Mobile Satellite Users Association February 20, 2017
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Catherine A. Melquist

MSUA is pleased to welcome OneWeb as the newest member to our class of 2017. OneWeb's mission is to enable affordable internet access using a constellation of 648 low earth orbit satellites providing coverage over the entire planet. The system will use small, low-cost user terminals that will talk to the satellites and emit LTE, 3G and Wi-Fi to the surrounding areas, enabling high-speed access for everyone. For more information about OneWeb, visit and/or attend MSUA's SAT17 Mobility Forum panel, "LEO and MEO Focus: Critical New Developments for Low Earth- and Medium Earth-Orbit Services" on March 8 beginning at 9:45am.  
The panel will be moderated by Tim Farrar of TMF Associates and will also feature executive leaders from Iridium, Telesat, Leosat and O3b Networks.  

On behalf of MSUA we look forward to collaborating with OneWeb and all new members of MSUA's class of 2017 to learn more about satellite mobility innovation and to promote mobility market development.  
Now on to Mobility News!    

Moving Forward. Smarter Together.
OFFER EXTENDED:  MSUA is offering complimentary tickets to the 2017 Mobility Innovation Awards Luncheon for companies that become new MSUA members from now until 28 February 2017. 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!  MSUA Class of 2017 members includes:  

Commentary: How DoD can harness commercial SATCOM’s rapidly changing technology
SpaceNews, commentary by Rick Lober, Hughes Network Systems;
February 14, 2017
Hughes Begins Final Testing of World's Highest Capacity Broadband Satellite
February 15, 2017 - PRNewswire – 304 words
Bringing HD Video via SATCOM to Rotary Aircraft is a Hughes DISD Tech Advancement
Satnews Daily; February 14, 2017
From the Window to the Wall: In-Flight Destination Content Covers New Ground; February 13, 2017
Inmarsat strengthens relationship with Satlink; February 14, 2017
Inmarsat partners with Geoscience Australia for SBAS Testbed
WebWire; February 13, 2017
Iridium Communications says still on track for NEXT following second launch delay
Satellite Finance, Craig Barner; February 16, 2017
Iridium's Next Date for Second Launch of NEXT Satellites... Then Six Launches Every Two Months
Satnews Daily; February 16, 2017
Real-Time Sprayer and Planter Monitoring on John Deere App
AGPRO, Margy Eckelkamp; February 16, 2017
Connect Mobile App Lets You Monitor Planter And Sprayer In Real Time,  Laurie Bedord; February 15, 2017
DigitalGlobe, Esri, and Harris Corporation Partner to Bring the Power of Geospatial Big Data Analytics and Deep Learning Technology to ArcGIS Users
Talk Satellite; February 13, 2017
Harris Awarded $403 Mln Contract To Continue Communications Support To US Army
RTT News; February 13, 2017
SpaceX delays next Iridium launch two months
SpaceNews, Caleb Henry; February 15, 2017
ViaSat’s high R&D dampens profits as work progresses on next-gen satellite
Satellite Finance, Craig Barner; February 16, 2017 –– 648 words
ViaSat wants to go small on gateways, not on satellites
SpaceNews, Caleb Henry; February 14, 2017
ViaSat’s high-capacity Ka footprint set to grow from 25 April
Runway Girl Network, Seth Miller; February 13, 2017
ViaSat’s Dankberg compares GEO to LEO orbit without stopping at MEO
Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding; February 10, 2017
Lockheed Martin, Inmarsat, GMV join Geoscience Australia's positioning project
​ZD Net, Asha McLean; February 13, 2017
Marlink and PETSE extend partnership to provide VSAT services in Saudi Arabia
Satellite Evolution Group, February 16, 2017
Marlink's Sealink Links Fastest Marine Internet... Individualized High Speed Zones
Satnews Daily; February 14, 2017
IN CASE YOU MISSED THEM - top read articles in last week's edition:
MSUA's Mobility Satellite Innovation Awards Luncheon on 7 March 2017.  

John Bloom, a NYT columnist, Pulitzer-prize nominated investigative journalist and author of  Eccentric Orbits the Iridium Story, will be on-hand to provide this year's keynote address.  
Sign up when registering for the SATELLITE 2017 conference by clicking here and use code 
MSUASAT17. for a 20% discount on conference fees.  Tickets are $75 per person. To order a table or inquire about event sponsorships, email  

MSUA MEMBER BLOGS - click for the latest thought leadership:

New crew internet access service unveiled
Marine Electronics & Communications Magazine, Martyn Wingrove;  February 17, 2017
VSAT extended into southern Indian Ocean
Marine Electronics & Communications Magazine, Martyn Wingrove; February 16, 2017
Broadband boosted for Caribbean cruise and Atlantic shipping
Marine Electronics & Communications Magazine, Martyn Wingrove; February 16, 2017
Statu Shipping agrees fleet VSAT deal
Digital Ship; February 16, 2017
SES and Gilat Join Forces to Make Connectivity at Sea More Accessible
Talk Satellite; February 15, 2017
Global Maritime Satellite Communication Market 2017
Net Dugout; February 13, 2017
Singtel Completes First Fleet Xpress Installation for Hyproc
The Maritime Executive; February 10, 2017
BlueTide Communications Brings Ku-Band VSAT to the Aussies and More
Satnews Daily; February 13, 2017
Can we safely pack even more planes in to our skies?
BBC News, Zoe Kleinman; February 17
Qantas offers NBN-based in-flight streaming
Computerworld, Rohan Pearce; February 15, 2017
Aviation Leaders Collaborate to Tackle Satellite Capacity Crunch
Via Satellite, Kendall Russell; February 10, 2017
Gilat to develop new electronically steerable antenna for Airbus
Space Daily; February 14, 2017

Agribusiness, GPS and Satellites — NSR Examines...
Satnews Daily; February 16, 2017
5 Travel Startups Rethinking Car Rentals Beyond Sharing
Skift; February 13, 2017
Ford invests US$1bn in vehicle autonomy as traffic builds on the driverless road
Satellite Finance; February14, 2017
Eyeing A Self-Driving Future, Ford Drops $1B On An AI Startup
Wired, Aarian Marshall; February 10, 2017
Army Abrams Tanks Will Get Networked with a High-Speed Force Tracker, Kris Osborn; February 16, 2017



HiSky Reveals Ka-band Phased Array Antennas for MSS and IoT Markets
Via Satellite, Kendall Russell; February 16, 2017
Report Provides Comprehensive Overview of Global Satellite M2M Connections and Services Market
OpenPr; February 14, 2017
Kepler Communications: a Toronto startup’s quest to connect all things, everywhere
SpaceNews, Caleb Henry; February 13, 2017
Berg Insight Has Insight in the Rapidly Growing M2M/IoT mHealth Market
Satnews Daily; February 13, 2017
On land and in space, IoT networks can now cover the planet
IDG News Service, Stephen Lawson; February 10, 2017
AE50 Awards Recognize Innovations in Farm Machinery
Farm, Kim Schmidt; February 11, 2017
Telstra unites 4G and broadband in one modem
itWire, Peter Dinham; February 14, 2017
5G: The Era of Convergence
Via Satellite, Adrienne Harebottle; February 14, 2017
5G to help drive fixed wireless to top 151M in 2022: ABI
FierceWireless, Monica Alleven; February 15, 2017
5G Is Promising, But Challenging
Network Computing, Jeffrey Gudewicz, Wilson Electronics; February 16, 2017
Charter Jumps Into 5G Testing as Part of Its Mobile Ambitions – SDxCentral
MVNO blog; February 16, 2017
O3b CEO Talks Capital Expenditure Plans – “Massive Step Up” on the Horizon
Via Satellite, Mark Holmes; February 14, 2017


First ESA Deorbit Spacecraft Mission Penciled In For 2023
Aviation Week & Space Technology, Thierry Dubois and Mark Carreau; February 14, 2017
Alphabet no longer wants to blanket the earth with internet balloons
The Verge, Sean O'Kane; February 16, 2017
88 New Satellites Will Watch Earth, All the Time, All the Places
Wired, Sarah Scoles; February 14, 2017

March 6 - 9, 2017
MSUA Forum: March 8

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


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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