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Tototheo Maritime to Offer Reliable Connectivity Services via SES Networks’ Managed Data Services

January 29, 2021 - Tototheo Maritime, a leading Cyprus-based maritime communications company, will be able to enjoy the benefits of seamless, reliable data connectivity services delivered by SES Networks. The five-year agreement between Tototheo Maritime and SES will be delivered via SES Networks’ Skala Global Platform, the two companies announced today. Tototheo Maritime’s customers will benefit from an efficient communication VSAT network that optimises fleet operations and cost efficiency, while enabling crew to stay connected to their families anytime and anywhere. This step up in reliable connectivity will enable the full potential of digital investments, drive better onshore management of vital assets, and improve compliance systems for shipowners. SES Networks’ Skala Global Platform’s flexible bandwidth management, advanced automatic beam switching, and sophisticated network management system will allow crew and operators to take full advantage of connectivity-powered services that can boost profitability, efficiency, and crew welfare.

Analytical Space Leverages Groundbreaking IDRS Technology from Addvalue and Inmarsat to Enable New Space Data Transport Architectures

January 29, 2021 - Analytical Space, Inc. (ASI) announced today a key new partnership with Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications and Addvalue Innovation Pte Ltd, a wireless and broadband communications technology innovator. This new collaboration will enable ASI to leverage unique aspects of the Inmarsat and Addvalue network ecosystems, and will be an important enabler in ASI’s rollout of its Fast Pixel Network. The Fast Pixel Network is a data transport satellite network in low Earth orbit that ingests data from Earth observation satellites, routes that ingested data from node to node via high speed optical intersatellite links and downlinks that data in near real time to government and commercial consumers. This partnership with Inmarsat and Addvalue will open additional communications pathways between the Fast Pixel Network’s Earth observation constellation customers based in low Earth orbit and Inmarsat’s communication satellite network in geostationary orbit - without the need for those constellation operators to change their existing hardware architectures. Additionally, Analytical Space’s Fast Pixel Network satellites will benefit from the “always-on” telemetry, tracking, and control (TT&C) capabilities delivered by Addvalue’s proprietary Intersatellite Data Relay System (IDRS) technology. This capability will ensure that Analytical Space’s constellation is always poised to serve customers with TT&C data relay.

MDA Extends Satellite Operations Capability through Contract Award by Canadian Space Agency

January 29, 2021 - MDA today announced that it has been awarded a contract by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to provide satellite flight operations and data management services for the Agency's Earth observation and space situational awareness satellite missions. MDA will provide spacecraft health APSCC Monthly e‐Newsletter 2 February 2021 monitoring and control, operational analysis, basic system maintenance, data order handling, image quality control and data processing and archiving for the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM), SCISAT and NEOSSat from the CSA's Multi-Mission Control Centre in Longueuil, Quebec. MDA has partnered with two leading Canadian space firms – Calian Advanced Technologies and Mission Control Space Services – to deliver this service. The total estimated contract price is valued at CAD$36.6M excluding taxes and covers a three-year period, with an option to renew the contract for up to two additional years.

Comtech Awarded $11.4 Million Delivery Order for Satellite Earth Station Equipment

January 28, 2021 - Comtech EF Data Corp. has been awarded an $11.4 million delivery order in support of a previously announced $58.8 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Naval Information Warfare Systems Command. Funded orders received to-date under this IDIQ contract now total $42.1 million. The delivery order specified Comtech EF Data’s SLM-5650B Satellite Modems and firmware upgrades. The SLM-5650B Satellite Modem is Comtech EF Data’s latest generation modem product targeted for critical commercial backhaul, government and military applications. The SLM-5650B leverages the heritage and feature set of the SLM-5650A modem. The SLM-5650B supports backwards compatibility/interoperability for existing SLM-5650A networks while providing enhanced performance and an expanded feature set. The commercially available modems will support satellite communications and interoperability across the Navy’s platforms and shore sites.

ASECNA, NIGCOMSAT, Thales Alenia Space to Accelerate SBAS Development for Aviation in Africa

January 28, 2021 - The Agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar, ASECNA, the Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd, NIGCOMSAT and Thales Alenia Space, joint venture between Thales (67 %) and Leonardo (33 %) joint efforts to accelerate SBAS development for aviation in Africa. Following the broadcast of a SBAS (Satellite-Based Augmentation System) signal over Africa & Indian Ocean (AFI) region since September 2020, providing the first SBAS open service in this part of the world via NIGCOMSAT-1R Satellite, the 3 partners have successfully conducted on 27 January 2021 a series of 5 flight demos at Lomé International Airport. The goal was to show in real configuration the efficiency of the technology developed in the frame of the early open service as part of the «SBAS for Africa & Indian Ocean» programme which pursues the autonomous provision over the continent of SBAS services, to augment the performances of the satellite navigation constellations GPS and Galileo.

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