeing to Develop Protected Tactical Enterprise Service

April 10, 2019 – Hughes Network Systems announced it has been awarded a contract from Boeing to develop mission management, system control, networking and ground hub capabilities in support of an anti-jam satellite communications capability for the Air Force’s Protected Tactical Enterprise Service (PTES) program. The PTES program will provide tactical warfighters with a joint…

SES Reach Grows to 355 Million Homes Worldwide

April 2, 2019 – SES strengthens its position as the world’s leading video distributor via satellite as the number of TV households it serves increased by more than 4 million to over 355 million in 2018. The results from the SES’s annual market research highlighted further growth in SES’s technical reach and underlined the important…

iForte of Indonesia Signs Contracts for Capacity on Telesat’s Telstar 18 VANTAGE

April 2, 2019 – Telesat announced that PT iForte Solusi Infotek (iForte), a leading provider of USO (Universal Service Obligation) VSAT services in Indonesia, has signed major contracts for Ku-band HTS and C-band capacity on Telesat’s new Telstar 18 VANTAGE satellite. The contracts result from iForte’s recent selection by Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information…

Viasat Introduces Second-Generation Hybrid Ku-/Ka-band IFC Antenna System

April 2, 2019 – Viasat announced the introduction of its second-generation Ku-/Ka-band shipset, inclusive of an advanced hybrid antenna and complementary radome. The latest dual-band system, aimed at the commercial wide-body aircraft market, will keep passengers and crew connected across commercial Ku- and Ka-band Geosynchronous and Non-Geosynchronous satellite networks, virtually anywhere they fly around the…

Speedcast Media Network Expands Global Connectivity and Media Service Offerings

March 28, 2019 – Speedcast International Limited has expanded its Speedcast Media Network™ global infrastructure by integrating satellite, fiber, and cellular networks from Globecomm, the company’s recent acquisition. Speedcast Media Network provides secure point-to-point and point-to-multipoint live and linear digital video delivery anywhere in the world, with low latency and high availability. Speedcast has also…

ST Engineering Enters Agreement to Acquire Ownership in Newtec Group

March 27, 2019 – Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering or the Group) announced that its subsidiary Singapore Technologies Engineering (Europe) Ltd, has entered into a conditional share purchase agreement to acquire a 100% ownership in Newtec Group NV (Newtec) (the “Proposed Acquisition”), an established Belgium-based company in the satellite communications (satcom) industry. The consideration…

Comtech Introduces New Micro Deployable X/Y Antennas to the LEO/MEO and HAPS Markets

March 22, 2019 – Comtech Telecommunications’ Space & Component Technology division, which is part of Comtech’s Government Solutions segment, has introduced an exciting line of transportable, full motion antennas for tracking Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites and High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites (HAPS). The Micro Deployable X/Y Tracking Antennas utilize the same…

Hughes and PSN Launch Community Wi-Fi Service throughout Indonesia

March 22, 2019 – Hughes Network Systems and PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), the oldest private telecommunication and information service provider in Indonesia, have announced the deployment of their 2,000th Community Wi-Fi Hotspot in the country. With an average of 500 people having access to each hotspot, Hughes and PSN now enable Internet access for…

Thales Alenia Space Reaches Key Milestone for NanoRacks’ Airlock Module

March 20, 2019 – Thales Alenia Space has announced that the shell for Bishop airlock module is ready for ship to the NanoRacks integration facility in Houston, Texas. The NanoRacks airlock module – dubbed “Bishop” – is the first-ever commercial airlock that will operate on the International Space Station. Owned and operated by NanoRacks, Bishop…

Ariane 6 Maiden Flight Will Deploy Satellites of the Oneweb Constellation

March 19, 2019 – OneWeb is the developer of a new global, high-speed, low latency satellite-based network designed to address the most demanding global connectivity challenges worldwide. Ariane 6 will be available to OneWeb from the second half of 2020 to provide launch capacity that supports the full deployment and replenishment of the OneWeb constellation.…

OneWeb Secures $1.25 Billion in New Funding After Successful Launch

March 18, 2019 – OneWeb has secured its largest fundraising round to date with the successful raise of $1.25 billion in new capital. This brings the total funds raised to $3.4 billion. This round was led by SoftBank Group Corp., Grupo Salinas, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., and the Government of Rwanda. The new funds, following the…

Lockheed Martin Develops World-first LTE-over-Satellite System

March 14, 2019 – Lockheed Martin has developed a new LTE-over-Satellite system designed to provide connectivity to remote regions, including areas without cellphone coverage, boats off-shore, or during natural disasters like hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, catastrophic floods or volcanoes. New hotspots connect existing phones to satellites for reliable 4G connections. Typically, during an emergency that knocks…

Long March Rockets Complete 300 Launches

March 13, 2019 – With a Long March-3B rocket putting a new communications satellite into orbit on March 10, China’s Long March carrier rocket series completed 300 launches, having sent more than 500 spacecraft into space since 1970. The Long March carrier rocket series, developed by CASC, is responsible for about 96.4 percent of all…

Newtec Collaborates with Arabsat to Deploy Newtec Dialog Hubs in Europe

March 12, 2019 – Newtec announced it has successfully deployed two Newtec Dialog hubs in the UK and Finland for Middle East satellite operator Arabsat to enable the company to deliver High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services into the Middle East and African markets. Arabsat is the leading satellite service provider in the Arab world and…

iSAT Selects ND SatCom’s SKYWAN 5G for Secure Data Transmission

March 11, 2019 – ND SatCom announced the partnership with iSAT Africa, a fast growing fixed-satellite solution service provider in Africa. iSAT Africa is establishing new VSAT networks using the highly reputable and reliable SKYWAN 5G technology. ND SatCom FZE, situated in Dubai, UAE, is delivering the product and providing technical support. In a current…

Thales Alenia Space to Supply Nepal with Telecommunication Satellite

March 11, 2019 – The Nepal Telecommunications Authority and Thales Alenia Space signed an agreement under which Thales Alenia Space will build the national satellite telecommunication system for Nepal. This agreement is following the Letter of Intent previously signed on March 5 in Paris. This very high-performance C/Ku Band satellite, yet to be named by…

Russian Satellite Communications Company Joins the Unmanned Navigation Project

March 7, 2019 – Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) has joined the pilot project of Maritime Unmanned Navigation (MUNIN). In this project, the company intends to provide communication services on mobile platforms using the maritime VSAT technology. The MUNIN pilot project provides the development and testing of technologies for automated navigation and remote control of…

NASA, SpaceX Launch First Flight Test of Space System Designed for Crew

March 4, 2019 – For the first time, a commercially-built and operated American crew spacecraft and rocket, which launched from American soil, has arrived at the International Space Station. The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft lifted off at 2:49 a.m. EST Saturday on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space…

Himalaya HD Bolsters MEASAT’s HD Video Neighbourhood

March 4, 2019 – MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (MEASAT) announced the launch of Himalaya TV HD (“HTV”) for distribution across Nepal and Asia Pacific via the MEASAT-3 satellite. HTV, founded in 2010 is a Kathmandu-based private television company of Nepal. HTV produces news and entertainment programs that raises awareness of human issues and embraces…

Arianespace Launches the First of 21 Launches for OneWeb Constellation

February 27, 2019 – Arianespace’s second launch of the year took place on Wednesday, February 27, at 6:37 p.m., (Kourou time) from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana (South America). By operating this maiden flight, the first of 21 launches contracted by OneWeb in 2015, Arianespace contributes to the fulfilment of…

OneWeb Announces First Two Client Agreements

February 27, 2019 – OneWeb, the global satellite-powered communications company with a mission to bring connectivity to everyone, everywhere, announces that it has secured its first customer contracts to deliver its high speed, low latency, global communications services. OneWeb has signed an agreement to provide Talia Limited, the market-leading teleport, satellite and network operator, with…

SES-12 Goes Operational to Serve Asia-Pacific and the Middle East

February 26, 2019 – SES announced that its newest satellite, SES-12, is now ready to serve its video, fixed data, mobility and government customers across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. The powerful satellite, which is designed with state-of-the-art wide beams and high throughput beams, will join SES-8 at 95 degrees East. SES-12 is the latest…

Intelsat Introduces Mobile Reach Manage

February 25, 2019 – Intelsat has introduced Mobile Reach Manage, a new end-to-end managed service that enables Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to quickly and cost effectively deploy their 2G/3G/4G network infrastructure into areas once considered unreachable. In the past, many MNOs faced business and geographic challenges when looking to expand coverage across hundreds of sites…

SpaceX Launches Indonesian High-Throughput Satellite

February 22, 2019 – SpaceX’s second mission of the year has launched the Nusantara Satu, also known as PSN 6, satellite into geostationary transfer orbit. Along with the primary payload were two secondary payloads organised by rideshare service provider Spaceflight, including the Beresheet lunar lander from Israeli non-profit firm SpaceIL. The mission, powered by a…

Comtech EF Data Awarded $1.7 Million RF Equipment Order

February 20, 2019 – Comtech EF Data Corp. has been awarded a $1.7 million RF equipment order from a leading satellite antenna manufacturer. The satellite antenna manufacturer, which provides full motion antenna solutions for marine and other mobility applications, will continue to team Comtech EF Data products with its innovative, full-motion antenna products to provide…

CETel Secures Capacity on SES-12

February 20, 2019 – CETel, a leading German service provider of global managed end-to-end communications solutions, signed a substantial lease contract for satellite capacity with its strategic partner SES Networks. The capacity is secured on the recently launched satellite SES-12, which is one of the largest geostationary satellites that SES has ever procured. The satellite…

US Air Force Awards Launch Service Contracts

February 19, 2019 – The United States Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), in partnership with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), awarded two Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) launch service contracts. Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) has been awarded a $297 million firm-fixed-price contract, for launch services to deliver AFSPC-44, NROL-85, and NROL-87…

Satcom Global Upgrades Aura VSAT to iDirect Velocity Platform

February 18, 2019 – Satcom Global announced the successful migration of its Aura VSAT network to the iDirect Velocity platform, enabling customers of the high-speed Ku-band service to benefit from higher capacity per vessel, improved satellite network management, as well as the ability to fully capitalize on the coverage and additional capacity of primary network…

Comtech EF Data Receives Delivery Order for Satellite Earth Station Equipment

February 14, 2019 – Comtech EF Data Corp. received a delivery order in support of the recently awarded contract from the US Naval Warfare Systems Command. This latest delivery order, against the $59.0 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (“IDIQ”) contract, is for $1.8 million. The delivery order specified Comtech EF Data’s SLM-5650B Satellite Modems and firmware…

Arianespace to Launch Satellite Deployment Solution from Open Cosmos

February 12, 2019 – Arianespace and Open Cosmos, a company providing turnkey space missions, announced that they have signed a contract for the launch of an innovative CubeSat deployment solution. Launched from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana using a Soyuz rocket, the CubeSat deployment platform is a key to the commercial offering from…

Newtec Partners with Paradigm to Host New High-Throughput Modem Board

February 6, 2019 – Newtec has partnered with satellite communications solution provider Paradigm, which has become the first company to host its Newtec Dialog® SMB3310 high-throughput modem board. The two-way, high-throughput SMB3310 satellite modem board is now successfully embedded into Paradigm’s field-proven Paradigm Interface Module (PIM) terminal controller, which provides a common terminal interface for…

New Shepard Successfully Flies 8 NASA Research & Technology Payloads to Space

January 25, 2019 – Blue Origin demonstrated the versatility of the New Shepard system by taking 8 NASA-sponsored research and technology payloads into space. This flight was dedicated to NASA’s Flight Opportunities program, an essential program for researchers providing access to microgravity for technology development. Blue supports NASA’s Flight Opportunities program and its role in…

System Requirements Review Completed for Telesat’s LEO Constellation

January 24, 2019 – Telesat announced that the two teams it contracted with last year to develop system designs for Telesat’s global low earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation have successfully completed System Requirements Reviews. One of the teams is Airbus Defence and Space. The other is a consortium of Thales Alenia Space and Maxar Technologies,…

Mitsubishi Electric Develops High-Performance Waveguide Array Antenna

January 24, 2019 – Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed a slotted waveguide array antenna made of injection-molded resin which has been demonstrated to outperform conventional patch array antenna in side-lobe characteristics, cross-polarization characteristics and electric power efficiency, as well as offer reduced weight and cost. Mitsubishi Electric’s new antenna will enable radar systems to achieve…

Resolute Mining Connects Syama Operations to the Cloud with SES Networks

January 24, 2019 – SES announced that Resolute Mining Limited is revolutionising its operations in Mali by bringing high-speed, low-latency connectivity to its Syama mining site. The fully-managed SES Networks satellite data connectivity solution enables enterprise cloud applications and helps enhance safety and productivity. Resolute Mining is building the world’s first purpose-built, fully automated sublevel…

STCS Launches First iDirect DVB-S2X Network in Middle East

January 22, 2019 – STC Solutions Saudi Telecom Company (STCS), the leader of Information Communications Technologies (ICT) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), will launch the first iDirect DVB-S2X network in the Middle East. Utilizing VT iDirect’s iQ Series of remotes, its next-generation DVB-S2X technology will enable STCS to offer high-speed connectivity and expand…

Optus and Sky Television Agree on New 10-year Deal for Satellite Capacity

January 18, 2019 – Optus and New Zealand pay TV provider Sky Television have agreed a further 10-year agreement for satellite capacity. Under the deal, Optus will provide Sky with satellite capacity to 2031, with the current contract expiring in 2021. The contract is also conditional on Optus procuring fleet enhancements, including the successful launch…

RSCC Expands Satellite Communication Network Capabilities

January 17, 2019 – With the support of specialists from Istar LLC, RSCC successfully completed the installation and commissioning of five central stations based on UHP equipment to provide via-satellite communication using the Express-AM series spacecraft. This will enable RSCC to use the capacity of its satellites more efficiently and expand the capabilities of the…

CGWIC Signs Agreement with Satellogic to Launch EO Constellation of 90 Satellites

January 15, 2019 – China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) announced a Multiple Launch Services Agreement (MLA) with Satellogic, the world’s first vertically integrated geospatial analytics company. CGWIC will launch 90 of Satellogic’s spacecraft from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. The first launch – scheduled for later this year – will deliver a dedicated payload…

Thaicom Signs Long-term Contract with TrueVisions

January 14, 2019 – Thaicom Public Company Limited announced that True Visions Group Co., Ltd. one of Asia’s leading pay TV providers, signed a long-term transponder capacity contract for continuing its pay TV service to audiences in Thailand. The company has retained several Ku-band transponders on the new Thaicom-8 satellite which delivers pay TV services…

ESA Chooses Thales Alenia Space to Lead the FLEX Mission

January 10, 2019 – Thales Alenia Space announced that it has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to lead the Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) satellite mission. FLEX was selected in 2015 as ESA’s eighth Earth Explorer mission, and is scheduled for launch in 2023. It will make use of an innovative instrument, named…

Comtech Satellite Modems to Support US Air Force Program

January 9, 2019 – Comtech EF Data has received a $1.0 million equipment order from a defense contractor. The equipment will be deployed to support a United States Air Force program. The order specified the DMD1050TS L-Band Satellite Modem Board. The DMD1050TS is Comtech EF Data’s latest generation modem board set targeted at critical government…

Newtec Boosts Affordable Broadband across Asia-Pacific on Kacific1

January 9, 2019 – Newtec announced that its Newtec Dialog® VSAT multiservice platform has been selected by broadband satellite operator, Kacific, for its new High Throughput Satellite, Kacific1, to significantly expand its broadband service delivery in underserved areas of South East Asia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. The initial contract is for $10million of…

Comtech Satellite Modems to Support United States Air Force Program

January 9, 2019 – Comtech EF Data has received a $1.0 million equipment order from a defense contractor. The equipment will be deployed to support a United States Air Force program. The order specified the DMD1050TS L-Band Satellite Modem Board. The DMD1050TS is Comtech EF Data’s latest generation modem board set targeted at critical government…

Kratos Receives Space and Satellite Communications Contract Awards

January 1, 2019 – Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. has received recent space and satellite communications contract awards and options on existing contracts totaling approximately $65 million. Work performed under these contract awards will be performed at secure Kratos manufacturing facilities and customer locations and is expected to be substantially completed over the next…

Speedcast and Carnival Renew Contract for Fully-Managed Communications across Global Fleet

December 24, 2018 – Speedcast International Limited has signed a new contract, with multi-year extension options, with Carnival Corporation (Carnival), the world’s largest leisure travel company. Speedcast will provide remote communications and value-added services across the company’s global fleet of cruise ships. The three-year material contract is expected to generate 8-9% of expected full year…

Comtech EF Data Corp. Enables Gbps Throughput for LTE and 5G Backhaul

December 20, 2018 – Comtech EF Data Corp. announced that it set a new industry performance record for General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) Tunneling Protocol (GTP) acceleration, enabling faster downloads and enhanced Quality of Experience (QoE) in LTE and 5G networks. As the mobile industry is preparing for the introduction of 5G, Comtech EF Data…

DNK to Build New Indonesia MSS Satellite Following Orbital Slot Award

December 19, 2018 – PT. Dini Nusa Kusama (DNK), an Indonesia satellite communications company, has been awarded the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) Orbital Slot located at 123 degrees East Longitude by the Indonesian Ministry of Communications. The Ministry awarded the strategic orbital slot above Indonesia after six months of competitive evaluation and bid qualification. DNK’s…

SSL Awarded Contract to Provide GEO SmallSat for Mobile Broadband Company

December 18, 2018 – SSL, a Maxar Technologies company announced a contract award to manufacture a small geostationary (GEO) satellite for Ovzon, a company located in the U.S. and Sweden dedicated to meeting the demand for increased mobile broadband connectivity in underserved regions. Ovzon selected the mid-size SSL-500 platform for its first satellite, which brings…

Speedcast International Completes Globecomm Acquisition

December 17, 2018 – Speedcast International announced that on December 14, 2018 it completed the acquisition of Globecomm Systems for cash consideration of $134 million (net of cash acquired). Globecomm is a leading provider of remote communications and multi-network infrastructure in over 100 countries and the acquisition strengthens Speedcast’s global leadership with enhanced competitive positions…

Intellian Launches 60cm-class GX Terminal with Increased Power, GX60HP

December 13, 2018 – Intellian, a leading provider of satellite communication antenna systems, introduces the new GX60HP, a 60cm-class compact Global Xpress terminal with higher power output. The GX60HP is a 65cm Ka-band maritime satellite communication terminal with a 10W BUC option, type approved for use on Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network for its maritime Fleet…

Axelspace Selects SKY Perfect JSAT & KSAT Ground Station Service for GRUS

December 12, 2018 – Axelspace selects SKY Perfect JSAT & KSAT Ground Station Service for GRUS, the first commercial Japanese optical EO satellite with KSATLite, a global ground network as a service, optimized for small satellites and big constellations. A high degree of standardization, supporting all the major standards in satellite and launch vehicle space…

SAS Signs Binding Reseller MoU Agreement with Globe Teleservices India

December 11, 2018 – Sky and Space Global Ltd (SAS) announced it has signed a binding Reseller Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement with Globe Teleservices (GTS). Globe Teleservices, a private company and an international telecom services provider offering a comprehensive range of communication services, from wholesale data and voice to mobile video and VoIP in…

LASCOM Awards Gilat for Japan’s Next Generation Disaster Response Platform

December 10, 2018 – Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. announced the selection of Gilat for a multi-million-dollar project by the Japanese government agency, Local Authorities Satellite Communication (LASCOM), for delivery of the next generation disaster response platform to Japan’s forty-seven prefectures. Gilat in partnership with JSAT will ensure essential communication services for the people of Japan…

Arianespace Orbits GSAT-11 and GEO-KOMPSAT-2A for ISRO and KARI

December 5, 2018 – Arianespace has successfully orbited two satellites: GSAT-11 for ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation), and GEO-KOMPSAT-2A for KARI (Korea Aerospace Research Institute). The sixth Ariane 5 launch of the year took place on December 4 from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. GSAT-11 is the 22nd satellite from…

SpaceX Launches Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express

December 3, 2018 – SpaceX successfully launched Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express to a low Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Carrying 64 payloads, this mission represented the largest single rideshare mission from a U.S.-based launch vehicle to date. A series of six deployments occurred approximately 13 to…

Speedcast Launches Innovative Fleet Xpress Dual Antenna Solution

November 28, 2018 – Speedcast International Limited has successfully launched an innovative dual antenna solution for Fleet Xpress customers. The company also announced two unique promotions to celebrate this first-to-market launch of Fleet Xpress dual Ka-Band antenna systems onboard commercial maritime vessels, adventure cruise ships, and offshore supply vessels. With dual Ka-Band antennas installed onboard,…

Intellian’s Tri-band and Multi-orbit Antenna Endorsed by SES Networks

November 19, 2018 – Intellian, the world’s leading provider of satellite antenna systems, today announced that SES Networks has endorsed the world’s first and only tri-band, multi-orbit, 2.4-meter antenna, the v240MT, for use on its Ku, Ka and C-band satellites. Intellian’s 2.4m multi-band, Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) and Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) broadband antennas provide…

GHGSat Selects Arianespace to Launch GHGSat-C1 on Vega

November 15, 2018 – Arianespace has been selected by GHGSat Inc. to launch the GHGSat-C1 satellite on the Vega launch vehicle as part of the Small Spacecraft Mission Service flight in 2019. Montreal, Canada-based GHGSat is building the GHGSat-C1 spacecraft to measure greenhouse gases emissions from industrial facilities around the world. GHGSat-C1 is a follow-on…

Inmarsat Enhances Cyber Security Offering for Maritime Industry

November 15, 2018 – Inmarsat has introduced two new components to its maritime cyber security service, Fleet Secure, as it continues to develop solutions that combat ever-increasing cyber threats faced by ship owners and ship managers. Vessel operators will benefit from a powerful, multi-layered endpoint security solution, Fleet Secure Endpoint, which is based on industry…

Speedcast Expands Services around the Globe for Schlumberger

November 12, 2018 – Speedcast International Limited has been awarded multi-year contracts in multiple countries to enhance existing global services for Schlumberger, the world’s leading oilfield services provider. The newest improvements include equipment and network upgrades leveraging the latest in modem and terminal technologies in countries such as Pakistan, China, Australia and New Zealand, adding…

Newtec to Power NIGCOMSAT’s Ka Broadband Services

November 12, 2018 – Newtec announced its technology will be used by leading satellite operator NIGCOMSAT as it expands its enterprise, government and consumer Ka-band broadband services in Nigeria. Following on from its continued success with Newtec’s VSAT platform Newtec Dialog®, NIGCOMSAT – which was founded in 2006 by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Communication…

Arianespace Orbits Metop-C for EUMETSAT

November 6, 2018 – Arianespace has successfully launched the Metop-C satellite for EUMETSAT, the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites. Arianespace’s eighth launch of the year, and the second using a Soyuz rocket, took place on November 6 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. With the launch of this…

Hughes India Selected to Enable Retail Automation in India

November 1, 2018 – Hughes Communications India announced that India’s leading state-owned oil companies have selected its JUPITER satellite broadband system to automate retail networking nationwide. Under separate contracts, Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL) will each use the JUPITER system to upgrade network connectivity across…

Arianespace Launches BepiColombo, Europe’s First Mission to Mercury, in Cooperation with JAXA

October 19, 2018 – Arianespace has successfully launched the BepiColombo spacecraft on its mission to explore Mercury, the smallest and least known terrestrial planet in the Solar System from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, South America. BepiColombo is an interdisciplinary scientific mission designed to study the planet Mercury, carried out…

Inmarsat Celebrates 400th Installation of Jet ConneX

October 17, 2018 – Inmarsat’s market-leading Jet ConneX (JX) business aviation inflight Wi-Fi solution has now been installed and activated on 400 business jets worldwide. The speed of uptake has been rapid, with 125 installations taking place in the past four months alone. Inmarsat’s suite of advanced connectivity services makes today’s connected business aircraft a…

Ovzon Signs Agreement with SpaceX for First Satellite Launch

October 16, 2018 – In an important step towards growing its satellite service offering, Ovzon has entered into an agreement with SpaceX for launch of Ovzon’s first GEO satellite. The launch is expected to take place no earlier than Q4 2020. The next step for the company is to finalize the procurement of the satellites.…

Intelsat Introduces New End-to-End Managed Service for Business Aviation

October 15, 2018 – Intelsat announced that it is launching FlexExec, a managed end-to-end service enabling service providers to easily and cost-effectively deliver high-performance, in-flight broadband connectivity to business jets globally. FlexExec’s broadband services are now accessible via Intelsat’s global, high performing, multi-layered Ku-band satellite fleet. Designed specifically to cover high-traffic business jet routes, FlexExec…

Intelsat and APSATCOM Launch IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime in Asia

October 7, 2018 – Intelsat S.A. announced that APT Mobile Satcom Ltd. (APSATCOM) will become the first maritime solution partner to offer, in China, IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime services. This agreement will deliver a seamless global maritime network for APSATCOM’s customers, providing unparalleled throughput, improved economics, and easier access to broadband services. Under the new,…

Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat and Telesat Establish the C-Band Alliance

October 1, 2018 – Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat, and Telesat announced the creation of a consortium called the C-Band Alliance, or CBA, in a move that could accelerate making mid-band spectrum available for 5G services. The CBA is designed to act as a facilitator as described in a recent U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proceeding featuring…

Inmarsat and Panasonic Enter into Strategic Collaboration for Commercial Aviation

September 20, 2018 – Inmarsat and Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) have agreed a strategic collaboration, for an initial ten-year period, that enables them to combine their highly complementary market leading services to offer broadband in-flight connectivity (IFC) paired with high-value solutions and services to customers in the commercial aviation industry worldwide. This collaboration will enable…

Thaicom and Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Sign Consulting Contract

September 18, 2018 – Thaicom Public Company, a leading Asian satellite operator and provider of integrated satellite end-to-end solutions, and Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL), a Bangladesh Government owned satellite operator, announce the signing of a multi-year consultancy service agreement. Under the agreement, Thaicom will provide BCSCL comprehensive business and market development services for…

Marlink and SES Networks Extend Enterprise Services Partnership

September 17, 2018 – SES Announced that Satellite services and solutions provider Marlink has contracted SES Networks’ fibre-like connectivity to enable new low-latency services in its enterprise portfolio. With a highly differentiated range of satellite-based solutions, Marlink is expanding the options and value it offers to meet the evolving demands of its customers. The contract…

Arabsat and Newtec Sign New Multi-Million Euro Agreement

September 15, 2018 – Newtec – a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications – and Arab Satellite Communications (Arabsat) have signed a new multi-million Euro contract, expanding their long-term partnership. The new agreement will enable the launch of new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services in the Middle East and…

GapSat Selects Terran Orbital for GEO Mission

September 12, 2018 – GapSat has commissioned a geosynchronous satellite from Terran Orbital Corporation, a leading aerospace provider of small satellites and services. GapSat-1 is a multi-band system offering wide band solutions in C-band, Ku-band, Ka-band and Q/V bands. The spacecraft will be injected directly into the geosynchronous arc. The system is equipped with an…

Arianespace to Launch the GSAT-31 and GSAT-30 Satellites for India

September 10, 2018 – The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has chosen Arianespace to launch its GSAT-31 and GSAT-30 telecommunications satellites. The two satellites are to be launched on separate Ariane 5s from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana from end 2018 onwards, starting with GSAT-31. Both satellites will be designed,…

APT Satellite Successfully Launched APSTAR-5C Satellite

September 10, 2018 – In Cape Canaveral, Florida, US, APSTAR-5C was successfully launched to space on a Falcon 9 rocket made by Space X. APSTAR-5C is based on the Space System Loral FS-1300 platform, it is equipped with C-band, Ku-band regional beams and Ku-band HTS payload, providing high power transponder services to customers across the…

SatADSL, APT Satellite and iSAT Partner to Provide Connectivity in Africa

September 6, 2018 – A new partnership between professional VSAT services provider SatADSL, iSAT Africa, and APT Satellite will see affordable broadband via satellite offered across Africa. Under the agreement, SatADSL will provide its innovative Cloud-based Service Delivery Platform (C-SDP). This will enable iSAT to offer a suite of new services, including voucher services, VNOFlex…

Inmarsat Unveils Major New IoT Service for the Shipping Industry

September 5, 2018 – Inmarsat unveils Fleet Data, a new Internet of Things (IoT) service, which will enable ship owners and managers to access and analyse real-time onboard data more efficiently, and as a result will help accelerate the adoption of IoT across the maritime industry. Developed in partnership with Danelec Marine, Fleet Data will…

Intellian Launches New 85cm Ku to Ka band Convertible Maritime VSAT Antenna

September 3, 2018 – Intellian, the world’s leading provider of satellite communication antenna systems, is launching its new 85cm Ku to Ka band convertible maritime VSAT antenna, the Intellian v85NX, the first to be developed based on the high-performance more reliable NX platform. The v85NX is a future-proof system that supports GEO constellations as well…

Telesat’s Telstar 19 VANTAGE Satellite Now Operational

August 27, 2018 – Telesat announced that its new Telstar 19 VANTAGE high throughput satellite (HTS) is fully operational at 63 degrees West and has entered commercial service. Telstar 19 VANTAGE was launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on July 22nd and will serve growing consumer, enterprise and mobility markets across the Americas and…

Chinese Private Space Company to Launch First Carrier Rocket

August 23, 2018 – China will launch its first solid-propellant carrier rocket developed by a Chinese private company late this year. The ZQ-1 rocket was developed by Landspace, a Beijing-based rocket-maker. Its technicians are former state-owned aerospace industry workers. Carrying a small satellite, the rocket will be launched at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in…

Kacific Appoints Brandon Seir to Head Broadband Marketing of Products

August 23, 2018 – Kacific Broadband Satellites has appointed Brandon Seir as Vice President, Sales and Marketing – Asia & International Carriers. He is a marketing, sales and strategic planning specialist with over a decade of experience working in leading international telecommunications, internet service providers and digital technology companies. He spent 11 years over two…

ISS-Reshetnev Company to Build Two Satellites for RSCC

August 16, 2018 – ISS-Reshetnev Company has won a contract to build two new telecommunications satellites Express-AMU3 and Express-AMU7. Contracts for the manufacture of Express-AMU3 and Express-AMU7 have already come into effect. The new satellites are intended to augment Russia’s national orbital constellation of communications and broadcasting satellites. The contracts signed by ISS-Reshetnev Company, RSCC…

AsiaSat Distributes Live Coverage of 2018 Asian Games

August 15, 2018 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited supports live coverage of the 2018 Asian Games with AsiaSat 5. The 18th Asian Games, co-hosted by the cities of Jakarta and Palembang of Indonesia, includes 40 sports, to be contested by over 11,000 athletes from 45 participating countries and regions. Live HD coverage of the…

Inmarsat Awards Contract for GX-5 Ground Infrastructure to VT iDirect

August 14, 2018 – VT iDirect announced that Inmarsat has awarded the ground infrastructure contract for Inmarsat’s fifth Global Xpress (GX-5) high-speed, broadband communications satellite to VT iDirect. VT iDirect’s Velocity platform and iQ Series remotes support Inmarsat in delivering the high-speed broadband capabilities of GX-5 at a very low cost per bit. Inmarsat terminals…

Arianespace to Launch Spire Small Satellites on Vega SSMS POC Flight

August 8, 2018 – The multi-launch contract with Spire, a company providing weather, maritime, and aviation data to public and private customers, will cover a significant number of CubeSats to be launched on Vega as part of the Small Spacecraft Mission Service Proof Of Concept (POC) flight in 2019, as well as options on subsequent…

APSTAR-6C Completed In-Orbit Delivery Successfully

August 8, 2018 – APSTAR-6C satellite was launched on May 4, 2018 by the Long March 3B launch vehicle from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan, China. The satellite conducted LEOP operations, including five apogee firings and perigee engine firings, and positioned at the designated orbit slot for in-orbit test while APT Satellite control…

SpaceX Successfully Launched SSL-built Merah Putih Satellite for PT Telkom

August 7, 2018 – Falcon 9 successfully lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida carrying the Merah Putih mission for PT Telkom Indonesia. The satellite is part of the critical telecommunications backbone connecting thousands of islands in Indonesia, other parts of Southeast Asia, and it expands service…

Yahsat Completes Acquisition of Thuraya

August 5, 2018 – Yahsat completed the acquisition of a majority and controlling stake in the mobile satellite services operator Thuraya. The acquisition of the UAE’s first home grown satellite operator, Thuraya, is set to significantly expand Yahsat’s current satellite solutions portfolio on both commercial and government fronts and creates a strong platform to capture…

Latest Blue Origin Launch Tests Technologies of Interest to Space Exploration

July 18, 2018 – On July 18, Blue Origin successfully launched its New Shepard rocket from the company’s West Texas launch site with five NASA-supported technologies onboard. For each of these payloads, this flight was one in a series of suborbital demonstrations to facilitate technology development. The flight helped researchers collect critical data to help…

mu Space and SSL Work Together on Satellite Systems

July 17, 2018 – Satellite and space company mu Space Corp announced collaboration with SSL to develop concepts for communications and Earth observation satellites. SSL brings a depth of technical expertise and an agile approach to helping mu Space with its plans to launch a satellite into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) in the early 2020s.…

Bank BRI Selects Hughes to Power Next Generation Satellite Network

July 17, 2018 – Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) announced it has been selected by PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk. (Bank BRI), a state-owned bank and the largest bank in Indonesia, to deploy its JUPITER™ System to power services over BRIsat, Bank BRI’s satellite covering Indonesia and Southeast Asia. The next-generation satellite broadband solution…

Inmarsat Awards Contract for GX-5 Ground Infrastructure to VT iDirect

July 16, 2018 – VT iDirect announced that Inmarsat has awarded the ground infrastructure contract for Inmarsat’s fifth Global Xpress (GX-5) high-speed, broadband communications satellite to VT iDirect. The iDirect Velocity platform and iQ Series remotes support Inmarsat in delivering the high-speed broadband capabilities of GX-5 at a very low cost per bit. Inmarsat terminals…

Eutelsat Partners with Intelsat and SES in U.S. C-band Spectrum Proposal

July 12, 2018 – Intelsat S.A., SES, and Eutelsat announced that they are aligned on a market-based proposal for the future use of the lower C-band spectrum in the U.S. Eutelsat has agreed to join the breakthrough proposal initiated by Intelsat, Intel and SES. The market-based proposal was developed in response to a proceeding initiated…

Sky and Space Global Signed MOU with CGWIC

July 10, 2018 – Sky and Space Global Ltd (SAS) has signed a MOU with China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) to explore the provision of launch services to SAS. Under the terms of the MOU, SAS will assess whether CGWIC’s capabilities meet SAS’ technical and operational launch requirements and, if so, enter into formal…

Telesat and Gilat Join Forces to Develop Broadband Communication Modem for LEO Satellites

July 9, 2018 – Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. announced a collaborative project with Telesat for development of broadband communication technology using low earth orbit (LEO) satellites. CIIRDF will fund the project to facilitate faster and more secure data transmission over satellite. The joint Canada-Israel innovation project will combine Telesat’s and Gilat’s engineering capabilities to do…

MEASAT Expands Its Video Neighborhood in South Asia

July 2, 2018 – MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (MEASAT) announced that it has expanded its video neighborhood in South Asia with the distribution of News24, Sagarmatha TV and Prime TV. News24 is the premium news channel of Nepal which shares ground breaking news of the region and exclusive interviews with prominent figures in Nepal.…

Speedcast Partners with Kymeta to Deliver KyWay Flat-Panel Terminal to Mobility Markets

June 28, 2018 – Speedcast International Limited announced a partnership with Kymeta Corporation to develop and roll out product offerings featuring the Kymeta KyWay Terminal, which integrates ground-breaking mTennaTM flat-panel antenna technology. Under the partnership agreement Speedcast will integrate the Kymeta terminal into the company’s industry-leading Speedcast AtlasTM managed service to deliver the latest cutting-edge…

PSN Selects Hughes JUPITER System to Enable Broadband Services Throughout Indonesia

June 27, 2018 – Hughes Network Systems, LLC has been selected by PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), the oldest private telecommunication and information service provider in Indonesia, to provide the JUPITER™ System for broadband services over the PSN VI High-Throughput Satellite (HTS). The comprehensive Hughes solution includes HG240 Gateways, a variety of remote terminals, and…

OPT Enhances Digital Access across French Polynesian Islands with SES Networks

June 26, 2018 – SES announced that the Office des Postes et Telecommunications of French Polynesia (OPT) is delivering enhanced mobile broadband and Internet services to residents across the vast French Polynesian territory through a new partnership with SES Networks. Under the new agreement, OPT will access the powerful NSS-9 satellite’s wide C-band coverage to…

MEASAT Deploys First DVB-S2X Service in Asia

June 24, 2018 – VT iDirect, Inc. announced that MEASAT Satellite Systems has deployed the first iDirect DVB-S2X network in Malaysia in a bid to bring scalable and affordable satellite broadband Internet services across Malaysia. This state-of-the-art platform allows MEASAT to tap into new markets and take advantage of High Throughput Satellite (HTS) opportunities in…

Newtec Empowers Myanmar’s Newest Mobile Operator

June 20, 2018 – Newtec announced it is enabling Communication & Commerce (Com & Com) to launch a mobile backhaul network for Telecom International Myanmar Company Limited’s brand Mytel, Myanmar’s fourth and most-recent mobile operator, a joint venture by government-owned Star High Public Co Ltd, Myanmar consortium (comprising of 11 companies) MTNH and the Vietnamese…

OPT Enhances Digital Access across French Polynesian Islands with SES Networks

June 20, 2018 – SES announced that the Office des Postes et Telecommunications of French Polynesia (OPT) is delivering enhanced mobile broadband and Internet services to residents across the vast French Polynesian territory through a new partnership with SES Networks. Under the new agreement, OPT will access the powerful NSS-9 satellite’s wide C-band coverage to…

KT to Bring Next Tech Revolution to Space and North Korea

June 11, 2018 – KT Corp., South Korea’s largest telecommunications company, said that its satellite business operator will gear up efforts to bring the next technology revolution to outer space as well as the Korean peninsula. KT SAT employees inspect satellite antennas at the Kumsan Satellite Service Center on June 7. KT SAT Co., Ltd.,…

U.S. FCC Expands Market Access for SES O3b MEO Constellation

June 8, 2018 – SES has been granted, by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), authorization to serve the U.S. market using a significantly expanded O3b fleet in the Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). The FCC grant opens significant additional frequencies to SES for use in its non-geostationary (NGSO) constellation and enables it to deploy O3b…

Globecomm Adds Iridium Certus to Maritime Connectivity Portfolio

June 6, 2018 – Globecomm, one of the leading providers of maritime connectivity services, has signed an agreement to become a maritime distribution partner of the new Iridium Certus mobile broadband satellite service from Iridium Communications. The agreement enables Globecomm to further extend its portfolio of satellite, LTE and hybrid connectivity solutions and integrate all…

Intellian Unveils Next-gen 85cm Ku- to Ka-band Satellite Antenna System

June 5, 2018 – Intellian unveils its new 85cm Ku- to Ka-band convertible maritime VSAT antenna, the v85NX. This next-generation v85NX is the lightest and best-performing 80cm-class terminal available with a number of key features that make it easier to install, operate and maintain. The brand-new 85cm antenna is both smaller, lighter and has better…

China Launches Meteorological Satellite to Benefit Belt and Road Countries

June 5, 2018 – China launched the new Fengyun-2H meteorological satellite to improve the accuracy of weather forecasting and provide better meteorological services to countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative. The Fengyun-2H was launched on a Long March-3A rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. A geostationary orbit…

SES-12 Roars into Space on-board SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket

June 4, 2018 – SES announced that SES-12 was successfully launched onboard a flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida, United States. SES-12, which is uniquely designed with state-of-the-art wide beams and high throughput beams, will join SES-8 at 95 degrees East to meet the diverse needs of video, fixed data, mobility…

Myanmar Expands Relationship with Intelsat to Enhance Communications Infrastructure

June 1, 2018 – Intelsat announced today that the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) of Myanmar has broadened its relationship with Intelsat to accelerate the deployment of the country’s wireless communications infrastructure in Myanmar. The MOTC will utilize services on Intelsat 39, a Ku-and-C-band satellite which is scheduled to replace Intelsat 902 at 62°…

SES Provides Managed Services for Galileo

May 30, 2018 – SES will provide a series of services for the Galileo European navigation system under a long-term agreement signed with Spaceopal, SES announced. The contract is part of the Galileo Service Operator (GSOp) framework agreement between Spaceopal – a joint venture between Telespazio and DLR GfR mbH – and the European Global…

Inmarsat to Rollout EAN Inflight WiFi in the Business Aviation Market

May 29, 2018 – mobile satellite communications, announced today that its European Aviation Network (EAN) inflight wifi solution will be available for the business aviation market by January 2019. EAN is the world’s first inflight wifi solution that integrates connectivity from a satellite, operated by Inmarsat, and an LTE-based ground network, operated by Deutsche Telekom,…

Embraer Selects Viasat as its Connectivity Provider on Executive Jets

May 28, 2018 – Viasat announced Embraer is the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to select Viasat’s high-speed, high-capacity Ka-band connectivity solution for its Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 executive jets. The Viasat system is prepared to serve the business jet users’ connectivity demands of today, while keeping pace with future bandwidth demands. Viasat will…

Globecomm Helps Tipco Maritime Company Tune in to Fleet Visibility

May 23, 2018 – Globecomm, one of the leading providers of maritime connectivity services, has installed a complete hybrid satellite-LTE communications solution for Thailand-based shipowner Tipco Maritime Company. In undertaking a review of its communications systems, Tipco identified a need to make better use of its onboard equipment, improve visibility of operations and achieve closer…

Cobham SATCOM’s EXPLORER 8120 Chosen for Australian Remote Worker Welfare

May 23, 2018 – The Government of South Australia’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) has selected a solution that features EXPLORER 8120 VSAT antennas enabling broadband data connectivity and high quality telephony for workers delivering essential services to communities in remote areas. The EXPLORER 8120 antennas, which are the only 1.2 meter auto-acquire,…

Iridium Completes Sixth Successful Iridium NEXT Launch

May 22, 2018 – Iridium Communications announced that SpaceX successfully launched five Iridium NEXT satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Iridium satellites were joined by the twin spacecraft for the NASA/German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission, in a unique “rideshare” launch. Shortly after deployment,…

LM-4C Conduct CE-4 Lunar Exploration Mission Launch

May 21, 2018 – Long March 4C launch vehicle successfully performed the ChangE-4 Tracking and Data Relay Satellite launch mission (CE-4). The passengers consist of the CE-4 TDRS Satellite – “QueQiao” and two HIT scientific satellites – “LongJiang-1 and 2”. In this mission, CGWIC successfully piggybacked the Lunar Camera Payload for Saudi Arabia. The cooperation…

Viasat Expanded Relationship with Honeywell for Ka-band Inflight Internet Services

May 17, 2018 – Viasat and Honeywell announced an expanded agreement where Honeywell, as part of its GoDirect Cabin Connectivity suite of services, will offer Viasat’s high-speed Ka-band in-flight internet service to large and mid-cabin business jet customers. Viasat’s Ka-band service is proven to support more passengers and more devices simultaneously through all phases of…

Thales Alenia Space Chosen as Partner in PLATO

May 15, 2018 – The European Space Agency (ESA) has chosen OHB System AG as prime contractor for a new program called PLATO (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars), with Thales Alenia Space as a partner. Negotiations between ESA and OHB should be completed by mid-June 2018, with the satellite to be launched in 2026…

Thaicom Expands MCPC Broadcast Platform on Thaicom-6 in Africa

May 14, 2018 – Thaicom Public Company Limited announced the signature of an agreement with Mediavision a European based content delivery specialist providing end-to-end solutions to the broadcast and media industry for the expansion of its Multi-Channel Per Carrier (MCPC) broadcast platform in Africa. The MCPC broadcast platform is a cost-effective distribution solution, providing broadcasters…

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Successfully Launched

May 11, 2018 – The very first satellite of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Satellite-1, successfully took off from Cape Canaveral launch site on-board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. This telecommunications and Broadcasting satellite is targeted to narrow the digital divide, as it will take broadcasting and telecommunication services to rural areas and introduce profitable services, including direct-to-home…

VT iDirect Extends Partnership with Kymeta to Resell KyWay Satellite Terminals

May 8, 2018 – VT iDirect has extended its partnership with Kymeta in an agreement to become an official reseller of the KyWay Terminal (KyWay Terminal) to its global base of mobility-focused partners. The Kymeta KyWay Terminal integrates ground breaking mTenna flat-panel antenna technology and the industry’s leading iDirect X7 modem, to serve a broad…

LM-3B Successfully Launches APSTAR-6C Satellite

May 4, 2017 – APSTAR-6C satellite was launched successfully by the LM-3B launch vehicle from Xichang Satellite Launch Center at Sichuan province of China. APSTAR-6C satellite will enhance the Asia-Pacific satellite communications, broadcasting services capabilities. APSTAR-6C satellite which is designed and manufactured by CAST is based on the DFH-4 platform and with a designed life…

We Are IT Philippines Signs Bulk Broadband Capacity Deal with Thaicom

May 2, 2018 – Thaicom Public Company Limited and We Are IT Philippines Inc. (WIT) – the leading satellite broadband service provider in the Philippines – have signed a multi-year capacity wholesale agreement aimed at providing connectivity for the rollout of nationwide enterprise and government broadband projects. According to the terms of the agreement, WIT…

Malaysia’s Asian Horror Channel, BOO Available in the Philippines via MEASAT

May 2, 2018 – MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (‘MEASAT’) announced an agreement with Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad’s (‘Astro’) to distribute BOO via MEASAT-3a at 91.5°E. BOO, available in Malaysia and the Philippines, delivers 24-hour Asian horror content ranging from psycho-thrillers to other sub-genres such as horror-comedy, horror-action and more. With BOO, Astro continues to…

Qatar Airways Commences Rollout of Inmarsat GX Aviation

April 30, 2018 – Inmarsat’s GX Aviation inflight broadband service is currently being rolled out on more than 130 of Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircraft. Qatar Airways is the first airline in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to offer GX Aviation, the world’s first inflight broadband solution with reliable,…

Yahsat Signs an Agreement to Purchase a Majority Stake in Thuraya

April 26, 2018 – Yahsat has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority stake in the mobile satellite services operator Thuraya, also based in the UAE, subject to final pre-closing conditions being met. The acquisition of the UAE’s first home grown satellite operator, Thuraya, will significantly expand Yahsat’s current satellite solutions portfolio for both…

Inmarsat Signs CTTIC and ADCC as China Distribution Partners

April 24, 2018 – Inmarsat has signed a contract with China Transport Telecommunication Information Group Company Limited (CTTIC) to build a local SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) satellite communication operation platform in China. In addition, Inmarsat, CTTIC and Aviation Data Communication Corporation (ADCC) will jointly provide the advanced SB-S aviation safety service to the fast-growing Chinese aviation industry.…

Comtech Awarded Contracts from the Armed Forces of the Philippines

April 20, 2018 – Comtech Telecommunications Corp. announced that during its third quarter of fiscal 2018, its subsidiary, Comtech Systems, Inc, which is part of Comtech’s Government Solutions segment, received orders of approximately $6.5 million to provide tactical troposcatter equipment and to design and install ISR Video Downlink Systems for the Armed Forces of the…

Arianespace to Launch BSAT-4b

April 19, 2018 – Arianespace announced that it will launch BSAT-4b, under the term of a turnkey contract between B-SAT and Maxar’s SSL. BSAT-4b will be launched by an Ariane 5 in 2020 from the Guiana Space Center, Kourou, French Guiana, as part of a turnkey contract between the Japanese satellite operator B-SAT and the…

Eutelsat Completes the Sale of its Stake in Hispasat for 302 Million Euros

April 18, 2018 – Eutelsat Communications announced that its 33.69% stake in the Spanish satellite operator, Hispasat, has been sold for a consideration of 302 million euros. The transaction concludes an agreement reached in May 2017 between Eutelsat and Abertis which was recently approved by the Spanish Council of Ministers, thereby lifting the last condition…

Inmarsat Introduces SB-S into Commercial Service

April 17, 2018 – Inmarsat has entered commercial service with SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S). The next-generation satellite IP platform is designed to meet the needs of aviation data communications in the digital age and offers airlines game-changing visibility into their airline operations. It is the first and only global, secure, broadband platform for operations and safety communications.…

Intellian Opens in China to Build Largest Asia Network in Market

April 16, 2018 – Intellian has established a Chinese corporation subsidiary in Shanghai and officially started operations there to better meet local customer demand. Intellian provides products and technical support to partner companies on every continent of the world through its 10 subsidiaries based in the U.S., U.K., Netherlands, Singapore and other regions. And now…

Thuraya Unveils the World’s First Satellite Smartphone

April 11, 2018 – Thuraya unveiled the world’s first satellite smartphone during its partner conference in Dubai. The Thuraya X5-Touch runs on the Android Operating System and has a 5.2” full HD touchscreen. It targets users who frequently move in and out of terrestrial coverage across a range of market sectors including government missions, energy…

Inmarsat GX Aviation to Power Inflight Broadband for Citilink Indonesia

April 11, 2018 – Inmarsat has signed a MoU with Mahata Aero Teknologi (MAT), Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Technik, to provide a world-class inflight broadband service to passengers onboard Low Cost Carrier (LCC) Citilink Indonesia’s fleet of Airbus A320 family aircraft. This collaboration of four leading technology companies will enable Citilink to provide a unique…

Speedcast Expands Capacity on AsiaSat 9

April 10, 2018 – AsiaSat announced an expansion and renewal agreement with Speedcast to utilise multiple C- and Ku-band transponders on the brand new AsiaSat 9. This upgrade will enhance high quality managed network services for Speedcast’s global customers in the Mobility, Maritime, Energy, Enterprise and Government sectors, and for cellular backhaul solutions to emerging…

KT Skylife Renews Content Protection Partnership with Nagra

April 6, 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group company and a leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, announced that its NexGuard watermarking solution for pay-TV was selected by Korean satellite broadcaster KT Skylife. This partnership allows KT Skylife to meet forensic watermarking requirements mandated by MovieLabs’ Enhanced Content Protection for premium…

SES Appoints John-Paul Hemingway as CEO of SES Networks

April 6, 2018 – SES announced that John-Paul Hemingway has been appointed as CEO of SES Networks with effect from 5 April 2018, succeeding Steve Collar who officially takes on his new position as President & CEO of SES. In his new function, Hemingway will join the Executive Committee of SES which then comprises Steve…

Ariane 5 Orbits DSN-1/Superbird-8 for SKY Perfect JSAT and HYLAS 4 for Avanti Communications

April 5, 2018 – Arianespace has successfully launched two telecommunications satellites: DSN-1/Superbird-8 for SKY Perfect JSAT; and HYLAS 4 for Avanti Communications. Arianespace’s third launch of the year took place on April 5, 2018 from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Superbird-8 will provide telecom services, primarily for the Japanese market,…

Eutelsat Orders KONNECT VHTS, a New-Generation Satellite from Thales

April 5, 2018 – Eutelsat Communications announced the order of a next-generation VHTS satellite system named KONNECT VHTS, to support the development of its European fixed broadband and in-flight connectivity businesses. The satellite, which is due to enter into service in 2021, will be built by Thales Alenia Space which will develop a satellite and…

Iridium and Speedcast Partner to Deliver Next-generation Satellite Broadband Solutions

March 27, 2018 – Iridium Communications announced that Speedcast has signed an agreement to become a land-mobile service provider for its next-generation satellite broadband technology, Iridium Certus. Speedcast joins a world-class group of service providers and will help further expand the Iridium Certus footprint. Designed for on-the-move vehicles, assets and teams, Iridium Certus will support…

SSL Selected to Provide Direct Broadcasting Satellite to B-SAT

March 26, 2018 – SSL announced that it was selected as a trusted partner to provide a broadcasting satellite for Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT). As the leading broadcasting satellite operator in Japan, B-SAT will use the Direct-to-Home (DTH) television satellite to ensure exceptional ultra-high definition video distribution for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. SSL provided…

Globecomm to Introduce Fronthaul, Switching, and Backhaul Solutions for 5G Evolution

March 23, 2018 – Globecomm will introduce an integrated solution set of acceleration, optimization, fronthaul, switching, and backhaul capabilities to support the 3G/4G evolution to the emerging 5G standard. Globecomm’s solutions enable carriers to extend mobility cost-effectively and profitably into rural, remote, and underserved regions, where the standard fiber-to-the-base-station architecture is challenged. The company has…

THAICOM and CANAL+ Sign Capacity Agreement in Myanmar

March 21, 2018 – Thaicom Public Company Limited announced the signature of a multi-year contract with CANAL+ Overseas Myanmar, the CANAL+ subsidiary in charge of broadcasting internationally and in Myanmar. CANAL+ is part of Vivendi SA, one of the largest media companies based in France. The contract is part of CANAL+ Myanmar’s launch of a…

TVNZ Chooses AsiaSat 5 to Deliver Live Coverage of 2018 Commonwealth Games

March 20, 2018 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) and Television New Zealand (TVNZ) have collaborated to deliver live coverage of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games via AsiaSat 5. This collaboration is integral to TVNZ’s extensive plan of providing the largest-ever free to air coverage of the Games in New Zealand and enabling…

Airbus Launches Photonics Payload Technology Project – OPTIMA

March 15, 2018 – Airbus has launched the OPTIMA project, which will deliver a proof of concept demonstrator for the use of photonic payloads in telecommunications satellites. The OPTIMA project, which is led by Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage and part of Horizon 2020 funded by the European Commission, comprises specialist partners from across…

ILS Secures Additional Launch Orders for Proton Medium Vehicle

March 15, 2018 – ILS has announced multiple launch assignments for Proton Medium launches that will include the use of both the 4.35 meter and the new 5.2 meter payload fairing. The missions will take place beginning in late 2019 from Pad 24 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Proton Medium launch vehicle is…

Global Eagle Entertainment Expands Aero Network from Hughes

March 14, 2018 – Hughes Network Systems, LLC and Global Eagle Entertainment announced two major enhancements to Global Eagle’s global connectivity network that bring more capacity and faster speeds to airlines and their passengers. First, the Hughes JUPITER aeronautical system is being deployed to support continued expansion of Global Eagle’s airline connectivity customers worldwide, and…

Gilat Launches Complete Dual Band Aero Terminal for Commercial In-flight Connectivity

March 12, 2018 – Gilat Satellite Networks has launched AeroEdge 6000, a highly efficient, high performance terminal for commercial in-flight connectivity. The dual-band terminal includes Gilat’s Ku/Ka band antenna, MODMAN, and Wavestream transceivers. The AeroEdge 6000 high performance terminal operates in both Ka and Ku band providing aeronautical broadband satellite communication for high-speed Internet and…

VT iDirect Expands iQ Remote Portfolio

March 12, 2018 – VT iDirect announced it is extending the iQ Remote portfolio with three new series: the iQ 200, the iQ 800 and the iQ 1000, which will deliver higher throughput rates and advanced features for enterprise, telecommunication, aerospace, maritime and land-mobility markets. The iQ Series is VT iDirect’s next-generation DVB-S2/DVB-S2X remote portfolio…

Successful Launch of Four O3b Satellites

March 9, 2018 – SES announced that its four new O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites were successfully launched into space by Arianespace onboard a Soyuz rocket, from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. The new Ka-band satellites will join SES’s existing constellation of 12 MEO satellites, orbiting at approximately 8,000 km from…

Intellian to Introduce GX Mediator, a Dual Antenna Solution

March 8, 2018 – Intellian, the world’s leading provider of stabilized satellite antenna systems, is launching its Inmarsat approved GX Mediator. At the heart of this solution is Intellian’s GX Mediator, a device that takes care of switching between two GX antennas allowing for seamless coverage by mitigating blockage. This solution is ideal for ships…

Australia’s Largest Urban Fire Service Integrates PTT Tech Developed by Cobham

March 7, 2017 – Fire & Rescue New South Wales, Australia’s largest urban fire service and the fourth largest in the world, has integrated cutting-edge Push-to-Talk (PTT) technology developed by Cobham and its partner Wireless Innovation within its existing communications network. By combining satellite and land mobile radio into a single ubiquitous network, the new…

Comtech EF Data Expands Heights Networking Platform Portfolio

March 7, 2018 – Comtech EF Data Corp. announced that it expanded its Heights Networking Platform portfolio to include three new and innovative Remote Gateways. The new Remote Gateways include both indoor and outdoor models – the indoor H-Plus Remote Gateway, and two outdoor units, the H-Plus-ODU Remote Gateway and the H-Pro-ODU Remote Gateway. The…

Successful Launch of the Hispasat 30W-6 Satellite

March 6, 2018 – HISPASAT, the Spanish satellite communications operator, successfully launched its twelfth satellite, Hispasat 30W-6, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida atop SpaceX’s launch vehicle Falcon 9. From its orbital position at 30º West, Hispasat 30W-6 will replace and broaden the capacity of Hispasat 30W-4.…

Inmarsat and Airservices Australia Partner to Improve Aviation Safety and Efficiency

March 5, 2018 – Inmarsat has partnered with Airservices Australia to initiate satellite voice (SatVoice) communications evaluations for air traffic services in Australia in areas beyond the reach of traditional VHF voice coverage. Through the partnership with Inmarsat, Airservices Australia will help airlines and operators to complement conventional voice communications equipment with modern digital technology.…

APSTAR TV App Launched in Apps Market

March 2, 2018 – APT Satellite Company Limited (APT Satellite) announced formal launch of APSTAR TV App download for Android and iOS. The App, namely “APSTAR TV” provides live-streaming for a variety of TV channels, as well as their time-shift recordings for seven days. By using “APSTAR TV”, media customers’ TV channels can broadcast both…

Blue Ant Media Selects MEASAT for its Asia Pacific Video Distribution

February 27, 2018 – MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (MEASAT) announced an agreement with international content producer, distributor and channel operator, Blue Ant Media to distribute six (6) video channels across Asia Pacific, further reinforcing its 91.5°E orbital position as Asia’s leading video neighbourhood. As part of a new carriage deal, Blue Ant Entertainment HD,…

Thaicom Launches Nava™ Maritime Service Platform

February 26, 2018 – Thaicom Public Company Limited announced the introduction of Nava™, the company’s new maritime service platform for ship and offshore operators. With the launch of Nava, Thaicom is expanding its broadband service platform to support the maritime industry’s digital transformation. Thaicom Nava is a high-speed broadband service designed to connect everyone and…

Orbith Connects Rural Argentina, Powered by Newtec

February 22, 2018 – Newtec, a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications, announced its technology is being deployed by Orbith, a wholesale provider of high-speed Internet services. Buenos Aires-based Orbith is building a new VSAT network connecting 20,000 sites to provide consumer and business connectivity to the Buenos Aires…

Palau Telecoms to Enjoy ‘always on’ Connectivity with SES Networks

February 19, 2018 – Customers of Palau’s local internet services provider Palau Telecoms will continue to enjoy enhanced and reliable fibre-like connectivity delivered by SES Networks. SES announced that in the latest contract signed, Palau Telecoms, which has been enjoying SES’s Networks exceptional networks performance since 2014, will be extending its contract until 2020, and…

Intellian and Inmarsat Embark on Next-generation FleetBroadband Development

February 19, 2018 – Inmarsat and Intellian signed an outline agreement that will support major enhancements to Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband service for the next decade and beyond. The new agreement will see Intellian design and manufacture a new generation of FleetBroadband terminals that will support the existing I-4 network alongside the major advances coming with Inmarsat’s…

UnicomAirNet Chooses Eutelsat for IFC Services in Asia Pacific

February 16, 2018 – UnicomAirNet (UAN) has signed a multi-year agreement with Eutelsat Asia, an affiliate of Eutelsat Communications, to address the fast-growing in-flight connectivity (IFC) market in the Asia Pacific region. UnicomAirNet was established in 2017 by China Unicom’s broadband network unit and Hangmei, ChineseWi-Fi service and content provider for railways and buses, to…

Gogo’s 2Ku Equipped Aircraft First to Utilize SES-15 HTS Capacity

February 14, 2018 – Gogo announced that it has more than 200 aircraft equipped with its 2Ku inflight connectivity technology utilizing the increased capacity delivered by SES-15. These aircraft came online in SES-15’s first operational month and are the first to benefit from the new high throughput satellite (HTS) capacity. SES-15 entered service in January…

Eurovision Media Services and Eutelsat Extend Long-term Partnership

February 8, 2018 – Eurovision Media Services , the business arm of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), and Eutelsat announced the renewal and expansion of their partnership for capacity in Ku-band via a number of contracts on the EUTELSAT 10A satellite. These multi-year, multi transponder contracts will further expand the infrastructure used by Eurovision Media…

Speedcast Secures Contract with NBN Co Australia

February 5, 2018 – Speedcast International Limited has secured a 10-year contract with Australian government-owned infrastructure provider NBN Co Limited to deliver enterprise-grade satellite services. Speedcast’s wholly-owned subsidiary and dedicated entity, Speedcast Managed Services, will partner with NBN Co to design, build and manage NBN Co’s enterprise satellite services. The value of the base network…