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For Europe’s space industry, New Space + U.S. government is a direct challenge

PARIS — Europe’s space industry association has concluded that the U.S. government’s new space policy poses a direct challenge to Europe’s “competitiveness and freedom to act in space” and must be countered by European governments. ASD-Eurospace is specifically concerned that one or more global...

U.S. military wants to capture New Space/constellation satellite wave. Can it?

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), which is about to move under U.S. Air Force Space Command jurisdiction, may be ready for a long-argued reform that would scrap the use of contract price as the prime selection criterion, the agency’s satcom division...

Mega-constellations of satellites seen as a difficult sell to debt markets

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — OneWeb’s difficulty in closing its debt financing is indicative of the problems that other multibillion-dollar mega-constellations of satellites will have unless they can show solid customer commitments, financial analysts said. While not mentioning OneWeb by name,...

LeoSat: We expect Sky Perfect JSat and Hispasat to invest $300 million each

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — Startup corporate and government satellite broadband provider LeoSat expects its two strategic partners — GEO fleet operators Sky Perfect JSat and Hispasat — to invest some $300 million each into the project over time, LeoSat Chief Executive Mark Rigolle said. LeoSat...

Telesat Canada: We’ll self-finance a big share of our LEO broadband project

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — Telesat expects to finance a large piece of its multibillion-dollar Telesat LEO constellation from its own operating cash flows supplemented by export-credit-agency-backed loans and government investment, a company official said. Telesat’s constellation of low-orbiting...

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