C-Com Ka-Band Phased Array Test is Success

OTTAWA, June 21, 2018 – C-COM Satellite Systems Inc announced today that it has successfully tested its 16×16 subarray phased array antenna using 4×4 Transmit and Receive building block modules. The panels were developed and tested at the Centre for Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems (CIARS) at the University of Waterloo. The primary goal of the research project is to …

Sat5G, Satellite and 5G Integration

VT iDirect, SES, Broadpeak, i2CAT and the University of Surrey, all members of the SaT5G consortium, have partnered to demonstrate a major milestone in the research, development and validation of key principles for satellite integration with 5G architecture. The live, first-of-its-kind test marked a significant step forward in the massive transformation of the global communications …

Space Resiliency with Intelsat EpicNG Satellites

Leaders of government and military agencies increasingly acknowledge that space is a contested domain with operations requiring a greater need for resiliency. In order for the United States to maintain its leadership in space, satellites and communications networks must be able to withstand attacks and, if and when they occur, be able to recover quickly. …

Intellian v85NX is the Next-Gen 85cm Ku- to Ka-band Antenna

Intellian, the world’s leading provider of satellite communication antenna systems, is showcasing its new 85cm Ku- to Ka-band convertible maritime VSAT antenna, the v85NX, at Posidonia in Athens, Greece. This next-generation v85NX is the lightest and best-performing 80cm-class terminal available with a number of key features that make it easier to install, operate and maintain. …

Iridium-7 Target Launch Date Announced

Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced today that the seventh Iridium NEXT mission has been targeted by SpaceX for launch on July 20, 2018, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Falcon 9 rocket will launch 10 Iridium NEXT satellites to low Earth orbit (LEO) from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California at …

Iridium disrupts Inmarsat’s GMDSS Monopoly

WASHINGTON — The UN certified Iridium Communications to provide Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) services, ending Inmarsat’s monopoly on the internationally required service for ships, Iridium said May 21. The certification, granted by the UN’s International Maritime Organization, marks the culmination of a five-year effort that occasionally turned nasty between fleet operators Iridium and …

YCM delivers connectivity to Monaco superyachts

Inmarsat and its regional partner SSI-Monaco have signed a strategic agreement with the Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) to deliver Inmarsat services for superyachts in the region. The agreement was signed by Bernard D’Alessandri, General Secretary of the Yacht Club de Monaco, which is under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II. Signing on behalf …

Which VSAT Contention Ratio is good for you?

A contended VSAT service is a connection which you will be sharing with several other users/vessels.  The amount of users/ships you share the link with is called the contention ratio.  Most commercial systems offer contented services because they are less costly than their dedicated counterparts. The advantage of sharing the connection is that the cost …

SCPC or TDMA, which one is right for you ?

Whether you choose for SCPC (Single Channel Per Carrierl) or TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) each offers strengths and weaknesses, depending upon your operational objectives. SCPC – Single Channel per Carrier Single channel per carrier (SCPC) technology uses a dedicated carrier to each remote VSAT to receive information from a central site, and another dedicated …