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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.

EchoStar: “We are a going concern”

As Mark Twain said when a newspaper incorrectly published his obituary, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” The same phrase could be used for last week’s commentaries on EchoStar’s results with more than a few experts suggesting that bankruptcy was more likely than ever. Even EchoStar’s own Form 10K SEC filing admitted that […]

March 4, 2024

NASA scraps Maxar’s ‘space tug’ refuelling project

NASA has ended its $2 billion OSAM-1 project, under development and construction by Maxar Technologies. NASA is unhappy with Maxar’s “poor performance” and delays. OSAM-1 has been in development since 2015, with the intention of orbital docking with the Landsat 7 imagery satellite in orbit, to repair, refuel and extend the life of the aging […]

March 3, 2024

SES: Owning a LEO system could be next

For the best part of 20 years, under the tenure of successive CEO’s Romain Bausch, Karim Michel Sabbagh and Steve Collar, the accepted mantra was that SES did not need a Low Earth orbiting (LEO) fleet of satellites. That position might now be very different under new CEO Adel Al-Salah who has been in post […]

March 1, 2024

Astranis’s space tug helps out Spacecom

A rescue satellite is being moved from coverage of Alaska to serve a Middle East operator. The Astranis craft had plans to beam broadband to Alaska but cut short by a solar array issue and is now on is on its way to a geostationary position over Asia for a very different mission. Astranis will […]

February 29, 2024

Starlink #2 needed 17 corrections

The FAA has detailed and listed the 17 technical corrections that need to be carried out of the giant SpaceX Starship rocket before the third test flight can take place. The FAA says that its investigation into the rocket’s November 17th 2023 explosion has concluded. All updates are underway. SpaceX issued its own comments and […]

February 28, 2024

US outlines satellite phone framework

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has published its proposed framework which could allow satellite operators to use spectrum from terrestrial cellular businesses for their smartphone connections, and when beyond the reach of conventional mobile towers. Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC chair, says the final draft of rules have been sent to the regulator’s other four Commissioners that, […]

February 26, 2024

Ariane 6 unloaded in French Guiana

The central core of European Space Agency’s (ESA) giant Ariane 6 rocket has arrived in French Guiana, shipped from France on ESA’s own specialised vessel, Canopée. In time for its summer test-launch this year, Ariane 6 has arrived at the port of Pariacabo in Kourou, French Guiana – home of Europe’s Spaceport – and is […]

February 23, 2024

SpaceX’s 300th successful mission

Last weekend there were multiple launches made by SpaceX with its Falcon 9 rocket making its 300th successful mission. However, the company has also started de-orbiting some of its Starlink satellite while at the same time explaining its plans for its work with T-Mobile and telephony. A tweet from company President, Gwynne Shotwell, said: “Falcon […]

February 22, 2024

Space insurance market facing challenges

2023 was not a stellar year for the space insurance market. The second half of the year saw losses totalling $826 million (€764.9m) according to analysts and the year’s total claimed losses will be around $1.2 – $1.3 billion. More than 85 per cent of those losses, including those from Viasat-3 and Inmarsat 6-F2, stemmed […]

February 21, 2024

Bank: “Eutelsat not out of the woods yet”

Investment bank BNP/Paribas, in its review of Eutelsat’s half-year results, praised the satellite operator saying it was making “good progress” and reducing its balance sheet risks, but warned it “is not out of the woods yet”. BNPP, in its note to clients, stated: “While we remain cautious on the shares in the context of management […]

February 20, 2024