Turkey Steps Up To Step Into Satellite Production

From Satnews

Not to be left in the dust, stepping up to the competition, Turkey has announced their plans to have 10 satellites ready for launch in 2023.

Turkey will complete the bidding process for Türksat 5A and 5B satellites within a few months. Turkey is taking steps to become one of the world’s top-10 countries in satellite operations, with 10 satellites slated for completion by 2023.

Transportation, Maritime and Communication Minister Ahmet Arslan said Türksat is one of the world’s top 20 satellite operators and their goal is to become one of the world’s top-10 countries with 10 satellites by 2023. Turkey’s first indigenous satellite Türksat 6A, manufactured in the Turkish Space Systems Integration and Test Center (USET), is slated for completion by 2019 and will be launched into space sooner after, according to Arslan.

Stressing that the Türksat 6A satellite, which will serve as a model for large-scale technology projects, is crucial because of its indigenous manufacturers and resources. Arslan said that manufacturing operations for the 5A and 5B satellites will be conducted in the best way possible and the training of technical personnel is already going well.

“We aim to sign agreements regarding the Türksat 5A and 5B satellites in the last quarter of this year and begin operating after project logistics are completed by the end of the year,” the minister said. Noting that the bidding processes of the satellites are going smoothly, Arslan added that they have received offers from the world’s best companies operating in the sector and that the results of these bids will be announced in a few months. Continue >

 

SpeedCast, DHI to Provide Broadband Connectivity to 50-vessel Fleet Globally

From Via Satellite

maritime-vesselSpeedCast International has partnered with DH-Intercom (DHI), a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications based in Germany to provide communications and IT services to the maritime industry. The partnership will allow DHI to offer global Ku-band satellite broadband services to a fleet of 50 vessels sailing worldwide.

DHI will leverage SpeedCast’s global satellite infrastructure to provide high speed, high-throughput connectivity to its customer, who wish to offer crew access to internet services, as well as gain greater efficiency on the vessels via remote monitoring and operation applications.

SSC and Millennium Space Systems Partner on First Altair Launch

From Via Satellite

altair-spacecraftThe Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) and Millennium Space Systems are teaming together on the first-ever Altair launch to provide customization and rapid constellation production for Millennium’s customers. The Altair spacecraft, a high performance space system for Low-Earth Orbit (LEO), Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO), and deep space missions, will launch on a SpaceX Dragon as part of an International Space Station (ISS) Commercial Resupply mission in the next 90 days. Once onboard the ISS, the 6U-Altair spacecraft will be launched via the NanoRacks deployment system.

SSC is providing its Infinity ground operations services and operational expertise to maintain the program’s budget and schedule prior to deployment. Altair will use SSC Infinity ground network services for launch and early orbit procedures, as well as routine support from ground stations in Hawaii, Australia and Chile throughout its mission life.

“Recent growth in new smallsat and constellation-based space applications throughout the world has driven the need for a new approach to ground segment operations,” said Leif Osterbo, president of SSC’s satellite management services division. “SSC Infinity is that new approach. Millennium Space Systems will be able to reduce costs and risks associated with satellite launch, orbital insertion, system and constellation checkout.” Continue>

Gogo Hangs Hopes on More STCs to Increase 2Ku Installs

From Via Satellite

ThinKom-Antenna-InstallationGogo is hoping to pick up installs for its satellite-based 2Ku In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) solution 10-fold by the end of the year. While 2Ku is now flying on three airlines: launch customer Aeromexico, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic, as of now, the technology is only in service on 10 aircraft. But the company hopes to eventually install 2Ku on 750 aircraft annually as they look to grow the number of airframes the technology has received Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for across the commercial aviation market.

Gogo CEO Michael Small told investors and reports during the company’s second quarter conference call on Aug. 4, that the IFC provider has “continued to build significant momentum” behind its 2Ku technology.

“We received six supplemental type certificates to install 2Ku on various aircraft types [during the second quarter] including the narrow-body Airbus A319, the Boeing 737-800, and the wide-body A330 and A340. In July, the first factory retrofit of the 2Ku system was installed on the A350 aircraft,” Small said during the call. The number is less than half of the 15 STCs Gogo is pursuing, but he was careful to note that the first STCs tend to be the most difficult to ascertain, and was happy to have the aircraft with the largest fleets already under their belt: the 737-800 and the A319. The company is hoping to pick up more STCs before the end of the year, building further energy behind 2Ku installs. Continue>

Marlink Looks to New Services to Cater to Maritime Demand

From Via Satellite

MarlinkMaritime connectivity provider Marlink is seeing an uptick in demand across both merchant and cruise markets, compensating for dips in the oil and offshore segments, which Tore Morten Olsen, president of maritime at Marlink, expects to continue into 2017.

“The oil price will probably continue slowly upwards but it takes time before the maritime markets related to the oil industry will come back to normal levels. We follow the trends closely at the same time as we also see new business coming in from the markets that are more challenged these days. This is in part due to the fact that optimal communication services can achieve efficiencies, helping operators to save money by working smarter and making more use of connected software and data,” Olsen told Via Satellite.

Driving the merchant shipping market is the ability to use software and sensors to monitor key parameters onboard vessels, such as fuel consumption, with the aim of operating more efficiently and reducing costs, according to Olsen. There is also a need for connectivity for crew, electronic document handling, Machine-to-Machine (M2M), telemedicine, entertainment and education. Continue>

Inside iDirect’s End-to-End Solutions Lab

There is a lot that goes into testing and validating the performance, scalability and configuration of iDirect technology. Chris Boyd, iDirect’s Network Solutions Architect, will show you how we test our reference architectures to ensure ease of deployment for you across the network.

With iDirect Verified Designs, we actively identify, test and document every step of the network configuration, and match the correct router and switching equipment with satellite equipment. This helps to ensure that the services and functionality set up on the satellite side can carry through on the terrestrial side.

Overall, the role of the End-to-End Solutions Lab is to work with various different technologies to determine how best they will scale in any environment, and the ways in which they are being used in our customers’ networks. The ultimate result is improving iDirect’s ability to provide support and best practices guidance to customers. Read More

ST Electronics’ Agilis Image Instigation

From Satnews

This company provides and supplies VSATs as well as a wide range of RF equipment marketed under the Agilis brand name for telecommunications, government and defence, maritime, oil and gas, broadcast and enterprise applications, and also specializes in the design, development and production of advanced space electronics, satellite buses, EO satellites and other terrestrial sensors and applications—and they just commenced their commercial imagery service of the first, made-in-Singapore commercial EO satellite, TeLEOS-1.

ST Electronics - TeLEOS 1 Satellite

The initiation of services follows an intensive In-Orbit-Test (IOT) of the satellite since the launch of TeLEOS-1 on December 16th, 2015. This significant milestone for the company is quite significant, as one meter resolution with the fastest response from a Near-Equatorial Orbit remote sensing satellite is now being provided.

Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics) today announced the commencement of its commercial imagery service of the first made-in-Singapore commercial Earth observation satellite, TeLEOS-1, after an intensive In-Orbit-Test (IOT) since it was launched on 16 December 2015. This marks a significant milestone for ST Electronics as this is a world’s first commercial imagery service providing one metre resolution with the fastest response time from a Near-Equatorial Orbit remote sensing satellite. Continue>

One Box Solutions: iDirect SatHaul™ and X7-EC are On the Move

iDirect's Terry NeumannBy Terry Neumann, Director of Market Strategy

As iDirect finished the second quarter of the year, we saw the first deliveries of the X7-EC Satellite Router(s), along with iDirect SatHaul™ to support LTE backhaul over satellite. We are very excited to have this product in the marketplace, which helps improve the efficiency and user experience for connecting 4G base stations over satellite.

Proof-of-Concept Trials Deemed Successful

During the first half of 2016, we conducted various proof-of-concept (POC) trials with different mobile operators to see how our solution would perform in their specific environments. Out of these tests we learned a good amount about some of the different network setups, and had the ability to try the iDirect SatHaul™ optimization with most of the popular infrastructure equipment from Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia and Alcatel Lucent.

Even though there were a few adjustments to make in order to work in the different operator environments, the standard interface of LTE seems to make integration much simpler than 2G or 3G networks which were much less standardized. We had success optimizing 4G traffic over all of these different infrastructure set ups and improving the 4G experience over satellite.

With key features like TCP Acceleration, header and payload compression, and optimization of IPSec links, iDirect SatHaul™ is an effective solution in 4G networks to improve the user experience and throughput when using satellite. Read More

Sevis Savvy Suite For Backhaul Optimization

From Satnews

Based in Dallas, Texas, Sevis Systems, has released the latest version of their Intelligent Backhaul Optimization (IBO) suite of applications—the suite now includes the much anticipated ‘Backhaul Offload’ application.

Sevis

Backhaul Offload allows Mobile Network Operators (MNO’s) to leverage HTS spot beams to offload traffic in locations with pre-existing terrestrial backhaul links experiencing high utilization. While the Sevis hardware is agnostic to the IP transport technology, an efficient use scenario is leveraging SATCOM for offloading microwave links that are at, or near, traffic saturation.

MNO’s can keep delay-sensitive voice and signaling traffic over existing microwave backhaul links but offload these links by carrying bandwidth-hungry data traffic over high-throughput satellites (HTS). The Sevis optimizers intelligently manage traffic routing across the terrestrial and satellite links and also perform traffic optimization and acceleration functions to save bandwidth and improve the user experience.

The Backhaul Offload application focuses on simultaneously reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) for mobile carriers while expanding market addressability for satellite-based backhaul services. MNO’s can reduce TCO by flexibly relying on a scalable and low-OpEx satellite service instead of investing money in the expansion of existing microwave links. Backhaul Offload is a win-win for HTS service providers and MNO’s: HTS service providers provide MNO’s with a well-balanced OpEx-for-CapEx value proposition; with great flexibility for quickly deploying and adapting to changing needs. Continue>

A Holistic Approach to Networking Solutions

At iDirect, we are providing you the building blocks that will enable you to adopt a solutions-oriented approach that transforms your network. Advancements such as transparent IP transport, improved network architectures, optimized service fulfillment, and end-point intelligence are helping you step toward carrier-class quality and service agility. Watch as Eric Watko, iDirect’s VP of Integrated Solutions and Space Systems, discusses with Adam Bennett, Product Marketing Manager, our commitment to improving the entire end-to-end network.

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