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Ariane 6 on track for 2020 launch

Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL), the new company behind the Arianespace launch business, says it is on course for a debut test flight of its all-new giant Ariane-6 rocket in 2020.…

Sky to expand into Spain?

Sky to expand into Spain?

The Sunday Telegraph newspaper has reported that pay-TV giant Sky is looking to expand further into Europe, with Spain as a primary target. Sky already owns pay-TV operations in the…

Another ‘double’ for SpaceX

Another ‘double’ for SpaceX

Very early on August 14th, rocket pioneer Elon Musk and his team pulled off another ‘double’ win. First a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched Japan’s JCSAT-16 satellite into the night…

UAE and Panasonic sign for new YahSat sat-constellation

Abu Dhabi-based YahSat has signed an MOU with electronics giant Panasonic and its Avionics division to study a potential satellite constellation to serve the aircraft and maritime businesses. At a…

Intelsat pair ready for launch

Intelsat has two satellites riding on an upcoming launch by rocket company Arianespace from French Guiana. On August 24th, a giant Ariane-5 rocket is scheduled to carry Intelsat-33e and Intelsat…

Freesat launches FTA live audience measurement service

Freesat launches FTA live audience measurement service

UK subscription-free satellite TV service Freesat has launched a live audience measurement service showing viewing behaviour in real time. The service, which runs on an audience attribution platform developed by…

Recovered satellite to receive ‘post-mortem’

Satellites, once launched, tend not to come back to Earth. Geostationary communications satellites, once they have reached their end-of-life are sent to a ‘graveyard’ orbit a few hundred kilometres above…

DISH raises $3bn for spectrum buy

DISH raises $3bn for spectrum buy

Charlie Ergen’s DISH Network has raised a net $2.73 billion (€2.46bn) in new Convertible Notes, with a 3.375 per cent rate due for repayment in 2026. Dish says the funds…

Africa: Pay-TV subs to reach 30m

Africa: Pay-TV subs to reach 30m

Africa pay-TV subscribers will reach 30 million in 2021, up from 16 million in 2015, according to the latest data published by research firm Dataxis. Digital satellite pay-TV subscribers for…

EchoStar-21 launch date slips

The upcoming August 29th launch of EchoStar’s latest satellite, EchoStar-21, has been postponed to – at best – October 10th. Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, has apparently delayed the launch because…