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AAC Microtec Clyde Space to investors: Fasten your seatbelts

PARIS — AAC Microtec Clyde Space on Feb. 21 warned investors to expect that the company’s cash flow would be used for further acquisitions in the small satellite manufacturing sector and that the purchase of Scotland’s Clyde Space was only the beginning. AAC Microtec Clyde Space Chief Executive Alfonso Barreiro did not sugar-coat his message during a presentation to the Borsveckan Small Cap...

For OneWeb, technology challenge may pale next to regulatory hurdles

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — For broadband satellite internet constellation OneWeb, packing a high-throughput payload into a 150-kilogram satellite package and launching 650 of them on 21 Russian Soyuz rockets by the end of 2019 might end up being much easier than getting regulatory approval to operate worldwide. OneWeb’s predecessors, including mobile satellite service providers Inmarsat,...

Intelsat, SES to FCC: C-band offer includes full-CONUS coverage to terrestrial 5G

PARIS — Satellite fleet operators Intelsat and SES, expanding their offer to clear part of their C-band spectrum for 5G terrestrial services, said they could offer full coverage of the contiguous United States in at least some of the C-band spectrum blocs they would make available. The offer, which was not part of Intelsat’s original October C-band proposal to the U.S. Federal Communications...

ViaSat: Rural WiFi, aero connectivity, defense to take increased share of our bandwidth

Highlights from Feb. 8 conference call: —ViaSat-2 enters service starting week of Feb. 12, nationwide service by end-Feb. —ViaSat-2 antenna issue to reduce throughput by 13%; no material effect on service or business model, which was never based on 100% of capacity. — Company expects ViaSat-2 will be much less residential-broadband focused than the 9095% of ViaSat-1 as rural WiFi, in-flight...

SES rallies to Intelsat’s C-band 5G sharing cause, presenting united front to FCC

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — In a major victory for Intelsat, rival SES has agreed to a joint proposal to U.S. regulators to permit sharing C-band spectrum with terrestrial mobile network operators in selected areas of the United States. The proposal, first made in October by Intelsat and Intel — http://bit.ly/2xNkx3G — now heads to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with the...

Is 2018 the ‘Max-Q’ year for the smallsat industry?

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — Investors in the New Space sector largely agreed that 2018 would be a key year to determine which smallsat startups are able to demonstrate financial viability and which are picked up in what may be a series of mergers and acquisitions. With some of the larger aerospace and defense companies having accumulated large warchests, and the smallsat sector now being forced...

Global Eagle: We’ve been through the washer, now we’re back, with customer set intact

PARIS — Satellite in-flight and maritime content and connectivity provider Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) said it had a firm grip on its two main airline customers, Southwest Airlines and Norwegian Air Shuttle, and said it had concluded a deal with a large new customer for more than 120 aircraft. Industry officials have said GEE has been in long negotiations with Air France, and that the...

Ariane 5 rocket suffers first anomalies in 15 years; consequences for SES minimal, Yahsat unclear

PARIS — Europe’s Ariane 5 heavy-lift rocket on Jan. 25 suffered its first serious anomaly in 15 years but the extent of the damage to its customers — fleet operators SES and Yahsat — was not immediately clear 12 hours after the launch. Launch-service provider Arianespace said both satellite payloads were in orbit and communicating, but the company did not say whether the orbital injection was on...

With airborne background, Mynaric adapts laser communications to LEO satellite constellations

PARIS — Startup laser communications technology provider Mynaric AG’s recent IPO in Germany grossed 27 million euros ($32 million), which will be invested in expanding staff and production facilities to prepare for LEO broadband satellite constellations. Mynaric, whose technology origins are with the German Aerospace Center, DLR, has established an office in the United States and expects to...

SES’s 1st all-electric satellite, with wide-beam, HTS & GPS-augmentation payloads, enters service

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator SES’s first all-electric satellite, SES-15, has been declared ready to begin providing service at 129 degrees west from its triple payload. SES-15 is Boeing Satellite Systems International’s fifth all-electric spacecraft to begin operations in geostationary orbit. In addition to being SES’s first all-electric satellite, SES-15 carries both a wide-beam and an HTS...

India’s PSLV launch brings relief to Telesat, and $31,700 per kilogram to ISRO’s Antrix

PARIS — India’s PSLV rocket returned from an August failure to successfully place 31 satellites, including three for future commercial constellations, into low Earth orbit on Jan. 12. The mission was a relief not only to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), which was able to demonstrate a relatively rapid return to flight after the PSLV fairing failed to separate in August. ISRO...

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