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March 2nd, 2015
 
 
U.S.A.F.'s New SBIRS Ground System Successfully Integrated
Under the Increment 2 system, all operational control will be consolidated under one primary Mission Control Station (MCS) with a single backup control station.
 
U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft Regarding Appropriation Actions
"Unreliable funding jeopardizes aircraft, cutter and boat maintenance and operations."—Admiral Xukunft, U.S.C.G. Commandant.
 
SatBroadcasting™: Massachusetts Excise Tax: Tax on Video Programming Delivered by Satellite Was Not Discriminatory.
These satellite service providers believe this excise tax discriminates against interstate commerce by the way it only applies to video programming provided through satellite and not cable.
 
Interference Is A Big Deal In DC — Time To Delve Into Solutions
The groups will also be on hand during the exhibition to discuss satellite interference and ways to mitigate it.
 
SpaceX Launches Two Communications Satellites...Sparks A First...Fully Electrically Powered Xenon-Ion Thrusters
The xenon-ion propulsion engine harnesses magnetic fields instead of rocket fuel for propulsion.
 
Of SatBroadcasting™ Interest: HEVC Of A Time @ ABU DBS For MEASAT, Village Island and Aviindos
With the new DVB-S2X capabilities, the companies will transmit via satellite two (2) 4K video ('Ultra HD') services at 60 progressive frames per second.
 
Of SatBroadcasting™ Interest— NovelSat To Demo NovelSat NS4... DVB-S2 Standard Surpassed...
“As testing and fine tuning move forward, we expect even better efficiency from NovelSat NS4 when we release it later this year.”—Itzik Wulkan, CEO, NovelSat.
 
Final System Level Testing Now Set For Airbus D&S' LISA Pathfinder's Modules
LISA Pathfinder’s mission is to test a series of ultra-high precision technologies to be used on a later, and much larger project originally called LISA (Laser Interferometric Space Antenna), which is a gravitational wave observatory.
 
Series B Financing Acquired For Rocket Lab's Electron SmallSat Launch System
“With unprecedented economy, reliability, fuel efficiency and frequency, Electron is the transformational launch option that small satellite constellations need to usher in a new era of space colonization.”—David Cownan, Board of Directors' Member, RocketLab.
 
Runnin' On Down The Alaska Highway Networky With Gilat's CellEdge
RuralCom's networks will use Gilat's CellEdge 3G technology to provide satellite-based, high-speed mobile services in previously unserved rural areas of Canada.
 
Comtech EF Data's SATCOM Products Now Servicing The First O3b Networks' Customers
“The CDM-760 has been an enormous success within the trunking market. The same award winning modem can now be used on O3b."—Bob Hansen, CCO & Sr. V.P., Comtech EF Data.
 
SES' Keynote Presentation... Satellite Holds The Key To Unlock Architecture Of Future Networks + Accelerate Digitization
"Mobile players are facing enormous challenges and the risk that the evolution of network demand and usage lead to an unmanageable congestion..."
 
Newtec Technology Enables Nippon TV To Deliver World’s First DVB-S2X 256APSK Transmission 
The trial campaign saw Nippon TV transmit 5MHz bandwidth with a 256APSK carrier from a Satellite News Gathering (SNG) truck to the Superbird-B2 satellite.
 
Win the Opportunity to be Awarded a Magnum of Satellite Wine... @ The SSPI Gala In DC
The SSPI thanks SatNews and Siesta Estate Wines for producing this special magnum bearing the Mission Patch for the “Better Satellite World” campaign.
 
All Set For Mid-May, Space Tech Conference Is Getting Ready To Open The Doors In Long Beach, California
New to the agenda this year is the SmallSats Focus Day.
 
Double Play For PCI Geomatics—Live Demo Regarding DigitalGlobe's WorldView-3 and KazEOSat-1 Support
PCI Geomatics and Digital Globe will be presenting this joint webinar to demo the value of working with very high resolution, super spectral imagery.
 
Advanced Cargo Sensing System From I.D. Systems Garners U.S. Patent Office Allowance
The system is designed to improve cargo sensing accuracy, maximize device battery life, and provide loaded/unloaded data without the need for an external door sensor.
 
Two Major Conferences From SMi: 4th ISR 2015 Conference and MILSATCOM Asia Pacific
The London industry event will focus on all three types of ISR—Naval, Airborne, and Land. Click here for more information.
 
@ CMSE 2015 — Resistors and More For Space and Military Use From Vishay Intertechnology On Display
In booth B-3, Vishay will be displaying a wide variety of military-qualified resistors with established reliability.