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January 2019 Edition
MENA+Africa, Satellite Backhaul, Space Situational Awareness (SSA)
 
InfoBeam
 
InfoBeam Part I, Information & News, by the Editors
News and Products of Note in SATCOM
 
InfoBeam Part II, Information & News, by the Editors
News and Products of Note in SATCOM
Features
 
AI for Africa, An opportunity for growth, development and democratization
The rapidly developing set of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies has the potential to solve some of the most pressing challenges that impact Sub-Saharan Africa and drive growth and development in core sectors.
 
Drastic Shake-Up Needed...for the South African space industry, By Anthony Penderis, Editor, African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment
The South African Space Industry is in need of a drastic shake-up otherwise the country will miss out on the Fourth Industrial Revolution now driving economies worldwide.
 
The Forrester Report: The 2019 picture for European DTH satellite broadcasting — two financial views, By Chris Forrester, Senior Contributing Columnist
In his first column of 2019, Chris examines the end of year guidance for Europe’s two satellite giants — SES and Eutelsat — and the impact of a potentially positive C-band frequency reallocation decision by the FCC that is expected in June.
 
From Asset Management to Asset Intelligence... in Oil & Gas, By Paul Scardino, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Globecomm, and Senior Contributor
After a robust 2017, the oil and gas (O&G) market has entered a period of turmoil. According to Deloitte’s John England, writing in a recent Wall Street Journal article, the U.S. has come into its own as an energy producer and the nation’s shale cost reductions have been dramatic as well as sustainable.
 
An NSR Analysis: The growing involvement in SATCOM M2M and IoT, By Alan Crisp, Senior Analyst, NSR Hong Kong
M2M and IoT is exhibiting growth across the glove as more and more things are becoming automated, more devices are connecting to the internet and connected things are contributing a greater proportion than ever to increased economic output across a huge range of industries — from agriculture, to transport to energy, and many, many more.
 
A Thuraya Perspective...The implementations and implications of IoT and satellite M2M, By Jassem Nasser, Chief Strategy Officer
It’s a buzzword and all the rage today. It’s a technology trend that’s pegged to change our way of life and propel us into a smarter future. You’ve heard of it and are probably using elements of it in your daily life. We’re talking about The Internet of Things or — IoT. 
 
An MSUA Conversation with Morris Shawn, President, Roadpost, By Catherine Melquist, President, Mobile Satellite Users Association (MSUA)
Morris Shawn is the President and CEO of Roadpost Inc., a satellite communications provider. Since founding the company in 1991, he has been responsible for creating new business through emerging technologies, and overseeing the company’s strategic direction, key partnerships and product development.
 
An ETL Systems Focus...Satellite implementation in MENA, By Andrew Bond, Sales and Marketing Director, ETL Systems
Satellite technology is undoubtedly helping to improve lives across Middle East & North Africa (MENA). Thanks to technology such as High Throughput Satellite and a great deal of investment into the region, we are beginning to see otherwise isolated communities benefit from connectivity which can often be life-changing.
 
A Space Data Association Focus: The current state of Space Situational Awareness (SSA), By Dr. Mark Dickinson, Chairman, Space Data Association
Space Situational Awareness (SSA) is absolutely critical for safety of flight — SSA always been important, helping satellite operators determine the precise location of other objects in space, thus reducing the risk of collision. As space gets more and more crowded, this is becoming increasingly challenging. Ensuring the correct SSA tools and processes are in place is more important now than ever before.
 
Change Is In The Air: Flat Panel Innovation..., By Kfir Benjamin, Chief Executive Officer, Get SAT
Electronically Steerable Antennas (ESA) represent one of the more exciting advances in the satellite industry.
 
Secure World Foundation: Insight—Space Situational Awareness and commercial rendezvous and proximity operations, By Dr. Brian Weedon, Director of Programming, and Victoria Samson, Washington Office Director
The next major step in space applications, market creation, and robotic and human exploration is potentially being created through the advent of on orbit satellite servicing (OOS).
 
Delivering Fault Tolerance in a Low Footprint for PMAD Systems in Space, By Dr. Sorin Spanoche, System Architect, Microchip Technology
An important determinant of spacecraft reliability is the fault tolerance of its power management and distribution (PMAD) system in a radiation environment.
 
SSPI: A Better Satellite World Perspective—Why connected cars need satellite..., Produced for SatMagazine by Space & Satellite Profesionals International (SSPI)
The world’s citizens purchase more than 78 million cars every year. They shop for horsepower and acceleration, leg room and cargo space, and how many miles the car can travel on a tank of fuel or on a single charge — and every year, more of them want to know just how smart their car is...
 
A Teledyne Defense Electronics Focus: Thermal management in high performance RF and microwave PCBs..., By John Priday, Chief Technical Officer, Teledyne Labtech
As new RF and microwave systems evolve, we are seeing a greater need for effective thermal management and significantly higher RF performance from Printed Circuit Boards (PCB’s) and subsystems; at the same time these systems are required to decrease in mass and still offer greater functionality than ever before.
 
Misconceptions Regarding GDPR...... and data processing for the telecom industry, By Eric V. Holtzclaw, Chief Strategist, PossibleNOW
The GDPR (General Data Privacy Regulation) passed in the European Union (EU) in May of 2018 and is one of the most popular topics of discussion amongst telecom businesses who may or may not conduct business on an international level.
 
A World Teleport Association Focus: Factoring 5G into satellite’s future, By Elisabeth Tweedie and Robert Bell
The first generation of mobile phone service, known as 2G, was all about voice: it allowed people to make phone calls away from their home or office and on the move.
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