Intelsat Announces Five-Year In-Orbit Servicing Agreement with Orbital ATK

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Orbital-ATKIntelsat and Orbital ATK have announced a new satellite life extension service agreement where Orbital ATK will extend the life of an Intelsat satellite by five years using the company’s Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV).

Orbital ATK will manufacture, test and launch the first Mission Extension Vehicle, MEV 1, based on the GEOStar platform, and will conduct in-orbit testing to validate the spacecraft. Launch is currently slated for 2018, with mission extension service for Intelsat beginning in 2019.

“Given the size of our satellite fleet, any technology that enhances our in-orbit flexibility allows us to be more responsive to our customers, such as extending the life of a healthy satellite so that it can be deployed for a late-breaking opportunity at another orbital location or maintaining service continuity before the arrival of new technology. We have actively supported in-orbit servicing from its inception, and are proud to pioneer with Orbital ATK on this game-changing innovation,” said Stephen Spengler, CEO of Intelsat. Continue>

Globecomm Brings Satellite Connectivity To AT&T IoT Services

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AT&TThrough AT&T’s new satellite connectivity services, companies can better manage their Internet of Things (IoT) deployments, as they will be able to track their assets, even in the most remote locations.

Businesses and government customers often have assets spread across the globe, which can be challenging to pull data from devices in remote areas with limited connectivity. Think of a tractor on a farm, a generator in the desert or oil pipelines in remote regions—with satellite connectivity and AT&T’s existing cellular services, businesses can ensure that even their most isolated assets are working properly.

AT&T has teamed with Globecomm to launch a new service that allows satellite connectivity to work seamlessly with their cellular network. That means businesses no longer need to purchase their cellular and satellite services separately, as this service now provides one integrated solution for managing IoT devices, networks and applications. Continue>

DataPath Launches New GATE-5000 Self-Contained Remote Networking System

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DataPathDataPath announced the launch of a series of Gateway Access Transportable Equipment (GATE) networking kits. Using a DataPath GATE-5000 ruggedized kit with either satellite or cellular connectivity provides users with one consolidated access point to the Internet, public switched telephone network and secure virtual private networks (VPNs). The kit’s transportability and simplified user panel make the solution ideal for remote operations such as newsgathering, government and military, disaster recovery, and oil and gas applications.

The kits complement DataPath’s popular line of modular and easy to deploy portable satellite communications terminals, but are also compatible with any Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT). Each GATE-5000 system is completely self-contained in one, airline-checkable transit case that can be transported by one person.

Designed to be fully customizable both in the components and user interface, the GATE-5000 product line is available in configurations for broadcast, military and industrial users. The broadcast variant, GATE-5100, for example, can be outfitted with the broadcaster’s choice of modem and the broadcaster’s choice of video encoding device.  While tailored to the user’s specific requirements, a typical kit can consolidate a modem, Cisco router, 10-port Ethernet switch, simultaneous 2.4 and 5 GHz wireless LAN, multimode 3G and 4G LTE wireless WAN, and Analog Telephone Adapter (ATA) for voice and fax all into a simple, easy to deploy system. Continue>

Intelsat’s Game Is On For The Rio Olympics

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The upcoming 2016 Summer Games in Rio will showcase the top athletes from around the globe as well as the cutting edge technologies that deliver this unifying event to the world.

As the media landscape continues to shift and viewers’ demands evolve, innovation takes center stage at this August’s Games, putting tomorrow’s technologies to the test.

Envisioning Intelsat EpicNG Occasional Use Services

High throughput satellite technology makes its first EpicNG play at the Games this summer, shining the spotlight on the power of a single Ku-band spot beam from Intelsat 29e, the first of our next generation satellites. The Ku-band spot beams are fully interoperable with any Ku-band and C-band wide beams across Intelsat’s Globalized Network.

Leveraging the Intelsat 29e satellite serving Latin America, for the first time in the history of the Games, next-generation high throughput satellite spot beams will be used to support Occasional Use services. As a result, media customers will be able to gather content from the venues and transport it back to their facilities, utilizing EpicNG’s high power, better economics and simpler access via smaller terminals. Intelsat EpicNG is poised to be a game changer this summer, bringing significantly more capacity to the marketplace at a much higher efficiency, allowing more customers to send higher quality, cost effective video transmissions. Continue>

Cobham, Inmarsat and MCN Sign Largest Fleet Xpress Contract Yet

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MCN-FXBeijing Marine Communication & Navigation Company, partner of Inmarsat and Cobham Satcom, has won the largest Inmarsat Fleet Xpress installation project to date with Nanjing Tanker Corporation of China. The contract came just two weeks after the launch of Fleet Xpress, bringing always-on, high-speed broadband capability worldwide to 70 ships. The agreement enables smart shipping connectivity to drive performance optimization and improvements to crew communications and welfare for NTC vessels.

Cobham and MCN will manage the roll-out of Cobham’s Sailor 100 Global Xpress (GX) and Sailor 60 GX antenna systems to NTC. The 1-meter Sailor 100 GX is based on Cobham Satcom’s Sailor VSAT technology platform, designed to simplify installation and operation while delivering radio performance with strong link stability and service reliability. The 60cm Sailor 60 GX leverages a new compact, lightweight carbon fiber composite/aluminum design. The terminal introduces smart shipping applications to smaller platforms, including workboats, fishing vessels and yachts by enabling a high-throughput link to Fleet Xpress in a smaller antenna package. Continue>

Society of Satellite Professionals International Welcomes The Newest Member: India Chapter

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SSPIWith tremendous pleasure the Board of SSPI India announces the official formation of the India Chapter of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), and the launch of the Kalpana Chawla Endowment Fund for Girls and Boys.  SSPI is a global non-profit organization dedicated to the development of the space industry through outreach, education, and policy dialogue.  The start of the Indian chapter represents a significant milestone in advancing India’s space ecosystem and raising public awareness of the benefits of the space industry and science to the people of India.

SSPI India, through its global network and strong Indian team, aims to create a community of passionate members dedicated to developing space science and research through programs to enable STEM education and women empowerment.  SSPI India seeks to expand science, research, innovation and development through collaboration among space professionals, policy dialogues, skill development and entrepreneurship.

“The start of the Kalpana Chawla Endowment Fund is a tremendous moment for the newly formed chapter.  The SSPI India Board and I hope to enable the next Kalpana,” stated the chapter President Sanjay Nekkanti and Founder of Dhruva Space.  Chapter Vice-President D.S. Govindarajan, President at Aniara SpaceCom furthered, “We encourage academic pursuit of science especially for young women through financial support, grants, challenges and other incentives to create new opportunities for interested youngsters.” Continue>

Inmarsat Performs Live Global Xpress Broadcast from Rio de Janeiro

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Inmarsat-at-NAB-2016Inmarsat is performing its first transcontinental live demonstration of Global Xpress (GX) broadcast capabilities during the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev. The demonstration features a live broadcast from Rio de Janeiro via GX.

Following the launch of its Global Xpress service for broadcasters last month, and combined with a portfolio of L-band newsgathering solutions, Inmarsat will deliver enhanced, tailored solutions for mobile journalists, broadcasters and content creators, in conjunction with its channel partners and third party software and service providers. Continue>

Intelsat to Distribute BBC World News Across Four Satellites and IntelsatOne

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BBC BuildingBBC World News has renewed and expanded its contract with Intelsat to use multiple video neighborhoods and the IntelsatOne terrestrial network for the distribution of Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) content across several continents. Under the multi-year agreement, BBC World News will be delivered to millions of viewers in the Americas and Asia from Intelsat’s Galaxy 13, Intelsat 19, Intelsat 20 and Intelsat 21 satellites.

Intelsat’s Galaxy 13 satellite at 127 degrees west will reach cable distribution neighborhoods in North America, and Intelsat 21 at 302 degrees east will reach a Latin American cable distribution neighborhood with the highest cable head-end penetration on the continent. Continue>

Satellite Services For Aircraft Analyzed By NSR In Their Upcoming Report

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NSR-Aeronautical-SATCOM-Markets-4th-EditionAeronautical Satcom Markets, 4th Edition continues NSR’s long-standing tradition of market research on satellite services to aircraft.Through ground-breaking analysis, including GEO/non-GEO HTS connectivity and flat panel antenna assessments, NSR’s extensive experience in assessing aero SATCOM trends and drivers helps readers map their future in this high growth market.

As airlines jump on the in-flight connectivity bandwagon, pressure grows on satellites to provide the ultimate passenger experience: broadband leader on the subject, NSR offers an exclusive view on revenues, units and capacity for all types of like at home but at 35,000 feet.  As the market research aircraft in response to passenger and crew demand on a global scale, split by region and connectivity type over the next decade.

NSR’s Aeronautical Satcom Markets, 4th Edition report analyzes the speed of change at which the market will be headed in the next ten years.

With more than 10+ years covering aeronautical satellite services, NSR delivers yet another completely new and up-to-date assessment of the market, including extremely valuable information and superior data points to gauge what direction this fast growing segment of satellite connectivity is headed. Continue>

Singtel and Inmarsat Announce Strategic Partnership to Strengthen Global Maritime Cyber Security Capabilities

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Singtel and Inmarsat have entered into a strategic partnership to enhance maritime cyber security using Trustwave’s Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution.

Trustwave, the cyber security arm of Singtel, will provide the software based UTM service to be integrated with Inmarsat hardware onboard ships, to protect data and reduce cyber risk for maritime companies. The UTM service offers a suite of cyber security defences, such as advance firewall, anti-virus, intrusion prevention and web-filtering, which is backed by global round-the-clock support. It will be delivered through Fleet Xpress, the first globally available, high-speed broadband solution for maritime and offshore operators, available from a single communications provider.

Mr Andrew Lim, Managing Director, Business Group, Group Enterprise at Singtel said, “Our partnership with Inmarsat is important as it marks the first phase in rolling out Singtel cyber security services for Inmarsat; starting with maritime. Shipping still moves about 90% of the world’s trade, hence the maritime industry is a significant backbone of the global supply chain. As maritime systems become more digital, it is imperative for the industry to protect data onboard ships against all forms of cyber attacks. Our partnership with Inmarsat will provide maritime companies with a cyber security solution to meet rapidly evolving cyber threats, globally.”

“The landscape of shipping is changing. As we move from traditional shipping into the ship intelligence era, the threat of cyber attacks have never been more real,” commented Mr Ronald Spithout, President Inmarsat Maritime. “Risks from malicious attacks and unlawful access to a ship’s intelligence, its system infrastructure and networks cannot be ignored, and the shipping industry needs to take action.” Continue>