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News Article | February 28, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

Remote Satellite Systems International has just been notified of the Award for the State of California CALNET 3 IFB C, Category 10.1, for Satellite – Voice contract. CALNET 3 is the state’s multi-billion dollar procurement to provide services to state agencies. While the company has already provided satellite voice and data solutions to agencies such as the Department of Emergency Management San Francisco, CalFire and the US Customs and Border Patrol, this award will help them expand services across the state. Located in Santa Rosa California, Remote Satellite Systems International has been supporting state agencies with portable emergency satellite solutions for 15 plus years. At the time of its inception, satellite communications technology was far more complicated. With heavier equipment and more expensive technology, service providers needed patience, knowledgeable staff, and a high degree of technical expertise. That skillset has carried Remote Satellite Systems through the modern era. Today, they provide a two-pronged approach to satellite communications through both equipment sales and hands-on consulting services, giving clients a “complete solution” for their needs. Modern satellite communications systems offer several benefits: they provide complete coverage without service gaps, ensuring that communication is possible even in remote locations or during natural disasters. This makes the technology especially appropriate for use in government, as it can help ensure that state employees are always within reach. With Remote Satellite Systems International now approved as a CALNET3 contractor, their satellite voice services are available to agencies and departments across state and local government.


News Article | December 8, 2016
Site: motherboard.vice.com

It's finally here; the moment we've all been waiting for. On Thursday, NASA set up official GIPHY and Pinterest accounts, thereby flooding the internet with high-quality space porn. Say goodbye to productivity, and welcome the new, improved, and gifable cosmos. NASA's presence on social sites like GIPHY and Pinterest is crucial for public outreach, sure, but it also offers a way for space science to get in on the power of memeification. GIFS are practically their own kinetic language at this point, and by becoming fluent, NASA has tapped into the internet's insatiable appetite for dank memes. The next time I want to describe TFW or feel the need to SMDH about something, it's good to know the world's leading spaceflight agency has my back. READ MORE: The Unstoppable Social Power of the GIF There are currently 462 files on the agency's GIPHY page, which offers a great range of space content, rocket launches, animated models, concept art, and celebratory moments in NASA's history. We rounded up our ten favorite clips and went all Buzzfeed with the captions. Enjoy. Jupiter: Still gorgeous AF at 4.5 billion years old. TFW you think you pulled off a photogenic expression for the camera, but in the final picture, you look insane. There's nothing like debuting a new move on the dancefloor. Strut your stuff, Mars InSight. To the tune of "2 Become 1" by the Spice Girls. This Spirit Mars rover operator is the NASA edition of Jim Halpert (or Tim Canterbury for BBC purists). This balloon experiment, which NASA used to teach students about Newtonian physics, is the most adorable version of daring mighty things we have ever seen. Panda sneezes have gone viral. Why not comet sneezes? This concept animation of the deployment sequence of Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite Systems (CYGNSS) makes the list because of its reminiscence to Darth Vader's Lambda-class T-4a shuttle. Also, it kind of looks like the spacecraft is pulling an orbital version of this guy: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ *Record scratch* *Freeze frame* Yup, that's me—the Horsehead Nebula. So, you're probably wondering how I got myself into this situation… TFW Earth is a fragile blue oasis in the midst of a vast, inhospitable universe. Get six of our favorite Motherboard stories every day by signing up for our newsletter.


News Article | February 20, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kacific Broadband Satellites Pte Ltd (Kacific) today announced that it has ordered its Kacific-1 satellite from The Boeing Company (Boeing) based on the 702 satellite platform. This condominium satellite will be shared with JCSAT-18, ordered by SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation. Kacific closed a US$147 million financing round in late 2016 with a mix of equity, debt and customer prepayments which covers the purchase of the satellite, launch service, ground systems and all other project costs. To secure this funding, Kacific has signed 15 managed bandwidth wholesale agreements in 14 different countries for a total value of US$434 million. Kacific-1 is designed to deliver uncontended broadband throughput via 57 Ka-band narrow beams, each having a capacity up to 1.25Gbps, with the highest signal power ever achieved in the region. The beams are selectively tailored to cover precise pockets of demand in a geographically dispersed footprint of 20 Pacific and South East Asian nations. Strategic positioning of the beams has enabled Kacific to sell capacity in 51 out of 57 beams so far, through take-or-pay contracts, with most beams exceeding 70 percent firm capacity bookings and several being almost saturated. Kacific selected the Boeing 702 because it is a reliable High Throughput Satellite platform delivering strong economics and a consistent high-quality connectivity across all service beams. “Boeing is pleased Kacific has chosen our flight-proven scalable 702 satellite for its next-generation broadband satellite service,” said Mark Spiwak, president of Boeing Satellite Systems International. “The capability and performance of the Boeing 702 satellite will enable Kacific to meet increasing demands for connectivity in the Asia-Pacific region, reaching new and underserved markets with reliable and cost-effective satellite internet services.” “We do pure play broadband. We focus on direct-to-premise. We precisely place capacity where it is most needed,” said Christian Patouraux, Kacific CEO. “This will yield price points that will unleash internet participation and usage. With the launch of Kacific-1, in 2019, people in areas currently lacking affordable high speed internet will be able to access online education, healthcare and public services, and grow their local economies. Delivering internet speeds over 100 Mbps on low cost, small form factor terminals, will help connect the dots of South East Asia and the Pacific to the digital world.”


Alliance Welcomes CenturyLink, Edgeware, Harmonic, NCTA and Western Digital Corp. as New Members FREMONT, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 9, 2017) - The Streaming Video Alliance (the Alliance), an industry forum comprised of leading companies from the online video ecosystem, today convenes at Ericsson in Santa Clara for its first quarterly member meeting of 2017. Highlights from today's event include a keynote address from Ericsson executives and the welcoming of new Principal Members, NCTA, Harmonic and Western Digital Corp., and new Supporting Members, CenturyLink and Edgeware. Today's meeting will feature keynotes by Ericsson TV & Media Strategy organization executives including Vice President, David Price; Vice President of Technology, Raj Nair; and Senior Advisor of Consumer Insights ConsumerLab, Anders Erlandsson. The meeting will also include a general member session and a networking reception. "It's a critical time in the online video industry for technology companies to work together and collaborate on best practices, guidelines, requirements and specifications," said Jason Thibeault, Executive Director of the Streaming Video Alliance. "The Alliance is more focused than ever to develop processes and interoperability that will enable anyone to put together a high-quality, consistent streaming experience -- we're thrilled with our continued growth and progress." As part of the meeting, members will break out into multiple Alliance Working Group sessions to progress on a broad range of important streaming topics. These Working Group sessions include: The Working and Study Groups are at the heart of the Alliance, where a focus on important streaming video issues allows a diverse group of streaming experts to reach agreement on best practices, requirements, specifications and proposed standards. The cross-industry collaboration that these Working Groups foster will also help define an open streaming architecture that will promote the continued growth of online video. Earlier this month, the Alliance announced that trials based on recently approved Open Caching Request Routing and HTTPS Delegation Technical Specification have started. The trials are the first implementation by Alliance member companies of open caching systems that incorporate the specification for request routing in ISP networks to optimize delivery and ensure superior Quality of Experience for live and on-demand video streaming. Participants in the Open Caching Trials include Charter Communications, Limelight Networks, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Qwilt, Verizon, Viacom, ViaSat and Yahoo. The companies, mostly members of the Alliance's Open Caching Working Group, will conduct a range of use cases during the trials, including live and on-demand streaming video traffic over HTTP and HTTPS. The participating companies will report trial results to the Open Caching Working Group. The Alliance will continue to assess new topics and, as warranted, activate new working groups to further advance the organization's agenda. Members of the Alliance include companies from across the streaming video ecosystem: network operators, technology providers, service providers and content owners. Current members are: Adobe, Arris, Cedexis, CenturyLink, Charter Communications, Ciena, Cisco Systems, Comcast, Concurrent, Conviva, Edgeware, Encompass TV, Ericsson, FOX Networks, Harmonic, Hughes Satellite Systems, IBM, IneoQuest, Intel, Irdeto, Level 3 Communications, Liberty Global, Limelight Networks, MediaMelon, MLBAM, Mobolize, NBCUniversal, NCTA, NeuLion, Nice People at Work, Nokia, OWNZONES, Qwilt, Sky, System73, Telecom Italia, Telstra, ViaPlay, ViaSat Inc., Verimatrix, Verizon, Vubiquity, Western Digital Corp., Wowza Media Systems and Yahoo. For more information on today's Alliance meeting, the Working Groups or to inquire about becoming a member, visit www.streamingvideoalliance.org. About the Streaming Video Alliance Founded in 2014, the Streaming Video Alliance's charter is to encourage deeper collaboration across the entire online video ecosystem, which will include the development of standards and best practices for an open architecture that will operate across the entire online video value chain. The Alliance is currently focused on identifying issues and solutions related to open architecture, quality of experience, and interoperability. For more information, please visit www.streamingvideoalliance.org.


News Article | November 14, 2016
Site: www.marketwired.com

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - November 14, 2016) - C-COM Satellite Systems Inc., (TSX VENTURE: CMI) a leading global provider of mobile auto-deploying satellite antenna systems, announced today that it has been named by the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) as one of the year's 20 most innovative Canadian publicly listed technology companies. The CIX Public Investors Top 20 is a unique ranking -- not based on share price or market cap -- and is designed to showcase Canada's hottest and most innovative public technology companies. The Top 20 businesses are chosen based on a number of key factors including: overall innovation, product/service offering, depth of management, market opportunity, and business model. "Congratulations to C-COM Satellite Systems, who joins this year's CIX Top 20 list of most innovative public tech companies," said Lauren Linton, Executive Director of CIX. "These companies are truly innovative in their industry and personify the potential Canada has to become a global innovation leader," Linton continued. "All of us at C-COM are pleased to have been selected as one of the most innovative technology companies in Canada by the Canadian Innovation Exchange," said Leslie Klein, President and CEO of C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. "The company continues to develop and enhance our existing product line and, in parallel, is working on advanced antenna products for the mobile market which have the potential to significantly change the way broadband communications is being delivered today. We sincerely appreciate this recognition," continued Klein. Organized by CIX and Stockhouse, CIX Public Investor Day will take place at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, on the afternoon of November 23rd, where C-COM will give a short presentation about the company, its existing products, how and where they are used, and the technologies under development. C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. is a leader in the development, manufacture and deployment of commercial grade mobile satellite-based technology for the delivery of two-way high-speed Internet, VoIP and Video services into vehicles. C-COM has developed a number of proprietary Mobile auto-deploying (iNetVu®) antennas that deliver broadband over satellite into vehicles while stationary virtually anywhere where one can drive. The iNetVu® Mobile antennas have also been adapted to be airline checkable and easily transportable. More than 7000 C-COM antennas have been deployed in 103 countries around the world in vertical markets such as Oil & Gas Exploration, Military Communications, Disaster Management, SNG, Emergency Communications, Cellular Backhaul, Telemedicine, Mobile Banking, and others. The Company's satellite-based products are known worldwide for their high quality, reliability and cost-effectiveness. C-COM is also involved in the design and development of a new generation of Ka-band (communications on the move) antennas, which will deliver satellite broadband solutions into vehicles while in motion. More information is available at: www.c-comsat.com iNetVu® is a registered trademark of C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. The Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) is a showcase for great Canadian innovation while catalyzing strategic relationships and transactions across this dynamic sector. Its objective is to bring together the key leaders and protagonists of technology-based innovation in order to learn from each other and to showcase and celebrate the tremendous innovative products, services and technologies that exist today and are providing the fuel for our economy to grow. The CIX is over three days CIX FinTECH on Nov 21, Canadian Innovation Exchange on Nov 22 and CIX Public Investor Day on November 23d. With over 1 Million unique visitors a month, Stockhouse.com is Canada's most popular small-cap investor community featuring significant editorial coverage and analysis on the technology sector. Stockhouse members and visitors are active, affluent and risk oriented investors who utilize the site to discover new investment opportunities and make successful stock buying decisions. Technology companies use The Stockhouse Deal Room to introduce their private placement financings to new qualified online investors. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.


News Article | February 17, 2017
Site: marketersmedia.com

Wiseguyreports.Com Adds “Maritime VSAT -Market Demand, Growth, Opportunities and analysis of Top Key Player Forecast to 2022” To Its Research Database This report studies sales (consumption) of Maritime VSAT in Global market, especially in United States, China, Europe and Japan, focuses on top players in these regions/countries, with sales, price, revenue and market share for each player in these regions, covering Market Segment by Regions, this report splits Global into several key Regions, with sales (consumption), revenue, market share and growth rate of Maritime VSAT in these regions, from 2011 to 2021 (forecast), like Split by product Types, with sales, revenue, price and gross margin, market share and growth rate of each type, can be divided into High Throughput Satellites L-Band KU-Band C-Band Other Split by applications, this report focuses on sales, market share and growth rate of Maritime VSAT in each application, can be divided into Military Civilian Global Maritime VSAT Sales Market Report 2017 1 Maritime VSAT Overview 1.1 Product Overview and Scope of Maritime VSAT 1.2 Classification of Maritime VSAT 1.2.1 High Throughput Satellites 1.2.2 L-Band 1.2.3 KU-Band 1.2.4 C-Band 1.2.5 Other 1.3 Application of Maritime VSAT 1.3.1 Military 1.3.2 Civilian 1.4 Maritime VSAT Market by Regions 1.4.1 United States Status and Prospect (2012-2022) 1.4.2 China Status and Prospect (2012-2022) 1.4.3 Europe Status and Prospect (2012-2022) 1.4.4 Japan Status and Prospect (2012-2022) 1.4.5 Southeast Asia Status and Prospect (2012-2022) 1.4.6 India Status and Prospect (2012-2022) 1.5 Global Market Size (Value and Volume) of Maritime VSAT (2012-2022) 1.5.1 Global Maritime VSAT Sales and Growth Rate (2012-2022) 1.5.2 Global Maritime VSAT Revenue and Growth Rate (2012-2022) 9 Global Maritime VSAT Manufacturers Analysis 9.1 Harris CapRock Communications 9.1.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 9.1.2 Maritime VSAT Product Type, Application and Specification 9.1.2.1 Product A 9.1.2.2 Product B 9.1.3 Harris CapRock Communications Maritime VSAT Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 9.1.4 Main Business/Business Overview 9.2 Hughes Satellite Systems 9.2.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 9.2.2 Maritime VSAT Product Type, Application and Specification 9.2.2.1 Product A 9.2.2.2 Product B 9.2.3 Hughes Satellite Systems Maritime VSAT Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 9.2.4 Main Business/Business Overview 9.3 Inmarsat 9.3.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 9.3.2 Maritime VSAT Product Type, Application and Specification 9.3.2.1 Product A 9.3.2.2 Product B 9.3.3 Inmarsat Maritime VSAT Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 9.3.4 Main Business/Business Overview 9.4 KVH Industries 9.4.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 9.4.2 Maritime VSAT Product Type, Application and Specification 9.4.2.1 Product A 9.4.2.2 Product B 9.4.3 KVH Industries Maritime VSAT Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 9.4.4 Main Business/Business Overview 9.5 RigNet 9.5.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 9.5.2 Maritime VSAT Product Type, Application and Specification 9.5.2.1 Product A 9.5.2.2 Product B 9.5.3 RigNet Maritime VSAT Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 9.5.4 Main Business/Business Overview 9.6 ViaSat 9.6.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 9.6.2 Maritime VSAT Product Type, Application and Specification 9.6.2.1 Product A 9.6.2.2 Product B 9.6.3 ViaSat Maritime VSAT Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 9.6.4 Main Business/Business Overview 9.7 VT IDirect 9.7.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 9.7.2 Maritime VSAT Product Type, Application and Specification 9.7.2.1 Product A 9.7.2.2 Product B 9.7.3 VT IDirect Maritime VSAT Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 9.7.4 Main Business/Business Overview 9.8 EMC 9.8.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 9.8.2 Maritime VSAT Product Type, Application and Specification 9.8.2.1 Product A 9.8.2.2 Product B 9.8.3 EMC Maritime VSAT Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 9.8.4 Main Business/Business Overview 9.9 Comtech Telecommunications 9.9.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 9.9.2 Maritime VSAT Product Type, Application and Specification 9.9.2.1 Product A 9.9.2.2 Product B 9.9.3 Comtech Telecommunications Maritime VSAT Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 9.9.4 Main Business/Business Overview 9.10 Vizada 9.10.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 9.10.2 Maritime VSAT Product Type, Application and Specification 9.10.2.1 Product A 9.10.2.2 Product B 9.10.3 Vizada Maritime VSAT Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 9.10.4 Main Business/Business Overview 9.11 MTN Satellite Communications 9.12 Eutelsat 9.13 OmniAccess 9.14 Imtech Marine 9.15 SpeedCast 9.16 Telespazi For more information, please visit https://www.wiseguyreports.com/sample-request/967752-global-maritime-vsat-sales-market-report-2017


News Article | March 2, 2017
Site: spaceref.biz

Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic are pleased to announce Virgin Orbit, a new commercial space company, and the appointment of Dan Hart as the first President of the newly created company. Virgin Orbit will offer flexible, routine and low cost launch services for small satellites via the LauncherOne system. Virgin Orbit's activities were previously conducted as a division of Virgin Galactic. Dan Hart joins Virgin Orbit after a distinguished 34 years at Boeing, where he was responsible for all of the company's satellite programs for the US government and several allied countries. As Boeing's Vice President of Government Satellite Systems, he led efforts in all phases of the aerospace product life cycle, from R&D through development, production and flight operations, and has supported numerous space launch missions across human spaceflight, satellite development, launch vehicle development, and missile defense. Virgin Orbit is headquartered in a state-of-the-art 180,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Long Beach, California, and employs a world class team of more than 200 experienced aerospace professionals. Its vehicles include the LauncherOne rocket and its 747-400 flying launch pad, dubbed Cosmic Girl. The LauncherOne service already has a substantial order book, including both commercial and government customers. Virgin Orbit is the third company in Virgin Group's commercial space portfolio, Galactic Ventures, led by CEO George T. Whitesides and owned by the Virgin Group and Aabar Investments PJS. The three companies are developing world-leading aerospace products and services in the following categories, each contributing to their shared vision of opening space to change the world for good. * Virgin Galactic: human spaceflight, based in Mojave, CA during flight test and commercial service in New Mexico's Spaceport America. * The Spaceship Company: design, manufacturing, and testing of aerospace vehicles. Headquartered in Mojave, CA. The announcements come as the LauncherOne small satellite launch system is in advanced phase of hardware testing for every subsystem and major component of the vehicle-having already conducted long duration, full thrust firings of both of LauncherOne's engines, cryogenic tank tests, and hardware-in-the-loop testing of the vehicle's avionics. Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson: "It has been my longheld dream to open access to space to change the world for good. We have been striving to do that by manufacturing vehicles of the future, enabling the small satellite revolution, and preparing commercial space flight for many more humans to reach space and see our home planet. I'm thrilled that our small satellite launch service has now progressed to the point it merits the formation of its own company, Virgin Orbit, and a new president in Dan with decades of deep experience and success in a broad variety of space programs." Galactic Ventures CEO George T. Whitesides: "Virgin Orbit will lead the world in responsive, affordable, dedicated launch for small satellites. Our new organizational structure positions each Virgin space company to achieve its full potential while remaining true to our shared purpose of opening space to all. It is a testament to the Virgin Orbit team that we start this chapter with our newest space company led by an exceptional individual like Dan." Virgin Orbit President Dan Hart: "The Virgin Galactic team has been boldly blazing the trail in a rapidly evolving space industry and I am thrilled to join the team. In 34 years at Boeing, I've had the honor to work on some of the most iconic and successful space programs in history including the Space Shuttle, the Delta launch program and satellite systems that have connected the world and protected our nation. Along the way, I've been privileged to work alongside incredibly talented engineers and industry leaders who have contributed to my own approach to innovation in space systems. The perfect next challenge is to lead Virgin Orbit's entrepreneurial team through a transformative time for not only Virgin Orbit but also the industry. To me, the Virgin brand is about making life on Earth better, and we are going to fulfill that purpose by accessing Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to connect billions of people and enabling valuable applications of data from space through Virgin Orbit's flexible, affordable, and reliable launch service." Virgin Orbit will provide dedicated, responsive, and affordable launch services for small satellites. Founded by Sir Richard Branson and owned by the Virgin Group and Aabar Investments PJS, Virgin Orbit and its sister companies-Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company-are opening access to space to change the world for good. To launch the small satellite revolution, Virgin Orbit is developing LauncherOne, a flexible launch service for commercial and government-built satellites. LauncherOne rockets are designed and manufactured in Long Beach, California, and will be air-launched from a dedicated 747-400 carrier aircraft capable of operating from many locations in order to best serve each customer's needs. Virgin Orbit's systems are currently in an advanced stage of testing, with initial orbital launches expected soon. To learn more or to apply to join Virgin Orbit's talented and growing team, visit virginorbit.com. Virgin Galactic is the world's first commercial spaceline. Founded by Sir Richard Branson and owned by the Virgin Group and Aabar Investments PJS, Virgin Galactic and its sister companies-Virgin Orbit and The Spaceship Company--are opening access to space to change the world for good. Virgin Galactic is developing reliable, affordable, and frequent services both for human spaceflight and satellite launch. To revolutionize human spaceflight, Virgin Galactic is testing the SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity, a reusable space launch system. The number of customers who paid to reserve places to fly on SpaceShipTwo is already greater than the total number of humans who have ever been to space throughout history. SpaceShipTwo and its carrier aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo, are manufactured and tested in Mojave, California by Virgin Galactic's manufacturing wing, The Spaceship Company. Commercial operations will be based in New Mexico at Spaceport America, the world's first purpose-built commercial spaceport. To learn more or to apply to join Virgin Galactic's talented and growing team, visit virgingalactic.com. The Spaceship Company is Virgin Galactic's wholly owned space-system manufacturing organization. Headquartered at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, it is building and testing a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft and SpaceShipTwo reusable spaceships that, together, form Virgin Galactic's human spaceflight system. Like many Virgin companies across the world, its team of over 330 talented and dedicated engineers, technicians and professionals are drawn together by a willingness to disrupt and challenge the status quo and deliver innovative aerospace solutions to our customers' needs. The Spaceship Company's extensive capabilities encompass preliminary vehicle design and analysis, manufacturing, ground testing, flight testing and post-delivery support. To learn more or to apply to join The Spaceship Company's talented and growing team, visit thespaceshipcompany.com. Please follow SpaceRef on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.


News Article | February 27, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Space Communications has begun operating a new communications satellite, Amos-7, it said on Monday, a major milestone after it lost two satellites in the past two years. Amos-7 will replace the aging Amos-2 and provide service to clients in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. This was one of the tasks meant to be carried out by the Amos-6 satellite that was destroyed last September in Florida when a SpaceX launcher exploded. Spacecom had lost contact with another of its satellites in 2015. Amos-7 is the first addition to Spacecom's fleet since the Florida explosion. It has been in orbit since 2014 and was obtained in an agreement with Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings at a cost of $22 million a year for four years, with an option to extend for an additional year. "The satellite is a key element in expanding our multi-regional growth patterns and enhancing the array of communications – broadcast, broadband and data – that we can provide," said senior vice president of sales Jacob Keret. Spacecom has also announced it was buying a satellite from Boeing Satellite Systems International for $161 million. Israel's Eurocom Holdings owns 64 percent of Spacecom, whose shares were up 2.7 percent in afternoon trading in Tel Aviv but are down some 37 percent since Amos-6 was destroyed.


News Article | November 8, 2016
Site: www.marketwired.com

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - November 08, 2016) - C-COM Satellite Systems Inc., (TSX VENTURE: CMI) the leading global provider of mobile auto-deploying satellite antenna systems, announced today that it has developed a patent pending technology to be used with its next generation in-motion phased array antennas. This technology has been developed in partnership with the University of Waterloo under the guidance of Dr. Safieddin (Ali) Safavi-Naeini, director of the Centre for Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems (CIARS). The new method, under patent, for calibrating a phased array antenna, is expected to be used in low-profile two-way phased-array antenna systems for land-mobile satellite communications. "This newly invented technique provides a faster and much lower-cost calibration process which can be easily integrated with the phased-array system, thus eliminating costly system calibration during manufacturing (production phase)," said Dr. Safieddin Safavi-Naeini, a professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. "The main advantage of this method is that it significantly reduces the calibration time and enhances its accuracy," continued Dr. Safavi-Naeini. "Another remarkable advantage of this new patent pending design is hardware simplicity and its integration into the phased-array system - the entire calibration can be performed during system initialization in the field," continued Dr. Safavi-Naeini. "This new calibration solution can also extract critical geometrical parameters of the system and identify mechanical misalignment errors." "This novel method provides a very practical solution in terms of product reliability. Calibration can be performed in the field at any time without requiring the antenna to be shipped back to the equipment provider," said Bilal Awada, Chief Technology Officer of C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. "As a research-intensive institution, we encourage industry collaboration as a means to advance technology through a mutually-beneficial partnership," said Dave Dietz, Director of Research for the Faculty of Engineering. "Through the support of C-COM, Prof. Safavi-Naeini's research team continues to advance science and innovation in the field of satellite communications." "We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the University of Waterloo and support the research on this unique Ka-band in-motion antenna technology," said Leslie Klein, President and CEO of C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. is a leader in the development, manufacture and deployment of commercial grade mobile satellite-based technology for the delivery of two-way high-speed Internet, VoIP and Video services into vehicles. C-COM has developed a number of proprietary Mobile auto-deploying (iNetVu®) antennas that deliver broadband over satellite into vehicles while stationary virtually anywhere where one can drive. The iNetVu® Mobile antennas have also been adapted to be airline checkable and easily transportable. More than 7000 C-COM antennas have been deployed in 103 countries around the world in vertical markets such as Oil & Gas Exploration, Military Communications, Disaster Management, SNG, Emergency Communications, Cellular Backhaul, Telemedicine, Mobile Banking, and others. The Company's satellite-based products are known worldwide for their high quality, reliability and cost-effectiveness. C-COM is also involved in the design and development of a new generation of Ka-band (communications on the move) antennas, which will deliver satellite broadband solutions into vehicles while in motion. More information is available at: www.c-comsat.com iNetVu® is a registered trademark of C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.


MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 30, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) announced today the restructuring of its longstanding operations and maintenance relationship with Boeing.  Under the agreement, Iridium is expected to hire the majority of the Boeing team that currently supports Iridium by performing operations and maintenance on Iridium’s satellites, beginning January 3, 2017. In addition, Iridium will enter into a separate development services contract with Boeing.   This change comes as Iridium NEXT, the Company’s next-generation satellite constellation, nears its first launch and the start of the transition to a new Iridium® satellite constellation. Iridium will more directly manage its network and optimize operational expenses going forward, while the new development contract will dedicate key Boeing personnel to continue the design and growth required for bringing new services and capabilities into the Iridium NEXT era. “The Boeing operations team has been an incredibly vital group to Iridium since the year 2000, and we are excited to welcome them into the Iridium employee family,” said Matt Desch, chief executive officer at Iridium. “Many of them have been supporting Iridium since the launch of Iridium’s original network, and it is only fitting that they join Iridium as employees to ensure the successful operation, maintenance and development of our next-generation global network.” This group of individuals helped launch the world’s largest and only truly global commercial low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation, and played an integral role in maintaining its performance for nearly two decades, helping Iridium grow to nearly 840,000 subscribers. This team also has the most real-world experience in operating a commercial LEO constellation.  Additionally, they helped develop innovative ways to expand network capabilities over the years such as advancing functionality from voice to broadband and machine-to-machine (M2M) data services, ultimately creating new capabilities and services for partners. “This transition will help ensure a seamless continuation of ground and operational support, by both companies, for Iridium’s current and next-generation constellation,” said Mark Spiwak, president for Boeing Satellite Systems International. “Boeing is proud to have been central to Iridium’s operational success over the years and is pleased that we will continue to be a part of its future.” Affected Boeing employees currently working on operations and maintenance of the Iridium satellite constellation will be offered positions within Iridium and are expected to join Iridium as employees in January, timed to help usher the Company into this new chapter in its history with Iridium NEXT.  For more information about Iridium NEXT, please visit www.iridium.com. Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company has a major development program underway for its next-generation network — Iridium NEXT. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM. For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit www.iridium.com. Statements in this press release that are not purely historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company has based these statements on its current expectations and the information currently available to us. Forward-looking statements in this presentation include statements regarding the hiring of Boeing employees, and the timing for deployment, development and capabilities of the Iridium NEXT constellation. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the words “anticipates,” “may,” “can,” “believes,” “expects,” “projects,” “intends,” “likely,” “will,” “to be” and other expressions that are predictions or indicate future events, trends or prospects. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Iridium to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, uncertainties regarding the hiring and on-boarding of former Boeing employees, potential delays in the Iridium NEXT deployment, and the company’s ability to maintain the health, capacity and content of its satellite constellation, as well as general industry and economic conditions, and competitive, legal, governmental and technological factors. Other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements include those factors listed under the caption “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on February 25, 2016, as well as other filings Iridium makes with the SEC from time to time. There is no assurance that Iridium’s expectations will be realized. If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if Iridium's underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those expected, estimated or projected. Iridium's forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and Iridium undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements.

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