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June 2019 Edition
APAC and Australasia, Maritime, Comms Equipment, Support Services
 
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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
 
Dispatches Part III, Information & News by the Editors
News and Products of Note in SATCOM
Features
 
The Path to “Empowering” Orbital Slots, By Hu Hai, Senior Communications Systems Engineer, AsiaSat
AsiaSat has been a pioneer in “empowering” satellite orbital slots. By using these valuable and scarce resources efficiently and leveraging ground technologies that are getting incrementally more powerful, the company has been able to offer high-value and reliable communications services to customers in the Asia-Pacific region.
 
A Digital Lifeline of Consequence: Pacific Island nation’s comms rescued by SATCOM , By Christian Patouraux, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Kacific
When the sole fiber cable connecting Tonga to the outside world was severed, satellite broadband from Kacific provided the first digital lifeline to the island nation.
 
Enabling High Capacity SATCOM Terminals, By Assaf Toledano and David Corman, Anokiwave, Inc.
With the growing need for ubiquitous connectivity, the satellite communications (SATCOM) industry is poised for explosive growth with multiple high capacity systems either already on-orbit or planned for the near future.
 
5G — Real SATCOM or a Trojan Horse? An NSR Bottom Line Analysis, By Lluc Palerm-Serra, NSR Senior Analyst, Spain
The next set of standards ruling mobile networks, 5G, has the potential to change the way we interact and perceive the world to make it a digital experience.
 
The Forrester Report: Is DTH already ‘mature’ and now facing a slow decline?, By Chris Forrester, Senior Columnist
Four key satellite operators have given a real clue to the ‘state of the market’ for their DTH video businesses: SES, Intelsat, Eutelsat and Telesat. Each is suffering from stagnation and even decline in their Video divisions.
 
Is it Price or Performance? Market growth for solid state BUCs, By Steve Richeson, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Mission Microwave Technologies, LLC
The satellite ground terminal industry is complex. Attributing cause and effect to changes in the market is a confusing and often fruitless exercise.
 
The Proposed NIIRS: Developing a new interpretability scale to adapt to the evolution of satellite imaging, By Dr. Peter Wegner, Chief Strategy Officer, Spaceflight Industries
In April 1972, an ad hoc team of U.S. Intelligence Community members was formed to devise a means of measuring and accounting for areas searched using satellite imagery with an emphasis on recording the interpretability and quality of the imagery used in the search.
 
A Kratos Constellations Podcast Excerpt: Enabling the convergence of satellite and terrestrial networks, with NSR Analyst Lluc Palerm-Serra
The Kratos Constellations podcast connects you to the innovators and experts who are redefining today’s space and satellite industries. Constellation’s guest, Lluc Palerm Serra, Senior Analyst at Northern Sky Research (NSR), talks about the Commercial Satellite Ground Segment as a key enabler for the industry’s future. From managing the complexity of LEO constellations, to opening new mobility and consumer markets, to minimizing the explosion in infrastructure costs.
 
The Next Big Leap in Smallsat Management is..., ...Artificial Intelligence (AI)
The company is also taking steps to incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI) to manage the swarms of smallsats that are on the horizon, explained CEO Niels Buus.
 
Investing In Innovation: Accelerating the ascent to Z Space, By the Airbus Ventures team
SatMagazine readers know that the satellite industry is inexorably heading into a major phase-shift, whose full system-wide impacts are likely to be as radical as they are presently unknowable.
 
The Equalizer: 3D printed antennas, By Dr. Albin J. Gasiewski, Senior Vice President, Science and Technology, Orbital Micro Systems
Antennas provide the critical link to-and-from every satellite. Operating in harsh environments, they are subject to extreme temperatures, intense vibration and acceleration, and must be designed and built to exacting specifications using durable materials.
 
Game Changing Solutions: How new satellite technology is changing the maritime landscape for years to come, By Wouter Deknopper, Vice President and General Manager, Maritime, Iridium Communications
The satellite market is an ever-changing world. With new companies rapidly joining the “race to space”, the landscape is highly competitive, and satellite communications (SATCOM) companies need to respond to evolving market demands in what feels like real-time.
 
Gallium Nitride...The five things we all need to know, By Ron Merritt, Marketing Director, Regional Vice President, Sales — EMEA
Gallium Nitride (GaN) amplifier technology is finding a place in satellite ground terminals alongside established GaAs solid state BUCs and tube-based HPAs. Manufacturers are implementing the technology — to varying degrees of effectiveness. How to know if it is the correct fit for your deployment — or just one more buzzword?
 
Mobile Connectivity, Transformative innovations...
Momentum has been building at Phasor as the company moves into the second half of 2019. The Electronically Steered Antenna (ESA) developer is entering a new phase, as it looks forward to the rollout of its range of mobile broadband connectivity products which will enable en-route connectivity for the land-mobile, aero and maritime markets.
 
An Executive Summary: Start-Up Space—Investments in commercial space ventures through 2017, By the Bryce Space and Technology’s analysis team
The Bryce Space Start-Up Space series examines space investment in the 21st century and analyzes investment trends, focusing on investors in new companies that have acquired private financing.
 
The Bridge to Innovation, Nothing ventured, nothing gained
The highly-acclaimed winner of the preeminent honor in computer science in 2003, Alan Kay, said, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”
 
An Innovative Approach to IOV/IOD: Speeding up space heritage acquisition, By Stefano Antonetti, Program Manager, D-Orbit
The New Space industry is enabling new actors to start up space businesses at a much lower cost than just a decade ago.
 
A Conversation with Bill Milroy, Chairman and Chief Technical Officer, ThinKom
Mr. Milroy took the time to discuss with SatMagazine the trends and developments in Phased-Array Antennas...
 
3D Printing Solutions: A pioneering technology for space, By Peter Guggenbach, Chief Executive Officer, RUAG Space
For five years, RUAG has been developing 3D printed parts for satellites — from smallsats to Earth Observation (EO) satellites. Most recently, the company provided the 3D printed engine mount for the Beresheet lunar lander from Israeli company SpaceIL
 
Satellites Keep the Lights On...Grid support from space, By the Space and Satellite Professionals (SSPI) editorial team
Flip a switch and amazing things happen. Dark to light. Cold to warm. Things open and things close. Yet no one thinks twice about flipping that switch.
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