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Boeing restructuring for Geostationary business

The high-flying geostationary satellite business is in the doldrums. Worse, Boeing Satellite Systems, which with its then popular 701 and 702 models (developed from its acquisition of Hughes Electronics back in 2000), once played a vital part of many major satellite operator’s fleets. However, in 2023 – according to Marc-Henri Serre SVP at Thales Alenia […]

June 4, 2024

Boeing, Virgin Galactic in court battle

On March 21st aerospace giant Boeing entered a writ against Virgin Galactic in the US District Court of Virginia. The action alleged that Virgin owed Boeing $26 million (€24m) and that it had misappropriated certain IP and trade secrets associated with the development for a new space tourism aircraft for Virgin. Boeing, and an associated […]

April 8, 2024

Boeing sues Virgin Galactic

Aerospace giant Boeing is suing Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism venture Virgin Galactic, alleging unpaid invoices and the misappropriation of Boeing-owned trade secrets and IP. Boeing is suing via its subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences, and its writ states that Virgin has not paid $26.4 million in invoices for work related to the development of a […]

April 2, 2024By Chris Forrester

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

Viasat wins Royal Jordanian for IFC

Satellite operator Viasat has secured a contract to equip and supply In-Flight Communications (IFC) and broadband to passengers on Royal Jordanian Airlines. Viasat says it will be enabling fast streaming connectivity and enhance Royal Jordanian’s customer experience. Royal Jordanian says the service will extend to most aircraft in its fleet. Royal Jordanian will equip more […]

March 18, 2024By Chris Forrester

SES (and Boeing) in a mess over O3b

The latest batch of O3b satellites, called mPOWER, are all malfunctioning. The problem is in the power supply of the four in orbit and two others due to be launched on November 12th. Manufacturers Boeing is having to supply two additional satellites to compensate SES for the problems. SES temporary CEO, Ruy Pinto, admitted to […]

November 1, 2023

Boeing scraps plans for super-constellation

Two years ago Boeing received a licence from the FCC for a satellite broadband mega-constellation of 147 low Earth orbiting satellites. It has now cancelled its scheme. Boeing’s initial scheme – formally proposed in 2017 – was for a V-band constellation of 132 satellites operating ln Low-Earth Orbit and 15 non-Geostationary orbiting craft to supply […]

October 31, 2023

Boeing accused of technology theft

Boeing’s aerospace division is being sued for alleged theft of IP concerning the counterfeiting of highly specialised tools used on NASA projects. The action comes from Colorado-based Wilson Aerospace which is suing Boeing over what Wilson alleges is its ‘Fluid Fitting Torque Device-3’ developed by Wilson, and which Boeing used to attach four main engines […]

June 8, 2023

Satellite electrical propulsion to grow

It isn’t so very long ago that electrical propulsion for satellites was a very new kid on the block. Boeing’s Xenon-Ion Propulsion System (XIPS) was introduced on the (then) Hughes 702 versions its high-power versions of its popular HS-702 craft and used for final orbital insertion. December 1999 saw the launch of an HS-702 with […]

May 10, 2023

Boeing delivers Viasat-3 craft

Boeing has delivered to Florida what it describes as the “most powerful” satellite platform it has ever built in the shape of ViaSat-3 Americas, a new-generation craft for operator Viasat of California. It will be able to harness well over 30 kW of solar power when it reaches orbit. That’s 1/4+ of the power generated […]

March 22, 2023By Chris Forrester