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US Military and Government Demand for Global Satellite Communications Rising

Since the events of September 11, satellite operators have experienced a significant increase in US military and government demand for commercial satellite communications. A new study from Frost & Sullivan, “US Military and Government Demand for Global Satellite Communications,” demonstrates that revenues from US military users of satellite communications...
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US Air Force Successfully Launches GPS IIR Satellite

An upgraded Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite, built by Lockheed Martin for the US Air Force, was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral. The satellite features significant performance upgrades, including an advanced antenna panel, which will increase power for GPS receivers. This was the eleventh successful launch of the new...
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Northrop Grumman Reaches Milestone in Development of Embedded Antennas

Northrop Grumman Corp. has completed laboratory testing of a 1/5th scale model of a new, embedded antenna that could replace the current satellite communications (SATCOM) antenna in the US Navy’s Advanced Hawkeye early warning and battle management aircraft. The milestone represents the company’s most significant progress to date in...
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Air Force Approves $5.3 M Raytheon Maverick Variant Evaluation

Raytheon Co. has been awarded a US Air Force contract to conduct a utility evaluation of the Lock-On-After-Launch™ (LOAL) variant of the AGN-65 Maverick missile. The $5.3 M contract, awarded by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base, FL, includes up to six captive...
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ABI Research Reveals Upswing in Cellular Market

UMTS, after several years of relative stagnation, is now surging ahead strongly, according to ABI Research’s latest “Wireless Infrastructure Quarterly Service.” Evidence suggests that this year the UMTS market growth rate should approximately double its 2003 performance. While conventional wisdom points to UMTS’ higher level data and video services...
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MEMS Industry Finding Success One Step at a Time

While the first half of 2003 was not terribly promising for MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) suppliers, business activity picked up considerably in the fourth quarter and has remained strong through the first half of 2004, reports In-Stat/MDR. The high tech market research firm believes that, with two strong quarters already...
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RFID Tag Market Up for Grabs

The Electronic Product Code (EPC)-based RFID tag market shows potential for a dramatic revamp over the late 2004/ early 2005 period, according to the latest intelligence from ABI Research. Faced with meeting looming mandates from both commerce and government, the Hardware Action Group established by EPCglobal is trying to...
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Wi-Fi and UWB to Play Leapfrog in Home Entertainment

Technologies for networking home entertainment equipment will compete for dominance over the next five years but ultimately Wi-Fi will use 802.11n to continue its early lead, according to a new study by ABI Research. The report, “Wi-Fi Home Entertainment Networks,” identifies three candidates for wireless home entertainment networking: power...
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ITU TELECOM WORLD 2006 Goes to Hong Kong

The Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Yoshio Utsumi, has confirmed the recommendation of the ITU TELECOM Board to hold the next ITU TELECOM WORLD in 2006 in Hong Kong, China, following an evaluation of the final offers received from Geneva and Hong Kong on 28 May 2004....
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Watch This Space as European Satellite Giants Form Alliance

Alcatel and Finmeccanica have signed a memorandum of understanding to merge their space activities and form alliances in the space sector through the creation of two sister companies, to which both partners will contribute their respective satellite industrial and service activities. The first company, Alcatel Alenia Space, of which...
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