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Archive: December 2012 (X)

  • Competition from UAVs looms large for Earth Observation (EO) satellite operators. The battle will mainly take place on cost and spatial resolution and to win it, EO satellite operators must confront shutter-control regulations ASAP, as well as having a solid understanding and response to oncoming UAV competition.

    In NSR’s Global Satellite-Based Earth Observation, 4th Edition report, it was indicated that UAV EO capabilities have been ramping-up, but only recently was it reported to NSR…

  • As growth remains lackluster for North American DTH platforms, both DISH Network and DirecTV have moved their attention to other services and other regions.  While DISH Network focuses on new service offerings through their wireless spectrum acquisition, DirecTV has intensified their focus on South America by combining Vivendi’s GVT with Sky Brazil.  Combined with Sky Brazil’s large customer base and content offerings, GVT’s terrestrial Internet and telephone network would provide…

  • Participants at SMI’s Global Milsatcom Conference in London last week heard loud and clear how the fiscal cliff of the U.S. Government can overshadow huge bandwidth demand from UAVs, growth of on-the-move capabilities, and the continued bandwidth crunch in the historically secured and stable military satellite communications market.

    From the words of many government presenters, satellite communications is definitely an essential component of information assurance, superiority and…