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Galileo Navigation Satellite Project Update

Galileo unboxed: Photo ESA

Europe’s latest Galileo navigation satellite has arrived at the European Space Agency’s (ESA) technical centre in the Netherlands for testing, as the previous two satellites are prepared for shipping to French Guiana for launch this summer. ESA explains that the new satellite arrived at ESA’s Technical Centre, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, in the Netherlands, safely enclosed within an air-conditioned and environmentally controlled container from manufacturer OHB of Bremen, Germany. Meanwhile, the previous two Galileo satellites have completed their long test campaign and are being readied for shipping to Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, for launch together by Soyuz. Europe’s first four Galileo satellites are already in orbit, the minimum number needed for achieving a position fix. This initial quartet has demonstrated the overall system works as planned, while also serving as the operational nucleus of the coming full constellation. Next come the 22 full-capability satellites being built by OHB, incorporating navigation payloads produced by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd in the UK. The three satellites currently at ESTEC are the first of these 22 to be tested for launch – all of them will pass through the site’s gates within the next few years on their way to space. Now detailed ‘acceptance testing’ will be carried out on this latest arrival, to check the workmanship is up to standard.


Harris CapRock Contracts 1°West Capacity

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) has  announced  the signing and renewal of multiple agreements with Harris CapRock, a provider of communications to remote and harsh environments, for the provision of satellite capacity services from its 1°West orbital location. Utlizing TSBc’s THOR 10-02 satellite, Harris CapRock provides capacity to serve a number of its strategic energy and maritime clients, offering high-powered coverage throughout Europe.


New Satellite Antenna for Coastal Freighters and Megayachts

Sweden-based Naval Electronics AB – active in TV and radio reception since 1971 - expand their satellite programme with the NavSat 60 satellite antenna for TV and internet reception on the Ku-band. Naval Electronics AB expand their satellite programme. The NavSat 60 is the most recent addition, in the company’s satellite programme. It is a 60 cm satellite dish antenna for TV and internet reception on the Ku-band. The antenna is designed for easy plug and play installation and requires no


Schlumberger Offers New Satellite Teleports

Schlumberger, a global technology services company, announced today it has launched three new fully licensed and operational satellite Teleport facilities. These facilities in Houston, Macae (Brazil) and Singapore supplement the established Aberdeen Earth Station to provide complete global satellite coverage for the Schlumberger DeXa.Net global, secure connectivity offering. These facilities are strategically located to link VSAT (very small aperture terminal) services to offshore rigs


Satellites Launched for Mobile Voice & Data Services

Satellite Launch: Photo credit Globalstar

Globalstar, Inc. announce that 6 second-generation Globalstar satellites were successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Launch services provider Arianespace confirmed that the upper stage accurately injected the six second-generation satellites into their targeted low earth orbit of approximately 920 km. Globalstar reports that all six satellites have been successfully acquired following separation from the Dispenser and Fregat Upper Stage.


Globalstar Satcom Network Completed

Satcom Voice Coverage: Map courtesy of Globalstar

Globalstar, Inc. announce that all second generation satellites are now in full commercial service, completing the world's most modern satellite communications mobile network. Global customer segments include: oil and gas, government, mining, forestry, commercial fishing, utilities, military, transportation, heavy construction, emergency preparedness, and business continuity as well as individual recreational users.


Iridium Aggressively Pursues New Outlets

Iridium Satellite LLC, the company born from the ashes of what was one of the most spectacular and initial telecom failures, has fortified its market position in the past year, aggressively pursuing relationships with companies that will help expand use of its satellite network across all industires. The Alexandria, Va.-based Iridium — which bought the assets of Iridium LLC out of bankruptcy in December 2000, launched global voice services in March 2001 and added ubiquitous Internet


Upgraded SAILOR 90 for Revolutionized Maritime TV

Thrane & Thrane SAILOR 90 Satellite TV World

New technologies enable cost-effective satellite TV for vessels sailing globally.   Global maritime satellite TV has become a reality with the launch of the new Thrane & Thrane SAILOR 90 Satellite TV World. An extensive internal development program has resulted in a number of ground-breaking upgrades for Thrane & Thrane’s already popular flagship satellite TV antenna that enables it to provide satellite TV reception for vessels sailing globally


Telstra commits $1.5M for Iridium Equipment

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Beam receives a $5 M commitment from Telstra for Satellite Docking Stations and Iridium Handsets.   Beam Communications Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of World Reach Limited (ASX: WRR), announces it has received a commitment from Telstra to purchase a minimum of USD5.1 M of Iridium based satellite docking stations and product bundles over the next 12 months. The initial shipment (valued at USD1.65 M) is expected to be fulfilled by 30 June 2012


Beam Announces Inmarsat-Based Piracy Solution

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Beam Communications Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of World Reach Limited (ASX: WRR), announces a new satellite piracy solution for secure communication on board a vessel. The new system operates with the Inmarsat satellite network.     Beam’s new Oceana 800 Covert Piracy Solution provides a dedicated system for a safe room or citadel on board a vessel. The system ensures that, in the event of a piracy attack


Intellian, Kymeta Announce Agreement

   Dr Nathan Kundtz, Kymeta President and CTO (left) and Eric Sung, Intellian President and CEO with a Kymeta mTenna™ Prototype

  Intellian, a global provider of stabilized marine satellite antenna systems, is partnering with Kymeta corporation to commercialize next generation Ku-band maritime satellite terminals. Intellian announced the partnership today at the SATELLITE 2015 conference in Washington, D.C.  


Fugro Introduces G2+ Positioning Service

  Fugro has introduced its high accuracy G2+ service for the GNSS augmentation field, the company announced today. The G2+ service is designed to benefit offshore operators around the globe who require positioning and measurement accuracy at the centimeter level.  


Arctic Sea Ice Sets Record Low Extent at Winter Maximum

Photo courtesy of the National Snow and Ice Data Center

Arctic sea ice has set a new winter record by freezing over the smallest extent since satellite records began in 1979, in a new sign of long-term climate change, U.S. data showed on Thursday.   The ice floating on the Arctic Ocean around the North Pole reached its maximum annual extent of


Affordable SATCOM for Workboat Applications

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SATCOM edges closer to providing standardized services to the workboat sector. It’s affordable now and someday soon, you won’t be able to afford to be without it. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia-based JouBeh Technologies today makes it possible for far flung workboats to transmit critical data


SpeedCast Acquires Geolink Satellite Services

SpeedCast International Limited announced the acquisition of Geolink Satellite Services, part of the CETel Group. The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval.   The acquisition follows SpeedCast’s acquisitions of two satellite industry players


JNPT Plans Parallel Port

Image: Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust

 State-run Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s busiest container gateway near Mumbai, is planning to build a satellite port in one of the three locations that had already been identified--Vijaydurg, Revas-Karanja and Dahanu.  


Satellite Images Reveal Ocean Acidification

Pic: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

 Ocean acidification can now be seen from space, highlighting an ongoing danger of climate change and revealing the regions most at risk.   Pioneering techniques that use satellites to monitor ocean acidification are set to revolutionize the way that marine biologists and climate


Ice Coverage on Great Lakes 89 pct: NOAA

Image: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 Ice coverage on the Great Lakes is nearing 90 percent, reveals high resolution satellites images from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).   The entire Great Lakes is at 88.8 percent ice coverage, with the highest totals coming from Lake Huron and Lake Erie at about


Indian Navy to Buy 50 Ship Borne Drones

Image: Indian Navy

 Seeking to enhance its surveillance capabilities on its warships, the Indian Navy (IN) has now announced a global competition for procuring ‘Ship-Borne Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’ (UAV) that can augment various patrolling and search-related tactics on its vessels.  


KVH Increases Mini-VSAT Broadband Network Capacity

Image courtesy of KVH Industries

                  KVH Industries, Inc. has completed several capacity increases for its mini-VSAT Broadband network to support heightened demand from customers engaged in a wide range of commercial maritime activities around the world


SpeedCast Partners to Expand Satellite Mobility Portfolio

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SpeedCast International Limited has established a distributor agreement with Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator.  The new agreement brings new options for satellite mobility solutions for SpeedCast’s global customer base and expands


Tracking Turtles Across Miles of Open Ocean

Leatherback Turtle

  Scientists have long known that leatherback sea turtles travel thousands of miles each year through open ocean to get from foraging habitats to nesting beaches and tropical wintering grounds, but how the wanderers find their way has been “an enduring mystery of animal behavior


Satcom Global Opens Office in Perth

“ Opening our new office in Perth puts us in the best position to support and service the requirements of our valued customers and channel partners in the West.

  Following a strong year for the satellite communications provider, Satcom Global announced the opening of new office in Perth, in order to better serve their valued customers and partners in Western Australia. As a trusted and experienced satellite communications provider


Canada Ups Arctic Military Gear

Canada and the Arctic - pic by The Department of Foreign Affairs

 Canada plans to spend billions of dollars on new patrol ships, polar satellites, transport upgrade, and winter gear for its troops amid rising demands for the Arctic’s riches.   Both the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force are set to receive some major equipment


IMSO Starts the Evaluation of Iridium

On February 4, 2014, the IMSO Director General launched an Consultancy Program inviting appropriate experts to assist in the evaluation of mobile satellite communications systems for the GMDSS. The IMO Maritime Safety Committee, at its 94th session in November 2014






 
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