Mobile Satellite Users Association December 19, 2016
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President's Message
Catherine A. Melquist 


The below infographic, provided by MSUA partner Euroconsult, gives a snapshot understanding of the commercial satellite value chain.  This illustration was taken from a recent report that combines key trends and indicators on supply and demand from Euroconsult's 2016 reports complemented by additional dedicated research on the commercial satellite business providing a comprehensive understanding of the commercial satellite value chain. To follow is a link where an extract of the Satellite Value Chain report may be downloaded: MSUA continues to expand our membership base, we welcome prospective mobility members from all levels of the commercial and government satellite value chain. Read the next section to learn how to become an MSUA member. 

In other news, congratulations to MSUA member Thuraya for winning Telecom Review’s Satellite Operator of the Year Award at the seventh annual It’s All About Smart Networking Summit in Dubai. For more details, see link in member news section.  

Now on to Mobility News!                     

                                                                                     Moving Forward. Smarter Together.

MSUA is offering complimentary tickets to the 2017 Mobility Innovation Awards Luncheon for companies that become new MSUA members between now until 31 December 2016. Two tickets ($150 value) will be given to each new corporate member and one ($75 value) for each new small business member.  Click join for new membership information!

Citing SpaceX delays, Inmarsat moves satellite launch from Falcon Heavy to Ariane 5
Spaceflight Now; Stephen Clark; December 9, 2016
BBC, PBS Film Crews Rely on Globalstar Satellite Devices in Tracking Wildlife
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; December 9, 2016
Cobham, SpeedCast Forge Maritime Broadband Partnership
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; December 9, 2016
Border Protection hooks up to Inmarsat for boat broadband
ZDNet; Chris Duckett; December 11, 2016
SpaceX Launching Iridium-1 In January 2017: Will It Finally Make It After The Explosion Of Falcon 9? (VIDEO)
University Herald; Eileen DeSantos; December 12, 2016 
Globalstar provides satellite connectivity for fleet mgt firm
Telecompaper; December 13, 2016

Devices to help keep you connected when traveling in the backcountry
Scouting Magazine; Michael Lanza; December 13, 2016 
Inmarsat to Host Live Global Xpress Demonstrations at SIA's DoD Commercial SATCOM Workshop
SpaceRef; December 13, 2016
SpeedCast Launches ‘SpeedMail Business Unlimited’: A ground-breaking cloud solution that ensures unlimited business email via satellite
Hellenic Shipping News; December 13, 2016
iDirect completes iQ Series remote OTA tests with Intelsat
Telecompaper; December 14, 2016
Honeywell to Provide Satcom System to Air Methods via Iridium
Via Satellite; James T. McKenna; December 14, 2016
Septentrio provides low-power embedded GNSS for Xeos autonomous reference receiver
GPS World Magazine; December 14, 2016 

Thuraya Really Knows How To Operate, And Proves It With This Award
SatNews; December 14, 2016
Cobham's Lucky Ducky With Two Ultra-Wideband Gooseneck Antennas
SatNews; December 14, 2016
Ligado notches another GPS agreement towards midband spectrum plan
RCR Wireless; Dan Meyer; December 14, 2016
Orolia Fortifies Resilient PNT with Satelles Satellite Time and Location Signal
GPS World Magazine; December 15, 2016
HPE removes barriers to mass adoption of IoT
Networks Asia; December 15, 2016
BRIEF-Intellian Technologies signs 1.39 bln won contract with Marlink
Reuters; December 15, 2016
Setbacks Aside, Land-Based Mobility Offers $18.1 Billion Revenue Potential
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; December 15, 2016
NASA’s Exo-Brake ‘Parachute’ to Enable Safe Return for Small Spacecraft
Parabolic Arc; Doug Messier; December 16, 2016
DataPath Announces Launch of Ultra-Portable Series of Terminals
IT Business Net; December 16, 2016
Cobham begins operations with first Challenger SAR jet as part of AMSA contract
Australian Aviation; December 16, 2016
NSC-Group invests in Marlink VSAT across fleet
Marine Electronics & Communications; Martyn Wingrove; December 16, 2016

IN CASE YOU MISSED THEM - top read articles in last week's edition:
MSUA MEMBER BLOGS - click for the latest thought leadership:


Japan Sends Long Electric Whip Into Orbit, To Tame Space Junk
NPR; Bill Chappell; December 9, 2016
Sea IT Wins Contract with Alba Tankers
Maritime Logistics; Eric Haun; December 9, 2016
RasGas Helium Recovery Facility Taps RigNet for Coms Infrastructure
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; December 9, 2016
Dual-Mode Vessel Tracking System Offers Fixed Monthly Tariff Subscription
SatNews; December 11, 2016 
Congress, Trump Administration Must Prioritize Air Traffic Control Reform
Competitive Enterprise Institute; Marc Scribner; December 12, 2016
An ELiTe Acceptance For Thales Alenia Space
SatNews; December 12, 2016
Winemaker’s day job is making sure VIPs can place secure phone calls
The Washington Post; Thomas Heath; December 12, 2016
Lockheed Martin and USAF Move Forward with Ground System Upgrade to Support Contingency GPS III Operations
SpaceRef; December 12, 2016
Maritime disruption: The risks are growing – what can we do?
Marine Electronics and Communications; Martyn Wingrove; December 12, 2016
An Inflatable SATCOM GATR Takes Innovative New Product (MIP) Award
SatNews; December 12, 2016
Ryanair closing in on Norwegian deal
Air Traffic Management; December 13, 2016 
1986-2016: 30 Events that Shaped the Last 30 Years in Satellite
Via Satellite; Mark Holmes and Caleb Henry; December 13, 2016
Honeywell And Air Methods Sign Agreement For Sky Connect Tracker
AviationPros; December 13, 2016
East Africa: The Global Treaty Behind Your Mobile Communications Celebrates Its 110th Anniversary
All Africa; December 13, 2016
Beauchamp: Military satcom resiliency will rely on more commercial, international partnerships
SpaceNews; Phillip Swarts; December 13, 2016
Honeywell introduces Mandarin language in helicopter cockpit warning system
Global Times; December 14, 2016

Vroon invests in VSAT satcoms for 140 vessels
Marine Electronics and Communications; Martyn Wingrove; December 14, 2016
Lockheed completes critical design review phase of GPS III upgrades
Airforce Technology; December 14, 2016
Fighting cyber crime in the offshore oil and gas industry
Offshore Technology; Chris Lo; December 14, 2016
Maritime, aeronautical sectors spur demand for satellite data services
Gulf News; December 14, 2016
New GLONASS interface control documents released
GPS World Magazine; December 14, 2016
NSR: Drones Offer $19.9 Billion Opportunity for Satellite
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; December 14, 2016
Syrian crisis puts Spaceflight Industries’ BlackSky satellite data platform to the test
GeekWire; Alan Boyle; December 14, 2016
EUMETSAT Selects Thales Alenia Space... Likes That PDAP For Eumetsat Polar System
SatNews; December 15, 2016
Soget and Thales launch port security coalition
Marine Electronics and Communications; Martyn Wingrove; December 15, 2016
NAV CANADA reports November traffic figures
Yahoo! Finance; December 15, 2016
Galileo Begins Serving The Globe
ESA; December 15, 2016
Vector Aerospace receives EASA STC approval for ADS-B upgrade
Vertical Magazine; December 15, 2016
Missile defense tracking systems need to move to orbit, leaders say
SpaceNews; Phillip Swartz; December 15, 2016
Satellite that will beam high-speed Internet across America ready to launch
Spaceflight Now; Justin Ray; December 15, 2016
Marana and Ascent to Merge
AviationPros; December 15, 2016
Thales delivers new panel for communications payload on KARI’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2 satellites
Aerospace-technology; December 16, 2016

Workshops: February 6th
Conference: February 7th - 8th
MSUA members eligible for a 20% discount. Send email to to receive discount code.

March 6 - 9, 2017
MSUA Forum: March 8

Walter E. Washington Convention Center,
Washington, D.C.

Register for MSUA's Mobility Innovation Awards Luncheon at the same time you register for the SATELLITE 2017 conference by clicking here and use code MSUASAT17. for a 20% discount on conference fees.

Mobility Forum Panels

This year's SATELLITE 2017 Mobility Forum taking place March 8 will be comprised of the following discussion topics:  
*   LEO and MEO Focus: Critical New Developments for Low Earth and Medium Earth-Orbit Services  

*   In-Flight Connectivity Focus: Service Providers and Airlines - Who Picks up the Tab? 

*   Maritime Focus: Which Technologies will Lead the Way in the New Mobile Maritime Era?  
*   Internet-of-Things Focus: Where Does the Satellite Piece Fit in the Puzzle? 

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