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…

March 2019

  • SpaceX Launches Indonesian High-Throughput Satellite
  • SES-12 Goes Operational to Serve Asia-Pacific and the Middle East
  • Intelsat Introduces Mobile Reach Manage
  • Arianespace Launches the First of 21 Launches for OneWeb Constellation

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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…