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Inmarsat Inks Contract to Deliver Aviation Safety Services in China

From SatNews

Beijing Marine Communication & Navigation Company (MCN) and Aviation Data Communication Corporation (ADCC) have contracted with satellite operator Inmarsat to provide aviation safety services to Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and operators in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed this week, outlines MCN/ADCC’s intention to offer cockpit communication services, including Inmarsat’s Classic Aero and next generation SwiftBroadband-Safety (SBB-S) services, across the country. The companies expect to finalize the partnership later this year.

Classic Aero is a voice and data safety service that offers satellite surveillance and communications — such as Future Air Navigation System (FANS) and Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) — that meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) global flight tracking requirements. Continue>

Maritime & Satellite Industries Coordinate Cyber-Security Strategies

From SatNewsGVF and Digital Ship

Drawing upon the combined expertise of the SATCOM and maritime sectors in order to identify key elements of strategies that enhance network integrity, maritime cyber security was examined on September 8th at Digital Ship’s 2nd Maritime Cyber Risk & Safety Forum at the SMM event.

With leadership from Global VSAT Forum (GVF), critical technologies used for navigation at sea—including GPS (Global Positioning System), AIS (Automatic Identification System), and ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System)—were examined as being among the primary systems being defended from attempted cyber attacks. The panelists also revealed the increased threats influencing decisions made by companies and what strategies are being employed by those in the maritime connectivity sector to address these risks, as well as what opportunities are emerging.

The GVF expert forum evaluated how industry is reacting to increased cyber threats born out of the growing use of Cloud and “Internet of Things” (IoT) applications, the number of devices used, and larger ships with smaller crews—which requires greater reliance on automation and remote monitoring. Policies, guidelines and best practices were central to the discussion, as well as how industry can identify, quantify and mitigate cyber risk. Continue>

Inmarsat Receives Global Satellite Operator Of The Year Award

inmarsatFrom SatNews

On September 14th, at Euroconsult’s 13th Annual Awards for Excellence in Satellite Communications during their World Business Satellite Week event, Inmarsat was the recipient of the Global Satellite Operator Of The Year award.

Euroconsult, a global consulting firm that specializes in space markets, announced the winning recipients during their hosting of this event and these awards recognize companies and their management for outstanding accomplishments in the satellite sector.
Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts who assess candidates using rigorous qualitative and quantitative criteria.

Michele Franci, Inmarsat Chief Technology Officer, collected the award on behalf of Inmarsat at World Business Satellite Week, which brings together the most influential representatives of the global satellite communications and information business. Continue>

Harris CapRock Received TMT News 2016 Telecoms Award for Maritime and Energy Wireless Communications

Harris CaprockFrom SatNews

Harris CapRock Communications has received the TMT News’ 2016 Telecoms Award for its leadership in maritime and energy wireless communications. The TMT News award recognizes service providers and technology innovators in the telecoms sector. The winners were selected by 136,000 subscribers and industry professionals.

“The Maritime and Energy Wireless Solutions award acknowledges Harris CapRock’s contributions to the industry and our ability to deliver advanced communications around the globe,” said Tracey Haslam, president, Harris CapRock. “It is an honor that so many people recognized our organization based on the value of service we provide.”  Continue>

SpeedCast Adds Global Xpress to Government Business

From Via Satellite

SpeedCast International is expanding its relationship with Inmarsat beyond maritime to

also serve government customers with Global Xpress (GX). As a Value Added Reseller (VAR), SpeedCast will sell the high throughput Ka-band offering to its portfolio of services for government customers.

GX entered worldwide commercial service in December 2015. Its government-focused services fuse two global networks, enabling classified networks to be accessed globally through the same terminals on a single subscription.

“As we extend into new government markets and undertake a comprehensive programmer of education to demonstrate the new capabilities of GX, we will benefit greatly from the experience and global footprint that SpeedCast brings in the satellite communications market,” said Andy Start, president of Inmarsat Global Government. Continue >

RigNet CEO Assesses Markets Outside of Oil and Gas

From Via Satellite

RigNet, one of the leading suppliers of connectivity to the energy sector, is diversifying its rignetbusiness to address new verticals. The energy sector has been hit hard by oil prices, which have stayed low due to oversupply, among other factors. Reduced spending by oil and gas operators has cut into RigNet’s profits, causing the company to shed personnel and ultimately to restructure. While energy remains RigNet’s core market, the company is branching out to serve other areas in order to find new sources of revenue.

Steven Pickett, CEO of RigNet, told Via Satellite the company is now looking broadly at a number of different verticals that rely on remote communications services. In particular, RigNet is evaluating markets where it can leverage existing capabilities, or where the technologies needed are not radically different from the energy sector.

“We are assessing these verticals and entering a small number of them in a more focused way. The markets we are focused on include maritime, which is one of the largest initiatives we have focused on the last couple of years, and the mining industry. In addition, we are continuing to explore other verticals. We plan to make some decisions, in the coming quarter, about other verticals we will turn our attention to,” he said. Continue >

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>