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Japan’s BSAT-4a readied for launch

A new Japanese satellite, BSAT-4a and built by Space Systems/Loral, has arrived in Kourou, French Guiana, to be readied for launch by Arianespace. The satellite will be used for DTH…

SES/EchoStar back ‘pre-flown’ SpaceX

SpaceX technicians at Cape Canaveral are patiently waiting for a scheduled Atlas-5 rocket to launch a military satellite into orbit on September 27. A few days later, weather permitting, SpaceX…

EPL: We welcome online bidders

EPL: We welcome online bidders

The head of the English Premier League would welcome bids for Premier League football from the likes of Amazon or Facebook. Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore said that there was “no…

Intelsat gets investor support

Last week it emerged that the Bank of New York Mellon was just one of many investors which had raised their holdings in Intelsat, which – if its share price…

Is time running out for DISH Network?

It doesn’t much matter how the numbers are dressed up, the net result of the USA’s second-largest DTH operator, DISH Network, during its second-quarter reported a decline of 196,000 subscribers…

Lockheed-Martin invests $350m in satellite building plant

Aerospace giant Lockheed-Martin (L-M) is to invest $350 million into a factory dedicated to building “futuristic” satellites. The cash is being spent at L-M’s Waterton Canyon campus, near Denver, where…

DISH sheds 196k subs in Q2

DISH Network, the US satellite TV provider, has reported revenue totalling $3.64 billion (€3.07bn) for the quarter ending June 30th 2017, compared to $3.86 billion for the corresponding period in…

Branson’s ‘Cosmic Girl’ gets ready for work

Branson’s ‘Cosmic Girl’ gets ready for work

Virgin Orbit, a new name for Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic satellite-launching business, now has its Boeing 747-400 airliner at Long Beach airport and ready for its final modifications in…

SoftBank eyeing Sprint, DISH merger?

A couple of months ago, Japanese media conglomerate SoftBank was attempting to engineer a merger between Intelsat and would-be satellite operator OneWeb. Intelsat’s debt-burden stymied that deal. Now SoftBank is…

Rocket re-use is “self-evident”

The re-use of rockets for launching commercial (and government) satellites is now “self-evident” says a report from Northern Sky Research (NSR), and benefitting both the launch company and the satellite…