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FCC denies SpaceX access to extra spectrum

SpaceX has been asking the FCC for permission to share spectrum already allocated to Globalstar and Dish Network AWS-4 spectrum. The FCC has dismissed SpaceX’s application. The SpaceX application had included deployment of 7,500 Starlink ‘second-generation’ satellites with equipment operating in the 1610-1617.775 MHz (Earth to space), 2483.5-1500 MHz (space to Earth, and in the […]

March 28, 2024By Chris Forrester

Ligado close to bankruptcy

Ligado Networks is in trouble. It is suing various US government Agencies for $40 billion (€37.1bn) of compensation and claiming that the Agencies “roadblocked” Legado’s FCC-licensed L-band frequencies and spectrum because the US government wanted the spectrum itself. The L-band spectrum was granted to Ligado by the FCC in 2020 with permission to roll out […]

March 28, 2024By Chris Forrester

ESA secures IRIS2 investment

The European Space Agency (ESA) has secured €900 million in funding for the European Commission’s (EC) IRIS2 proposed mega-constellation (Infrastructure for Resilience, Interconnectivity and Security by Satellite). ESA is the multi-orbit project’s technical manager. ESA delivered a briefing on March 27 and its director of telecommunications and navigation, Javier Benedicto, explained that the final bid […]

March 28, 2024By Chris Forrester

Ariane 6 update from ESA

In “early April” the European Space Agency (ESA) expects to integrate the second booster stage onto the giant Ariane 6 rocket in readiness for the craft’s crucial inaugural flight from French Guiana. The debut flight is scheduled for between June 15th – July 31st. This pre-flight work is important and it is crucial that the […]

March 27, 2024

SES opens new Virginia HQ

Satellite operator SES has opened a new 43,000 sq ft central operations hub in Virginia which will be the operator’s main US location. The new site is based in Bristow, near Manassas in Prince William County. SES already has a giant satellite ‘dish farm’ at Manassas, Virginia. As SES’s central operations hub in the US, […]

March 27, 2024By Chris Forrester

SpaceX pushing for lower orbits for phones

SpaceX is asking the FCC for permission to operate some of its mega-constellation of satellites at much lower orbits of 340-360 kms altitude in order to better serve its ‘direct-to-phone’ service. SpaceX, in its FCC application, sayid: “Operating at lower altitudes will also shorten the physical link between the ground and the satellite, enabling lower-latency […]

March 27, 2024By Chris Forrester

SpaceX to sell lasers to competitors

Some SpaceX satellites are already fitted with laser-based devices (officially called Optical Inter-Satellite Links, OISLs). At the Satellite 2024 event in Washington SpaceX’s president and COO Gwynne Shotwell explained that SpaceX was happy to start selling its lasers to other companies. Shotwell said that SpaceX has around 5000 lasers in use of its satellites, and […]

March 26, 2024

Boeing to boost satellite manufacturing

Boeing’s famous El Segundo, California satellite factory has been turning out satellites since 1955 when it was purchased by Howard Hughes and his Aerospace Group. It had previously turned out cars including the Nash Rambler. It was the production home of the equally famous Hughes HS series of satellites including the HS-376 ‘spinners’ (the first-ever […]

March 25, 2024By Chris Forrester

Rivada: Where’s the money?

Rivada Space Networks is in the process of building the first batch of 300 low Earth orbiting satellites. Terran Orbital is building the satellites for Rivada, and there is an option for a further 300 satellites. But there are anxieties over how the fleet is being paid for. Rivada’s obligations are considerable: They are contracted […]

March 24, 2024

SWISSto12 expanding

Switzerland-based satellite manufacturer, SWISSto12, has secured additional production space at its headquarters, almost doubling the size of its existing site to 5,700m2. Additionally, the Company has welcomed several new Satcom engineering experts to its growing team, which has increased by 25 percent since the start of 2024 to over 125 employees working across its facilities […]

March 23, 2024By Chris Forrester