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SpaceX Successfully Returns to Flight with Iridium Launch
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:52:04 +0000

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O3b Sees Rise in APAC-Contracted Capacity
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:37:28 +0000

[Via Satellite 01-17-2017] Palau Telecoms has increased network capacity with O3b Networks for the fifth time in less than 24 months, nearly doubling its service capacity since going live over O3b in January 2015. The Internet Service Provider (ISP) has since upgraded regularly to keep up with subscriber demand, twice each in 2015 and 2016, […]

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Gilat, Air Esurfing Partner to Bring IFC to China’s Domestic Airlines
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:36:09 +0000

[Via Satellite 01-17-2017] With the aim to transform the domestic In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) market in China, Gilat Satellite Networks has announced a strategic partnership with Air Esurfing, a fully owned subsidiary of Air Media Group. The companies intend to use China’s Ka-band High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity for domestic IFC services over mainland China. Gilat and […]

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Eutelsat 117 West B All-Electric Satellite Enters Commercial Service
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:34:03 +0000

[Via Satellite 01-17-2017] Eutelsat Communications’ Eutelsat 117 West B satellite has entered into full commercial service and is now ready to support customers across Latin America. Commercialized by the Eutelsat Americas affiliate, Eutelsat 117 West B is the second all-electric satellite in Eutelsat’s fleet. It is equipped with 48 Ku-band transponders, a 36 MHz equivalent, […]

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UrtheCast Agrees to Sell and Operate First Two Satellites in SAR Constellation for $180 Million
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:33:06 +0000

[Via Satellite 01-17-2017] UrtheCast has entered into a binding agreement with a confidential government customer for the sale and shared operation of the first two satellites in its OptiSAR constellation, a commercial EO constellation with integrated optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) sensors. The deal is valued at $180 million, according to a Jan. 17 statement released […]

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Russia’s Space Industry and the Move to Embrace IoT
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:14:56 +0000

The Russian space market is undergoing a period of change, as the industry faces up being a major part of the country’s overall economy. Space is intrinsically linked to Russia’s DNA, and new innovation will be needed for the industry to grow and prosper.

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GEE Buys SES Mobile Communication Payload
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:14:36 +0000

[Via Satellite 01-13-2017] Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) has acquired Ku-band payload on the SES AMC 3 communication satellite in a move to boost capacity for its customers in North America, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. GEE will rebrand the satellite as Eagle 1. SES will operate the non-station-kept satellite and will support GEE’s strategic […]

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UltiSat to Supply Satellite Bandwidth to Geospatial Intelligence Missions
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:14:14 +0000

[Via Satellite 01-13-2017] The Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DISA-DITCO) has awarded a Commercial Satellite Communication (ComSatCom) Transponded Capacity (CTC) task order to UltiSat to provide Ku-band bandwidth capacity to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Deployable Communications Systems (NDCS). Services provided will support Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) missions around the world. UltiSat […]

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Bangabandhu Satellite 1 Passes Critical Design Review, Advances Toward 2017 Launch
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:13:51 +0000

[Via Satellite 01-13-2017] The Bangabandhu Satellite 1 program has successfully passed its Critical Design Review (CDR), which took place in Thales Alenia Space end of 2016. The Bangabandhu-1 (BD 1) satellite will be the first Bangladeshi geostationary communications satellite operated by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), which is scheduled to launch in 2017. The program […]

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Thuraya Donates Telecom Equipment to Boost ITU Disaster Readiness
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:13:24 +0000

[Via Satellite 01-13-2017] Thuraya Telecommunications has donated new supplies of emergency telecommunication equipment to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) under the decade-old Emergency Telecommunications support arrangement. This donation aims to strengthen the ITU’s capacity in natural disaster preparedness, search and rescue, and response through the use of new mobile satellite communication equipment. Thuraya’s satellite equipment […]

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