The Global Satellite Industry and COVID19

While the COVID-19 pandemic paralyzed society and life as we knew it, the satellite industry ensured broad connectivity and service continuity for public and private users alike, connecting and empowering them to strengthen critical networks while also providing valuable insight into environmental, social and economic changes in society. Numerous examples in this article show how…

May 2020

  • SES Delivers over 8,300 TV Channels to 367 Million Homes Worldwide
  • NEC to Provide Vietnam with Earth Observation Satellite System
  • Intelsat 901 Satellite Returns to Service Using Mission Extension Vehicle
  • Airbus to Support France and India to Monitor Climate Change

and more…

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Eutelsat Selected by Telenor Maritime for Maritime Mobility Services

May 6, 2020 – Eutelsat Communications has secured a multi-year contract with Telenor Maritime to provide Ku coverage on a regional basis for sailing areas in Europe, Trans-Atlantic crossings, the Caribbean and South East Asia. Eutelsat will leverage several of its satellites in order to deliver targeted capacity with guaranteed levels of throughput to specific…

Airbus and Xenesis Sign Payload Contract for New Bartolomeo Platform on the ISS

May 5, 2020 – Airbus and Xenesis have signed a contract for a payload slot on the International Space Station (ISS) Bartolomeo platform for the demonstration of their Xen-Hub optical communication space terminal. The Xen-Hub is a greater than 10 gigabyte per second optical communications terminal. The terminal was enabled with a technology transfer from…

Inmarsat and Cobham Launch New Solution Connecting Remote Workers

May 5, 2020 – Inmarsat and Cobham SATCOM have launched a comprehensive new Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) push-to-talk (PTT) solution to connect remote workers using vehicles across the globe. The solution provides real-time data transfer and PTT communications to enable remote utilities, mining, aid and NGO, agricultural work and more, as well as for…

Thuraya Aero Reaches Line-fit Milestone for Airbus Helicopters

April 30, 2020 – Thuraya and SCOTTY Group have announced that they have secured line-fit offerability for the Thuraya Aero mobile connectivity solution on Airbus H145 and H135 helicopters. For the first time, Airbus customers can install and customize their Thuraya Aero kit when ordering new aircraft. The system will be fitted on the production…

Arianespace to Resume its Launch Campaigns at the Guiana Space Center

April 29, 2020 – Following the measures presented by the French government on April 28 as part of the gradual resumption of activity planned from May 11, and the announcement of a restart of operational activities at the Guiana Space Center, Arianespace confirms its following launch objectives: Flight VV16/SSMS – The first “rideshare” Vega launch,…

Inmarsat Supports Aid and NGO Sector during Covid-19 Crisis

April 28, 2020 – Inmarsat has announced that it will provide further enhanced support to the vital aid and NGO sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. These new initiatives will enable enhanced offerings across both platforms and come as a direct response to the additional challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, ensuring emergency responders can continue…

NSR Webinar: Satcom Pricing in 2020 and Beyond

NSR Webinar: Satcom Pricing in 2020 and Beyond Join the NSR Free Webinar on Satcom Pricing in 2020 and Beyond on May 13, 2020 (10:00AM EDT)   April 24, 2020 – Pricing has been a soft spot for the satcom industry over the past 4 years, as OTT pressure on video and data segment competition…

SES Delivers over 8,300 TV Channels to 367 Million Homes Worldwide

April 23, 2020 – SES has announced that the number of global TV households it reaches directly or indirectly via satellite has increased by 12 million to 367 million in 2019. Findings from the company’s annual Satellite Monitor market research validates, once again, SES’s position as the world’s leading video content distributor via satellite and…

NEC to Provide Vietnam with Earth Observation Satellite System

April 23, 2020 – NEC Corporation has received an order from Sumitomo Corporation for the manufacture and launch of the “LOTUSat-1” Earth observation satellite system for the Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC). The order also includes development of a ground system and local human capacity building programs related to satellite development processes, and is expected…

Airbus to Support France and India to Monitor Climate Change

April 20, 2020 – The French Space Agency (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, CNES) has recently signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space for the development and manufacture of the thermal infrared instrument for the TRISHNA satellite. TRISHNA (Thermal infraRed Imaging Satellite for High resolution Natural resource Assessment) will be the latest satellite in the…

Intelsat 901 Satellite Returns to Service Using Mission Extension Vehicle

April 17, 2020 – Intelsat announced that Intelsat 901 has returned to service following the successful docking with the first Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-1) from Northrop Grumman Corporation and the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, SpaceLogistics LLC, on February 25 – the first time that two commercial spacecraft docked in geostationary orbit. Since the February rendezvous, MEV-1…

Hughes Extends Mobile Network Connectivity to Support Various Applications

April 14, 2020 – Hughes, in partnership with Virtual Network Communications, Inc. (VNC), will create new solutions to extend mobile network connectivity to support various global applications for government, militaries, first responders, and commercial Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). The joint solutions will integrate VNC’s deployable LTE technology with Hughes JUPITERTM and HM satellite systems. The…

Omnispace Selects Thales Alenia Space to Develop Satellite-based IoT Infrastructure

April 9, 2020 – Omnispace, the company that is reinventing mobile communications by building a global hybrid network, announced it has selected Thales Alenia Space to develop the initial component of its satellite-based Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure. This will advance Omnispace’s vision to deliver a global hybrid communications network based on 3GPP standards. Thales…

Thuraya MarineStar Bcomes a Major Success Story

April 9, 2020 – Thuraya, the mobile satellite services subsidiary of the UAE-based global satellite company, Yahsat, has announced that Thuraya MarineStar, its best in class, affordable maritime voice solution with advanced two-way tracking and monitoring capabilities is a bestseller, especially in the Asian maritime markets. This versatile solution was sold out within a month…