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Jan. 21

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Jan. 21

  1. 1. President Report President’s January 13, 2009 , The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) President’s Report is a weekly executive summary covering current satellite industry news and events. Member News ICO Global Communications Limited announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the application of its subsidiary, New ICO Satellite Services G.P., to utilize an ancillary terrestrial component (ATC) in conjunction with its mobile satellite services (MSS). ATC authority will allow ICO to use its 20 megahertz of 2 GHz spectrum for two-way terrestrial communications to enhance coverage and capacity of its MSS system by integrating terrestrial base stations into its network. In granting the ATC authority, the FCC also approved ICO's requests to use the spectrum in a more efficient manner, consistent with rules of operation for comparable terrestrial spectrum. Link to additional information The Boeing Company announced that the U.S. Air Force has authorized the Commonwealth of Australia's provision of US$234 million for Boeing to complete production of the sixth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite. With this authorization, Boeing is now fully funded for the production of all three WGS Block II satellites, and is on track to deliver the first in this new series in 2011. The first of three WGS Block I satellites went into service in April, and the second is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2009. Link to additional information Integral Systems announced that it will be presenting at the Cowen and Company 30th Annual Aerospace/Defense Conference, held on Wednesday, February 4, 2009. The conference will be held at The InterContinental The Barclay, New York. John Higginbotham, CEO and William Bambarger, Chief Financial Officer will present an overview of Integral Systems and its financial performance, growth strategy and satellite technology market trends. Link to additional information Meeting the television programming needs of one of America's biggest ethnic audiences, SES AMERICOM, an SES company announced it is distributing JUS Punjabi, the country's first Punjabi-language network serving the Indo-Punjabi, Sikh, and South Asian communities throughout the United States. Punjabi is one of the most common languages across Pakistan and India and is widely spoken in other countries where Punjabis have emigrated in large numbers, including Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. JUS Punjabi, the first television channel devoted to delivering content to Punjabi-speaking audiences, is being offered nationwide over SES AMERICOM's AMC-1 satellite. Link to additional information 1|Page
  2. 2. Antenna technology designed and built by Northrop Grumman Corporation made it possible for a radar sounder instrument aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) to detect huge glaciers on the Red Planet covered by a layer of dust and rocks. The antenna was developed by Astro Aerospace, a business unit of Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector, for the Italian Space Agency's SHAllow RADar (SHARAD) instrument. SHARAD probes below the Martian surface using radar waves in the 15-25 MHz frequency band for high-depth resolution. Link to additional information Alliant Techsystems composite and propulsion technologies supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) satellite. The mission, known as NROL-26, will deploy a classified satellite payload. ATK designed and produced the nozzle for the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne- built RS-68 engine as well as the nozzle's thermal protection material, which is capable of shielding it from the extreme heat of launch when external temperatures can exceed 4,000 degrees F. The Delta IV's RS-68 is the largest hydrogen-fueled engine in the world, utilizing an ATK nozzle that is the first of its kind in a liquid booster engine. The nozzle is manufactured at ATK's Promontory, Utah facility. Link to additional information Eutelsat Communications and SpeedCast announce a major commercial agreement with Furuno, one of the leading companies in the maritime equipment and service sectors. According to the agreement, Eutelsat and SpeedCast will provide their innovative seamless Auto Beam Switching (ABS) Ku-band broadband maritime service, satellite capacity and teleport services to support Furuno’s new “SafeComNet“ service which provides maritime fleets with seamless communications across all major shipping lanes and regions covered by Ku-band satellites. http://www.eutelsat.com/news/press-releases-2009.html SES NEW SKIES, an SES company announces that its NSS-9 satellite has safely arrived at the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, onboard an Antonov cargo plane. The NSS-9 spacecraft, manufactured by Orbital Sciences Corporation, will now be readied for launch onboard an Ariane 5 booster. The NSS-9 spacecraft will be positioned at the orbital location of 183 degrees East, carries 44 active C-band transponders, and features three beams that can interconnect on a transponder-by- transponder basis: A global beam providing coverage of the entire earth visible from 183 degrees East; a West Hemi beam. http://www.newskies.com/pressreleases_458.htm Comtech Telecommunications Corp. announced that its Tempe, Arizona-based subsidiary, Comtech EF Data Corp., received a $1.2 million order for satellite communications equipment that will be utilized to expand a network infrastructure in Asia. The order specified satellite modems, including our Model DMD20 Universal Satellite Modem, our Model CDM-600 Satellite Modem and CDM-625 Advanced Satellite Modem. http://www.comtechtel.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=359082 2|Page
  3. 3. SES NEW SKIES, an SES company announced that it will host IPTV Americas on its NSS-806 satellite. This will enable IPTV Americas to offer an end-to-end satellite- delivered IPTV distribution solution to all telecommunications and cable operators’ head ends in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IPTV Americas’ content will be distributed to the entire Americas via NSS-806, one of the most widely used video satellites in the region. Link to additional information 2009 Upcoming Meetings and Events January 18-21 – Pacific Telecom Council PTC ’09, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, HI http://www.ptc.org/ March 24-27– Satellite 2009 Conference & Exhibition, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC http://www.satellitetoday.com/satellite2009/ March 25 - SSPI Champagne Reception and Gala, Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C. http://sspi.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=29 June 1-3 - Hilton TelCap’s International Telecoms Week, Marriott Wardman Park hotel, Washington, D.C. June 2-4 – ISCe 2009 “SATCOM Solutions for the Military and Civil Agencies”, San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina, San Deigo, CA http://www.isce.com August 18-20 – LandWarNet 2009, Fort Lauderdale, FL Visit www.sia.org to consult previous SIA President’s Reports. Please send comments or request to unsubscribe at info@sia.org. Satellite Industry Association – 1730 M Street, N.W., Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20036 Tel: +1 202 349 3650 Fax: +1 202 349 3622 SIA Website: http://www.sia.org SIA Disclaimer: Any use, dissemination, distribution, or copying of SIA documents or reports, or any attachments thereof, is strictly prohibited without explicit consent from SIA. Requests for permission can be addressed to info@sia.org. 3|Page

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