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SES loses satellite dispute

Luxembourg-based SES has been involved in a dispute with Lockheed Martin Space Systems involving millions of dollars, and specifically involving one of Lockheed’s A2100 satellites. While details are of the dispute are sketchy, SES bought two satellites from Lockheed, (SES Astra’s 1KR craft, and Astra 1L) and the argument involved the performance of a satellite […]

September 26, 2011

Launch success for Atlantic Bird 7

Eutelsat’s Atlantic Bird 7 has been successfully delivered into orbit by a Zenit-3SL rocket operated by Sea Launch AG from the ocean-based Odyssey Launch Platform in international waters of the Pacific Ocean. Lift-off of the rocket carrying the Astrium-built 4.6 tonne satellite took place on Saturday 24 September at 20:18 GMT (22:18 CET). After a […]

September 26, 2011

RRsat expands its back-up and disaster recovery services

RRsat Global Communications Network, a provider of comprehensive content management and global distribution services to the television and radio broadcasting industries, has announced that it signed an agreement with Spacecom, the operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, for monitoring, backup and disaster recovery services. As part of the agreement, RRsat will act as Spacecom’s remote […]

September 23, 2011

Arabsat and SES launch success

After a 48-hour delay caused by local technicians going on strike, the Arianespace mission to launch Arabsat 5C and SES-2 was successfully carried out late on the night of September 21/22. The flight was the 5th launch this year for the giant Ariane 5 rocket, and its two passengers were successfully placed into a geostationary […]

September 22, 2011By Chris Forrester

GlobeCast adding Jordanian teleport?

Only a few days after GlobeCast confirmed it had added the Tecnopolo Tiburtino, Rome, technical facility and Earth Station to its list of uplink assets comes news that it is in advanced negotiations to buy Amman’s Jordan Media City from Sheikh Salah Kamel. The rumoured price is around $150 million, although this figure has not […]

September 21, 2011By Chris Forrester

SES-2 launch delayed

SES has confirmed that the launch of its new SES-2 satellite has been postponed as the result of industrial action at the Kourou space centre in French Guiana. The Trade Union of French Guiana Workers (UTG) initiated a strike within the Telespazio company making unavailable certain means of measurement in the Space Centre which are […]

September 20, 2011

Altech Multimedia gives thumbs up to IBC

Altech Multimedia, part of the Allied Technologies Limited (Altech) group, looks back at a very successful IBC 2011. With its newly established European office as well as the company’s recent acquisition of SetOne, a distribution, logistics, STB repair and servicing business focused on the DVB based retail business in the Central Europe, Altech Multimedia  is […]

September 20, 2011

Austria takes extra SES capacity

SES continues to find enthusiastic takers for its spare transponder capacity at 19.2 degrees East. SES says that Österreichischer Rundfunksender (ORS), which is the technical service provider for Austrian public broadcaster ORF and other channels, has contracted an additional transponder on SES’s prime orbital position 19.2 degrees East. The additional transponder is the fourth that […]

September 19, 2011By Chris Forrester

GlobeCast adds Rome teleport

GlobeCast has added the Tecnopolo Tiburtino technical facility and Earth Station to its list of uplink assets. Tecnopolo replaces GlobeCast’s previous facility in the region. Commercial terms were not revealed. GlobeCast’s new teleport will offer content management and distribution services via satellite and fiber — notably addressing the growing DTH and DTT markets in the […]

September 5, 2011By Chris Forrester

GlobeCast opens new teleport and technical facility in Rome

GlobeCast has announced the launch of a new teleport and technical operations center in Rome to replace its previous facility. A major new addition to the media infrastructure for Italy, the teleport will offer content management and distribution services via satellite and fiber — notably addressing the growing DTH and DTT markets in the region […]

September 5, 2011