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OneWeb to exit bankruptcy soon

UK-based mega-constellation satellite operator OneWeb has received various US government approvals for it to exit its Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The approvals include the FCC which sanctioned the purchase by the…

South Africa wants its own broadband satellite

South Africa’s government is supporting moves to build and launch its own satellite for broadband and internet. The proposal comes in a report from the ‘Africa in Focus 2020’ study…

SpaceX prices Starlink services

SpaceX prices Starlink services

Elon Musk’s Starlink service will cost US rural subscribers $99 (€84) a month. The beta-test users will also have to pay $499 for the phased-array ground terminal, a tripod stand…

Low-cost antennas still years away

A report from Quilty Analytics makes difficult reading for those expecting low-cost (sub-$500) antennas which are vital if the likes of Elon Musk are to make in-roads into the mass…

C-COM receives $3.4m Manpack antenna order

C-COM Satellite Systems, a designer of commercial grade mobile auto-deploying satellite antenna systems, has received orders worth $3.4 million for its iNetVu Manpack (backpack) antenna systems. Several antenna systems have…

Bank: SpaceX worth $100bn

Elon Musk is sitting on another gold mine if a valuation from Morgan Stanley is anywhere near accurate. The bank – in a best-case valuation – says that Musk’s SpaceX…

SpaceX lofts another 60 satellites

SpaceX lofts another 60 satellites

Despite a few technical and weather-related delays SpaceX successfully launched another 60 of its Starlink high-speed broadband-by-satellite craft into orbit on October 24th from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral…

SpaceX selects 3 European gateways for Starlink

SpaceX selects 3 European gateways for Starlink

French authorities have named three locations for SpaceX’s Starlink Earth Stations. One is in Gravelines, almost precisely on the French/Belgium border and which will cover almost all of the UK…

Lockheed-Martin picks Shetland Space Centre

Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is to relocate its UK small satellite launch operations centre from Space Hub Sutherland to Shetland Space Centre. The move, say officials, could support a total…

SES and Intelsat in $1.8bn C-band dispute

SES is claiming $1.8 billion from Intelsat in an increasingly bitter dispute that is based on an alleged breach of fiduciary duty and which was wrapped up in the C-band…

Microsoft and SpaceX partner in global satellite project

Microsoft and SpaceX partner in global satellite project

SpaceX and Microsoft have confirmed a partnership that will see Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing system link with SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service. “The collaboration that we’re announcing today will allow…

SpaceX gets Canadian licence

Canada’s Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved an application by SpaceX for a high-speed satellite-based service to and from Canada. SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, applied for a Basic International…

SpaceX’s 15th launch readies, but challenges remain

Building on the success of its 14th launch on October 18th, SpaceX is readying its 15th batch of Starlink craft for a possible launch on October 21st. Currently a launch…

EU to seek pan-European broadband-by-satellite system?

ASD-Eurospace, Europe’s space industry trade association, issued what it called an ‘Industry Manifesto’ on October 15 which called for a “resilient satellite system for secure connectivity […] to make Europe…

Another 60 Starlink craft enter orbit

SpaceX launched another 60 of its Starlink broadband-by-satellite craft into orbit at 8.25am Florida time on October 18th. This was the 14th batch of Starlink launches and takes the delivered…

MP criticises UK’s OneWeb purchase

A UK opposition MP has savaged the UK government’s involvement in satellite company OneWeb, currently in Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganisation. The UK is putting at least £400 million into the…

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