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Will Software-Defined Satellites Take Off? - NSR Nov 2018
"... new architectures, multiple forms of heightened risk taking, and adoption of low or no heritage technologies. SES is pushing this process even further with proposals for a standard-build, software-defined satellite that could be purchased off the shelf for use in any orbital slot by any operator. Yet, with buy-in needed from both manufacturers and competing operators, will the idea take off?"

"The ability to change frequency bands, coverage areas, power allocation, and architecture (widebeam vs HTS, for example) on-demand, at any point in satellite lifetime, enables an operator to capture diverse markets. It can address new applications as they emerge, compensating if the initial target market falters, or more simply respond to a rebalancing of demand. Standard-build satellites also add flexibility to an operator’s fleet, making satellites interchangeable in the case of anomaly or shifting priorities."

"as is the case with any generalist/specialist tradeoff, a standard-build satellite will be able to address a broader overall array of demand but might not address individual markets as competitively as a tailored satellite."

"not only are standard-build/software-defined satellites on the table, but very high throughput satellites (e.g. ViaSat-3), smallsats in GEO (e.g. Astranis), condosats (e.g. GeoShare), blended GEO/MEO/LEO constellations, and in-orbit servicing and assembly, amid other budding ideas, are feasible pathways as well"

"While this cost and risk must be resolved, in principal standard-build satellites dovetail with what manufacturers have been considering for years: standardization as a way to cut costs and reduce production timelines."
SDR  NSR  satellites  SES  standards 
5 days ago by pierredv
Satellite antenna companies divided on near-term feasibility of cheap flat panels - SpaceNews.com Oct 2018
"Builders of satellite antennas disagree on whether flat panel antennas — widely considered a necessity for planned broadband megaconstellations — can be produced cheaply enough to address the mass consumer market in the near term. Antenna makers say so much enthusiasm exists for such antennas that sorting fact from wishful thinking among buyer expectations and seller claims has become a difficulty all its own. "

"“We’ve all heard the crazy requests from some operators asking for millions of antennas for multiple hundreds of dollars,” said Drew Klein, director of international business development at C-Com Satellite Systems, a company that builds dish antennas and is working on a flat panel antenna with the University of Waterloo. Such prices are achievable “within the next decade” — and have to be, he said, in order to address new markets. "

"Some antenna companies, like Israel-based Gilat Satellite Networks, are focused first on building flat panel antennas for customers who are willing to pay higher prices than consumers. "

“I think we are a long ways away from seeing a consumer flat panel antenna in the couple-of-hundred-dollars price point, which is where it needs to be to compete with consumer terminals that we have today for [high-throughput] satellites,” said Andre Jones

"In the absence of commercial flat panel antennas, SES has been forced to rely on two dish antenna systems with mechanical steering to keep constant links with O3b satellites in 8,000-kilometer medium Earth orbits, but this approach is very expensive. "

"John Finney, Isotropic CEO, said his company is making progress on an antenna designed to fit within a $300 to $700 price range stipulated by OneWeb"

"Kymeta antennas are priced up to $39,000 today, though the company plans to drive those prices down to below $1,000 through volume."
satellite  antennas  SpaceNews  Phasor  SES  O3b  Kymeta  Isotropic  AvL  Gilat  C-Com 
26 days ago by pierredv
C-band Spectrum Reallocation: Too Lucrative to Ignore? - NSR Oct 2018
"While various countries have already implemented several measures to either purchase or forcefully take the band from satellite operators and auction off to telecom operators, the case in U.S. has been more uncertain until last year."

"The majority rights holders to 3.7-4.2 GHz of spectrum in the U.S. are Intelsat and SES, two major, global satellite operators in terms of in-orbit satellites and transponders leased. They account for almost ~90% of the U.S. C-band spectrum and service various cable customers across the U.S. for video distribution. However, with spectrum rights expected to expire in mid 2020s and YoY performance on the C-band U.S. business declining fast"

"with the new compression HEVC using DVB-S2X, almost all video distribution channels could fit in under 30% of Ku-band satellite capacity."
NSR  satellite  cellular  C-band  Intelsat  SES 
4 weeks ago by pierredv
Antenna builder ThinKom makes push for constellation market - SpaceNews.com Oct 2018
"ThinKom tested a phased array antenna with SES in August, practicing links with O3b satellites in medium Earth orbit as they rose over the horizon and then tracking them for 30 minutes each.

"Last month, ThinKom and Telesat announced plans to test an antenna with a Telesat prototype satellite in low Earth orbit (LEO) and to collaborate on business-grade terminals for Telesat’s planned 120-satellite LEO constellation. "

"The absence of such flat-panel antennas, as constellations start launching and high-throughput geostationary satellites grow in number, has satellite operators “all pretty much desperate to see somebody bring a solution to market,” according to Chris Quilty, president of Quilty Analytics. "

"ThinKom is best known for its ThinAir Ku3030 antennas that inflight connectivity provider Gogo builds into its 2Ku airplane Wi-Fi terminals. ... Bill Milroy, ThinKom’s chairman and chief technical officer, said his company intends to use the same phased array technology it has used for antennas on aircraft "

"SES is attempting to cultivate commercially viable flat-panel antennas for O3b mPower, its next-generation constellation, having contracted with Viasat, Alcan Systems and Isotropic Systems last year to build electronically steered antennas. "

"ThinKom’s approach differs from SES’s other three partners in that its antennas don’t use electronic steering, despite being relatively flat. The aeronautical antenna it is testing with SES is 20 centimeters thick and uses mechanical systems to track satellites. "

"Whereas a ThinKom antenna requires around half a second to switch satellites, an electronically steered antenna has the potential to switch in microseconds"

"ThinKom is targeting $10,000 for enterprise, or business-grade, terminals. ... For consumer terminals, ThinKom is targeting “sub-$1,000” prices."
ThinKom  SES  MEO  NGSO  satellite  antennas  Telesat  O3b  LEO 
4 weeks ago by pierredv
Insight-as-a-Service for Satellite Networks - NSR Sep 2018
"The terrestrial telecom industry is fast shifting towards 5G networks, with Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) forming key parts of major strategic efforts. This is seen in multiple market movements where organizations such as Verizon, AT&T and Ericsson have begun to shift towards adopting SDN/NFV approaches to manage increasingly complex networks. But what does this mean for satellite players, and how can they remain competitive?

With satellite operators beginning to unlock value behind pixels and bits, the industry is moving downstream towards a data-driven application business. Earth Observation (EO) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) / Internet-of-Things (IoT) satcom stand at an inflection point. While most of the opportunity will remain in the application layer, a parallel story is emerging in the network layer as well."

"NSR’s Big Data Analytics via Satellite, 2nd Edition report establishes the revenue potential for satellite big data lies largely in the Transportation, Gov/Mil and Energy markets."

"A major driving force of this growth is the increasing complexity of networks."

"... in late 2017, SES used dynamic bandwidth allocation based on SDN principles on its O3b fleet."
NSR  satellite  5G  SDN  NFV  EO  remote-sensing  M2M  IoT  market-research  SES  O3b 
7 weeks ago by pierredv
Enabling a GEO-NGEO Hybrid System - Northern Sky Research, Jul 2018
"The Military segment has, historically, primarily been served by GEO satellites for execution of critical applications, including intelligence gathering, navigation and communication. GEO systems, by nature, offer the advantage of significant coverage via a single satellite, especially with the advent of GEO-HTS satellites. On the other hand, latency and significant CAPEX have always been limitations of the GEO architecture. These drawbacks have given rise to the emerging trend of LEO and MEO constellations (NGEO) that can offer low latency and lower cost per satellite. However, constellations have their own set of constraints, with system complexity, ground infrastructure costs and frequency spectrum coordination, to name a few. Considering both, the shortcomings as well as the strengths of each system, could this perhaps be the start of an integration between GEO and LEO/MEO operators with a hybrid GEO-NGEO system on the rise? "

"Keeping the overall system costs low, however, is where it gets complex for NGEO framework. Although the manufacturing and launch costs per satellite are relatively lower, the need for a considerable number of satellites, the associated replenishment costs and the ground infrastructure expenses – all intensify the overall system cost."

"NSR estimates just over 1% of total revenues for gov/military will come from Non-GEO constellations by 2027."

"[TCO] is a key driver for NGEO constellations, military and otherwise, and is as well one of the biggest challenges for the operators presently. Simply put, either the expenses, mostly CAPEX, need to drop or the revenues need to grow for the business case to sustain. This is where a GEO-NGEO Hybrid architecture could prove pragmatic."

"Intelsat’s and OneWeb’s unsuccessful attempt towards a strategic alliance was one example of this hybrid system. GEO operators JSAT and Hispasat have similarly announced strategic investment in LEO constellations including LeoSat."

"Another level of integration, perhaps more technically innovative, and therefore challenging, is a system where GEO satellites can handle the TT&C operations for LEO constellations and act as the base station control system of the network."
NSR  GEO  NGSO  Intelsat  OneWeb  LeoSat  SES  O3b  satellite  constellations  military  DARPA  business  market-research 
july 2018 by pierredv
Satellite operators view antennas as weak link in broadband business plans - SpaceNews.com Jul 2018
"As new high-tech satellite antennas start hitting the market, several satellite operators expressed concern that existing and future antennas won’t meet their needs."

"Last year Kymeta, the front-runner in flat panel antennas, started shipping its first units. Phasor anticipates starting production of flat panel antennas late this year or in the first half of next year, CEO David Helfgott told SpaceNews by email July 6. And several other companies intend to follow in 2019.

[Imran Malik, SES Networks vice president for the Asia Pacific] said he is confident that flat panel antennas will help take satellite communications from niche applications to a mainstream means of connectivity. Others didn’t share his view, however. "

"“Flat panels are nice to have, but the main problem is the throughput that you can achieve,” said Ken Loke, Eutelsat Asia’s chief commercial officer.” It’s great for airplanes, great for trains, great for cars also, but the amount of data you can put through it is limited based on the uplink capability. And of course, the price point is probably $1,500 to $2,000 per [unit], the cheapest you can get.”

Loke said Eutelsat is able to provide 70-centimeter antennas systems, including the modem and other components, for around $350. "

"SES in March announced investments into three companies — Viasat, IsoTropic Systems and Alcan Systems — to build flat panel antennas compatible with its next-generation O3b mPower constellation. Malik said SES’s goals for mPower are “to reduce the cost per megabit by tenfold, reduce the cost per terminal by fivefold, and also increase the throughput by at least tenfold.”"
SpaceNews  antennas  satellite  SES 
july 2018 by pierredv
Intelsat's FCC Pipedream - Intelsat SA (NYSE:I) | Seeking Alpha, Paul Litchfield, June 2018
Via Rich Lee

"The Mobile NOW Act, passed in March of last year, instructed the FCC to make available at least 255MHz below the 6GHz frequency by the end of 2020, with a goal of making 500MHz available."

"You can see from these points that the satellite companies really do not have much to offer that is of value to the mobile companies or the FCC and thus their proposal is very unlikely to be accepted."

(p. 5)"SES investors have heeded their CEO's advice and built in only a very small premium for any potential FCC windfalls, in stark contrast to the gargantuan gains racked up by Intelsat."

(p. 5) "However, for the sake of argument, let’s assume that the satellite companies are somehow able to accomplish the herculean task of fixing all these six problems. They offer to vacate at least 300MHz of spectrum, they are able to trample the rights of the FS companies, they convince the FCC to act in a seemingly unfair, legally challengeable manner, they get all the other satellite companies on board and they manage to convince the mobile companies to pay for something that they don’t need (satellite service licenses) for time periods that are too short and for licenses that have already expired. In that case, how does this proposal look compared to the usual ways of vacating spectrum?"
Intelsat  investing  spectrum  5G  satellite  legislation  SeekingAlpha  SES  cellular 
june 2018 by pierredv
FCC Issues Inter-Satellite Data Relay Network License to Audacy; Non-GEO Market Access to O3b - Via Satellite - June 2018
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted a license to Audacy that authorizes the space communications company operate the world’s first commercial inter-satellite data relay network.

The data relay network will utilize two ground stations, in San Francisco and Singapore, as well as three Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites scheduled to launch in 2019. With this network, Audacy hopes the spectrum will be able to provide real-time downlink, continuous monitoring, and always-on command services to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) spacecraft.

Along with the Audacy license, the FCC has also granted O3b’s request to modify its existing U.S. market access grant by adding new non-geostationary satellites and new frequency bands to provide broadband communication services in the U.S.
ViaSatellite  Audacy  SES  O3b  FCC  NGSO  MEO 
june 2018 by pierredv
U.S. FCC Expands Market Access for SES O3b MEO Constellation | SES June 2018
"SES announced today that it has been granted, by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), authorization to serve the U.S. market using a significantly expanded O3b fleet in the Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)."

The FCC grant opens significant additional frequencies to SES for use in its non-geostationary (NGSO) constellation and enables it to deploy O3b mPOWER satellites into inclined and equatorial orbits, delivering full global pole-to-pole coverage. A total of 26 new O3b satellites are authorized, in addition to the 16 satellites already operational and in orbit. The grant allows SES to add 4 satellites to its existing O3b constellation, which are scheduled for launch next year, and provides the framework for SES to triple its next-generation O3b mPOWER fleet by giving U.S. market access for another 22 super-powered satellites, of which 7 are currently under construction and scheduled for launch starting in 2021.
SES  satellite  MEO  O3b  FCC  NGSO 
june 2018 by pierredv
US DOD Partners with SES to Secure O3b MEO Services - Via Satellite - Jun 2018
"SES, has signed a single-award Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) for Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), low-latency, High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services. The total amount of all orders placed against the BPA cannot exceed $516.7 million over a five-year period of performance from May 1 this year to April 30, 2023.

With this agreement, DOD customers will have the opportunity to access SES’ O3b MEO services worldwide. The BPA scope of work covers managed services, including HTS capacity and broadband services, gateway services, and monitoring and control services, as well as satellite terminals, field service representative support, training and terrestrial backhaul."
ViaSatellite  SES  O3b  DoD  MEO  HTS 
june 2018 by pierredv
SES Networks Announces Partnerships for Groundbreaking O3b mPOWER Customer Edge Terminals | SES
ALCAN is working to develop a smart antenna that is flat, low power, and has no mechanical moving parts. The antenna has electronic beam steering capability, which is implemented using liquid crystal (LC) panels that can be manufactured at low cost in LC display assembly lines;
Isotropic Systems is developing a low-cost, low power, unlimited instantaneous bandwidth, optical-based, multi-beam electronically steered terminal that can transmit and receive high bandwidth signals in the same modular and scalable aperture;
Viasat is designing and building an all-electronic dual-beam flat panel antenna system to meet the requirements of the O3b mPOWER next-generation MEO satellite fleet. The Viasat antenna is based on proprietary flat panel core technology, a new radio frequency (RF) integrated circuit and a modular approach that will enable multiple types of user terminals to keep pace with growing broadband connectivity demands.
SES  O3b  antennas  ALCAN  IsotropicSystems  Viasat 
may 2018 by pierredv
Telesat comes out against C-band proposal, girds for spectrum fight - SpaceNews.com May 2018
"Fleet operator Telesat, originally undecided about a joint-use spectrum plan put forward by Intelsat, Intel and SES, is turning against the plan because of how participants would be compensated."

“As it stands, unless we can be persuaded that these proceeds are in fact going to be distributed in an equitable way, we are going to oppose this and will oppose it vigorously,” Goldberg said during a May 3 earnings call.

"Telesat’s biggest growth initiative is the preparation of a constellation of 117 low-Earth orbiting satellites for high-speed global broadband services. The first, a prototype from Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, is in orbit to test technologies and service provision ahead of a larger constellation. Goldberg declined to estimate the total cost of the constellation, ..."

"Even with those resources, Goldberg said Telesat will likely need additional investors or partners to realize the constellation."
SpaceNews  Telesat  satellite  Intelsat  Intel  SES  NGSO  LEO  commerce 
may 2018 by pierredv
Megaconstellations: Recipe for Disaster or Biggest Opportunity Yet? | Via Satellite, April 2018
"within this enthusiasm for large, powerful LEO constellations and the applications they’ll deliver, the voices of caution are growing louder, tempering much of the fervor around pushing fleets of fresh satellites into the skies. Some of the biggest concerns orbit around the topic of space debris"

"Since 2014, space industry consulting firm Northern Sky Research (NSR) has tracked $2.1 billion in investments for broadband megaconstellations (such as LeoSat and OneWeb), plus an additional $1.5 billion in SpaceX. Additionally, since 2016, NSR has tracked $23.7 million invested in satellite Internet of Things (IOT) startups. "

"Over the last several years, the company has spent more than $3 billion on a massive undertaking — refreshing the company’s existing fleet of satellites with a new constellation known as Iridium Next, an architecture consisting of 66 small, interconnected mobile satellites (plus nine on-orbit spares and six ground spares), which will reportedly cover 100 percent of the Earth’s surface, including oceans and polar regions. "

"One of the younger companies in this space, LeoSat Enterprises, is positioning itself as filling the space between traditional satellite and fiber-optic networks."

"But while LEO possesses latency advantages, Steve Collar [SES O3b mPower] says the cost of deployment is too prohibitive. SES plans to launch seven next-generation MEO satellites in 2021"

"The University of Southampton's debris simulation model, Debris Analysis and Monitoring Architecture to the GEO Environment (DAMAGE), offers scientists a glimpse of the worst-case scenario — whereupon a hypothetical large constellation operator disregards existing space debris mitigation guidelines, leading to series of collisions."

"While international guidelines currently recommend that operators remove spacecraft from LEO within 25 years of the end of the life of the spacecraft, Holger Krag [ESA's Space Debris Office] reportedly told attendees at 2017’s European Conference on Space Debris that only 60 percent of operators actually do that."

"a growing number of startups whose business case is based on their power to mitigate debris [e.g. Singapore-based Astroscale] raised $25 million [in 2017, for a] total raise to $53 million"
orbital-debris  ViaSatellite  LEO  satellite  space  LeoSat  Iridium  IoT  SES  NSR  investing 
march 2018 by pierredv
March 2018 - LEO/MEO Satellites Poised to Make a Mark in Military Sector | Via Satellite
"Satellites in LEO and MEO soon will be here to stay thanks to companies like LeoSat, OneWeb, and SES-owned O3b. The question is whether they also can go beyond meeting the needs of commercial and consumer users to also serving the needs of a dispersed, increasingly mobile military. Via Satellite talks to leading LEO and MEO industry figures to see how they envision their constellations supporting military missions globally in a fast-evolving threat environment."

"The United States Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) recent Request for Information (RFI) calling for a low-latency satellite connectivity solution underscores the government’s openness for considering new non-Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) solutions. And that cooperative posture also has been illustrated during the Air Force’s wideband Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) exercise to define the future space architecture, where several LEO and MEO companies put forth their recommendations."

"LeoSat is on schedule to launch two demonstration satellites in the second half of 2019. Launch of the production satellites will begin in late 2020 and the constellation should be complete by 2022." LeoSat's Abad: “We are not looking to bring broadband down to every single person in the world. We want to provide carrier-grade telecommunications services via space.”

"Both LeoSat and OneWeb have received high-profile funding — SKY Perfect JSAT became an anchor investor in LeoSat in May, while OneWeb received $1 billion from Japan’s SoftBank last December, making it a 20 percent equity owner. OneWeb also has partnered with Airbus on its new high-volume production facility in Exploration Park, Florida."

“What needs to change is the ground infrastructure — you can’t build a LEO constellation realistically with two parabolic antennas and expect to reach the scale and volume that these providers talk about,” says Brad Grady, senior analyst in Northern Sky Research’s (NSR)

"NSR estimates that the defense sector will require about 14 gigabits per second of non-GEO HTS capacity demand by 2025, representing an 18 percent annual growth rate from 2015."

“Everyone has figured out that the critical point in launching these new constellations is the antenna system. You can’t have a successful non-GEO network without a very agile, very capable antenna technology,” says David Helfgott, CEO of Phasor, one of a handful of antenna technology providers who will plan to offer Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTS) antenna solutions for these up-and-coming constellations in the next 12 to 36 months.
ViaSatellite  LEO  MEO  ElectronicallySteerableAntenna  Phasor  satellite  defense  DoD  SES  NSR  LeoSat  OneWeb  venturecapital  VC  investing  antennas 
march 2018 by pierredv
Satellite companies propose C-band sharing plan with US mobile operators | PolicyTracker: Feb 2018
“Asked whether moving out of the band will give satellite operators a monetary windfall, [SES chief strategy and development officer] De Hauwer declined to speculate about the size or precise use of any such compensation. However, he said, satellite service providers in space and on the ground have invested billions in the C-band over the decades, and any change to that ecosystem is complex and expensive.”

“If the satellite companies don’t do anything, the FCC might allocate the spectrum under less favourable terms and without any compensation, said Telecom, Media and Finance Associates satellite consultant Tim Farrar. The possibility of receiving billions of dollars for moving out of the band is attractive because the satellite industry isn’t a rapidly growing one and a windfall would be welcome, he said.”

“If the FCC goes along with the SES/Intelsat plan, controversy could flare around who ends up with the 100 MHz of satellite spectrum, Farrar said. He noted in a blog post that wireless operators Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile put forward divergent views on reallocation mechanisms in comments to the regulator’s consultation on expanding flexible use in mid-band spectrum between 3.7 GHz and 24 GHz. Verizon called for a near-term notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) with market-based clearance mechanisms rather than an auction. AT&T asked for “substantial record development, including additional analysis and modeling” before the launch of an NPRM, while T-Mobile said the agency should reject the Intelsat proposal and auction the spectrum.”
PolicyTracker  satellite  C-band  SES  Verizon  AT&T  T-Mobile  Tim-Farrar 
february 2018 by pierredv
Why the Market is Ready for On-Orbit Satellite Servicing - Via Satellite - Feb 2018
"Although the technology driving in-orbit satellite servicing has existed for decades, only now has the market evolved to a point where it is economically feasible as a business. According to a panel of experts at a Washington Space Business Roundtable (WSBR) discussion on Feb. 12, the convergence of lower launch costs and shifting priorities for Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite operators has made the idea of in-orbit servicing more commercially viable than in past years."

"Tim Deaver, vice president of development for SES Government Solutions, pointed to the dropping cost of satellite capacity as a critical element of the shift. As the industry experiences a downturn in the price of bandwidth (and thus, the revenue any one satellite generates), operators are brainstorming new ways to make the most out of their aging assets, he said."

"The proposition seems to be most valuable and attractive to operators of GEO satellites. Such spacecraft are among the most expensive to manufacture and launch, but the majority are also able to operate well beyond their 15-year design lives. The only reason they are usually decommissioned, said Anderson, is because they run out of fuel. If refueling is an option — and if it’s both safe and reasonably priced — then it’s financially sound to squeeze a bit more revenue out of the asset."

"Currently, Orbital ATK’s refueling spacecraft is compatible with about 80 percent of satellites operating in GEO, Anderson said. "
ViaSatellite  satellite  space  satellite-servicing  in-orbit-servicing  SES  OrbitalATK 
february 2018 by pierredv
Sabbagh: SES is a “Lonely Voice” in the Industry | Via Satellite, Jan 2018
SES was the talk of World Satellite Business Week (WSBW) late last year when it announced a major new strategic initiative, mPower, through O3b. SES has contracted with Boeing Satellite Systems, to build seven super-powered Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites. The constellation will have 30,000 fully-shapeable and steerable beams that can be shifted and switched in real time to align with customers’ quickly changing growth opportunities.

... You have to remember that O3b was initially designed to provide very high throughput to a small number of clients each with very high bandwidth requirements. The evolution we were looking for was one where we could further advance the throughput performance while achieving greater flexibility and scalability on the bandwidth in order to serve and empower a much larger market.

... The first seven satellites of the new system will bring multi-terabits of productivity. We can scale this up as we add new assets into the constellation.

VIA SATELLITE: Has the industry been slow to change?

Sabbagh: The answer is yes, and it is the predicament of every industry where there is a well-established playbook that yields rich economic returns.
ViaSatellite  interview  SES  satellite  O3b  MEO  NGSO 
january 2018 by pierredv
Orbital ATK lands second Intelsat satellite servicing deal - SpaceNews.com Jan 2018
"Orbital ATK almost two years ago struck a groundbreaking deal with Intelsat to add years of service life to an aging communications satellite. The companies on Thursday announced they are solidifying their partnership with a second contract to service another satellite."

"The first MEV should be up and running in 2019, extending the life of the Intelsat-901 satellite for five years. The MEV-2 is expected to be in service by mid-2020 on a five-year mission."

"Once the 4,500-pound vehicle reaches orbit, it will dock with the similarly-sized Intelsat-901 in a “graveyard” orbit about 300 miles above the geostationary arc to conduct tests and make sure everything works before the satellite is put back to work in a yet-to-be stated orbital slot."

"Orbital ATK’s main competitor in this sector, Maxar Technologies’ SSL division, is also developing space robotic servicing vehicles for NASA and for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. ... Maxar has a contract with fleet operator SES to provide on-orbit life extension of a satellite using RSGS. ... In contrast to the SSL vehicles, Orbital ATK’s MEVs lock with satellites and take over propulsive movements, rather than refuel the original spacecraft."
OrbitalATK  Intelsat  satellite  MEV  Maxar  NASA  SES  SpaceNews  satellite-servicing  in-orbit-servicing 
january 2018 by pierredv
Big Four Satellite Operators Banking on Long-Term Strategies - Via Satellite - Oct 2017
Intelsat, Eutelsat, SES and Iridium each released their financial results for the third quarter this week. Check out a quick summary of how they fared below.
ViaSatellite  Intelsat  Eutelsat  SES  Iridium 
october 2017 by pierredv
That Time When Intelsat, Inmarsat and SES Joined to Defend Spectrum - From our Archive - Via Satellite -Via Satellite
"In 2007, Via Satellite awarded its Satellite Executive of the Year honors to three leading spectrum executives from operators Intelsat, Inmarsat and SES for crafting a unified message that helped preserve C-band spectrum access for the industry. Ten years later, Intelsat and Intel have made waves with a joint FCC proposition that opens the door to sharing C-band spectrum with mobile operators. Looking back to our 2007 SEOTY award winners explains some of the history behind the strong response to the proposal."

"The satellite industry’s use of C-band spectrum faced a serious threat in 2007, but a well-organized effort involving satellite players around the globe fended off terrestrial companies seeking a foothold in the band."

"The scope and complexity of this effort involved representatives from companies around the globe, and the task of keeping the different satellite-related companies unified in their message and organized through the months leading up to WRC-07 and throughout the meeting was a gargantuan one."

"We were aware of the WRC agenda item since WRC-03. However, the responsibility for this issue had been placed in ITU Working Group 8F, which was dominated by supporters of IMT."

"It has been a wake-up call in the sense that the message is now loud and clear — we are fighting for spectrum in competition with emerging terrestrial wireless services, both to keep our existing operations intact as well as to grow our own new services including mobile and broadband."
ViaSatellite  Intelsat  Inmarsat  SES  satellite  history  C-band  IMT  WRC-07  cellular  lobbying  ITU 
october 2017 by pierredv
SES Wins Multiple Government Contracts for MEO Capacity - Via Satellite - Oct 2017
"By the end of 2017, SES GS will be delivering nearly 4 Gigabits per second of managed O3b services supporting 13 sites globally to customers ranging from the Department of Defense (DOD) to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)."
SatelliteToday  SES  O3b  MEO  DOD  NOAA  satellite 
october 2017 by pierredv
Mobile operators push for liberalisation of 2 GHz MSS spectrum — PolicyTracker: the spectrum management newsletter
"In the search for more spectrum for wireless broadband services, some European mobile operators have focused on the as-yet-unused 2.1 GHz mobile satellite spectrum (MSS) band. Regulators have so far only considered the possibility of withdrawing current MSS licences and reallocating the band to terrestrial uses, but that neglects the potential market-oriented approach of liberalising the band and letting MSS operators deal directly with terrestrial providers, as the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has done, some operators say. One satellite operator disagrees. " From SFR chief frequency officer Thomas Welter: “It's a question of timing,” said Welter. “We just came out of the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz auctions, refarming of 1800 MHz spectrum is possible, plus the 700 MHz band is being discussed. There is no immediate need to acquire new spectrum."
SES  RSPG  satellite  Solaris  Mobile  Inmarsat  PolicyTracker  DISH  LightSquared  MSS  SFR 
august 2013 by pierredv

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