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UK Space Agency Allocates More Than $315 Million for European Space Programs – Satellite Today

ESA Ministerial Council meeting in Luxembourg. Photo: ESA [Via Satellite 12-16-2014] Based on negotiations at the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Ministerial Council in Luxembourg on Dec. 2, the U.K. Space Agency has decided on an extra investment worth more than $315 million into European space programs. Approximately $205 million is dedicated to satellite telecommunications programs.…

Global VSAT Forum Adds Five New Board Members – Satellite Today

Photo: Indi Samarajiva (Flickr) [Via Satellite 12-16-2014] The satellite communications industry has elected five new members to the Global VSAT Forum’s board of directors, bringing the total number of board members to seven. The newly elected members are Arabsat’s Yasir Hassan Michael and Intelsat’s DeMarco. Re-elected board members are Nancy Eskenazi of SES, Arunas Slekys…

STC Completes Satellite Hub Upgrade for Arabsat – Satellite Today

A digital rendering of Arabsat’s Badr 5 satellite. Photo: Airbus Defence and Space [Via Satellite 12-16-2014] Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) operator STC has finished the renewal and upgrade of the company’s satellite hub for Arabsat in Riyadh. Arabsat President and CEO Khalid Balkheyour said the multi-million dollar renewal enables reliable communications on the…

Intelsat Exec Highlights Opportunity in Latin America – Satellite Today

Carmen González-Sanfeliu, regional vice president of Latin America and Caribbean operations for Intelsat. Photo: Intelsat [Via Satellite 12-15-2014] On Oct. 16, Intelsat began the first of four consecutive satellite launches aimed at expanding services in Latin America where the company already dedicates a quarter of its fleet. In 2013, 16 percent of the company’s revenues…

Czech and Slovakian Public Broadcasters Trial Ultra-HD on SES Satellite – Satellite Today

Samsung Electronics shows off Ulra-HD TV to the Vienna State Opera. Photo: SamsungTomorrow (Flickr) [Via Satellite 12-15-2014] The public television broadcasters Ceska Televize (CT) of the Czech Republic and RTVS of Slovakia are collaborating with Czech digital infrastructure provider Ceske Radiokomunikace to test Ultra-HD broadcasts using SES’ Astra 3B satellite. SES recently joined the Ultra…

Thuraya Releases Entry-Level SatPhone: the Thuraya XT-LITE – Satellite Today

The Thuraya XT-LITE Satphone. Photo: Thuraya [Via Satellite 12-15-2014] Thuraya has announced the availability of a new satellite phone targeting casual, non-enterprise customers. The Thuraya XT-LITE can make phone calls and send SMS messages in satellite mode throughout Thuraya’s coverage, which extends to 160 countries. The satellite phone can connect people who work or travel…