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Starlink failure report

Having launched more than 5,000 satellites it is inevitable for SpaceX’s Starlink that some will fail. SpaceX has filed to the FCC its latest report on those failures over the past couple of months and gives the reasons. Starlink reference number 3337 suffered failed software. Remedial action was taken and the software updated but ultimately […]

December 5, 2023

Kuiper shocks with rival SpaceX bookings

Amazon’s Project Kuiper mega-constellation has surprisingly ordered three rocket launches from rival SpaceX. It seems the SpaceX launches are needed to ensure that Kuiper meets its ITU obligations to orbit 50 per cent of its 3,236 fleet by July-2026. Coincidentally, the order comes at the same time as a lawsuit from an institutional investor is […]

December 4, 2023

Germany’s ISAR planning IPO?

Munich-based Isar Aerospace, which specialises in small satellite launches, has modified its formal registration from a GmbH (‘Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung’, meaning ‘company with limited liability’) to an ‘SE’ (Societas Europaea) registered business. Rumours suggest the move could be a precursor to a move to an IPO. Isar Aerospace has raised significant funds over the […]

December 1, 2023

South Korea showcases latest satellite

A media delegation from South Korea visited the Thales Alenia Space satellite production facility in Toulouse, France, to examine Koreasat 6A and its payload. The visitors heard that the launch is on schedule for the winter of 2024-2025. The satellite uses Thales Alenia’s flight-proven Spacebus 4000 system, and will replace Koreasat 6 currently in orbit. […]

November 30, 2023

Bank trims SES expectations

A report on satellite operator SES from investment bank Berenberg maintains its ‘BUY’ recommendation, but the report has cut the bank’s share price target from €9.20 to a much more modest €7.20. The SES share price on November 28th was €5.40. The Berenberg report, Rebase done; Now on to returns, says it expects SES too […]

November 29, 2023

Terran Orbital sues CTO over coup attempt

A few weeks ago Terran Orbital was facing calls to fire the CEO and replace members of its Board of Directors. Terran is now suing former CTO Austin Williams and alleging his involvement in the attempted coup. Terran’s lawsuit, made on November 13th and a year after Williams left the company, alleges that Williams failed […]

November 28, 2023

Analyst: Dish bankruptcy “overwhelmingly probable”

Charlie Ergen is in the process of – in effect – merging Dish Network with sister business EchoStar in a strategy to tap into EchoStar’s cash war chest and in order to further build out Dish’s near-national 5G cellular spectrum in the US. The problem, according to analysts at MoffettNathanson, is that the moves might […]

November 24, 2023

Huawai confirms satellite mega-constellation

Chinese technology giant Huawei’s low-orbit satellite Internet constellation has been officially announced, and a test satellite has already conducted in-orbit communication tests. At an event in Shanghai was reported on Chinese web-site Weibo, which stated “China Satellite Internet, Huawei is coming!” Huawei has launched two pairs of Ka-band prototype satellites (on August 21st and November […]

November 23, 2023

Bank downgrades Virgin Galactic

Space tourism business Virgin Galactic, already under financial pressure, has been downgraded by analysts at investment bank Morgan Stanley. The Morgan Stanley report (specifically on Virgin Galactic Holdings) has been rated “Underweight” by the bank with a Price Target of just $1.75. The report prompted a share sell-off and a fall on November 22nd of […]

November 23, 2023

Rivada Networks wins legal action

A Washington DC Court has ruled decisively in favour of Rivada Networks in its long-running dispute with former partner Kleo AG. CEO Declan Ganley released the transcript of a legal action between Kleo AG which alleged defamation and was heard before the US District Court in Washington DC. Rivada has won the case. The background […]

November 22, 2023