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  • Despite shrinking military budgets, the U.S. DoD’s plans for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will not diminish anytime soon. Evidence of this trend comes via the recently unveiled USAF RQ-180 program with Northrop Grumman, or the involvement of U.S. airstrikes in military conflicts in Middle-East countries such as Syria, Iraq and Yemen.  The U.S. is certainly not alone in pursuing a military drone program with countries such as China, U.K., France, India, Japan, Australia and Italy…

  • Is HTS Winning OUTV Hearts?

    Feb 25th, 2015 by Christopher Baugh   More from this Analyst | Profile

    On January 25th 2015, Sky News successfully broadcasted the Greek elections live in HD over the first Inmarsat GX satellite. This was the first occasional use (OU) video transmission to go over the first satellite of the GX high-throughput platform that is expected to become fully operational in the second half of 2015 and offer global services. The successful experience was attributed to the reliability and high quality of the connection enabling a steady HD live broadcast as well as…

  • The talk of the Energy Industry, or more specifically the Oil & Gas Sector, these days is centered on the trickle-down impacts of the near-term instability of crude oil pricing.  With rig counts continuing to decline compared to previous years, a slowdown across onshore, offshore, conventional and unconventional markets due to lower exploration activity, and budgets across the E&P sector getting slashed for 2015-2016, there is probably good reason to worry, for the near term.  As the…