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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. “Over the past two years, TSBc has been working closely with Harris CapRock to deliver satellite capacity, for services to some of its most important customers,” said Morten Tengs, Vice President and CEO of TSBc. “TSBc holds a strong European maritime position at 1°West for the delivery of satellite services to the main maritime and energy satellite communication service providers. With our new satellite, THOR 7, expected to start commercial operation in mid-2014, we look forward to being able to extend our satellite capacity and related services to Harris CapRock and continue to strengthen our growing partnership.” “Some of our largest customers require increased bandwidth to support remote monitoring, diagnostics and other information that have a direct impact on how ships and vessels operate effectively at sea,” said Andy Lucas, Global Operating Officer of Harris CapRock


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


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


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.


KVH Expands mini-VSAT Broadband Network

Image: KVH

Maritime VSAT provider adds more capacity on its satellite network to support customer demand in the North Atlantic, Hudson Bay, the North Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea   KVH Industries, Inc. expanded the capacity of its mini-VSAT Broadband network with two upgrades recently, supporting growing customer demand for broadband at sea. One expansion added a new satellite beam that doubled the mini-VSAT Broadband network capacity in the North Atlantic Ocean region


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


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


China's Navy holds Missile Combat Resupply Drill

China's navy held its first drill simulating the resupply of missiles in a combat environment in the Yellow Sea, the Defence Ministry said on Thursday, the latest sign of the country's growing military prowess. The live-fire exercises, involving ships, aircraft and land-based forces, featured the firing of missiles, torpedoes and shells, some of which were new models, the ministry said in a statement on its website.


Kongsberg Maritime Delivers Space-based AIS

Image: Kongsberg Maritime

 On July 8 2015, ESA authorized the delivery of KONGSBERG’s fourth generation SAT-AIS Receiver flight models, to the Norwegian Space Center; for integration into the NORSAT-1 satellite. With this delivery, KONGSBERG further strengthens its position as a supplier of space-based infrastructure in the maritime domain.   NORSAT-1 is scheduled for launch in Q1 2016 and will be Norway’s fourth AIS capable satellite to embed an AIS Receiver from Kongsberg Seatex AS


Cyber Security In Shipping & Offshore Ops

Sources: DNV The amount of communication options is growing for  shipping and offshore installations. Communication broker solutions  from Maritime Communication Partner (MCP) is shown at left and Inmarsat Plc at right.  GL, MCP, Inmarsat Plc

Global shipping and offshore oil and gas operations are increasingly dependent on integrated networks, based on various software and data transfer solutions. Systems and equipment onboard are interconnected, monitored and controlled through an onboard automation network


AlphaEye Allows Real-time Audio Visual Support

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Alphatron Marine’s robustly designed AlphaEye is a next generation service communication tool offering the capability to have an extra set of eyes “onboard.” With the AlphaEye, the crew onboard can call through a dedicated (satellite from 128kb


Videotel, Safebridge JV for Onboard ECDIS Certification

ECDIS Electronic Chart Photo Videotel

Videotel, a provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, has joined forces with online maritime training business Safebridge GmbH, which specializes in ECDIS training, to provide shipping companies with the unique ability to certify their seafarers on ECDIS


EU Pulls Plug on Back-Up Nav System

A British-led initiative to create a back-up to satellite navigation systems for ships has been pulled after failing to garner interest from other European countries, despite its proponents pointing to the growing risk of disasters at sea.


Airbus Group Sheds its Commercial Satellite Communication Business

(Courtesy: Airbus Group)

The divestment, which excludes the government satellite communication business, is part of the Airbus Defence and Space strategy announced in September 2014    [Press Release] Airbus Group SE (AIR) signed with French private equity firm, Apax Partners


Cruise Ship Breaks Record for Social Media at Sea

Norwegian Escape (Photo: EMC)

EMC and Norwegian Cruise Line break record for “social media usage at sea” during inaugural voyage of Norwegian Escape   Norwegian Escape, the newest and largest of Norwegian Cruise Line’s 14-vessel fleet, experienced a record-breaking social media milestone during its


New Roles for Satcoms in Autonomous Shipping

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Examining some questions regarding commercial autonomous and drone ships, as well as why VSAT currently presents the best solution for the communications and control of such vessels. The topic of autonomous shipping has been much in the news recently


SpeedCast Acquires NewCom

Global satellite communications service provider SpeedCast International Limited announced it has signed a definitive agreement for the acquisition of NewCom International, a satellite communications service provider specializing in the South and Central American regions


China Defends Test Flight in South China Sea

Image by China Government Media

 China has rejected a protest from Vietnam over a flight test it has conducted on a new airstrip on a man-made island in the South China Sea, saying it is part of China’s territory.   Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Saturday that the flight is to test


Seaview Mounts for the New Intellian i5

Image: Seaview

Seaview, a designer and manufacturer of mounting solutions for marine electronics, announced today its mounting options for the new Intellian i5 satellite dome, including mounting solutions for the complete range of Satellite TV and Communication products


Intelsat Announces Preferred Stock Dividend

Satellite services provider Intelsat S. A. announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.71875 per share, to be paid to holders of its 5.75 percent Series A Mandatory Convertible Junior Non-voting Preferred shares, in accordance with the terms of the preferred shares.  


Yukon River Charts Produced with Satellite Images

This screenshot shows the western entrance to the Yukon River on ENC US4AK98M. The dotted lines show approximate shoal areas (Photo: NOAA)

Coast Survey has issued provisional charts for barge operators and others traversing Alaska's challenging Yukon River, relying solely on satellite images to create the electronic navigational charts that only display shoreline and shoals (shallow areas)


McMurdo Selected for Africa’s MEOSAR SAR System

McMurdo was selected for Africas first MEOSAR search and rescue system, including mission control and rescue coordination centers. credit McMurdo

  McMurdo, the most trusted name in emergency readiness and response and a division of Orolia (NYSE Alternext Paris – FR0010501015 – ALORO), has been selected by a leading Northern Africa search and rescue (SAR) authority to deploy their next-generation MEOSAR (Medium Earth Orbit


Inmarsat Expands Presence in Singapore

Photo: Inmarsat

Inmarsat, has opened its new Singapore office, which is the company’s largest facility in Asia Pacific region.   Inmarsat’s investment in the 1,700 suareq meter office in Toa Payoh, Central Region Singapore, sees the company’s regional hub providing a new solutions lab


BIG DATA: First Intelsat EpicNG Satellite Launched

(Photo: Ariane Space)

The launch yesterday of  the Intelsat 29e, the first of the Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellites, promises to usher in a new era of "Big Data" in the maritime sector, among others. The satellite was launched from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 vehicle






 
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