Mobile Satellite Users Association (MUSA) Announces Satellite Mobile Innovation Awards for 2021


The Mobile Satellite Users Association (MSUA), a global not-for-profit organization focused on amplifying the voice of satellite mobile services users and innovators, celebrated with organizations earning top satellite mobile innovation awards for 2021. Elias Naffah, CSP Formulation Manager from MSUA member organization NASA Glenn Research Center, provided the keynote for the ceremony and Nathan de Ruiter, Managing Director for Euroconsult Canada, announced the winning submissions.

The MSUA Satellite Mobile Innovation Awards 2021:

  • Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Innovation – Blue Sky Network
    Blue Sky Network’s SkyLink provides a versatile air, land, and sea solution that enhances the safety and efficiency of operations, even in the most remote, austere locations on the planet.
  • Company to Watch – Ovzon
    Ovzon T6 is the smallest, lightest, and fastest terminal in its class with the ability to transmit up to 50 Mbps and receive greater than 120 Mbps, all in a compact laptop sized form factor.
  • Top Government Mobile Innovation – Kymeta
    Kymeta’s u8 and Kymeta Connect provide future-proof connectivity anytime, anywhere. Kymeta’s solutions enable first responders to save lives and property quickly and efficiently without having to worry about reliable connectivity.
  • Top Mobile Marketing Campaign – Solstar Space
    Solstar Space embarked on a Regulation Crowdfunding Round under Reg CF in 2020 that closed in January of 2021. The goal was to raise approximately $535,000. The campaign was over-subscribed and reached over $1.1 million.
  • Top Connected Mobile Platform Innovation – Iridium
    Iridium’s Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, Iridium GMDSS, is the first and only maritime safety solution that covers 100% of the globe with real-time satellite connectivity.
  • Top Mobile User Experience – ST Engineering iDirect
    ST Engineering iDirect’s Advanced SATCOM Mobility enables fast-moving remotes to automatically cross multiple spot beams within a short period of time, maintaining a constant IP session.
  • Top New Space Startup Innovation – Kythera
    The Kythera Operating System (KOS) manages and optimizes satellite payload resources along with ground-based assets, providing autonomous, real-time space network provisioning and operations that take full advantage of today’s flexible, high-throughput satellites.
  • Outstanding Leadership in Use of a Mobile Solution – Intelsat
    Intelsat FlexMove is the only high-throughput satellite connectivity service designed to keep land mobile users connected in remote and hard to reach locations.
  • Top 5G Wireless Mobile Innovation – Omnispace
    Omnispace One Global Network is a proposed global 5G standards-based non-terrestrial network (NTN) that will offer commercial, enterprise and government devices ubiquitous communications worldwide.
  • Top ESG Impact Mobile Innovation – Inmarsat
    Inmarsat’s GX10A and GX10B Arctic demonstrates a unique partnership between government and industry to provide first-time-ever wideband coverage over the Arctic.

The distinguished judges panel reviewed more than 40 nominations from around the globe to ultimately name the top submissions for each award category. The MSUA Satellite Mobile Innovation Awards Judges Panel 2021 included…

  • Nathan de Ruiter, Managing Director, Euroconsult Canada
  • Erwan Emilian, Chairman, MSUA
  • Tim Farrar, Telecom, Media, Finance Associates
  • Dean Gobrecht, Asset Intelligence Manager, Marten Transport
  • Charles Walker, Space Shuttle Astronaut/Communications Expert

Sponsors for the annual awards program included…

  • Premier Title Sponsor, Ovzon
  • Momentum Sponsor, Pathfinder Digital
  • Table Sponsors Blue Sky Network, Inmarsat, Kymeta, and Solstar Space
  • Plus sponsors Intelsat, Iridium, Knight-Sky, Kythera, Omnispace, and ST Engineering iDirect.

From dynamic satellite networks, 5G hybrid wireless innovations, and mobile ground solutions, to software-defined satellite networks for mobile, extreme remote connectivity, and new space advances, the nominations all had one thing in common; a focus on supporting and connecting mobile environments,” said Lisa Dreher, President, MSUA. “The MSUA Satellite Mobile Innovation Awards program highlights the dedication of users and solution providers that are implementing and delivering mobile transformation in our industry. Congratulations to all the organizations that were nominated and earned awards in 2021.”

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