Mobile Satellite Users Association October 31, 2016
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President's Message 
Catherine A. Melquist
MSUA President 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  MSUA has lots of treats to distribute in this week's edition of Mobility News including the categories chosen for this year's Mobility Innovation Award Contest and panel topics selected for the SATELLITE 2017 Mobility Forum. MSUA is sweetening the cauldron further by kicking off our new member interview series by capturing business information and market insights from Gregory Darling, Managing Director of AST.     

MSUA 2017 Mobility Innovation Awards  - Tuesday March 7, 2017  
Each year, MSUA recognizes innovations that spur mobility market development. This year MSUA will celebrate the top technical or service delivery innovation introduced to the market in the following categories:
  • Top Aeronautical Mobility Market Innovation    
  • Top Maritime Mobility Market Innovation
  • Top Government Mobility Market Innovation
  • Top Land Mobility Market Innovation
  • Top M2M Mobility Market Innovation 
If your company introduced a mobility innovation that's making a significant impact on the development of the satellite mobility market, MSUA wants to hear from you. Send a one-page description of your innovation together with information evidencing the impact it’s making  to no later than January 31, 2017. You must be an MSUA member to apply and awards will be presented at MSUA’s 2017 Mobility Satellite Innovation Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Register for the luncheon at the same time you register for the conference by clicking here and use code MSUASAT17. for a 20% discount on conference fees.  Not an MSUA member?  Join today and submit your innovation.    
SATELLITE 2017 Mobility ForumWednesday March 8, 2017
MSUA would like to thank everyone who submitted panel ideas for this year's Mobility Forum. Entries were clever, substantive and diverse making the final selection challenging. Although we had to decide on a select few topics, we'll continue to draw from the pool of submissions as programming is developed for additional upcoming mobility events.  Stay tuned!   
This year's SATELLITE 2017 Mobility Forum will be comprised of the following discussion topics and panels:  
*   9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.        LEO and MEO Focus: Critical New Developments for Low Earth                                                        and Medium Earth-Orbit Services  

*   11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m       In-Flight Connectivity Focus: Service Providers and Airlines -
                                                 Who Picks up the Tab? 

*    2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.         Maritime Focus: Which Technologies will Lead the Way in the New                                                    Mobile Maritime Era?  
*    3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m          Internet-of-Things Focus: Where Does the Satellite Piece Fit
                                                 in the Puzzle? 
Moderators and panelists are being selected now.  Interested in joining a panel? Let us know by emailing  Priority will go to MSUA members.  Not a member but want to be? Join today.  

Now on to the MSUA's New Member Interview AND Mobility News! 


Moving forward. Smarter Together.
MSUA New Member Interview | Gregory Darling
Managing Director, AST 
28 October 2016 On behalf of MSUA I am pleased to welcome AST as the newest corporate member of the association.  The following exchange with Gregory Darling, managing director of AST, provides insights into AST’s mobility business and their perspective on mobility market development.  This interview kicks off our new member interview series and I’m sure members of the MSUA community will benefit from gathering further insights about AST.
Catherine:  Applied Satellite Technology (AST) is a well-known company to the MSS community but less so to FSS players.  Please give us some background on your business and insight into your market focus today.  

Gregory:  AST traces its roots back to the early days of mobile satellite communications and we’re delighted to be celebrating our 25th anniversary next year. Like most entrepreneurial businesses, AST was born out of frustration with (the then) existing services and a desire to make it simpler for everyday users to communicate when in remote places. We started in equipment and airtime distribution then added servicing, support and latterly solutions and a whole host of value-added services. We also sell FSS services alongside our MSS offerings too, both directly to end users and indirectly through channel. AST is proud to deliver MSS services from all the major network operators.

In recent years, we’ve made considerable investment in Integra, our ground network, to provide the end-to-end quality of service expected of a trusted, tier one global provider. In building this more recently, we’ve been able to take advantage of today’s advanced technology to effectively bypass our industry peers. And next year we’ll continue this evolution with the addition of new value-added solutions unmatched in the market today, derived from our considerable experience in the application of satellite technology – the very core of our company name.

Inmarsat and Vodafone for IoT Roaming Agreement
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; October 21, 2016
Inside One Company's Stalled Attempt to Blanket the World with Internet Connectivity
Fortune; Clay Dillow; October 22, 2016
Additional Distribution Support For Inmarsat's SwiftBroadband-Safety Aviation Service By SITAONAIR
SatNews; October 23, 2016
Inmarsat inks MOU with distributors for new aviation safety comms service
iTWire; Peter Dinham; October 24, 2016
Intelsat Donates Intelsat EpicNG Satellite Services to Red Cross for Hurricane Relief Operations in Haiti
Benzinga; October 24, 2016
Open for Business: Inmarsat Doubles Down With Augmented Reality Booth at APEX EXPO
Apex; Howard Slutsken; October 24, 2016
Press Release: Inmarsat eyes Satcom Direct as partner for SB-S
Runway Girl Network; October 24, 2016
Nine Network Australia Selects Intelsat to Distribute Domestic Television Programming
Business Wire; October 24, 2016
Intelsat, SES Donate Satellite Capacity to Hurricane Matthew Relief in Haiti
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; October 24, 2016
Inmarsat Maritime appoints key communicator to accelerate the uptake of connectivity at sea
Hellenic Shipping News; October 25, 2016
Cobham Receives QML V Qualification for their CAN FD Transceiver
Military Technologies; October 25, 2016
Duncan Aviation Delivers Quick AOG Response To Keep Gogo Business Aviation Customers Connected
Aviation Pros; October 25, 2016 
Additional coverage: AIN Online
This Technology Will Make Missing Planes a Thing of the Past
Fortune; Clay Dillow; October 25, 2016
Inmarsat Goes Soft For Lufthansa... With Launch Of High-Speed GX For Aviation
SatNews; October 25, 2016
Additional coverage: SpaceRef
Gogo and Phasor Forge R&D Pact on Next-Gen Satellite Antenna
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; October 25, 2016
Inmarsat expands Rockwell Collins alliance
Air Traffic Management; October 26, 2016
Cobham To Develop Palletized Aerial Refuelling System For US Marines’ MV-22s Ospreys; October 26, 2016
FAA estimates space traffic management costs at under $100 million
SpaceNews; Jeff Foust; October 26, 2016
UAE’s Thuraya Gains Access to Key Bulgarian Market in Service Partner Agreement with NBS Maritime
Space Watch Middle East; October 26, 2016
Intelsat to Distribute Domestic Television for Nine Network Australia
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; October 26, 2016
Ericsson Picks SpeedCast as Satellite Connectivity Partner for Maritime
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; October 26, 2016
Komatsu to Use Iridium® for Global Telematics Services
Globenewswire; October 27, 2016
Additional coverage: NasdaqSPi NewsStockWatch
Iridium Gains Altitude Despite NEXT Delays
FOX Business; By Dan Caplinger; October 27, 2016
Deployment of Advanced Satellite M2M Connections and Services in Military Bases to Open Plethora of Opportunities for Vendors
Digital Journal; October 27, 2016
Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX in-flight broadband service now available on Dassault Aviation private jets
Space Ref; October 27, 2016
Inmarsat GX Aviation to Hook-Up 125 Aircraft In-Flight Wi-Fi through Rockwell Collins
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; October 27, 2016
Cobham Develops MV-22B Aerial Refueling Capability
AIN Online; Bill Carey; October 27, 2016
Global Eagle Entertainment and Intelsat Sign ‘Epic’ Expansion Deal
Hellenic Shipping News; October 27, 2016
Additional Coverage: Via Satellite
Harboring A European Distributorship For RedPort Is Global Telesat Communications
SatNews; October 28, 2016

IN CASE YOU MISSED THEM - top read articles in last week's edition:

Global Xpress SATCOM as a Service: Moving at the speed of modern missions, wherever they go; Dylan Browne; October 19, 2016

Intellian raises US$26 million warchest for new VSAT technology; Tue 18 Oct 2016 by Martyn Wingrove

White House Announces $50 Million Investment in Smallsats; Caleb Henry; October 14, 2016
MSUA MEMBER BLOGS - click for the latest thought leadership:


DOD Uncertain that Smallsats can Handle Big Missions
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; October 21, 2016
Thaicom Subsidiary Buys Ka-band Satellite from China Great Wall Industry Corporation
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; October 21, 2016
McMurdo and Elcome partnership
Maritime Journal; October 21, 2016
Aircraft Supplier Rockwell Collins to Buy B/E Aerospace for $6.4 Billion
The New York Times; Reuters; October 23, 2016
Rockwell Collins Launches Airborne Data Router
Aviation Week; Molly McMillin; October 24, 2016
DARPA Hands Over Powerful Space Junk Telescope to Air Force
Inverse; Kastalia Medrano; October 24, 2016
Companies racing to launch satellites to provide super fast internet
Economic Times; Nilesh Christopher; October 24, 2016
Modec deploys VSAT on oil-producing ships
Marine Electronics & Communications; Martyn Wingrove; October 24, 2016
Advances in VSAT will deliver benefits to owners
Offshore Journal; October 24, 2016 
RigNet and MODEC Sign Agreement to Deliver Fiber-equivalent O3b Satellite Connectivity to Offshore Brazilian FPSO Fleet
Business Wire; October 24, 2016
Panasonic Avionics Nabs IFEC Deals with Air Tahiti Nui and China Eastern Airlines
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; October 24, 2016
Lockheed Martin re-ups MUOS satellite network contract
Defense Systems; Tim Broderick; October 24, 2016
FAA Declares Steady Progress on NextGen ATC Modernization
AINonline; Bill Carey; October 24, 2016
SES & Emergency.Lu Come to the Aid of Hurricane Whipped Haiti
SatNews Daily; October 24, 2016
SpaceX’s Mysterious Rocket Explosion Gets a Little Bit Clearer
WIRED; Eric Niler; October 25, 2016
O3b, E-Networks sign Guyana satellite connectivity deal
Telecompaper; October 25, 2016
The Astrome Plan Is to Launch 150 Satellites By 2020
SatNews; October 25, 2016
Providing Trusted Solutions, Connecting All Phases of Flight with the Right Information
AviationPros; October 25, 2016
OneWeb in Talks With Japan’s SoftBank About Potential Linkup
The Wall Street Journal; Andy Pasztor and Alexander Martin; October 25, 2016 
The Growing Necessity for Space Traffic Management
Military Technologies; October 25, 2016
Panasonic named as lead supplier for Airbus high bandwidth connectivity programme
Arabian Aerospace Online News Service; October 26, 2016
A Resolution Of An Even Higher Order Is Verified For KOMPSAT-3A
SatNews; October 26, 2016

Telit offers new GNSS module
GPS World; October 26, 2016
Next-generation navigation does not need GPS
Knowridge Science Report; October 26, 2016
Gilat’s Satellite-based Cellular Backhaul Solution Selected by Sprint to Extend LTE Services to Metro Edge and Rural Areas in the US
Yahoo! Finance; October 26, 2016
Finding the Right Fit: How Antennas Are Evolving for IFC
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; October 26, 2016
Heightening South Korea's Satellite System Will Be Thales Alenia Space
SatNews; October 26, 2016
Airbus flight tests high-bandwidth connectivity on an A330
ATW Online; Kurt Hofmann; October 26, 2016
Satellite-based Maritime Surveillance Market for Civil Government Customers
Military Technologies; October 26, 2016
Spire CEO: We are Launching Satellites Every Month
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; October 26, 2016
CACI International lands $77M satellite communications contract
Washington Technology; Mark Hoover; October 26, 2016
Sprint Using Gilat Satellite-based Cellular Backhaul Solution for LTE in the US
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; October 26, 2016
Honeywell’s Big Thrust on IoT
DATAQUEST; Ibrahim Ahmad; October 27, 2016
Pacific Marine Expo... We're Talking Safety And SATCOM At Sea
SatNews; October 27, 2016
Forget Mars. Venture capitalists target space projects that can make money now
The Los Angeles Times; Samantha Masunaga; October 27, 2016
Regulation forces owners to improve safety
Marine Electronics and Communications; Martyn Wingrove; October 27, 2016
KARI Taps Thales Alenia Space for South Korean Augmentation Satellite System
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; October 27, 2016
Additional coverage: Aerospace-Technology
Israel’s Gilat Selected by Sprint to Extend LTE Services in US with Satellite-Based Cellular Backhaul Solution
SpaceWatch Middle East; October 27, 2016
LeoSat Constellation Explores Bringing Data Connectivity to the Stratosphere
Interxion; Caroline Puygrenier; October 27, 2016
India Extends GMDSS-GOC License Application Period
MarineLink; Aiswarya Lakshmi; October 27, 2016
Passur, AirMap Enter Drone Alert Partnership
AIN Online; Bill Carey; October 27, 2016
How IoT technologies are disrupting the aerospace and defence status quo
IT Pro Portal; October 27, 2016
Real-time aircraft weight-and-balance coming to BizAv app
Runway Girl Network; Chris Kjelgaard; October 27, 2016
Supporting Maritime Security in East Asia
MarineLink; Aiswarya Lakshmi; October 28, 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

MSUA members eligible for a 20% discount.  Use registration code EPO8

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 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

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