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  • AID/NGO Market Carving a Niche

    May 23rd, 2012 by Jose Del Rosario   More from this Analyst | Profile

    The shifting global military agenda and challenging fiscal picture have signaled decreased procurement from many countries for peacekeeping purposes.  However, agencies in the humanitarian assistance sector (the NGO community as well as vendors serving these customers) are seeing increased demand for commercial satcom services in recent years where the impetus to support operational requirements as well as fund poverty alleviation programs could lead to increased spending over the long…

  • As fields mature in the North Sea and warmer winters reduce arctic sea ice, both the Exploration & Production and Distribution segments of the European Oil & Gas industry are heading north.  New discoveries throughout the Norwegian Sea are moving the E&P industry towards the fringe coverage areas of existing FSS Networks, and the Northern Sea Route is virtually untouched by all but Iridium.  In all, how far north and how quickly the sector moves north will have a significant impact on…

  • In April 2012, SpaceNews reported that  the U.S. Air Force (USAF) is requesting funding in 2013 for a follow-on mission to CHIRP, or Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload, which was launched in September last year aboard the SES-2 satellite. The report said further that the CHIRP follow-on mission, if approved, would be an “operational demo” of a sensor specifically designed to operate in space. The CHIRP payload now on orbit was conceived as a ground-based testbed.The news is certainly…