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InfoBeam – Part I, Latest News Items, by the editors
News and Notes of Interest to the Satellite Community
InfoBeam – Part II, Latest News Items, by the editors
News and Notes of Interest to the Satellite Community
The Forrester Focus On SatBroadcasting™: DirecTV Planning For U-HDTV, By Chris Forrester, Editorial Director, Broadgate Publishing, + Senior Contributing Editor for SatMagazine
Pay-TV giant DirecTV will adopt Ultra-HDTV, which is the ‘next generation’ follow-on technology from today’s HDTV.
Focus: Titan’s Time, By Jos Heyman, Managing Director of Tiros Space Information
In much the same way as for most of the current space launch vehicle, the Titan launch vehicle started life as a military missile. Intended as a back up for the Atlas ISBM missile, development was started in October 1955 when the Martin Company (which in 1995 merged with Lockheed to become Lockheed Martin) was awarded a contract for the airframe design. Towards the end of its military operational life, some of the missiles were refurbished as space launchers. Also, the missile formed the basis of a family of space launch vehicles.
Focus: We Must Work Together To Improve STEM Education, By Iain Probert, Vice President Education For The Space Foundation
I am drawn to the word “holistically” as I start to compose this editorial on education. At its most basic, the word holistically means improving not just one part but the whole thing. Those of us in the space industry, government, education and, in fact, America, overall have this thing called STEM that needs improving—the whole thing. To the person on the street, a problem with STEM may sound a bit like a medical term, maybe a new super-virus. Yet, STEM it is not by any stretch of the imagination a virus; it does not seem to be reproducing at an alarming rate, spreading through schools or other public spaces due to close contact of people in enclosed environments.
Prime: A Single Source For M2M Connectivity + Data Management, By Gwenn Larsson, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Telenor Connexion
The market for M2M solutions is constantly evolving, with many factors making significant impact on enterprises that are considering the development and implementation of a new M2M solution. Market demand for M2M is moving from a purely high-end product focus, such as cars, excavators and smart meters, to virtually any type of product, such as food containers, personal navigation devices (PNDs), pets and even Barbie dolls.
Insight: It’s All About Location, Location, Location..., Isle of Man focus on the space and satellite sector
At first glance, why would an established, or entrepreneurial, state-of-the-art space or satellite business choose to base itself on a small island in the middle of the Irish Sea, some 30 miles off the UK mainland? With a population of around 84,000, boasting the world’s oldest continuous Parliament stretching back well over 1,033 years, the Isle of Man might seem an unlikely location for such a forward looking industry. However, with all due consideration to the past and long standing political and economic stability, it’s to the future—or more specifically, the skies above—where a growing portion of the island’s versatile economy is now firmly focused.
Insight: Two Dimensional GPS Solutions For A Three Dimensional World, By Patrick Bertagna, CEO, Founder + Chairman, GTX Corp.
The Global Positioning System—GPS—is a worldwide radio-navigation system that is formed by a constellation of 24 satellites that communicate with their respective ground stations. The Global Positioning System is mainly funded and controlled by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The system was initially designed for the U.S. military. However, over the past 10 years, there has been a widespread introduction of innovative ways to introduce the GPS technology into the private sector; in fact, so many that other countries are now deploying their own none-military use GPS systems in order to fill the increasing global demand for location information on people and products.
Insight: Bragging Rights, By Bob Gough, Senior Contributing Editor, Asia—Pacific
An Australian satellite communications company was among the finalists in this year’s World Teleport Awards for Excellence, proving Australia is certainly one of the regions of the world at the forefront of space technology and able to provide some of the Earth’s best satellite communications. The Satellite 2012 event in Washington, DC, this year drew more than 11,000 satellite communications’ professionals from 70 countries. The main purpose was to learn, discuss and share the latest developments within various markets that included government, enterprise, broadcast, mobility and telecommunications. Australia was well represented at the event, thanks to its teleports and satellite innovation that proved Australian satellite communications are among the worlds’ best offerings.
Re:Sources—The Road To The Future—The Failed Hire, By Bert Sadtler, President, Boxwood Executive Search + Contributing Editor
These are extremely challenging times for employers who need to acquire top level talent as well as for those seeking a career change. Today, companies’ economics compel them to re-assess their talent needs in order to remain competitive and drive growth. The satellite communications industry remains ripe with new opportunities. Employers are challenged with making a “great hire.” For the candidate, finding an opportunity can sometimes be a rather difficult proposition.
Uplink: No Sky View? No Big Deal..., By Ami Schneider, Director of the Mobile Satellite Division, Gilat Satcom
If you’re underground or in some other closed facility location that lacks a view of the sky, communication with the up-top world can sometimes be difficult or even downright impossible. A new communication solution to deal with these conditions has been created by Gilat Satcom. This solution allows users of Iridium satphones to communicate with those above ground and outside the closed facilities without having to leave their surroundings. This is a light weight, easy-to-install, and cost-effective solution for obtaining sky view when such is not available.