Mobile Satellite Users Association October 4, 2016
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President's Message 
Catherine A. Melquist
MSUA President 

The GVF Applied Innovation Conference
taking place from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Thursday, October 13 has a panelist opportunity available on the maritime session scheduled from 10:15 to 11:15am. This is a "shark tank" presentation format meaning it's an ideal opportunity to present and test your proposed (or launched) maritime market mobility innovation.  Who's your target market, what's your CSF and how do you plan to overcome the barriers to entry? These are a few of the possible questions you may be challenged to answer. Other brave participants include Inmarsat and Intellian.  

Many thanks to MSUA members and industry colleagues for submitting programming ideas for MSUA's SATELLITE 2017 Mobility Track. We have lots of informative, clever options to consider and look forward to announcing a final plan Mid-October along with the award categories for MSUA's 2016 Mobility Innovation Awards program - also scheduled to take place during SATELLITE 2017.  
Now on to Mobility News!
Moving Forward.  Smarter Together.  

How SATCOM as a Service is helping to modernize the DoD
Milsatmagazine; September 19,  2016

Aireon still targets early 2018 operations despite SpaceX delay
Runway Girl Network; Chris Kjelgaard; September 23, 2016
Satcom Expands in a Slow Shipping Market
The Maritime Executive; Paul Benecki; September 23, 2016
Cobham to make USAF pilot breathing sensors
Shephard; September 23, 2016
New classroom to inspire Cobham’s engineers of the future
Daily Echo; Kate Wilson; September 24, 2016
Qatar Airways to launch GlobalBeacon
Air Traffic Management; September 26, 2016 
Additional coverage: LuchtvaartnieuwsPR NewswireLe Journal De L’AviationArabian AerospaceYahoo! Finance
Satellite Industry is all at Sea
Bloomberg Gadfly; Leila Abboud; September 26, 2016
'On-demand' Autonomous Marine Water Sampling
Hydro International; September 26, 2016
Inmarsat searches for next generation of ‘space pioneers’
iTWire; Peter Dinham; September 26, 2016
Additional coverage: Recruiter
East Africa: Thuraya and IEC Telecom Partner Up At OPV Middle East 2016
allAfrica; September 26, 2016
Additional coverage: Satnews
Thuraya Hosts Workshop for Next Generation of Space Engineers
Via Satellite; Mark Holmes; September 26, 2016
Kymeta And TECOM Bring New, Cutting Edge Antenna Technology To The Aviation Market
RF Globalnet; September 26, 2016
Ka-Band Connectivity to Become Standard on Lufthansa’s A320 Fleet
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; September 27, 2016
Thuraya Telecommunications Highlights SATCOM Investment Saves & Improves Lives
SatNews; September 27, 2016
Iridium Doubles-Down on IoT Support, Faster Connections
TMC Net; September 27, 2016
5 Takeaways from this Year’s World Satellite Business Week
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; September 27, 201

ORBCOMM Wins Two 2016 IoT Evolution Asset Tracking Awards
Field Technologies Magazine; September 27, 2016
Remotely piloted Wave Glider successfully collects ocean samples in North sea
Institution of Mechanical Engineers; September 28, 2016
Singtel offers Inmarsat broadband on cargo ships
NIKKEI Asian Review; Tomomi Kikuchi; September 28, 2016
Additional coverage: Marine Electronics and Communications
Intelsat turns the page on bondholder threat, says it’s free to pursue de-leveraging
SpaceNews; Peter B. de Selding; September 28, 2016
Gogo Plans to Speed Up In-Flight Internet 2018
The Wall Street Journal; Thomas Gryta and Andy Pasztor; September 28, 2016
LynxOS Software Used in New Real-Time Flight Communications System
Unmanned Systems Technology; September 28, 2016
FlightAware Live tracker aims to end plane disappearances
FOX News; Cynthia Drescher; September 28, 2016
Inmarsat eyes SwiftBroadband Safety milestone in 2Q 2017
Runway Girl Network; Mary Kirby; September 28, 2016
GlobalStar (GSAT) Says NASA Completes Test Flight Using ALAS Aviation Tracking Solution
Street Insider; September 28, 2016
Kymeta Reveals Flat Is The Future At The Monaco Yacht Show
SatNews; September 29, 2016
Bombardier Makes Ka-band Internet a Retrofit Option at all Service Centers
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; September 28, 2016
Inmarsat and Honeywell take ‘GX Aviation’ on global flight tour to complete system integration
SpaceRef; September 29, 2016
Austrian Airlines to expand fleet, launch premium economy class
ATW Online; Kurt Hofmann; September 29, 2016
The Proliferation of Flight-Tracking Services Begins to Bewilder
MRO Network; September 30, 2016
Gogo: North American market will be awash in Ku-band in 2020
SpaceNews; Peter B. de Selding; September 30, 2016

Global Xpress put to the test in the Alaskan Northern Slope
Inmarsat News Room; September 12, 2016


  • No entries this week.  


SpaceX could resume rocket launches by November
Pacific Coast Business Times; September 23, 2016
Are cubesats a nuisance to space situational awareness efforts?
SpaceNews; Mike Gruss; September 23, 2016
SES Reveals Balloon-lifted Tactical Persistent Surveillance Product
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; September 23, 2016
Safeguarding Food and Pharma in Containerized Supply Chains
The Maritime Executive; September 23, 2016 
Iot Evolution World Week  in Review: Oracle, Honeywell, Volkswagen
IoT Evolution; Ken Briodagh; September 24, 2016
Nigeria: Honeywell Oil & Gas Announces Name Change, Expansion of Corporate Focus
allAfrica; September 26, 2016
Mining industry shows signs of life, sales still remain weak: Caterpillar
Australian Mining; Sharon Masige; September 26, 2016
Caterpillar to Invest $1 Billion in Africa (CAT)
Investopedia; Daniel Kobialka; September 26, 2016
BlackBerry moves into fleet management
Business Insider; September 26, 2016
Space X Gives Amos 6 Launch Anomaly Update
Via Satellite; Mark Holmes; September 26, 2016
Galileo Initial Services looming
GPS World; Tim Reynolds; September 26, 2016
Defense Eyes Lower Risk High-Throughput Future
Via Satellite; Anne Wainscott-Sargent; September 27, 2016
Regulatory issues delay Air Astana’s inflight connectivity rollout
Runway Girl Network; John Walton; September 27, 2016
Advanced VSAT technology moves a step closer to commercial launch
Marine Electronics and Communications; Martyn Wingrove; September 27, 2016
GE Takes Leadership in Internet of Things, Offers Long-Term Growth
Seeking Alpha; September 27, 2016
New satellite-based technology aims to crack down on illegal fishing
KTOO Public Media; Zoe Sobel; September 27, 2016
DARPA floats aerial surveillance Dragnet by UAV
GPS World; September 27, 2016
Satellite tracking technology helps keep elephants safe
The Star; Paula Kahumbu; September 28, 2016

Satellite data monitors coal seam gas mining
Spatial Source; Anthony Wallace; September 28, 2016
NSR Projects 26 Dedicated Smallsat Launches per Year by 2021
MarketWired; September 28, 2016
U.S. Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin $395 Million Contract for GPS III Satellites 9 and 10
SpaceRef; September 28, 2016
Maersk and IAG Cargo invest in growing cool chain volumes, as shipping line looks to compete in high-end pharma market
The Cool Star; Alex Lennane; September 28, 2016
Making more mobile connections in trucking
Fleet Owner; Sean Kilcarr; September 29, 2016
Harris Delivers First OCX Receiver
GPS World; September 29, 2016
Azerbaijan, Bulgaria to cooperate in satellite industry
Azer News; September 29, 2016
Gogo Wins Air France-KLM Connectivity Deal
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; September 29, 2016
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Awarded $14.4 Million Order to Supply Managed Satellite Services for the U.S. Marine Corps
BusinessWire; September 29, 2016
NovelSat Releases New NovelNet Satellite Network Management System
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; September 29, 2016
RPAs need improvements to stay alive on future battlefields, experts say
Daily News; Phillip Swartz (Air Force Times); September 30, 2016 
Caterpillar Demonstrates Command Remote Dozer Control for its D11 Dozer
For Construction Pros; September 30, 2016
Sigma Labs announces contracts with Honeywell Aerospace for “America Makes” initiative
Manufacturer’s Monthly; September 30, 2016
The Scary Threat to GPS That Could Paralyze U.S. Businesses
Kiplinger; John Miley; September 30, 2016
Russia's Most Difficult Goal...By 2020 GLONASS K-2 Satellites Made 100 Percent Russian
SatNews; September 30, 2016
National Marine Electronics Association Recognizes KVH Product Excellence with 2016 Awards
GlobeNewswire; September 30, 2016
Panasonic, OmniAccess pioneer high-speed satellite for yachts
Rapid TV News; Michelle Clancy; September 30, 2016

11 - 13 October 2016
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX
MSUA members eligible for 30% discount.  Send email to receive discount code.  


The GVF Applied Innovation Conference | "Satcom Mobility -Getting Out of the Box”
Thursday October 13, 2016.  
Time:  9:00am - 5:00pm
In coordination with the 
Mobile Satellite Users Association, Satellite Industry Association, Society of Satellite Professionals International & Washington Space Business Roundtable.  Sessions include:
  • Satcom Mobilty Innovation 
  • Maritime Shark Tank 
  • Land Mobile Shark Tank
  • Aeronautical Shark Tank
  • Government Shark Tank  
Hosted by Intelsat:  7900 Tysons One Place, McLean, Virginia

18th annual Global MilSatCom
8-10 November 2016, London, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 207 827 6054

9-10 November 2016
Javitz Convention Center * New York, New York

MSUA members eligible for a 20% discount.  Send email to receive discount code.

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

March 6 - 9, 2017
MSUA Forum: March 8

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

MSUA members and affiliates eligible for a 20% discount. Use Code: MSUASAT17. 

MSUA Satellite Executive Panel  | The State of the Energy Market Environment
Moderator: Frank August, MSUA Secretary
Panelists:  Joe Spytek, ITC Global CEO, P.J. Beylier, Speedcast CEO and Anthony Queenan, Marlink Vice President.   
Thursday, October 13 2016.  
Time: 10:00 - 11:00am
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX


Maritime Shark Tank  | Co-Chaired by: David Hartshorn, Secretary General, GVF & Catherine Melquist, President, MSUA
Time:  10:15 - 11:15am
Proposed topics:
  • Sea-borne VSATs: What’s Next?
  • Reducing Oil & Gas OPEX
  • Covering The Sea Lanes (Including the Arctic)
  • Satcom & Wireless on the Bridge
  • Killer Apps for Crew Morale
  • Weather & Navigation Solutions

MSUA Interview | "How Satellites are Changing Air Travel" Featuring Gogo (in collaboration with Intelsat )
Interviewer:  Catherine Melquist, MSUA President
 Anand Chari, EVP & CTO at Gogo 
Thursday November 10, 2016.  
Time: 2:30 - 3:30pm      
Javitz Convention Center
New York, New York

MSUA Mobilty Forum Panels tba mid-October

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