China Successfully Launches Last BeiDou Navigation System Satellite

June 23, 2020 – China launched the last satellite of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) on June 23, marking the completion of the deployment of its own global navigation system. The satellite, the 55th in the family of BeiDou, was launched at 9:43 a.m. (Beijing Time) and sent into the preset orbit by a…

VIVACOM Selects ST Engineering iDirect to Expand Broadcast Service Offerings

June 23, 2020 – ST Engineering iDirect has further strengthened its long-standing relationship with leading telecom provider VIVACOM with a new agreement to supply MCX7000 modulators to facilitate additional broadcast offerings in Eastern Europe and Africa. VIVACOM, the largest telecommunications provider in Bulgaria, will use the MCX7000, a dense DVB-S2X multi-carrier satellite gateway, to launch…

Maxar to Build Four 1300-class Geostationary Communications Satellites for Intelsat

June 15, 2020 – Maxar Technologies announced it will build four geostationary communications satellites for satellite operator Intelsat. The contract was previously disclosed with Maxar’s 2020 first quarter results. Intelsat ordered the satellites to transition its existing media distribution and contribution services-uninterrupted-from the 3.7 to 4.0 gigahertz portion of the C-band, to the 4.0 to…

SES Selects Two U.S. Companies to Build Four New Satellites as Part of Accelerated C-Band Clearing Plan

June 16, 2020 – SES has selected two U.S. satellite manufacturers, Northrop Grumman and the Boeing Company, to deliver four new satellites as part of the company’s accelerated C-band clearing plan to meet the Federal Communications Commission’s objectives to roll-out 5G services. Northrop Grumman will deliver two flight-proven GeoStar-3 satellites, each equipped with a high-quality…

Kratos to Acquire Satellite Antenna Manufacturer ASC Signal for $35 Million

June 16, 2020 – Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. will acquire CPI ASC Signal Division, Inc. (ASC) from Communications & Power Industries LLC(CPI) for $35 million in cash. ASC is a manufacturer of high-performance, highly engineered antenna systems for satellite communications, radar, electronic warfare (EW), and high-frequency (HF) applications. The transaction is expected to…

RCS and SES Networks Expand Partnership with SD-WAN Service

June 18, 2020 – RCS Communication, an ICT company in South Sudan, has adopted a Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) built upon SES Networks’ SD-WAN service that will enable RCS to deliver an improved user experience while optimising resiliency and bandwidth usage, SES announced today. SES Networks’ SD-WAN service is the first of its kind…

Arianespace to Perform the Small Spacecraft Mission Service Proof of Concept Flight

June 12, 2020 – With this mission, designated Flight VV16, Arianespace underscores its comprehensive range of innovative and competitive services to address the nano- and micro-satellite market sub-segment, serving both institutional and commercial needs. The creation of such a new service using the company’s light-lift Vega led to the Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) project.…

June 2020

  • Cignal TV Selects Hughes JUPITER System to Launch Satellite Internet Service in Philippines
  • Inmarsat and Cobham Launch New Solution Connecting Remote Workers
  • Thales Alenia Space Wins Two Contracts from ESA to Study EGNOS Upgrades
  • Airbus Wins ESA Contract to Construct Third European Service Module for NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

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Inmarsat Launches Tailings Insight

June 2, 2020 – Inmarsat has launched Tailings Insight, a new Internet of Things (IoT) solution for monitoring mining tailings storage facilities (TSFs), which builds on and upgrades our award-winning Tailings Dam Monitoring Solution. Available in two new propositions: Tailings Insight – Cloud and Tailings Insight – Plus, the flexible solutions are designed to respond…

MEASAT Enhances its VSAT Service Management with DataMiner

June 2, 2020 – Skyline Communications has announced that MEASAT Satellite Systems (MEASAT), a Malaysian-based satellite operator, has recently deployed the award-winning DataMiner system. And that means another major project, considering MEASAT is a premium supplier of communication and video services to leading broadcasters, Direct-To-Home (DTH) platforms and telecom operators. MEASAT provides their diverse customer…

SES Unveils First TV Market Reception Survey Results in the Philippines

May 27, 2020 – SES has revealed the results of its first-ever TV market reception survey in the Philippines. Out of the 3,000 residential households interviewed across the Philippines, SES unveiled that households who subscribed to satellite TV ranked highest in terms of satisfaction with their TV service. A large majority of satellite TV households…

Thales Alenia Space Wins Two Contracts from ESA to Study EGNOS Upgrades

May 18, 2020 – The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded two contracts to Thales Alenia Space concerning EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service). These contracts, fully financed under the European Commission H2020 programme, concern study phases on the system evolution. They will call on Thales Alenia Space’s expertise as program prime contractor for over…

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…