Global Satellite Distribution

RRsat Global Communications Network, a global distributor of television and radio broadcasting, announced today that it has launched a new platform on Galaxy 19 that enables the distribution of television and radio channels devoted to religious programming.

The company will broadcast more than 50 religious and ethnic TV and radio channels, reaching millions of homes across the United States. Galaxy 19 includes higher-powered C-band and Ku-band transponders as well as new, high-power Ka-band service, at 97degrees West. It is one of the largest ethnic video platforms in the United States. RRsat has signed agreements with thirteen TV and radio channels to be broadcast on Galaxy 19 directly from RRsat’s Hawley Teleport in Pennsylvania.

Channels already launched include the Three Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN), which also use RRsat’s services for global distribution, the three Hope channels: Hope Channel, Esperanza TV, and Hope Church channel; and Loma Linda Broadcasting Networks, which broadcasts in English, Arabic and Chinese, uses RRsat’s distribution services to North America, Asia, Africa and Australia. The Adventist Television Network channels are all major Christian television and radio networks in the United States offering a full range of religious content and programming.

RRSat Global Communications Network is an Israeli based provider of global content management and distribution services to the television and radio broadcasting industries. They provide more than 365 television and radio channels, covering more than 150 countries.

Through its proprietary “RRSat Global Network,” composed of satellite and terrestrial fibre optic transmission capacity and the public Internet, RRsat offers global distribution services for content providers. Through RRSat’s teleport in southern Israel (right), the company can reach 95% of the globe with only one satellite ‘hop’.

The World Teleport Association serves the $13 billion teleport sector of the global satellite communications industry, which produces over 15% of world satellite communciations revenue. While monopoly national carriers continue to operate in many regions, the competitive commercial players in this sector include independent “uplinkers,” global hybrid carriers, and specialized service providers. The industry organization ranks the Global Top Twenty Teleport Operators and the Independent Top Twenty Teleport Operators.

The Top 10 Independent Teleport Operators for 2009 include:

  1. Stratos Global (USA): Stratos offers customers operating in remote locations a variety of wireless, IP, data, and voice solutions, and serves an array of diverse markets including government, military, media, aeronautical, industrial, recreational and maritime users anywhere in the world.
  2. GlobeCast (France): A subsidiary of France Telecom, GlobeCast is a content management and delivery company operating a network of teleports and fiber to manage and transport 10 million hours of video and other rich media yearly.
  3. Arqiva Satellite Media Solutions (UK): With teleports and other facilities throughout the greater London area, Arqiva provides permanent and occasional broadcast services as well as IP, voice, data and digital media networks.
  4. Schlumberger (UK): The world’s leading supplier of technology, project management and information solutions to the oil and gas industry.
  5. Globecomm Systems (USA): Globecomm integrates satellite into network applications in order to provide reliable, high-quality connection to the edge of the network, broadcast one-to-many, and support bandwidth-hungry applications for media & entertainment, telecom, enterprise and government markets.
  6. CapRock Communications (USA): CapRock delivers world-class satellite communications to the world’s harshest and most remote locations. With teleports in the US, Europe and Asia, CapRock provides services that enable its clients to communicate in real-time virtually anywhere in the world.
  7. ND SatCom AG (Germany): ND SatCom is a leading global supplier of satellite based broadband VSAT, broadcast and military communication network solutions and services, and operates teleports in Europe and the Middle East.
  8. Spacenet (USA): Spacenet is the leader in managed wireless VSAT and hybrid terrestrial networks for business and government users worldwide, plus satellite broadband Internet services for home and small office across the United States.
  9. Satlynx (Luxembourg): Satlynx is the leading provider of two-way satellite broadband communication services throughout Europe.
  10. RRSat Global Communications (Israel): RRSat provides uplink, downlink, turnaround and playout services, offering end-to-end transmission for TV, radio and data channels. RRSat also offers production services including channel distribution & backhaul services, SNG and occasional feed services.

Intelsat’s out-of-control Galaxy 15, coined “zombie sat“, is currently a loose canon traveling along the geostationary arc, reports Spaceflight Now.

After attempts to regain control of the craft failed, Intelsat managed to navigate around AMC 11 without incident. Next, Galaxy 15 is approaching a cluster of four Intelsat-owned satellites. It passed by Galaxy 13 with no problems a few weeks ago, but Intelsat’s Galaxy 18 and Galaxy 23 satellites will be in the crosshairs of Galaxy 15 in August as the stray craft continues its march east.

On August 1st, almost the entire Earth-facing side of the sun erupted in a tumult of activity, reports NASA. “It’s the first major Earth-directed eruption in quite some time,” according to Leon Golub, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

The solar eruption presents possible risks both to satellites as well as to the International Space Station, according to Golub. Spaceweather.com has the latest.

Satellite Flybys, from SpaceWeather.com, turns your Android or iPhone into a satellite watching tool. It tells you when spacecraft are about to appear (with a countdown clock) and which direction you should face.

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