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SES adopts digital satellite payloads

Every communications satellite launched has hundreds of metres of co-axial cable handling the complex switching between the satellite’s heavy waveguides (carrying high-frequency electrical energy) and its antennas. The cabling and…

AsiaSat and JIB expand partnership

Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AsiaSat) and Japan International Broadcasting (JIB) have announced a major expansion of their partnership. From July 1st, JIB will use AsiaSat 7 to broadcast NHK World TV…

Eutelsat to trim distributors

Eutelsat to trim distributors

Eutelsat is to increasingly take over sales from its wholesalers and distributors in order to improve its profit margins. It currently charges around €3.9 million a year for a 36…

Eutelsat restructures for tough market

Eutelsat is restructuring its business, cutting capital expenditure and re-assuring the market that it will quickly return to its top-line targets as a result of the fresh strategy. The news…

Brexit puts Galileo programme at risk

‘Galileo’ is the European Space Agency’s (ESA) major project to deliver improved GPS signalling to cars, boats, aircraft, hikers, etc.  More than 75 per cent of Britain’s space-related funding goes…

Boeing wants a massive satellite constellation

Boeing wants a massive satellite constellation

California-based aerospace company Boeing is planning a massive constellation of small satellites. Boeing is applying for a licence to build between 1,396 and 2,956 satellites which would work in the…

Pakistan starts DTH licence process

Pakistan starts DTH licence process

Pakistan’s media regulator (PEMRA) is inviting broadcasters to apply for new DTH licences. Would-be broadcasters must pay a $7,400 with their application. A shortlist of companies will be contacted in…

Eutelsat achieves new quality certification from WTA

Eutelsat achieves new quality certification from WTA

The World Teleport Association (WTA) has announced that Eutelsat Communications has achieved Full Tier 4 Certification for its Paris-Rambouillet teleport in France under WTA’s recently launched Teleport Certification Programme. Tier…

SES starts fight back

SES held its annual ‘Capital Markets Day’ on June 21st, talking to analysts about the company’s current state of business and prospects for the future. Evidently it went reasonably well.…

SpaceX in landing fee row

It might seem churlish to argue over a $15,000 fee for landing a barge (and its cargo of a returned rocket’s 1st stage) at Port Canaveral in Florida, especially when…

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