National Marine Electronics Association Recognizes KVH Marine Satellite Systems with 2017 Product Excellence Awards

Darryl Matfin

10.03.17

KVH’s TracPhone® V3-IP and TracVision® TV3 systems win awards at the annual NMEA conference

Middletown, RI – October 3, 2017 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) is pleased to announce that the top marine electronics professionals in the country have honored two of KVH’s marine satellite antenna systems for their outstanding performance and reliability. KVH’s TracPhone V3-IP received the National Marine Electronics Association’s (NMEA) 2017 Product of Excellence Award in the satellite communications antenna category, while the TracVision TV3 received the 2017 Product of Excellence Award in the satellite TV antenna category.

This is the 20th consecutive year that KVH has achieved the NMEA distinction for its TracVision satellite television antenna systems and the 15th time that KVH’s TracPhone satellite communications antenna systems have been recognized.

The NMEA awards are presented annually to recognize excellence in design, performance, and reliability in marine electronics products. The winners are selected by a vote of the members of NMEA, an industry group made up of more than 600 companies, including manufacturers, dealers, and boat builders.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition from NMEA knowing that it represents the opinion of skilled professionals who have firsthand experience with the installation and performance of our products, as well as those of our competitors,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH chief executive officer. “They work with our TracVision and TracPhone systems every day, and we consider their recognition as the highest honor.”

KVH’s TracPhone V3-IP and its earlier variant, the TracPhone V3, have been recognized with a NMEA product award in the satellite communications antenna category for the past six years in a row. The TracPhone V3-IP is a 37 cm (14.5 inch) diameter Ku-band VSAT antenna that operates on KVH’s worldwide mini-VSAT Broadbandsm network. The ultra-compact system meets the increasing demand for broadband connectivity on boats, delivering fast data speeds at low airtime costs, and with a terminal that can be installed on boats as small as 30 feet.

The TracVision TV3 is an ultra-compact marine satellite TV system ideal for powerboats and sailboats that cruise as far as 100 nautical miles offshore. The TV3 makes it possible for boaters to enjoy their favorite high-definition television programming while on the water. The compact, 37 cm (14.5 inch) diameter system includes an IP-enabled TV-Hub for easy setup and operation, and makes it possible to access system information from a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Note to Editors: For additional information about KVH’s award-winning TracVision and TracPhone products, please visit the KVH 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.

Ghostly green

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Just in time for Halloween this week: a green deep-space tracking station. 

This image was taken by Byron Bay-based astrophotographer Dylan O’Donnell in October during a photo shoot at the New Norcia station, some 120 km north of Perth, Western Australia. 

The ‘ghostly green’ was created by reflecting a floodlight off the station’s 35 m-diameter deep-space antenna and structure. 

The station routinely communicates with spacecraft orbiting Mars as well as ESA’s Gaia and XMM observatory missions. In future, it will link up with BepiColombo at Mercury and the Euclid astronomical observatory. 

Since August, the station has been operating in part on a new solar power system, which, together with a local water recycling system, is helping to boost the station’s sustainability and reduce its environmental impact.

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Galileo pair arrives in French Guiana

Galileo pair arrives in French Guiana

Galileo arrival

2 October 2017

Europe’s next two Galileo navigation satellites have touched down in Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana ahead of the launch of a quartet by Ariane 5 at the end of this year.

Galileos 19 and 20 left Luxembourg Airport on a Boeing 747 cargo jet on the morning of 18 September, arriving at Cayenne – Félix Eboué Airport in French Guiana that evening.

Safely cocooned within protective air-conditioned containers, the pair were offloaded and driven to the cleanroom environment of the preparation building within the space centre.

This building will remain their home as preparations for their launch proceeds, with the next two Galileos due to join them later this month.

Satellite in container

The satellites join the first elements of their customised Ariane 5 at the centre – including its cryogenic main stage and half-shell payload fairing – which were delivered by ship the week before.

Galileo is Europe’s own satellite navigation system, providing an array of positioning, navigation and timing services to Europe and the world.

A further eight Galileo ‘Batch 3’ satellites were ordered last June, to supplement the 26 built so far.

Loaded onto lorry

With 18 satellites now in orbit, Galileo began initial services on 15 December, the first step towards full operations.

Further launches will continue to build the constellation, which will gradually improve performance and availability worldwide.

Galileo satellites

About Galileo

Galileo is the EU’s own global satellite navigation system, consisting of both the satellites in space and their associated ground infrastructure.

The definition, development and in-orbit validation phases were carried out by ESA, and co-funded by ESA and the European Commission. This phase created a mini constellation of four satellites and a reduced ground segment set up to validate the overall concept, ahead of further deployment.

Success led to the current Full Operational Capability phase, fully funded by the EU and managed by the Commission. The Commission and ESA have a delegation agreement by which ESA acts as design and procurement agent on behalf of the Commission.

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Space hackaton in Tartu (Estonia) – 3th-5th Nov 2017

Between 3rd and 5th of November a hackaton will be held in the city of Tartu in Estonia.

Garage48 together with ESTCube, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European GNSS Agency (GSA), and under the auspices of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications are happy to invite you to Tartu between 3-5 of November to improve the life on Earth by using Space technologies.

European Space week will be kicked off by Garage48 SpaceTech: Integrated applications hackathon at the University of Tartu Physicum. The goal of the international hackathon is to offer the best possible conditions for cultivating new businesses in the field of space technology.

The hackathon will have the following main streams:

  • Games,
  • Agriculture,
  • Security,
  • IoT applications,
  • Public services / e-goverance,
  • Environmental Protection,
  • Lifestyle, Tourism, Health,
  • Smart Cities,
  • Transportation: Aviation, Maritime, Railroad,
  • Mapping and surveying,
  • Social media stream / Open Data stream,
  • Space applications, described below.

In addition, with the support from the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) space-related streams will be organised during this hackaton. These are:

  • Earth Observation stream, powered by ESA,
  • Satellite Positioning stream, powered by GSA,
  • Hardware stream powered by Estonian CubeSat team ESTCube

For more information visit:
http://garage48.org/events/garage48-spacetech-integrated-applications
https://www.facebook.com/events/169157423649172/

Registration is open until 23 October: https://piletimasin.ee/en/garage48-spacetech-integrated-applications

(Garage48)