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Kacific Plans Second Satellite: Kacific2

October 30, 2020 - Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) has started directing resources towards the planning and design of its next satellite, Kacific2. Kacific2 will add capacity to its largest, high-demand markets of Indonesia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea, as well as expand its reach wider into South East Asia and further into Central and Western Asia, and potentially Eastern Africa. Like Kacific1, Kacific2 will use a spot beam system with dynamic bandwidth reallocation to respond to changes in market demand pre and post launch. This advanced technology allows Kacific to respond rapidly to new growth opportunities and provide a broader range of services for each market, by changing bandwidth configuration even when the satellite is already in orbit. Kacific2 will also take advantage of the latest beam forming technologies.

Gilat Successfully Demonstrates Carrying 5G Traffic over Thaicom’s GEO HTS Satellite

October 29, 2020 - Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. successfully demonstrated carrying 5G traffic with outstanding performance over Thaicom’s GEO HTS satellite. With this successful demonstration, Gilat’s cellular backhaul solution is declared operational and ready for implementation in the 5G architecture. Superior user experience was recorded using Gilat’s Capricorn PLUS VSAT in the live demonstrations last month with two MNOs over Thaicom’s IPSTAR GEO satellite. Using a 5G handset, a large number of applications including Browsing, Speedtest, Youtube 4K, VoLTE, ViLTE, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and even communication with a drone providing a live video stream, were tested with excellent results. The tests were done with a number of 5G architecture options, including Standalone (SA) and NonStandalone (NSA), using Gilat’s Capricorn PLUS with adaptation of its patented GTP acceleration, reaching speeds of 400 Mbps download and 100 Mbps upload and at times showing results better than the terrestrial connection.

IEC Telecom Launches Maritime Communication Solution for Small & Medium Sized Vessels in Asia

October 29, 2020 - IEC Telecom Group (IEC Telecom), satcom solutions provider, debuts OneGate Marine Compact to equip small and medium sized vessels in Asia, with VSAT-like connectivity by optimizing LBand capacity. Following its successful launch in Europe earlier this year, IEC Telecom’s OneGate Marine Compact is now available in Asia allowing small and medium sized vessels, which represent close to 50% of shipping traffic in the region, to enjoy connectivity at sea previously available only to larger vessels. The fleet of small and medium-sized boats is currently underserved by the maritime communication sector. The existing VSAT terminals are unsuitable for use on these vessels due to size and high sensitivity to movements. The smaller the vessel the more prone it is to vibration; under harsh weather conditions at sea, directive VSAT antennas would be unable to guarantee stable signals. Additionally, current solutions in the market require high capital investment and a long-term commitment, with a minimum of three-year service contracts.

NanoAvionics Invests and Expands in the UK

October 29, 2020 - NanoAvionics is expanding its space sector business in the United Kingdom by moving to a new, larger facility for satellite assembly, integration and testing (AIT) as well as sales, technical support and R&D activities in Basingstoke (50 miles/80 km outside Central London) this month. Having already developed a hub in Lithuania and two in the USA, the move, entirely financed by NanoAvionics, is a first step for its UK growth plans by creating jobs in the space sector and a local technology cluster with a dedicated supply chain of companies in Britain. Having already developed a hub in Lithuania and two in the USA, the move, entirely financed by NanoAvionics, is a first step for its UK growth plans by creating jobs in the space sector and a local technology cluster with a dedicated supply chain of companies in Britain. The new facility will allow NanoAvionics to keep thriving and provide nanosatellite AIT services to its growing and existing customer base in the UK. NanoAvionics’ customers in the UK include IoT connectivity provider Lacuna Space and Sen, a space company developing its “EarthTV” constellation to stream real-time and timely Ultra-High Definition (UHD) videos of Earth.

Exotrail Launches Satellite Mission Software Suite within the French Space Agency (CNES)

October 29, 2020 - In the frame of a software licensing contract signed this summer, CNES mission design analysis and system engineering teams are now using ExoOPSTM – Mission Design advanced functionalities developed by Exotrail in its ExoOPSTM software suite. Available as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), ExoOPSTM – Mission Design relies on an orbital mechanics environment designed and developed by Exotrail software & space mechanics team based in Toulouse (France). Through user-friendly interfaces, ExoOPSTM – Mission Design provides CNES teams, in addition to others existing tools, with a quick processing and easy-to-use software able to run complex mission design analysis such as multiple scenario constellation deployment, simulation and optimization of low-thrust maneuvers, propulsive system benchmarking analysis up to spacecraft sub-system performance analysis. Connected to IDM-CIC, an orbital platform definition and design software tool used by CNES in phase A/0 project, ExoOPSTM – Mission Design allows to run low-thrust analysis for spacecraft mission carrying electric propulsion system through smooth and easy data exchanges.

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