Mobile Satellite Users Association January 16, 2017
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President's Message
Catherine A. Melquist

Mobility is the "Word of the Year for SATELLITE 2017", this recently announced in SATELLITE 2017 DOWNLINK. As the content partner for the SAT17 Mobility Forum, MSUA encourages all to include the Mobility Forum in your conference schedule. The agenda is packed with hot mobility topics and panels featuring some of the industry best moderators and speakers from companies leading in mobility innovation and practices. Don't miss this year's SAT17 Mobility Forum.  
Another MUST ATTEND event is MSUA's 2017 Mobility Innovation Awards Luncheon featuring keynote speaker John Bloom, an award winning investigative reporter, New York Times columnist and author of "Eccentric Orbits, The Iridium Story".  MSUA will be presenting awards to five companies determined to be the top satellite mobility innovators of 2016.  Tickets can be purchased as an "ADD ON" when registering for the SATELLITE 2017 conference and exhibition.  

Saving the best news for last, MSUA welcomes three new members to our association PANASONIC Avionics, MVS and CLS America. Additionally, long-time MSUA member RoadPost has elevated their status from a small business to a corporate member.  Look for more information to follow on each of these mobility players including in-depth spotlight interviews.  

Now on to Mobility News!
Moving Forward. Smarter Together.
MSUA is offering complimentary tickets to the 2017 Mobility Innovation Awards Luncheon for companies that become new MSUA members from now until 31 January 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!
Calling all top satellite mobility innovators.......
To apply, email a one-page description to detailing your mobility innovation (technical or service delivery) along with information evidencing how your innovation is contributing to the development of the satellite mobility market. Awards will be given in the following categories -- government, maritime, land, aero and M2M/IOT. You must be an MSUA member to apply. Last year's winners include:  Inmarsat, Iridium, Cobham, ViaSat and Orbcomm. Awards will be presented at MSUA's Mobility Satellite Innovation Awards Luncheon on 7 March 2017. Tickets can be purchased at the same time you register for SATELLITE 2017.  
14 Days Left to Apply!  

SpaceX resumes flights with on-target launch for Iridium
January 14, 2017 - Spaceflight Now, Stephen Clark 

Local Company Holds Its Breath Ahead of Monday's Satellite Launch
NBC 4 Washington; January 6, 2017 
FAA grants SpaceX license to resume rocket launches on Monday
Reuters; Irene Klotz; January 6, 2017
Globalstar embraces LTE in revamped terrestrial communications plan
SpaceNews; Caleb Henry; January 6, 2017
ViaSat Becomes Oversold
Forbes; January 6, 2017
Arianespace to launch Intelsat 39
Space Daily; January 6, 2017
Intelsat Announces Final Results of Exchange Offers by ICF
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; January 6, 2017
Massive storm hits western U.S. with rain, snow and ice
Reuters; Joseph Ax; January 8, 2017 
SpeedCast Introduces SIGMA Net
Military Technologies; January 10, 2017
Lufthansa begins trialing broadband on short- and medium-haul flights
ATW Online; Kurt Hoffman; January 10, 2017
Thuraya unveils new maritime satcoms terminal
Marine Electronics and Communications; Martyn Wingrove; January 11, 2017
Thuraya Pumps Up Preparedness... Emergency Response Equipment to International Telecommunication Union
SatNews; January 11, 2017

Xplore Technologies and CLS America...Take One Tablet and Feel Better About Global Communications
SatNews; January 12, 2017
Multi-Band Comms For Stena Line From Marlink
SatNews; January 12, 2017

Hughes Launches Testing of EchoStar 19
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; January 10, 2017

Iridium satellite loaded on Falcon 9 rocket ahead of planned January 14 launch
TechCrunch; Darrell Etherington; January 12, 2017

Iridium constellation provides low-Earth orbit satnav service
GPS World; January 12, 2017
Lufthansa talks brave, new-ish, digital world
Runway Girl Network; Seth Miller; January 12, 2017
West Star Aviation Completes Rockwell Collins VENUE Installation on Global Express
AviationPros; January 12, 2017
Honeywell’s JetWave wins EASA certification
ATW Online; Alan Dron; January 12, 2017

ESA Approves New In-Flight Connectivity on Airbus A319
Via Satellite; Woodrow Bellamy III; January 12, 2017
SpaceX aims to regain momentum with new rocket launch
CBS This Morning; January 13, 2017 
Space-Based Flight Tracking Comes Closer With Launch of Satellites
The Wall Street Journal; Susan Carey and Andy Pasztor; January 13, 2017
ESA, Inmarsat complete satellite-assisted ATC trials
Air & Cosmos International; January 13, 2017

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


FAA looks to spur spectrum sharing tech
FCW; Mark Rockwell; January 6, 2017
Pentagon starts ball rolling on wideband satcom study
SpaceNews; Phillip Swarts; January 6, 2017
Satellite tracking of migratory birds to take flight this year
Today Online; Neo Chai Chin; January 9, 2017
Fixing the US space exploration program
The Space Review; Roger Handberg; January 9, 2017
NSR Report: What a Trump Administration Means for the UAS Satcom Market
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; January 9, 2017
GMV Invests Funds, Technology into Reusable Rocket Start-Up
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; January 9, 2017
China's New Rocket Launches a Trio
SatNews; January 9, 2017
US Combat Support Agency Buys $3.3 Million in Norsat Satellite Terminals
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; January 9, 2017
Duncan Aviation Offers Customers ADS-B Slot Reservations
AviationPros; January 9, 2017
Honeywell And Aereon To Leverage Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) For Oil And Gas
Yahoo! Finance; January 10, 2017
Weather Eye
Aviation Week; January 10, 2017
FAA looks to industry to free up spectrum
Washington Technology; January 10, 2017
Pentagon Finally Launches Study... Future Needs of Military SATCOM
SatNews; January 10, 2017
Google in Talks to Sell Its Satellite Business
The Wall Street Journal; Rolfe Winkler and Jack Nicas; January 10, 2017
Ethiopia Says to Launch Satellite Into Orbit in 3 to 5 Years
ABC News; Elias Meseret; January 10, 2017
Luxembourg’s Bid to Become the Silicon Valley of Space Mining
WIRED; Sarah Scoles; January 10, 2017
Honeywell secures SCADA contract for TAP
Pipelines International; January 10, 2017
Japan Has A Plan To Remove Large Pieces of Space Junk From Orbit, But Will It Work?
Forbes; January 10, 2017
SES Expands Monitoring Capabilities with Kratos’ Monics Enterprise
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; January 10, 2017
Flying drones, self-driving cars will be debated by Congress this year
USA Today; Bart Jansen; January 10, 2017
Japan space agency postpones launch of mini rocket because of wind
Reuters; January 10, 2017

Technology will transform maritime safety and efficiency
Marine Electronics and Communications; Martyn Wingrove; January 10, 2017

Two Canadians C-COM and NSERC Invest $6.1M in R&D of Next Gen Intelligent Mobile Antenna Technology
SatNews; January 10, 2017
OmniAccess Starting to Look at LEO Capacity
Via Satellite; Mark Holmes; January 10, 2017
$1.2B OneWeb deal shatters records, propels D.C. region venture capital to banner year
Washington Business Journal; Andy Medici; January 11, 2017
National Security Discussion by Senior Military Leaders at 33rd Space Symposium
SatNews; January 11, 2017
DARPA Paves Way For Commercial Satellite Servicing
Aviation Week; Graham Warwick; January 11, 2017
Trump Nominee: ATC Reform Requires 'National Consensus'
AIN Online; Bill Carey; January 11, 2017
Galileo declares: Open for business!
GPS World; January 11, 2017
Canadian Army successfully tests GPS anti-jamming system for its artillery
Ottawa Citizen; David Pugliese; January 11, 2017
PPC Broadband, Corning Optical Collaborate on Broadband Connectivity
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; January 11, 2017
C-Com, NSERC to Invest $6.1 Million for R&D of Intelligent Mobile Antenna
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; January 11, 2017
JetBlue Launches Free Satellite Wi-Fi On All Local Flights: Was The Wait For Fly-Fi Worth It?
Tech Times; Aaron Mamiit; January 11, 2017
EightyLEO IoT Constellation Hones Architecture, Name and Focus
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; January 11, 2017
Honeywell And EAD Aerospace Boost In-Flight Connectivity For Airbus A319 With European Agency Certification
Yahoo! Finance; January 12, 2017
Rockwell Collins, 4 Partners Form Industry Team to Advance Maritime Simulation Tools Devt
ExecutiveBiz; Jane Edwards; January 12, 2017
SES Finishes Refinancing Debt from O3b
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; January 12, 2017
Seagull updates seafarer training app
Marine Electronics and Communications; Martyn Wingrove; January 12, 2017
KVH launching HTS upgrade this year, preps for OneWeb
SpaceNews; Caleb Henry; January 13, 2017
SES and GEE Sign Breakthrough Connectivity Deal to Drive Mobility
Yahoo! Finance; January 13, 2017
UltiSat Awarded CTC Task Order to Provide Satellite Bandwidth for Geospatial Intelligence Missions
Yahoo! Finance; January 13, 2017
Better connectivity gives KVH Videotel content opportunities
Marine Electronics and Communications; Martyn Wingrove; January 13, 2017

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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