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Launch prices for smallsats on India’s PSLV rocket may be coming down

PARIS — The commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) charged about $28,500 per kilogram to launch 29 cubesats aboard its PSLV rocket on June 23, a price that appears to reflect a drop compared to previous missions. There is no such thing as a “standard” price for launches,...

SpaceX satellite mega-constellation attracts competitors’ fire

PARIS — SpaceX’s planned constellation of 4,425-satellites for direct-to-home internet delivery has come under fire by competitors who want regulators to reject SpaceX’s request for a waiver of in-service and coverage deadlines. Several competitors are also asking that any decision on the SpaceX...

Ruag enters Florida space business ecosystem with OneWeb satellite plant

PARIS — Satellite- and rocket-component manufacturer Ruag Space of Europe continued its Americanization on July 11 with the inauguration of a new facility in Florida in the presence of its anchor customer, startup internet constellation operator OneWeb. The event, at the new Port Canaveral...

Global Eagle now paying cash penalty for financial-reporting delays

PARIS — Aeronautical and maritime satellite service provider Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) on July 12 announced the first of what could be an expensive series of cash payments to its creditors as a penalty for not filing recent earnings statements. Los Angeles-based GEE said that as of July 11...

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SpaceX cuts flight-to-reflight time for Falcon 9 first stage

PARIS — Launch-service provider SpaceX has cut by more than half the time it takes to recover, refurbish and re-fly its Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage after just two campaigns and expects further substantial time savings as it gains more experience, a SpaceX official...

Intelsat reduces revenue, EBITDA forecast for 2017, trims capex plans

Intelsat is banking on its Epic Ku-band HTS satellites to open new markets with lower per-megahertz prices. But it’s taking longer than expected for the new demand to compensate for revenue declines in its ongoing business. Credit: Intelsat PARIS — Satellite...