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WestJet Exec on the Evolving Cybersecurity Threats - Via Satellite - Sep 2018
"... recent research from Cybersecurity Ventures estimated that revenues from cyber crime have now reached $1.5 trillion. Smibert also gave a recent example of a cryptocurrency investor who had $24 million in a single theft drained out of their account. “Our friends at IATA say that the annual global revenues for the airline industry is $754 billion,” Smibert said. “The cyber crime industry is double of the airline industry. " "

"Smibert cautioned companies in the aerospace sector who believe they are unlikely to be targeted by hackers. “A lot of organizations make the mistake that they don’t have anything of value for hackers,” he said"
ViaSatellite  cybersecurity  aviation 
september 2018 by pierredv
LightSquared Triggers Agreement With Inmarsat to Expand Spectrum - Via Satellite -
LightSquared has triggered a cooperation agreement signed with Inmarsat more than two years ago to acquire spectrum for LightSquared’s planned 4G-LTE satellite and mobile broadband network, the companies announced Aug. 18 [2010]
LightSquared  Inmarsat  Viasatellite 
august 2018 by pierredv
LandSpace Unveils Highly Ambitious New Rocket - Via Satellite - Jul 2018
"The rocket was defined as China’s first medium-size liquid oxygen-methane launch rocket, and is designed to launch a 4000kg payload into 200km LEO, or a 2000kg payload into 500km Sun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO)."

"LandSpace ZQ-2 will be focusing on high efficiency and high cost performance, which LandSpace sees as the main concerns of the current aerospace market. "
China  satellite  launch  ViaSatellite 
july 2018 by pierredv
July 2018 - On the EU's Space Program and new EU Agency for Space Proposal | Via Satellite
"The European Commission (EC), seeking to assert more control over European space policy, regulation and governance, has published a proposal for a regulation establishing the EU space program and the EU Agency for the Space Program."
ViaSatellite  EC  EU  space  ESA  Europe  EuropeanCommission 
july 2018 by pierredv
Legal Legacies: Milestones In Satellite History - From our Archive - Via Satellite -
Communications Satellite Act
Domestic Satellites - "Open Skies"
Earth Stations
Reduced Orbital Spacing
The Transponder Sales Decision
Separate (from Intelsat) Systems
Satellite Radio
ViaSatellite  history  satellite  regulations  FCC  Comsat  Echostar  Hughes  Intelsat 
june 2018 by pierredv
Space-Based Internet: Will Audacy Change the Game? - Via Satellite - June 2018
“Audacy is an enabler for everyone with plans to deploy assets in space. We’re creating the first commercial inter-satellite network in human history; providing truly global coverage at an affordable price that enables the entire industry to do more, while connecting human space activities in real time with everyone back on Earth. Audacy is essentially building the internet in space, and there is no limit to what you can do with that,”
ViaSatellite  Audacy  business 
june 2018 by pierredv
June 2018 - Will LEO Kickstart the Asian Broadband Market? | Via Satellite Jun 2018
"In terms of demand, Asia leads the way in satellite broadband. It's purely a numbers game and Asia certainly has the numbers — as long as they refer to population and households, that is. If referring to U.S. dollar figures, then it's a different story, one that has the United States as the protagonist. According to a Northern Sky Research (NSR) market forecast, North America is driving revenues in terms of subscribers. Despite Asia having a much larger population, it really boils down to economics and, comparatively, disposable income levels in Asia are not as high as that of the United States. "

"When considering the price point, the magic number that unlocks the barrier holding back satellite changes country to country. Satellite needs to match fiber, and both need to be at a much lower price.

"In the United States, it's $60, which is still high, however, people are willing to pay that premium. Comparatively, in the Philippines, for example, a fiber connection costs around $50 a month. But looking at the mass markets, the price will have to go down to around $10 to $15 – and this will still be challenging," says Del Rosario. "

“If these [LEO] constellations are manufactured efficiently and launched on time, if the ground terminals are priced at $150-300 per unit, if they get market access to the countries they’re targeting, and if they drastically reduce the price to the consumer, say to $10-15, then the impact will be huge. But there are a lot of ‘ifs’ riding on this. Getting all this right, then yes, they will hit Asia’s mainstream market, and that is huge,” explains Del Rosario.
ViaSatellite  NSR  LEO  business  economics 
june 2018 by pierredv
How Global Eagle and Telesat Aim to Bridge Mobility Gaps - Via Satellite - June 2018
In mid-May, news surfaced that In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) provider Global Eagle will facilitate Telesat in designing and testing its Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation. This tie-up, which effectively made Global Eagle the first IFEC player to announce a collaboration with Telesat, followed a comprehensive review of planned Non-Geostationary-Orbit (NGSO) constellations.
ViaSatellite  Telesat  GlobalEagle  LEO  NGSO  satellite 
june 2018 by pierredv
FCC Issues Inter-Satellite Data Relay Network License to Audacy; Non-GEO Market Access to O3b - Via Satellite - June 2018
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted a license to Audacy that authorizes the space communications company operate the world’s first commercial inter-satellite data relay network.

The data relay network will utilize two ground stations, in San Francisco and Singapore, as well as three Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites scheduled to launch in 2019. With this network, Audacy hopes the spectrum will be able to provide real-time downlink, continuous monitoring, and always-on command services to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) spacecraft.

Along with the Audacy license, the FCC has also granted O3b’s request to modify its existing U.S. market access grant by adding new non-geostationary satellites and new frequency bands to provide broadband communication services in the U.S.
ViaSatellite  Audacy  SES  O3b  FCC  NGSO  MEO 
june 2018 by pierredv
NOAA's Most Advanced Weather Satellite Captures Stunning Images - Via Satellite - June 2018
The first imagery from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) has made its public debut.
ViaSatellite  NOAA  GOES  remote-sensing 
june 2018 by pierredv
US DOD Partners with SES to Secure O3b MEO Services - Via Satellite - Jun 2018
"SES, has signed a single-award Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) for Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), low-latency, High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services. The total amount of all orders placed against the BPA cannot exceed $516.7 million over a five-year period of performance from May 1 this year to April 30, 2023.

With this agreement, DOD customers will have the opportunity to access SES’ O3b MEO services worldwide. The BPA scope of work covers managed services, including HTS capacity and broadband services, gateway services, and monitoring and control services, as well as satellite terminals, field service representative support, training and terrestrial backhaul."
ViaSatellite  SES  O3b  DoD  MEO  HTS 
june 2018 by pierredv
BridgeSat Laser Terminals to Connect Iceye’s Microsat Constellation - Via Satellite - May 2018
BridgeSat has announced a set of agreements to provide space laser terminals and data services to Iceye, a commercial microsatellite Synthetic-Aperture Radar (SAR) constellation. BridgeSat’s low-cost terminals and associated ground services give businesses and government agencies an alternative to traditional Radio Frequency (RF) solutions for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) applications.
ViaSatellite  BridgeSat  Iceye  optical  satellite 
may 2018 by pierredv
SpaceDataHighway Achieves 10,000 Successful Laser Connections - Via Satellite - May 2018
"The SpaceDataHighway system, a public-private partnership between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus, has achieved 10,000 successful laser connections. The reliability rate has reached 99.8 percent, and during the first one and a half years of routine operations, these successful connections have downloaded more than 500 terabytes of data."

"The system’s satellites are designed to lock on to low-orbiting satellites via laser and collect their data as they travel in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) scanning the Earth. From its position in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO), the SpaceDataHighway acts as a relay, transmitting the large quantities of data down to Earth in near-real time, at a speed of 1.8 Gbit per second."

"Each day, the SpaceDataHighway is able to relay up to 40 terabytes of data acquired by observation satellites, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or aircraft to Earth."
ViaSatellite  space  Communications  ESA  Airbus  reliability  optical-communications  LEO  GEO 
may 2018 by pierredv
NanoRacks to Launch 15 Cubesats for Nationwide Canadian Project - Via Satellite - April 2018
"April 18 launch of two South African-built nanosatellites onboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. NSight 1, designed and manufactured by Cape Town-based SCS Space, a member of the SCS Aerospace Group, and ZA-Aerosat, designed and manufactured by CubeSpace of the Stellenbosch University, will launch as part of a batch totaling 28 nanosatellites from 23 different countries."

"The satellites are part of the QB50 project funded by the European Union and managed by the von Karman Institute to conduct research in the lower thermosphere between 200km to 380km altitude. "
ViaSatellite  South-Africa  satellite  cubesats 
may 2018 by pierredv
Space Situational Awareness in the Era of Megaconstellations - Mark Dickinson (Inmarsat, SDA) - Via Satellite - May 2018
"The problem is, as we move into the era of nanosat and CubeSats, the barriers to entry are low and many of these operators aren’t fully aware of the regulations and international standards that they need to adhere to."

"the potential for a big data problem, where operators get CA warnings when they are not needed and they don’t understand how to react to data delivered ... As space becomes more congested, with more objects, and likely more CA warnings, it will only become more of an issue"
ViaSatellite  SSA  satellite  Inmarsat  SDA 
may 2018 by pierredv
Kymeta CEO on the Future of the Mobile Communications Market - Via Satellite - Mar 2017
"Kymeta plans to tackle both the issues of limited coverage and capacity in the mobile space with its long-awaited mTenna product line, which the company intends to release this coming May. Nathan Kundtz, chief executive officer of Kymeta, also told Via Satellite that the company plans to go one step further by partnering with Intelsat to introduce Kalo, a suite of network services supporting the satellite antenna."
ViaSatellite  Kymeta  satellite  antennas  Intelsat 
may 2018 by pierredv
US Lawmakers Want DOD to Use More Smallsats, Reusable Rockets - Via Satellite - Apr 2018
"Concerned that large, high-value satellites are vulnerable to growing threats from potential enemies, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee (HASC) wants the Department of Defense (DOD) to consider making greater use of smaller spacecraft. The committee’s newly unveiled fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill would require DOD to study the benefits and risks of using small- and medium-size buses for certain new satellites, including those providing protected communications and missile warning."

"Another space provision in the bill would require DOD to study the feasibility of using reusable launch vehicles to save money."

"To improve space management, the bill would create a U.S. Space Command within U.S. Strategic Command to promote joint space warfighting; set up a numbered Air Force for space warfighting; reorganize the existing 14th Air Force to focus on space support; and direct DOD to develop a plan for a new acquisition system for space."
ViaSatellite  DoD  satellite  defense 
april 2018 by pierredv
May 2018 - AI Heads to Space with a Constellation of Use Cases | Via Satellite Apr 2018
"Though the technology is just starting to roll out, Artificial Intelligence is applicable to many aspects of the satellite ecosystem, including system manufacturing, in-orbit management and image processing. From optimizing satellite builds on the factory floor to accurately determining the GDP of an entire nation, automated, scalable algorithms offer the space ecosystem rich potential for both an operational sea-change and a whole new set of applications."

"It’s important to note that AI may represent enormous possibilities for process improvement, but its deployment is not without challenges. One of the main issues on the manufacturing front is the intense amount of customization that’s required. No two satellites are identical, despite attempts to standardize products and systems."

In orbit: "... SES, whose fleet of 70 satellites each generates continuous health and status data. The operator is working with IBM Watson to use a real-time streaming AI to look at that data lake and increase reaction time to correct and normalize satellite operations when fluctuations in the telemetry occur."

"AI however opens up a new chapter in EO by lending scale, automated image tagging and sorting, and map correlations — which, taken together, can be used for entirely new applications, such as understanding the economic state of a third-world nation."
ViaSatellite  AI  space  satellite 
april 2018 by pierredv
Deimos Imaging Makes History with US GSA Contract - Via Satellite - April 2018
Deimos Imaging and UrtheCast have won a GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) 070 contract by the United States General Services Administration (GSA), the procurement arm of the federal government. The five-year GSA program establishes long-term government-wide contracts and allows federal customers to efficiently purchase Earth observation products and services from Deimos Imaging under GSA IT Schedule 70, Special Item Number 132-41. Under this contract, Deimos Imaging can provide federal, state, local, tribal, and regional government agencies with customized and ready-to-use satellite imagery products and services.
ViaSatellite  EO  EarthObservation  remote-sensing  DoD  GSA  DeimosImaging  UrtheCast 
april 2018 by pierredv
Lower Barriers to Entry in the Satcom Market, and What that Means for the Incumbents - Via Satellite - Apr 2018
"industry is undergoing a period of rapid change, including an erosion of the high barriers to entry that satcom has seen historically."

1) Massive increase in possible throughput on a satellite, without a massive increase in cost ... While Global IP’s satellite price is not known publicly, it would be in the low hundreds of millions of dollars

2) An increase in variety of funding sources ... easy financing for Chinese-built satellites

3) General decrease in costs

China is expected to continue to push satellites as broadband infrastructure along the Belt and Road Initiative countries
ViaSatellite  satellite  commerce  business  satcom 
april 2018 by pierredv
May 2018 - Calculating the Economics of Reusable Launch Vehicles | Via Satellite
"With 23 successful first stage recoveries under its belt, SpaceX has proven that reusability is not just a way to save a couple bucks. The advantages it brings over traditional expendable vehicles has completely flipped the industry on its head, forcing every rocket company to take a beat and reconsider the way they approach launch as a business.

But the mathematics driving the resurgence of reusable rockets is more nuanced than it may seem. As it turns out, the economic considerations behind making reusability a core element of your business can be as complex as the rocket science itself."

"This design would increase Firefly Aerospace’s lift from 1 metric ton to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) with Alpha to 4 metric tons, giving the company a quick path to the medium mass market. "

"Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith believes it’s just a matter of time before reusability becomes commonplace across all launch paradigms."
ViaSatellite  launch  economics  space  FireflyAerospace  business 
april 2018 by pierredv
Globalstar Unveils New Satellite Hotspot for Enterprise Markets - Via Satellite - April 2018
Globalstar is bringing a new product, the Sat-Fi2, to the United States and Canada, which it hopes will prove a hit to enterprises across the region. Particularly, the company is targeting a wide range of consumer, enterprise and government markets including oil and gas, marine, alternative energy, government, emergency management, forestry, construction, commercial hunting and fishing, transportation and logistics — and for anyone who needs to stay connected when working or traveling off the grid.

The Sat-Fi2 is a lightweight, portable satellite hotspot providing communications through any Wi-Fi enabled smart device. Sat-Fi2 provides connectivity powered by Globalstar’s satellite network and represents the first product using the company’s next generation ground infrastructure.
ViaSatellite  Globalstar  products  satellite 
april 2018 by pierredv
US Commerce Department to Manage Space Traffic Under New Policy - Via Satellite - Apr 2018
"The United States government is putting the finishing touches on a new space traffic management policy designed to protect U.S. national security and commercial spacecraft amid growing congestion in space, Vice President Mike Pence announced April 16. "

"The new policy will direct the Department of Commerce to provide a basic level of space situational awareness for public and private use. That information will be based on the space catalog compiled by the Department of Defense."

"The policy will also encourage the commercial space industry to work with the federal government to develop data-sharing systems, technical guidelines and safety standards to minimize space debris and avoid satellite collisions. The United States will adopt those tools and encourage other countries to follow suit, Pence said."
ViaSatellite  space-traffic-management  STM  DoC  DoD  space 
april 2018 by pierredv
Backed by Government, Telesat to Initiate First Customer LEO Trials This Year - Via Satellite - Apr 2018
"Telesat launched its LEO Phase 1 satellite in January ... Since then, the company has completed orbit raising and is in the midst of testing the satellite’s payload, including demonstrating satellite tracking and Doppler compensation, low latency network performance, and tracking antenna validation, Hudson said. If all continues as smoothly as it has, Telesat will kick off its first demonstrations with customers in the second half of 2018, according to Hudson."

"As for launch options, the matter is somewhat complicated, as Telesat’s constellation will occupy multiple orbital planes at different altitudes and different inclinations. However, Hudson did say Telesat will likely select a heavy launch vehicle for its primary deployments."
ViaSatellite  Telesat  deployment  satellite  LEO  launch 
april 2018 by pierredv
Sky and Space Global Exec on the LEO First-Mover Advantage - Via Satellite -
"Sky and Space Global is planning a network of nanosatellites for narrowband communications that it expects will cost $160 million or less to complete in total. The company, located in the U.K., Israel and Australia, has fully funded the first three satellites to precede an initial constellation of 200 nanosatellites. Coined the “Three Diamonds,” the nanosatellites are scheduled to launch as a rideshare aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in the second quarter of 2017"

"Moalem said the initial constellation will focus on equatorial coverage from 15 degrees south latitude to 15 degrees north. Once the 200 satellites are running and generating revenue, the company intends to expand to field a global system, providing services not dissimilar to Iridium, Globalstar and Inmarsat."

"Through Ofcom, the United Kingdom’s communications regulatory body, Sky and Space Global gained approval to use S-band spectrum from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Moalem said the company is considering S-band and L-band for the final constellation"
ViaSatellite  SkyAndSpaceGlobal  nanosats  deployment  S-band  L-band 
april 2018 by pierredv
Sky and Space Global Exec on the LEO First-Mover Advantage - Via Satellite -
"Now nearing the final stretch of technical qualifications, Sky and Space Global is on track to begin deploying its full Pearls constellation in the beginning of next year. The company has already secured a slew of early customers, and has also begun generating revenue with its first on-orbit satellites, the Three Diamonds. In an interview with Via Satellite, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) Meidad Pariente laid out the company’s initial strategy to enter the satellite market, and the journey it took to become one of the first movers in the emerging era of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) telecommunications services."

"... the full Pearl constellation, Pariente said, which Virgin Orbit will begin launching in batches of several dozens in Q1 2019"
ViaSatellite  SkyAndSpaceGlobal  LEO  deployment 
april 2018 by pierredv
Globalstar's Ewert on the Strategy Behind New Automotive Division - Via Satellite - April 2018
"Although satellite companies probably won’t get the “lion’s share” of profits from the emerging connected car market, the multibillion-dollar opportunity that lies ahead could still be a revolutionary turning point for the industry. So says Globalstar’s Greg Ewert who, in an interview with Via Satellite, broke down the company’s motivation behind its decision to spin out a dedicated automotive division."

"He believes entities like Orbcomm and Globalstar can leverage their experience in connecting offshore assets and remote machinery, for example, to curate solutions more specific to the commercial automotive industry. In 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) also granted Globalstar authorization to deploy a low-power S-band network using its 2.4 GHz spectrum in North America, giving it a dual satellite-terrestrial advantage."

"In the future, if a car company wants to broadcast a software fix, for example, satellite would be a very cost-efficient way to update millions of cars simultaneously, Ewert said."
ViaSatellite  Globalstar  automobile  transportation 
april 2018 by pierredv
RemoveDebris Mission to Test Concepts for Cleaning up Space - Via Satellite - Apr 2018
the University of Surrey. The university’s RemoveDebris satellite — funded by the European Commission and 10 commercial partners including Airbus and Ariane Group — will conduct a series of tests to demonstrate technologies that can be used to observe and capture orbital debris.

According to the University of Surrey, the first of two capture experiments will discharge a net at a deployed target CubeSat, while the second will launch a harpoon at a target plate made of representative satellite panel materials. The third experiment will leverage vision-based navigation to rendezvous with another CubeSat using cameras and Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR). The RemoveDebris spacecraft will then deploy a large dragsail to demonstrate accelerated de-orbiting, after which it will burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere.
ViaSatellite  orbital-debris  space-junk 
april 2018 by pierredv
LeoSat's Rigolle: Fundraising Big Focus this Year - Via Satellite - Mar 2018
"NewSpace startup LeoSat, which is building the satellite equivalent of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) in space, plans to focus primarily on raising funds for its Series A round this year. With a glut of major customer agreements already signed, the company’s next hurdle is ensuring it has enough cash on hand to build out its full constellation by 2022, said LeoSat Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Rigolle in an interview with Via Satellite."

"LeoSat also recently signed an agreement with Phasor to develop a Ka-band version of its low-profile Electronically Steered Antenna (ESA). While a traditional mechanized dish will be sufficient for the majority of the company’s services, ESAs could unlock new applications and customer bases, Rigolle said, pointing to embassy networks as an example."
LeoSat  ViaSatellite  investing  VC  Phasor  satellite  antennas 
march 2018 by pierredv
Five Satellite Highlights from the FY2018 Omnibus Bill - Via Satellite - Mar 2018
"two clear winners were NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which received $20.7 billion and $1.85 billion respectively. Here are a few of the programs that got the most significant boost in funding:"

=Commercial Earth Observation
= Wideband Global Satcom satellites, WGS 11 and WGS 12
= James Webb Space Telescope
= Earth science
ViaSatellite  legislation  NASA  EarthObservation  EO  NOAA 
march 2018 by pierredv
Megaconstellations: Recipe for Disaster or Biggest Opportunity Yet? | Via Satellite, April 2018
"within this enthusiasm for large, powerful LEO constellations and the applications they’ll deliver, the voices of caution are growing louder, tempering much of the fervor around pushing fleets of fresh satellites into the skies. Some of the biggest concerns orbit around the topic of space debris"

"Since 2014, space industry consulting firm Northern Sky Research (NSR) has tracked $2.1 billion in investments for broadband megaconstellations (such as LeoSat and OneWeb), plus an additional $1.5 billion in SpaceX. Additionally, since 2016, NSR has tracked $23.7 million invested in satellite Internet of Things (IOT) startups. "

"Over the last several years, the company has spent more than $3 billion on a massive undertaking — refreshing the company’s existing fleet of satellites with a new constellation known as Iridium Next, an architecture consisting of 66 small, interconnected mobile satellites (plus nine on-orbit spares and six ground spares), which will reportedly cover 100 percent of the Earth’s surface, including oceans and polar regions. "

"One of the younger companies in this space, LeoSat Enterprises, is positioning itself as filling the space between traditional satellite and fiber-optic networks."

"But while LEO possesses latency advantages, Steve Collar [SES O3b mPower] says the cost of deployment is too prohibitive. SES plans to launch seven next-generation MEO satellites in 2021"

"The University of Southampton's debris simulation model, Debris Analysis and Monitoring Architecture to the GEO Environment (DAMAGE), offers scientists a glimpse of the worst-case scenario — whereupon a hypothetical large constellation operator disregards existing space debris mitigation guidelines, leading to series of collisions."

"While international guidelines currently recommend that operators remove spacecraft from LEO within 25 years of the end of the life of the spacecraft, Holger Krag [ESA's Space Debris Office] reportedly told attendees at 2017’s European Conference on Space Debris that only 60 percent of operators actually do that."

"a growing number of startups whose business case is based on their power to mitigate debris [e.g. Singapore-based Astroscale] raised $25 million [in 2017, for a] total raise to $53 million"
orbital-debris  ViaSatellite  LEO  satellite  space  LeoSat  Iridium  IoT  SES  NSR  investing 
march 2018 by pierredv
SATELLITE 2018 Show Daily - Day 3 - What Will It Take to Boost Satellite Stock Prices? | Via Satellite
"despite the industry’s massive technological advancements, investors are generally much less bullish on Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) stocks than in previous years"

"the biggest contributor to the decline is the “dramatic change in capital expenditure per Gigabit per second.” High Throughput Satellites (HTS), and soon Low and Medium Earth Orbit (LEO/MEO) broadband constellations, are bringing more bandwidth online than ever before. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the demand is there to absorb all that extra capacity."

"panelists pointed to in-orbit servicing as one means for operators to squeeze the most out of their existing assets, enabling them to put their capex toward new, potentially more profitable business ventures. Improved hardware on the ground side, such as flat panel antennas, could also be a major gamechanger for operators"

"Overall, the panelists unanimously predicted the satellite industry will see significant consolidation over the next two years or so, as top line growth remains restrained."
ViaSatellite  investing  satellite 
march 2018 by pierredv
Eutelsat Exec Discusses Possibility of Full LEO Constellation - Via Satellite - Mar 2018
"Eutelsat’s LEO for Objects (ELO) spacecraft will be used to assess the potential of LEO satellites in providing narrowband connectivity for objects. Jean-Hubert Lenotte, Eutelsat’s chief strategy officer, spoke to Via Satellite about the plans for the satellite, scheduled to launch in 2019, and how this could lead to Eutelsat looking to have a full constellation in LEO at some point in the future."

"We are targeting one specific application which is the Internet of Things (IOT) and we have chosen to use a LEO satellite because we think LEO will be well suited for such applications. Indeed IOT requires low bit rate connectivity and does not require a high concentration of capacity, meaning small satellites can be used. Therefore, we think there might be a business case for LEO in IOT."

"The satellite will be launched in the first half of 2019."

"For video, we only really see GEO satellites serving this market. For broadband, we don’t see today the potential opportunity for LEO satellites."
ViaSatellite  Eutelsat  LEO  IoT  broadband  interviews 
march 2018 by pierredv
Firing It Up at Both Ends? New Launch Vehicles Extend Mass Range - Via Satellite - Mar 2018
"Falcon Heavy has nearly doubled the launch range from a former 14.2 tons to Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO), via Delta 4 Heavy, to a whopping 26.7 tons. It has also globalized SpaceX’s addressable market, previously limited to Falcon 9’s capability of 8.3 tons to GTO (and a much smaller 4.5 tons when Falcon Heavy was first announced). Turning to the market’s other new entrant, Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle addresses payloads with a nominal mass of 150 kg and up to 225 kg, reducing the lower limit of the orbital class market by several hundred kilograms."

"With a market Northern Sky Research (NSR) expects to double in the next five years, and a trend of increasing mass from sub-10 kg cubesats to 50 kg-plus microsatellites, Electron’s relevance to the market is evident.

The significance of extended heavy-lift capacity to the market is less clear. "

"Headwinds in the commercial GEO market have gutted demand for manufacturing and launch, with operators striving more than ever for capital expenditure efficiency via delayed procurements and cost-saving designs. Rates of adoption of electric propulsion and digital payloads have surged, reducing average satellite mass. Current demand is thus well addressed by existing launch services, with even new appeal of dual launches on Proton and triple launches on Ariane 5 to further reduce capex with mid-sized GEOs."
ViaSatellite  launch  satellite  SpaceX  RocketLab  GEO  NSR  CarolynBelle 
march 2018 by pierredv
Isotropic’s Finney on Unlocking HTS’ Growth Potential - Via Satellite - Mar 2018
"In this Q&A, Isotropic Systems Founder John Finney lays out the path of evolution next-gen antennas must take, as well as their potential impact on satellite’s customer base."
ViaSatellite  satellite  antennas  interviews 
march 2018 by pierredv
March 2018 - LEO/MEO Satellites Poised to Make a Mark in Military Sector | Via Satellite
"Satellites in LEO and MEO soon will be here to stay thanks to companies like LeoSat, OneWeb, and SES-owned O3b. The question is whether they also can go beyond meeting the needs of commercial and consumer users to also serving the needs of a dispersed, increasingly mobile military. Via Satellite talks to leading LEO and MEO industry figures to see how they envision their constellations supporting military missions globally in a fast-evolving threat environment."

"The United States Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) recent Request for Information (RFI) calling for a low-latency satellite connectivity solution underscores the government’s openness for considering new non-Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) solutions. And that cooperative posture also has been illustrated during the Air Force’s wideband Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) exercise to define the future space architecture, where several LEO and MEO companies put forth their recommendations."

"LeoSat is on schedule to launch two demonstration satellites in the second half of 2019. Launch of the production satellites will begin in late 2020 and the constellation should be complete by 2022." LeoSat's Abad: “We are not looking to bring broadband down to every single person in the world. We want to provide carrier-grade telecommunications services via space.”

"Both LeoSat and OneWeb have received high-profile funding — SKY Perfect JSAT became an anchor investor in LeoSat in May, while OneWeb received $1 billion from Japan’s SoftBank last December, making it a 20 percent equity owner. OneWeb also has partnered with Airbus on its new high-volume production facility in Exploration Park, Florida."

“What needs to change is the ground infrastructure — you can’t build a LEO constellation realistically with two parabolic antennas and expect to reach the scale and volume that these providers talk about,” says Brad Grady, senior analyst in Northern Sky Research’s (NSR)

"NSR estimates that the defense sector will require about 14 gigabits per second of non-GEO HTS capacity demand by 2025, representing an 18 percent annual growth rate from 2015."

“Everyone has figured out that the critical point in launching these new constellations is the antenna system. You can’t have a successful non-GEO network without a very agile, very capable antenna technology,” says David Helfgott, CEO of Phasor, one of a handful of antenna technology providers who will plan to offer Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTS) antenna solutions for these up-and-coming constellations in the next 12 to 36 months.
ViaSatellite  LEO  MEO  ElectronicallySteerableAntenna  Phasor  satellite  defense  DoD  SES  NSR  LeoSat  OneWeb  venturecapital  VC  investing  antennas 
march 2018 by pierredv
Qtum to Launch CubeSat for Cryptocurrency Blockchain Platform - Via Satellite - Feb 2018
"Qtum Foundation announced a collaboration with the SpaceChain Foundation to launch a standardized CubeSat, which will carry Qtum‘s blockchain software technology on a Raspberry Pi device."
ViaSatellite  blockchain  cubesats  satellite  space 
march 2018 by pierredv
New Satellites Should Boost 2018 Revenues for Major Operators - Via Satellite - Feb 2018
ViaSat, Eutelsat, SES, Intelsat and Iridium Communications have all published their financial results for the last quarter of 2017. To see how they fared, check out a quick wrap-up of each below.
ViaSatellite  Viasat  Eutelsat  SES Intelsat  Iridium  finances  satellite  business 
february 2018 by pierredv
3 Reasons Why Latin America is a Hotbed for Cellular Backhaul - Via Satellite - Feb 2018
Within this analysis, I have identified three relevant advantages of the use of satellite cellular backhaul as the best option to connect remote areas:

1. Market Potential in Remote Areas
2. Operational Efficiency
3. Exponential Growth in the Demand of Mobile Data and High User Experience Demands
ViaSatellite  backhaul  cellular  satellite  LatAm 
february 2018 by pierredv
National Space Council Pushes for New Commercial Regulations - Via Satellite - Feb 2018
1. "under the new regulations the Department of Transportation would require a single license for all types of launch and re-entry vehicle operations. "

2. "the Department of Commerce would create a new role, an Under Secretary of Space Commerce, who would be responsible for all commercial space regulatory functions. This Secretary would work alongside the Secretaries of State and Defense, as well as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the NASA administrator to address new issues such as radio frequency spectrum surveys, rendezvous and proximity operations, and docking maneuvers."

3. "(NTIA) to coordinate with the FCC to “ensure protection and stewardship” of spectrum necessary for commercial space activities"

4. "the Executive Secretary of the National space Council will initiate a policy review of “the current export licensing regulations affecting commercial space activity.”"
NationalSpaceCouncil  space  commerce  regulations  ViaSatellite 
february 2018 by pierredv
Why the Market is Ready for On-Orbit Satellite Servicing - Via Satellite - Feb 2018
"Although the technology driving in-orbit satellite servicing has existed for decades, only now has the market evolved to a point where it is economically feasible as a business. According to a panel of experts at a Washington Space Business Roundtable (WSBR) discussion on Feb. 12, the convergence of lower launch costs and shifting priorities for Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite operators has made the idea of in-orbit servicing more commercially viable than in past years."

"Tim Deaver, vice president of development for SES Government Solutions, pointed to the dropping cost of satellite capacity as a critical element of the shift. As the industry experiences a downturn in the price of bandwidth (and thus, the revenue any one satellite generates), operators are brainstorming new ways to make the most out of their aging assets, he said."

"The proposition seems to be most valuable and attractive to operators of GEO satellites. Such spacecraft are among the most expensive to manufacture and launch, but the majority are also able to operate well beyond their 15-year design lives. The only reason they are usually decommissioned, said Anderson, is because they run out of fuel. If refueling is an option — and if it’s both safe and reasonably priced — then it’s financially sound to squeeze a bit more revenue out of the asset."

"Currently, Orbital ATK’s refueling spacecraft is compatible with about 80 percent of satellites operating in GEO, Anderson said. "
ViaSatellite  satellite  space  satellite-servicing  in-orbit-servicing  SES  OrbitalATK 
february 2018 by pierredv
Chinese Satellite Industry to Disrupt Markets Across Eurasia - Via Satellite -
"Northern Sky Research’s (NSR) China Satcom Markets (CSM) report finds a Chinese satellite industry primed to take a larger share of the global satcom market through attractive one-stop-shop offerings, aggressive growth plans and enhanced exports. For Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) High Throughput Satellites (HTS) alone, NSR forecasts Chinese state-owned companies to manufacture and launch more than 800 Gbps of capacity by 2026, with much of this coming over Southeast Asia, East Asia, and South Asia."

"According to NSR, since the end of the Cold War, the satellite and space industry has been a duopoly between the United States and European Union (EU), with other players such as Russia, Japan, and now India playing a secondary role. At some point soon, however, it appears likely China will assume a position as a top-tier space nation globally, with significant ramifications for the satellite telecoms industry."
ViaSatellite  China  NSR  satellite  business  commerce  geopolitics 
february 2018 by pierredv
Gilmour Space Exec on Hybrid Fuel, Smallsat Competition - Via Satellite - Jan 2018
Although constellation operators are the company’s main focus, Gilmour said it is targeting a relatively small slice of market share, aiming at just one launch per month for the first few years. As such, Gilmour said he isn’t particularly anxious about the increasing competition from both established and NewSpace launch providers. “[I’m] not very worried about the old established players, as they have cost models that aren’t competitive for the small launch market,” he said. “Also not that concerned about Virgin or Rocket Lab, as I believe the market is large enough to support a number of small satellite launch companies for now. In fact, it would be very good for the whole smallsat industry to see the two companies launch successfully this year.”

"there are locations in Australia that could potentially be even more ideal for the company, as they would allow for launches to both polar and equatorial orbits, he said. Previously, this wasn’t an option — the stringent aerospace regulations in Australia made setting up a launch site unfeasible."
GilmourSpace  ViaSatellite  launch  Australia  regulations 
february 2018 by pierredv
Eutelsat's Belmer: Video Still Holds Key to Successful Future | Via Satellite - January / February 2018 -
VIA SATELLITE: What would you highlight is the single biggest competitive threat to Eutelsat’s business over the next few years?

Belmer: The biggest competitive threat to our business is the indirect pressure we are seeing from fiber deployment. In the past, we used to consider competition as something between rival satellite operators. But today, this is less and less the case as the strategies of major satellite operators are going in very different directions.
ViaSatellite  satellite  Eutelsat  fiber  broadband  interviews 
january 2018 by pierredv
Spengler Maps out 2018 for Intelsat After Eventful 2017 | Via Satellite Jan 2018
VIA SATELLITE: Will Telesat go ‘big’ into LEO?

Goldberg: I think this is where the future lies. If our assumptions are right about what we can achieve technically, the price points that we are seeking to achieve, and the response from the customer community, we will go very big into this. I can see this very much being the future of the company. It will play out over the course of this year.

VIA SATELLITE: SES made their big mPOWER announcement. Will Telesat’s ambitions have a similar scale?

Goldberg: For sure. It will be terabits of capacity. We have a very flexible, high throughput, low latency architecture. It is a broadband play. We will target many of the same verticals we are serving today on the enterprise side, including mobility, government and cellular and IP backhaul requirements. Initially we will focus less on direct-to-consumer services, as I believe there has to be further development of the user antenna to make that more cost competitive.
ViaSatellite  Telesat  satellite  LEO  NGSO  interviews 
january 2018 by pierredv
Sabbagh: SES is a “Lonely Voice” in the Industry | Via Satellite, Jan 2018
SES was the talk of World Satellite Business Week (WSBW) late last year when it announced a major new strategic initiative, mPower, through O3b. SES has contracted with Boeing Satellite Systems, to build seven super-powered Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites. The constellation will have 30,000 fully-shapeable and steerable beams that can be shifted and switched in real time to align with customers’ quickly changing growth opportunities.

... You have to remember that O3b was initially designed to provide very high throughput to a small number of clients each with very high bandwidth requirements. The evolution we were looking for was one where we could further advance the throughput performance while achieving greater flexibility and scalability on the bandwidth in order to serve and empower a much larger market.

... The first seven satellites of the new system will bring multi-terabits of productivity. We can scale this up as we add new assets into the constellation.

VIA SATELLITE: Has the industry been slow to change?

Sabbagh: The answer is yes, and it is the predicament of every industry where there is a well-established playbook that yields rich economic returns.
ViaSatellite  SES  satellite  O3b  MEO  NGSO  interviews 
january 2018 by pierredv
Spengler Maps out 2018 for Intelsat After Eventful 2017 | Via Satellite Jan 2018
VIA SATELLITE: What technology innovation do you think could make the most difference to your business going forward?

Spengler: Antennas are key. One of the challenges we have had in satellite communications, with the exception of Direct-to-Home (DTH), has been that the antenna systems have been pretty simple as they are receive-only. But when it comes to two-way satellite communications, the positive is that they can be quickly deployed to build out infrastructure. The negative is that it is still too complex and too costly. Advancements in flat panel antennas and electronically steerable antennas is really critical to enable the ease of installation and operation.

.. You also need to enable interconnectivity and interoperability between networks. Satellite solutions need to become part of a much broader telecoms infrastructure.

VIA SATELLITE: Has the satellite industry reached a key inflection point in your mind? Will we see more change in the next 10 years than we saw in the previous 30?

Spengler: If you broaden that subject to society and technology in general, I think the answer is yes. I think the pace of change, not just in our industry, but overall is accelerating.
ViaSatellite  Intelsat  satellite  business  antennas  interviews 
january 2018 by pierredv
2018 Could Be a Revolutionary Year for Smallsats - Via Satellite -Via Satellite Jan 2018
"2017 was a banner year for the satellite industry in many respects. 2018 could prove to be even more momentous, as the smallsat megaconstellations that have been under development for years finally emerge — along with the dedicated smallsat launch vehicles that will serve them. In an interview with Via Satellite, Northern Sky Research (NSR) analyst Carolyn Belle laid out her expectations for the year ahead"

"Overall, 2017 was a “very good year” for smallsat launch rates, Belle said, with the industry orbiting 329 smallsats (between 1 and 500 kg) in total. This is the highest number launched in one year to date, easily outstripping the mere 130 orbited in 2016."

Demand for Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites have plummeted in recent years, culminating in just nine orders in 2017. “That was a more significant decline than anything we’ve seen before,” Belle said. “That was the lowest number in more than a decade. Global capacity pricing continues to sink like an anchor, making operators very cautious about their investments, Belle said.”
ViaSatellite  smallsats  cubesats  satellite  NorthSkyResearch  launch  NGSO  GEO  interviews 
january 2018 by pierredv
10 Space Startups Investors Loved in 2017 - Via Satellite - Jan 2018
While this isn’t a full list of every funding round that took place last year, the Via Satellite team thinks these 10 companies are ones that hold serious potential as the NewSpace arena continues to mature.
ViaSatellite  investing  NewSpace  VC 
january 2018 by pierredv
Effective Space Exec on the Company’s First Servicing Contract - Via Satellite -
"U.K.-based Effective Space announced it has secured the first contract for its in-orbit satellite servicing spacecraft, dubbed Space Drone. Under the contract, which is valued in excess of $100 million, Effective Space will launch two Space Drones to provide station-keeping and attitude control support for two communications satellites belonging to an undisclosed regional operator. The pair’s maiden voyage is scheduled for 2020."

“Operators are now waiting, in a sense, to see what will happen with the new trends of High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations. Anything they can do to delay their replacement program could help,” Campbell said. “A solution that can extend existing assets in space is something that is getting a lot of attention in today’s market.”

"Space Drone weighs less than 400 kg, giving launch providers the option to orbit the spacecraft on a rideshare mission. Its relatively small mass also grants it the agility to traverse multiple orbits, opening the possibility for services such as active debris removal and deorbiting missions, Campbell said."

"Operators are also contending with the still-slumping price of bandwidth — meaning their number one concern now is ensuring their revenue streams remain intact as they decide where to sink their next dollar."

"the timing is apt for the emergence of in-orbit satellite vehicles such as Space Drone, Orbital ATK’s Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) and SSL/NASA’s Restore-L."
ViaSatellite  UK  Space  satellite  in-orbit-servicing  interviews 
january 2018 by pierredv
SoftBank Backs New High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite Venture - Via Satellite - Jan 2018
"A High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) is a category of unmanned aircraft that AeroVironment thinks could deliver a multitude of benefits to the commercial market through use of Internet of Things (IOT) and other technologies and concepts. The company has announced a joint venture with a Japanese firm to develop a solar-powered, high-altitude, long-endurance Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) and certificate it. Called HAPSMobile, the new joint venture would be 95 percent owned by Japan-based telecommunications operator SoftBank, AeroVironment said."
HAPS  satellite  ViaSatellite  investing  SoftBank  AeroVironment  UAS 
january 2018 by pierredv
5 Business Deals That Shook Up Satellite in 2017 - Via Satellite -Dec 2017
"MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) finalized its acquisition of Earth Observation (EO) company DigitalGlobe in October, and subsequently changed its name to Maxar Technologies. According to Maxar Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Howard Lance, the newly combined company — comprised of SSL, MDA, DigitalGlobe and Radiant — will pursue a broader range of space capabilities, including EO services, ground stations and advanced data analytics."

"Planet made great strides to expand its EO business this year, kicking off 2017 with the acquisition of Google‘s Terra Bella business and SkySat constellation."

"Northrop Grumman, which is helping to develop NASA’s James Webb Telescope, agreed in September to purchase Orbital ATK for a staggering $9.2 billion. "
ViaSatellite  space  satellite  investing  Maxar  Planet  OrbitalATK  NorthropGrumman 
january 2018 by pierredv
Legal Legacies: Milestones In Satellite History - From our Archive - Via Satellite - Dec 2017
" the end of 1958 the tenuous principle of ‘freedom of space’ had been established. By allowing the Soviet Union to lead in this area, the Russian space program had established the U.S.-backed precedent for free access,” Launius explained.

" Half of the shares would be sold to the general public, and the other half to established international carriers. Comsat would be the U.S. member of Intelsat, which would operate the international satellite system."

"The United States was the third country, after Canada (Telesat) and Russia (Molniya), to launch domestic satellites."
ViaSatellite  history  satellite  surveillance  reconnaissance  Sputnik  Comsat  Intelsat  Panamsat 
december 2017 by pierredv
Cygnus to Deploy Record Number of CubeSats - Via Satellite -Via Satellite Dec 2017
"Orbital ATK announced that its Cygnus spacecraft, following a successful stay as a part of the International Space Station (ISS), is now set to deploy a record number of CubeSats in orbit before reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere. The mission, dubbed OA-8, marks the fourth time that Cygnus has been used for NanoRacks CubeSat deployments during its secondary payload mission phase."

" Eight of the CubeSats will join Spire Global’s commercial weather satellite constellation for global ship tracking. The NanoRacks manifest also includes CubeSats from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. Additionally, AeroCube B/C consists of two water-based propulsion satellites assembled by the Aerospace Corp. for NASA’s Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration (OCSD), marking the first propulsive satellites to deploy from the Cygnus spacecraft."
ViaSatellite  OrbitalATK  cubesats 
december 2017 by pierredv
Six New Entrants to the Satellite Industry in 2017 - Via Satellite - Dec 2017
"Despite tough margins across the market, 2017 marked a number of significant milestones for the global space industry. In March, SpaceX successfully launched and relanded a flight-proven, first-stage booster for the first time; in February, the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) PSLV broke a record for the most satellites launched simultaneously at 104; and in June, Arianespace launched the heaviest payload in history into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO), lofting the combined weight (21,977 pounds) of ViaSat 2 and Eutelsat 172B.

But 2017 was pockmarked by smaller victories too. A number of countries and universities that previously had lackluster or nonexistent space programs have taken big risks to place some of their first satellites into orbit. Here’s a rundown of the newest entrants to the satellite industry this year, as well as other players who have announced their plans to orbit an asset in the near future."

"Japan and Ghana formed an unlikely partnership this year to help orbit the African nation’s first ever satellite, an optical remote sensing CubeSat called GhanaSat 1."

"In November, Arianespace launched Mohammed 6A for Morocco — a high-resolution surveillance satellite that Moroccan officials claim will only be used for civilian purposes. Nonetheless, according to news agency France 24, Morocco’s neighbors are concerned about the satellite’s potential military applications."

"Formosat 5 — which SpaceX launched in August — was the first [Taiwan] designed and manufactured itself"
ViaSatellite  SpaceX  India  space  launch  Arianespace  Japan  Ghana  JAXA  Morocco  Taiwan  satellite 
december 2017 by pierredv
SpaceX Grows Bolder As More Capital Rolls In - Via Satellite - Dec 2017
"On Nov. 27, SpaceX filed an amendment to its Series H funding round with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), tacking on an additional $101.3 million to the $351 million it already raised in August. According to CBInsights, this latest capital injection brings the total valuation of the company to $21.5 billion — making it the third most valuable private tech startup in the United States after Uber and Airbnb."
ViaSatellite  SpaceX  investing 
december 2017 by pierredv
November/December 2017 - From Looking to Listening: NewSpace Changes Course | Via Satellite
"How Earth observation is changing the mindset of the NewSpace revolution."

"For years, the first questions were about imagery... The last year has provided a stark contrast to those formative times for the industry. First, there was consolidation in the imagery space with Planet acquiring Terra Bella, MDA buying DigitalGlobe, and EagleView Technologies purchasing OmniEarth. Second, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that for the first time in history it would be purchasing commercial weather data, and that the technology they wanted was GPS radio occultation. In addition to being a remarkable success for NewSpace, the announcement drove mass recognition of a non-imaging data type and signaled major changes for all of us in the industry."

"In addition to a fast uptake in the weather community, public agencies are quickly finding avenues to purchase additional NewSpace data sets. When the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency became interested in Spire’s ship data over the Arctic, a joint effort between Spire and Ball Aerospace created an easy avenue to leverage cutting edge data and long-time industry experience. Similar structures and direct data purchases are happening around the world for ship tracking and new radio-based sensors are being proposed monthly."

"Despite more than a half decade of looking toward imagery, we should now turn our ears toward listening. All of our technologies, communications, GPS, entertainment and others, have turned our planet into a noisy place full of important signals just waiting to be collected and put into the waiting hands of companies around the globe. What looks like noise at first glance is actually a nearly endless supply of powerful datasets that can empower business, government, and the wellbeing of people around the globe."
ViaSatellite  EarthObservation  remote-sensing  NewSpace  EO 
december 2017 by pierredv
Kratos VP on the New Era of Ground Segment Technology - Via Satellite -
"The influx of High Throughput Satellites (HTS) is forcing ground segment companies to rethink how they architect their traditional systems. While these new high-powered assets on-orbit unlock a range of new capabilities, along with them comes an unfamiliar set of costs and challenges related to the infrastructure that supports them from the ground. In an interview with Via Satellite, Kratos Vice President of Advanced Technology Stuart Daughtridge detailed how infrastructure providers are adapting to support this new wave of HTS services."

“If you believe all the projections that they’re going to launch another 130 HTS over the next 10 years, and most of these satellites will have somewhere between 20 and 100 times frequency reuse, it’s easy to do the math and say there’s a whole lot of gateways and infrastructure that needs to be built,”

"For example, companies can ensure their gateway signal processing is as close as possible to end users so it’s easier to push traffic across their satellites. Or they can decouple antennas and processing facilities entirely, consolidating all relevant modems under one roof and feeding data to the geographically dispersed antennas via a LAN network."
ViaSatellite  Kratos  HTS  satellite  broadband  interviews 
november 2017 by pierredv
Seraphim Capital: Investor Interest in NewSpace is Growing Fast - Via Satellite - Nov 2017
"The commercial satellite industry is on the cusp of seeing a slew of exits from former NewSpace startups, according to Seraphim Capital Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Boggett. In an interview with Via Satellite, Boggett pointed to the growing sum of venture-backed capital in the space industry as evidence that a number of young companies are rapidly accelerating toward maturity."

"While Boggett admits that there have been few successful exits thus far, “the wall of [maturing] space tech businesses” has proved an interesting target both for larger incumbent space companies and traditional players in the broader tech market. Boggett highlighted Google’s acquisition of Skybox Imaging (later renamed Terra Bella) and subsequent sell-off to Planet as one example. He also pointed to SoftBank’s intense interest in the OneWeb-Intelsat merger."

"Currently, Seraphim Capital itself has an explicit focus on Earth Observation (EO) companies, as well as the market subcategories that comprise the EO supply chain. "
ViaSatellite  VC  NewSpace  investing  space  Skybox  Planet  OneWeb  Intelsat  SoftBank 
november 2017 by pierredv
Intelsat Exec on Future Collaboration with OneWeb - Via Satellite -Via Satellite Jun 2017
"Although its bondholders’ failed to approve the highly anticipated merger with OneWeb, Intelsat will push forward with its plans to offer hybrid services from both Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) and Low Earth Orbit (LEO), said Kurt Riegelman, senior vice president of sales and marketing. In an interview with Via Satellite, Riegelman said Intelsat will still work closely alongside OneWeb in the future, leveraging both companies’ constellations to build out services in new and established verticals.

Intelsat’s board of directors approved the merger agreement back in February and expected the deal to close by the third quarter of this year. Unfortunately, even after numerous delays, Intelsat’s bondholders chose not to accept the proposed bond exchange deal before deadline."
space  satellite  ViaSatellite  Intelsat  OneWeb  investing 
november 2017 by pierredv
November/December 2017 - Inmarsat CEO and the $1 Billion Target | Via Satellite Nov 2017
"Can Inmarsat create a $1 billion dollar revenue stream in aviation? Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce is confident the company can do this in around 10 years’ time. It is an ambitious projection, but recent deals with the likes of Qatar Airways and Avianca underline there is still huge potential in this business for Inmarsat and others."

"But aviation is more than just In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) for Inmarsat. The company has three other aviation businesses — government, business and general aviation — and its safety business. What matters to Inmarsat in the medium term is free cash flow generation, meaning that gross margin, net profit margin and capital expenditure levels are vital to the trajectory of its business."

IOT: “The utility for satellite is that you can put connectivity through a very small device on your car or on your train and the applications are many and various. For trains, you are looking at next generation signaling, safety management and operation of the cargo. For cars, you are looking at Over-the-Air (OTA) updates to patch software and protect the vehicle,” he says. “You are also looking at a new era of telematics and treating cars as a large community that you can track and draw situational awareness from.”
ViaSatellite  aviation  broadband  Inmarsat  In-Flight-Connectivity  IFC  IoT 
november 2017 by pierredv
November/December 2017 - Can MENA Do NewSpace? | Via Satellite Nov 2017
"The interest in the NewSpace movement has been gaining momentum all over the world and the MENA region is no exception. With talk of space ranging from enabling emerging nations to enhance their communications infrastructure to missions to Mars, this is a fertile region for NewSpace, with varying ambitions from country to country"

"With NewSpace comes the notion of the democratization of space — a feeling that space is for all and that if there is a desire to become part of it, then this can become reality. The rise of private companies (and private money) in space has meant that developments are being pushed on quickly."

"South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia all have national space agencies, and there are other African nations calling for the initiation of space agencies such as Sudan."
ViaSatellite  NewSpace  Africa  CubeSats  South-Africa  UAE 
november 2017 by pierredv
EXCLUSIVE - Tom Choi: Life after ABS - Via Satellite -Oct 2017
VIA SATELLITE: Given the influx of new players in the satellite industry and the new Low and Medium Earth Orbit (LEO/MEO) players that you have been outspoken against, what does the future hold for a player like ABS?

Choi: As I said many times before … I doubt the majority will ever launch and even if they do most will fail. Why? Let me ask a few questions: Where do they have market access, ground facilities to install their gateways, and most importantly who are their customers? They say they will fill the niche of serving the unconnected but they won’t be competitive to 5G. These are basic questions investors ask. This is why most will not get financing because they cannot answer them. As an example, which Export Credit Agency (ECA) is backing these crazy projects with no customers? Not a single one thus far. Look at what happened when the last company got funded on “hot air:” NewSat collapsed much to the chagrin of EXIM bank. I seriously doubt they want to relive that kind of experience again, this time on a much larger scale. So, the answer to your question is no, ABS will not be materially impacted.
ViaSatellite  LEO  satellite  business  NGSO  critique  interviews 
november 2017 by pierredv
Big Four Satellite Operators Banking on Long-Term Strategies - Via Satellite - Oct 2017
Intelsat, Eutelsat, SES and Iridium each released their financial results for the third quarter this week. Check out a quick summary of how they fared below.
ViaSatellite  Intelsat  Eutelsat  SES  Iridium 
october 2017 by pierredv
Security Flaws in Inmarsat Maritime Platform Revealed by IOActive - Via Satellite - Oct 2017
"IOActive has released a new advisory documenting critical cybersecurity vulnerabilities affecting Stratos Global’s AmosConnect communication shipboard platform. Stratos Global, which Inmarsat acquired in 2009, provides communication services to thousands of ship vessels globally."

"The flaws IOActive discovered include blind Structured Query Language (SQL) injection in a login form, and a backdoor account that provides full system privileges that could allow remote unauthenticated attackers to execute arbitrary code on the AmosConnect server."

"According to IOActive, it informed Inmarsat of the vulnerabilities in October 2016, and completed the disclosure process in July of 2017. Inmarsat has since discontinued the AmmosConnect 8.0 (AC8) version of the platform but had also issued a security patch to reduce the risk potentially posed."

Inmarsat: “It is important to note that this vulnerability would have been very difficult to exploit as it would require direct access to the shipboard PC that ran the AC8 email client. . . ."
ViaSatellite  cybersecurity  satellite  Inmarsat 
october 2017 by pierredv
UrtheCast, e-Geos Collaborate On Optical and SAR Products - Via Satellite - Oct 2017
UrtheCast, its subsidiary Deimos Imaging and e-Geos, a company owned by Telespazio and the Italian Space Agency (ASI), announced a strategic partnership to offer a combination of joint optical and radar sensors with ground stations. According to the parties involved, the collaboration will allow observation of the Earth day and night, regardless of weather conditions, and is intended to provide a constant asset monitoring service.

The combination of high-resolution radar data with medium and very-high resolution optical imagery is expected to benefit users in a diverse group of sectors including emergency services and the oil and gas industry, among others.
UrtheCast  satellite  ViaSatellite  mapping  surveillance  imaging  Earth-imagery  remote-sensing 
october 2017 by pierredv
That Time When Intelsat, Inmarsat and SES Joined to Defend Spectrum - From our Archive - Via Satellite -Via Satellite
"In 2007, Via Satellite awarded its Satellite Executive of the Year honors to three leading spectrum executives from operators Intelsat, Inmarsat and SES for crafting a unified message that helped preserve C-band spectrum access for the industry. Ten years later, Intelsat and Intel have made waves with a joint FCC proposition that opens the door to sharing C-band spectrum with mobile operators. Looking back to our 2007 SEOTY award winners explains some of the history behind the strong response to the proposal."

"The satellite industry’s use of C-band spectrum faced a serious threat in 2007, but a well-organized effort involving satellite players around the globe fended off terrestrial companies seeking a foothold in the band."

"The scope and complexity of this effort involved representatives from companies around the globe, and the task of keeping the different satellite-related companies unified in their message and organized through the months leading up to WRC-07 and throughout the meeting was a gargantuan one."

"We were aware of the WRC agenda item since WRC-03. However, the responsibility for this issue had been placed in ITU Working Group 8F, which was dominated by supporters of IMT."

"It has been a wake-up call in the sense that the message is now loud and clear — we are fighting for spectrum in competition with emerging terrestrial wireless services, both to keep our existing operations intact as well as to grow our own new services including mobile and broadband."
ViaSatellite  Intelsat  Inmarsat  SES  satellite  history  C-band  IMT  WRC-07  cellular  lobbying  ITU 
october 2017 by pierredv
Technology Neutrality Essential to Enabling Competitive 5G Communications | Via Satellite, July/August 2017, Jennifer Manner
"Only through following the principle of technology neutrality whereby governments enable platforms, not technologies, to compete, will the future vision of 5G bringing wide-spread advanced communications services to all Americans, wherever they are located, be achieved."

"5G will consist of an ecosystem of communications platforms that will ensure the types of anytime, anywhere communications that users have come to expect. To realize this vision, 5G requires the inclusion of all communications platforms to meet the demands of United States consumers."

"The U.S. government must step away from adopting policies and regulations that focus on enabling a single communications platform to provide needed communications services. "

"While simply splitting spectrum into identically-sized pieces may not be appropriate, it is inappropriate for governments to pick technological winners to the detriment of other technologies. For example, as Congress frees up government spectrum, it must be available to platforms based on a technology neutral basis."

"In its recent [Spectrum Frontiers] decision, the FCC adopted a spectrum sharing regime to enable terrestrial 5G services to the detriment of satellite."
ViaSatellite  Jennifer-Manner  opinion  satellite  5G  broadband 
september 2017 by pierredv
Bridging the Digital Divide with a High Quality, Low-Cost, Timely Solution | Via Satellite, April 2017, Jennifer Manner
"Fiber is not the only solution to bridging the digital divide and providing broadband services at the FCC-defined broadband speed. In just a couple of months, Hughes Network Services will offer across the continental United States and parts of Alaska a new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) service that offers FCC broadband speeds"

"Even as demand across the country increases for broadband services, the cost of placing additional satellites into service is only a small percentage of the cost to build fiber out to the homes of the final 14 percent of Americans not covered today."
ViaSatellite  Jennifer-Manner  opinion  satellite  broadband 
september 2017 by pierredv
NextSpace Edition 2017 | Via Satellite
"Meanwhile, 1,500 miles north, the launch industry in the United Kingdom is evolving into another beast entirely. Having recognized the importance of bolstering space in its national industrial strategy, the country is hellbent on securing at least 10 percent market share of the global space market by 2030. Leading the charge is the U.K. Space Agency, which has thrown its full support behind companies such as Orbital Access."
ViaSatellite  nextspace  newspace  launch  space-launch 
august 2017 by pierredv

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