satellite communication

ESA: Phase-B of Neosat signed

Phase-B of Neosat mission is signed on

ESA is moving ahead with the development of their next-generation satellite communication platform - Neosat. The Phase-B contract was signed on 20 February in Paris, France. ESA contracted the European firms Airbus Defense and Space and Thales Alenia Space to build the new generation Neosat spacecrafts. 

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Fri, 21/02/2014 - 12:01

European Telecommunications Standards Institute issues call for experts

ETSI is recruiting experts

ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) is recruiting experts for two Specialist Task Forces (STFs) which will support the standardization work of the working group SatEC. ETSI hosts in the technical committee TC-SES (satellite earth stations) standardization activities on emergency communication via satellite (working group SatEC).

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Fri, 27/09/2013 - 10:54

UNOCHA: Philippines increasingly using technologies for disasters

The Philippines is increasingly relying on technology in its preparedness and re

“Along with other countries in the region, the Philippines is increasingly relying on technology in its preparedness and response as a key programmatic tool in reducing the impact of disasters while saving as many lives as possible”, stated David Carden, Head of OCHA Philippines, in the course of an event bringing together Filipino mobile operators with humanitarian partners to improve their ability to prepare for and respond to natural disasters in June in Legazpi City, Philippines.

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Fri, 06/09/2013 - 08:45

East Africa: Regional conference on satellite communication

Access to broadband and satellite communication is a booster for development

This week, more than 250 delegates from East African countries are gathering for a regional conference on broadband and satellite communication for East Africa.

The five-day meeting from 15 to 19 April 2013 is taking place in Kampala, Uganda and has the theme "Strategy for Broadband Access to All in East Africa". It is organised by the Ministry of ICT, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), International Telecommunications Organisation (ITSO), and the East African Communications Organisation (EACO).

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Wed, 17/04/2013 - 09:09

Solomon Islands: Coastal Management with Tidal Predictions

Landsat-7 satellite image of Solomon Islands.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is implementing a project to forecast tide and sea-levels in Kosrae, Solomon Islands. Forecasts are based on the data from a new water level sensor funded by the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change project.

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Mon, 15/04/2013 - 08:49

Belarus: Plans for communication satellite

Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus

The Belarusian Telegraph Agency (BeITA) reported that Belarus has started a project for the creation of a communication satellite. BeITA names Sergei Zolotoi, Director of the enterprise Geoinformation Systems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, as the source for this announcement. The project will be carried out by China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), with the contract being underway.

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Thu, 11/04/2013 - 10:00

American Red Cross Disaster Services partners up with ViaSat

The American Red Cross Disaster Services is using Exede Enterprise satellite services from ViaSat Inc. to provide satellite connectivity during disaster response. Exede Enterprise services can provide download speeds up to 15Mbps using the transformational high-capacity satellite system created by ViaSat, extending the economic and performance benefits of high-capacity Ka-band satellites to customers beyond residential Internet subscribers.

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Wed, 14/11/2012 - 11:05

50 years of satellite communications

10th July 1962 marked the birth of satellite communications. Exactly 50 years ago today the Telstar satellite commenced its journey into space from Cape Canaveral and became the first ever active communications satellite. It carried the first live trans-Atlantic TV broadcasts. Telstar was built by a team at Bell Telephone Laboratories and incorporated many innovations such as the transistor and the 3,600 solar panels that powered the satellite and which had been invented by Bell Labs.

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Wed, 11/07/2012 - 15:11

Digicom Global launches new emergency management communications solutions

Digicom Global,Inc. has revamped it's website to support first responders. 2012 will be a tough year for Emergency management professionals. Due to soaring budget deficits, state and federal budgets for Police, Fire and other agencies have been cut up to 50 percent. If we learned anything from 911, Katrina, or the Joplin tornadoes, we learned that communications is the most critical component in mitigating disasters. To that end we have redesigned our website and added many specialty products to make it easier and more affordable to procure emergency management communication products.

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Mon, 05/03/2012 - 10:57

New Satellite Technology a Possible ‘Game Changer’ for Communications

As the interoperability discussion continues, so does the frustration of many who have worked on this issue for decades but haven’t seen their goals realized. So it makes sense to take a look into the future of what could be bright spot, given the right circumstances, some money and a will to make it work. Satellite technology has proven itself during major events but its limitations are known. During Hurricane Katrina, satellite technology allowed for some semblance of interoperability when most communications systems were down, including allowing the U.S.

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Tue, 17/01/2012 - 16:10

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