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Arianespace’s Vega rocket loss explained

Arianespace says that a faulty component caused the loss of one of its Italian-made Vega rockets on December 20th 2022. The problem was probably caused by a faulty carbon component – in effect, a nozzle – which Italian aerospace group Avio had purchased from a supplier in Ukraine, Arianespace revealed as it published findings of […]

March 6, 2023

ESA, UKSA fund new chip for satellite broadband

EnSilica, an ASIC and mixed signal chip maker, has announced a contract to develop a new chip to address the next generation of mass market satellite broadband user terminals. The contract has been awarded through the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems Core Competitiveness programme, through the support of the UK Space […]

February 17, 2023

UK Space Agency puts extra £50m into space projects

The UK Space Agency has announced £50 million (€56.7m) of funding for innovative projects that aim to “supercharge” the UK’s satellite communications industry. The funding, which comes as part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Advanced Research in Telecommunications Services (ARTES) programme, is available for a wide range of projects, such as developing new satellite […]

January 24, 2023By Chris Forrester

ESA partners with Euroconsult

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Paris-based Euroconsult have created a partnership to “empower entrepreneurship and the development of innovative space solutions”. They have signed a Letter of Intent and will focus on European space start-ups. The agreement sees such start-ups getting help and data from Euroconsult “that aim to enhance knowledge and access to […]

January 9, 2023By Chris Forrester

Thales highlights 2023 plans

Thales Alenia Space has praised the European Space Agency (ESA) and its $16.9 billion (€15.9bn) – up 17 per cent – budget for the next three years. Against this backdrop, Thales Alenia Space, the joint company between Thales (67 per cent) and Leonardo (33 per cent) said it would be building on 2022’s success where […]

January 5, 2023

Intelsat readies Galaxy launches

Intelsat’s Galaxy-35 and 36 will launch on December 13th subject to the usual weather considerations. The pair will be launched by an Arianespace rocket (Flight 259) from the Kourou, French Guiana spaceport. It will be the third launch this year by an Ariane 5 rocket. The two satellites will be joined on the launch by […]

December 9, 2022By Chris Forrester

Integrasys starts Space4Green project

A new project coordinated by Integrasys, Space4Green, started on November 23rd with a kick-off meeting in Seville, where the team had the opportunity to present their software solution. They exposed the objectives and the overall idea of the project, which has been carefully curated with other nine European businesses, composed not only of technological partners […]

December 1, 2022

France agrees ESA budget; MEO broadband scheme

France has agreed a significant uplift to its overall contribution to national, bilateral and civil space budgets. The sum comes to €9 billion spread over the next three years and represents a 24 per cent uplift from the current three-year programme which ended in 2022. The budget has a key proviso that the sum must […]

November 30, 2022By Chris Forrester

France commits to EU broadband scheme

France has agreed with other major European nations and is the prime supporter in cash terms for the EU’s request for extra funding for the proposed European Union’s medium Earth orbiting satellite broadband system. France will pay “up to €300 million” for the broadband system although the commitment is somewhat dependent on which consortium wins […]

November 24, 2022By Chris Forrester

EU approves €6bn independent LEO fleet

The EU has given the go-ahead for an independent European Low Earth Orbiting fleet of broadband and satellite navigation craft. The name for the project is IRIS2. An EU ministerial conference approved the spend of €6 billion Internet system in order to ensure Europe’s security by reducing its reliance on foreign – that is non-European […]

November 18, 2022By Chris Forrester