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Airbus: “Most challenging crisis”

While much of the Airbus Group results released this week are focused on its aircraft business, Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury told analysts that the past year represented the most challenging crisis to hit the aerospace industry. However, the satellite and rocket business figured in its end-of-year numbers (to December 31st 2020). The pressures from across […]

February 19, 2021By Chris Forrester

Arianespace revenues flat, but busy year ahead

Arianespace carried out a total of 10 launches in 2020: three by Ariane 5, five by Soyuz and two by Vega. This was one more than in the previous year, despite the pandemic’s impact. Out of these 10 launches, seven were purely commercial. However, revenue was flat at €1.23 billion but Arianespace says it now […]

January 11, 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

Arianespace wins Eutelsat launch contract

Arianespace has confirmed it will launch Eutelsat’s 10B craft in 2022. Eutelsat 10B will be positioned at 10 degrees East and providing transmission links from the Americas to Asia. Built by Thales Alenia Space and based on its Spacebus NEO all-electric platform, it will carry Ku- and C-band payloads to ensure service continuity for existing […]

December 16, 2020By Chris Forrester

OneWeb satellites arrive in Russia

OneWeb, which should be emerging from its Chapter 11 bankruptcy in early December, has shipped a batch of satellites to the Russian launch site at the Vostochny Cosmodrome, in Russia’s Far East. Vostochny, which means ‘Eastern’ in Russian, is Russia’s second spaceport and designed to take the launch pressure from its main rocket site at […]

November 5, 2020

Arianespace needs more cash

The European Space Agency (ESA) is asking its 13 member nations to stump up an extra €230 million ($268m) to aid the development of Arianespace’s next generation Ariane 6 rocket as well as its Vega-6 rocket. The bill could rise. To date the Ariane 6 R&D programme has already cost a budgeted €2.83 billion and […]

November 3, 2020

Russia to compete with SpaceX reusable rockets

Russia is to invest $800 million on a new rocket system to compete directly with SpaceX and its reusable Falcon 9 launchers according to Russian news agency TASS. The Russian rocket system, called Amur, was signed with a contract between Russia’s Space Agency Roscosmos and the Progress Space Rocket Center on the conceptual design of […]

October 9, 2020By Chris Forrester

Arianespace revises OneWeb contract

Arianespace’s multi-million Euro contract from OneWeb (currently in Chapter 11 bankruptcy reconstruction) has been heavily revised. OneWeb wants 3 less rocket launches. Each will carry 34-36 OneWeb satellites and the full OneWeb constellation should be in orbit by the end of 2022. The new launch manifest will see Arianespace carry out 16 launches on its […]

September 23, 2020By Chris Forrester

Arianespace confirms 3-satellite contract from Intelsat

Intelsat has awarded a significant three-satellite launch contract to Arianespace. Two satellites, Galaxy 35 and Galaxy 36 will be launched on a single Ariane 5 rocket as a stacked pair in 2022. A third, Galaxy 37, will be launched by the newly designed Ariane 64 in March 2023. All three satellites are being built by […]

September 18, 2020By Chris Forrester