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Space insurers have bad year

Insuring satellites is an expensive business. A satellite might cost $300 million -$400 million to build. Add in the actual cost of the rocket’s launch, and insurance to cover the…

Proton to return to flight

Reports from Russian sources say that the Proton satellite launching rocket will return to flight at the end of August. The delays have been caused by an embarrassing rocket failure…

Eutelsat partners with Starburst Accelerator

Eutelsat Communications is becoming a partner of Starburst Accelerator, a start-up accelerator that stimulates innovation in the aerospace industry. Starburst Accelerator was set up in 2013 to propel innovation in…

Sky’s new 4K box ready to go

Sky’s new 4K box ready to go

Sky’s ground-breaking ‘Project Ethan’ set-top box is ready to be announced shortly, according to widespread media reports over the weekend. The UK’s Sunday Telegraph said the unit, now dubbed the…

AT&T completes DirecTV acquisition

US telco AT&T has completed its $48.5 billion (€44.2bn) acquisition of pay-TV provider DirecTV following the Federal Communications Commission’s approval – with conditions – of the deal. The FCC determined…

Satellite stocks hammered

If the general comment that a ‘rising tide raises all boats’ is accepted then the opposite is also true, and on July 24th the tide absolutely went out for the…

Eutelsat Ka-Sat filling up

Ka-Sat, once thought to be something of a €400 million ‘ugly duckling’ on the Eutelsat fleet, is fast turning into a rather attractive swan. Although Eutelsat has – to date…

Analyst: ‘Ultra HD investment hitting new highs’

Analyst: ‘Ultra HD investment hitting new highs’

Ultra HD programming is expected to see strong take-up rates globally, with failure to invest now will mean a failure to tap into its growing premium revenues, according to Alan…

SES has 5 UHD channels signed up

SES has 5 UHD channels signed up

SES has signed agreements for a further three UHD channels to be launched by the end of the year, and these are in addition to the 4K service already announced…

Intelsat still suffering

Intelsat still suffering

It seems investor confidence in satellite operator Intelsat is evaporating. There has been a steady fall in the company’s Common stock share price, and Thursday (July 23rd) was no better…