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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.

SES vs Intelsat C-band payments: Court dates set

The long-running legal action from SES arguing for a greater share of the FCC’s C-band compensation payments, and which demands Intelsat honour its 50/50 agreement with SES, has now set some key dates for the action. SES has already received a positive Appeal verdict from the US District Court and now the lower Bankruptcy Court […]

September 14, 2023

The end in sight for Geo-sats?

Euroconsult used their Paris World Satellite Business Week conference to make a dramatic forecast in suggesting that geostationary satellite capacity would shrink to “meaningless” amounts within the next five years, with non-Geo constellations providing 95 per cent or more of global satcom capacity by 2028. Euroconsult’s data showed that today’s non-geo constellations were almost all […]

September 13, 2023

Kuiper 1 and 2 ready for launch

Amazon’s broadband-by-satellite Project Kuiper system is getting closer. Two prototype satellites will launch in the next few weeks. The United Launch Alliance (ULA) rocket operator has confirmed that its next launch will carry Amazon’s KuiperSat-1 & 2 prototypes for their Project Kuiper mega-constellation. According to an insider source, reportedly the mission, known as the Project […]

September 12, 2023

FAA to Musk: “Starship must first be fixed”

The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has given SpaceX a list of 63 tasks that must be carried out before the new Starship rocket can be launched. Elon Musk has Tweeted that the rocket is ready for launch. On the upside, the FAA has closed its investigation as to what went wrong on the Starship’s first […]

September 11, 2023

Analyst: Project Kuiper still a good idea?

Analysts at MoffettNathanson Research (MN), in a deep dive into prospects for Amazon’s Project Kuiper broadband mega-constellation, are asking some tough questions. They point out that as well as being head-to-head with Elon Musk’s Starlink, along with other would-be players in the orbital broadband space, Amazon is also facing considerable criticism from its own shareholders […]

September 8, 2023

Mynaric booms thanks to satellite links

Munich-based Mynaric makes laser communication equipment for airborne and spaceborne communication networks. The growing mega-constellations of satellites increasingly depend on these laser inter-satellite links. And business at Mynaric is booming. As at April 27th it enjoyed a 348 terminal backlog, up from 256 orders as at Dec 31st. Mynaric’s mission statement is simple: “We create […]

September 5, 2023

SpaceX breaks 2022 launch record

SpaceX has passed its 2022 record of 61 launches of its Falcon 9 rockets. September 3rd saw that record easily broken and another flight added to the 57 Falcon 9’s launched, plus three Falcon ‘Heavy’ rockets and one Starship during the year to date. SpaceX lofted its 62nd mission this year on September 3rd (at […]

September 5, 2023

Problems with Starlink laser-links?

Tim Farrar of TMA Associates, a commentator on the satellite industry, has raised concerns about the “optical crosslinks” or laser beams that operate between satellites. Optical crosslinks between satellites can drastically increase the constellation’s capability to transmit data to ground stations with reduced latency and increased total throughput. Satellites no longer have to wait to […]

August 31, 2023

Viasat faces key business challenge

It is not yet confirmed but the potential loss of a new satellite for Viasat of California could pose a major problem for the company. But some experts suggest the loss might prove to be a blessing in disguise. The satellite in question is Inmarsat I6-F2 craft, but the probable loss comes hard on the […]

August 29, 2023

T-Mobile, Starlink under threat over cellular

Washington DC-based Omnispace, which wants to operate a global 5G satellite-to-cell phone service, has written to the FCC complaining that a rival system from T-Mobile and Starlink will “constantly” interfere with its own plans. SpaceX is currently looking to combine its Starlink low Earth orbiting satellites with T-Mobile’s terrestrial wireless network and expanding space-terrestrial services […]

August 24, 2023