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Rocket-builder Avio: Revenue, EBITDA, backlog all up in H1 2017

PARIS — Rocket builder Avio SpA reported increased revenue and profit for the first six months of 2017 on the strength of the continued success of the Ariane 5 and Vega rockets. Colleferro, Italy-based Avio, which is prime contractor for the Vega small-satellite launch vehicle, said its backlog...

ArianeGroup lays out transition to Ariane 6, phase-out of Ariane 5 and Soyuz

PARIS — Europe’s ArianeGroup plans to launch just one new-generation Ariane 6 rocket in 2020 — the lighter-version Ariane 62 — and will wait until mid-2021 to start operations of the commercial workhorse, the heavier-lift Ariane 64, under a schedule presented to Ariane users. Under a scenario...

Interview: Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler

PARIS — Intelsat Chief Executive Stephen Spengler skipped the annual Euroconsult World Space Business Week conference — a Goldman Sachs conference took precedence — but his company nonetheless was a topic of conversation. The drama of Intelsat’s leverage — you’re welcome, private equity — and the...

Interview: Magnitude Space CEO Ernst Peter Hovinga

PARIS — Dutch IoT/M2M satellite connectivity startup Magnitude Space has signed an MoU with mobile satellite services provider Iridium Communications to investigate how their complementary constellations might work together. Magnitude expects to start commercial service in 2018 with just one or...

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Interview: Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler

PARIS — Intelsat Chief Executive Stephen Spengler skipped the annual Euroconsult World Space Business Week conference — a Goldman Sachs conference took precedence — but his company nonetheless was a topic of conversation. The drama of Intelsat’s leverage — you’re...

Interview: Magnitude Space CEO Ernst Peter Hovinga

PARIS — Dutch IoT/M2M satellite connectivity startup Magnitude Space has signed an MoU with mobile satellite services provider Iridium Communications to investigate how their complementary constellations might work together. Magnitude expects to start commercial...