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Chris Forrester

Chris Forrester is one of the most experienced and highly regarded journalists in the field. His insight and analysis, particularly in the satellite and pay-TV arena, is highly prized. He has written for all the major business journals in the sector as well as several national newspapers.

ESA boss praises SpaceX

Josef Aschbacher, Director General at European Space Agency (ESA) has praised Elon Musk’s SpaceX, saying that the rocket launch company “has undeniably changed the launcher market paradigm as we know it.” Aschbacher, in a blog post for ESA, said: “With the dependable reliability of Falcon 9 and the captivating prospects of Starship, SpaceX continues to […]

May 26, 2023

How Virgin Orbit lost a billion dollars

There’s an old joke amongst boat owners, which goes: “How do you end up with a $100,000 boat?” The answer is, “You start with a $200,000 boat.” Boats are a famous money pit, but so – it seems – is investing in a project such as Sir Richard Branson-backed Virgin Orbit. On May 25th, Virgin […]

May 25, 2023

Spaceport resurrects Sea Launch concept

Once upon a time there was Sea Launch, a US/Norway/Russia/Ukraine consortium that used a converted oil-rig plus a support ship, to equatorially launch rockets and their satellites from the sea and using Zenit rockets. Sea Launch operated from 1999 to 2014 and successfully launched 32 rockets, although suffered a total of three complete failures and […]

May 24, 2023

Analysts issue Paramount Global warning

Research analysts MoffettNathanson (MN), at their first Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference in New York City last week, made a number of individual recommendations to delegates. Not all were positive. Amongst the portfolio were Meta Platforms, Cogent Communications, video games business Roblox, Charter Communications and Paramount Global. Analyst Robert Fishman from MN said that even […]

May 22, 2023

Viasat, Inmarsat targeting growth in IFC, D2C cellular

Mark Dankberg, chairman of Viasat, said that his company’s airline clients were buying into the concept of geostationary satellites and that the recently launched ViaSat-3 satellite would make a major difference to its airline broadband services. Viasat serves 15 airlines including Delta Air Lines which represents major – and growing – demand on Viasat’s satellite […]

May 22, 2023

South Africa misses DSO again

South Africa is now some 12 years behind in its much-promised full adoption of digital television and the switching off of analogue TV signals. The initial digital switch-over was supposed to happen back in November 2011. The latest switch-over date was March 31st 2023, and the date was again missed. The delays are blamed on […]

May 19, 2023

SpaceX extends reuse of Falcon 9 boosters

SpaceX regularly reuses its Falcon 9 booster rockets. Reuse levels of eight or 10 time are now fairly routine. Indeed, some boosters have now flow 13 to 15 times. William Gerstenmaier, VP/Build & Flight Reusability at SpaceX, now says that booster refurbishing is taking place to extend the life of a typical booster to a […]

May 18, 2023

Terran Orbital under financial pressure

Florida-based Terran Orbital is having a tough time. Following on from its May 15th quarterly report its share price dropped by almost 18 per cent, not helped by concerns that a major client might also be suffering a cash squeeze. May 16th saw a modest recovery of 1.6 per cent in its share price. Terran […]

May 17, 2023

Liberty Media facing further Class Actions

Two major Class Actions are naming Liberty Media and CEO Greg Maffei in their allegations. One Class Action by shareholders in TripAdvisor, itself with a major shareholder in the shape of Liberty Media, can proceed with their lawsuit. The claim centres on a move by TripAdvisor from its existing Delaware domicile to Nevada and alleged […]

May 16, 2023

Telesat: Zero news on Lightspeed

Canada-based satellite operator Telesat, which operates the Anik, Nimiq and Telstar satellites, failed to give investors or analysts any good news on its proposed $5 billion Lightspeed low Earth orbiting broadband fleet. In fact, the news was depressing given the frequent past promises and assurances that all was well with the project. Telesat President/CEO Dan […]

May 15, 2023