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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: 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...

Intelsat: Here’s the status of the IS-33e satellite

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator Intelsat has raised concerns that an earlier story here — http://bit.ly/2vE7o93 — left the impression that the IS-33e satellite might be unable to serve its customers because of an anomaly with its attitude-control system. This is not...

Speedcast forecasts imminent turnaround in energy services market

PARIS — Satellite enterprise services provider Speedcast International on Aug. 29 said the multi-year depression in the energy-services sector is showing signs of a rebound and that its purchase of Harris CapRock looks to have been well-timed. As expected, the...