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Inmarsat Provides Satcom Connectivity for General Atomics RPA Trans-Atlantic Flight Test

TYSONS CORNER, VA, July 16, 2018 — An Inmarsat Government L-band satellite communications system has helped General Atomics’ aeronautical systems division control an MQ-9B SkyGuardian remotely piloted aircraft on its first flight across the Atlantic, ExecutiveBiz reported Friday. The SwiftBroadband system, which uses the I-4 satellite network to provide worldwide connectivity, was used in …

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General Atomics Flies SkyGuardian RPA Over Atlantic for Royal International Air Tattoo

TYSONS CORNER, VA, July 12, 2018 — General Atomics has flown an MQ-9B SkyGuardian variant of its Predator B remotely piloted aircraft from North Dakota in the U.S. to Gloucestershire in the U.K. ahead of the platform’s presentation at the 2018 Royal International Air Tattoo airshow over the weekend, ExecutiveBiz reported Wednesday. The company …

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Inmarsat Government’s Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: Terminals a Key Area for DoD Wideband Satcom Opportunities

TYSONS CORNER, VA, July 9, 2018 — Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, senior vice president of government strategy and policy for Inmarsat Government, has noted that terminals are a key element in the findings of the Defense Department‘s analysis of alternatives on wideband satellite communications, ExecutiveBiz reported June 29. Space News reported June …

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Report: EchoStar Calls for Talks With Inmarsat Board Over $3.2B Takeover Offer

Colorado-based EchoStar (Nasdaq: SATS) called on Inmarsat to initiate discussions with shareholders about its $3.2 billion takeover offer and that it would pursue the bid if given a deadline extension, Reuters reported Friday. EchoStar has until Friday, July 6, to decide whether to present a firm offer for Inmarsat or drop the …

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Iridium CEO Matt Desch: Personal Mobile Connectivity a Top Trend in Satcom Market

TYSONS CORNER, VA, July 5, 2018 — Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium Communications (Nasdaq: IRDM), has said the satellite communications industry has seen the “bring your own device” movement become one of the top trends in the sector, ExecutiveBiz reported Friday. Desch, a four-time Wash100 recipient, said in an interview …

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Inmarsat Government’s Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: Funding, Leadership Support Needed to Leverage Comsatcom for National Security

TYSONS CORNER, VA, July 3, 2018 — Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, senior vice president of government strategy and policy for Inmarsat Government, has urged the administration to support appropriations focused on an integrated satellite communications infrastructure that utilizes commercial technologies in line with national security goals, ExecutiveBiz reported Wednesday. Cowen-Hirsch wrote in …

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Report: EchoStar Reveals 3% Equity Stake in Inmarsat

Colorado-based EchoStar (Nasdaq: SATS) disclosed in a stock exchange filing that it has secured a 3 percent equity stake in U.K.-based Inmarsat valued at approximately $108.9 million and a 10.4 percent position in the latter’s convertible bonds worth $67.4 million, Reuters reported Friday. EchoStar needs to decide by July 6 whether …

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Matt Desch: Iridium to Continue Transformation Built on Satcom, Broadband Internet Capabilities

TYSONS CORNER, VA, June 18, 2018 — Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium Communications (Nasdaq: IRDM), has said the company anticipates its continued transformation into a mature company over the next 12 to 24 months as it nears the completion of its Iridium NEXT satellite communications network and builds on partnerships …

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Securitas Closes Buy of Kratos’ Public Safety, Security Division; Eric DeMarco Comments

Securitas Electronic Security has completed its $70 million cash acquisition of the public safety and security business from Kratos Defense and Security Solutions. Eric DeMarco, president and CEO of Kratos, said in a statement released Monday the company aims to focus growth efforts in the unmanned aerial drones, missile defense, training systems, …

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Reports: Inmarsat Turns Down EchoStar’s Takeover Offer

Inmarsat has declined to accept Colorado-based EchoStar’s (Nasdaq: SATS) takeover bid, saying the offer “undervalued” the U.K.-based satellite communications provider, Reuters reported Saturday. “After carefully considering the proposal with its advisers the board rejected the proposal on the basis that it very significantly undervalued Inmarsat and its standalone prospects,” Inmarsat …

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