Many people might ask what a private satellite company like Inmarsat is doing working within the international development arena? satellite communications, in my view, has a very important future within the social impact space – one where we can take our leading-edge services and capabilities and use them for some of the most pressing humanitarian […]
LUXEMBOURG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar. 15, 2018–
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s first Globalized
Network and leader in integrated satellite solutions, today announced
the early tender results for the previously announced tender offer (the
“Offer”) by its indirect subsidiary, Intelsat Connect Finance S.A.
(“ICF”), to purchase for cash any and all of the outstanding 6 3⁄4%
Senior Notes due 2018 (CUSIP No. 458204 AN4; ISIN No. US458204AN49)
issued by Intelsat (Luxembourg) S.A., a subsidiary of Intelsat S.A. and
ICF’s direct parent company, that are not already held by ICF (the
As of the previou…
In the past year, Intelsat has proven the capabilities of its new constellation of Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput satellites (HTS) and recently put into service its fifth spacecraft. Tests and customer experience have demonstrated a path forward for military organizations to leverage EpicNG and realize the benefits of HTS. Intelsat continues further down that path this year with the availability of managed services.
“We spent 2017 doing a lot of showing, demonstrating, proving what the Intelsat Epic satellite can do in two key areas. One is essentially high-throughput data links to very small terminals for different applications, from vehicle-mounted to airborne, and for a range of different users,” Skot Butler, President of Intelsat General, said in an interview with Aviation Week & Space Technology (subscription required). Intelsat also demonstrated how EpicNG can enable users to communicate not just with the hub side, but also user-to-user across a battlefield.
The latest Intelsat EpicNG satellite, Intelsat 37e, pushes the boundaries of space innovation with full interconnectivity – any beam to any beam – in C-band, Ku-band, and Ka-band. Intelsat 37e is designed to deliver additional services and improved throughput in all major applications: cellular backhaul, enterprise networks, rural broadband, maritime, aeronautical, direct-to-home television and digital terrestrial television.
Like the other Intelsat EpicNG satellites, Intelsat 37e features beam switching and anti-interference capabilities, as demonstrated last year with a Block 5 Predator B/MQ-9 on the Intelsat 29e satellite. The unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flew 1,075 nautical miles round trip in a test where command-and control of the UAS as well as sensor data transmissions from the aircraft were successfully switched multiple times between two beams.
Despite last year’s demonstrations and validations, Intelsat General recognizes the need to further educate government customers on what it means to utilize a high-throughput spot-beam architecture versus a wide-beam architecture.
“The military has a long history of wanting to cover very large geographic areas with a single requirement so that they can use that capability as their needs change. Sometimes they’ve even kept that capability in their back pocket for something that might emerge,” Butler said in the Aviation Week interview.
The high throughput spot beam architecture is different. Each of the beams covers a smaller area, so to cover a large geographic area the platform may have to traverse across more than one beam. A managed service allows you to move across those beams without having to buy capacity within each beam. With a managed service, you move from one place to the next, and the capacity moves with you.
Going forward, it behooves military customers to also understand the role of low-Earth-orbit (LEO) constellations such as that planned by OneWeb. LEO isn’t a replacement for GEO, but rather is better suited for certain applications. For example, LEO is a good fit for low-latency requirements and coverage over the polar regions where GEO can’t get to today. The research firm NSR projects that by 2026, one quarter of the HTS needed by government customers could be supplied by non-GEO systems.
Commercial satellite providers like Intelsat General have cleared the way to enable military customers to take advantage of HTS, even going so far as to make procurement easier and more cost efficient through managed services. Now it’s up to the military to do its part in realizing these benefits.
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Earth Day Workshop: Investigating Our Earth From Above and Below
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: April 14, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. PDT
Join NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for an educator workshop to explore activities to celebrate Earth Day in the classroom. Participants will investigate the water cycle in Southern California and demonstrate curriculum resources that get students exploring rainfall patterns, aquifers and satellite data. Learn how engineering feats have allowed scientists to measure water from space. The workshop will take place at the Chino Basin Water Conservation District in Montclair, California. Pre-registration is required.
Technology Drives Exploration: BEST satellite and Engineering Design
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: March 20, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will learn about the International Space Station as a manmade satellite and explore the BEST (Beginning Engineering Science & Technology) activities that focus on using the engineering design process in the classroom. Online registration is required.
The EarthCARE mission, developed in co-operation with JAXA in Japan, will improve our understanding of the relationship between clouds, aerosols and radiation and their combined effects on the Earth’s climate system. This high-priority mission will enhance our understanding of the science behind climatology and weather prediction.
Planetary Resources has been developing technology they hope to use for asteroid prospecting. In January of this year, the company successfully launched an Arkyd-6 CubeSat aboard an Indian Polar satellite Launch vehicle. This CubeSat contained six units and was developed to prospect and extract resources from asteroids. In addition to its infrared instrument, the CubeSat also has a distributed computing system, star tracker solar arrays, and an attitude control system.
In-orbit tests have so far been quite successful. Company representatives have told reporters that all of their requirements were met by the tests, making researchers very excited about seeing the mission ąćmove forward. The company also constructed a second spacecraft, to hold in reserve in case the first became lost or damaged in the launch. Since the first craft passed
In July of 2017, Astro Digital lost two Landmapper CubeSats. The CubeSats were launched on a Soyuz rocket, as part of a 72-satellite payload. While most were launched without any issues, at least nine of the CubeSats in the upper stage of the Fregat failed to respond to commands.
The Astro Digital satellites were not the only ones that failed. Students at the Moscow State University also set up a Mayak CubeSat, which became unresponsive in the same way. They investigated possible causes and ran simulations replicating launch conditions. After extensive research, the students determined that the failure was due to low-thrust engine decompression, which resulted in conditions inhibiting CubeSat function.
Losing CubeSats in this manner can set a company back millions, if not billions, of dollars. Real-space tests provide