Mobile Satellite Users Association August 1, 2016
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President's Message
Catherine A. Melquist
President, MSUA

Happy August 1st -- Rabbit, Rabbit!  

Focus this week in on upcoming SATELLITE 2017 conference and exhibition as planning is now underway. As mentioned in last week's Mobility News, MSUA is the content partner for the Mobility Track which will take place Wednesday, March 8.  Other conference tracks scheduled that day include the government & military and ground segment & infrastructure.  As the mobility track content partner, MSUA will organize all programming, topics, and participants that will make up the sessions for that day.  There are two stages for you to get involved.  

Stage 1.  Access Intelligence has put out a general call to all satellite technology experts, end-users, researchers, innovators and executive leaders who are interested in taking an active role in building the SATELLITE 2017 Conference and Exhibition program.  Proposals are to be submitted online by Monday, August 15. Proposals are welcome for all types of presentation format, including, but not limited to keynote speeches, debates, educational workshops, roundtable discussions, case study presentations, live demonstrations, interactive/social events and expo hall activities. And, new, creative and unique ideas are encouraged.  All submissions related to mobility will be channeled to MSUA for programming consideration.  

Stage 2.  Following the initial review of mobility programming ideas, MSUA will put out a second call for proposals in September to MSUA members.  Like Access Intelligence, MSUA will also encourage proposals for new format and topic ideas.  Of particular interest to MSUA will be the inclusion of user perspectives, information and implications of new mobility innovations, adjacent market news and matters of mobility market development.  Complete details to be announced in early September. 

For now, your action list is as follows:  

  • Submit your initial ideas or the SATELLITE 2017 Mobility Track (and other tracks) to Access Intelligence online by August 15 by clicking here.  
  • Stay tuned for a second call for Mobility Track proposals to be released by MSUA in September.  Information will be communicated via Mobility News and direct to MSUA members.  Make sure everyone on your team is signed up to receive Mobility News by clicking here.  
  • For those of you involved in mobility satellite services and products but not a member of MSUA, join now and participate in the planning for SATELLITE 2017.  Click here for more details.  
Look to next week's Mobility News for information about MSUA's upcoming new website!  

Thank you and on to Mobility News!

Moving forward. Smarter together.  


The complicated, financially risky world of providing cell phone service anywhere
The Washington Post; Dwayne A. Day; July 22, 2016
Satellite constructed on schedule for Inmarsat's 'ground-breaking' European Aviation Network
Space Daily; July 22, 2016
Inmarsat Approves DataPath’s Manpack Antenna for Global Xpress Satellite Connectivity Service
ExecutiveBiz; Ramona Adams; July 22, 2016
DISA Lifts Stop-Work Order on Inmarsat’s $450M Satcom Services Contract
ExecutiveBiz; Jane Edwards; July 25, 2016
A Sounding Decision By Northrop Grumman Leads To Cobham
SatNews; July 25, 2016
Intelsat Epic satellite ready for launch
Marine Electronics and Communications; Martyn Wingrove; July 25, 2016
Additional coverage: BizTech Africa
Intelsat’s new high-throughput satellite arrives in French Guiana
Digital TV Europe; July 25, 2016
Myanmar signs deal to deploy space-based ADS-B service
Enterprise Innovation; Eden Estopace; July 25, 2016

Inmarsat Clears DataPath as Global Xpress Service Provider
GovConWire; Anna Forrester; July 25, 2016
Globalstar CEO keeps pressure on FCC to allow TLPS
FierceWireless; Monica Alleven; July 25, 2016
ViaSat to Provide IFC to Air Force One, Other Government Aircraft
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; July 25, 2016
Northrop Grumman Awards Cobham $8 Million Satellite Motion Control Order
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; July 25, 2016
If it’s not a UFO, what is it?
EarthSky; Eddie Irizarry; July 26, 2016
Mitsui OSK line switches its car carriers to Fleet Xpress
Marine Electronics and Communications; Karen Thomas; July 26, 2016
Additional coverage: SpaceRef
SSL delivers Intelsat 36 to launch base
PR Newswire; July 26, 2016


Click on the BLOG links below for the latest in mobility thought leadership from the following MSUA members:  

Globalsat Group
Intelsat General: Satcom Frontier


Inmarsat Approves DataPath QCT90 Man-Pack Terminal for Global Xpress
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; July 26, 2016
ORBCOMM Receives Smart Grid Product of the Year Award
Business Wire; July 26, 2016
Is the OneWeb-Intelsat LEO/GEO Network the Answer to Canada’s Arctic Needs?
SatCom Frontier (Intelsat General); July 26, 2016
Communications are critical to vessel operations
Marine Electronics & Communications; Martyn Wingrove; July 27, 2016
Cobham wins gold with new FIFO contract
ADS Advance; July 27, 2016
Cobham delivers 2,000th digital audio control system
Vertical Magazine; July 27, 2016
Intelsat sees Epic disrupting entrenched market where Intelsat’s a major stakeholder
SpaceNews; Peter B. de Selding; July 28, 2016
Iridium negotiates payment delays with lenders, contractor to mitigate Aireon shortfall
SpaceNews; Peter B. de Selding; July 28, 2016
Iridium Announces Second-Quarter 2016 Results; Reports Record Net Subscriber Additions
Yahoo! Finance; July 28, 2016

Mitsui selects Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress broadband service
Ship Technology; July 28, 2016
China Eastern Taps Rockwell Collins for Boeing 737 Iridium Satcom Solution
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; July 28, 2016
Additional coverage: Aerospace-Technology
Two Intelsat satellites prepare for Ariane 5 launch
Broadband TV News; Robert Briel; July 28, 2016
Additional coverage: Telecompaper
Inmarsat partner Lufthansa Technik certified to install GX Aviation on long-haul Airbus A340 aircraft
Space Daily; July 29, 2016




L-3 Communications Offers New ISR Aircraft to International Market
GovConWire; Anna Forrester; July 22, 2016
SES Deploys SatMed E-Health Platform in the Philippines
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; July 22, 2016
Komatsu Sings Ode to Joy Global
The Wall Street Journal; Anjani Trivedi; July 22, 2016
SkyBitz receives certification for asset tracking device
Fleet Owner; July 22, 2016
CopaSAT to Provide US Agency End-to-End Communications Services
ExecutiveBiz; Dominique Stump; July 22, 2016
Satellite sector mulls how to live with FCC’s 5G decision
SpaceNews; Peter B. de Selding; July 22, 2016
3.9 Billion People Still Unconnected to Internet
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; July 22, 2016
iSat Progresses on Tracking Feed Equipment for Inclined and Ka-band Satellites
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; July 22, 2016
Companies are flooding Earth’s orbit with satellites, but no one’s directing traffic
The Washington Post; Christian Davenport; July 23, 2016
Satellite Data Could Help Reduce Ocean Noise Risks
The Maritime Executive; July 24, 2016
Commercial Space Needs Regulatory Clarity
Breaking Defense; Todd Harrison; July 25, 2016
SATCOM Teleports & Ground Station Needs Addressed With New AtlanTecRF LTTs
SatNews; July 25, 2016
Harris Corp Radios Don’t Meet U.S. Army’s Needs, Tester Says
Bloomberg; Anthony Capaccio; July 25, 2016
US military creates 'Space Mission Force' to wage satellite war
Engadget; Steve Dent; July 25, 2016
NSR Examines Narrowband Play In Maritime Markets
SatNews; July 25, 2016
L-3 Nabs Potential $160 Million Recompete Win For C4ISR On Fast Response Cutters
Defense Daily; Calvin Biesecker; July 25, 2016
NAV CANADA Reports June Traffic Figures
Yahoo! Finance; July 25, 2016
Harris Places Multi-Million SSPA Order with Norsat
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; July 25, 2016
Facebook reports successful flight of full-scale Internet-delivery drone
SpaceNews; Peter B. de Selding; July 25, 2016
Air Force One to Get Broadband Satellite Internet
PC Magazine; Tom Brant; July 25, 2016
U.S. Air Force’s next space surveillance system on target for 2021
SpaceNews; Mike Gruss; July 25, 2016
NDGPS loses interior, keeps coast
GPS World; Alan Cameron and Tim Reynolds; July 26, 2016
SSL to provide robotic arms to DARPA for satellite servicing
Space Daily; July 26, 2016
L-3 to Provide C4ISR System on Coast Guard’s Fast Response Cutter
SEAPOWER; July 26, 2016
L-3 Communications gets $216 million U.S. Army aircraft contract modification
UPI; July 26, 2016
Sky and Space Global Details Vision for 200 Satellite LEO Network
Via Satellite; July 26, 2016
KVH Offers Videotel’s New Zika Virus Safety Video Free to All Mariners Worldwide
Globenewswire; July 26, 2016
Air Force Eyes 2021 Launch for Follow-On Space Surveillance Mission
ExecutiveBiz; Scott Nicholas; July 26, 2016

Thor 7 HTS Beta Customer Commits Whole Maritime Fleet to Service
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; July 26, 2016
OneWeb Announces Appointment of Eric Beranger
OneWeb Press Room; July 26, 2016
Tracking Aircraft Everywhere is Almost within Reach.
Hoteliers; Chris Kjelgaard; July 27, 2016
C-COM Controllers Find Integration Efficacious With Gilat VSATs
SatNews; July 27, 2016
Rockwell Collins: ARINC RailwayNet positive train control platform
Progressive Railroading; July 27, 2016
Startup plans space-based cubesat network
Space News; Jeff Foust; July 27, 2016
Chinese Satellite is One Giant Step for the Quantum Internet
Scientific American; Elizabeth Gibney, July 27, 2016
FLYHT Reports Second Quarter Results
Yahoo! Finance; July 27, 2016
Can Bandwidth Supply Keep up with Maritime Demand?
MarineLink; Chris Insall; July 27, 2016
Hispasat Building New Brazilian Satellite Control Center
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; July 27, 2016
XTAR, Ball Aerospace Demo High-Throughput ISR with Phased Array Antenna
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; July 27, 2016
NBN’s Second HTS Satellite to Launch in October
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; July 27, 2016

Satellite solutions get cost-competitive
EngineerLive; Paul Boughton; July 28, 2016
First whale detected by newly deployed acoustic buoy in New York Bight
Science Daily; July 28, 2016
SpaceX test fires returned Falcon 9 booster at McGregor; Chris Bergin; July 28, 2016
Additional coverage: Ars Technica; SpaceFlight Insider; Fast Company
Honeywell Aerospace to cut jobs
AZcentral; Ryan Randazzo; July 28, 2016
Additional coverage: Phoenix Business Journal
Honeywell Plans to Split its Automation & Control Solutions Business
MDM; July 28, 2016
OneWeb names new chief executive
SpaceNews; Jeff Foust; July 28, 2016
Harris to Provide ESA with Large Deployable Reflector for Earth Explorer Mission
Via Satellite; Veronica Magan; July 28, 2016
Earth Needs Global Space Traffic Control System To Avoid Collisions in Orbit
Inquisitr; Coburn Palmer; July 28, 2016

Komatsu profits dive 52% amid weak global demand
Global Construction Review; July 28, 2016
Does the Pentagon need a Space Acquisition Agency?
SpaceNews; Mike Gruss; July 28, 2016
Global commercial telematics market 2015 to reach approximately 20.3% by 2022
WhaTech; July 28, 2016
Billionaires are Slugging Out in Space Race
Albany Daily Star; July 29, 2016
Seattle, With its Needle, Is Turning Into a Space Center
The New York Times; Nick Wingfield; July 29, 2016

Space Affordability is the Intention of this NanoAvionics & Kubos Partnership
Satnews; July 29, 2016

Deals this week: Orbital ATK, L-3 Communications, CACI International
Army-Technology; July 29, 2016

MOBILE MILSATCOM 2016  - just added!
30 August - 1 September 2016

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
Mobility panel opportunity available for MSUA members.  Inquire via email at 

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