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September 2017 Edition
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Innovation: How Does Your Company Measure Up?, by Lisa Kuo, Head of Commercial Programs + Business Development, The Aerospace Corporation
The space industry is tough — the return on investment (ROI) timeframe is lengthy, the entry into this dynamic market is expensive and failures are oftentimes irrecoverable.
 
The Internet of Things Is Out of this World—A Globecomm Perspective, A Q&A with Julie McGowan, Senior Director, IoT and Wireless Sales, Globecomm
Search on Google for “Internet of Things” (IOT) and you will get more than 200 million hits. That’s no surprise. IoT is projected to grow from 15 billion connected devices in 2015 to 31 billion in 2020, according to HIS.
 
With an Eye to the Future—A NOORSAT Perspective, by Omar Shoter, Chief Executive Officer, NOORSAT
Since the firm’s establishment in 2004 as the first privately owned satellite service provider in the Arab World, NOORSAT has constantly strived to ensure that the firm offers their customers cutting edge, cost-effective services.
 
The Forrester Report: The Big Four Results... perhaps the hard times are over..., by Chris Forrester, Senior Contributor
The close of the month of July saw the satellite industry’s ‘Big Four’ operators (Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat and Telesat) declare their latest financials.
 
Collision — The Real Risks: A Space Data Association Perspective, by Dr. Mark Dickinson, Chairman, The Space Data Association (SDA)
The risk of collision in the geostationary arc is very real. In fact, recent studies have shown that the risk in orders of magnitude is higher than had been previously thought.
 
Rethinking Satellite Services: The Need For Simplicity, with Bill Marks, Kymeta Chief Commercial Officer, and Mark Rasmussen, Intelsat Vice President and General Manager, Mobility
Tackling the issue of simplification of the provisioning of satellite services brought these two subject-matter experts together to offer their thoughts to SatMagazine readers.
 
Innovation: The Changing Picture of Broadcast—A Newtec SatBroadcasting™ Perspective, by Hans Massart, Broadcast Market Director, Newtec
The broadcast market is an ever-shifting landscape and the way in which people consume content is changing at a rapid rate.
 
The Ever Increasing Use Of Satellite Broadcasting for Live Events: An ETL Systems SatBroadcasting™ Focus, by Andrew Bond, Sales and Marketing Director, ETL Systems

Broadcasters are under increasing pressure to provide a constant flow of content to viewers on a multitude of platforms. Breaking news and other live events need to be covered instantly — the industry is awash with talk of Over-The-Top (OTT) video — many are predicting the death of satellite broadcast. However, there are many reasons why that is simply not the case and, in fact, satellite broadcast has a highly positive future.
 
Innovation: Smallsat Autonomous Formation Flying—A Space Flight Laboratory of Toronto Focus, by Kevin P. Corbley
Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) of Toronto is on a mission to expand the utility of smallsats in a variety of commercial, government and research sectors.
 
Innovation: There’s Something Fishy Going On In Norway—A Bridge Technologies Focus, by Simen Frostad, Chaiman, Bridge Technologies
It’s not just TV networks that benefit from monitoring to ensure the delivery of high quality images: Norway’s aquaculture industry benefits from it too.
 
The Evolution of Uplink Amplifier Technology—A SpacePath Perspective, by Newton Burnett, Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder, Spacepath
To quote a slogan that has been effectively adopted by the UK Export Trade body, “Technology is great.”
 
Innovation: How Satellites Will Revolutonize 5G—An Arralis Perspective, by Mike Gleaves, Group CTO, Arralis
The next-generation of mobile communication, known as 5G, could easily be mistaken as a set standard that will shortly be introduced to offer even faster data and services to customers.
 
Innovation: Optical Communications Ground Network—A BridgeSat Perspective, by Joseph Campagna, Senior Vice President, Operations, BridgeSat Inc.
BridgeSat has broken ground on a global Optical Communications Ground Network (OCGN) that is ideally suited to meet the needs of upcoming LEO satellite operators.
 
The Future: Where Do Independent Teleports Fit In? An STN Perspective, by Tomaz Lovsin, Chief Technical Officer, STN
This is an era where rapid technological advancements are witnessed on an almost daily basis, a constant cycle of evolution in every part of our technological lives.
 
SatBroadcasting™: Encoder Enhancement Eases DVB-S2 Switch Over—A 2wcom Case in Point, by Anke Schneider, Sales PR & Marketing, 2wcom Systems GmbH, and Frédéric Bourgeais, Technical Director, SAS Radiou Alouette
In 2017, satellite transmissions are undergoing a monumental change — the switch over to the DVB-S2 standard — the technology is more open and is  designed to be interoperable with all of the current and future media protocols, no matter if satellite-based or IP-based — and 2wcom is working to ensure such switch overs are accomplished with aplomb.
 
Streaming Video — How It Works. A Vimond Media Solutions Focus, by Andreas Helland, Chief Commercial Officer, Vimond Media Solutions
The next-generation of mobile communication, known as 5G, could easily be mistaken as a set standard that will shortly be introduced to offer even faster data and services to customers.
 
Earth Observation via Smallsats — Major Moves: An Orbit Communications Overview, by Stav Gizunterman, Vice President R&D, Orbit Communications Systems
Today, more than ever before, Earth Observation (EO) has become an essential part of our daily lives.
 
The Future of Smallsat Antennas...A Roccor Perspective, by Chris Pearson, Vice President of Space Products, Roccor
The geo-communications and spaced-based remote sensing industries are being disrupted by a new generation of satellite constellations and their greatly expanding commercial communications capabilities, geospatial data availability, and defense signals intelligence architectures.
 
Innovation: Keeping the Rainforests of Guatemala Safe—An Astrosat Perspective, by Dan Ghatoray, Business and Innovation Analyst, Astrosat
The space perspective, proudly embedded in the ethos of the Scottish space technologies company Astrosat, is keeping watch on criminals halfway across the globe, providing those who protect vital rainforest systems with an ever-watchful eye in the sky.
 
Making Home Feel a Lot Closer for Expats Across Europe: A bobbles.tv Broadcasting Insight, by Arthur Kulbatzki, Chief Executive Officer, bobbles
An innovative service from bobbles media, based in Hamburg, Germany, relies on a unique combination of Direct-To-Home (DTH) satellite and Over-The-Top (OTT) to enable expats in Europe stay in touch with home.
 
Innovation: A Satellite Ground Station In a Box, A GateHouse Telecom Focus
Test and validation is crucial to ensure robust satellite communications (SATCOM) equipment, including user terminals, applications and solutions.
 
Innovation: Tackling the Waste Crime Wave — Space Super Sleuths; An Air and Space Evidence Focus, by Ray Purdy, Director, Air and Space Evidence
Air and Space Evidence, the world’s first Space Detective Agency, are initiating a new service using ‘spy in the sky’ satellite technologies to detect waste crime. This new service — called Waste from Space — is based on the company’s development of a semi-automated detection model that uses satellite data (and machine learning algorithms), which enables the company to offer an effective and commercially viable geospatial intelligence tool that can detect serious waste crime.
 
Is the Satellite Imagery World Ready to Welcome the Commercial World? A Black Sky Perspective, by Rakesh Narasimhan, Chief Operating Officer, Spaceflight Industries
The personal computer, Internet and mobile devices have had a dramatic impact on our lives and spurred significant new innovations since their introductions.
 
Advancements In Transportable Earth Stations: The Driving Forces Of Change—An AvL Technoloiges Perpsective, by Bryan Kerns, Director of Strategic Business Development, AvL Technologies
Do you remember watching TV before the existence of live, on-the-scene newscasts? This author doesn’t, anymore than teenagers remember communications before the Internet.
 
Understanding and Improving the ROI of VSAT Networks, by Robert Bell, Executive Director, World Teleport Association (WTA), and Juan C. Sanchez, CEO, Integrasys
Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) Networks provide an extremely valuable and much needed resource for an entire range of different applications, many of which would simply not be possible without VSATs, as they are operated in remote environments where no other connections are available.
 
A New Technology Contender for TWTAs? A Terrasat Perpsective, by Ron Merritt, Regional Vice President of Business Development for Euopre, Middle East and Africa, Terrasat Communications
Has the time come to consider GaN solid state Block Upconverters rather than TWTAs for higher power?
 
Innovation: Differentiation Through Performances—A Phasor Focus, by David Helfgott, Chief Executive Officer, Phasor
With the commercial launch of Phasor’s unique flat panel, Electronically Steered Antenna (ESA) rapidly approaching, the commercial, passenger mobile broadband services market is eager to learn more about how the antenna’s benefits can be reaped — the time has come to address the factors that set this technology apart from other offerings.
 
Innovation: Beam Hopping — The Next-Generation Satellite Technology; A SatixFy Spotlight, by Gil Shacham, SatixFy
How beam hopping enables the flexibility that is missing in the current generation of satellites and how this technology provides additional revenue opportunities for the next-generation of Ultra High Throughput Satellites (UHTS), that’s the focus of this article.
 
Bulking Up the Business Case for GEO-HTS: An NSR Analysis, by Blaine Curcio, Prinicpal Analyst, NSR Japan
The phrase High Throughput Satellite (HTS) can, at times, understate the extent to which HTS technology is indeed a great leap forward for SATCOM.
 
Innovation: Solar Array Success for SSL Implementation—A Space Systems Loral Focus, by Dr. Matteo Genna, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Product Strategy and Development, Space Systems Loral (SSL)
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and NASA recently tested a new type of solar array on the International Space Station (ISS).
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