Only four weeks until the 20th annual Global MilSatcom

SMi Group Reports: The 20th annual Global MilSatCom conference and exhibition returns to London next month. The landscape of defence satellite communications is changing rapidly, on both sides of the Atlantic – with the announcement of a new Air Force Space Command and conclusion of the Wideband AoA, the addition of new enduring capability for Skynet 6 and a new era of LEO mega-constellations set to provide new COMSATCOM bandwidth for military partners. It is in this is the context that SMi Group will be hosting the 20th annual Global MilSatCom conference and exhibition – taking place in London from the 6th – 8th November 2018 at the QEII Conference Centre. With over 500 attendees it is a key calendar date for satellite professionals across the alliance. Broken into 3 dedicated days of content, the meeting sets out to cover mission critical updates from national programmes from the US, Europe and the wider international community. Visit the website’s download centre to read a featurette on why Global MilSatCom is Europe’s leading conference & expo for satellite professionals. The full agenda is also available to download at: http://www.globalmilsatcom.com/sda Event updates: 1) Three new sponsors and exhibitors have confirmed their participation: Hytec Inter, Open Cosmos and Satcube. 2) New speaker confirmed: Mr Thomas Beckt, MILSATCOM Executive Director, US DoD will present on: SMC’s Launch System Enterprise in Support of MILSATCOM  Success of the recent launch of AFSPC-11 mission from Cape Canaveral How new launch is providing great coverage and communications resilience Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM (CBAS) and other payloads being delivered, and steps put in place to maximise mission assurance Working with local launch squadrons to augment existing SATCOM capabilities through space-based satellite relays Bringing the conference to a total of 56 expert presenters from the following organisations: Airbus Defence & Space Australian Department of Defence Canadian Armed Forces COMSAT Defence Space Administration, Nigeria Defense Communication Command, Republic of Korea Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) DGA Dstl EU Commission European Defence Agency European Space Agency Eutelsat America Corp French MoD GovSat Hughes Network Systems Intelsat General Italian Army Italian MoD Japanese MoD Kratos Lockheed Martin Luxembourg Directorate of Defense NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) New Zealand Defence Force Newtec Northern Sky Research (NSR) Orbital ATK Raytheon SES Networks Space News Spanish MoD Thales US Thales Defense & Security UK MoD UK Royal Air Force UK Space Agency US AFRICOM US Air Force US Department of Defense US Marine Corps Viasat Plus, there will also be a pre-conference: Small Satellites and Disruptive Technology Focus Day, 5th November 2018, St James’ Court, London. Visit the website for more information. Visit the website to book your place, download exclusive event content and...

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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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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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ETL Systems Launches DWDM Solution at IBC

IBC, Amsterdam, 17th July 2018 – ETL Systems, a global designer and manufacturer of RF signal distribution equipment for satellite communications, will be launching its StingRay DWDM solution at IBC. The solution enables high-quality distribution between a satellite antenna and a remote control room. Using DWDM technology, multiple signals can be transmitted and received over distances of up to 100s of kilometers through a single fibre cable. It also offers the potential to deliver redundancy by adding an additional fibre connection. The StingRay DWDM is able to maintain a much finer optical spectrum, enabling it to distribute up to 40 channels through one single fibre cable. It is able to cover much larger distances before suffering any signal loss. The addition of pre-amp and post-amp Erbium Doped Fibre Amplifiers from ETL Systems further reduces the effects of any potential optical signal loss. Ian Hilditch, CEO, ETL Systems, commented: “Satellite is under increasing pressure to deliver high performance and quality in all environments. This is mainly fuelled by growing competition for many of its customer base, covering a range of applications, and all vying to deliver multiple services across disperse locations. Both CWDM and DWDM represent great potential for the satellite industry to deliver RF signals much more cost-efficiently and over large distances.” ETL Systems will also demonstrate its existing StingRay CWDM (Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing) solution, which combines eight optical signals on a single fibre by using different wavelengths. Other products on display include its Griffin Redundancy Switch, which provides signal redundancy for satellite modulators, downconverters, or modems, and its Hurricane Matrix, which provides L-band routing for up to 64 input and output feeds. ETL Systems will be demonstrating its solutions on its booth (1.A33) at IBC from 14th– 18th September. About ETL Systems ETL designs and builds high performance satellite communications and Radio Frequency (RF) equipment, with a focus on customisation and customer service. In FY2016, 91% of sales were exports. ETL’s products are generally used in satellite ground stations and include switch matrices, splitters, amplifiers, and RF over fibre links. Customers include governments, satellite operators, telecoms companies, and broadcasters. Eight of the top twelve NATO governments use ETL products to protect their citizens and fourteen of the top twenty global satellite operators also use ETL equipment. With its dedicated in-house engineers based in Herefordshire, UK, ETL Systems has seen an average growth of 20 per cent in the last five years and has won three Queens Awards for International Trade. Media Contact: Helen Weedon Radical Moves PR Tel: +44 1570 434632 Mob: +44 7733 231922...

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New VSAT Monitoring and Geolocation System to Mitigate Interference Debuts from Atos

Atos has launched their new satellite monitoring and geolocation system, which can detect, localize and mitigate interference from the ever-increasing number of smallsat carriers and devices. Named Atos SkyMon ILS (Interference Localization System) VSAT, the system — formerly known as SIECAMS — is the latest innovation following Atos’ recent acquisition of Siemens Convergence Creators (CVC), resulting in reinforced capabilities in the space market. Over the next couple of years, thousands of powerful smallsats will be launched into LEO, which means that detecting and localizing interference is therefore becoming more and more crucial.   Atos SkyMon ILS VSAT, a fully integrated solution to monitor, identify and geolocate interference caused by VSAT networks and provides: Overview of the identified VSAT networks including all active terminals Monitoring of cross-pol and adjacent satellite interference for each active terminal Geographical location of VSAT terminals on a map Classification of VSAT network Automatic identification of TDMA carriers Demodulation of TDMA carriers List of terminal-IDs causing interference Atos SkyMon ILS VSAT is part of a complete software suite which includes: SkyMon ILS – interference localization system working with two adjacent satellites SkyMon ILS ONE – the world’s first single satellite geolocation system SkyMon TIS – terrestrial interference scanner to identify and localize interferences caused by terrestrial mobile communication networks SkyMon CID – identification of the DVB-Carrier-ID Pierre Barnabe, COO, Big Data & Security, at Atos, said the company’s SkyMon is the most comprehensive range of solutions to identify and geolocate any kind of satellite interference and this latest addition enables Atos to support its clients in solving the challenges of a heavily crowded space. SkyMon ILS VSAT is ready to order now and will be delivered by the end of...

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