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2004 Satellite News

December, 2004

Satellite mapping aids Darfur relief

Aid workers trying to house, feed and clothe millions of homeless refugees in the Sudanese region of Darfur are getting a helping hand from advanced mapping technology. A European consortium of companies and university groups known as Respond is working to provide accurate and up to date maps. The group uses satellites from Nasa, the European Space Agency and the Disaster Monitoring Constellation.  Full Story  BBC News_ 12/25/04

China plans big production of small satellites

China, which put its first man in orbit last year, has built a national engineering and research center for small satellites, paving the way for large-scale production. The center had a designed production capacity of six to eight small satellites a year, the People's Daily said.Last month, state media said China planned to launch more than 100 satellites before 2020 to watch every corner of the country.  Full Story  Reuters_ 12/15/04

November, 2004

3-D maps from Commercial satellites guide G.I.s in Iraq's deadliest urban mazes

The new weapon is called the Urban Tactical Planner, which combines advanced computer software tools with high-resolution imagery that is beamed down to earth from a new generation of commercial satellites. In Iraq, it provided commanders with a three-dimensional virtual tour of a mazelike section of Mosul before the first troops from the First Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, and the Iraqi National Guard began capturing insurgents last month. From relief efforts in Sudan, to mission planning for Air Force flights and Navy ship movements across the world, space-based imagery by private companies is now playing an essential role.  Full Story  New York Times_ 11/26/04 (logon required)

Boeing Co. Delta 2 rocket launches new U.S. Air Force Global Positioning Satellite

The rocket showed no ill effects from having stood on its launch pad in the paths of Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, which both hit Florida in September. The $45 million satellite, built by Lockheed Martin, brings the current number of GPS satellites in the U.S. constellation to 30, the Air Force said. It will replace an aging satellite that has been in geosynchronous orbit since 1991.  Full Story  Reuters_  11/6/04

U.S. deploys satellite jamming system

The U.S. Air Force quietly has put into service a new weapon designed to jam enemy satellite communications, a significant step toward U.S. control of space. The so-called Counter Communications System was declared operational late last month at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Air Force Space Command said in e-mailed replies to questions from Reuters. The ground-based jammer uses electromagnetic radio frequency energy to knock out transmissions on a temporary and reversible basis, without frying components, the command said. U.S. military control of space is one of four missions spelled out under a national space policy adopted by former president Bill Clinton in 1996. The goal is to make sure U.S. forces have unhindered access to space and space-based services and to deny an enemy any similar benefits.  Full Story  Reuters_ 11/1/04

October, 2004

Russia to launch new telecommunications satellite

A Russian Proton-M rocket will lift off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on Saturday to deliver a telecommunications satellite into space, the Federal Space Agency said. The Express-AM1 telecommunications satellite made by Russia's Reshetnyov research and production institute is designed to provide a wide range of telecommunications services, including digital TV and radio broadcasting, video-conference and wide-band Internet access.  Full Story  Xinhuanet_ 10/28/04

Einstein's warp effect measured

Two scientists appear to have beaten a $600 million Nasa mission to be first to measure a phenomenon predicted by Einstein's theory of relativity. "Frame-dragging" is the effect wherein a massive body like Earth drags space-time around with it as it spins. Ignazio Ciufolini from the University of Lecce, Italy, and Erricos Pavlis from the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology in Baltimore, US, measured frame-dragging by studying the movements of two satellites in Earth orbit over a period of 11 years. The results are published in the latest edition of the academic journal Nature.  Full Story  BBC News_ 10/21/04

Star Wars technology helps Darfur find water
Satellite technology first developed as part of Ronald Reagan's "Star Wars" programme in the 1980s is now being put to use to find water supplies in crisis-hit western Sudan and Chad. French scientist Alain Gachet adapted elements of Star Wars - designed to counter the threat of a nuclear attack on America by using satellites to pinpoint missile launches - to locate sources of water beneath the Sahara. The technology is proving highly useful as region struggles to cope with the fallout from the Darfur crisis in Sudan, with thousands of refugees heading over the border into Chad.  Full Story  BBC News_ 10/5/04

HETE-2 satellite detects three cosmic explosions that could precede supernovae

If the blasts--which took place on September 12, 16 and 24 and lasted only a few seconds each -- are precursors to stellar explosions called supernovae, astronomers would have a new tool to predict these explosions, and researchers could watch the blasts from start to finish. The explosions occurred in the constellations Aquarius, Pisces and Aries, and all are more than 1 billion light-years from Earth, and also far away from each other, said George Ricker of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, whose team detected the explosions with NASA's High-Energy Transient Explorer (HETE-2) satellite.  Full Story  Reuters_ 10/1/04

September, 2004

General Dynamics completes acquisition of TriPoint Global Communications Inc.

TriPoint Global is a privately-held provider of ground-based satellite and wireless communication equipment and integration services for video, voice and data applications worldwide. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. TriPoint Global Communications and its VertexRSI, Prodelin and Gabriel brands provide solutions for global satellite and wireless communications requirements. The company is a leading supplier of base station and earth station communications products and services, VSAT antennas and antenna systems and wireless backhaul products. The company has approximately 1,450 employees in 14 locations.  Full Story  Press Release_ 9/17/04

India launches its first learning satellite to expand the country's educational network

The Edusat, weighing around 2,000kg, will help train teachers and provide primary and secondary education by linking classrooms across India. About a third of India's billion-plus population cannot read and only 13% finish high school. It was sent into space by India's locally-made geo-synchronous satellite launch vehicle from Sriharikota island in southern Andhra Pradesh state.  Full Story  BBC News_ 9/20/04

Israeli eye on Iran fails on liftoff
The Defense Ministry blamed a failure in the third stage of the rocket launch for the loss of the $50 million Ofek-6 satellite.  Full Story  Reuters_ 9/6/04

Satellite tracking for criminals; the tracking device will be monitored by a control station
Prolific offenders and paedophiles in the UK are to be monitored by new satellite technology under three pilot schemes.  It is the first time a European country has used satellites to monitor the movements of offenders. The electronic device will be monitored by a control station which records the location of the offender to within a few meters.    Full Story BBC_9/2/04

Ship-sinking monster waves are widespread, not a nautical myth -- ESA
Rogue waves that rise as high as 10-story buildings and can sink large ships are far more common than previously thought, imagery from European Space Agency (ESA) satellites has shown. Previously, ESA said, scientists believed that such large waves occurred only once every 10,000 years. ESA said severe weather had sunk more than 200 supertankers and container ships exceeding 650 feet in length over the past two decades and that rogue waves were believed to be a major cause of such accidents.  Full Story  Reuters_ 7/24/04

Sprites, jets and elves under the eye of Taiwan's Rocsat-2 spacecraft

The phenomena- strange flashes of coloured light in the Earth's upper atmosphere - occur between 50 and 100km (30-60 miles) above the Earth's surface and are believed to be discharges of electricity from above thunderstorms, part of a global electrical circuit. The phenomena are difficult to study as they occur too high for most aircraft and too low for satellites.  Full Story  BBC News_ 7/24/04

NASA rethinks mission to orbit the Sun

A similar plan was rejected five years ago. The probe would carry instruments to examine particles and radiation. But building a spacecraft that can survive repeated flybys of the Sun poses significant challenges.  Full Story  BBC News_ 7/22/04

NASA to let key weather satellite fall out of the sky
The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite, a joint venture with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, is working perfectly and could still be saved, but NASA officials said neither the Japanese nor other U.S. agencies were willing to contribute to the estimated $28 million to $36 million needed to keep the mission operating. NASA's Earth observation budget is shrinking as the agency begins to focus on President Bush's plan for human exploration of the moon and Mars.  Full Story  Washington Post/MSNBC_ 7/19/04

NASA launches Aura spacecraft offering scientists their best gauge yet of how the tug of war between international treaties and industrial pollutants is being played out in Earth's atmosphere
The bus-sized spacecraft was built for NASA by Northrop Grumman Corp. The $785 million mission will use four instruments to sweep and scan the atmosphere as it circles the planet in a polar orbit, studying the movement of pollutants and paying particular attention to the stratospheric ozone layer that buffers the Earth from potentially harmful solar radiation.  Full Story  Reuters_ 7/15/04

NASA's environment-monitoring satellite Aura stays on hold
Launch attempts on Sunday and Tuesday were also scrubbed because of technical issues with the rocket and its payload. It is the third in the agency's series of satellites aimed at providing definitive data on the global environment. The first two, Terra and Aqua, are studying the ground and the oceans. Aura will concentrate on the atmosphere, looking at gases, pollutants, and chemical reactions.  Full Story  BBC News_ 7/14/04

Launch of U.S. atmosphere-testing satellite delayed

The launch of a NASA satellite designed to track changes in the atmosphere has been delayed at least two days for technical reasons, launch officials said on Saturday. The bus-sized Aura satellite, built for NASA by Northrop Grumman Corp., was originally due to be launched aboard a Boeing Delta 2 rocket from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California on Sunday. The new launch is now scheduled for Tuesday at 6 a.m. EDT.  Full Story  Reuters _7/10/04

NASA's next launch to look back home
Aura will launch into orbit from California early Sunday to study Earth's atmosphere, climate change. The final addition to a trio of Earth-monitoring satellites will blast into orbit Sunday, marking a 15-year effort by NASA to study our atmosphere and climate change in better detail. The satellite is part of a multibillion-dollar effort by NASA -- and other space agencies -- to understand Earth's changing environment. Full Story   CNN_7/9/04

Satellite data 'could save fish'
Plenty of fish for some: Starvation for others
An ambitious plan to cut over-fishing by using satellites is put forward in a book on the growing fish crisis. Charles Clover, author of The End Of The Line, says that putting monitoring data on the internet in real time would let citizens police fishing activity. Putting a satellite 'black box' on fishing boats may 'even up the odds' and help avert overfishing. Full Story  _BBC 7/8/04

U.S. telecommunications satellite Telstar-18 fails to reach planned orbit-Russia
But the satellite, which is to provide communications services across Asia, could still be pushed to the correct position using its own engines, experts say. It was sent up by Sea Launch, a satellite launch venture run by U.S. aerospace giant Boeing, Russia's RSC Energia, Norway's Kvaerner Group and Ukraine's Yuzhnoe rocket booster design bureau. It was built and operated by subsidiaries of bankrupt U.S. firm Loral Space & Communications.  Full Story  Reuters_ 6/29/04

DARPA: Water could propel next-generation satellites
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) -- the U.S. Department of Defense's central research and development agency -- is working with Wallingford, Conn.-based Proton Energy Systems to develop a self-regenerating fuel loop that would use water and solar power to create electricity onboard in-orbit spacecraft.  Full Story  Satellite News/Fuel Cell Works_ 6/28/04

EU-US sign sat-navigation deal
It means the EU's planned Galileo system will be compatible with the US GPS - ending a trans-Atlantic dispute. Europe believes a sat-nav system that is independent of GPS but inter-operable with it will drive a multi-billion euro industry in which receivers find their way into many more markets - from consumer mobile devices such as cell phones to safety-critical applications such as guided trains and buses. The idea of Galileo had irked the US Department of Defense, which controls the existing American system, because of the potential of the European network's signals to interfere with those intended for use by the US military.  Full Story  BBC News_ 6/26/04

U.S.-Europe summit to formalize breakthrough satellite navigation deal
It will make the EU's planned Galileo system compatible with the existing US GPS - and end a trans-Atlantic row. The agreement determines how Galileo's frequencies should be structured which, crucially, will allow signals to be jammed in war zones if necessary. It will work alongside US GPS and Russian Glonass systems. The idea of Galileo had irked the US Department of Defense, which controls the existing American system, because of the potential of the European network's signals to interfere with those intended for use by the US military.  Full Story  BBC News_ 6/25/04

Taiwan to sell Rocsat-2 satellite imagery and reduce nation's dependence on other commercial remote-sensing spacecraft
Rocsat-2’s prime scientific mission will be supplemented by a commercial program to be managed by a company to be selected soon. Rocsat-2 has an optical imager with a ground resolution of two meters, meaning it can distinguish objects such as trucks and ships. One of its key features is its ability to swivel up to 45 degrees off nadir in both pitch — forward and backward — and sideways roll positions, extending its potential viewing area on each orbit.  Full Story  Space.com 6/14/04

General Dynamics to acquire TriPoint Global Communications Inc.
Newton, N.C.-based TriPoint Global Communications Inc. is a privately held provider of ground-based satellite and wireless communication equipment and integration services for video, voice and data applications worldwide. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. TriPoint Global Communications and its VertexRSI, Prodelin and Gabriel brands provide solutions for global satellite and wireless communications requirements.  It is a leading supplier of base station and earth station communications products and services, VSAT antennas and antenna systems and wireless backhaul products.  The company has approximately 1,450 employees in 14 locations. Full Story  Press Release_ 6/9/04

New U.S. space shot aims for insight into ozone layers and creating a blueprint for the search for other life-bearing planets
The launch of the Aura satellite from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California has already been delayed from June 19 due to technical problems, but a new date has been tentatively set for June 26. The state-of-the-art instruments aboard Aura include the British-made High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder (HIRDLS) that will scan the crucial interface known as the Tropopause where the Troposphere -- in which people live -- meets the Stratosphere.  Full Story  Reuters_ 6/8/04

Space Imaging wins USGS contract for commercial satellite imagery

The contracts consolidate pricing and licensing under a lead civilian agency and are intended to be the baseline purchasing vehicle for federal, state and local government customers -- much like the Pentagon's National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA) ClearView contract.The data will be used to support natural hazards and disasters response, homeland security, land and resource management, infrastructure planning and management, policy decision-making, and scientific study. Full Story  Press Release/Yahoo_ 6/7/04

May, 2004
Satellite to monitor China's environment in a joint space venture with Europe

The Dragon Programme, run by a number of Chinese institutions and the European Space Agency , will monitor forests and farmland with data from the sophisticated Earth satellite Envisat. China has suffered a number of recent disasters - both natural and man-made. The nation is almost 10 million sq km of land and home to one in every five people on the planet.  Full Story  BBC News_ 5/27/04

Lockheed Martin launches high-definition TV satellite
The AMC-11 satellite, built by Lockheed for SES AMERICOM, will become the second of two in SES AMERICOM's premier cable neighborhood, H-D Prime, providing digital transmission across the United States. VIACOM and NBC Universal, which is 80 percent owned by General Electric Co., will be among the biggest users of the satellite as they prepare to offer H-D versions of many standard cable networks, said Bryan McGuirk, senior vice president of domestic satellite service for SES AMERICOM, part of the SES GLOBAL Company.  Full Story  Reuters_ 5/20/04

Lockheed Martin's COMSAT General to be acquired by Intelsat for $90 million
The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing
conditions, is anticipated to be completed by year's end. Lockheed Martin's COMSAT General business provides satellite-centric telecommunications services and equipment, concentrating on international fixed and mobile satellite systems for clients with quick response and high availability needs. Through the transaction, Intelsat will obtain all of COMSAT General's existing capacity service contracts with its customers.  Full Story  Press Release_ 5/11/04

TriPoint Global Communications’ VertexRSI business introduces pre-engineered SATCOM terminals
Brad Majeres, Vice President and General Manager, VertexRSI Programs Division Duluth Facility, said, “The new Pre-Engineered SATCOM Terminals provide a cost-effective and simple-to-implement communications solution for a variety of SATCOM applications including voice, data or video supported by Gateway Earth Stations, GSM Network Backbone Stations, Digital Television Uplink Stations, VSAT Hubs, Semi-Permanent Fixed Earth Stations and Disaster Recovery Quick Deploy Stations."  Full Story  Press Release_ 5/6/04

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company expands southward in Africa

The move provides blanket coverage to Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Rwanda, Burundi, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, the Seychelles, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania. The expanded service, which is now commercially operational, brings the total number of countries under the new Thuraya footprint to more than 110, spanning Europe, North, Central Africa and large parts Southern Africa, the Middle East, Central and South Asia, and from end of this year, will further grow to cover the Far East as well.  Full Story  Press Release_ 5/3/04

Gilat Satellite Networks announces milestone in supply of its Skystar 360E VSATs to India's ITC-IBD 'E-Choupal' Project
During the past 12 months Gilat supplied more than 1,500 VSATs primarily for remote sites. Launched in June 2000 by the International Business Division (IBD) of ITC Limited, 'E-Choupal' has already become the largest initiative among all Internet-based interventions in rural India.  Full Story  Press Release_ 5/3/04

April, 2004

China plans to launch eight satellites by 2010 to establish a global network for natural disaster prediction and environmental monitoring
Once completed, the system, called Small Satellite Constellation, will become a massive space network for natural disaster reduction. It will have the capacity to report on environmental situations anywhere on the planet every 12 hours.  Full Story  XinHua_ 4/27/04

MBSAT broadcast communications satellite, built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) for Mobile Broadcasting Corporation (MBCO) of Japan and SK Telecom of Korea successfully completes in-orbit testing and is officially delivered on orbit
The MBSAT payload consists of four high power transponders for direct broadcast services and terrestrial repeater networks covering Japan and Korea. The satellite will deliver high-quality music, video and data to mobile users in Japan and Korea through a variety of mobile terminals, including those in cars, ships, trains as well as handheld terminals, personal digital assistants, cellular phones and home portables. A very small antenna will be sufficient to receive these broadcast signals even inside buildings and in vehicles moving at high speeds.  Full Story  Press Release_ 4/27/04

Raytheon Company selected by U.S. Army Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate for 18-month study of the High Capacity Communications Capability (HC3) Program
The team led by Raytheon will develop and integrate "Command and Control on the Move" systems critical to the mission of Army and Marine Corps information superiority.
"HC3 is the anchor program for high capacity satellite access for the Army's Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T), and for the Marine Corps' Tactical Data Network (TDN). It is how we transform range extension of the Global Information Grid," said Jerry Powlen, vice president of Raytheon's Integrated Communication Systems.  Full Story  Press Release/PRNewswire_ 4/23/04

Gravity Probe B satellite, one of the most percise scientific instruments ever built, launched by a Boeing Co. Delta 2 to probe space-time
Forty-five years in the making and 24 hours late, NASA launched the $700 million satellite into orbit on Tuesday to test Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity.
  Full Story  Reuters/CNN_ 4/20/04

NASA delays launch of $700 million satellite to test Einstein gravity theory
The launch was delayed because controllers could not confirm that software was installed to deal with high upper-level winds. They'll try the launch again today. Full Story  Reuters/CNN_ 4/19/04

China launches first of two scientific micro-satellites
A Long March II C rocket carried the Nano-satellite I, which weighs just 25 kilograms (55 pounds). A second satellite will be launched today.  Full Story  Xinhua/AFP/Space Daily_ 4/19/04

Satellite technology to climb Everest
A satellite-based Health Monitoring Kit developed by the Canadian company March Networks and co-funded by the European Space Agency will transmit blood oxygen levels (SpO2), heart rates, blood pressure and body temperatures of a team as it climbs the world's tallest mountain. The technology assisting the group during the climb is based on an ESA co-funded project from March Networks and Telesat of Canada. Full Story  ESA press release_ 4/15/04

Atlas rocket carries Japanese commercial satellite aloft, but the future is with the U.S. military
The Atlas 2 rocket was the fourth launch of the year for International Launch Services, a partnership between Lockheed Martin and the Khrunichev State Research Center in Russia, according to International Launch Services. The Boeing Satellite Systems-built satellite will be operated by Space Communications Corp. of Tokyo and provide home and business video and data services to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Korea and Hawaii. Boeing Satellite President Dave Ryan told Reuters that commercial satellite customers make up a shrinking share of the company's business, but satellites serving the U.S. armed forces and intelligence agencies will grow from $7 billion in business in 2003 to about $17 billion a year in the next decade.  Full Story  Reuters_ 4/15/04

Report: Three biggest European satellite firms to bid on U.S. rival PanAmSat
But the Wall Street Journal Europe said Tuesday that private equity groups in the United States have an inside track on the deal because News Corp., the controlling shareholder in PanAmSat, "wants to avoid delays and complications likely to go along with a sale to any non-US entity, particularly another satellite operator." Full Story  AFP/Wall Street Journal/Space Daily_ 4/13/04

Satellites to extend broadband's reach
While the overall broadband satellite market may represent only 20 percent of the total broadband market, large carriers like Hughes Network Systems and smaller players like iDirect and Aloha Networks all see broadband as a significant growth opportunity. They and other satellite companies are building equipment that's specifically designed to fill the gaps left by the DSL and cable modem sectors.  Full Story  EE Times/Internet Week_ 4/12/04

XM Radio introduces satellite update service for vehicle navigation
The service, called XM NavTraffic, is powered by NAVTEQ Traffic, a new product from NAVTEQ, the leading global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation systems.  Full Story  Space Daily_ 4/8/04

American Municipal Power-Ohio uses Spacenet to monitor and control power network
Gilat Satellite Networks' subsidiary Spacenet has been chosen by American Municipal Power Ohio (AMP-Ohio) to provide a high-speed VSAT data network. The Spacenet Connexstar service will provide remote control for more than 100 transmission substations and carry vital data to AMP-Ohio's SCADA network.  Full Story  Space Daily_4/6/04

US Air Force seen lifting Boeing sanctions soon
The Air Force said it could soon lift rocket launch sanctions against Boeing Co. , as the Pentagon forecast a 55-percent surge in the cost of launching spy satellites to $32 billion.  Full Story  Reuters/Forbes_ 4/5/04

Quake Global announces two new dual-mode satellite and terrestrial modems available through Teletouch Communications in the United States
Both modems facilitate global wireless communication over Quake Global's connection to a network of low earth orbit (LEO) satellites, as well as either the CDMA or GSM networks, making them ideal choices for fleet managers whose tracking systems must be able to access the satellite network when the cellular network is unavailable, and vice versa. The new dual-mode modems automatically switch to the most effective and cost-efficient available network.  Full Story  Press Release_4/5/04

March, 2004

Boeing snags $189 million U.S. Air Force satellite surveillance contract
The contract calls for Boeing and its partner Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. to develop and launch a space-based surveillance system (SBSS) capable of tracking the movement of objects through space by late 2007.  Full Story  AFP/Space Daily 3/31/04

Soviet-era satellites leaked lethal radioactive debris that now threatens other spacecraft
The class of satellite known as RORSATs carried a nuclear reactor to power a large radar dish that enabled day/night snooping of Earth’s oceans.  Full Story  Space.com/MSNBC 3/29/04

Double Star satellite begins magnetic probing
The joint Chinese-European space mission to study the Earth's magnetic environment is up and running. Scientists have begun analysing its first data and already it has made the longest-ever measurement of the turbulent region where the solar wind first encounters the Earth's magnetic field.  Full story  New Scientist 3/23/04

Tycoon funds hunt for alien life
Paul Allen, the co-founder of software titan Microsoft, is ploughing $13.4 million into the search for life on other planets. The money will be used to create a radio telescope array of more than 200 satellite dishes which will measure signals from space.  Full story  BBC News  3/22/04

U.S. Delta 2 rocket launches 50th GPS satellite
The $45 million satellite, with the words "Lighthouse in the Sky" painted on its side, was built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems for the U.S. Air Force Space Command.  Full story  Reuters 3/20/04

Israel signs up for EU satellite navigation project
Israel agreed on Wednesday to take part in the new multibillion-dollar satellite navigation system being developed by the European Union, the European Commission said.  Full story  Reuters 3/17/04

70th Atlas rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force station in Florida
An Atlas IIIA rocket lifted off the launch pad from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida early March 13, 2004 marking the 70th successful launch of the Lockheed Martin built rocket. The payload was a satellite built by Space Systems Loral with their customers, Mobile Broadcasting Corp (MBCO) of Japan and SK Telecom of Korea. The state-of-the-art satellite will deliver digital multimedia information services such as CD-quality audio, MPEG-4 video and data to mobile users throughout Japan and Korea.  Full story  REUTERS/Press Release 3/13/04

TriPoint Global Introduces Satcom-On-The-Move™ Terminal

TriPoint Global Communications is introducing an ?On-The Move ?™ RF terminal capable of high-bandwidth voice and data communications over satellite at the Satellite 2004 Conference March 3-5 in Booth #124.The full motion, remote control terminal, designed and built by TriPoint Global's VertexRSI product line, is ruggedized for use by military forces and designed to be mounted on a wide variety of tactical vehicles.   Full story   Press Release 3/3/04

SYMMETRICOM introduces 9800 ultra-miniature ovenized crystal oscillator at Satellite 2004
Symmetricom (Nasdaq: SYMM) - Timing, Test and Measurement Division (TT&M), a leading worldwide supplier of atomic clocks, timing solutions and network synchronization products, today announced the 9800 ultra-miniature VHF (very high frequency) ovenized crystal oscillator for space-qualified applications.   Full story   Press Release 3/2/04

EutelSat CEO Giuliano Berretta Leads EutelSat Speakers & Exhibition at Satellite 2004
Eutelsat S.A., one of the world's leading satellite operators, today announced that its Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, Giuliano Berretta, will be featured as part of the Global Industry Leaders Roundtable at Satellite 2004, March 3-5 at the new Washington Convention Center.  Full story  Press Release 3/2/04

TriPoint Global Highlights Mobile Communications Including "Satcom-on-the-Move™" at Satellite 2004
TriPoint Global Communications is highlighting its "On-the-Move"TM communications terminals during Satellite 2004, March 3-5 in the new Washington, DC Convention Center.
Information on a broad range of field-proven, highly mobile SATCOM and communications terminals for land and shipboard applications will be available in Booth #124. Full story Press Release 2/25/04

AT&T conducting full scale disaster recovery exercise in Seattle
AT&T will bring a team of experts to Seattle to conduct a full-scale, six-day Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) exercise starting February 27th. Equipment will include an auto-positioning 1.2 metre satellite antenna utilising Ku-Band service. Technology in the AT&T emergency vehicles can provide 192 simultaneous telephone circuits from an isolated disaster site. Full story Continuity Central 2/25/04

W3A, Eutelsat’s largest satellite delivered to Baikonur Cosmodrome for March launch
Eutelsat today announced that construction of its W3A communications satellite is now complete and that the satellite will be delivered tomorrow by EADS Astrium to the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The satellite is scheduled for launch on March 16 by a Proton rocket supplied by International Launch Services.  Full story  Press Release 2/10/04


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