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Eutelsat orders British-made satellite

Surrey Satellite Technology (SST) has won a contract from Eutelsat for one of SST’s speciality craft. Eutelsat Quantum, the new satellite, will not launch until 2018, but is of a revolutionary design. Financed in part by the UK government’s Space Agency and the European Space Agency, the satellite will be ‘small’ compared to the usual 5-6 tonnes satellites usually bought […]

Hispasat goes for Amazonas 5

Hispasat’s Amazonas 4A satellite isn’t in the best of health with problems on its power sub-system. Amazonas 4A was launched in March 2014 and the anomaly declared in April 2014. The problems suggest that about half the satellite’s broadcast capacity has been lost. Hispasat has now awarded the contract for Amazonas 5 to Space Systems/Loral and its mission – in […]

Arabsat budgets $2.5bn for ‘6.0’ satellites

Riyadh-based Arabsat is looking to invest a total of $2.5 billion in order to complete its 6th generation of satellites. “What is worth saying is that sixth-generation satellites are a quantum leap in terms of manufacturing technology and the capabilities of satellites. The new satellites will cover the Middle East, Africa, Asia and many parts of Europe,” Arabsat stated. Arabsat […]

Emerging markets drive satellite pay-TV growth

According to findings from consulting and analyst firm Euroconsult, the global satellite pay-TV industry has observed strong growth in the past five years despite an increasingly competitive TV landscape where IPTV, DTT and connected entertainment services have rapidly expanded their reach. The satellite industry specialist’s newly released report, Satellite Pay-TV: Key Economics & Prospects, also finds that subscriptions to satellite […]

Russia wants $36m for orbital slot

Russia is trying to sell one its orbital satellite positions for $36 million. One likely buyer is Bangladesh, and while the country had budgeted $28 million for the position – and signed a contract back in 2012 -  it is now seeking approval from government to pay the extra cash demanded. The sale is being organised on behalf of Russian […]

Airbus/Safran in Ariane-6 j-v

The new Airbus-6 rocket is to be built by a newly created joint-venture between Airbus and French engine builder Safran. Officially it will be called Airbus Safran Launchers and will start operations on January 1st. The company will be based just outside Paris and have a staff of some 450 people. An announcement on December 3rd said this “naturally assumes […]

No more Russian engines on US rockets

On October 28th a US-built rocket exploded dramatically just seconds after lift-off from its Wallops Island, Virginia, launch pad. Images of the explosion went viral and did little in terms of goodwill between the rocket’s builder Orbital Sciences, and its Russian rocket-engine supplier. Now the US government has stepped in and a new Defense Policy Bill now processing through Congress […]

India’s satellite policy slammed

India’s Auditor General has issued a damning report on the country’s strategy as far as its satellite business is concerned. The report is targeted on the nation’s Dept. Of Space (DoS), and states that it has failed to build sufficient capacity for the country’s fast-growing demand for broadcast bandwidth. According to the report, the DoS failed to provide satellite capacity […]

Loral settles ViaSat $100m claim

Satellite builder Loral Space & Communications says that it has participated in a mediation session in order to determine how the $100 million patent misuse award made to ViaSat of California was to be allocated. The legal dispute came about when ViaSat claimed that Loral, and its then subsidiary Space Systems/Loral, has misused and infringed patents held by ViaSat. A […]

Astra 2G rescheduled

The long-awaited launch of Astra 2G has been rescheduled for December 28th. The launch will follow a proving flight to be made on December 16th of the Proton/Briz-M rocket which is slated to carry Russia’s Yamal-401 satellite into space. If that goes well then International Launch Services, which manages the commercial side of the Proton launch system, will go ahead […]

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