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SpaceX heralds Falcon 9 success

October 11th saw another 100 per cent successful launch for SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, and a flawless landing of the craft’s first stage. It was the third time that SpaceX…

Sky Q1: Subs growth nears limit?

Sky Q1: Subs growth nears limit?

Sky has announced its Q1 results (to September 30th) saying there were 160,000 new customers (up 51 per cent) during the quarter-year, helping to drive like-for-like revenues up 5 per…

Analyst: ‘Wheels falling off satellite TV’

Reacting to AT&T’s Stock Market guidance that it expects to lose 390K traditional video subscribers, netted against a gain of 300K OTT subscribers, Craig Moffett, Partner and Senior Analyst at…

Euroconsult: ‘300 satellite launches per year to 2026’

A study (Satellites to be Built & Launched by 2026) from Paris-based Euroconsult says that it anticipates that 300 satellites with a mass over 50 kg will be launched on…

Triple success for ‘pre-flown’ SpaceX

Triple success for ‘pre-flown’ SpaceX

A flawless sunset launch by Elon Musk-backed SpaceX placed a heavyweight joint-venture Airbus-built SES/EchoStar satellite into geostationary orbit on October 11th. Some four minutes after launch, the already pre-flown first stage of…

Eutelsat breaks records for 172B

Eutelsat breaks records for 172B

An Airbus-built electric satellite Eutelsat 172B has reached its target geostationary orbit in record time. Eutelsat 172B was only launched on June 1st, and uses electrical ION thrusters to reach…

SES/EchoStar launch Oct 11th

SpaceX will tonight (October 11th, weather permitting) launch a condominium satellite operated by SES and EchoStar. The twin-mission satellite was built by Airbus Defense & Space and will go to…

“Poor prospects” for SES numbers

A report to investors from equity analysts at Exane/BNPP does not make happy reading for SES. The satellite operator will unveil its latest results on October 27th, and the bank…

AsiaSat-9 gets to work

AsiaSat of Hong Kong says that its AsiaSat 9 satellite has arrived on station at 122 degrees East following its launch on September 29th by an ILS Proton M rocket…

Turkey to get 2 new satellites

Turkey’s Minister for Transport & Communications, Ahmet Arslan, says the country is in final negotiations with Airbus Defense & Space for a contract to build two communications satellites, Turksat 5A…