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March 2017 Edition
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InfoBeam Part III, Information & News by the Editors
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InfoBeam Part IV, Information & News by the Editors
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Features
 
Dear President Trump: What the Smallsat Industry Needs... A Spaceflight OpEd, By Curt Blake, President, Spaceflight Inc.
With a new administration in Washington, the growing smallsat industry is anxious to see what changes are on the horizon.
 
Find Your Islands of Truth in Uncertain Waters... A Newtec Perspective, A Talk with Thomas Van den Driessche, Chief Executive Officer, Newtec
After the end of the Cold War, the United States Military coined the acronym VUCA to describe the Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity of the world they now faced, which was forcing them to act differently and take decisions in ways they hadn’t had to before—fast-forward a quarter of a century and the term can be used to accurately sum up the current landscape of the satellite industry. 
 
North America—Leading the Market: A TeamCast Perspective, By Christophe Trolet, Satellite Business Unit Manager, and Mark Polovick, Vice President, Sales, both at TeamCast Inc.
From the early launches of GEO satellites (almost 30 years ago…), the US has adopted satellite communications as a strategic component of the nation’s infrastructure.
 
Global Comms Require a Dedicated and Skilled Architect: An SIA Insight, By Tom Stroup, President, Satellite Industry Association (SIA)
Radio waves surround our planet and know no borders—these waves create one of the Earth’s most treasured resources—spectrum for both satellite and terrestrial communications services.
 
Risk Reduction for Smallsat Constellations: An AMERGINT Technologies Perspective, By Randy Culver, CEO, AMERGINT Technologies
Small satellites (smallsats) have become mainstream—large scale constellations are a promising next step.
 
The End of VSAT Interference: A Kratos Perspective, By Petter Amundsen, General Manager, Kratos Norway
VSAT networks are arguably one of the most challenging satellite environments to manage, especially with respect to interference.
 
NSR Analysis: Not So Fast, SpaceX, By Lluc Palerm-Serra, Senior Analyst, NSR Spain
In the prelude of the recent SpaceX successful launch for Iridium, The Wall Street Journal released a story analyzing SpaceX’s financials and internal growth projections.
 
Thriving Biomes for Commercial Satellite Imaging: A Capella Space Perspective, By Payam Banazadeh and William Woods, both Capella Space Co-Founders and CEO and CTO, respectively
The concepts of physical science cover everything that is, and that could be—the simplest theories, when translated into functional reality, emerge as the greatest success stories.
 
Executive Spotlight: Mark Rigolle, Chief Executive Officer, LeoSat Enterprises
Mark Rigolle joined LeoSat as CEO in September of 2015. He has more than 22 years of experience in the telecom and satellite sectors.
 
Healing the Sick via Satellite: SSPI—Satellites Make A Better World, Poverty and distance are the enemies of health.
In the rich world, high-quality medical care is usually a short drive away, because there are three physicians available, on average, to serve every 1,000 people.
 
Automation Enhances Satellite Fleet Operations: A Telesat Perspective, By Steve Reid, Satellite Engineering Manager, Telesat
In 2007, Telesat merged with Loral Skynet, a US company with a strong technical background tied to the achievements of AT&T Skynet, Bell Labs and the Telstar program.
 
SATCOM 2017 to 2020: Choosing for Change A Norsat International Perspective, By Daniel Lopez, Product Manager, Norsat International
2017 has continued the dynamic industry trajectory of the preceding years.
 
The Teleport Theory of Things: An STN Perspective, By Mitja Lovsin, Senior Director, STN
The world is changing—fast—and one of the biggest and most notable changes in mankind’s recent history has been the way in which we communicate.
 
The Next-Generation WAN Fabric— A PCPC Direct Tech Focus, A solution is demonstrated that increases the effective bandwidth while increasing utilization.
The movement of data across satellite communications has traditionally been low bandwidth with high latency and very low efficiency. In addition the cost per MHz of satellite bandwidth is very expensive. A satellite transponder can cost from $1.0M to $1.5M per year.
 
Cloud Constellations... A New Way to Do Data Centers: A Cloud Constellation Corporation Perspective, By Scott Sobhani, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Cloud Constellation Corporation
The continuing onslaught of rapid technological advancements demands new solutions for data storage and transport.
 
The North American Market from the HPA Perspective: A CPI Satcom Products Focus, By Doug Slaton, Marketing Product Manager, CPI Satcom Products
The North American market for ground-based satellite uplink equipment continues to be strong due both to new satellite projects and new technology being introduced.
 
The Early Days of SATCOM: A Radford Rememberance, By Tony Radford, Contributing Author
I just finished reading a LinkedIn article that listed three points to consider when contemplating SATCOM as a career path. While the points did have merit, I couldn’t help but flash back to the way things were long ago and ponder the contrast between what new entrants face nowadays and what we faced back then.
 
Banking On Reliability in Afghanistan: A SpeedCast Focus, By Fysal Gill, Senior Director, Sales, SpeedCast Group
The first Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Afghanistan was NEDA Telecommunications (NEDA), which was founded in 2003 and initiated their service for that country, starting with dial-up and moving swiftly into wireless broadband services.
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