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Kepler Communications breaks ground with Ku-band satellite in LEO; more to come

PARIS — Startup narrowband data-communications satellite constellation operator Kepler Communications of Canada has reached the crucial “bringing into use” milestone for international regulators following the successful Jan. 19 launch of its first satellite aboard a Chinese Long March 11 rocket....

Luxembourg: Commercial satcom, then military satcom, now military satellite ISR

PARIS — The Luxembourg government, in its latest move to raise its profile in the NATO alliance and Europe’s defense policy, has agreed to purchase and launch a single high-resolution optical Earth observation satellite. While designed as a contribution to NATO and European Union defense programs,...

ESA confronts Brexit’s knock-on effects on security concerns and funding

PARIS — European Space Agency (ESA) officials on Jan. 17 conceded that Britain’s exit from the European Union is causing them security-related headaches even if ESA, which is not an EU body, is not on the front line of the debate. Britain has said it has no intention of leaving ESA. Its ESA...

Arianespace: We fought SpaceX to a draw in commercial orders in 2017

PARIS — The Arianespace launch consortium reported an approximately 7% decline in revenue in 2017 compared to the previous year, saying the weakening of the U.S. dollar — down 14% against the euro for the year — had once again become a headwind. Foreign exchange fluctuations are a big deal for a...

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Arianespace: We fought SpaceX to a draw in commercial orders in 2017

PARIS — The Arianespace launch consortium reported an approximately 7% decline in revenue in 2017 compared to the previous year, saying the weakening of the U.S. dollar — down 14% against the euro for the year — had once again become a headwind. Foreign exchange...