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SpaceX to blow-up Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX is due to launch one of its Falcon 9 rockets from a Cape Canaveral launch pad on January 18th.  So far, so normal. It will fly of some 88…

FCC delays C-band agenda

Many in the satellite industry had been anticipating the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issuing some guidance this week as to its thinking – and possible decision timetable – regarding the…

Arianespace targets 22 launches in 2020

Rocket company Arianespace says it is looking to handle 22 launches this year with almost half being contracted work for the mega-constellation OneWeb. Ten missions will be for OneWeb using…

Taiwan C-band auction is solid news for SES

The auction results for 5G spectrum in Taiwan are already worth an impressive $0.51 per MHz ‘pop’. The strong bids for capacity came from shrewd local operators such as Chunghwa…

Branson’s Virgin Orbit debut is close

The Richard Branson-backed Virgin Orbit aircraft launch system is close to mounting its first orbital demo flight. Just before the holidays the company said it would be ready to perform…

SpaceX double success

SpaceX double success

Elon Musk’s SpaceX successfully launched 60 of its own ‘Starlink’ mega-constellation satellites into orbit on the evening of January 6th (at 9.19pm Florida time, 0219 GMT). The Falcon 9 rocket…

SpaceX targeting record 2020 launch manifest

Today, January 6th, SpaceX is due to launch one of its Falcon 9 rockets into a Low Earth orbit carrying 60 ‘Starlink’ satellites. The rocket was successfully test fired on…

New Israeli satellite to compete with Spacecom?

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has won an order to build a new communications satellite for Israel. Named Dror-1, the craft will have a design life of 15 years. Details are…

Iridium to fund de-orbiting another 30 old satellites?

Satellite telephony and data provider Iridium, which reportedly successfully has already de-orbited 65 of its old first-generation satellites, is looking to fund a space debris removal company to remove another…

SpaceX to launch 60 satellites on Jan 6

An additional 60 ‘Starlink’ satellites are due for launch on January 6th, a few days later than originally planned date of December 30th. These 60 will join another 130 or…

Amazon’s Blue Origin goes to sea

Elon Musk already has a small fleet of ocean-going landing drones and also uses vessels in his attempt to collect his Falcon rocket fairings. Now Jeff Bezos is doing the…

OneWeb launch delayed

OneWeb launch delayed

Reports from Russia state that OneWeb’s next batch of satellites, expected to launch at the end of January, has been postponed. The launch will now happen in February according to…

Apple to enter satellite race?

Apple is reportedly contemplating entering the ‘mega-constellation’ satellite race and joining SpaceX, Amazon, OneWeb and others in launching craft into orbit. It remains unclear whether Apple is preparing to construct…

SpaceX can adjust Starlink orbits

The FCC has permitted SpaceX to adjust its planned orbits for its Starlink mega-constellation. SpaceX had asked for permission to create orbits in 72 rings around the planet at orbital…

Telesat and Gilat IFC success

Gilat Satellite Networks linked with a Telesat satellite (Telstar-19 Vantage) and used Gilat’s ESA aircraft-mounted terminal on a Boeing test aircraft to achieve what is claimed to be a milestone…