Apollo50: 50 years since the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

On 20thJuly 1969, millions of people witnessed the Apollo 11 moon landing. Rather excitingly, SIG member Goonhilly Earth Station played a massive part in broadcasting the images live to Europe. Our latest blog takes a look at the role it played in the night’s proceedings.


It’s estimated that over 650 million people watched as Neil Armstrong’s first lunar steps were televised worldwide. Antenna 1 at Goonhilly, a 1,118 tonne structure with a 26m wide dish, nicknamed Arthur, had the important job of receiving the image signals into the ground station from Houston, Texas and relaying them on for distribution to homes in the UK and the rest of Europe.

In the UK, the moon landing took place in the early hours of the morning and a small team at Goonhilly were responsible for receiving the images into Europe. Pip Greenaway was the lead engineer on shift that night. During the course of the night, NASA chose the Parkes radio telescope in Australia as the receiving ground station as it had the best chance of receiving the communications successfully. From Australia the signals were beamed to Houston where they were boosted and then sent on to the UK for broadcasting. With the images being distributed in real-time, there was a real risk that something would go wrong, and the images would not be seen in Europe. Pip and his team were anxious that the signals weren’t going to reach Goonhilly successfully, however they adapted to the new sequence and made sure that the signals were received correctly and relayed onwards for distribution. His contribution allowed millions of people to watch live as the lunar mission unfolded.

Next month marks the 50thanniversary of the moon landing, and to celebrate Goonhilly is opening its door for the Apollo50 event. SIG Executive Director, Martin Coleman, will be attending the event where he will speak about his experiences from working at Goonhilly and within the satellite communications industry for the last forty years.

Visit the Apollo 50 website to read more about the event’s itinerary.

A Q&A with Goonhilly Earth Station’s CEO, Ian Jones and APAC Business Development Head, Dr Bob Gough

Goonhilly Earth Station recently became a member of SIG. We sat down with CEO Ian Jones, and Asia-Pac Business Development Head Dr Bob Gough to find out more about the company, its view on the state of the industry, and why joining SIG was important.

  1. Tell us about your company

    Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd (GES) is involved in a range of projects for LEO, MEO and GEO satellite communications as well as Deep Space, forthcoming Moon and Mars missions as well as radio astronomy. All of this is happening at a time when a renewed interest in space exploration and Cubesats is attracting so much investment from both government and industry.

    We are also part of two Spaceport developments; Spaceport Cornwall and Shetland Space.

    In addition to the standard teleport services of uplink transmission and downlink feeds, TT&C, ranging and monitoring services, Goonhilly Earth Station is also introducing a brand new Data Centre facility with extensive connectivity to local and international fibre loops. In fact the SEA-ME-WE-3 international cable network has a node inside GES, connecting through the Middle East to South East Asia and Australia.

  2. What industry challenges are having the biggest influence on your work at the moment?

    Without doubt, it’s the introduction of LEO and MEO constellations of communications satellites, together with the introduction of 5G mobile services.

    For example, where does one locate deep space communications or radio astronomy earth stations operating up to and beyond Ka-band?
    The ideal place is an RF-quiet location with guaranteed spectrum licensing well out into the future, which means “staying away from today’s and tomorrow’s centres of population” because of existing interferers (e.g. radars and microwave radio links) and the encroachment of mobile 5G. It also requires redundant, high capacity fibre links to the global fibre network, and the location implies remote operation, because the skilled and experienced staff probably won’t want to live a few hundred kilometres from the nearest large town. Locations in wet tropics and sub-tropics come with their own challenges because of the propagation issues at the higher frequencies.

    Similar considerations apply to the location of the gateway stations servicing the new LEO/MEO constellations.

  3. What innovative solutions are you working on to address the issue?

    For a small satellite teleport company we have a disproportionately large investment in design engineering, space systems analysis and engagement with top universities. We have a wide ranging programme of R&D ranging from investment in software defined radio, artificial intelligence and machine learning, advanced RF and antenna design. We feel that it’s important for Goonhilly to be at the leading edge of new developments in the industry and to build meaningful partnerships where we can join forces to build bigger market opportunities.

  4. What are your thoughts on congested space?

    It makes things more complicated as we move into the future, as covered in some of the other questions. It also means that we and everyone in the industry have to try to foresee the unexpected, perhaps low probability things that could cause major disruption or interruption of services, and then put in place contingency plans.

    The obvious one is space debris, particularly in the lower orbits, and it’s not just the worst case of a major collision causing yet more space junk. A hypothetical example: A LEO satellite whose AOCS or spotbeam pointing mechanism is damaged by a small piece of debris. That satellite could potentially be spraying EIRP all over the place and interfering into other systems for a very long time.

    Then there are the issues of space law. Who is legally responsible if things go wrong? And insurance costs – just like car insurance – with a lot more traffic on the road the premiums will go up and this cost will be reflected in the cost per Mbit/s for the end user.

  5. Do you think creating innovative solutions for cyber security is a priority for the satcoms industry?

    Yes it is. The industry has a responsibility to protect the data that customers have entrusted us to carry for them. Obviously, customers must do their utmost to protect their own data but if we as an industry can add additional layers of security on top that is all to the good.

    Apart from the “teleport view” above, what about organisations like Goonhilly that are controlling customers’ spacecraft on a day-to-day basis? The TT&C links need to be super-secure so as to avoid any jeopardy to the spacecraft themselves. Goonhilly has already done and is continuing to develop open API standards for the TT&C process, and work is ongoing to incorporate blockchain technology into this.

  6. What do you think the current state of interference is?

    Interference, either accidental or malicious, has always been a problem even in a predominantly GEO based environment. The introduction of carrier ID has helped greatly but the industry is now facing huge challenges as multiple constellations in LEO and MEO orbit with satellite orbital periods of 90 or so minutes are introduced.

    The system architectures of these constellations are extremely complex, given that many rely on intersatellite links and multiple high-capacity gateway stations located around the globe. Spectrum sharing between these constellations themselves and the GEO world will be difficult enough, particularly as different countries have their own ‘local regulations’ derived from the top-level ITU rules.

    Making matters even more difficult is the accelerating introduction of mobile 5G services, which demand lots of spectrum from C-band up to and beyond Ka-band; and many of the new LEO constellations must use these higher bands to support the required capacity.

    In summary, we are sailing into uncharted waters and there are reefs out there.

  7. Do you have any interesting plans for the next couple of months?

    Goonhilly will be attending/exhibiting at a number of events including:
    .  ConnecTechAsia in Singapore in June 2019
    .  The 1-day SIG Workshop at ConnecTechAsia on 18thJune 2019
    .  IBC in Amsterdam in September 2019

    We are also hosting events celebrating the 50thanniversary of the Moon Landings in July 2019.

    Immediately prior to the 50thanniversary celebrations we will be opening our new High Performance Computing Data Centre.

    Goonhilly is part of the organising committee of the 37thICSSC Conference “Ensuring a Realistic Migration, Harmonisation and Integration of Space Based Communications Facilities within the 5G Network” which takes place in Okinawa, Japan in October 2019.

    We are in the process of establishing an Australian subsidiary as part of the company’s global expansion plans. Goonhilly is a founding and funding partner in the SmartSat CRC, which has just won $55million of Australian Government funding over 7 years to drive innovative space projects.

  8. Why do you feel it is important to be a member of SIG?

    SIG facilitates the provision of highly reliable and quality satellite services, through innovation, whilst keeping interference to a minimum. The Group brings engineers together to share information and discuss what is causing the problems they face in their daily duties and where we can all improve, as well as share ideas and build a wish list for the industry to innovate and progress.

    SIG acts as a facilitator of close relationships between organisations, including all stakeholders in the satellite industry, making sure visionaries and innovators are given the necessary support and visibility. This is entirely consistent with the way that GES has developed so successfully – Cooperation beats competition any day!

3 things we’re doing at ConnecTechAsia

For the past few years we have been making the mid-June journey to Singapore for ConnecTechAsia. We’ve been busy working alongside the organisers of ConnecTechAsia to offer attendees a chance to see what we do and why our work is so important. Here are three events we’re involved in at Singapore this year:

1. SIG Workshop – The Evolution of Satellite Communication
10:00, Wednesday 19thJune 2019, SatComm Stage L1, Marina Bay Sands 

We all know how rapidly the satellite industry is evolving; from mega constellations in lower earth orbit to the prospect of sharing spectrum with 5G, it’s no surprise that innovative thinking is becoming a necessity in developing solutions to tech challenges. We have invited industry experts to discuss their opinions on the latest satcom tech as panellists for our workshop. Topics include cloud-based satcoms, LEO & its role in enabling IOT and improving antenna technology. Panellists will take a look at the opportunities around the latest technology and discuss any operational impacts it could have on existing infrastructures. As with all of our workshops, it’s set to be a great day! As well as hearing the discussions on stage, we welcome opinions from the audience too – it’s the perfect opportunity to hear what consumers want from the industry.

Join our workshop by registering now.

2. SIG Innovation Tours
11:00, 18th, 19th and 20th June 2019, L5 Information Counter, Marina Bay Sands

With many of our members attending ConnecTechAsia, it makes sense to make the most of the opportunity to see their latest products. We have held our satellite innovation tours for the last few years and they always prove popular. It’s a great chance for attendees to meet the people working within the industry; attendees get an opportunity to listen to product presentations and learn directly from the operators themselves.

We will be visiting KratosEutelsatAtosNewtecSky Perfect JSATWORK MicrowaveETL SystemsIntelsatNovella and QuadSAT.

Register for our tour now.

 

3. ConnecTechAsia Summit – Future of Work & Innovation
08:55, Thursday 20th June 2019, L4, Marina Bay Sands

As part of the main conference summit, our Executive Director, Martin Coleman, has been invited to chair the ‘Future of Work & Innovation’ on Day 3. Our industry relies on being at the forefront of technology to make sure that consumers receive a seamless and uninterrupted service. With the satellite ecosystem changing, it’s important that the industry embraces new technology and incorporates it into existing infrastructures. Summit panellists are set to take a look at how AI, the cloud and Blockchain are set to disrupt how industries are currently operating, and how these technologies can be implemented responsibly.

You can read the agenda now.

Meet with us!

We are available for meetings during the event. If you’d like to arrange a meeting with either Martin Coleman or a member of the SIG team, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We will be at ConnecTechAsia from Tuesday 18th June until Thursday 20th June.

See you in Singapore!

SIG workshop at Airbus: Q&A with Valentin Eder, Space Analyses

1. Tell us a bit more about your company.

Space Analyses GmbH is a privately-owned SME in Vienna, Austria and is active in data analyses with and for satellite networks, payload and spacecraft operations.
Space Analyses provides services which help operators optimise and secure their assets. We understand our work as a contribution to a sustainable use of resources, especially in space activities.

2. What’s your role within the company?

I am CEO and Owner.

3. What will you be discussing at the SIG workshop? 

My presentation will be based on empiric measurement data which shows what information can be recorded from VSAT networks. I’ll then explain how this information is used to benefit satellite operators through optimizing the use of assets in SatCom.

4. What do you feel are the benefits of attending the SIG workshops?

The expectation from Space Analyses is to share knowhow and to get feedback from the members of SIG, to develop our working relationship with SIG as a partner and to cooperate with partners in projects

5. What do you think are the most interesting innovations in the industry right now?

Space Analyses sees debris as the biggest challenge facing the Satellite Industry.

SIG workshop at Airbus: Q&A with Andrew Bond, ETL Systems

1.    Tell us a bit more about your company.

ETL Systems designs and manufactures a wide range of satellite communications and RF equipment. This includes switch matrices and routers as well as an assortment of other RF components. Across our entire range, our main focus is on building high quality products to ensure a reliable service for broadcasters & teleports. As well as having a range of products, we design bespoke, customised solutions for new satcoms links.

In January 2019 ETL acquired Atlantic Microwave LTD. Their RF products are well aligned with our own, while addressing the test & simulation market. New products added to the ETL range include Test Loop Translators, Noise & Signal Generators, Satellite Simulators plus a range of higher frequency microwave and RF components. 

2.    What’s your role within the company?

I am the Sales & Marketing Director for ETL Systems and I joined the organisation in 2005. My role is to ensure our team works with the broadcasters, teleports, system integrators and satellite operators globally.

3.    What will you be discussing at the SIG workshop? 

I’ll be speaking about Trends & Technologies in RF distribution, specifically covering RF equipment needed for both HTS & LEO applications. 

4.    What do you feel are the benefits of attending the SIG workshops?

I find that SIG workshops are valuable in that they give members a chance to discuss the challenges of satellite interference which of course helps us to understand how the industry is evolving. We also get an opportunity to discuss new challenges facing the satellite industry. Many of these have an impact on our products and this influences what we design and manufacture. It’s great to be part of a wider group of members who all have the same aim of minimising signal interference within the industry.

5.    What do you think are the most interesting innovations in the industry right now?

An interesting trend is the on-going rise of High Throughput Satellite which is enabling connectivity in otherwise unconnected regions. Ensuring constant connectivity does bring its own challenges including rain fade and the need for redundant sites. The planned launches of LEO mega constellations are an important change happening within Satcoms industry. These will open up a wealth of opportunity to deliver more data services via satellite than ever before, however they will come with a number of challenges to ensure reliability and minimize interference. 

6.    Do you have any interesting things planned for the coming months? 

We have a number of product launches planned for 2019. ETL’s three new models in the Enigma Switch Matrix series is the first launch of the year. The Enigma series provides signal distribution for up to 32 input and output feeds for downlinking and uplinking signal management and can be used across a number of applications including satellite communications, broadcasting, military and government communication systems.

ETL also has a few events coming up in 2019, with several of them in the US including the NAB Show in Las Vegas from 8-11thApril – you can visit us in the South Upper Hall (stand 11208). In May, 6-8th, you can see us at Satellite show in Washington DC, stand 1533 and our subsidiary company Atlantic Microwave will also be attending at stand 2327. Our final US show of the year is IMS in Boston, from 4-6thJune at stand 315.

Another event I will be attending is ConnecTechAsia in Singapore on 18thJune – ETL will be at stand 1V3-03. Our final show of the summer is 3CDSE 2019 in Malvern on 16thJuly 2019.

We keep our websiteup to date with our calendar. Keep an eye out as we’ll also be heading to IBC in Amsterdam in the Autumn.

 

BSN-UK 2019 – Goonhilly Earth Station – Still Vibrant After All These Years

The BSN’s networking agenda got off to a flying start for 2019 with an event sponsored by Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd. Anver Anderson, GES Director of Sales, explained to the assembled members that even though Goonhilly Earth Station was one of the world’s first teleports (transmitting the first transatlantic TV signals back in the early 1960s), it’s still at the cutting edge of space-based telecommunications.

GES is involved in a range of projects for near space, LEO, MEO and GEO satellite communications as well as Deep Space, forthcoming Moon and Mars missions as well as radio astronomy. All this at a time when a renewed interest in space exploration and cube-sats is attracting so much investment from both government and industry.

In addition to the standard teleport services of uplink transmission and downlink feeds, TT&C, ranging and monitoring services, Goonhilly Earth Station is also introducing a brand new Data Centre facility with extensive connectivity to local and international fibre loops. In fact the SEA-ME-WE-3 international cable network has a node inside GES, connecting through the Middle East to South East Asia and Australia as well.

Significantly, the team at Goonhilly has doubled in size during the last year and with so many projects developing in the coming years, the team is set to grow further. Goonhilly is already a partner with the UK’s new rocket launch centres at Newquay – and more recently Shetland – to provide support to the UK’s ambitions of being a centre of excellence for launch services.

Goonhilly is led by CEO Ian Jones, who along with his Board of Directors, has dared to dream of how Goonhilly can take its place alongside the next generation of space communications and explorers. Having saved the site from becoming a wind farm back in 2004, Ian and his team have established training courses and projects that have kept some 400 school pupils, 150 university students and 4 PhD students enthused about their own future – as well as that of the space industry.

The not-to-be-missed Events of 2019

In our last blog, we talked about the transition to the Satcoms Innovation Group (SIG), as part of a wider expansion to encompass all types of innovation within the satellite industry. As such, we have an exciting mix of events coming up for 2019, with the opportunity for members to get involved.

With the aim of building on current innovations in satellite technology in order to improve efficiencies in all operational areas of satellite, our events are open to anyone within the industry.

Here are the events already in the diary for 2019 where SIG will have a presence:

Feb 14/15 – Global Space and Technology Convention, Singapore

The GSTC is organised and run by the Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA). We are currently in the process of working with the SSTA to put together a workshop for February 13th. Details to follow.

Mar 12/14 - CABSAT, Dubai

At CABSAT, we will once again be running a workshop on Monday 11th March. Our Executive Director will also be part of a panel asking whether the interference problem has been resolved. 

Mar 19/21 – Global Space Congress, Abu Dhabi

Stay tuned for details of our involvement at the Global Space Congress.

Mar 26/27 – SIG Workshop, Airbus, Portsmouth, UK

This will be our first major workshop of the year, hosted in the UK by Airbus. We already have a forward-thinking agenda including “how to design a LEO constellation”. Tours of the Airbus facility in Portsmouth will be included along with an evening event on 26th March. Registration will open early in the New Year so keep an eye on our events page for more details.

May 7 (½Day/pm) – Satellite Show, DC, USA

On the last day of the Satellite show, 7th May we will be holding a half day seminar and workshop. In addition, networking opportunities will be run throughout that show.

May 15/16 – Defence Satellites, Munich, Germany

For a third year our Executive Director, Martin Coleman will be chairing Defense Satellites in Munich in May. Attendees will include the likes of ESA, NATO and some of our members from SIG.

Jun 18/20 – ConnecTechAsia, Singapore

At ConnecTechAsia, as well as being asked to help shape the conference progam, we are hosting a SIG workshop on 18th June. The agenda is currently being developed and registration will be open in the New Year. We will also once again be hosting our innovation tours, which have proven extremely popular. If you are a member and exhibiting at ConnecTechAsia, please get in touch to book your place on the tour (there is no cost to participate).

Later in the year, we are planning to host a workshop in Munich, Germany. This will likely be in October, more details to follow.

Getting involved

The best way to get involved with SIG is undoubtedly to become a member organisation – we now have a single tier of membership for all new members to suit all. If your employer isn’t yet a member, you should still attend SIG events and workshops. These are free to attend if you are a member, but many of our events are also free to non-members. As part of media partnerships with external industry events and conferences, we can, in some instances, offer members discounted passes to attend these too.

If you have an interesting topic to discuss, why not ask us about speaking at our events? We do give priority to members, but always welcome non-members with a particularly interesting story or topic to discuss.

And finally, don’t forget to connect with us at tradeshows! Our Executive Director, Martin Coleman, attends most of the industry events around the world, and is always available for a chat to discuss, strategies, industry topics, issues, developments or membership. Stay up to date and find out what events we will attend by signing up the SIG newsletter here.

It just remains to wish all our members, partners, friends and followers Happy Holidays!

FAQ: The Satcoms Innovation Group

You may have seen that we recently announced a big change to our group’s focus. The Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG) has become the Satcoms Innovation Group (SIG), as part of a wider expansion to encompass all types of innovation within the satellite industry. In this blog post, we’ll answer some common questions about the expansion and what this means for the group.

1.   Why did IRG decide to become SIG? 

Originally created in 1998, IRG has been at the forefront of interference mitigation for twenty years. We were the group that brought most of the industry together around the same table, sharing operational experiences in detecting and resolving radio frequency interferences. Since the first meeting in Paris in 1998, the then SUIRG supported a mutual co-operation between satellite operators, end users and the industry, greatly improving process and procedures and raising awareness of the interferences issues. In the last few years, downtime caused by interference has reduced, more organisations are committed to preventing interference and new processes and tools have greatly minimised the time taken to resolve issues. The most recent achievement is  the introduction of Carrier ID, but we have been at the heart of many other global initiatives to lessen the effects of satellite interference.

Interference is still an ongoing issue, which is why it will remain a large part of what we do. As long as it is causing problems and requiring resources to fix, we will be working to eradicate it.

However, with LEO constellations, 5G, the digitization of the ground segment and demand for constant connectivity, there are big opportunities but also challenges coming our way. With more and more satellites launching, we may find it harder to keep space safe and clean. At the same time, competition from other communication methods are placing a strain on satellite operators to provide less expensive services. What this means is that we must optimize every aspect of the satellite world, keep errors to a minimum, and provide reliable, quality services.

So in October 2018 IRG became SIG, with the aim of building on current innovations in satellite technology in order to improve efficiencies in all operational areas of satellite.

2.   What is the aim of the group? 

The aim of the expansion is to promote innovation in the satellite communication industry to improve operational efficiency, saving time and ultimately money. We hope this will enable the industry to cope with the challenges of the future, and make the most of new opportunities.

The group will aim to facilitate the provision of highly reliable and quality satellite services, through innovation, whilst keeping interference to a minimum. We will bring engineers together to share information and discuss what is causing the problems they face on their daily duties and where we can improve, as well as share ideas and build a wish list for the industry to innovate and progress. As part of this, we hope to support manufacturers as they build tools and innovations to improve efficiencies and limit errors, taking insights from operators and users to help us inform the inception of these tools.

3.   How do you expect to meet that aim? 

One of our biggest roles within the industry is as a facilitator of close relationships between organisations, including all stakeholders in the satellite industry, making sure visionaries and innovators are given the necessary support and visibility. The most effective way of doing so is through events, which we hold regularly.

This year, we held workshops on three continents, bringing together regional players to share local information about satellite markets and challenges. We will also be speaking on industry panels at leading shows throughout 2019, and holding workshops alongside.

Since the inception of the group in 1998, we have been instrumental in lobbying regulatory bodies, small businesses with big ideas and other organisations and will continue to do so going ahead. We aim to, where necessary, push for legislation that respects the importance of the satellite industry and protects it from harm.

The Satellite Innovation Group’s main aim is to promote all types of innovation, in order for the satellite industry to continue to stay ahead of the curve. We hope that by innovating new technologies and tools, we can improve efficiency in all sectors of the satellite industry and allow all organisations to benefit both monetarily and operationally.

4.   What’s next for SIG? 

As part of the widening of our remit, there are a number of new topics which will be covering at our next few events and in the foreseeable future. A prominent topic is the potential for Big Data and Machine Learning (or Artificial Intelligence depending on your viewpoint) to help in our quest to manage future challenge, such as vast LEO constellations and future super networks. The group believes this is an area where we will see substantial development in the next few years, driven by the efforts of our members and supported by SIG.

We’ll be heading to Cabsat in January which will excitingly be our first tradeshow as SIG! It will be a great opportunity to discuss the change with any members and the wider industry that didn’t attend our event, Satellite Technology Asia.

Our next workshop will most likely be in March here in the UK then the next alongside the Satellite Show 2019 in May, so stay tuned!

5.   How can I get involved?

The best way to get involved with SIG is undoubtedly to become a member organisation – we have two tiers of membership with varying cost to suit all. If your employer isn’t yet a member, you should still attend SIG events and workshops. These are free to attend if you are a member, but some of our events are also free to non-members. As part of media partnerships with external industry events and conferences, we can, in some instances, offer members discounted passes to attend these too.

If you have an interesting topic to discuss, why not ask us about speaking at our events? We do give priority to members, but always welcome non-members with a particularly interesting story or topic to discuss.

And finally, don’t forget to connect with us at tradeshows! Our Executive Director, Martin Coleman, attends most of the industry events around the world, and is always available for a chat to discuss innovation, membership or anything related to the satellite industry. Stay up to date and find out what events we will attend by signing up the SIG newsletter here.

Progress for Integrasys

2018 has been a year of important development and progress for our member Integrasys. From moving its offices earlier in the year, to winning awards for its ALUSAT, this year has been full of achievements for the company.

In June of this year, Integrasys announced that it tripled its profit in 2017 compared to 2016. This positive increase can easily be attributed to its customer relationships and partnerships. It has been working in the industry since 1990, and this rise in profit is simply proof of how it is driving the industry forward. Integrasys has experienced a revenue growth of 35% each year over the last 3 years. This shows great signs of development for not only Integrasys but also the industry as a whole. Investment in innovation is a driving force for the future. As well as this, expansion meant that Integrasys was able to both grow its team, and move to bigger offices to accommodate its growth. The new headquarters office is located in Madrid and its staff has increased by 180% from last year.

Not only did Integrasys triple its profits, but it has also been busy winning awards for its innovative solutions. This recognition for the company is great, with Alusat and Satmotion Pocket both receiving awards.

Alusat, a unique Automated Network Maintenance System that helps to minimise failures, has won the ‘Best Ground Segment Technology’ in the VSAT Stellar Awards and ‘Teleport Technology of the Year’ in the World Teleport Association’s 2018 Teleport Awards for Excellence!

Meanwhile, Satmotion Pocket, which minimizes deployment time and effort has been granted ‘Innovative Product of the Year’ in the Vision Awards. I am sure you will all join me in congratulating Integrasys for these awards. These products have the ability to help provide innovative development in the industry, and seeing them get deserved recognition is a positive sign that the we are moving in the right direction.

In addition to Satmotion Pocket’s abilities, Integrasys has worked with Acorde, a designer and manufacturer of RF front-ends for satellite communications systems to integrate the product into Acorde’s Block-Up Converters (BUCs) for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). This integration is a great development for the industry as it means that UAVs are able to operate more efficiently by automatically connecting to the right satellite. This reduces the potential for interference, and it is really great to see Integrasys and Acorde working in the industry to help prevent this.

It is great to see our members flourish, and we look forward to continuing to provide positive growth and developments for the companies that we work with.

Why Satellite Technology Asia?

October will see the launch of a brand new event, Satellite Technology Asia, but actually we think it will be familiar for many. Satellite Technology Asia is a joint collaboration between Intelligence-Sec and the Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG). Intelligence-Sec already successfully runs a range of events around the world with a great deal of interest and participation. At IRG, we also run a number of events mainly for our members, but we always welcome others to discuss the tricky, but important subject of interference.

Satellite Technology Asia will be a unique amalgamation of both of those. For our members and those used to attending IRG events, there will be the same mix of discussion and practical advice you are used to, but with the added bonus of some interesting content delivered by the team at Intelligence-Sec. That includes hearing from Jonathan Hung, Chairman of the Singapore Space Technology Association, Rear Admiral Zaka Ur Rehman, Director General of the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency, Ngo Duy Tan of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), and Thomas van der Heyden, Senior Programme Advisor at the Ministry of Defence, Indonesia, amongst others.

What this event allows us to do is, as well as dealing with the all-important challenge of interference, discuss innovation and developments in other areas of the satellite industry. Although the event is in Asia and will predominantly feature presentations relevant to the region, we also encourage the same global presence and reputation our events tend to attract. After all, it makes sense for regions to learn from each other when it comes to improving processes and solving challenges. 

The other thing that makes this event unique is that it will bring together the commercial and government / military players. Most events focus exclusively on one or the other, but this will encompass both in one event. 

If you would like to attend, sponsor, or sign-up as a media partner, check out our event page and get in touch.