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Telesat ramps up Lightspeed production

Ottawa-based satellite operator Telesat says it is ramping up its investment in its Lightspeed low Earth orbiting fleet and helped by C$2 billion (€1.3bn) of funds coming from Canadian government and provincial sources. Lightspeed, an initial 156-craft fleet and which could be extended by an extra 100 craft, is costed at C$3.5 billion. Telesat says […]

November 10, 2023By Chris Forrester

Telesat orders 14 launches from SpaceX

SpaceX has won a 14-launch order from Telesat to place its Lightspeed constellation into low Earth orbit (LEO). Terms were not disclosed, but the multi-launch contract could easily be worth more than $800 million (€746.6m). Each SpaceX rocket will carry up to 18 Telesat Lightspeed satellites to LEO per launch. The launch campaign is scheduled […]

September 12, 2023By Chris Forrester

MDA wins Telesat Lightspeed contract

Ottawa-based satellite operator Telesat has awarded the long-awaited prime contract for its Lightspeed 198 craft mega-constellation to MDA. Deployment will start in 2026. “By leveraging key technology advances, the redesigned enterprise-class network will achieve increased network efficiencies and enhanced flexibility to focus capacity – at dramatically reduced costs. Additionally, Telesat Lightspeed fully funded through global […]

August 11, 2023By Chris Forrester

Telesat insists all well with Lightspeed

Telesat’s president/CEO Dan Goldberg, in a March 29th investor call, insisted that the Canadian satellite operator was still spending cash on planning and development of its Lightspeed mega-constellation of 200 satellites. Goldberg added that the business demand for Lightspeed was a strong as ever. Goldberg told analysts that Telesat was still confident of the project […]

March 30, 2023

Indonesia: HITS NOW on IndiHome

Rewind Networks is launching HITS NOW on IndiHome, Telkom Indonesia’s nationwide fixed broadband service delivering internet, telephone and video entertainment. HITS NOW, set to debut on February 6th, will deliver around-the-clock access to popular, current US shows. The channel will be available for the viewers on IndiHome TV and IndiHome TV OTT. “It is with […]

February 3, 2023

Disney’s Oswald returns in new YouTube short

Walt Disney Studios has announced the return of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in an all-new animated short, over 94 years since Disney’s last Oswald cartoon. Created by Disney Animation’s hand-drawn animation team to mark the start of Disney 100 Years of Wonder that marks the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company, the short, aptly […]

December 1, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Whoopi Goldberg cast in Amazon Studios’ Anansi Boys

Amazon Studios has announced that Academy Award- and Emmy-winner Whoopi Goldberg has been cast as Bird Woman in the series adaptation of Anansi Boys, based on Neil Gaiman’s internationally beloved novel. The six-episode series stars Malachi Kirby in the leading roles of brothers Fat Charlie and Spider. Anansi Boys is set throughout contemporary London and […]

April 7, 2022

Telesat could reduce size of LEO constellation

Ottawa-based Telesat says it is considering ordering fewer Low Earth orbiting (LEO) satellites. The operator’s prime contractor is suffering from Covid-based manufacturing delays. CEO Dan Goldberg, speaking to analysts following the company’s financial statement, said that it was facing a set of problems. “There’s supply chain issues which are causing delays, and there are inflationary […]

March 23, 2022By Chris Forrester