Australian S-band IoT startup Sirion Global, 0 for 2 in satellite launches, asks regulators for more time

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The Australian government, acting on behalf of S-band satellite-IoT startup Sirion Global Pty Ltd., is asking international regulators to give Sirion nearly two years more time to start its service despite the fact that the regulatory deadline lapsed in April.

The Australia Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) wants International Telecommunication Union (ITU) regulators to view Sirion’s multiple mishaps — a launch failure in 2017 and satellite in-orbit hiccups since December — as a “force majeure” issue that usually receives deadline extensions.

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