December 2012 Edition
YEAR IN REVIEW, 2012
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
Forrester On SatBroadcasting: The Shape Of Future Broadcasting, by Chris Forrester, Senior Contributing Editor + Editorial Director, Broadgate Publishing
Several issues ago in SatMagazine, we wrote that Ultra-HDTV (U-HDTV) is coming... and fast... were the precise words used in that column. Well, it seems we were wrong. Ultra-HDTV (U-HDTV), at least in its 4K version is, in terms of satellite time, now just around the corner.
NSR Analysis: EO Concentration + Commercial Revenues, by Stéphane Gounari, Analyst, NSR France
DigitalGlobe and GeoEye are due to complete their merger in 2013.
Antonovich On SatBroadcasting: Is OTT Truly Over-The-Top?, by Mike Antonovich, Contributing Editor
Has the 3DTV wave crested? From what I saw at the IBC show and at SATCON 2012, Id say so. NOBODY was talking about 3DTV. The buzz was about the far more lifelike images produced by the 4K (twice the number of pixels as todays HDTV) technology on display. The same display manufacturers who overhyped 3D are marketing 4K displays under the Ultra HD moniker. The difference, though, is that this really is worthwhile. Absolutely stunning images that wont have you stumbling into your furniture wearing those goofy 3D glasses. And some really HUGE displays! What could be bigger than that?
Ku- Vs. Ka-BandPondering Performance..., by Chris Hudson, Senior Solutions Architect Engineeer, Intelsat General
All of the new Ka-band satellite systems entering the market have prompted fevered comparisons between the Ku-band platformsthere has been, and continues to be, much debate about which of the two technologies provide better service to customers.
Event: Waikiki, Capacity, Capability... + Satellites... All @ PTC 2013, by Tim Logue, Senior Director, Thales Alenia Space North America
The big tent of the Pacific Telecommunications Conference will again be pitched at the Hilton Hawaiian Village hotel campus in Honolulus Waikiki section between January 20 and 23, 2013. Those who have attended PTC 2013 in the past know that this conference is unique not only for its setting, but also for its effort to bring together senior level executives from all parts of the satellite, fixed and mobile telecommunications, IT and broadcasting industries to talk about issues that impact them all, often in different but interrelated ways. Thus, the big tent metaphor works, as it provides a shelter for all sectors to mingle in a way that is unique in our increasingly specialized sectors.
Pulhams View: Passion Wears A Pocket Protector, by Eillot Pullham, CEO, Space Foundation
If theres one thing that makes the space industry profoundly different from most other industries you can think of, it is the passion that each and every one of us brings to our job, day in and day out.
Futron Analysis: 2012 Space Competitiveness Index, Today, space has been transformed from an object of wonder to an arena of practical, economic, and strategic consequence.
Exploring the vast unknowns of space is an ancient human aspiration.
Gottlieb On Maritime + Commercial Aviation Markets2012 Review, by Alan Gottlieb, Senior Contributing Editor
The battle for control of the maritime and aviation markets is no longer just a skirmish. Its now apparent that Intelsat means business in its attempt to wrestle maritime and aviation market dominance from Inmarsatand Inmarsat is fighting back. Those who followed the October 8th GX Investor Conference and its aftermath found themselves witnessing a battle of conflicting claims and counterclaims between the two communications giants.
SatNav: GNSS, Apps + Sims, by Markus Bochenko + Andreas Blumenschein, WORK Microwave, + Günter Heinrichs, IFEN GmbH
The origins of satellite navigation date back to the late 1950s, when the U.S. Navy began to develop the Navy Navigation Satellite System (better known as TRANSIT), which became known as the worlds first global navigation satellite system (GNSS). TRANSIT, and its successorsthe U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) and the Russian GLONASS systemwas originally designed to serve military needs, but later evolved to serve civilian purposes as well. This sparked the formation of a rapidly developing GNSS industry and has made possible the development of a variety of different GNSS applications. Specifically, car and personal navigation devices as well as location-based services in the form of various smartphone apps have made GNSS a part of our everyday lives.
Sadtler On Careers: Take Em Or Leave Em For 2012, by Bert Sadtler, Contributing Editor
Best Practice Recruiting should include an original approach, the focus on building trust with the talent, the determination to hire the best candidate and an opportunity for the employer to be favorably represented in the marketplace.
Heyman On Launches: 2012 Year In Review, by Jos Heyman, Senior Contributing Editor
At the time of this writing it is predicted that by November 1, 2012 we will witness 142 spacecraft involved in 78 launches. This tally includes seven satellites deployed from the International Space Station. As to their purpose, an analysis is provided in the two tables on the following page.
SatBroadcasting: Moving To A More User-Centric TV Experience, by Ofer Shayo, Co-Founder + CEO, Tvinci
Over-The-Top Television (OTT TV) continues to work its way into the broadcasting worldby storm. For satellite broadcasters, such brings a number of questions to the forefront...
Survey: The Size + Health Of The United Kingdoms Space Industry, Its findings will provide a crucial insight into how the sector has fared and also provide a guide as to where companies are experiencing difficulties and barriers to growth.
The 2012 Size and Health of the United Kingdoms (UK) Space Industry survey represents the latest incarnation of the key biennial barometer of the UK space industry. The UK Space Agency contracted Oxford Economics to conduct this edition, covering the years 2009/10 and 2010/11; Oxford Economics also conducted the 2010 survey. This document presents an executive summary of the findings.
2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
Year in Review 2012: Part I, Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) AsiaSat Astrium Services
Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) AsiaSat Astrium Services
Year in Review 2012: Part II, Beam Communications Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems CPI SatCom Division Delorme
Beam Communications Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems CPI SatCom Division Delorme
Year in Review 2012: Part III, EM Solutions Hermes Datacomms HTN Communications Hughes
EM Solutions Hermes Datacomms HTN Communications Hughes
Year in Review 2012: Part IV, iDirect Intelsat Intorel Iridium
iDirect Intelsat Intorel Iridium
Year in Review 2012: Part V, Marlink ND SATCOM Newsat Limited Newtec Norsat International Inc.
Marlink ND SATCOM Newsat Limited Newtec Norsat International Inc.
Year in Review 2012: Part VI, ORBIT Communication Systems Pactel International SkyWave Mobile Communications Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
ORBIT Communication Systems Pactel International SkyWave Mobile Communications Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Year in Review 2012: Part VII, Telespazio Thermopylae Sciences + Technology ViaSat Vislink WORK Microwave
Telespazio Thermopylae Sciences + Technology ViaSat Vislink WORK Microwave
Index of Advertisers