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October 2019 Edition
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InfoBeam, Thales becomes Iridium’s newest Certus aviation service provider • Hughes JUPITER™ System to drive satellite broadband services throughout Algeria • Gilat awarded an LTE satellite backhaul project by NTT DOCOMO • Capella Space partners with SpaceNet to develop geospatial AI apps • Partnership developed between Hyperion Technologies and ITCA to launch 75 student smallsats • Partnership developed between Hyperion Technologies and ITCA to launch 75 student smallsats •
Information & News by the Editors 
Features
 
The Forrester Report: Is the OneWeb model doomed?, Senior Columnist Chris Forrester
September was a good month/bad month for LEO operator OneWeb.
 
Space 2.0: How satellite is evolving to address 5G transformation, By Jo De Loor, Vice President, Market Development, Newtec
5G is also leading to a huge shift how of network managementand service
delivery methods towards a connectivity landscape with major architectural
changes accompanying this shift, essentially based on cloud infrastructure,
virtualization and edge.
 
A Frost & Sullivan Brief: Space Capabilities, The global space industry is transforming at an accelerated pace

Big is getting bigger and small is getting smaller. The space industry is growing on either end of the spectrum simultaneously while competitively coexisting to deliver new capabilities to meet evolving requirements.
 
HyPer-Speed Propulsion...A greener future for small satellites, By Dr. Brandie L. Rhodes, Engineering Specialist, and Dr. Andrea G. Hsu, Senior Scientist, Propulsion Sciences, The Aerospace Corporation
As access to space becomes more readily available and inexpensive, the demand for small satellite propulsion testing will continue to increase...
 
A Conversation with... Pamela Lugos, Vice President, Business Development Communications and Power Industries (CPI)
Multi-band BUCs and block upconverters are being more and more integrated into the amplifier devices themselves.
 
Satellite: The “Go To” Solution for Resilient Emergency Response Communications, By Doreet Oren, Director of Product Marketing & Corporate Communications, Gilat Satellite Networks

Not only is satellite an ideal solution in rural and remote areas where deploying a terrestrial network is cost-prohibitive or unfeasible, it is also an
effective backup solution for critical BTS’s in urban and other areas.
 
A Euroconsult Analysis: Examining government space budgets, By Simon Seminari, Senior Consultant, Euroconsult
Regarding the top five national space programs, the U.S. budget in 2018 totaled $40.9 billion, 58 percent of the world total, down from 75 percent in the early 2000s.
 
Marrying Satellite With Cellular/5G and IoT, By Arunas G. Slekys, Vice President, Hughes Network Systems
Predictions are that over the next few years, IoT will exceed 50 billion or more connected devices, driving transformations in how we do business and interact.
 
Antenna Testing and Calibration’s Role in RF Interference, By Joakim Espeland, Chief Executive Officer, QuadSAT
RFI has long been a threat to the industry’s dependability; as more people are using space and turning to SATCOM, it continues to require operators and service managers to actively avoid RFI.
 
An MSUA Conversation with... Melissa Orlick, Isotropic Networks, By Catherine Melquist, President, Mobile Satellite Users Association
 
Mega-Constellations...Accelerating the New Data frontier in space, By Douglas Postman, Senior Vice President, Space and Airborne Engineering, Centauri
Mega-constellations provide both the public and private sectors with exciting opportunities for technological advancement and important considerations for coordination and impact.
 
GEO and LEO systems driving new amplifier development, By Heidi Thelander, Vice President of Business Development, Comtech Xicom Technology
High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and LEO systems requirements are driving new amplifier development. These systems have already caused a dramatic increase in the total availability of throughput capacity, and the trend will continue. 
 
AsiaSat’s 5G Interference Rejection Bandpass Filter, By HU Hai, Senior Communications Systems Engineer, AsiaSat
Since early 2019, the ground mobile network operators (MNO) have initiated the testing and mass deployment of 5G cellular base stations in China and many other countries around the world. The spectrum used by 5G macro cells however overlaps with the extended C-band (3.4-3.7 GHz) which has long been used for the satellite communication services.
 
Executive Spotlight: Joerg F. Herrmann, Senior Vice President, Special Projects, Capella Space
SAR data has many practical applications, but organizations haven’t had
the chance to realize these solutions.
 
Helping Satellite Maintain its Relevance for Broadcasting, By Pedro Ruiz, R&D Director, Integrasys
Having traditionally been extremely important for broadcast, the satellite industry is faced with increasing competition from other communication technologies. With so many other options at broadcasters’ fingertips and a growing demand for low cost, highly efficient connections, it is becoming increasingly challenging for satellite to maintain its relevance. How can satellite compete with the latest communications technologies?
 
Earth Station De-Icing: Avoiding the hidden costs of reflector distortion, By David Walton and Ray Powers of W.B. Walton Enterprises, and Daniel Fryer, AdWavez Marketing LLC.
For fixed satellite networks that operate in alpine locations and areas subject to winter snow and ice, it is essential to have an Earth station antenna De-Icing system to prevent downtime and signal degradation due to snow and ice buildup on the antenna and feed.
 
Focus: Spacecom’s AMOS-17—An advanced satellite designed for Africa, By Joshua Shuman
With the full extension of its solar panels, AMOS-17 is the length of three, full sized buses, or some 35 meters (115 feet) long.
 
Banking Via Satellite...in Africa, An SSPI Better Satellite World
What would your life be like if there were no banks? Where would you put your savings? Who would give you a credit card? Who would loan you money to make a big purchase?
 
Everywhere, On..., Changing everything with truly ubiquitous mobile broadband
Innovation, the development of a technology that will bring about seismic change to an underserved global mobility connectivity market, has always been at the heart of Phasor as a company. Development of the enterprise-grade electronically steered antenna (ESA) began over five years ago, and today the technology that Phasor has developed is well and truly on the road to commercialization.
 
Cleaning Up The Great Pacific Garbage Patch ...with help from space, By Bruno Sainte-Rose, Lead Computational Modeler, The Ocean Cleanup
Maxar images the system almost weekly. The Ocean Cleanup team uses those images to monitor aspects of the system’s performance and to make necessary adjustments.
 
Galling... A Serious Issue In Satellite Engineering—however, there are solutions., By Patrik Lundström Törnquist, Managing Director, and Anders Söderman, Technical Director, BUMAX
Satellite and antenna industry executives must be aware of the potentially disastrous implications of fasteners failing due to galling,
 
Where Experience Counts: TriSept shaping the future of new space with deep launch integration, brokerage and management expertise, By Paul Sims, Satnews Publishers Contributing Editor, and, Principal, Sims Communications
TriSept sees its global expansion as a way to open the door evenwider to new
ideas and transformative breakthroughsmaimed at accelerating reliable and affordable access to space.
 
Executive Spotlight: Kirill Makhnovskiy, Chief Executive Officer The Orion Group
The line between various media formats in the future will disappear — the user will consume the all services in full without having to know the details on how he or she receives the content.
 
The Rise of the Smallsat Gaining traction..., By Rob Michel, Manager of Market and Business Development, Materion Corporation
Companies are using smallsats to access information for a variety of reasons — from helping save lives to growing their capacity and extending geographic range to name just a few.
 
Bringing LoRa® Devices Out of This World, By Marc Pegulu, Vice President, Vice President of Internet of Things for the Wireless and Sensing Products Group, Semtech
This technology has proved that satellites can help organizations communicate effectively from anywhere in the world, no matter how remote, to the LoRa-based Space Gateway.
 
The Smallsat Revolution...Innovation, Interoperability and Automation, By Stanley O. Kennedy, Jr., President and Chief Systems Engineer (CSE), Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI)
Rapid, streamlined manufacturing capabilities will also playa crucial part in future innovation, highlighted by developments being made in the additive
manufacturing sector.
 
Satellite Interference... Have we fixed the problem?, By Martin Coleman, Executive Director, the Satcoms Innovation Group
Satellite interference has been a massive challenge for the satellite industry for a number of years, however satellite operators now have a whole host of tools at their disposal to reduce, detect, and mitigate interference. How has the interference landscape changed? With so much at their disposal, is interference even an issue anymore?
 
Connecting Mobile Phone Users Everywhere...and stimulating SATCOM growth, By Charles Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Lynk (previously known as UbiquitiLink)
The artificial divide between satellites and terrestrial systems is about to end.
 
A Conversation with Jeanne Medvedeva and and Connor Jonas, Jeanne is Launch Services Commercial Director and Connor is CarboNIX Program Manager, Exolaunch
CarboNIX is a separation system for smallsats that weigh up to 150 kg.
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