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Airbus Defense and Space’s Satellites Provide The Latest Hot Spots In Canada’s Fires

From Satnews

Canadian-FireUsing the latest technology to assist in such a tragedy as the Canadian fires is as amazing as it is awful.

Pléiades and SPOT 7 satellites, operated by Airbus Defence and Space, have captured images of the devastating fires around Fort Mac Murray city in Alberta, Canada, covering more than 1,600 km² and which led to the evacuation of more than 100,000 residents.

The Pleiades-1A satellite is capable of providing orthorectified color data at 0.5-meter resolution (roughly comparable to GeoEye-1) and revisiting any point on Earth as it covers a total of 1 million square kilometers (approximately 386,102 square miles) daily. Perhaps most importantly, Pleiades-1A is capable of acquiring high-resolution stereo imagery in just one pass, and can accommodate large areas (up to 1,000 km x 1,000 km).

The Pleiades-1A satellite features four spectral bands (blue, green, red, and IR), as well as image location accuracy of 3 meters (CE90) without ground control points. Image location accuracy can be improved even further — up to an exceptional 1 meter — by the use of GCPs. Because the satellite has been designed with urgent tasking in mind, images can be requested from Pleiades-1A less than six hours before they are acquired. This functionality is invaluable in situations where the expedited collection of new image data is crucial, such as crisis monitoring. Continue>

RigNet’s Express Service Brings Global Xpress to the Energy Market

From Satnews

RigNetThe oil and gas industry has been waiting for this solution—to deliver more capacity and added resiliency in a seamless global platform.

RigNet, provider of digital technology solutions focusing on serving energy facilities, maritime vessels and other global remote locations, announces its launch of Global Xpress (GX) services based on Inmarsat’s globally available, Ka-band, high-throughput satellite (HTS) network.

In 2013, RigNet was selected as Inmarsat’s preferred partner to launch Global Xpress into the oil and gas industry. Global Xpress is the first Ka-Band satellite network from a single operator to deliver a global footprint that supports increased data rates and global mobility, at affordable price points. Whether onshore or offshore, the network architecture allows the use of small footprint antennas that save deck space at a remote location. The GX design simplifies the remote installation process and decreases the time for deployment, while providing consistency in the hardware for ease of sparing and maintenance.

This unique service allows companies to utilize a single satellite platform with global standards across their geographically dispersed organizations. GX delivers a reliable high-speed, seamless connection that gives a better end-user experience than those found in traditional satellite services to the oil and gas industry. The network’s high-throughput and “comms on the move” (COTM) capability makes it a perfect fit for essential applications and crew welfare communications in the oil and gas industry. Whether your application is in drilling, production, energy maritime, or support services, GX has a solution that improves the efficiency of your operations. The service can also boost crew morale through high-speed crew internet, video conferencing and onboard Wi-Fi solutions. Continue>

Telenor’s THOR 7 Ka Band Mobility Service Ready for Commercial Operation

From Telenor

TelenorTelenor Satellite announced the commercial readiness of its THOR 7 Ka-band mobility service. The Ka-band payload offers regional coverage with a favourable look angle over the main European shipping lanes and utilises high-powered spot beams, providing unprecedented performance for maritime applications.

Since the commercial handover of the THOR 7 satellite in June 2015, Telenor Satellite has been carrying out a Ka-band testing programme prior to its commercial launch. The final testing phase involved more than 15 customers running sea trials on approx. 30 vessels, with up to 50 remote terminals testing the service across THOR 7’s footprint. Thanks to the valuable contributions of our pilot customers involved in the final testing phase, we can now launch our mobility Ka-band service with confidence.

Telenor Satellite’s THOR 7 HTS Ka-band service offer 6-9 Gbps throughput with up to 25 simultaneously active spot beams. Supported by the iDirect next-generation iDirect Velocity™ platform, Telenor Satellite is able to offer automatic and seamless spot-beam handover, assuring continuous connectivity across the entire satellite footprint.

“Today is a day that we have been very much looking forward to”, said Morten Tengs, CEO of Telenor Satellite. “Telenor Satellite’s THOR 7 Ka-band mobility service has been designed specifically for the maritime market, providing the reliability and availability our customers expect at sea.” Continue>

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

From Satnews

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

From PR Newswire

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

2016-Summer-OlympicsFrom Satnews

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>