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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...

Allied Minds’s Hawkeye 360: Commercial space-based signals intelligence starts this year

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — A company planning the first-ever commercial service to locate, identify and track radio frequency use worldwide plans to launch its first three-satellite cluster this year and said it’s already generating revenue from U.S. government agencies. Hawkeye 360, majority-owned by Allied Minds and backed by venture capital firms Razor’s Edge and Woodford Investment...

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...

SES names Steve Collar, whose background is with O3b and MEO, as new CEO; Karim Michel Sabbagh leaving the company

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator SES has named Steve Collar, the head of its medium-Earth-orbit O3b-focused SES Networks division, as company chief executive following the decision of Chief Executive Karim Michel Sabbagh to step down after four years on the job. In a statement, SES said Sabbagh had decided “to spent time with his family and pursue other interests” and that the SES board accepted...

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...

EU formally drops Galileo satellite system’s Commercial Service to favor market uptake

BRUSSELS — The European Commission is scrapping the planned revenue-generating Commercial Service in its Galileo positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) network after having concluded that the commoditization of satellite navigation has overwhelmed the service’s intended market uptake. Instead, the commission will introduce, free of charge, an equivalent service as it takes steps to establish...

Satellite-AIS provider exactEarth evaluating ‘strategic alternatives’ including merger or sale

PARIS — Satellite-based maritime vessel tracking company exactEarth Ltd. is creating a special committee to evaluate options including a merger, sale or a financial transaction after reporting sharply lower revenue, profit and new orders in 2017. The committee, which has no deadline for making a decision, is expected to hire a financial advisor in the coming weeks. In a Jan. 25 conference call...

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