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Double launch & landing success for SpaceX

Launching a communications satellite into orbit is more or less routine. But SpaceX is proving that recovering a rocket from its launch is also fast proving to be routine. SpaceX…

Arianespace ready for double launch

June 28th will see Arianespace launch two satellites in a somewhat unusual set of circumstances. Weather permitting, the actual launch will take place from Kourou, French Guiana on June 28th.…

Qatar ultimatum: “Close Al Jazeera”

Qatar ultimatum: “Close Al Jazeera”

Qatar has been given a 10-day ultimatum to close news channel Al Jazeera as part of a series of demands from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the other Gulf states. Kuwait,…

Amazonas 1 sent to graveyard orbit

Spanish satellite communications operator HISPASAT has completed the re-orbiting process of the Amazonas 1 satellite. This process, which began June 19th, ended on June 23rd after the transmission of the…

Massive boost for satellite capacity by 2020

Paris-based research company Euroconsult, in its latest report (High Throughput Satellites: Vertical Market Analysis & Forecasts), says there is going to be a significant increase in High Throughput Satellites (HTS)…

Eutelsat/ViaSat formally complain over Inmarsat

Two satellite operators are complaining officially to the European Union (EU) over the actions of a third satellite player. Eutelsat and California-based ViaSat are grumbling about London-based Inmarsat, and saying…

New satellite teleport for Dubai

Emirates-based telco ‘du’ is to build a new satellite teleport for the region. du says the new facility will cover some 75,000 sq metres of area and built away from…

SES AMC-9 now a ‘rogue’ satellite

SES-owned satellite AMC-9, which suffered a “major anomaly” on Saturday morning is probably lost, according to sources at SES. While not yet confirmed as being totally lost, the short-term prognosis…

SES’s AMC-9 “significant anomaly”

SES has a significant problem with its AMC-9 satellite which serves the US and Mexico and the Caribbean.  The craft was launched in June 2003. SES says it is working…

Bulgaria’s debut satellite delayed

SpaceX had planned to launch June 19th BulgariaSat-1 aboard a refurbished, ‘flight-proven’ 1st stage Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. However, a faulty valve in the rocket has had…