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DC support for CBA plan

Congressman Mike Doyle (Dem), and the leader of the US House Telecom Panel, is drafting a Bill that would see US satellite operators sell spectrum in stages over the next…

Virgin Galactic merges with investment business

Virgin Galactic, the much-delayed space tourism and would-be satellite launch supplier, is selling 49 per cent of itself to what has been described as a ‘shell company’ Social Capital Hedosophia…

Worries over ‘dead’ satellites

On May 24th a SpaceX rocket launched 60 tightly packed Starlink satellites into one dispenser launching them as if a string of pearls into Low Earth orbit.  Three of the…

China plans for 72 IoT satellites

Chinese research institute, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has confirmed it is planning an overall constellation of 72 ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) satellites over the next 3 years. Chinese…

Satellite insurance: “Too many underwriters”

An insurance company can take care of cover on hundreds if not thousands of homes or vehicles, or just a rocket launch or two. With the value of a large…

Amazon plans 3,236 satellites

Amazon plans 3,236 satellites

Amazon has confirmed that it wants to launch 3236 satellites into space. Its ‘Project Kuiper’ has already received plenty of speculation, but now the Jeff Bezos-backed business has formally asked…

FCC talks C-band decision

Intelsat, one of the main members of the C-Band Alliance, saw an 8.3 percent jump in its share price on July 5th following the FCC’s chairman Ajit Pai specifically referring…

Israel climbs aboard LEO satellite rush

Israel’s space start-up NSL Comm, which has raised US$16 million since 2015, is seeking to launch a fleet of Low Orbiting satellites to beam broadcasts and broadband to consumers. Its…

SpaceX wins double launch contract

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is again winning launch contracts. July 3rd saw an order from Inmarsat and Space Norway for SpaceX’s sixth launch contract of the year to date. Launch is…

CBA makes comprehensive 5G pitch to FCC

The C-Band Alliance submitted a 39-page and extremely detailed ‘Public Notice’ filing to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on July 3rd that comprehensively argues its case for a ‘market-based approach’…

LEO antenna reception “validated”

Ottawa-based Telesat has a couple of test Low Earth orbiting satellites working in space as precursors to the deployment of a full constellation. But if these, and other proposed mega-constellations,…

New CBA proposals from Charter

US cable giant Charter Communications, which is 23 per cent backed by Liberty Media and now owns Time-Warner Cable amongst other key assets, has proposed a new variation on how…

Thales wins Indonesian satellite order

Thales Alenia Space confirmed July 1st that it had secured an order to build ‘Satria’, a large satellite capable of delivering 150 Gb/s of capacity. The order comes from Pasifik…

SES creates 1000 Free WiFi hot-spots in Colombia

SES creates 1000 Free WiFi hot-spots in Colombia

Rural areas across Colombia will benefit from free community Wi-Fi zones delivered via high-speed satellite-enabled broadband network, courtesy of SES. The deal has been struck with the Colombian Ministry of…

SpaceX promises debut ‘Starship’ flight in 2021

Jonathan Hofeller, SpaceX’s VP/Commercial Sales, told conference delegates in Jakarta, Indonesia that the first commercial flight for SpaceX’s giant ‘Starship’ Super-heavyweight rocket’s “full stack” (complete configuration) will probably happen in…

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