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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

Thuraya orders new satellite from Airbus

Airbus has won a contract from Al Yah Satellite Communications (Yahsat) to build its Thuraya 4-NGS. Airbus also has an option to build Thuraya’s ‘5-NGS’ craft. The satellite is described as being able to deliver higher capabilities and flexibility while increasing capacity and coverage across Europe, Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East, enabling next […]

September 3, 2021By Chris Forrester

OneWeb gains another major investor

Broadband-by-satellite operator OneWeb has won another significant investor. Hanwha Systems, a South Korean technology company, is investing $300 million in equity in OneWeb which will shortly start services from its fleet of Low Earth Orbiting satellites. In return, Hanwha will receive an 8.8 per cent stake in OneWeb. It can also contribute its latest antenna […]

August 12, 2021By Chris Forrester

Porsche/VW investing in rocket business

The holding company behind the Porsche/VW car giant is putting cash into Isar Aerospace, a Munich-based company which is developing lower-cost access to space. Other investors in Isar include Airbus, Earlybird Venture Capital, Lakestar, HV Capital and Lombard Odier, according to details in the Financial Times. Porsche SE, with HV Capital and Lombard, has reportedly […]

July 28, 2021By Chris Forrester

Measat-3 continues to drift

Malaysia’s Measat-3, still uncontrollably drifting westward in the geostationary arc, remains under continuous telemetry despite its anomaly. Boeing is investigating what might be the root cause of the problem which occurred on June 21st. Meanwhile, almost all of its broadcast channels and customers have been reassigned capacity on other Measat or third-party satellites. Space monitoring […]

July 19, 2021By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat’s Quantum satellite preps for launch

Eutelsat’s sophisticated Quantum satellite, built by Airbus at Toulouse, is on its way to French Guiana for final integration ahead of a planned launch later in July from Kourou. Eutelsat’s Quantum satellite is a revolutionary step forward for commercial satellites, offering very high customisation and flexibility. It will supply services with unprecedented in-orbit reconfigurability in […]

July 1, 2021By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat 36D satellite selected by Airbus

Eutelsat Communications’ Eutelsat 36D satellite has been selected by Airbus Defence and Space to carry its latest Ultra High Frequency (UHF) payload. Airbus Defence and Space has already received firm pre-commitments on this payload. Operating in the dedicated 225-400MHz frequency band, the payload will address French governmental applications and other allied governmental applications to support […]

June 30, 2021

SES decommissions Astra 2B

SES has moved Astra 2B to a graveyard orbit and well above the standard geo-stationary orbits used by the satellite industry. Launched in September 2000 and was co-located with Astra 2A at 28.2 degrees East, the craft has also served at the core SES hotspot at 19.2 degrees East and 31.5 degrees East over the […]

June 15, 2021By Chris Forrester