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Pentagon wants 250 new satellites

The Pentagon’s Space Development Agency (SDA) is seeking to win a budget of more than $11 billion (€10bn) in order to fund a mega-constellation of around 250 – but it…

Bank backs CBA proposals

Investment bank Morgan Stanley says it expects the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to publish its Final Report and Order on the C-Band Alliance’s (CBA) proposals in November. The CBA wants…

Eutelsat ‘Quantum’ delayed for a year

New satellites often slip with their launch dates a month or two and such delays are more usually because of the availability – or non-availability – of their rocket launch.…

Eutelsat pushes for greater share of CBA ‘windfall’

More information has emerged of a recent meeting between Eutelsat CEO Rodolphe Belmer and the Chairman and two Commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and at which Belmer told…

Spacecom suffers potential problem with AMOS 3

Spacecom’s AMOS-3 has lost its backup ‘star tracker’ device, which helps keep the satellite correctly oriented. However, all is well for the moment because its primary tracker is fully functioning…

SpaceX reduces launch costs

Reportedly, SpaceX has further trimmed the cost of launching satellites using one of its rockets. Using data from NASA (which uses the USA’s Government Accountability Office research), Space Intel Report…

CBA still facing tough opposition

According to a statement from Senator John Kennedy, who had objected to the C-Band Alliance being responsible for auctioning off C-band spectrum over the US, he remains committed to a…

‘Stratollite’ stays on station for a month

‘Stratollite’ stays on station for a month

A Stratollite is a large balloon (or ‘high altitude platform’) that sits between the Earth and the high-orbiting satellites, and can remain – more or less – in place over…

Controversial satellite project tries again

A company registered in the Cayman Islands is again trying to get a satellite launched despite alleged links with backers from China. Global-IP (not to be confused with Global IP…

Space Tug will greatly extend satellite’s life

In the next few days a ‘space tug’ satellite will be launched into orbit from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The satellite, MEV-1 built by Northrop Grumman, will drift for…

Musk unveils his BFR

Musk unveils his BFR

Elon Musk has unveiled his Starship Mk 1 ‘Big Falcon Rocket’ at its South Texas assembly facility. Musk said that test flight will start in a month or two, and…

LeoSat restructures financing

LeoSat is planning to girdle the planet with between 78-108 satellites, each equipped with laser-based connectivity for ultra-fast low-latency communications. But raising sufficient cash has proved to be a major…

CBA “aggressively” looking at more than 200 MHz

CBA “aggressively” looking at more than 200 MHz

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, as previously reported, is firmly in favour of seeking the C-Band Alliance (CBA) freeing up 300 MHz of satellite spectrum for relocation for 5G usage over…

Favourable C-band decision seems certain

Comments from investment bank Exane/BNPP are very specific in stating that the long-awaited C-Band Alliances scheme to auction some of its C-band spectrum for 5G deployment over the US looks…

FCC chairman “optimistic” on C-band decision

FCC chairman Ajit Pai is optimistic that there will be “results to show” this autumn on the issue of the C-Band Alliance’s (CBA) plan to auction some of its spectrum…

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