April 2014 Edition
Executive Spotlight: David Bettinger, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering, iDirect
Mr. Bettinger joined iDirect as the Director of Hardware Engineering in 1996 and acquired the responsibility of all hardware and software development as the firm’s Vice President of Engineering in 2002.
Top Mobile Satellite Trends To Watch... The View From Thuraya, By Rashid Baba, Director of Product Management, Thuraya
The global satellite industry has been undergoing significant transformations over the past few years, paced by the blurring of lines between consumer and satellite technology.
Executive Spotlight: Andrew Loretta, Director of Business Development, Government + Maritime Services, ORBCOMM
Andrew is the Director of Business Development for ORBCOMM’s Government and Maritime Services. Over the last 10+ years, Mr. Loretta has been involved in developing and implementing terrestrial- and satellite-based remote asset tracking solutions for the maritime industry, serving in Sales, Product Management, and Operations roles in support of marine-based Automatic Identification System, Long Range Identification & Tracking as well as Silent Ship Alarm Systems solutions.
SatBroadcasting™: 2014, A Year Of Change For Satellite Operators, By Chris Forrester, Senior Contributor
This year is proving to one of profound change for the world’s major satellite operators. For example, Telesat of Canada is just one of many smaller operators potentially up for sale while there are major changes in store for Intelsat, SES of Luxembourg and Eutelsat of Paris.
Long-Term, Remote Monitoring Of Satellite Performance Using USB Power Sensors, By Sook Hua Wong, Agilent Technologies
Satellite communication systems are driven by demands for increased data rates. Many satellite communication systems operate at microwave frequencies, such as X-, Ku- and Ka-bands, which help support a wider modulation bandwidth, increase capacity, and enable the use of smaller antennas. The increase in bandwidth, coupled with high operating frequencies, creates significant challenges for RF engineers who are testing a satellite system, module or component.
Small Cell Over Satellite: Connecting Rural Areas Cost , By Doreet Oren, Director, Product Marketing, Gilat Satellite Networks
There’s an untapped market niche that mobile operators have not been paying enough attention to: the millions of currently unserved, potential rural customers worldwide, who clamor for cellular voice and data broadband connectivity in areas with no communication infrastructure availability.
Satellite Scaffolding: Form + Function, By Jos Heyman, Senior Contributor
Unlike motor vehicles and aircraft, satellites do not lend themselves well to mass production manufacturing due to the specific focus of an individual satellite’s purpose.
Careers: Overcoming “Candidate Polishing”, By Bert Sadtler, Senior Contributor
Today, companies must re-assess their talent needs in order to remain competitive and drive growth. The satellite communications industry faces challenges but remains ripe with opportunities. Great talent can make a huge impact. Employers need to get it right and make a “great hire.”
Using SkyTrac’s Satellite Technology To Track Aircraft Positions, By Brian O’Flynn, Vice President of Sales, SkyTrac Systems Ltd.
Recent media focus on aircraft tracking technology underscores significant gaps in traditional approaches (radar, transponder, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), and radio communication). These technologies, or combinations of them, are typically used by the scheduled commercial air transport sector. The gaps are particularly relevant when tracking aircraft in remote areas where traditional tracking infrastructure can be limited, for instance outside radar coverage.
NSR Analysis: Satellite Backhaul + Trunking Are Capacity Driven Markets, By Jose Del Rosario, Research Director, NSR Manilat
Within its recently released Broadband Satellite Markets 12th Edition study, NSR undertook an assessment of key global trends in the interrelated satellite backhaul and trunking markets.
Naval Research Laboratory Models The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, By Kyra Wiens, Naval Research Laboratory
Dr. Jason Jolliff is an oceanographer with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). “The emphasis here,” he said, “is on developing models of the ocean environment to help the naval warfighter.” His most recent paper, published in the March of 2014 Ocean Modeling magazine, reveals that NRL can also forecast where oil will go following a major spill.
The 30th Space Symposium—Government’s Best Bargain Ever, By Elliot Pulham, Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer
The key metrics we track for our annual Space Symposium are looking better than ever. We are sold out of exhibit space, ahead of plan in sponsorships, ahead of forecast in advance registrations and have confirmed our largest number of speakers ever.
Euroconsult Analysis: How Will Future HTS Satellites Impact Maritime Telecommunications?, By Capucine Fargier, Consultant, Euroconsult
The maritime SATCOM market has seen tremendous changes over the past ten years, notably with the introduction and growth of maritime VSAT services in C- and Ku-band that allowed for higher throughput and therefore a range of new, previously unthinkable IT applications at sea.