SES has been tapped to provide satellite-based communications for the Advanced Battle Management System.
WASHINGTON — Satellite communications provider SES Government Solutions announced Nov. 30 it was selected by the U.S. Air Force to join the pool of vendors that will compete for contracts to build the military internet of things.
SES will compete to provide communications services for the Advanced Battle Management System program, or ABMS — an Air Force project that seeks to connect weapon systems and command centers so they can share data. ABMS is one piece of a larger Pentagon effort to build a military internet of things known as Combined Joint All Domain Command and Control.
The Air Force requested $302 million for ABMS in fiscal year 2021, with projected funding of $3.2 billion over the next five years. A large group of vendors from across the defense, aerospace and tech industries have been selected
Telesat’s goal to offer high-speed internet services through low-earth-orbit satellites within two years is optimistic and unrealistic, experts say.
In an effort to connect more rural Canadians to high-speed internet, the government announced a $600 million agreement with the Canadian satellite company.
Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said during a press conference on Monday that LEOs will be constructed next year and will offer services in 2022. The government plans to connect 100 per cent of Canadians to high-speed internet by 2030.
“We made a big bet as a government to support this technology through Telesat,” Bains said. “We’re very proud of that and we’re very proud of the fact that these LEOs will be launched late next year, and will be made available to communities in 2022, particularly those remote and rural communities where the fibre backbone infrastructure economics doesn’t make sense.”
Reza Rajabiun, a competition policy and industrial
DAVAO CITY – Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) has started its satellite services program in a bid to provide internet connectivity to remote areas in Mindanao.
Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering of AdDU, said the AdDU Community Connectivity Empowered by Satellite Services for Mindanao Program (ACCESS Mindanao) “is an advocacy and research program of ADDU that aims to provide internet connectivity to remote and isolated areas of Mindanao through the use of satellite technology.”
“In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic, there was a surge in demand for connectivity to be put in place quickly in order to accommodate students and communities during their shift to online learning,” Sese, program leader of ACCESS Mindanao, told Manila Bulletin.
He said the project officially started in October, “but we have been working on pre-planning and
SpaceX may soon start offering Starlink’s satellite internet service to Canadians. The country’s regulators — the Innovation, Science and Economic Development department, in particular — have granted the company’s request for regulatory approval, allowing it to offer beta access to the high-speed internet network provided by Starlink’s satellite constellation.
.@SpaceX is joining the effort to help get Canadians connected to high-speed Internet!
Regulatory approval for the @SpaceXStarlink low Earth orbit satellite constellation has been granted!
The service’s beta trials only started a few days ago after SpaceX sent out emails to people who previously signed up to receive more information about it. In the US, the service costs users $99 per month, not including the $499 upfront cost for the hardware kit needed to access the network. SpaceX called the beta program “Better Than Nothing Beta” to lower people’s expectations. It explained in
HELSINKI — The Indian Space Research Organisation successfully carried out its first launch since the COVID-19 outbreak Saturday sending the EOS-1 Earth observation satellite and nine smaller payloads into orbit.
Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C49 (PSLV-C49) lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center on the Indian island of Sriharikota at 4:42 a.m. Eastern Nov. 7 after a short weather delay. The PSLV-DL variant used for the mission includes two side boosters.
The launch was scheduled for late 2019 but became ISRO’s first launch of 2020 due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The EOS-01 Earth observation satellite was successfully injected into a 575-kilometer circular orbit around 16 minutes later.
The roughly 628-kilogram EOS-01 is a synthetic aperture radar satellite with all-weather and day-and-night observation capability. It is part of ISRO’s RISAT series of SAR satellites and originally named RISAT-2BR2 but was changed to EOS-1 as per new naming criteria.
SAN FRANCISCO – EchoStar Corp. plans to launch the Jupiter 3 broadband satellite in the first quarter of 2022 but has not yet selected a launch provider, company officials said during a Nov. 5 earnings call.
EchoStar originally planned to launch the 500 gigabit-per-second Ka-band satellite in 2021 to expand broadband capacity over North and South America before the COVID-19 pandemic slowed satellite manufacturing and created uncertainty in the launch market.
Rather than incurring additional launch costs as a result of the delay, EchoStar may benefit from changes in the launch market.
“There’s a lot going on in the launch industry,” EchoStar CEO Mike Dugan said during the earnings call. “We’re not expecting anything but a positive situation there.”
EchoStar reported revenues of $473.5 million for the quarter that ended Sept. 30, a $1.2 million increase over the same period in 2020. For the first nine months of 2020, EchoStar
SpaceX is now sending out email invitations for public beta testing of Starlink, the company’s upcoming satellite internet service.
Last week, people who had registered interest in the service on the Starlink website began receiving emails from SpaceX to join the beta test, called “Better Than Nothing Beta,” Ars Technica reported. To participate, users must purchase the Starlink ground equipment for $499 and then pay a $99 monthly fee for active service, according to Ars Technica.
Since May 2019, SpaceX has been launching Starlink internet satellites in batches of about 60, with the goal of creating a megaconstellation consisting of thousands of small, broadband-beaming satellites. The network will provide global internet coverage from space, SpaceX representatives have said.
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SpaceX’s Starlink is the real deal, according to early test users.
This past weekend, test kits for SpaceX’s satellite internet service began arriving to the first public beta users. And many are reporting that the service is indeed fast. “Starlink is a game changer, before I was getting 0.5-12mb/s (Mbps) now I get 100-160mb/s,” wrote one test user.
Lucky consumers who received an invite to the Starlink public beta have been posting their early impressions on Reddit after installing the satellite dish system at their homes.
“Streaming 1440p and 4K with zero buffering on YouTube,” wrote one user who previously relied on AT&T to supply 8 to 10Mbps download speeds.
Another user, who is based in rural Montana, posted a speed test showing his connection reaching 174Mbps—perhaps the highest download speed for Starlink we’ve seen so far. Meanwhile, the latency averaged at 33 milliseconds, which is on