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Roscosmos Makes Push for Sub-Meter Imagery Rules – Satellite Today

Novomoskovsk urban agglomeration as seen via satellite. Photo: Wikimedia Commons [Via Satellite 09-23-2014] The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) is spearheading a new initiative to lift bans in place on satellite imagery with less than 1-meter resolution. In a meeting held with President Vladimir Putin, the agency presented a draft resolution that would allow for…

Nok Air Completes First Connected Flight – Satellite Today

A Nok Air Boeing 737-800. Photo: Jakkrit Prasertwit/Wikimedia [Via Satellite 09-23-2014] Thailand-based Nok Air has conducted its first flight from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport to Phuket, Thailand using Ku-band satellite connectivity to provide 3G-like speeds for passengers. The service, provided through partnerships with Thaicom and Global Eagle Entertainment, is now fully operational. The three…

CSA Grants MDA Three R&D Contracts – Satellite Today

MDA Radarsat 2. Photo: MDA [Via Satellite 09-23-2014] The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has awarded MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) with three projects to apply satellite data to national interests: tracking ships, geo-hazard monitoring, and logging and deforestation. Under the agreement, MDA is tasked with evaluating the application of radar and optical imagery to accelerate…

Gilat Receives Order for Ku-band Terminals – Satellite Today

A Raysat Satcom On The Move (SOTM) Antenna. Photo: Gilat [Via Satellite 09-23-2014] Terabit Wave has ordered several Ku-band terminals from Gilat Satellite Networks for a Myanmar government agency. The purchases include a SkyEdge 2 hub and terminals with SatTrooper manpacks, Raysat Satcom-On-The-Move antennas, WaveStream Block UpConverters (BUCs) and the related modems. Terabit Wave’s government…

DirecTV to Begin 4K Broadcasts this Year – Satellite Today

An LG IPS curved Ultra HD TV. Photo: Maurizio Pesce (Flickr) [Via Satellite 09-18-2014] United States pay-TV giant DirecTV is actively looking into supporting Ultra-HD content in 2014, Michael White, chairman, president and CEO told investors at Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference. Despite being critical of the market potential of Ultra-HD in the past, he said…

Honeywell, Thales Partner on GX-based In-Flight Connectivity – Satellite Today

Airbus A350XWB seats. Photo: Airbus [Via Satellite 09-22-2014] Honeywell Aerospace has announced a collaborative initiative with Thales to create a joint In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) service using Ka-band Global Xpress (GX) capacity. The companies plan to integrate Honeywell JetWave hardware into Thales cabin network solutions, starting with the Airbus A350XWB and expanding to other aircraft. Honeywell…

Gazprom Space Systems Inks Agreement with iSat Africa – Satellite Today

iSAT Africa’s central Earth station for Yamal 402. Photo: Gazprom Space Systems [Via Satellite 09-22-104] Wananchi Group subsidiary iSAT Africa has entered a contract with Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) for capacity on the Yamal 402 satellite. Under the agreement, iSAT Africa will use the satellite’s southern beam for services in the Democratic Republic of Congo…

SingTel Appointed as Global Xpress VAR – Satellite Today

A SingTel Teleport. Photo: SingTel [Via Satellite 09-22-2014] Inmarsat has selected SingTel to serve as a Value Added Reseller for Global Xpress (GX) with an emphasis on Asian and African markets. Singtel will focus primarily on customers in energy and media, among other verticals. The companies will also collaborate on a wholesale, managed Ka-band service…

NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Enters Martian Orbit – Satellite Today

Members of the mission team at the Lockheed Martin Mission Support Area in Littleton, Colo., celebrate after successfully inserting NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft into orbit. Photo: NASA/Lockheed Martin [Via Satellite 09-22-2014] Following a 10-month interplanetary journey, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) research satellite has reached the Red Planet. Lockheed Martin, MAVEN’s manufacturer, and NASA’s…