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SES bets more than $1 billion that Boeing satellites can lure Amazon Web Services et al

PARIS— Satellite fleet operator SES’s seven-satellite contract with Boeing is valued at about $750 million and is the centerpiece of a total investment exceeding $1 billion that includes major new spending on ground terminals and gateway antennas, industry officials said. The O3b mPower satellites, scheduled for launch in 2021 on two still-unselected rockets, is designed to deliver an aggregate...

Seraphim Space Fund closes at $91M, invests in U.S., Finnish geospatial satellite companies

PARIS — With satellite fleet operator SES joining its investor team, Seraphim Capital passed the $90-million mark for its Seraphim Space Fund and closed it with the announcement of two initial investments in Spire Global and Iceye Oy. London-based Seraphim is no longer the outlier it appeared to be in 2015 when it first announced its intentions to use money from well-known space-industry players...

Spaceflight, Thales Alenia Space to jointly develop BlackSky geospatial-imagery satellites

PARIS — The investment and joint-venture agreement between Spaceflight Industries and both Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio values Spaceflight’s BlackSky geospatial services provider at around $80 million, industry officials said, and satisfies both sides’ long-held goals. For Seattle-based Spaceflight, it provides sufficient funding and manufacturing expertise to complete 15-20 BlackSky...

PT Telkom scrambles to repoint customer dishes after Telkom-1 failure

  UPDATE: PT Telkom on Aug. 30 said that after consulting with Telkom-1 builder Lockheed Martin, recovery efforts will cease and the satellite will be shut down. “Based on intensive investigation that Telkom and satellite manufacturer Lockheed Martin conducted, Telkom 1 satellite will no longer be in operation and based on in-depth analysis, the satellite was not functioning as normal...

In-flight connectivity legal battle heats up between ViaSat, Eutelsat and Inmarsat

PARIS — The dispute between satellite operators competing to provide in-flight connectivity services in Europe has sharpened, with the two sides exchanging cease-and-desist demands and the publication of a formal legal complaint. The judicial procedure, filed by satellite broadband provider ViaSat Inc. on April 24 in the General Court of the European Union, was published only July 3:...

Eutelsat, ViaSat, joined by Panasonic, ask EU regulators to block Inmarsat’s aviation play

TEL AVIV — Eutelsat and ViaSat are asking a European court to block Inmarsat’s planned aeronautical-connectivity service, saying Inmarsat is violating the terms of its license by passing off a terrestrial network as a satellite system. The legal action comes on the eve of the launch of Inmarsat’s European Aeronautical Network (EAN) satellite payload, which is sharing a Thales Alenia Space-built...

AsiaSat, Eutelsat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, SES start interference-prevention drive

PARIS — Five well-established satellite fleet operators have established common  Earth station antenna-performance and testing criteria that they will insist on with their supply chains and promote among other fleet owners in a global signal interference-mitigation effort. The companies — AsiaSat, Eutelsat, Inmarsat, Intelsat and SES — hope to ensure a minimum standard for any satellite Earth...

Service providers to satellite fleet operators: Our customers or our business- pick one

SINGAPORE — Satellite service providers said they are bracing for a new attack on their business by satellite fleet operators seek to offset stagnant revenue by going directly to end users. Senior officials from Encompass Digital Media, NorthTelecom and Speedcast said the decline in satellite bandwidth prices, while good news for their business, is causing satellite operators to muscle in on...

ViaSat-3 schedule slipping, cost going up

  UPDATE: ViaSat said the two ViaSat-3 satellites under contract are on schedule and within budget. The third, intended to cover Asia, likely will be more powerful and not a recurrent model: https://www.spaceintelreport.com/interview-viasat-president-coo-richard-baldridge/ SINGAPORE — Satellite broadband hardware and services provider ViaSat Inc. on May 25 said its ostensibly...

O3b denies ABS customer-defection claim, says rain fade is manageable

SINGAPORE — The chief executive of O3b Networks on May 24 flatly denied allegations by competitor ABS that an O3b customer in the Pacific islands had replaced its O3b Ka-band capacity with bandwidth from ABS’s C- and Ku-band satellite following a series of service outages. Steve Collar said he could not comment on ABS’s new contract in East Timor with an O3b customer except to say that O3b is...

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