Atlas V • AFSPC-11

United Launch Alliance with their flagship Atlas V (551) will realize next mission for U.S. Air Force.  Rocket in 551 configuration will use 5 m wide payload fairing, five SRB boosters and single RL-10A engine installed in Centaur upper stage. As far as the main payload was not unveiled, we know that secondary payload will be ESPA Augmented Geostationary Laboratory Experiment (EAGLE) satellite. Satellite during its lasting 12 months mission will perform series of experiments devoted mainly for improving quality of imaging devices used  by remote sensing satellites.

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Delta II • ICESat-2

Second mission of Delta II rocket in 2017 after planned launch of JPSS-1 satellite on March. ICESat-2 will measure thickness of ice sheets from LEO orbit using laser altimeter.  Made for NASA by Orbital Sciences Corporation will spent on orbit 3 years performing number of maneuvers using its four 22 N and eighth 4.5 N thrusters burning hydrazine. Designated orbit of ICESat-2 is 481 km x 481 km with inclination of 94°. Delta II rocket in  this mission will be utilized in 7920 configuration. Rocket is supported by nine GEM-40 boosters (each providing 492.2 kN of thrust). First stage is powered by RS-27A engine (thrust at 1054 kN) and second stage propulsion is AJ-10 engine with thrust at 43.6 kN. Boosters are fueled with HTPB, first stage by RP1/LOX and

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Opening Message

Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter. It has been a productive month.  

We can now look back on another memorable Product Development Forum. Thank you to everyone who attended, helping to make the event such a success. We hope the meetings you had were fruitful. Let’s keep the dialogue going through the end of the year and on into 2017. If you did attend but haven’t had a chance to send us your feedback, so please go here and let us know how we can make it even better next time.

Delegates were able to gain further insight into FUTURA, our next generation plans, as well as a preview of what the immediate future holds across product development. Star of the show, though, was the world’s best satellite phone, the Thuraya XT-PRO DUAL: the world’s first dual mode, dual SIM satellite handset. Interest has been considerable, and we have generated a lot of positive feedback and media coverage. You can read the full announcement here in this newsletter.

Well done again to all our award winners – especially for the Innovative Product idea from Intermatica S.p.A. We are very excited to work with you to take this idea to the next level. Congratulations also go out to our partners at Asia Pacific Satellite Communications Inc, Ground Control Systems Inc and WiCis –  winners of the Best Product, Best Solution and Best App categories. Our current success is built on partnerships, which will help us innovate, disrupt and redefine in the future.

We also bring you a blog feature on WiCis; and the solution under the spotlight this time is MCD Voyager.

There will be one more newsletter in 2016, in which we will review the year that has gone and look ahead to what promises to be a truly momentous 2017 for Thuraya.

Thank you,


Turning Facts into Fiction

Why Africa’s Present doesn’t have to be its Future, when it comes to broadband?

More than 3.2 billion people in the world have access to the Internet. This includes around 642 million Chinese, 280 million Americans, 243 million Indians, 109 million Japanese, 108 million Brazilians, and 84 million Russians, among others.  These individuals use the Internet for economic development, entrepreneurship, education, and health care.

There is a notable absentee from that list of headline numbers: Africa.

A recent survey conducted by the U.N. Broadband Commission reported that 8 out of 10 countries with the lowest levels of Internet availability in the world are in sub-Saharan Africa. Those eight countries are Ethiopia, Niger, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Somalia, Burundi, Eritrea and South Sudan. Sadly, Internet penetration in all these countries is less than 2 percent of the population.

What is even more alarming is the fact that, on a weighted average, the entire continent’s internet penetration is dragged below 20%. This is in contrast to the global population average, where 50% will have broadband by the time you are reading this article.

That means there are nearly 900 million people alive today in Africa who are unable to benefit from the internet. Equally importantly, that means close to one billion people are unable to trigger the benefits that internet connection can deliver local and national economies.

The failure to even reach 20% penetration levels is key, since this is the recognized tipping point. Penetration rates of at least 20% are needed for real socio-economic benefits to be spurred. This positive correlation between connectivity and growth has been observed so frequently that “broadband” is now the synonym of “economic development” in many parts of the world.

A significant broadband presence does more than reflect the wealth and commercial strength of a particular society: it actively drives it. Governments need to be alert to this fact, and to the return on investment that is achievable once you gain a clear understanding of the benefits of a strong broadband infrastructure. That is not to say that this is the silver bullet sought by many nations, in Africa and beyond. However, the opportunity to connect at speeds faster than any silver bullet could ever achieve needs to be embraced. Nowhere is this more true than across vast areas of Africa.

Many countries in Africa have such poor fixed-line infrastructure that the whole idea of rolling out broadband seems like an unattainable dream.  And, without broadband, a large percentage of Africans will be denied access to many of the opportunities that those in other countries take for granted.

Broadband in Africa is not being deployed fast enough or far enough, putting it out of reach for many people and businesses. Moreover, broadband has direct impact on trade, manufacturing, agriculture, banking, education, and health care. The potential to channel the natural creativity and resourcefulness of the vast majority of African people is being lost.

Africa is a continent with the largest number of least-developed countries, landlocked and small-island developing states — each facing different challenges when it comes to tapping internet backbones. The many different countries in Africa face a range of different challenges, and find themselves at varying points of the broadband connectivity journey.

Countries to the north of the continent face challenges with submarine connection too, albeit of a different nature. This is a result of the specific purpose that lay behind investment in international submarine. Whilst individual countries with cables along the North African coast enjoy direct submarine links to European neighbors, and indeed to countries far further afield in Asia, they are less well served for connectivity with the Middle East.

Moreover, submarine cables off the coast have been designed with vast capacity, but by mid-2015 barely 8% of capacity was being utilized. Obviously, this confirms the presence of many issues, some of which have no quick solutions on the horizon. Now if we look high above the horizon, way beyond it and up into space, then perhaps we might see things differently.

In rural areas, mobile networks can be a more realistic option for providing voice and data services cost effectively and quickly. But the truth is, these networks aren’t as resilient in these remote areas, assuming coverage is provided to start with.

In fact, for many landlocked counties in sub-Saharan Africa, the cost of tapping into large sub marine cables is prohibitive due to disproportionate pricing. 

This is where satellite broadband comes in. Untethered from copper cables and those few and far apart overburdened cell towers, satellite broadband can reach any area under the sun. It can overcome the limitations of other network systems, overriding them when cables suffer damage – either through natural wear and tear, or deliberate cuts. Satellite technology, by its very location, is far less prone to disruption. It offers an immediate back-up service for the less reliable physically vulnerable infrastructure located both on and under the ground. Business continuity is key, as is the ability to provide constant vital support to critical industries, infrastructure and national security.

And this is what we have honed our technology to do, reach anybody and everybody equally well, unfazed by mountains, canyons or massive bodies of water (or desert). Our solutions are not burdened by geopolitics or lack of physical infrastructure. They don’t distinguish between a wealthy country or a poor one. Whether it is an oilfield survey outpost, a scientific expedition, a humanitarian mission or a remote school off the beaten track, satellite broadband solutions do not differentiate or falter.

The arrival of the information age in those less developed markets would not be science fiction, but simple science reality. Furthermore, that 20% penetration of broadband will simply be just a small statistical dip on the road to socio-economic recovery and growth.

Polly relies on her ‘James Bond’ phone

For a few days most years, Polly Gotseva steps back from the hectic whirl of media production and enters the wilderness as a fundraiser for the charity, Gulf for Good (G4G).

But wherever she goes – Mongolia, Kilimanjaro, Myanmar, Nepal – a piece of the high-tech world goes with her in the form of a Thuraya satellite phone.

“One of the joys of my charity expeditions is getting to live a more simple life while exploring some remote and beautiful places,” says Polly, who is managing director of BKP Media Group in Dubai. “My Thuraya satphone fits perfectly into that life because it is light and compact and packs easily into my rucksack”.

However, there is nothing “simple” about the satphone she carries. The SatSleeve+ converts her iPhone into a satellite smartphone, so she can use it to make and receive calls, exchange messages and emails and access Facebook and other popular social media apps anywhere within the huge coverage area.

For her, the main benefit is being able to give her family daily updates on her safety and whereabouts. At camp at the end of every day she uses the satphone to send a message or to make a call, just to let them know she is all right.

“These expeditions are very well organized but there is always potential danger,” she says. “You could fall down and hurt yourself on the mountainside or get sick, so people at home do get worried. It’s reassuring for them to know I have the satphone and could use it to call for help in an emergency.”

This last point was proved emphatically on a G4G fundraising expedition to Myanmar in 2012. After the party accidentally became split, Polly found herself with a group that had no food or spare water. “The bus with the food and water had lost our location,” she says. “We were starving and dehydrated, and the ground handler couldn’t call the bus and direct the driver to us because we didn’t have a cellphone signal.

“I suggested using the Thuraya satphone and of course it had a signal even though we were in the remotest area. We called the bus and 10 minutes later we were drinking water and eating food. At that moment, Thuraya saved our lives.”

Fortunately this type of emergency is rare, but the satphone has often proved its worth in other ways. On an expedition to Mongolia with G4G in 2014, Polly recalls how her group had been cycling for several days close to the border with Siberia. At camp on day four she and her companions used the satphone to call home. “It was so comforting in the remote, wild country at night to be able to speak to my family, and I know that everyone else who called felt the same,” she says.

She used the satphone extensively on that trip to update the G4G website with photos of the Mongolian landscape and people, and to post to her own Facebook page. But on her trip to climb Kilimanjaro the same year it was the built-in SOS button that really caught her imagination. “It was like something out of a James Bond film,” she laughs. “We could have called for help automatically just by pressing that button. I’m glad we didn’t need to but it was great to have it.”

Polly had already come to  rely on her Thuraya satphone by the time she travelled to Myanmar. “There was some doubt about whether we should have satphones because the operating agreement for their use there was not quite finalised,” she says, “but I didn’t want to leave mine behind. I’m glad I took it because you lose your normal phone signal as soon as you enter Myanmar. Apart from the vital occasion when it came to our rescue, a lot of us used the satphone on that trip, often just for little things like calling to say ‘happy birthday’ or when someone’s relative had a baby.”

The next fundraising challenge is scheduled for April 2017, when Polly will travel to Nepal with a G4G group and climb to Annapurna base camp at a height of more than 4,000 metres. She has begun working to attract sponsorship and had already earmarked a SatSleeve+ for the trip. “There’s no way I would travel without it,” she says.

Thuraya phones:                       

Gulf For Good:

So affordable and easy to use you might just forget it’s a satellite phone – the XT-LITE from Thuraya

One of the most persistent myths in telecomms is that all satellite phones are large, expensive and difficult to use.

In fact, some satphones look and operate almost like a cellphone and cost surprisingly little to buy and use, with no need for complex contracts.

For sheer affordability and ease of use, the market leader is the XT-LITE from Thuraya. This durable, lightweight device (just 186g) is quite simply the world’s best-value satellite phone.

What sets it apart? First, it is so simple to operate. It looks and feels familiar to anyone who has ever used a cellphone, with features such as speed dialling, address book, call logs and many others – very much like a GSM mobile.

But this is not a “basic” phone. The XT-LITE is a highly sophisticated device that makes the user’s life easier in numerous ways. For example, it will receive a call notification even with the satellite antenna stowed, so you need never miss a call, and the antenna is omni-directional, so you can walk and talk without “pointing” at the satellite. The menu supports 13 languages, while the battery provides up to six hours talk time and up to 80 hours in standby.

Second, handset costs are highly competitive and the airtime plans very flexible. Many Thuraya customers choose to purchase a pre-paid voice and data SIM, which gives them several easy options when it comes to topping up. Users can either call a toll-free number to top up, or recharge online or at 220,000 participating Western Union agent locations, using the Western Union® Quick PaySM service. Family and friends can also use the service to add pre-paid credit on behalf of a Thuraya user.

Above all, the popularity of the XT-LITE rests on the sheer quality and reliability of the Thuraya voice service. Thuraya’s satellite network covers approximately 160 countries, or two-thirds of the globe, and no matter where you are it is like making a call in your home town. That is mighty reassuring if you happen to be on top of a mountain or in the middle of a desert.

None of this will surprise long-term Thuraya users. The company is committed to making life easier for its customers and was the first mobile satellite operator to introduce a pre-paid voice service in 2002. Three years later, it was the first to introduce small, lightweight satphones –  the SO-2510 and the SG-2520. And in 2009 the XT series was the first to comply with IP54/IK03 standards of durability. No wonder Thuraya has already sold more than 850,000 satellite handhelds.

Forget the myth – satphones come in all shapes and sizes and are reasonably priced if you need the back-up of a lightweight phone that works in any location. If you want proof, check out the XT-LITE from Thuraya.

Thuraya XT-LITE:

Thuraya keeps Christian safe and connected as he travels 19,000km across Africa by motorbike

Thuraya was the “guardian angel” for a man who gave up his career as a lawyer to ride through 15 African countries on a motorbike.

Christian Ghammachi, who now lives in Dubai, had practised law in Cape Town for 18 years. During that time his interest in photography and motorbikes developed into twin passions, while his fascination with the continent of Africa grew ever stronger.

“Eventually the idea came to me for a road trip that would combine all the things I loved,” he said. “I decided to set out from Cape Town with as much photographic and video gear as I could carry to capture the beauty and mystery of the continent.”

Christian’s trip was potentially dangerous. Having dislocated his shoulder six months before in a motorbike accident, he was acutely aware of the risk of injury. He would be riding alone, often through sparsely populated country and on poor-quality roads. Sometimes the roads would run out and be replaced by dirt tracks.

It was essential to have some way of calling for help if anything went wrong, and that is where Thuraya stepped in. The company sponsored him by providing a Thuraya SatSleeve satellite phone and a Thuraya IP+ data terminal for use during the road trip. Not only would they help keep him safe, they also gave him the tools he needed to provide constant updates on social media.

The journey took Christian six months to complete as he wound his way for 19,000 kilometres from South Africa into Swaziland and on through Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia – finishing in Djibouti.

“It was an incredible journey,” Christian says. “I got to dive in beautiful places, swim with humpback dolphins, sit with chimpanzees and gorillas in their natural habitats, play chicken with elephants and kiss a giraffe! I got to see Africa from the air thanks to Casper, my friendly drone, and watch wildlife for days and days during the most amazing safaris. I tried road food and found I actually love it.”

Christian carried Thuraya with him throughout all these wonderful experiences. The Thuraya IP+ was a daily companion, allowing him to upload photographs to his Facebook page and keep his 30,000 followers updated. He could do this from virtually any location – which led to an amusing incident towards the end of his journey.

“I was in Ethiopia and stopped for a rest at the roadside because I was getting tired,” he says. “I set up my Thuraya IP+ as usual to begin uploading and then fell asleep under a tree. When I woke up I was surrounded by five children who seemed to be trying to tell me something. Eventually one of them walked over to the IP+ and began pointing at it. It turned out they were cowherds and it was in the way of their herd. I moved it and they brought their cows through. I’m glad they asked, because I hate to think what might have happened to my data terminal!”

Christian used the Thuraya SatSleeve less frequently, but was relieved to have it to hand when a family emergency occurred. While travelling through Kenya, he received a WhatsApp message saying that his mother had been injured. He immediately took out the SatSleeve and called his family, eventually speaking to his mother who reassured him that although she had broken her shoulder she was ok. “That was an incredible relief,” says Christian. “Without the satphone it could have been hours or even days before I managed to make contact. As it was I could make the call at once. It was just like speaking to my mother from home on a regular phone.”

Many of the beautiful still and video images captured by Christian on his journey through Africa went on display in a dedicated exhibition in Dubai and are included in his documentary series, Two Wheels Across, which is available on YouTube.

“I couldn’t have done the journey in the same way without Thuraya,” Christian says. .“It gave me the freedom to roam, knowing I was able to stay constantly connected to my family and friends, and to anyone who cared to follow me. Thuraya really was my guardian angel.”

More Fleets Turn to KVH’s IP-MobileCast Service for Competitive Advantage


New and expanding customers cite cost containment and improved recruiting and retention as among the business benefits

Middletown, RI – November 21, 2016 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that numerous global fleets have subscribed to or expanded their deployments of its IP-MobileCastTM content delivery service in recent months, reflecting the increased importance that ship managers are placing on the competitive advantages of a focus on staffing optimization.

Major fleets that have selected the IP-MobileCast content delivery service recently include:

  • Navigator Gas, operator of a fleet of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tankers with worldwide clients, selected IP-MobileCast for 28 vessels.
  • OSG Ship Management, one of the world’s leading energy transportation services companies, has chosen IP-MobileCast for more than 20 vessels.
  • Wisby Ship Management, operator of a global fleet of tankers, is providing 18 vessels with IP-MobileCast content delivery.
  • Klaveness Ship Management, an Oslo, Norway-based global fleet operator has selected IP-MobileCast for more than 10 vessels in its container and bulk fleet.
  • Valles Steamship (Canada) Ltd., of Vancouver, a long-time customer of KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadbandsm SATCOM services, recently added IP-MobileCast content delivery for six vessels.
  • United States Seafoods, a major North American seafood company, has subscribed to IP-MobileCast for three vessels, enabling their seafarers to receive content via their personal devices.

In addition, Vroon, a global maritime fleet operator, and Seaspan, a leading independent owner, operator, and manager of containerships, have continued to add the IP-MobileCast service to more vessels in their fleets, after being among the earliest adopters of this innovative content delivery service. More than 65 vessels between the two companies now subscribe to the IP-MobileCast service.

“The IP-MobileCast service is well-liked and used extensively by our crewmembers at sea, who tell me they particularly appreciate the ease of use and the availability of the news, sports, and entertainment content on smartphones, tablets, and ships’ TVs,” says David Kramer, director at Seaspan Ship Management, which is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. “From our point of view, we see IP-MobileCast as certainly a value-add for the crew, and a draw card in employment!”

The ability to feel connected to home via news, sports, and entertainment content – staples of life on land – is undeniably powerful, as expressed recently by a training officer onboard a Vroon vessel: “Now we can watch the latest news from the Philippines. We can feel connected to our loved ones, family, and friends. Everybody onboard is very happy for the movies subscribed to by the company,” says Robert Calais, training chief officer onboard the vessel Iver Best.

“The adoption rate for IP-MobileCast has gained a tremendous amount of momentum in the last six to eight months, and we are seeing a number of major fleets adding and expanding the content delivery service,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s chief executive officer. “There is simply no other comparable service available for keeping seafarers informed and entertained on transoceanic voyages. By providing content at sea, these fleets can become employers of choice in the competition for the most competent seafarers, particularly top-notch officers. That in turn can help reduce costs for recruiting, training, and retention efforts.”

IP-MobileCast was launched by KVH in 2014 as the first service to multicast daily news and sports, movies, and TV shows, as well as operational data via satellite to vessels at sea, without adding communications costs or affecting vessel communications performance. The resulting benefits include improvements in cost containment, crew recruiting and retention, operational efficiency, and competitive advantage.

The efficiency of the IP-MobileCast service is particularly appealing to shipmanagers and operators striving to improve operational efficiency. IP-MobileCast’s multicasting technology is designed to remove traffic from the vessels’ networks and protect against the impact of individual crew members each downloading unlicensed videos or accessing streaming audio or video services for their personal entertainment.

The news and entertainment content delivered by IP-MobileCast includes a wealth of options that are typically not available to mariners at sea. The NEWSlinkTM channel provides daily print and broadcast news from around the world in dozens of languages; SPORTSlinkTM provides sports events and highlights; MOVIElinkTM provides newly released Hollywood and international movies; and, TVlinkTM offers complete seasons of popular programs.

In addition, shipmanagers and vessel IT directors are seeing the operational benefits of the IP-MobileCast service as a way to efficiently and affordably transmit large files such as charts, weather updates, customer-supplied company-wide video messages, software updates, and other important operational files. “The thought of having a completely separate way of transmitting large files is proving to be a true game-changer in the way fleet operators are looking at their operations,” says Robert Hopkins, Jr., KVH’s director of IP-MobileCast services. “Feedback from ship owners and operators speaks to the excitement the IP-MobileCast service is generating, where our subscribers tell us they go from disbelief that multicast content delivery is technically feasible to high praise for the quality of the results.”

Note to Editors: For more information, please visit KVH’s IP-MobileCast website. High-resolution images of KVH products are available at the KVH Press Room Image Library.

About KVH Industries, Inc.
KVH Industries, Inc., is a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and communications systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 200,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on vessels, vehicles, and aircraft. KVH is also a leading news, music, and entertainment content provider to many industries including maritime, retail, and leisure. VideotelTM, a KVH company, is a market-leading provider of training films, computer-based training and eLearning. KVH is based in Middletown, RI, with research, development, and manufacturing operations in Middletown, RI, and Tinley Park, IL. The company’s global presence includes offices in Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Denmark, Hong Kong, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

KVH, IP-MobileCast, NEWSlink, SPORTSlink, MOVIElink, TVlink, and Videotel are trademarks of KVH Industries, Inc. mini-VSAT Broadband is a service mark of KVH Industries, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.

KVH Announces NEWSlink Live Service with Richer Content to Enhance Digital Life at Sea


NEWSlink Live provides 24/7 world news and ‘play-by-play’ live sports reports to a wide variety of seafarers’ own devices

Middletown, RI, and Liverpool, UK – November 14, 2016 –KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), is introducing NEWSlink Live, a new digital content service for crew, at the CrewConnect Global conference, in Manila, November 15-16. This next-generation service enables seafarers to receive richer, more dynamic news, sports, finance, and entertainment content on their personal devices, and builds on KVH’s industry-leading NEWSlink service, in use on more than 9,000 vessels worldwide. NEWSlink Live offers crew a powerful digital wireless experience that supports all computers and mobile devices for easy access, while optimising satellite communications bandwidth and costs.

NEWSlink Live delivers the existing daily NEWSlink print editions in an enhanced digital format, and also provides free access to a 24/7 world news feed, a unique ‘play-by-play’ live sports feed, and additional supplementary feeds and media services. This enhanced service is enabled by a customised mini-media player, supplied free of charge with every subscription.

“NEWSlink Live creates an improved experience for seafarers and provides a logical ‘next-step’ service to enhance NEWSlink’s existing daily and weekly newspaper service,” says Mark Woodhead, KVH senior vice president for training and content. “NEWSlink Live extends KVH’s commitment to provide the best content services at sea. We can now deliver news in whatever format best suits the vessel and its capabilities – NEWSlink print editions, the richer content of NEWSlink Live, or KVH’s unique IP-MobileCast content delivery service, which provides even more with NEWSlink TV.”

As a thought leader in the maritime industry, KVH is the platinum sponsor of the 2016 CrewConnect Global conference, together with maritime training provider Videotel, a KVH company. In addition to the NEWSlink Live presentation, there will be a Videotel demo during the conference to showcase a next-generation virtual experience using the latest and most powerful technology of the HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) system. The VR demo will enable users to explore a virtual 360˚ engine room space, and be able to perform a maintenance task with the use of wireless motion tracking controllers.

“This virtual reality demonstration is a great example of how Videotel is constantly looking to the future and staying ahead of the industry to provide better services and a better understanding of how crews’ competency and well-being can have a dramatic impact on vessel performance,” says Mr. Woodhead.

In addition to the NEWSlink service and Videotel maritime training programmes, KVH offers a wide range of solutions for the maritime industry. These services mini-VSAT Broadband connectivity, TracPhone V-IP series satellite communications hardware, the IP-MobileCast content delivery service, and the comprehensive KVH OneCare service and support programme – a complete solution that KVH refers to as the Power of One.

Note to Editors: To learn more, please visit NEWSlink Live. For more information about KVH’s complete line of maritime services, please visit the mini-VSAT Broadband website, and the Videotel website. High-resolution images of KVH products are available at the KVH Press Room Image Library.

About KVH Industries, Inc.
KVH Industries, Inc.,is a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and communications systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 200,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on vessels, vehicles, and aircraft. KVH is also a leading news, music, and entertainment content provider to many industries including maritime, retail, and leisure. Videotel, a KVH company, is a market-leading provider of training films, computer-based training, and eLearning. KVH is based in Middletown, RI, with research, development, and manufacturing operations in Middletown, RI, and Tinley Park, IL. The company’s global presence includes offices in Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Denmark, Hong Kong, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.