Advanced Television


ESA awards €233m for LEO demo satellites

The European Space Agency (ESA) has allocated a budget of €233 million to build a satellite with a target millimetre-level accuracy as the initial ‘demonstrator’ move for its Genesis and LEO-PNT scheme. The budget also covers two 5-satellite mini-constellations for a future orbital Positioning, Navigation and Timing system which are key elements for its Sat-Nav […]

March 21, 2024By Chris Forrester

Report: Satellite bandwidth prices tumbling

Paris-based Euroconsult reports that the price of satellite capacity for video services has fallen by 16 per cent over the past 5 years. But the price for data services has crashed 77 per cent over the same period. Video-based services are traditionally more robust and the contracts longer lasting, hence the slower reduction in value. […]

February 13, 2024By Chris Forrester

Viasat demos potential UK aircraft guidance solution

Since Brexit, the UK has been barred from using the European Union’s sophisticated EGNOS aircraft landing and positioning safety system. The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is Europe’s regional satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) that is used to improve the performance of global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs), such as GPS and Galileo. It has been […]

January 22, 2024By Chris Forrester

Starlink “making 100,000 dishes per month”

Geo-satellites will be resilient, but Starlink is winning the broadband connectivity battle and making 100,000 dishes per month, acording to Dr Tim Farrar, president of TMF Associates. Speaking at the 2023 Milsat Symposium (as part of the Silicon Valley Space Week), Farrar compared and contrasted the position of the well-established geostationary satellite operates such as […]

October 23, 2023By Chris Forrester

FCC modernises satellite licensing process

The FCC is updating and modernising its satellite and teleport/Earth station licensing process. It says the move is designed to keep pace with the rapid evolution of the space industry. The FCC has approved a Report and Order to accelerate existing processes for licensing satellite and earth stations. Noting an “increase in complexity and number” […]

September 27, 2023By Chris Forrester

The end in sight for Geo-sats?

Euroconsult used their Paris World Satellite Business Week conference to make a dramatic forecast in suggesting that geostationary satellite capacity would shrink to “meaningless” amounts within the next five years, with non-Geo constellations providing 95 per cent or more of global satcom capacity by 2028. Euroconsult’s data showed that today’s non-geo constellations were almost all […]

September 13, 2023

Greenerwave’s ‘intelligent mirrors’ for satellites

Greenerwave, a deep-tech French start-up specialising in shaping electromagnetic waves, says it is revolutionising satellite communications thanks to a unique solution that boosts the potential of both mega-LEO constellations and geostationary satellites. Greenerwave’s technology, based on intelligent reflectors, maintains a low-latency broadband connection between a moving (LEO) or geostationary satellite and a flat mobile antenna. […]

March 14, 2023