Mobile Satellite Users Association November 21, 2016
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President's Message
Catherine A. Melquist 

MSUA's mobility market development partner, Euroconsult just released its 2016 report, Prospects for Maritime Satellite Communications. The below chart is an excerpt from that report and shows explosive supply growth anticipated in different maritime regions. Of particular interest is the difference by region of the capacity type, with LEO driving significant growth in the Mediterranean and South Atlantic, and GEO capacity fueling growth in the other locations. The report goes into further detail breaking out regular vs HTS capacity, as well as by maritime market segment and infrastructure type.  

MSUA will be hosting the SATELLITE 2017 Maritime Mobility Panel on 8 March 2017.  MSUA invites members interested in panel participation to reach out to    

Last, apologies to anyone who had trouble accessing the transcript from my interview with Anand Chari, EVP and CTO of Gogo during the recent NAB conference in New York.  For those interested in reading Anand's perspective on how Satellites are Changing Air Travel, click here.   

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Euroconsult is the leading market intelligence consulting firm dedicated exclusively to the space and satellite industries. For more information on Euroconsult’s forecast, contact either Sima Fishman ( or Andrew Smith ( 

U.S. defense agency encourages allied nations to join unlimited-use Iridium program
SpaceNews; Peter B. de Selding; November 11, 2016
Inmarsat Stock Up On Contract To Provide GX For Aviation To Austrian Airlines
Nasdaq; November 11, 2016
ViaSat Revenues Buoyed by In-Flight Internet Uptick
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; November 11, 2016
‘Finding Alaska’s Villages’
Frontiersman; Mary Lockman; November 13, 2016
ViaSat Acquires Arconics for Added Aircraft Operations Capabilities
PR Newswire; November 14, 2016
Comtech awarded Swedish radio contract
C4ISR Net; Michael Peck; November 14, 2016
SpeedCast’s communications and broadcast solution leads the way at ‘Everest of the ocean’ Vendée Globe Race
RealWire; November 14, 2016
Heavy Duty Ahead For Iridium Communications With Komatsu Limited
SatNews; November 14, 2016
Air Force awards special operations military sensor deal
Defense Systems; Tim Broderick; November 14, 2016
Military grade GX maritime system v
Maritime Journal; November 14, 2016 
SkyNode S200 Primed For Pilatus Business Jet
SatNews; November 15, 2016 
UAE’s Thuraya, SatAfrik host roadshow in Tanzania
Spacewatch Middle East; November 15, 2016
Intelsat Signs Extension with Sonema to Support Enterprise Networks in Africa
BusinessWire; November 15, 2016
Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network to launch with partial service
Runway Girl Network; Seth Miller; November 14, 2016
Speaking The Aircraft Connectivity Language
Aviation Week; James Hardie; November 15, 2016
Intelsat is Named Satellite Operator of the Year at 2016 Arab States Broadcasting Union BroadcastPro Selevision Awards
BusinessWire; November 15, 2016
Sonema Expand Enterprise Network Support in Africa with Intelsat
Via Satellite; Veronica Magan; November 15, 2016
IRIS Insight From Applied Satellite Technology
SatNews; November 16, 2016
Thuraya Launches Next Generation Satellite Handset
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; November 16, 2016
ViaSat Acquires Arconics for Connected Aircraft Software and More
Via Satellite; Woodrow Bellamy; November 15, 2016

Germany’s Air Navigation Service Provider Signs Agreement to Evaluate Space-Based ADS-B
PR Newswire; November 16, 2016
Awards Recognize Dedication to Search and Rescue
The Maritime Executive; November 16, 2016
‘Small Satcom’ Assists Effect Storm Waves on Sea Ice Research
Hydro International; November 17, 2016 
Inmarsat Safety Pioneer Remembered in First Vladimir Maksimov H.E.R.O Award for Outstanding Achievement
SpaceRef; November 17, 2016
Globalstar's STINGR Takes The Bite Out Of Asset Tracking
SatNews; November 17, 2016
Marlink and Intelsat plan Pacific broadband for shipping
Marine Electronics and Communications; Martyn Wingrove; November 17, 2016
Globalstar In Tunisa Takes Safety Seriously Safeguards Staff With SOS Button For Drivers
SatNews; November 17, 2016
ORBCOMM Named on Deloitte's 2016 Technology Fast 500
Broadway World; November 17, 2016
Gogo Boosts In-Flight Wi-Fi Capacity with Intelsat 29e
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; November 17, 2016
Biggest global satellite operator opens for business in Russia
RT; November 18, 2016
Disdaining Inhospitable Locations As Rock Seven SATCOM Solutions Sally Forth
SatNews; November 18, 2016 
AST Involved In Weather Warning Implementation System In Malaysia
SatNews; November 18, 2016
Telecom Egypt enhances VSAT connectivity with Intelsat
Financial News UK; Gulli Arnason; November 18, 2016
Speedcast (ASX:SDA) Cooperate with Axxess Marine Offering Superyacht Customers Revolutionary Self-service Portal
ABNewswire; November 18, 2016
Comtech awarded USD 3.3 mln equipment order by Asian MNO
Telecompaper; November 18, 2016

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


How Latin America and the Caribbean is leading operational excellence in ATM
CANSO; November 11, 2016
Airbus’ Defense & Space Business to Update Comms Network of UK Navy Warships
ExecutiveBiz; November 11, 2016
SSL delivers powerful, high capacity broadband satellite for Hughes to Cape Canaveral
Intelligent Aerospace; November 11, 2016
Spain’s High-Speed Trains Get Connected with Gilat Satellite Broadband
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; November 11, 2016
CACI wins $446m contract for US Air Force Satellite Control Network
Airforce-technology; November 11, 2016
Optus Inks SatSleeve Distribution Agreement with NAS Australia
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; November 11, 2016
That private network on the Wi-Fi band? Won't happen
Computer World; Stephen Lawson; November 14, 2016
Honeywell Partnership and Four Critical Elements to Providing the World’s Best Government Aviation Services
Satellite PR News; November 14, 2016
KVH Announces NEWSlink Live Service with Richer Content to Enhance Digital Life at Sea
Hellenic Shipping News; November 14, 2016
SATCOM Growth Continues For Global Government & Military Customers, NSR Reports
SatNews; November 14, 2016
I Used Mind Control to Fly a Plane Around Seattle
WIRED; Jack Stewart; November 14, 2016
Vector, Atlas Look to Simplify Smallsat Launch and Tracking
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; November 14, 2016
China launches pulsar navigation satellite
GPS World; November 14, 2016
Canada to invest C$1.5 billion in radar and electronic navigation
Marine Electronics and Communications; Martyn Wingrove; November 14, 2016
USAF Awards CACI $446 Million Contract for Satellite Network Control
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; November 14, 2016
Next steps for space policy
The Space Review; Jeff Foust; November 14, 2016
NewSpace Sector Is Likely Facing Recession
Forbes; Bruce Dorminey; November 15, 2016
Eutelsat and Broadpeak® Combine Skills for Satellite Delivery of Live TV and VOD to Mobile Devices
BusinessWire; November 15, 2016
BRIEF-Ducommun Receives Contract from Airbus for Satellite Communications Components
Reuters; November 15, 2016
Honeywell Gives Building Controls to Occupants
IoT Evolution; Ken Briodough; November 15, 2016
Rockwell Collins Working On Touch Screens, Smarter Pilot Assistance
Aviation Week; Thierry DuBois; November 15, 2016
No price tag, end date for FAA's air traffic control plan
FOX Business; November 15, 2016
FAA Releases Navigation Strategy for the National Airspace System
Flying Magazine; Rob Mark; November 15, 2016


SES Partners With MADA to Provide High-Quality Internet Connectivity in South Sudan
SpaceRef; November 15, 2016

Garmin® receives FAA installation approval for all-in-one ADS-B transponders in helicopters
BusinessWire; November 16, 2016
HTS in Africa: Where will They Make the Difference?
Via Satellite; Helen Jameson; November 16, 2016
Belarus to help ITU monitor satellite emissions
Belarus News; November 16, 2016
What does the future hold for shipping?
Hellenic Shipping News; November 16, 2016
DFS to study space based ADS-B benefits
Air Traffic Management; November 16, 2016
After U.S. Election, Battle Resumes Over ATC Restructuring
AIN Online; Bill Carey; November 16, 2016
Eutelsat, Global Team to Upgrade Mattel’s Internet
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; November 16, 2016
PSN Selects Newtec Dialog® to Deliver Rural Broadband in Indonesia
SpaceRef; November 16, 2016
Harris Manpack Certified To Bring More To MUOS
SatNews; November 16, 2016
RigNet Tapped for North Sea Remote Communications Contract
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; November 16, 2016
SpaceX Wants FCC Approval to Launch a Gigantic Satellite Internet Network
Fortune; November 17, 2016
DHS, FAA Start UAS Detection Study Around Denver Airport
ExecutiveGov; Jay Clemens; November 17, 2016
Commercial space industry seeks regulatory reforms in the Trump administration
SpaceNews; Jeff Foust; November 17, 2016
Telesat prepares shareholder payday, outlines 117-satellite constellation
SpaceNews; Peter B. de Selding; November 17, 2016  
Panasonic Avionics selects Ericsson for 5G-ready core across multiple markets
Nasdaq; November 17, 2016
Continuous Growth in the Maritime Sector Despite Global Economic Downturn
SpaceRef; November 17, 2016
Lift-off for Galileo satellite quartet
BBC; Jonathan Amos; November 17, 2016
FAA Eager To Assume Satellite Tracking Role
Aviation Week; Mark Carreau; November 17, 2016
Here's what's hampering Lockheed Martin's civilian drone push
Washington Business Journal; November 17, 2016
SpaceX looks to the skies to bring faster Internet
First Coast News; Eli Blumenthal (USA Today); November 18, 2016
Air traffic controller recognized for safety performance by Nav Canada
The Manitoulin Expositor; Tom Sasvari; November 18, 2016
Canadian Army completes testing of NovAtel's GAJT antenna system
Army Technology; November 18, 2016
Data demand drives VSAT in shipping
Marine Electronics & Communications; Martyn Wingrove; November 18, 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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