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AST SpaceMobile, SpaceX multi-launch agreement

AST SpaceMobile, the company building a space-based cellular broadband network accessible directly by standard mobile phones, has signed a multi-launch agreement with SpaceX. In addition to the planned summer launch of the BlueWalker 3 test satellite (BW3), the agreement covers the launch of the BlueBird satellites and provides a framework for future launches. “This agreement […]

March 10, 2022

SpaceX success for Jan 13 launch

It was another routine launch for Elon Musk’s SpaceX on January 13th. A Falcon 9 rocket placed 105 smaller satellites into orbit for a number of clients and universities. Musk’s team, despite facing a number of potential problems that frequently effect other launch providers, have seemingly managed to make the launching of satellites a wholly […]

January 14, 2022By Chris Forrester

SpaceX abandoned a Starlink launch

SpaceX was extremely discreet about abandoning a planned launch last weekend of one of its Falcon 9 rockets carrying a batch of Starlink satellites. The launch, from Vandenberg Space Force Base, would have placed the Starlink cargo into polar or near-polar orbits. Launch was set for  between 10.34-11.34 on October 17th. SpaceX has not explained […]

October 20, 2021By Chris Forrester

Nilesat explains 301 craft’s role

The Egyptian Satellite Company’s is already serving some 56 million homes and 270 million viewers across the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf regions. With the launch next year of Nilesat 301 it is intent on adding more homes and viewers from Africa. “Being the mainstay satellite of the Arab world, Nilesat has always […]

September 29, 2021By Chris Forrester

Starlink tops 500,000 subs

SpaceX’s Starlink broadband by satellite system has “more than 500,000” users made up of early beta-testers, actual subscribers and would-be subscribers who have paid the near-$100 deposit. The confirmation of the numbers came just ahead of the May 4th launch of Starlink’s ‘Star Wars’ day commemoration. Even the launch countdown came with the comment ‘May […]

May 5, 2021By Chris Forrester