Category Archive: Communications

Sep 04 2015

Very interesting analysis of commercial SATCOM

Why Revenue Per Bit Is The “Fill Rate” Of The HTS World… NSR Examines… Commercial SATCOM is not my forte’, which is why I think that NSR’s analysis is interesting. It’s only a few paragraphs long so it’s worth going over and reading it yourself, but in summary (and I’m doing this mostly for myself …

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Sep 04 2015

If it’s free, it’s me!

Satnews Publishers is offering their Maritime SATCOM guide for free. If you are at all interested in Maritime SATCOM, this is a must-read. Table of Contents: That was then…and this is Now The Future Of Maritime SATCOM SATCOM Bandwidth at Sea SATCOM Equipment at Sea Maritime SATCOM Regulations Maritime SATCOM Terminology Calendar of Events for …

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Sep 02 2015

MUOS Antarctic testing

Vic Moberg is a MUOS teammate who supports the program office, and he sends a link to an article about MUOS Antarctic testing. Members of the team were able to catch a ride with the 62nd Airlift Wing which was responsible for Operation Deep Freeze, the annual resupply mission of the National Science Foundation (NSF), …

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Sep 02 2015

MUOS-4 launches

If you’re interested in the entire ULA launch broadcast, here it is: No, I didn’t live blog it — I needed my beauty rest! Related articles: ULA Atlas V launches with fourth MUOS spacecraft ULA Successfully Launches the US Navy’s Mobile User Objective System-4 Command Performance: LM-Built MUOS-4 Secure Communications Satellite Responding Normally To Ground …

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Aug 31 2015

MUOS launch scrubbed until Wednesday

Per the ULA launch website: Rocket/Payload: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 will launch the U.S. Navy’s fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-4) satellite, built by Lockheed Martin. Date/Site/Launch Time: Wednesday, Sept. 2, from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The 44-minute launch window opens at 5:59 a.m. EDT. Webcast: …

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Aug 28 2015

First Proton launch since failure on May 15th a success

Russia Launches First Proton Rocket Since May Accident. It carried an INMARSAT satellite.

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Aug 26 2015

MUOS-4 ready for launch

Navy’s MUOS-4 Hoisted Atop ULA’s Most Powerful Atlas Rocket for Launch Next Week. Yeah…I may have to live-blog this. The launch window opens up at 3:07am Pacific, which means I’d have to get up around 2 O’clock. Let’s just for now that I’d like to live-blog the MUOS-launch, but I’m not going to guarantee it. …

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Aug 21 2015

Arianespace’s 7th launch of the year

Ariane 5 conducts dual launch of Eutelsat 8 West B and Intelsat 34. The launch was at 1:34pm Pacific time yesterday, after a brief technical delay. Related articles: Off Through The Wild Blue Arianespace Chalks-Up A Successful Mission Number 81 … Deploys EUTELSAT 8 West B + Intelsat 34 Airbus Defence And Space Proudly Hails …

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Aug 18 2015

And speaking of MUOS

Navy’s MUOS-4 Encapsulated for Launch on ULA’s Most Powerful Atlas-V Rocket Aug. 31. Might just have to live-blog that.

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Aug 18 2015

FSS market report

Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) Market in North America 2015-2019. They predict the market will grow slightly over the next 4 years (0.76% CAGR), which I find interesting…Broadband customer requirements are only going to increase, but perhaps with new entries into the market (OneView, etc) competition will keep costs down. Key Vendors Eutelsat Communications Intelsat SES …

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Aug 17 2015

MUOS testing

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Well, drove up to Virginia for the weekend to visit my sisters and their families and just had a blast, including catching more fish than anybody else on Saturday. Unfortunately, my sisters live across the street from each other in a connectivity black hole — they still have dial-up for Pete’s sake! Got back to …

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Aug 10 2015

More MUOS testing

Back in Fort Bragg the next two weeks for MUOS TECHEVAL testing. I should be able to keep up with blogging, though today’s traveling made it difficult. Should be up in a few hours to blog normally for Tuesday.

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Aug 03 2015

AEHF achieves IOC

Advanced Extremely High Frequency system achieves IOC, Initial Operational Capability, on 28 July. It’s the follow-on system to Milstar, of which I was the Navy’s Operational Test Director, so I always have an interest in the EHF systems. Currently, 3 of 6 satellites are up. After the 6th launch and after testing, the constellation will …

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Jul 26 2015

Back from MUOS testing

I spent the past week testing MUOS communications in Fort Bragg, NC. Funny story: about 8 years ago, Margaret Robbie (the godmother of Navy SATCOM testing) and I were planning all the Technical Evaluation (TECHEVAL) testing for MUOS after launch. TECHEVAL 1 (after the first launch) was easy peasey, but TECHEVAL 2…that would be a …

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Jul 24 2015

WGS-7 on orbit

Boeing WGS-7 Satellite to Provide Military with 17 Percent More Bandwidth. ULA Successfully Launches WGS-7. Congrats to Boeing, ULA, and the US Air Force! Delta IV Using Upgraded RS-68A Engine Launches Advanced USAF WGS-7 Satcom. The RS-68A has 39K more thrust than the RS-68, for a total of 705K of thrust. And if you need …

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Jul 23 2015

WGS-7 launch scrubbed

Scrub-A-Dub-Dub… ULA’s Launch Of Air Force’s WGS-7 Postponed due to weather and predicted high winds. New launch time is today at 5:07pm (Pacific), and will have a 39 minute window. Launch will be from Cape Canaveral. WGS satellites are important elements of a new high-capacity satellite communications system providing enhanced communications capabilities to America’s troops …

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Jul 23 2015

Making communications a SNaP

Future Army Nanosatellites to Empower Soldiers. This is right up my ally, since I’m very familiar with military SATCOM in general, and UHF SATCOM in particular. It says that they’ll use existing UHF SATCOM radios, but because SNaP will be a LEO constellation and UHF satellites are in GEO, they’ll have to use different antennae. …

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Jul 13 2015

Not sure this is new, but OK

All Set To Revolutionize The Telecoms Market… ESA, Eutelsat + Airbus Defence & Space Sign On For New Satellite Design. For the first time, it will enable users to request the performance and flexibility they need in terms of coverage, bandwidth, power and frequency. The satellites developed under the Quantum umbrella will be cheaper and …

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Jul 01 2015

OneWeb raises $500 million in investment capital

Satellite-Internet Company Raises $500 Million for Huge Constellation. Most significantly, Intelsat is one of their investors. Intelsat and OneWeb both plan to operate in the Ku-band, which could cause interference issues. Now that they’re working together, OneWeb and Intelsat can compliment each other instead of competing against each other. The advantage for OneWeb is substantial. …

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Jun 30 2015

MUOS 4 ready for August launch

4th LM-Built MUOS Secure Communications Satellite Shipped For August Launch. Exciting times for my MUOS brethren, for sure. While the word I’m getting behind the scenes isn’t quite a rosy as the link suggests, overall I’d say the constellation is a success. Now if only the radio population can catch up with it… ——————- And …

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