IRG Becomes Satcoms Innovation Group

Isle of Man, 9th October 2018 – The Satellite Interference Reduction Group today announced it is expanding its reach to encompass all types of innovation within the satellite communications industry. As part of that expansion, it has changed its name to Satcoms Innovation Group (SIG). SIG aims to promote innovation in the satellite communications industry to improve operational efficiency, reduce the risk of service impacting events, and improve quality of service. A significant part of that remit remains innovation to minimize satellite interference, both by prevention and quicker resolution. It also now covers other areas where innovation can improve performance and enable the industry to become more competitive. SIG will continue the focus on bringing the industry together at an engineering level. This makes it uniquely positioned to provide a platform for those engineers to discuss current challenges. This approach has resulted in a number of innovative solutions being brought to market that have had a massive impact on reducing satellite interference. Martin Coleman, Executive Director, Satcoms Innovation Group, commented: “Satellite interference remains an important challenge for the industry. At the same time, much of the innovation and improved processes we have been working towards also enable overall efficiency savings, which may also lead to cost savings for operators. Widening our remit is therefore a natural progression to enable us to support more than just interference resolution.” As well as being a unique collaborative forum, with in-person events happening across the globe on an annual basis, SIG will continue to lobby other industry groups and regulators where that is beneficial to the industry. It will also support and promote innovative projects to provide better tools and processes with the aim of improving efficiency in satellite operations. Current hot topics include Artificial Intelligence (AI), automation, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), amongst others. Satcoms Innovation Group was officially launched today during Satellite Technology Asia in Singapore. The event is being co-hosted with Intelligence-Sec. For more information about joining SIG, please visit https://satig.space/membership/ To highlight a topic that should be addressed or share your recent innovations, please contact press@satig.space. About Satcoms Innovation Group Satcoms Innovation Group (SIG) is a not-for-profit satellite industry association promoting innovation in the satellite communication industry to improve operational efficiency, reduce the risk of service impacting events, and improve quality of service. It provides a forum for engineers to discuss challenges and find resolutions, as well as being a lobbying power. Members benefit from access to a unique network and information on the latest innovations, all designed to improve efficiency and processes. For more information please visit https://satig.space/. Media Contact: Helen Weedon Radical Moves PR helen@radicalmovespr.co.uk Tel: +44 1570 434632 Mob: +44 7733...

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BT’s international satellite communications centre celebrates 40 year anniversary

Madley Communications Centre, a giant BT satellite earth station in the Midlands, is marking 40 years at the centre of international communications. The centre has played a central role in worldwide broadcasts of some of the most dramatic events of the past four decades – such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the 2017 Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean. BT’s main global satellite tracking centre, Madley was constructed to meet growing demand from people and businesses for resilient international communications services… Read...

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Satellite Interference Reduction Group and Intelligence-Sec To Host Satellite Technology Asia 2018

Isle of Man and Buckinghamshire, UK, 4th September 2018 – The Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG) and Intelligence-Sec have partnered to host a joint event called Satellite Technology Asia 2018, between 9th – 10th October in Singapore. The event will explore the local challenges facing the Asia Satellite Market, as well as those of a global nature. Speakers from high-profile industry organisations will discuss a range of topics across the two-day event, which will be an excellent opportunity to network with industry contacts. The event will explore the use of satellites by Asian nations, the importance of satellites for the military and governments of Asia, as well as the increased potential for disruption from space debris & interference. Attendees will hear sessions on the future of Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and Space Traffic Management (STM) in light of the growing problem of congestion in space and spectrum. Martin Coleman, Executive Director, IRG, commented: “This will be IRG’s first APAC-based event of the year so we are really looking forward to returning to the region to hear from the local industry. This event is going to be extra special for us as we are partnering with Intelligence-Sec and will be bringing together both of our respective audiences. I’m excited to lead a session during the event which will explore specific satellite interference issues in Asia-Pacific, a number of which are unique to the region, such as the importance of space weather forecasting.” Other areas that will be analysed during the two-day conference and exhibition is the future of satellites, smallsats, the developments of 5G and HTS satellites and what is coming next. Another topic of discussion will be the potential for Artificial Intelligence to improve efficiencies and diminish errors within the satcoms world, as well as the impact of LEO constellations on the wider industry. Martyn Hill, Director, Intelligence-Sec, added: “Satellite usage is on the up, and more and more countries are launching satellites for imagery, weather, surveillance and broadcasting purposes. But with this increase in satellites comes an added potential for congestion, interference and service disruption. Satellite Technology Asia will act as a platform for local operators, manufacturers and users to give us an overview of their current capabilities and future plans. It’s shaping up to be a really great event which we are very happy to be co-hosting with IRG.” IRG members can register for Satellite Technology Asia for free using the registration form on the website. Non-members wishing to attend should download and complete the booking form, detailing their preferred payment method, and return it to events@intelligence-sec.com. To be part of the Satellite Technology Asia event either as a speaker, sponsor/exhibitor or delegate please email events@intelligence-sec.com. Current...

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Constellations Satellite and Space Podcast Celebrates 25th Episode….

The forum where industry leaders share insights, and expectations SAN DIEGO, CA, June 26, 2018– Constellations, the podcast where space industry leaders share their thoughts on business, policy and opportunities, announced today it has released its 25thepisode.  The guest for this event was Susan Bull, Sr. Consultant with COMSYS, the world’s foremost VSAT consultancy.Susanshared her thoughts on the impact of HTS on capacity pricing, the major business model changes satellite operators must make, and the aerospace mobility market. Constellationsbrings together key influencers and leaders in the satellite and space industries, like Ms. Bull, to discuss emerging trends and technologies in New Space, HTS, Defense Policy and so much more. Recent guests have included:” Assured Communications with Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, SVP, Inmarsat Data Centers in Space, Cliff Beek, CEO and President, Cloud Constellation High Throughput Satellites,Skot Butler, President, Intelsat General Journey to Mars, Caleb Williams, Spaceworks Free to Air, Lasers and Predictions about LEO, Jim Simpson, CEO, ABS Balance, Certainty and Sharing the Spectrum, Tom Stroup, President, Satellite Industry Assoc. Cloud Technology, Machine Intelligence & Bots, Dave Mihelcic, Federal CTO, Juniper Networks Previous guests have commented on their participation in Constellations… “I just had the privilege this morning to participate in Constellations podcast sponsored by Kratos. We had the most fascinating discussion on satellite technology, communications capabilities all for the military, I encourage you to take a listen, it was really fun to do and I look forward to seeing how many other guests will come forward.” – Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, SVP Government Policy, Strategy, and Outreach for Inmarsat. “I am pleased to have been part of this excellent podcast series highlighting the space and satellite industry.  As I review the podcast I realize how much has happened at IGC in just a few short months.  I spoke about our high-throughput satellite platform and with our next launch in the 3rd quarter we will have completed the first global Ku-band HTS system driving a host of new opportunities for mobility platforms in the government sector.  Congratulations to Kratos for pushing boundaries and allowing me and my space colleagues a new platform for spreading the word about the exciting future of satellites and space.” – Skot Butler, President of Intelsat General “Congratulations Kratos on your  #25 Constellation podcast.  I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the June podcast reviewing the key challenges facing the industry including the new HTS, LEO and other constellations and emerging technology.   With the advent of reusable rockets and increasing development of smaller affordable satellites, the industry is rapidly evolving and will bring more connectivity to the way we communicate – connecting the unconnected in the future.” – Jim Simpson, CEO of ABS “Congratulations to Kratos on the 25th Constellations podcast. It...

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Integrasys Optimises Satellite Communications for UAV Operations

Madrid, Spain, 17th July 2018 – Integrasys, a leading manufacturer of Carrier Monitoring Systems, and Acorde, a designer and manufacturer of RF front-ends for satellite communications systems, have collaborated to integrate Satmotion Pocket, the auto-commissioning system from Integrasys, into Acorde’s Block-Up Converters (BUCs) for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). This joint integration makes it possible for operators to receive the benefits of Satmotion Pocket in a UAV environment. The integration of the solution within Acorde’s BUCs enables UAVs to operate more efficiently, optimising energy consumption due to increased signal pointing accuracy. UAVs are able to automatically connect to the right satellite, therefore using less energy and minimising potential interference caused by inaccuracies in pointing. Manuel Lobeira, CEO, Acorde, commented: “UAVs are notoriously challenging for satellite communications by their very nature, especially given the constant movement. Satmotion Pocket is extremely simple to use, making it the perfect solution to integrate into our BUCs for UAVs, which we know are often operated by those who may not consider themselves experts in satellite communications. We look forward to working with Integrasys to instigate further user testing of this integration in real-world scenarios.” Satmotion Pocket is a useful application for measuring Copol, Xpol and ASI, and feeding this information back to the user in a readable format. By detecting any anomalies before they become a problem, the tool prevents any disruption to the satellite signal and limits the possibility of service-degrading disruption. It is also available as a mobile app. Alvaro Sanchez, General Manager, Integrasys, said: “This integration benefits both the UAV and satellite operator. From the former’s perspective, integrating Satmotion Pocket into the BUCs from Acorde reduces the output of wasted energy by automatically and accurately connecting to the correct satellite every time. It also means the UAV operator is less likely to cause interference by connecting to the wrong satellite which would require the intervention of the satellite operator. It’s an exciting development for the UAV industry and the wider satellite community.” Martin Coleman, Executive Director of the Satellite Interference Reduction Group added: “It is really important that we consider errors in the transmission environment, something Integrasys and Acorde are doing with this integration. The potential for interference caused by UAVs is a major concern for the satellite industry. It’s really important that we maintain the most reliable satellite communications service possible so that satellite remains the most attractive option to users. The integration between Satmotion Pocket from Integrasys, and the BUCs from Acorde, means operational efficiency and optimization of energy consumption, both of which will help prevent any potential disruption to satellite signals.” Satmotion Pocket is fully compliant with the latest BUC technology, GaN BUCs. About Integrasys Founded in 1990 by Hewlett Packard engineers, Integrasys specialises...

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