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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

SpaceX increases Starlink payloads

On February 27th 2023, SpaceX it launched its first batch of its Starlink Version-2 satellites – 21 of them were launched into their transfer orbits. However, SpaceX has steadily increased the number of these V2 craft on each rocket. A few months after that debut launch it managed to carry an extra satellites, and placing […]

February 28, 2024By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat OneWeb launches Land Mobility services

Eutelsat Group has confirmed the launch of Eutelsat OneWeb’s low Earth orbit (LEO) mobility services, bringing high-speed communications ‘on the move’ into reality for land-based customers. The launch of Land Mobility services enables Eutelsat OneWeb’s distribution partners to implement comms on the move solutions for customers around the world. The service activation opens up new […]

February 27, 2024

SpaceX not serving Taiwan

SpaceX has been accused of denying its Starlink broadband service to Taiwan in order not to upset China, and in so doing may be in violation of its obligations to the US government, reports the WSJ. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R., Wis.) has written to Elon Musk that multiple sources told a House committee he leads […]

February 26, 2024By Chris Forrester

Terran Orbital in “strong” position

Boca Raton satellite manufacturer Terran Orbital, in a company update, says that the company is a very strong position. Terran’s CEO, Marc Bell, commented: “The demand signals from our market remain strong. The company is engaged in over 80 near-term opportunities relating to more than 2,800 satellite buses for 40 different customers. Stepping back to […]

February 26, 2024By Chris Forrester

Virgin Voyages deploys SES Cruise service

Virgin Voyages will deploy a new level of ‘Pretty Fly for a Wi-Fi’ connected experiences for thousands of its passengers across its fleet; becoming the first cruise line to deploy SES Cruise mPOWERED + Starlink PRO service. Combining Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) and Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite coverage, the SES Cruise mPOWERED + Starlink […]

February 26, 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

Qantas adds free Wi-Fi from Viasat

Australian airline Qantas is upgrading its entire international fleet with fast and free Viasat in-flight Wi-Fi. The retrofit conversions will be completed by the end of this year. The upgrade will allow passengers to stream entertainment and news on multiple devices. Qantas has also ordered eight Airbus A321XLR versions for its domestic fleet as part […]

February 26, 2024By Chris Forrester

India wants second rocket launch site

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to lay the foundation stone for construction of the new facility on February 28th which will come up in an area of 2,233 acres in Padukkapathu, near Chennai in Tamul Nadu. India’s government has completed land acquisition for the ambitious project which will be built at a cost of […]

February 26, 2024By Chris Forrester

German army looking for MEO constellation?

Germany’s Bundeswehr is still investigating concept of own MEO constellation of 12-24 sats to be ready for service from 2032. The military unit, according to reports, still seems doubtful over IRIS² and the EU’s proposal for a global scheme to serve governments and military demands for secure connectivity. The news emerged at a Luxembourg conference […]

February 26, 2024By Chris Forrester