SATELLITE 2017 | March 6 - 9, 2017 | Walter E. Washington Convention Center | Washington, D.C
November 07, 2016 – Vol. #13 Issue #4 Program | exhibit | sponsors | store
March 6 - 9, 2017
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C.
SATELLITE 2017 Program announced!
Conference Program Announced!
JeffHill Jeff Hill Conference Chairman

Quick Post-Hosted Payload and Smallsat Summit Thoughts on SATELLITE 2017

The October and November editions of the SATELLITE Show Downlink newsletter are always the most difficult for me to write. There’s so much going on at once with the launch of the program that I don’t know where to start. So, I’m going to challenge myself to cover both my notebook full of of post-Hosted Payload and Smallsat Summit (HPSS) thoughts and my pre-SATELLITE 2017 excitement in one welcome letter with a series of short, concise statements. Here goes… HPSS 16 was a huge success thanks to our fantastic line-up of speakers and the fact that cheaper access to space is now the core of every commercial aerospace industry discussion. Obvious talking points aside, what stood out to me is that both government end-users and non-traditional aerospace investors like Coca-Cola have money to spend on the right business model. The… Read More»


The SATELLITE Conference Program has been announced!  Choose the sessions you want to attend during SATELLITE week and be sure to register by December 8th for early bird discounts!

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conference update

Our annual Satellite Manufacturing Executives Panel – historically, one of the most popular sessions at the SATELLITE conference - is getting a promotion! At SATELLITE 2017, the Manufacturers Panel will be our Wednesday Morning Opening General Session on Wednesday, March 8 at 8:30 a.m. and will be free to attend for all conference and exhibit hall registrants. We are pleased to announce the return of NSR Senior Analyst Carolyn Belle as the session moderator and thrilled that SSL President John Celli and Boeing Satellite Systems International President Mark Spiwak have already confirmed that they will join the panel as speakers.

We’re also excited to announce the first group of confirmed SATELLITE 2017 Engineering Forum presentations! The Engineering Forum will be taking on a new format this year, allowing the best and brightest engineers in our industry to deliver single speaker- and small group-presentations about their research. All Engineering Forum presentations...Read More»

exhibition update

The SATELLITE 2017 exhibit hall is filling up quickly!  With more than 92% of space already reserved and a handful of prime locations still available, we urge you to reserve your booth now to position your company favorably at the largest global gathering of more than 14, 000 high-level professionals from every facet of the satellite-enabled communications marketplace.  Check out the current exhibit hall floor plan and list of exhibitors and don’t miss your best opportunity of the year to connect with and make an impression on thousands of your customers, business prospects and potential strategic partners!  To reserve your exhibit space, contact Michael Cassinelli today at or +1 (301) 354-1691.

Already found the perfect booth location for your company?  Download the exhibit space contract to reserve your space today!

Did You Know?  Exhibitors now have the opportunity to conduct technology demonstrations and presentations in the all-new SATELLITE Unveiled Theater located on the show floor.  Demos and presentations are built directly into the conference schedule and are promoted throughout the year – and onsite – as part of the official conference content.  Presentation slots are now available on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 8 – contact Michael Cassinelli at or call  +1 (301) 354-1691 for more information.


While many come to SATELLITE for enlightenment from the conference program, or to peruse the exhibiting companies on the show floor, all come to SATELLITE to reconnect with their old friends and colleagues in the satellite community!  Each day during SATELLITE Week presents plenty of opportunities to meet up.  Here's one such opportunity:

WTA 2016 Teleport Awards Luncheon
12:00pm - 1:30pm, Tuesday, March 7

Join your fellow colleagues as the WTA celebrates companies and individuals who have dramatically demonstrated excellence in the field of teleport operations, development and technology.  Tickets can be purchased during the registration process.

press room

SpeedCast to Acquire Harris CapRock SpeedCast acquisition of Harris CapRock creates a global and diversified leader in remote communications and network services

Sydney, Australia, November 1, 2016 – SpeedCast International Limited (ASX: SDA), a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Harris CapRock in a cash transaction valued at US$425 million. Harris CapRock is a global leader in the Energy and Maritime segments. The acquisition strengthens SpeedCast’s already strong position in the Maritime industry, in which Harris CapRock has a leading position in the fast-growing and bandwidth-hungry Cruise sector, and creates a global leader in Energy, positioning the company for future growth. The combined entity will service over 6200 vessels, hundreds of rigs and platforms, and enterprise and government customers around the world with a wide portfolio of communications and IT services, and an industry-leading global support network.… Read More»

satellite market update

SpeedCast Pulls Off “Transformational” Deal to Acquire Harris CapRock

[Via Satellite 11-02-2016] SpeedCast International has pulled off what it calls a “transformational” deal by acquiring Harris’ CapRock communications business for $425 million, one of the biggest deals so far this year in the satellite sector, and the biggest in SpeedCast’s history…

Eutelsat Partners with BICS to Provide Business Continuity Solutions in Africa

[Via Satellite 11-02-2016] BICS, a global wholesale carrier for voice, mobile data and capacity services, has announced the launch of its on-demand connectivity solution for African telecom operators, in partnership with Eutelsat…

Coke on OneWeb Investment: “It’s Good Business”

[Via Satellite 10-31-2016] Coca-Cola’s investment in small satellite company OneWeb will allow the soft drink distributer to expand its global footprint and more appropriately manage its supply chain, according to Bea Perez, Coca-Cola’s chief sustainability officer…

X2nSat Acquires Alaskan Telecommunications Company Futaris

[Via Satellite 10-31-2016] Global satellite communications solutions provider X2nSat has announced its assumption of the satellite contracts of Futaris, a satellite service provider based in Anchorage, Alaska…

Sprint Using Gilat Satellite-based Cellular Backhaul Solution for LTE in the US

[Via Satellite 10-26-2016] Mobile Network Operator (MNO) Sprint has selected Gilat’s satellite-based cellular backhaul solution to extend LTE services to metro-edge and rural areas of the United States…