Category Archive: Communications

Jan 13 2016

Hey, that’s the MUOS testing I did in Fort Bragg!!

US Navy Evaluation Of General Dynamics Mission Systems AN/PRC-155 Manpack Connects With MUOS. Instead of using this picture in the article: or this one: I think they should have used this one: But maybe they wanted to downplay the male supermodel approach. Hmmmm….probably a good call on their part…

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Dec 21 2015

Live-blogging the ORBCOMM-2 SpaceX Launch and Booster Recovery

Alrighty…here we go. Just got home from work. All times Pacific. I’ve got a good feeling about today’s events. Just sayin’… CONGRATS TO SpaceX!! I wonder how close they got to the center of the landing pad? Time Event/Observations 1750 SpaceX Webcast signing off. 1748 Next 2 ORBCOMM satellites deployed — there they go. It’s …

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Dec 19 2015

FINALLY!!

SpaceX Completes Hot Fire Test, Eyes NET Sunday Night for Falcon-9 Return to Flight. Originally scheduled for 16 December, the static hot fire test occurred last night around 4:09pm Pacific after two previous attempts were aborted. The ORBCOMM launch is now scheduled for Sunday with a launch window between 5 and 6pm Sunday, though that …

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Dec 18 2015

NSR’s Polar Satellite Market analysis

POLAR SATELLITE MARKETS. The synopsis doesn’t give much detail, and I don’t have $4000 in loose change to buy the report, but this is an area of interest of mine, so it’s worth a link. Here’s the one graphic they provide: I personally think that we’re at Peak Interest right now for Polar capabilities. As …

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Dec 04 2015

MUOS-4 passes on-orbit testing

US Navy Accepts 4th LM-Built MUOS Satellite for Secure Communications Network. Next is On-Orbit System Validation and then Operational Testing. So far so good for MUOS-4. Related articles: MUOS-4 Completes On-Orbit Testing Ahead of Operational Acceptance Next Spring An Acceptance Of The Lockheed Martin Built MUOS-4 Satellite By The U.S. Navy

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Nov 24 2015

Notes from Webinar — The HTS Revolution: Are you ready to take advantage?

Listened in on a great presentation on the GEO-HTS market hosted by Gilat Satellite Networks. The facilitators were Jose Del Rosario, Research Director, Northern Sky Research and Doreet Oren, Director Product Marketing, Gilat Satellite Networks. HTS = High Throughput Satellites (in case you missed it.) The Agenda included: GEO=HTS Landscape Supply & Demand GS arch …

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Nov 18 2015

JNEM and MUOS play well together

Joint Radio Network Manager Supports Next Generation Military Satellite Comms. For MUOS, this is a BIG DEAL. Without JNEM, there would be no way for MUOS radio profiles to be provisioned to the warfighter without conflicting with other software radio waveform profiles. In the near term, the first dismounted radio to be used with the …

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Nov 18 2015

Given that my DSL connection sucks…

ViaSat Unveils Fastest Home Satellite Internet Service in the U.S. with the New Exede WiFi Modem and a 25 Mbps Plan. ViaSat’s a local company, as well. Exede is their ViaSat-1 broadband service, and 25 Mbps is a far cry better than my 300 kbps typical speed. There are certain sacrifices that one expects to …

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Oct 28 2015

Color me underwhelmed

What do you think when you see an article like this? Scientists have developed a communication solution that can allow orbiting space station in outer space to maintain uninterrupted contact with robots working on the surface of a planet. I immediately clicked on it. How do you communicate with a robot that’s out of line-of-sight …

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Oct 20 2015

SpaceX swaps ORBCOMM launch with SES

SpaceX Changes Its Falcon 9 Rocket Return-to-Flight Plans. Doing the ORBCOMM mission first, with a delivery only to LEO, will allow an on-orbit test of the new second-stage engine, which will therefore (assuming a successful test) reduce the risk to the SES-9 launch to GEO afterwards. SES wanted SES-9 to launch no later than September, …

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Oct 15 2015

EXCELLENT analysis by Northern Sky Research

NSR’s Analysts Answer Questions Regarding Small (Sexy) Satellite Constellations…Why Now? This is so chockfull of great nuggets of insight that it’s hard to know where to start! This is definitely a must-read article. The questions their analysts attempt to answer are “The investments flowing into LEO constellations today are in the $B (billions). Why is …

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Oct 12 2015

Ukraine is not the only OpArea in which Russia is misbehaving

Reader Vic Moberg sent this to me over the weekend: You might find this article on potential on-orbit space mines of interest: Russian Satellite Maneuvers, Silence Worry Intelsat .Of course it could be a “jumpseat” mission. This is certainly an interesting development. I lean more towards “jumpseat” as opposed to space mine because the Russians …

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Oct 07 2015

GEO SATCOM industry takes a hit

A Poor Harvest For Satellite Manufacturers, An NSR Examination. Outstanding analysis by Northern Sky Research. Basically, GEO SATCOM contracts are down 39% this year compared to the 5 year average. NSR points to three reasons why this has occurred: The rising importance of Export Credit Agencies (ECA). The death of the EX/IM bank has not …

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Oct 05 2015

If only…

Demand For In-Flight Broadband Is Sky High, According To New Inmarsat Survey: 80 percent of those surveyed would use in-flight Wi-Fi if given the opportunity 67 percent of passenger users across all age groups would be willing to pay for the service, rising to 69 percent of 18 to 44 year olds More than four …

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Oct 05 2015

200 Mbps from a CubeSat

Big Plans for Small Satellites: Testing Laser Communications, Formation Flying. This is an extraordinary accomplishment if they can get it to work. First, getting the power needed for laser communications requires a pretty robust panel system, probably better than any that has flown on a CubeSat before. Second, the precision needed for flying and orienting …

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Oct 02 2015

Gotta give credit where credit is due

100% Success as ULA Delivers 100th Mission Safely to Orbit. This is the 9th of 15 planned launches for ULA this year. The countdown was put on hold temporarily because a boat had wandered into the range — how incredibly frustrating!!! Fortunately, the launch was able to continue after the boat cleared the area. 100 …

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Sep 30 2015

NSR publishes Satellite Operator Finance analysis

SATELLITE OPERATOR FINANCIAL ANALYSIS, 5th EDITION for $4195. In the summary, this was a pretty graphic: Venture capital flooded this industry all year long, so it’ll be interesting to see how much that impacts this industry in the near future.

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Sep 29 2015

Hmmm…this triggers a thought

exactEarth Launches Advanced Equatorial AIS Satellite. Here’s the sales pitch disguised as editorial comment: Equipping fishing fleets and other small vessels with these inexpensive, satellite-enabled class B AIS transceivers is an important element of the fisheries management strategy for countries in this region to combat the very significant illegal fishing problem and to improve their …

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Sep 23 2015

Is the end near for Intelsat?

Intelsat Has Had A Terrible Week … Selling Assets To Pay Debt. With $14 billion in debt, it would certainly seem to be circling the drain. Hard to see how it can pay its debt down substantially when they only make about $3 billion in revenue each year. Intelsat has had a terrible week, with …

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Sep 15 2015

Lockheed upgrades their A2100 bus

Changing Requirements? No Problem, The A2100 Satellite Is Now Reprogrammable In-Flight. This seems like a pretty big deal. Of all the satellite buses out there, I’m most familiar with the A2100 (MUOS, Milstar), and to be able to reprogram it on the fly to change frequencies is a major change. Satellites outfitted with Lockheed Martin’s …

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