February 2008 Edition
The American Satellite Market
North American Satellite Market Leads in New Applications ,
Reducing the Cost and Complexity of Managing Satellite-based Networks,
LaserCom For Better SatCom,
Laser beams could soon become a viable alternative to radio waves for the transmission of large quantities of data over long distances through space. High data rates combined with little power consumption and low payload weight make laser communication terminals particularly interesting for application on-board satellites, space telescopes and scientific space probes. The first satellites equipped with laser communication terminals are already orbiting the Earth and more will follow in the coming years.
Crystal Balling the Transformed World of Ka-Band Broadband Services, Reprinted, with permission, from Northern Sky Research (NSR)s Industry Status Briefing
The word Mark Dankberg used on 8 January in describing the impact on ViaSat of their announcement of the new Viasat-1 satellite was transformational. In many ways, Viasat-1 has the potential to remake the company from a manufacturer of specialized satellite and wireless communications equipment to that of an infrastructure business that owns the underlying technological asset that gives rise to a large array of services, from consumer satellite broadband to mobile to video services possible.
Eye On Europe, Arqiva - Ready For Expansion!
Arqiva, amongst other assets, operates the United Kingdoms largest Earth Station portfolio. A handful of years ago, the company itself was up for sale and was eventually acquired by Australian financial interests headed by Macquarie. Arquiva has since mopped up rivals and new businesses at an impressive rate. Its latest toy is operating much of the uplinking for the UKs embryonic Freesat rival to BSkyBs Sky Digital pay-TV operation.
The Dragon Lives!,
A few months ago, NASA approved the critical design review (CDR) for the initial flight of the companys Dragon spacecraft on the Falcon 9 rocket booster. F9/Dragon is intended to provide crew and cargo service to the International Space Station (ISS) after the Space Shuttle retires in 2010passing this review was no small matter.
An Auspicious Start To The New Year,
This election year, there is yet another interesting twist affecting indeed, infecting telecom policymaking and legislative oversight that has not been present in prior election years (at least not in recent meaning 50+ years) memory. Specifically, Chairman Martins management style and leadership of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has invited such criticism and vitriol that it has become the hallmark, indeed the symbol, of the Bush Administration.
Executive Spotlight On... Gary Hatch, President and CEO, ATCi
Antenna Technology Communications, inc., known as ACTi, is a private company based in Chandler, Arizona that was started in 1990. Gary Hatch, the companys President and CEO, has analyzed the satcom and electronic media industries since 1981. Gary has extensive domestic and international experience in satcom, cable TV, broadband, telephone, Internet and the broadcast entertainment industries.
Executive Spotlight On... Stuart Daughtridge, Executive Vice President, Commercial Division
As executive team availability at Integral Systems can be intensely guarded, due to the press of business, obtaining the time necessary to converse with Stuart Daughtridge was quite momentous.
Stuart Daughtridge Interview Addendum, Providing the BIG Picture for Satellite Systems
Over the past decade, there has been a significant increase in the use of enterprise solution software to monitor, analyze, and improve business operations for various applications and corporations. Applied appropriately, these business process management (BPM) tools offer an effective way to visualize an organizations activities and improve operational efficiency.
Executive Spotlight On... Tristan Wood, Managing Director, Livewire Digital Ltd
Tristan Wood is the Managing Director for the firm and is a specialist in communications and video distribution products for use over both satellite and terrestrial links. Tristan founded Livewire Digital in 1991 and he established healthy relationships with Inmarsat and other satellite service providers. His expertise covers maritime computer network installations that included security and communication solutions for maritime voice, live and store forward video as well as data comms.
An Event of MENA Proportions,
The Middle East often claims the media headlines. Recently this has, in part, been due to escalating oil prices, which pushes the GDP of the regions oil producers sky-high. Even before the most recent oil-price gushers, Middle Eastern countries were realizing an average annual GDP growth of almost 6 percent. This level of economic expansion is well reflected in, and partly facilitated by, growth in the size of national telecom markets across the region.
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The History of Satellites, (Ongoing Series)
During the late 1950s and early 1960s, the relative merits of passive and active communication satellites were often discussed. Passive satellites merely reflect incident radiation, whereas active satellites have equipment that receives, processes (may be only amplification and frequency translation, or may include additional operations), and retransmits incident radiation.
Featured Satellite, SES AMERICOM AMC-21 Satellite
Mid-year, AMERICOM-21, known as AMC-21, should launch. The spacecraft, being built by Alcatel Alenia Space, incorporates Orbital Sciences STAR-2 satellite bus. The lift-off will be via an Ariane 5 rocket from Europes Spaceport located in French Guiana.
Extracurricular Activity, SatPuzzle
Do you believe youre the smartest individual to grace the satellite community since Arthur C. Clarke? Try your synapses on this satPuzzle
Whether you use a satellite or cellular connection, or even a VoIP telephone system, faxing becomes a substantive issue. If you remained near your office fax machine and counted how many times a day coworkers use the item, you would quite quickly realize faxing is not an endangered activity its not going to go away in the near future.