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Iridium Announces Q4 Results

Iridium Satellite announces that it has 175,000 subscribers worldwide as of December 31, 2006. The new figure represents a 23.2 percent increase over last year’s subscriber total of 142,000. Revenue for the full year 2006 was $212.4 million and EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) was $53.9m. Fourth quarter 2006 revenue was $53.2m and EBITDA was $14m. The company will announce plans for its new satellite constellation initiative, called Iridium NEXT, at the SATELLITE 2007 Conference, February 19-22, in Washington, D.C. Already under development, Iridium NEXT will provide increased bandwidth, support powerful new devices, and enable new services for commercial and government users.

New Satellite System to Track Illegal "Pirate Fishing"

Run by the British technology firm Satellite Applications Catapult and backed by environmental groups, Project 'Eyes on the Sea' will open a "Virtual War Room". Experts will be able to watch satellite feeds of the waters around Easter Island, a Chilean territory in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, and the western Pacific island nation of Palau, which lacks the resources to monitor all the illegal fishing taking place near its waters. The technology analyses numerous sources of live satellite tracking data, enabling monitors to link to information about a ship's country of registration and ownership history to spot suspicious vessels.

Satellites to Track Illegal 'Pirate Fishing'

File photo

Run by the British technology firm Satellite Applications Catapult and backed by the Pew Charitable Trusts, project 'Eyes on the Seas' will open a "Virtual Watch Room". Computers will be able to watch satellite feeds of the waters around Easter Island, a Chilean territory in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, and the western Pacific island nation of Palau, which lacks the resources to monitor all the illegal fishing taking place near its waters. The project is now live and capable of monitoring waters across the world's oceans.

New Satellite Technology Boosts Glacier Research

Tandem L is the name of a new satellite radar system Photo Alfred Wegener Institute

Bremerhaven, November 4, 2016. Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute are developing with experts from the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) a new satellite measurement method for the observation from space of the large ice masses of Greenland and the Antarctic. "Tandem L" is the name of a new satellite radar system, Which launched in the year 2022 Could Provide urgently needed data Concerning the shrinkage of the ice sheets in Both hemispheres. Concerning the construction of the radar and the launch of the satellite mission of the same name…

Iridium Rolls out Satellite Fax Service

Iridium Satellite announced the commercial rollout of its new satellite fax solution, which will permit users to send and receive documents over the Iridium network from a standard Group 3 fax machine. Iridium’s new fax adapter automatically stores and buffers fax messages before sending, ensuring reliable transmission through the Iridium gateway. The unit’s self-repairing feature eliminates the need to resend faxes and manually monitor transmissions. The fax device provides more than one MB of memory for buffering large faxes and operates at high resolution to ensure that character-based scripts are accurately transmitted. The fax service is primarily aimed at the maritime and aeronautical markets, according to Greg Ewert, executive vice president of Iridium Satellite.

SAILOR Fleet77 Launched at SMM in Hamburg

SAILOR introduced the new satellite communications terminal SAILOR Fleet77. The new terminal is for the recently launched Inmarsat satellite service Fleet77. According to its manufacturers, the SAILOR Fleet77 is a break-through in maritime communications. It enables ship owners to optimize business opportunities and minimize costs by integration of the entire fleet into a corporate network. Each vessel can stay on-line constantly at no charge from Inmarsat. Only the transferal of megabites will be charged. The vessel’s various needs for voice, fax, e-mail and Internet services can be covered by the SAILOR Fleet77 system. The Sailor Fleet77…

New Satellite System Could Find Sunken Ships

A new European Union-backed radio satellite system could help find sunken ships, EU officials said, promoting the potential benefits of the "Galileo" satellite navigation system. The EU hopes to have the system up and running by 2005 at a potential cost to taxpayers of around $2.9 billion, although the EU hopes private firms will contribute 50 percent. The EU this month secured the radio frequencies needed to launch the system at an international conference in Turkey. More detailed plans will be drawn up before the end of the year. Galileo, a European rival to military global positioning systems operated by the United States and Russia, will be able to locate objects or people to within 16.4 ft. (5 m).

Canadian Completes Solo Atlantic Row, With Just a Little Help

Mylène Paquette: Photo credit the subject

Quebec rower Mylène Paquette has arrived in Lorient, France, after a  voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, the first North American to row solo, from west to east, across the North Atlantic, reports CBC News. Mylène left Halifax just over four months ago in a specially designed 7.3 metre boat propelled only by herself and the currents. Earlier in her voyage, In September 2013, the lone rower got a helping hand from the cruise ship Queen Mary 2, after being hit by the remnants of Hurricane Humberto, losing key items including her anchor, iPhone and satellite phone.

Stolt Offshore Wins N.Sea Contracts

Stolt Offshore S.A. received Letters of Intent, valued at approximately $26 million for two contracts from Statoil ASA on its Norne Satellites Project in the Norwegian Sector of the North Sea. The Letters of Intent cover the installation of umbilicals between the Norne FPSO and the new satellite locations Stær and Svale, the installation of manifolds, the fabrication and installation of risers, water injection flowlines and flexible components as well as subsea tie-ins. All of the flexible components will be manufactured by our joint venture company NKT Flexibles. Work on both contracts starts immediately with offshore installation in 2005.

Stolt Offshore Wins N.Sea Contracts

Stolt Offshore S.A. received Letters of Intent, valued at approximately $26 million for two contracts from Statoil ASA on its Norne Satellites Project in the Norwegian Sector of the North Sea. The Letters of Intent cover the installation of umbilicals between the Norne FPSO and the new satellite locations Stær and Svale, the installation of manifolds, the fabrication and installation of risers, water injection flowlines and flexible components as well as subsea tie-ins. All of the flexible components will be manufactured by our joint venture company NKT Flexibles. Work on both contracts starts immediately with offshore installation in 2005.

First Inmarsat Xpress Satellite Passes Test Stage

The first Inmarsat-5 (I-5) satellite has now passed two major test stages in preparation for the launch of Global Xpress. One of three in Inmarsat’s new Ka-band broadband network – the satellite has been subjected to extensive mechanical and thermal tests at manufacturer Boeing’s Satellite Space Systems International (BSSI) in El-Segundo, California, US. The tests were designed to prove its ability to survive being blasted into space and to cope with the harsh thermal environment of geosynchronous orbit. “The satellite has now passed the mechanical and thermal testing with flying colours and is on schedule to be completed in early November – ready for shipment to the launch site,” said Franco Carnevale, Inmarsat's Vice-President for Satellite and Launch Vehicles.

Stolt Offshore Awarded $60M Contract in Norway

Stolt Offshore S.A. has been awarded a $60 million EPIC contract from Norsk Hydro for the Vigdis Extension. The Vigdis Extension project includes two new templates and two new satellite structures that will be tied back to the existing Vigdis subsea infrastructure. Stolt Offshore will provide engineering, procurement and installation of 14 miles of 6-in. and 12-in. water injection and production flowlines and umbilicals. Engineering work has commenced and offshore work is due to be carried out in the third quarter of 2003. The Vides Extension field is located in water depths ranging from 722 ft. to 918 ft. in block 34/7 of the Norwegian Section of the North Sea some 105 miles northwest of Mongstad.

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.

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…

Fugro Launches G4 Service

Photo by Fugro

Fugro has further extended its technology leadership in the field of GNSS augmentation systems for offshore positioning applications with the launch of its G4 service. The new satellite correction service is the first to take advantage of all four GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems): GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo. GNSS augmentation services significantly improve position accuracy compared to unaided GNSS receivers, which are commonly used in the consumer sector. By using all available GNSS satellites…

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 expects to place these final six second-generation satellites into commercial service by this summer…

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. The company's new network supports its current lineup of voice…

Keeping a Grip on Where They Are

Pole Star Space Applications' Marine Asset Tracker (MAT) 2.0 monitors mixed fleets of tugs, barges, rigs & other assets; helps owners manage fleet-wide operations. MAT 2.0 offers a brand new software platform with a sleek user-interface, support for Globalstar, Thuraya and IsatData Pro satellite networks, a range of new satellite tracking devices, flexible service plans and intelligent realtime reporting options. Built on Pole Star’s brand new software platform, Purplefinder Pro, MAT 2.0 delivers an enhanced user experience. The software features intuitive fullscreen Google maps and marine charts, dynamic vessel history trails, graphical weather and zone and overlays, interactive ship tiles and S-AIS data in partnership with ORBCOMM.

Iridium Sets Target Date for Second Iridium NEXT Launch

Iridium Communications has announced it has received a targeted launch date of mid-June for the second mission of ten Iridium NEXT satellites. Originally anticipated for mid-April of 2017, the date has shifted due to a backlog in SpaceX’s launch manifest as a result of last year’s September 1st anomaly. This second launch will deliver another ten Iridium NEXT satellites to low-Earth-orbit (LEO) on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX is targeting six subsequent Iridium NEXT launches approximately every two months thereafter. This announcement comes as Iridium has successfully connected the first Iridium NEXT satellite via its crosslinks into its global LEO constellation. The new satellite is expected to begin providing service to Iridium customers in the coming days.

Inmarsat Awards GBP 6M Deal to Logica

Logica, the global solutions company, announced it has secured a GBP 6m contract to help develop future higher bandwidth satellite communications for global mobile satellite communications provider, Inmarsat Limited. This contract forms part of an over GBP 30 million programme with Thrane & Thrane, a leader in the market for satellite communications equipment, to build the satellite interface and other equipment that will allow Inmarsat's Broadband Global Area Network (B-GAN) services due for launch during 2004 to be transmitted to and from terrestrial networks. Currently Inmarsat operates its Global Area Network (GAN) service which supports data speeds of up to 64 kbit/s, almost seven times faster than speeds offered by current GSM networks.

Iridium Successfully Launches First Iridium NEXT Satellites

Photo: Iridium

Iridium Communications announced the successful launch of its first ten Iridium NEXT satellites. The satellites were delivered into low-Earth orbit approximately one hour after the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:54:39 a.m. PST. Iridium NEXT is the company’s next-generation satellite constellation, replacing and enhancing its existing network of low-Earth orbit satellites spanning the entire globe – the largest commercial satellite constellation in space.

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 GPS or gyro connection. It is stabilized with a two-axis solution with automatic skew control. An array of piezoelectric gyroscopes and accelerometers keeps the antenna pointing towards the chosen satellite irrespective of weather conditions.

Satellite to Monitor Arctic Shipping Lanes

The 10-kg cube-shaped satellite, jointly developed by Tokyo-based AXELSPACE Corp.and Weathernews, is scheduled to be launched from the Yasny Cosmodrome in Russia on Sept. 28. It will be the first attempt by a private company to use a satellite to monitor ice in the Arctic Ocean, reports the Japan Times. Weathernews plans to use the data to provide navigational information to commercial vessels plying the Arctic Ocean during the summer. The service will become available starting in summer 2013. Eleven vessels used the route in 2010 and 34 ships used it in 2011, spokesman Hitoki Ito told The Japan Times, adding the route does not remain navigable on a regular basis.

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