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

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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

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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

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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

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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>

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>

Sevis Savvy Suite For Backhaul Optimization

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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>

DataPath® Makes ’em Man Packable And Receives Inmarsat Global Xpress Type Approval

From Satnews

DataPath’s new QCT90 man-packable antenna has achieved full Inmarsat Type Approval which expands their service and greatly helps their ability to support a larger variety of customers.  In addition this further expands DataPath’s ability to support customers as a service provider of Inmarsat GX solutions.

DataPath has previously achieved Inmarsat full Type Approval for use on GX’s military Ka-band frequencies for the company’s CCT120 and CCT200 fly-away terminals, DA120 drive-away terminal and STT 208 trailer-based antenna systems.

As an approved Inmarsat Government GX satellite service provider in both commercial and military Ka-band frequencies, DataPath’s QCT90 man-pack terminal was designed for both simplicity and ruggedness to deliver quick connectivity in remote locations.

The 90-cm antenna’s carbon fiber reflector and cast magnesium frame are durable and light weight and the fully integrated design avoids loose cables and includes a GPS-enabled graphical user interface (GUI). The QCT90 fits into a single back-pack style case.

Inmarsat Global Xpress’ plug-and-play, high-throughput satellite connectivity service supports high definition voice, video and data applications through a single operator.  Its secure beam-to-beam handover capabilities and worldwide coverage make it ideal for global airborne, naval and land operations. Continue>

Inmarsat CEO: Aviation Could Become our Biggest Market

Inmarsat's Rupert PearceFrom Via Satellite

Inmarsat has completed the launch of its Global Xpress constellation. Now, it is time to deliver on the promise of these High Throughput Satellites and become an even bigger force in mobility, particularly in the maritime and aviation markets.

Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce sees a big future in connected transportation, so much so that he believes aviation could ultimately usurp maritime as the biggest revenue generator for the operator. Right now, commercial aviation accounts for around 10 percent of Inmarsat’s overall Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) revenues, so it still has some way to go, but Pearce sees many reasons why aeronautical connectivity could become number one.

“Over the next decade there is the potential that aviation could become our largest business, because of the scale of the aviation industry, its sectoral growth dynamics, and because it is almost uniquely an area where mobile satcoms can service the needs of consumers — passengers travelling on commercial airlines. As such, there is the potential for aviation to vie with our maritime business as our largest business segment,” says Pearce. Continue>

iDirect Establishes Engineering and Innovation Centre in Ireland

Satellite ground infrastructure provider will tap into technology-rich Killarney region to create more than 30 specialized engineering jobs over the course of five years

VT iDirect Ireland OfficeHerndon, Va. July 5 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology and a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced it will establish an Engineering and Innovation Centre in Killarney, Ireland. The facility will help to create new engineering jobs in a technology-rich region of the world. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

The project is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Ireland.

With existing technology development centers located in Ottawa (Canada), Singapore, Cranfield (UK) as well as Herndon (US), iDirect expands its global engineering innovation footprint to a country that is rich in skilled information communications technology (ICT) professionals. According to IDA Ireland, the country’s inward investment promotion agency that promotes foreign direct investment into Ireland through a wide range of services, Ireland today employs more than 37,000 in ICT and is the home to nine of the world’s top-10 companies in this industry.

iDirect established its presence in Ireland following its 2014 acquisition of intellectual property (IP) from locally based Altobridge. The IP acquired from the small-cell company focused on 2G and 3G solutions for cellular backhaul, is today integrated into existing iDirect solutions that enable the cellular backhaul market—a fast-growing market for VSAT service providers, driven by the need for mobile operators to extend their service offering into new geographical areas to capture greater revenue. Read More

Marlink Provides Satellite Connectivity For MSC Cruises

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MSC Cruises has worked together with Marlink to launch a next-generation connectivity marlink blogsolution for its fleet with multi-band VSAT services. Working with Marlink, MSC Cruises will provide dynamic bandwidth to its 12 existing ships as well as the next-generation ships currently under construction, including MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seaside.

Marlink is installing a multi-band satellite communications solution that combines capacity on new Ku-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) and traditional Ku-band widebeam satellites. The upgrade builds on MSC Cruises existing VSAT network with new high throughput modems and a network configuration designed to handle larger amounts of capacity from different satellite operators.

The new satellite solution will be able to accommodate seasonal fluctuations in order to optimize MSC Cruises’ global dedicated “cloud of bandwidth.” This latest service upgrade also includes Marlink’s satellite back-up services for MSC Cruises offices on shore, and integration of terrestrial services for improved redundancy. Continue >