Credit: Intelsat

Credit: Intelsat

Intelsat, Yahsat ‘stowaway’ customers on Ariane 5 launch

Hidden behind the two showcase customers for the Feb. 14 Ariane 5 launch of DirecTV’s SkyB-1 and PT Telkom Indonesia’s Telkom-3S were Yahsat of the United Arab Emirates and Intelsat. Both had a direct stake in the mission’s success. Read more

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Credit: ILS

Interview: Kirk Pysher, president, International Launch Services

International Launch Services President Kirk Pysher views the engine-quality issues that have grounded Russia’s Proton rocket since June as a sign that Russia’s government and industry sector are serious about quality control. He’s hopeful of a return to flight by April or May. Read more

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Credit: DD Television screenshot via Youtube.

US policy on India’s rockets: Dead man walking

The successful launch Feb. 15 of India’s PSLV rocket carrying 104 satellites testifies to the vehicle’s increasing flexibility and a much-needed provider of launch services for owners of very small satellites for commercial companies and research organizations. Read more

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Credit: SpaceKnow Inc.

Interview: Pavel Machalek co-founder, SpaceKnow Inc.

The recent announcement that Earth observation data analytics provider SpaceKnow Inc. had raised $4 million in Series A financing was remarkable for two reasons: The VC was not American, but Berlin-based BlueYard Capital; and the investment target, San Francisco- and Prague-based SpaceKnow, is not primarily a play on government demand. Read more

Credit: European Commission

Credit: European Commission

EU Council to address European rocket, cloud computing autonomy

The European Union’s ruling council on Feb. 16 will be asked to assign the European Commission the role of “prime institutional customer” for Europe’s space-launch vehicles with the power to aggregate demand. Read more

 
 

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Credit: OneWeb

ViaSat’s Dankberg compares GEO to LEO orbit without stopping at MEO

ViaSat Chief Executive Mark D. Dankberg on Feb. 9 laid out the case for geostationary-orbit broadband satellites against low-orbiting systems without addressing the business case behind ViaSat’s own proposed non-geostationary constellation. Read more

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Credit: Youtube screenshot from MSNBC.

ViaSat: Subscribers down, ARPU up and ViaSat-2 launches April 25

Satellite broadband hardware and services provider ViaSat Inc. on Feb. 9 reported a 1.7% drop in subscribers to its U.S. consumer service but an 11% increase in monthly revenue per subscriber and record revenue and operating profit for its services division. Read more

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Credit: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed buys military telecom sat from Airbus for S. Korea

Lockheed Martin has hired Airbus Defense and Space to build a military telecommunications satellite that will be owned and operated by South Korea, industry officials said. Read more

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Credit: Eutelsat

Eutelsat joins ViaSat, throws down gauntlet to Inmarsat aero play

Satellite fleet operator Eutelsat on Feb. 9 said it would finalize a broadband joint venture with ViaSat Inc. of the United States “within days” and would be co-financing a terabit-per-second ViaSat-3 satellite to operate over Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Read more

Credit: ASI

Credit: ASI

Italy faces decisions on SpaceX v. Soyuz, and geo-orbit radar with Russia

The Italian and Russian space agencies have begun preliminary design work on a radar Earth observation satellite that would operate from geostationary orbit in what would be a first-ever civilian radar operated from that orbit. Read more

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Credit: DARPA

Orbital ATK sues to stop U.S. government satellite-servicing mission

Space hardware manufacturer Orbital ATK on Feb. 7 asked a U.S. District Court to freeze work on what Orbital says is a Feb. 6 decision by a U.S. government agency to contract with Space Systems/Loral for a robotic satellite-servicing mission. Read more

Credit: U.S. Strategic Command

Credit: U.S. Strategic Command

Seven geostationary satellites incorrectly disposed of in 2015

The seven large geostationary-orbit satellites that were incorrectly disposed of in 2015 include two satellites whose failures forced their owners to abandon them on the geostationary highway, according to documents based on U.S., Russian and European observation data. Read more

Credit: Harris Corp.

Credit: Harris Corp.

Harris Corp. says deployable satellite mesh antenna market booming

Harris Corp. Chief Executive William M. Brown said last year’s indications of a coming strong market for unfurlable mesh antennas have been confirmed, with the company booking two new orders in the last three months of 2016 and more likely on the way. Read more

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Credit: Eutelsat via Youtube screenshot

Thales: 22 Iridium Next satellites are ready for SpaceX and 22 more will be soon

CANNES, France — Iridium Next satellite prime contractor Thales Alenia Space on Feb. 3 said the successful early in-orbit tests of the first 10 Iridium Next satellites, launched Jan. 14, make it all but certain that deliveries of the 60 other satellites will occur as scheduled. Read more

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Credit: IADC

Most geo satellites retired in 2015 violated orbit-debris guidelines

Less than half of the large geostationary-orbit satellites taken out of service in 2015 were properly disposed of, meaning placed into graveyard orbits above the geostationary arc, an international debris-monitoring panel said Feb. 1. Read more