Arianespace launches SES-15 in 2d Euro Soyuz GTO mission
Summary: When Boeing first-introduced its all-electric (702SP) satellite bus in 2012, one of the purported benefits was the ability to secure cheap launch by stacking two satellites on a Falcon 9. As noted in this article, however, finding a co-passenger has proven harder-than-expected, leading SES to select a more costly Europeanized Soyuz for launch.
Covered Companies: ViaSat
Mentioned: Arianespace, SES, SpaceX, Boeing, Eutelsat, Panasonic, Inmarsat, ArabsatFull Article
Technology Update — Amplifiers Keeping Pace with Industry Changes
Summary: Although not a particularly sexy niche of the satellite industry, this article notes that there are some pretty interesting changes taking place in the amplifier market, driven by new technology (GaN) and new frequency bands (Ka, V, Q).
Covered Companies: CMTL, SATS, TDY
Mentioned: CPI International, Wavestream/Gilat, D&S Microwave Consulting, Advantech WirelessFull Article
Inmarsat attempts to change the landscape for software deployment
Summary: This article describes Inmarsat’s plans to develop a “walled garden” application infrastructure whereby the cost of an app will be linked to the application’s bandwidth consumption. The program is still in its early stages and will take about three years to roll out (as vessels are converted from Ku to Ka).
Covered Companies: N/A
Mentioned: Inmarsat, CPI, Apple, SingTelFull Article