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Intelsat orders two Airbus IFC satellites

Intelsat, currently in Chapter 11 bankruptcy reconstruction, is asking its bankruptcy court to formally approve two new satellites for broadband In-Flight Connectivity. The craft are needed following on from its $500 million purchase last year of the commercial aviation assets of Gogo. Intelsat wants to order the pair of satellites from Airbus Defence & Space […]

January 6, 2021By Chris Forrester

Airbus switching OneWeb production to UK?

OneWeb, the would-be broadband-by-satellite constellation backed by the UK and India, is contemplating switching its current Florida satellite production line to the UK. The Mail on Sunday reported that “executives behind OneWeb briefed civil servants” on the merits of moving satellite production from Florida to the UK. Currently satellite production takes place under a joint-venture […]

January 4, 2021By Chris Forrester

EC LEO plan gets support from satcos

The European Commission (EC) is looking to build a global Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) broadband-by-satellite system to help bridge – and solve – the digital divide in connectivity. The European Commission has selected a consortium of European satellite manufacturers, operators and service providers, telco operators and launch service providers to study the design, development and […]

December 23, 2020By Chris Forrester

Arianespace launching 36 OneWeb satellites

Arianespace will use Russia’s ’Far East’ cosmodrome at Vostochny to launch 36 OneWeb satellites into orbit today (December 18th), at 12:26 GMT (21:26 Russia Vostochny time). Arianespace is depending on a Soyuz rocket, often called the workhorse for the frequency of its use, for its Flight ST29, and the rocket was rolled out to its […]

December 18, 2020By Chris Forrester

Hinds appointed OneWeb Satellites CEO

OneWeb Satellites, the joint-venture business set up in Florida and owned by OneWeb itself and Airbus, has appointed a new CEO, promoting the current COO James Hinds to the role. He takes over from Tony Gingiss who has headed the business since 2017. OneWeb’s latest batch of 36 satellites are due for launch on December […]

December 17, 2020By Chris Forrester

SpaceX wins Turkish launch contract

SpaceX has been awarded a satellite launch contract for a Turkish craft, Turksat 5A. Ali Taha Koç, head of the country’s Presidential Digital Transformation Office, said the satellite is being built by Airbus Defense and Space, among the pioneers in aerospace technology. “With Turksat 5A, Turkey will have a coverage area that encompasses the Middle […]

September 10, 2020By Chris Forrester

Turksat targets 30+ years for latest satellite

Most satellites that depend on chemical propulsion once in orbit are designed with an orbit lifetime of some 12-15 years. However, electrical propulsion can dramatically extend that life in orbit. Turksat is using Airbus Defence & Space to build its latest craft, Turksat 5A which is scheduled for launch in later this year by SpaceX. […]

September 7, 2020By Chris Forrester

Abu Dhabi to build satellite centre

Airbus is to aid Abu Dhabi to build a centre of satellite excellence in the Emirate. The project, backed by Abu Dhabi’s Tawazun Economic Council, has formed a collaboration with Airbus and the National Space Science and Technology Centre, (NSSTC), from UAE University, to build and develop a Satellite Assembly, Integration and Testing, (AIT), Centre […]

August 13, 2020By Chris Forrester

OneWeb investors saw bankruptcy coming

A filing to the US bankruptcy court handling OneWeb’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy on August 3rd states that investors in OneWeb saw the company’s bankruptcy as likely from the middle of 2018. The key investors were SoftBank, Airbus, Qualcomm, Banco Azteca, and the Government of the Republic of Rwanda and the filing argues that these controlling […]

August 5, 2020By Chris Forrester

Avanti cracks Airbus for connectivity

London-based Avanti Communications has signed what they describe as a “significant” contract with Airbus, Israel-based GetSAT and Global RadioData Communications (GRC) to deliver hardware, training and support for GetSAT’s Microsat terminals on Avanti airtime, and “allowing users to access high-speed voice and data in some of the most challenging environments on the planet” according to […]

July 22, 2020By Chris Forrester