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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: Dangers ahead for small launcher market

Quilty Analytics, in its latest in-depth study, says that the success of SpaceX has prompted more than 100 new launch start-ups entering the fray with most focussing primarily on smaller launch vehicles. But the report cautions that many will not be successful. Quilty says that historically, the business of designing, building, and operating launch vehicles […]

November 2, 2022

Bank: Concerns for ProSiebenSat.1

German commercial free-to-air broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Media issued reduced guidance for its Full Year revenues and financials on October 28th. The news prompted analysts at investment bank Berenberg to review its own position and advice. The bank also suggested that ProSiebenSat.1’s conversations with MediaForEurope (MFE) might “now accelerate”. Berenberg maintains its “HOLD” advice. “While the magnitude […]

November 1, 2022

Amazon’s Kuiper facing “constraints”

Imagine, you are one of the richest individuals on the planet and you have a broadband-by-satellite scheme (Project Kuiper) that could be highly competitive. But – and there are quite a few ‘buts’ – you don’t have the rockets to get them into space… Indeed, Amazon’s executive chairman Jeff Bezos has poured millions into Blue […]

October 31, 2022

Starlink launch success, but data-rates warnings

SpaceX launched 53 Starlink satellites into orbit on Thursday night (October 27th, 9.14pm California time/1.14 am GMT, October 28th) from Vandenberg Space Force Base.  It was SpaceX’s 49th launch this year. The Falcon 9’s first stage successfully landed on the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ floating barge about 9 minutes after launch. It was […]

October 28, 2022

Bank: “HOLD on Viaplay”

Analysts at investment bank Jefferies have advised shareholders to hold onto their Viaplay shares despite the broadcaster’s “multi-faceted downgrades” and the talking points which followed on from the company’s Q3 results. The bank, in its snapshot ‘First View’ report, admits that Viaplay’s business is “flagging” and not helped by the “immediate effects of the general […]

October 26, 2022

Bank: Court creates O2/Three confusion

In May 2020, the General Court of the European Court of Justice ruled that a UK telco merger between O2 and Three, previously blocked in 2016, should be annulled. A note from Jerry Dellis and analysts at investment bank Jefferies says that the implication is that the evidence bar for EC competition authorities attempting to […]

October 24, 2022

PhaseFour offers new thrusters for LEO

Hawthorne, California-based Phase Four is an advanced engineering supplier of radio-frequency thrusters for satellite propulsion. It says it will expand its Maxwell turnkey, plasma propulsion line and offer satellite manufacturers a high-performance ion engine using an inexpensive, US-sourced iodine-based propellant. PhaseFour’s Max-V unit builds on its Maxwell Block 2 engine’s architecture and utilises the radio-frequency […]

October 21, 2022

Bank: SES rated overweight

Analysts at Barclays have taken a close look at satellite stocks and while the bank marked down Iridium Communications (by 4.9 per cent, to a price target of $45) it has rated SES as ‘overweight’ for investors. In general terms capacity demand for telecommunications services is staying on a path for “exponential” growth (Barclays estimates […]

October 21, 2022

Luxembourg backs Virgin Orbit

Luxembourg is a satellite-friendly nation. The country is already the home of SES and the formal domicile of Intelsat. Luxembourg has now signed a Letter of Intent with Virgin Orbit to help bring Virgin’s air-launch business to the country. Luxembourg’s deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, François Bausch and Virgin Orbit signed a Letter […]

October 20, 2022

Seraphim Space hurt by investment values

The Seraphim Space Investment Trust, which has its cash invested in dozens of space-related businesses, has seen the value of its holdings dramatically reduced in its latest disclosure. While it reported a 36.7 per cent increase in the values of the 26 businesses that it is participating in (to £239.3 million) in the year to […]

October 19, 2022