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Turkey wants to be bigger satellite player

Turkey says it wants to become one of the top-10 global satellite operators, and wants to have ten satellites in orbit by 2023. Turkey’s Transportation, Maritime and Communication Minister Ahmet…

Sea Launch dispute ‘solved’

Russia’s S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corp (RSC Energia) and the US aerospace giant Boeing reached an agreement to solve their dispute over the Sea Launch rocket project, Energia’s General…

Scandal over Kenya Broadcasting j-v

An arbitration action is taking place in London between a Dubai-based businessman, Ajay Sethi, and Kenya’s KBC public broadcaster over a failed joint-venture designed to launch a TV channel, Metro…

8 launches, but pressure is on for SpaceX

SpaceX completed another ‘double’ success in the early hours of August 14th, launching a satellite and then landing the rocket’s 1st stage. This brought the total of SpaceX launches (for…

Air wars for aircraft broadband

There are many competent suppliers of In Flight Entertainment systems for airlines. It is also clear that travellers love the broadband connectivity increasingly on offer from the likes of Gogo,…

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…

NBC slammed over Olympics ad-breaks

That’s the problem when a free-to-air network spends $1.23 billion on TV rights for the Olympic Games, they have to earn that cash back – and make a profit.  The…

FT says Inmarsat DID offer to buy Avanti

Avanti Communications saw a dramatic jump in its share price on August 4th. At the start of the day the well-depressed shares were priced at 22p, but as the day…

SES & EchoStar consider global broadband system

SES is sitting on a potential cash war-chest equal to some $1.6 billion (€1.47bn) which could be spent on a global broadband satellite system. The cash pile is building up…

Confusion at Eutelsat vs Abertis and Hispasat

July 29th saw Eutelsat unveil its end-of-year results. It also gave market analysts a chance to question the CEO Rodolphe Belmer on the satellite operator’s strategy. Analysts eagerly wanted to know…

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