Mobile Satellite Users Association June 6, 2016
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President's Message
Catherine A. Melquist
President, MSUA

As reported in the 6 May edition of Mobility News, MSUA has formed a partnership with Euroconsult to supply mobility market statistics, infographics and other forms of information to further help Mobility News readers "see the field” when it comes to the mobility market, vertical segments and potentially relevant adjacent markets.

New Mobility Market Segment Analysis.  This week, Euroconsult released their Prospects for a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems study, highlights to include:

  • $26 billion RPAS market by 2015, up from $1billion in 2015
  • Advanced economies to be largest drone markets; with nearly 600,000 RPAS expected to be in service by end of the decade
  • Agriculture was estimated to be the largest user of RPAS in 2015 

In this study, Prospects for a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, Euroconsult conducts a vertical market analysis of major drivers, key issues and demand take-up for RPAS used for commercial and civil purposes. The report focuses on five key vertical markets - agriculture & forestry, civil protection & disaster management, engineering & transportation infrastructure, oil & energy, and video & cinema. The report includes market forecasts through 2025 by vertical market and by region as well as a detailed analysis of the RPAS value chain.



To review Euroconsult's full press release on the study, click.  And, for more information about the report (eg. pricing, contents, etc.), click

Exclusive to MSUA members, Euroconsult is offering a 10% report discount. Receive your MSUA member discount code by emailing  

Adjacent Market News.  It was reported in last week's Mobility News that we'll be shifting to cyber security for our adjacent market mobility news coverage in June.  Slight shift again, we'll begin cyber coverage next week and will go with one more week of agriculture market coverage. Consider this an ode to the RPAS study where agriculture is pegged as a primary driving market.

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MSUA is expanding our membership to include companies and individuals interested and operating in the mobility satcom market. We are pleased to welcome the following new members:

For information on MSUA membership benefits, email For the membership application, click here.


Iridium’s Scott Scheimreif, Other Execs Tackle Future Navigation Products
ExecutiveBiz; Jay Clemens; May 27, 2016
ViaSat Applauds FCC Action to Include New and Innovative Technologies to Compete for Connect America Fund; Gives Rise to New High-Speed Options for Consumers Nationwide
ViaSat Press Room; May 27, 2016  
Royal Canadian Air Force selects ViaSat's STT for CP-140 Aurora fleet
Air force Technology; May 27, 2016
Myanmar Teams with Intelsat to Advance 2G and 3G Wireless Networks
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; May 27, 2016
DARPA tackles the big problem with small satellites
C4SIR & Networks; Adam Stone; May 27, 2016
SES Raises $1 Billion to Buy All of O3b Networks
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; May 27, 2016
ITC Global Talks Motives for Panasonic Avionics Acquisition
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; May 27, 2016
Intelsat Expands Contract For Satellite Services With Saudi Telecom
RTT News; May 30, 2016
Inmarsat to showcase the real-life applications for Global Xpress in Asia Pacific
Inmarsat Press Room; May 31, 2016
Intelsat and KDDI Turn Rio into the First EpicNG Games
Businesswire; May 31, 2016
Additional coverage: Telecompaper
Saudi Telecommunication Company Expands Relationship with Intelsat
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; May 31, 2016
Fleet One Global brings flexibility and choice to the maritime industry
Inmarsat Press Room; June 1, 2016
Thuraya and IEC Telecom Partner Up to Showcase the Latest Satellite Technology at Kazakhstan Defense Expo
Thuraya Press Room; June 1, 2016
DISA Awards $73 Million In-Flight Connectivity Contract to ViaSat
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; June 2, 2016

American Airlines rejects Gogo internet for its new fleet of planes
The Verge; June 5, 2016



INTELLIAN GX and FX antennas bring maritime breakthrough to CommunicAsia 2016
Hellenic Shipping News; June 2, 2016
Myanmar ministry taps Intelsat for VSAT, cellular backhaul; John Tanner; June 2, 2016
Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: Inmarsat Looks to Support Military Ka-Band Connectivity Through Global Xpress
ExecutiveBiz; Ramona Adams; June 2, 2016
Fleet One Global brings flexibility and choice to the maritime industry
Hellenic Shipping News; June 2, 2016
ViaSat Secures Potential $73M DISA Contract for Ku-Band/Ka-Band Communications Services
GovConWire; Scott Nicholas; June 2, 2016
Automotive Antennas From Kymeta Receive New Product Innovation Award From Frost & Sullivan
SatNews; June 2, 2016
Additional coverage: Yahoo! News
Inmarsat Unveils Fleet One Global
Maritime Professional; Joseph R. Fonesca; June 2, 2016
Inmarsat Looks to Capitalize on Growing Chinese IFC Market
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; June 2, 2016
Globalstar’s Spot used in 22 Rescues During 2016 Marathon Des Sables
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; June 2, 2016
Additional coverage: SatNews
Intelsat to Provide Satellite Services for Myanmar’s Wireless Comms Network
ExecutiveBiz; Jay Clemens; June 2, 2016
KDDI to Use Intelsat EpicNG for Rio Olympic Broadcasts
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; June 2, 2016
Inmarsat makes key appointment to Indian market
Inmarsat Press Room; June 3, 2016
Acquiring Minds Wish To Know... Apax Partners Brings Marlink Into Their Company Harbor
SatNews; June 3, 2016




U.S. STRATCOM considering a follow-on to ORS-1 surveillance satellite
SpaceNews; Mike Gruss; May 27, 2016
SpeedCast to Connect Racing Yachts for Transat AG2R La Mondiale
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; May 27, 2016
MARITIME Tracking fishing boats with satellite devices
The Manila Times; May 28, 2016
IoT on drone operator's radar
IoT Hub; Peter Gutierrez; May 30, 2016
US Army's SMDC Provides Ukrainian Soldiers With Specialized Space Training In Dealing With Disrupted Space Operations
SatNews; May 30, 2016
Mobility Services Via AsiaSat 8 Selected By Thai Aerospace Industries
SatNews; May 31, 2016
Military GPS Receiver Advances Could Help Trim Satellite Costs
Inside GNSS; Dee Ann Divis; May 31, 2016
German Armed Forces Salute Airbus Defence and Space...  Enlists Seven+ Years Of Satellite Communications Services
SatNews; May 31, 2016
Additional coverage: Via Satellite
SpeedCast Buys HTS Capacity, Adds Teleport Infrastructure with Telesat
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; May 31, 2016
Additional coverage: The Digital Ship
Soyuz upper stage “irregularity” mars successful Glonass launch
SpaceNews; Jeff Foust; May 31, 2016
Satellite Operators Train Humanitarian Responders with the United Nations
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; May 31, 2016
Harris Completes Production of All Aireon ADS-B Hosted Payloads
Aireon Press Room; June 1, 2016
Additional coverage: PR Newswire; Air Traffic Management, Yahoo! Finance; MarketWatch; InformationWeek; Wall Street Online
First three subcontractors selected by OneWeb Satellites
Space Daily; June 3, 2016

CommunicAsia 2016 opens promising robots, VR, IoT, drones, smart devices and more
iTWire; Alex Zaharov-Reutt; June 1, 2016

Fleet digitalisation comes with greater cyber risks to ship systems
Marine Electronics and Communications; Martyn Wingrove; June 1, 2016
OneWeb Satellites Picks its First Three Subcontractors
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; June 1, 2016
Additional coverage: SatNews
iDirect, SpeedCast LTE Cellular Backhaul Test Tops 400 Mbps
Via Satellite; Caleb Henry; June 1, 2016
L-3 wins $1.9 billion U.S. defense contract: Pentagon
Reuters; June 2, 2016
Additional coverage: GovConWire
Satellite Fleet Operators Investing In Broadband
Aviation Week; Amy Svitak; June 2, 2016
Full text available upon request
Harris Completes Aireon’s ADS-B Hosted Payloads
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; June 2, 2016
Additional coverage: Space Daily
JetBlue To Equip Airbus Fleet for Space-based ADS-B
AIN Online; Bill Carey; June 2, 2016
IATA favors new, better, lower cost solution to global tracking
Runway Girl Network; Seth Miller; June 2, 2016
New satellite comms system for HALE drones
C4ISR & Networks; Michael Peck; June 2, 2016
Satellite industry revenue tops $208 billion in 2015: trade group
Reuters; Irene Klotz; June 2, 2016
Panel To Be Hosted By The HPA @ The Small Payload Rideshare Symposium
SatNews; June 2, 2016
Tiny Satellite Is First Step to Global Quantum Network
Seeker; June 3, 2016

Cyber-secure VSAT is needed for shipping
Hellenic Shipping News; June 1, 2016


This new section highlights mobility news from an adjacent market for the purpose of market development. Focus shifts next week and throughout the month of June to Cyber Security.  

Precision Agriculture Drives LiDAR Drone Market Growing at 35.2% CAGR to 2022
Newsmaker; May 30, 2016

PrecisionAg Widens Website, Branding in Response to Escalating Interest in Precision Farming
The Intelligencer; May 31, 2016
Smart agriculture market – overview, drivers and restraints & competitive overview 2016 – 2024
Your Renewable News; May 31, 2016

Technological Innovation Will Act As A Catalyst In Boosting Productivity and Growth in Africa’s Agribusiness Sector: PwC Agribusiness Report
African Brains; Marc Mcilhone; June 1, 2016

Precision Agriculture Pioneer, Farmers Edge, Forms Partnership with Leading Equipment Dealer Moody’s Equipment to Expand Precision Ag Technology Availability across Western Canada
Business Wire; May 31, 2016

Big potential, big questions
AgWeek; Jonathan Knutson; May 31, 2016

Taking digital tech to the farm
CIO; Martha Heller; May 31, 2016
How Farmers Could Be the New Climate Warriors: Agricultural Carbon Credits
AlterNet; Brian Barth; May 31, 2016

Precision Agriculture (2): What is the EU’s role in promoting adoption?
Agra Europe; Paul Hutchinson; June 1, 2016
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Thinks Farmers Can Help Solve Global Warming
Scientific American; David Biello; June 1, 2016

Forbes Media Will Host Its Second AgTech Summit, July 13 – 14, Salinas Valley
Forbes; June 1, 2016

India Satcom Forum 2016 | Broadband for all using NextGen Satellite Technologies
7 June 2016
Le Meridian Hotel, New Delhi 

Sponsorships and speaking opportunities available for MSUA members interested in developing the mobility market in India.  For more information, email  

MilSatCom USA
June 28-29, 2016
Sheraton Pentagon City, Arlington, USA
Tel: +44 (0) 207 827 6054

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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