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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.

Analyst: EchoStar still under pressure

A report on EchoStar from analysts at Bond research specialist, Gimme Credit, looks at the newly-merged operation (with EchoStar absorbing DISH Network) and is blunt saying they expect the company to continue losing subscribers during 2024, which would lead to a decrease in revenue of around 6 per cent. The report expects EchoStar to be […]

March 25, 2024

Rivada: Where’s the money?

Rivada Space Networks is in the process of building the first batch of 300 low Earth orbiting satellites. Terran Orbital is building the satellites for Rivada, and there is an option for a further 300 satellites. But there are anxieties over how the fleet is being paid for. Rivada’s obligations are considerable: They are contracted […]

March 24, 2024

SpaceX: Starship #4 will launch in 6 weeks

SpaceX‘s president and COO Gwynne Shotwell was the star speaker at the Washington Satellite 2024 event. She touched on many key elements. She told delegates to the Satellite 2024 event in Washington that Starship Flight #3 was “incredibly successful” and that #4 would take place in “about 6 weeks”. But the flight would not carry […]

March 21, 2024

Intelsat outlines future; plans for MEO

David Wajsgras, CEO at Intelsat, used his Keynote at the Washington Satellite 2024 show to explain how the satellite giant was changing from its past role, albeit important global supplier of bandwidth, to what he saw as new opportunities. Included in his discussion was news that Intelsat was close to deciding on a Medium-Earth orbiting […]

March 20, 2024

Azerbaijan beats US in IAC Congress

The International Astronautical Congress (IAC) to be held in the city of Milan, Italy later this year (October 14th-18th) but its collection of submitted abstracts has already been published. Azerbaijan, which hosted the 2023 event, is in the Top 5 of countries in the world in terms of scientific articles published. It should be noted […]

March 19, 2024

SpaceX building a spy satellite network?

Widespread stories suggest that SpaceX is widening the scope of its existing ‘Starshield’ satellite communications service, which already exists in part, to allow the US military and their intelligence agencies to track their targets and support American and allied ground forces in real time almost anywhere across the globe, Reuters has reported. Elon Musk has […]

March 18, 2024

Hot success for Musk’s Starship

There were 3.3 million people viewing SpaceX’s live web-feed of its March 14th Starship launch, plus many, many millions watching via the world’s news channels as the rocket blasted off on its record-breaking flight. However, the FAA almost immediately issued an investigation order into what it said was a “mishap”. Elon Musk is perhaps not […]

March 15, 2024

Bank downgrades SES

Investment bank Berenberg has downgraded satellite operator SES from ‘Buy’ to ‘Hold’. The bank has also reduced its share price target from €7.20 to €6.80. The bank’s report says that it believes that the operator’s cash warchest, made up of the receipts of the $3 billion from the FCC as compensation for releasing certain C-band […]

March 14, 2024

Rocket Lab: “We must match SpaceX’s business model”

Rocket Lab launches rockets from either its dedicated site in New Zealand (44 launches) or Virginia’s Wallops Island. Founded 17 years ago in Auckland, New Zealand by Peter Beck it now has its HQ in Long Beach, and is publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange. The company says it is targeting SpaceX and wants to […]

March 13, 2024

Starship flight plan lodged

Provided the weather is acceptable, and the various government agencies give their final approvals, SpaceX will launch its massive Starship ‘super heavy’ rocket on March 14th from its Boca Chica site in south Texas. The mission manifest – officially IFT3 – opens at launch minus 1 hour, 15 minutes when the launch director approved the […]

March 12, 2024