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Kratos: Our satellite communications division is well-positioned for US government

PARIS — Kratos Defense and Security Solutions on Nov. 2 said its satellite communications business was in a strong growth phase and that Kratos management had no intention of selling it — or the company’s microwave or training divisions — to focus on unmanned air systems. The question, during a Nov. 2 investor call, was an occasion for Kratos Chief Executive Eric M. DeMarco to say that while the...

Space Angels counts $519 million in satellite equity investment so far in 2017

PARIS — The commercial space industry is likely to see a record number of investments — both entries and exits — in 2017, with the launch sector dominating the figures because of big-slash financings of Blue Origin and SpaceX, according to angel and venture-capital investor Space Angels. A first look at the numbers suggests that investors have eyes only for rockets, which given the launch...

Satellite flat-panel antenna designer Phasor raises $16 million, confirms 2018 commercial debut

PARIS — Flat-panel antenna designer Phasor Inc. said it had raised $16 million in B-round funding from an unidentified group of “leading satellite communications mobility companies, financial investors and shareholders,” a development that makes more credible Phasor’s promised 2018 commercial introduction. The latest funding round, which the company said closed in the summer, brings to about...

ViaSat to continue legal battle vs Inmarsat satellite/terrestrial network despite UK regulatory ruling

BREMEN, Germany — Broadband satellite hardware and services provider ViaSat Inc. on Oc. 24 reiterated its intention to take legal action against Britain’s telecommunications regulator in the wake of the regulator’s approval of Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network (EAN). Via:Sat said it is pursuing separate legal challenges to Inmarsat’s EAN before regulators in Belgium, the European Union,...

Cyber security 2: Satellite network providers say they’re acting in advance of global standards

TOKYO — Satellite services providers for corporate networks said cyber security’s growing importance means they can no longer assume their customers are adopting best practices and must verify on their own that other companies’ hardware is secure from attack. Officials from Speedcast and Kratos said that, at customers’ request, they are acting ahead of industry cyber security regulations they...

Cyber security 1: Satellite constellations’ mass markets come with vulnerability

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — Cyber security experts said the arrival of multiple satellite constellations threatens to make satellite networks just as vulnerable as terrestrial systems, with potentially disastrous consequences. The democratization of the satellite sector — many players, off-the-shelf technologies and a “build your own satellite” approach — is likely to wipe out the advantage...

Flat-panel phased-array antennas for satellite broadband: Here’s the state of play

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — The future growth of the satellite communications industry in transitioning from a niche to a mass market for mobile broadband in large part rests on the shoulders of the ground-antenna manufacturers. How can they break through what Advantech Wireless Chief Executive David Gelerman called the “chicken-and-egg situation: To you get large volumes you need low cost, and...

Intelsat, allied with Intel, proposes to cede ground on C-band in return for terrestrial operator payment

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — Satellite fleet operator Intelsat, transforming a spectrum threat into a revenue opportunity, has joined with Intel to ask U.S. regulators to permit Intelsat and other satellite operators to cede the use of C-band spectrum to terrestrial wireless operators in specific geographic areas of the Unites States. Intelsat has agreed to incur what says would be the...

Maritime monitoring company SRT Marine enters satellite fleet ownership with Clyde Space contract

ADELAIDE, Australia — Maritime monitoring and surveillance hardware and services provider SRT Marine Systems plc, already a manufacturer of Automatic Identification System (AIS) transceivers, is entering the satellite fleet business with an initial contract with Scotland’s Clyde Space. Bath, England-based SRT had previously told investors it was weighing an entry into the satellite business to...

Fast-growing cubesat builder GomSpace to build 100 satellites for AISTech of Spain

ADELAIDE, Australia – Fast-growing small-satellite builder GomSpace of Denmark on Sept. 28 signed a contract with AISTech of Spain to provide 100 nanosatellite platforms for AISTech’s multifunctional constellation. The contract is valued at up to 12.5 million euros ($14.7 million), with first batch order valued at 500,000 euros for satellites to be delivered in early 2018. GomSpace and AISTech...

RRE Ventures, Promus Ventures: Why VC likes the satellite sector now

PARIS — Two of the most active venture-capital funds investing in space startup companies, RRE Ventures and Promus Ventures, outlined why they believe the space sector shows unprecedented promise. Both said they still face headwinds inside their companies in persuading partners that partners that even startups that depend on rocket launches can have a tolerable risk level, with the promise of a...

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