SATELLITE 2017 | March 6 - 9, 2017 | Walter E. Washington Convention Center | Washington, D.C
February 13, 2017 – Vol. #13 Issue #11 Program | exhibit | sponsors | store
March 6 - 9, 2017
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C.
“Startup Space” Celebrates New Ideas at SATELLITE 2017
JeffHill Jeff Hill Conference Chairman

I’m very excited about all the new features we’re rolling out for the SATELLITE 2017 conference, but I’m especially proud of what I’m hoping will become one of the most popular events of the week – Startup Space 2017, a day-long live pitch competition between 20 emerging space businesses in front of a powerhouse panel of space investors and executives. The idea started this past summer as a collaborative project between our partners at Space Frontier Foundation (hosts of the NewSpace conference) to launch a Shark Tank-style event for new space and satellite entrepreneurs on the U.S. East Coast. Wanting the event to be as visible as a giant rock concert to our community, we decided to launch it right in the middle of SATELLITE’s enormous Exhibit Hall floor on its opening day.

We announced the competition and put out a call for contestants this past fall, expecting… Read More»


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conference update

The SATELLITE 2017 conference program now features a keynote speaker on each day of the program! Will Porteous, General Partner and COO of RRE Ventures will be our luncheon keynote speaker on Monday, March 6 speaking about the role of private financing in commercial space development at 12:15 p.m. (Ballroom A). Kicking off our big Tuesday morning opening general session will be keynote speaker Jeff Bezos, Founder, Blue Origin and Founder & CEO of Amazon, who will appear on stage to discuss his company’s new launch technology at 8:20 a.m. Our Wednesday government and military keynote speaker will be USAF Major General David Thompson, Vice Commander of Air Force Space Command speaking about new developments in commercial space cooperation at 1:45 p.m. in Conference Room 207. Finally, on Thursday, we have our closing day keynote speaker: Planet Co-Founder Robbie Schingler, who will be presenting about the new “global sensing revolution”… Read More»

exhibition update

Haven’t committed to exhibiting at SATELLITE 2017 yet?  With less than a month to go, we’re in the home stretch leading up to the largest satellite communications and space technology expo in the world.  With attendance pacing well ahead of last year – more than 14,000 satellite and space professionals will be in Washington, DC for the event – you won’t want to miss your chance to promote your brand, attract new leads, meet with customers and find new partners and integrators to help grow your business in 2017 and beyond.

Exhibit space is limited, but it’s not too late to secure your spot on the show floor!

Floor Plan SAT17 Color Coded

Booths Available in Green

Contact Michael Cassinelli today at or +1 (301) 354-1691 to discuss the best available location for your company… Read More»


Awards Celebration & Reception - "A Celestial Night"
Wed. March 8 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join our team, our sponsors, and thousands of your satellite marketplace colleagues during this annual networking opportunity to honor the Satellite Executive of the Year and the recipients of Via Satellite's Excellence Awards. Tickets to the reception are included in your SATELLITE 2017 Conference registration.

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MOTIV Selects iDirect to Offer 4G/LTE Service over Satellite

Mobile service provider leverages iDirect’s SatHaul® solution to offer profitable data coverage in cost-sensitive markets

Herndon, VA, January 23, 2017 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology and a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that MOTIV, a leading mobile service provider, will be extending its investment in the iDirect platform to deliver 4G/LTE data service across Russia’s expansive rural markets, offering profitable data coverage in cost-sensitive markets.

MOTIV is based in Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth largest city, and currently uses iDirect satellite network infrastructure as a GSM-backhaul solution to provide 2G coverage to nearly 100 remote locations spread over thousands of kilometers. The service expansion will leverage the iDirect SatHaul® solution, the newly launched X7-EC remote and iDirect’s Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS) technology. With a… Read More»

satellite market update

It’s Official: Planet Will Acquire Terra Bella, Signs Data Contract with Google
[Via Satellite 02-06-17] Planet officially announced it will acquire Google’s Terra Bella business including the SkySat constellation of satellites. As part of the deal, Google will enter into a multi-year contract to purchase Earth-imaging data from Planet…

Standardizing Spacecraft: One Company’s Mission to Cut Time to Market
[Via Satellite 02-03-17] Denver-based aerospace company York Space Systems is currently working with government and commercial customers to standardize spacecraft, hoping to slash both satellite price and time-to-market in the process…

SES Exec Talks Satellite and OTT Future After BSkyB Announcement
[Via Satellite 02-02-17] There is no doubt that BSkyB’s announcement to launch a “dish-free” pay-TV service in the U.K. in 2018 created a little bit of a stir. But, according to SES’ Chief Commercial Officer, Ferdinand Kayser, satellite…

Boeing, NanoRacks Partner to Enable More US SmallSats Deployed from ISS
[Via Satellite 02-06-17] Boeing and NanoRacks will partner to develop the first privately funded commercial airlock, enabling the United States to potentially triple the number of small satellites it can deploy from…

Iridium Adds Eigth Launch with SpaceX, First Ridershare with NASA, GFZ
[Via Satellite 01-31-17] Iridium Communications has booked its eight Falcon 9 launch with SpaceX, which will be Iridium’s first rideshare deal. The agreement affords Iridium the ability to launch five additional Iridium Next satellites for the company’s...

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