September 2018 Edition
Uplink: Innovation — The Aerospace Company, The space community was in search of a standard to make launching smallsats more flexible.
The Aerospace Corporation (Aerospace) has developed a new and innovative smallsat standard called a Launch Unit (Launch-U).
Uplink: Innovation — VT iDirect: Progress toward satellite integration with 5G architecture, By Greg Quiggle, Vice President, Emerging Products
While terrestrial and mobile service operators have always been on the cutting edge of next-generation networks, satellite networks have traditionally had to play catch up, spending extra time on the backend to find ways to seamlessly integrate into the prevalent standards and technologies.
Uplink: Innovation — SSL: Satellite advances for a better world..., By Rob Schwarz, Chief Technology Officer
SSL, a Maxar Technologies company, designs and builds advanced spacecraft systems that enable the firm’s customers to connect, inform and protect people around the globe.
Innovation: C-COM, We are a step closer to developing and manufacturing an antenna system capable of supporting the latest constellation of satellites
Engaging in innovative design, development and the manufacture of mobile, satellite-based antenna systems that are focused on the delivery of broadband internet to any location, C-COM Satellite Systems has developed a proprietary, one-button, auto-acquisition controller technology for rapid antenna point a to GEO satellite with the press of a single button.
The Forrester Report: “We’re in the money...”, By Chris Forrester, Senior Contributor
At last we know — on July 12, the FCC Commissioners (via a 4 to 0 vote) backed the proposal by Intelsat and SES (with Intel) to see a restructuring of C-band spectrum over the U.S. to help develop 5G — the firms wish this to occur rapidly and might even extend the concept from an initial 100 MHz to 200 or even 300 MHz.
UPLINK: Innovation — EVERYWHERE Communications, A conversation with Patrick Shay, company CEO
EVERYWHERE Communications LLC launched in June of 2018. To learn more about this enterprise, Patrick Shay, the founder and CEO of the company, discussed this new endeavor.
Innovation: Glowlink, The company’s innovative technology is their advanced and patented CSIR™ (Communications Signal Interference Removal)
An area of great concern within SATCOM and MILSATCOM market segments is the constant concern over satellite interference. Innovation is called for in order to negate such problematic challenges for, when encountered, interference impedes crucial communications. Many firms have initiated development of product to offset interference — and one such firm is Glowlink, based in Los Altos, California.
Uplink: Innovation — Phasor: A new era in connectivity, By JP Szczepanik, Chief Technical Officer
A new era in mobility and communications is now being entered — an era that is exciting and challenging and one that has the potential to take connectivity to a entirely new level of access and use.
Uplink: INNOVATION — Cloud Constellation: Altering the cybersecurity landscape, By Dennis R. Gatens, Chief Commercial Officer
The new space economy presents an opportunity for game-changing innovation through the evolution of satellite capabilities, from communications and transmission platforms to those with cloud service capabilities such as storage and computer resources.
Uplink: Innovation — Goonhilly Earth Station, Foundations for commercial lunar economy — and Mars
Selling bottled water in space may seem like a giant leap for mankind. However, the news that Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL), Goonhilly Earth Station and Astrobotic have joined forces to design the sophisticated infrastructure required to support a new era of private and public sector lunar endeavors brings this idea into closer orbit.
Uplink: Innovation — ViaLite: Miniaturization is cool..., By Richard Jacklin, Director
Being born in the 1960’s, I’ve always felt miniaturization is cool. That feeling hasn’t always been shared by my three lovely daughters, taking them round a model village on a nice summer’s day looking at the amazing miniature railway junction box. Or, closer to their interest, marveling at how many thousands of milliamps per hour they can now squeeze into a smartphone. They just don’t get it and look at me like I’m some boggle eyed alien*.
Insight: Satellite Talent—Candidate experience is key to recruiting success, By Ian Stammers, Founder and Managing Director
The market for top tech talent is highly competitive. To meet recruiting goals, employers need to improve the candidate experience and sharpen their social-recruiting practices.
Uplink: Innovation — SSPI, The Satellite of Things...
It is hard to read anything about business or technology these days without coming across the Internet of Things (IoT). In 2014, for the first time, the number of mobile phones and other devices equaled the number of human beings on Earth, about 7.2 billion. The analyst firm Gartner says that by 2020, there will be 26 billion connected devices — and most of them will be connecting with other devices rather than people.
Uplink: Innovation — Satellite Vu: EO can solve the plastics problem..., By Anthony Baker, Chief Executive Officer
The vast amount of plastics produced throughout the world is causing a monumental problem for the governments and organizations that must tackle this growing waste materials crisis.
Uplink: Innovation — Saft: Overcoming the challenges of LEO satellite batteries..., By Yannick Borthomieu, Space and Defense Product Manager
From mission-critical communications to virtual business meetings, advancements in consumer and government communication technologies over the years have driven a rising demand for reliable connectivity around the world via Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites.
Uplink: Innovation — Omnetics: Smallsats going deeper into space..., By Bob Stanton, Director of Technology
NASA is sending two cubesats to observe Mars — the agency is exhibiting some significant changes and adjustments in the electronics and the design of smallsats with this mission.
Uplink: Innovation — Accion Systems: The near future of in-space propulsion..., By Natalya Bailey, Chief Executive Officer
The current state of the art for interplanetary space travel is essentially unchanged from the techniques that were used to send Mariner 10 to Venus and Mercury in 1973. Once in space, a satellite’s chemical rocket engine provides high thrust for a very brief period, starting a long coast phase that takes advantage of as many gravity assist maneuvers as possible. Many months or years are then required to travel anywhere interesting — even maximizing propellant efficiency in this way, there are still significant limitations placed on spacecraft mass and payload.
Perspective: mu Space—The Wild Boars are finally going home..., By Philip Nalangan, a communications and media author
“The Wild Boars are finally going home!”
Uplink: Innovation Mission Microwave—It’s all about the terminals... the power of RF..., By Steve Richeson, Vice President, Sales and Marketing
In the satellite communications (SATCOM) industry, the word “innovation” captures both the excitement and the frustration of successful business as they struggle with the question of “How do we grow from here?”
An MSUA Executive Leadership Interview With Erwan Emilian, Executive Vice President, Speedcast, By Catherine Melquist, President
President of the Mobile Satellite Users Association, Catherine spearheads the group’s mission to promote mobility market development and mobility innovation.
Downlink: Point Of View — Global Teleports—Why the promise of 10Mbit/s is an empty one.., By Roger Boddy, Founding Director
There are a number of points to consider in any conversation concerning the broadband issues that the United Kingdom (UK) currently faces. The promise of 10Mbit/s for everyone in the country is an empty one, at least in a world where the government refuses to consider satellite connection for rural areas or considers allowing thousands of satellites to be launched into space by multiple companies.
Uplink: Innovation — AsiaSat, Wet antenna attenuation?
AsiaSat has investigated C-band’s exceptionally high rain fade attenuation reported by uplink stations during monsoon seasons in South East Asia — techniques for uplink station operators to mitigate against these issues, to improve their service level availability, are presented in this article.
Uplink: Innovation — Adcole Maryland Aerospace: It’s a small satellite world..., By Darko Filipi, Director of Business Development
Big space had small beginnings — Sputnik, the world’s first man-made satellite, was 58 cm (23 inches) in diameter and would fit into the trunk of a family sedan. The first successful U.S. satellite, Explorer I, weighed only 14 kg. (30.66 lb.) and was 203 cm. (80 inches) long by 15.9 cm. (6.25 inches) in diameter and could easily be hoisted aloft by four people — without a crane!