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MEASAT-3d ready for launch

Airbus-built MEASAT-3d telecommunications satellite is in Kourou, French Guiana and is ready for its launch on an Ariane 5 on June 22nd 2022. MEASAT-3d is the 57th E3000 satellite built by Airbus and will be positioned at the 91.5°E orbital slot and collocated with MEASAT-3b, also built by Airbus. This new satellite will significantly enhance […]

June 14, 2022

OneWeb production could stay in Florida

When the UK made its $500 million investment in the – then bankrupt – OneWeb satellite constellation, much was made of the prospects for production of the actual satellites, with UK officials talking optimistically about satellites being built in the UK. Alok Sharma, then business secretary in the UK government, spoke at the time of […]

March 2, 2022By Chris Forrester

Airbus wins extra business for Florida factory

Airbus has won a series of contracts for a number of new satellites which will be built at its joint-venture (with OneWeb) Florida factory. The first couple of craft will be built at the Airbus facility in Toulouse prior to shifting construction to the Florida production base. The 15-unit order comes from San Francisco-based Loft […]

January 19, 2022By Chris Forrester

Report: Decline in turnover of FSS operators

Dataxis has published its latest report on the Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) civil communications market. After years of significant growth, the decline in traditional video activity in the most developed countries is being sustained, resulting in a limited but steady decline in the turnover of FSS operators. The outlook for the future is equally becoming […]

December 15, 2021

UK’s Surrey Satellite to help clear space debris

Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) is leading a consortium made up of experienced space-related businesses as part of the European Space Agencies ‘Leopard’ project to clear dangerous space debris. The Leopard study will be led by SSTL and delivered by a consortium of leading UK space companies and academia to benefit from the wide breadth of […]

December 14, 2021By Chris Forrester

Türksat 5B launches Dec 19

Türksat 5B will be launched on December 19th, subject to the usual weather considerations. The current plan calls for the launch to take place from Florida by SpaceX on one of its Falcon 9 rockets. The satellite, built by Airbus, was shipped to Florida in November and arrived from France on November 29th. Türksat 5B […]

December 13, 2021By Chris Forrester

OneWeb to build satellites in UK

Broadband satellite operator OneWeb, which owns a 50/50 joint venture satellite construction company (with Airbus) in Florida, is to start producing its satellites in the UK. OneWeb said that the move would be worth some $3 billion (€2.6bn) to the UK economy. Chris McLaughlin, OneWeb’s head of government affairs, said that a manufacturing programme would […]

December 9, 2021By Chris Forrester

Inmarsat-6 ships to Japanese launch site

Inmarsat-6, built by Airbus (and the first Inmarsat to be built by Airbus) has been shipped from the Airbus facility in Toulouse to Tanegashima in Japan ready for launch. The satellite will operate in both multibeam Ka-band and L-band and will use a huge 9 metre antenna for its L-band services. It also houses an […]

November 23, 2021By Chris Forrester

Slingshot to throw satellites into space?

An idea is being developed and tested in New Mexico’s Spaceport America; In essence it is a giant slingshot device that is claimed can hurl – robustly built – small satellites partly on their way into Earth orbit. SpinLaunch, headquartered in Long Beach, California, is the business behind the idea which is far from stupid. […]

November 12, 2021

More bidders for Eutelsat?

The bid for Eutelsat by businessman Patrick Drahi, rejected by the satellite company, might well trigger other bidders to enter the picture. Sami Kassab, equity analyst at investment bank Exane/BNPP, poses some interesting suggestions as to potential rival bidders to Drahi. Kassab argues that the key to anyone’s success in the validation of the bid […]

October 5, 2021