Satellite Innovation

  Remarks of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai at SIA Annual Dinner
The satellite industry is undoubtedly thriving.  But it feels to me like you’ve reached a moment at which you’re poised for a breakout.  Late last year, for example, Morgan Stanley projected that the space industry, which is overwhelmingly comprised of the satellite industry, is projected to triple in size by 2040.  While not the only business opportunity for satellites, according to Morgan Stanley’s analysis, “[t]he largest opportunity comes from providing Internet access to under- and unserved parts of the world.”  Specifically, Morgan Stanley estimates that satellite broadband will make up 50% of the projected growth in the global space economy between now and 2040.  That translates to a revenue opportunity of over $400 billion a year.

  Spacecom and hiSky To Offer Affordable Voice, Data and IoT Services over Amos-17 Satellite
Spacecom and hiSky Ltd, a provider of affordable satellite-based voice and data communications, announced today a cooperation agreement to provide affordable, low-capacity voice, data MSS (Mobile Satellite Services) and satellite IoT (Satellite Internet of Things) services in the Middle East via AMOS 17's Ka-bands and hiSky's newly developed Smartellite family™ satellite terminals. (more)
  SKY Perfect JSAT and Blue Origin signed Agreement
SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation Representative Director, President & Chief Executive Officer: Shinji Takada; SJC) announces that the company signed an Agreement with BLUE ORIGIN FLORIDA, LLC for the future use of its new launch vehicle. (more)
  Thales Alenia Space, Telespazio and Spaceflight Industries Finalize Alliance to Manufacture Smallsats at Scale and Deliver Innovative Geospatial Services
The Space Alliance formed by Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67%, Leonardo 33%) and Telespazio (Leonardo 67%, Thales 33%) has officially taken a minority stake in Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries, having received all government approvals for the transaction. (more)
  Hughes Ships First Gateways for the Ground Network to Support OneWeb's Low Earth Orbit Constellation
Hughes Network Systems, LLC announced the shipment of the first gateways that will support the OneWeb Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation. (more)
  mu Space confirms satellite mission aboard New Glenn
mu Space Corp confirmed at the Satellite 2018 that they will launch a geostationary satellite aboard Blue Origin’s New Glenn orbital rocket. The launch window starts in late 2020. (more)
Orbital ATK Introduces Next Generation of In-Orbit Satellite Servicing Technology
Orbital ATK announced its plan for the company’s next generation of satellite life extension and in-space servicing products. (more)
  Hispasat and Phasor to develop and deploy new antenna for high-speed satellite connectivity to professional vehicles
Phasor will collaborate with Hispasat on the development of a Ku-band electronically-steered antenna, (ESA) tailored to the unique requirements of land-mobility applications, using the same core technology found in Phasor’s commercial maritime and aeronautical ESA solutions. (more)
  ILS and Effective Space Announce the ILS Proton Breeze M Launch of Two Satellite-Servicing SPACE DRONE™ Spacecraft in 2020
ILS, a U.S.-based leading global commercial launch services provider and UK headquartered Effective Space announce their intent to contract to deliver two of Effective Space’s SPACE DRONE™ spacecraft into orbit. The Proton Breeze M rideshare launch is planned for 2020 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (more)
  XipLink Announces Cellular Backhaul Deployment at Entel Bolivia Enabling optimized and cost effective 3G/LTE services in Bolivia XipLink announced successful deployments for enhanced mobile 3G/LTE connectivity in rural areas all over Bolivia. Half the population of Bolivia still live in rural areas, often with no access to telecommunications infrastructure, yet, they all yearn to be connected. (more)
  mu Space, SES Networks and Hughes to Provide Broadband Access
Rural communities of Thailand will soon be able to enjoy reliable satellite-based broadband services delivered by mu Space Corp using SES Networks’ satellite capacity and the JUPITER™ System from Hughes Networks Systems (Hughes). (more)
  CPI Antenna Systems Division to Buy Viasat's Large-Diameter GEO Satcom Antenna Product Line
CPI ASD will acquire Viasat's 6m to 18m multi-band antennas, providing a valuable extension of CPI ASD's larger-diameter antenna product line, while enabling Viasat to focus on antenna and communications technologies for the growing broadband services market. (more)
  Isotropic Systems Announces its OneWeb Compatible Ultra Low-Cost Consumer Broadband Terminal to Enable Affordable Access
sotropic Systems announced it will be developing a OneWeb compatible Ultra Low-Cost Consumer Broadband terminal. OneWeb’s constellation will have the highest throughput of any planned constellation and will support the most customers on its mission to bridge the digital divide. (more)
  Inmarsat Partners with Isotropic Systems in Technology Development Agreement for a Next-Generation Ka-band Mobility Antenna
Isotropic Systems has engaged in a strategic technology development agreement with Inmarsat to develop a state-of-the-art, all electronic scanning antenna for potential use with Inmarsat’s growing constellation of high-throughput Global Xpress satellites.(more)
  GetSAT Wins Multi-Million Dollar Deal with U.S. Government
U.S. Government selected GetSAT’s MicroSAT and MilliSAT L/M (land and maritime) versions for providing maritime and ground-based secure communications-on-the-move (COTM) applications. (more)
  Isotropic Systems Partners with QinetiQ to Develop Optical Apertures
Isotropic Systems  announced a long-term strategic cooperation agreement with QinetiQ to further develop its range of optical beam forming devices for Isotropic Systems’ disruptive antenna technology. (more)
  Eutelsat and Globecast set to launch new media platform over the Americas
The new platform launched by both companies will allow broadcasters across the Americas to gain access to Globecast’s advanced media management solution designed for both linear television distribution and new media technologies, including streaming, local ad insertion, IoT services, HEVC encoding and regionalization services. (more)
  SatixFy Introducing Wideband 500 MHz DVB-S2X SDR Modem with Record 2.4 Gbps Throughput
The new modem's single carrier and Beam Hopping architecture enables substantially higher throughput from wideband (500 MHz) satellite transponders to enable superior connectivity. (more)
  Comtech EF Data Expands Heights™ Networking Platform Portfolio with New and Innovative Remote Gateways
Comtech EF Data Corp expanded its Heights Networking Platform portfolio to include three new and innovative Remote Gateways. The new Remote Gateways include both indoor and outdoor models - the indoor H-Plus Remote Gateway, and two outdoor units, the H-Plus-ODU Remote Gateway and the H-Pro-ODU Remote Gateway. (more)
  CopaSAT Announces the Release of AxialOne
AxialOne leverages a combination of High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and Wide Beams to provide a broad global coverage area with seamless roaming. AxialOne provides for a true, non-contention based Committed Information Rate (CIR) along with direct, high-speed Internet connectivity. (more)
  BridgeSat and NASA Sign Space Act Agreement for Laser Communications
BridgeSat announced an industry-first agreement with NASA designed to develop a commercialized laser-based free space optical communication system that could support the agency’s future missions as they transition to optical communications. (more)
  Vector to Conduct Dedicated Launch of Alba Orbital PocketQube Satellites on First Orbital Attempt
Vector will conduct a dedicated launch of two PocketQube satellites using an Alba Orbital deployer (AlbaPOD) on the Vector-R launch vehicle later this year from the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska (PSCA) in Kodiak (more)
  Speedcast Launches Fully Managed Global Connectivity Solution
Speedcast International Limited  announced the release of Speedcast Atlas, a fully-managed connectivity solution designed to support and guide customers through the continued digitalization and automation of their worksites and processes.(more)
Telebras, Viasat Enter into Strategic Agreement to Connect the Unconnected in Brazil
Telebras and Viasat Inc. announced a strategic agreement to bring high-speed, affordable internet to unserved and underserved communities, health clinics, schools and hospitals across all of Brazil. (more)
Intelsat Selected by Gilat for Recent 4G Network Expansion in the United States
Intelsat S.A. was selected by Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., to support Gilat’s solutions to mobile network operators (MNOs) in the United States as they accelerate their expansion of 4G wireless services to underserved areas across North America.
  ETL Systems Demonstrates Griffin Redundancy Switch
ETL Systems has announced that it will be demonstrating its new Griffin Switch for RF and ASI signal redundancy and the StingRay VSAT Fibre link system at Satellite 2018 in Washington.
HUBER+SUHNER set to showcase Radio Frequency connectivity portfolio
HUBER+SUHNER’s presence at SATELLITE comes following a successful win in the aerospace sector, after the company was recently awarded a sole connectivity contract to support the manufacture and test of a high-profile space program with over 900 satellites (more)
Maxar Technologies' DigitalGlobe Expands Agreements with Two Major Commercial Technology Customers
DigitalGlobe announced the extension and expansion of multi-year agreements with two major existing commercial technology customers, one of which is DigitalGlobe’s largest commercial contract ever. (more)
Cubic to Showcase Expeditionary Communications Solutions
Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) business division will be featuring its comprehensive range of integrated Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) solutions (more)

LeoSat and Phasor Reach Strategic Agreement
Phasor and LeoSat announced a milestone strategic agreement to serve a broad range of mission-critical enterprise network markets with an ultra-high throughput, low latency network infrastructure solution. (more)

NovelSat Introduces LIBRA Dynamic Capacity Allocation Solution for Point-to-Multipoint Satellite Networks
NovelSat announced the availability of NovelSat LIBRA, a new satellite network management engine that seamlessly provides real-time space segment capacity allocation without remote terminal disconnection or data loss. (more)

Globalstar Launches Automotive Team to Bring Enhanced Global Connectivity to the Next Generation of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
With more than 600 million connected vehicles expected to be on the road by 2025 and with the market for automotive connectivity projected to increase to $103 billion by 2030, Globalstar seeks to leverage its two-way global and broadcast capable network (more)

Advantech Wireless Technologies Inc receives Brazil Anatel Certification for its Transcend 800 product line of Point-to-Point Microwave Radios.
Advantech Wireless Technologies Inc, announced today that the TranscendTM 800 line of Point to Point Microwave Radios has received full Anatel Certification in Brazil. (more)

AQYR Introduces NEW Auto Terminals 
AQYR Technologies announced the introduction of two new families of Satellite terminals; the CAELUS and TARANIS antenna systems. Each terminal brings different characteristics to the satellite market. (more)

SatixFy UK Introducing New Silicon Based Electronically Steered Multi-Beam Array (ESMA) Antenna
The scalable architecture supports any antenna size up to 1 million elements (in Ku band 10m by 10m), any frequency through a dedicated RFIC. (more)

Kymeta KyWay™ Terminals Achieve Certification with World’s Leading Satellite Operators
Kymeta announced that the company’s KyWay™ satellite terminals are now certified with the world’s leading satellite operators, including Intelsat, Telesat, SES, and HISPASAT. Antenna certification with these providers means that KyWay terminals successfully connect with the operator’s satellite spacecraft and do not cause adjacent satellite interference. (more)

Media Broadcast Satellite to Showcase State-of-the-Art Teleport and Agile Service Capabilities
Media Broadcast Satellite (MBS), is exhibiting at this week’s Satellite 2018 event, taking place in Washington, D.C. During the event, MBS will give visitors the opportunity to come and discuss their ideas and requirements with its knowledgeable team and to learn more about its comprehensive industry experience and its extensive infrastructure. (more)