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Viasat Battlefield Awareness and Targeting System – Dismounted Handheld Link 16 Radio Achieved NSA Type 1 Certification

CARLSBAD, Calif., Dec. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, is proud to announce the first-ever handheld Link 16 radio, the Viasat Battlefield Awareness and Targeting System – Dismounted (BATS-D) device, known to the United States Department of Defense as the AN/PRC-161, is now National Security Agency (NSA) Type 1 certified.

The BATS-D handheld radio combines decades of Viasat experience in both Link 16 radio technology and Type 1 encryption solutions. BATS-D is a unique product, based on Viasat patented radio communication technology, providing direct access to a line of sight tactical datalink network for aircraft and ships in a handheld, dismounted form factor for ground forces. It comes to the field compliant for the Link 16 cryptographic modernization initiative (CMI) mandate, and is the first Link 16 radio to be natively certified for CMI as part of its initial certification. BATS-D leverages a derivative of Viasat’s proven and certified Link 16 CMI implementation used on all MIDS JTRS (Multi-functional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System) and MIDS LVT (Multifunctional Information Distribution System Low Volume Terminal) Block Upgrade II radios.

BATS-D was specifically designed to enable direct, digital communications between a dismounted Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) and supporting Close Air Support (CAS) aircraft.  As BATS-D was a Non-Developmental Item (NDI) product, the NSA additionally wanted to verify it would be interoperable with other Link 16 radios such as the MIDS JTRS and the KOR-24A Small Tactical Terminal (STT) and added interoperability testing as a requirement to the BATS-D Type 1 certification process. 

“We’re proud to announce our BATS-D handheld radio successfully interoperated with MIDS JTRS, STT and MIDS LVT products in the CMI and legacy modes on the very first attempt,” said Ken Peterman, president, Government Systems, Viasat. “This is a testament to our Link 16 radio innovation, our agile development process, our focus on advanced crypto solutions and our decision to bring a commercial model to the defense market. We have certified BATS-D units available today to support U.S. and overseas contingency operations immediately, enabling us to ship product today without any wait.”

About Viasat
Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For more than 30 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate. Today, the Company is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people’s lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea. To learn more about Viasat, visit: www.viasat.com, go to Viasat’s Corporate Blog, or follow the Company on social at: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitter or YouTube.

Forward Looking Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward looking statements include statements about the BATS-D interoperability. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: contractual problems, product defects, manufacturing issues or delays, regulatory issues, technologies not being developed according to anticipated schedules, or that do not perform according to expectations; and increased competition and other factors affecting the government and defense sectors generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in Viasat’s SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including Viasat’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. Viasat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

Copyright © 2017 Viasat, Inc. All rights reserved. All other product or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners. Viasat is a registered trademark of Viasat, Inc.

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Long March 2D delivers to orbit Yaogan Weixing-31 (LKW-1)

CNSA launched on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017, new remote sensing satellite – Yaogan-31 (Land Surveying Satellite-1).

Launch was performed at 04:11 UTC from Launch Site 603 at LC43 Launch Complex placed at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northern China.

Long March 2D delivered to orbit, at least according to Chinese media, remote sensing satellite designed mainly for land survey and disaster monitoring. Still name of the satellite: Yaogan-31 suggests that it is another opto-electronical military reconnaissance. All launched Yaogan satellites were SAR, ELINT or optical imaging spacecrafts, first one was launched in 2006.

Satellite was made by China Association for Science and Technology and is probably equipped with three solar arrays. There are not many informations about LKW-1, stil lit is possibly high resolution imaging satellite. As orbit of

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Lotos-S1 launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome on the top of the Soyuz-2.1b

This time Roscosmos can announce success – Soyuz-2.1b without Fregat-M upper stage delivered to orbit ELINT satellite, second from constellation of four replacing Tselina-2 constellation.

As payload is classified Electronic Intelligence satellite it was not announced anything about designated orbit and flight plan. It was given to public, that rocket with satellite was launched punctually at 10:43 UTC form Site 43 at Plesetsk Cosmodrome. Roscosmos announced that mission was success and satellite has new codename: Kosmos-2524 and is second operational Lotos satellite after first launched in 2014.

Just as previous operational Lotos satellite and one prototype launched in 2009, it is possible that Lotos-S1 were delivered to 200 km x 900 km orbit and later after few burns of its engine it circularize orbit to around 900 km. Lotos with

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Problems with guidance system possibly caused disaster of Fregat-M with Meteor-M2-1 and 18 other satellites

Problems with Fregat-M were caused probably by navigational and guidance system but not necessary by their technical malfunction.

According to TASS news agency problems with Fregat-M launched from Vostochny Cosmodrome on November 28 were directly linked with guidance system. TASS refers here to anonymous source inside Russian space industry – Agency claims that guidance system, which is basing on GLONASS and GPS signals allowing it to operate with greater precision probably failed in the early phase of flight after separation with third stage. Position of the upper stage after separation is determined by the guidance system, and as it was announced earlier, Fregat-M was not correctly oriented with payload faced to Earth. Still it does not have to be synonymous with technical malfunction of the system.

Problems could be

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Run your experiments in extreme cold isolation – or in bed

Planet Concordia

Run your experiments in extreme cold isolation – or in bed

1 December 2017

Preparing for space means understanding human adaptation to extremes. How do we cope with life in the coldest, darkest and most remote places on Earth? How can we reduce the harmful effects of space on the human body? 

European researchers now have the unique opportunity to propose experiments that tackle the stresses and strains that people endure in conditions similar to long-duration spaceflight missions.

ESA offers to run investigations in two unique areas on Earth to prepare for life in space: isolation and confinement studies, and artificial gravity. 

Concordia and the human factor

Isolation challenge

At the Concordia research station in Antarctica, the crew knows that whatever happens, help will never come during the winter months. For four months, the Sun does not rise above the horizon and temperatures fall below –70°C.

Every year, geologists, astronomers and climate scientists conduct research at this base that looks like it came out of science fiction. Living in extreme isolation can lead to conflicts, social deprivation and a decline in performance.

The current Announcement of Opportunity focuses on human adaptation from a psychological, medical and physiological point of view. Its results will contribute to the selection of the best crews and integration of human factors in mission operations. 

Spinning in your bed?

Short-arm centrifuge

In space, astronauts suffer from bone loss, muscle weakening and cardiovascular deconditioning. Adding artificial gravity to the equation could turn out to be the most effective solution for a healthier body during long-duration space missions.

There are tools to artificially create the effect of gravity, namely by spinning subjects on cleverly designed centrifuges. Artificial gravity is considered an integrated countermeasure because it addresses all human organ systems at once.

“The advantage of artificial gravity is that it has the promising potential of reducing most of the negative effects of weightlessness on the entire human body in one go,” explains Jennifer Ngo-Anh, leading ESA’s human factors research. 

Bedrest study

Two major questions remain open for the scientific community: for how long and how often do you need to keep the centrifuge on. The goal is to find the right combination of artificial gravity, food supplements and exercise. 

The most promising ideas will be taken into consideration in the next ESA-sponsored bedrest studies, a way to see how the human body adapts to weightlessness. Participants spend months in bed as doctors take regular blood samples and continuous tests to chart how their body reacts to a sudden sedentary lifestyle.

Scientists are invited to submit their proposals by February 2018. Further information about deadlines, workshops and experiment requirements is available in the dedicated links to the Concordia Announcement of Opportunity and the Bedrest Call for Ideas

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KVH Videotel Introduces LNG “Respond Level” Bunkering Training Course

12.01.17

Programme based on “Competency and Assessment Guidelines” from SGMF

KVH Videotel has launched an LNG bunkering training course to help crew and port or terminal staff enable a safe bunkering process. The programme, based on guidelines from the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), has been developed in response to the increased use of LNG as a bunker fuel by operators to help them meet the low sulphur targets required by MARPOL Annex VI.

SGMF has defined a “Respond Level” of awareness as vitally important: Personnel in close proximity to bunkering operations must understand the hazards associated with LNG bunkering and be trained in how to respond to emergency situations.

KVH Videotel’s “LNG Bunkering – Respond Level Training Course” covers:

  • Composition and usage of LNG and potential bunkering methods
  • Hazards and consequences for the individual and ship
  • Relevant procedures for fighting LNG fires
  • Emergency procedures for shipping companies and port authorities

“This training course is invaluable to all crew and port or terminal staff involved with LNG bunkering,” says Mark Woodhead, KVH senior vice president, EMEA. “Using interactive computer-based training, the five modules take the user through the hazards associated with LNG. The 45-minute programme is packed with photographs, video clips, animations, and interactive exercises to keep the user engaged.”

KVH Videotel’s maritime training programmes are in use on more than 12,000 vessels worldwide and cover a wide range of topics related to the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping established by the maritime industry. The extensive selection includes 950 new and updated titles. Taking an innovative approach, KVH Videotel recently introduced a maritime training solution called Videotel Performance Manager, which combines award-winning content, a cutting-edge software platform, and the power of web-based data analytics to help maritime operators ensure that crew are training and performing at their peak.

For more information, please visit the KVH Videotel website, or view the introductory video about Videotel Performance Manager. For training updates, follow KVH Videotel on LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

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.

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Sentinel-5P brings air pollution into focus

Sentinel-5P brings air pollution into focus

Sentinel-5P sees nitrogen dioxide over Europe

1 December 2017

Launched on 13 October, the Sentinel-5P satellite has delivered its first images of air pollution. Even though the satellite is still being prepared for service, these first results have been hailed as exceptional and show how this latest Copernicus satellite is set to take the task of monitoring air quality into a new era.

This new mission promises to image air pollutants in more detail than ever before. And, while these first results demonstrate the sophistication of the satellite’s instrument, they certainly bring the issue of air pollution sharply into focus.

One of these first images shows nitrogen dioxide over Europe. Caused largely by traffic and the combustion of fossil fuel in industrial processes, the high concentrations of this air pollutant can be seen over parts of the Netherlands, the Ruhr area in western Germany, the Po Valley in Italy and over parts of Spain.

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Global carbon monoxide measured by Sentinel-5P

Some of the first data have been used to create a global map of carbon monoxide. The animation shows high levels of this air pollutant over parts of Asia, Africa and South America.

Sentinel-5P also reveals high levels of pollution from power plants in India.

Josef Aschbacher, ESA’s Director of Earth Observation Programmes, said, “Sentinel-5P is the sixth satellite for the EC Copernicus environmental monitoring programme but the first dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere.

“These first images offer a tantalising glimpse of what’s in store and are not only an important milestone for the Sentinel-5P mission, but also an important milestone for Europe.

Sentinel-5P captures Bali volcanic eruption

“Data such as we see here will soon underpin the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, and will be used to issue forecasts, and will ultimately be valuable for helping to put appropriate mitigation policies in place.”

Sentinel-5P carries the most advanced sensor of its type to date: Tropomi. This state-of-the-art instrument can map pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide, methane, carbon monoxide and aerosols, all of which affect the air we breathe and our climate.

After the satellite was launched, Tropomi went through a planned decontamination process. The door that kept it sealed during this time was opened recently, allowing light to enter and the first images to be taken.

Ozone from Sentinel-5P

These first results were revealed at the DLR German Aerospace Center, where Sentinel-5P’s data are processed.

As well as offering unprecedented detail, the mission has a swath width of 2600 km, which allows the whole planet to be mapped every 24 hours.

The mission has also been able to capture ash spewing from the Mount Agung volcano on Bali, Indonesia. 

Stefan Dech, Director of DLR’s Earth Observation Center, said, “These first images are astonishing, especially given the satellite is still in the early stages of being commissioned for operations.

“The satellite’s Tropomi instrument promised to offer images of pollutants in higher resolution than ever before, and it’s certainly living up to its promise.”

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KDDI and Samsung Complete First Successful Demonstration of 5G on a Train Moving at 100km/hour

Cross-industry collaboration drives breakthrough as 5G uplink and downlink handover — and 1.7Gbps speed — were achieved on a high-speed train traveling over 100km/hour (over 60mph)

KDDI and Samsung Electronics have successfully completed the first 5G demonstration on a moving train traveling at over 100 km/hour (over 60 mph). This was achieved along a section of track where the distance between two stations was approximately 1.5km (nearly 1 mile). During the demonstration, the companies achieved a successful downlink and uplink handover as well as a peak speed of 1.7 Gbps.

The tests were carried out from October 17th through the 19th in the city of Saitama in Japan, near Tokyo. For the tests, Samsung’s 5G pre-commercial end-to-end solution was used, which is composed of a 5G router (CPE), radio access unit (5G Radio), virtualized RAN and virtualized core.

The demonstration leveraged capabilities driven by 5G, such as high throughput, low latency and massive connections, which verified potential services and use cases that would be highly-beneficial to passengers and operators of high-speed trains. This could pave the way to vastly improved backhaul for onboard WiFi, superior passenger infotainment and increased security and analytics.

In addition to a successful downlink and uplink handover at more than 100km/hour (over 60 mph), 8K video was downloaded via the CPE installed on-board, and a 4K video, filmed on a camera mounted on the train, was able to be uploaded.

“In collaboration with Samsung, KDDI has opened up the possibility for new 5G vertical business models, such as a high-speed train. With 5G expected to bring railway services to a whole new dimension, the success of today’s demonstration in everyday locations such as a train and a train station is an important milestone indicating 5G commercialization is near,” said Yoshiaki Uchida, Senior Managing Executive Officer at KDDI. “To fulfill our aim to launch 5G by 2020, KDDI will continue exploring real-life scenario experiments for diverse 5G use and business cases together with Samsung.”

“The potentials that 5G holds is powerful enough to transform the landscape of our daily lives,” said Youngky Kim, President and Head of Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “The success of today’s demonstration is a result of our joint research with KDDI, which we will continue to pursue as we explore next generation networks and use cases This will include research on diverse spectrums and technologies, as well as new business models and applications.”

Since 2015, KDDI and Samsung Electronics have been closely collaborating to demonstrate 5G millimeter wave performance in various scenarios. This includes a multi-cell handover demonstration that took place in February, where the device was mounted on a car that traveled in the busy streets of Tokyo (Link), and a high-speed mobility test with the device attached on a car racing at 200km/h in Yongin, Korea in September (Link).

About KDDI

KDDI, a Fortune Global 500 company and one of Asia’s largest telecommunications providers, has a proven global track record of high quality service delivery. We provide a multitude of services, including mobile phone services, fixed-line communication, and data centers, thus making us the optimum one-stop solution provider for everything telecommunications and IT environment related.