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Viasat opens London HQ

Satellite communications specialist Viasat has officially opened its International Business Headquarters in London. As part of Viasat’s focus to streamline operations and drive synergies to better serve its global mobility and government customer base, the company says it has reached another important integration milestone. Viasat acquired UK-based Inmarsat in 2023 and the London office will […]

April 12, 2024By Colin Mann

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

HummingSat promises new innovations

Intelsat has already ordered a small HummingSat craft from manufacturer SWISSto12. The company is now developing further iterations of its 3D-printed small satellites with help from the European Space Agency (ESA). London-based Inmarsat, now owned by Viasat, has ordered three HummingSats. The HummingSat craft are small, and orbit at geostationary altitudes and designed to be […]

November 27, 2023By Chris Forrester

Viasat cuts 800 staff; DT IFC deal

Viasat of California, which also now owns London-based Inmarsat, made some bif announcements at its Q2 financial report; one satellite has been cancelled and 800 staff laid off. Viasat stated that its results showcased “resilient growth and momentum” but was making key decisions on capital expenditure that will strengthen the focus on its mobility and […]

November 9, 2023By Chris Forrester

Viasat axes 800 staff

Satellite operator Viasat, which also now owns London-based Inmarsat, is to let 800 staff go as a result of integrating the two business. The lay-offs represent some 10 per cent of Viasat’s workforce. Viasat said the move would save $100 million (€93.9m) in annual costs by 2025. Costs associated with the decision would be about […]

November 3, 2023By Chris Forrester

Viasat updates market on VS-3 problem

Viasat has issued interim statements on its current financial position and expectations, and including an update on the situation with ViaSat-3 Americas (VS-3 F1) which suffered a major malfunction with its giant antenna following its launch on May 1st. It has also issued its statement on the loss of Inmarsat I6-F2 which has also failed. […]

October 12, 2023

Inmarsat-6 a complete loss?

Inmarsat’s latest satellite, its I6-F2 craft, has not been manoeuvred since its power failure anomaly was reported. Inmarsat, now owned by Viasat, has not made any announcement but the fear is that the craft will be declared a total loss. Ground observations state that I6-F2’s orbit has changed only very slightly and those likely due […]

September 14, 2023By Chris Forrester

Forecast: Satellite IoT subs at 23.9m by 2027

According to a report from specialist IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the global satellite IoT communications market is growing at a steady pace. The global satellite IoT subscriber base grew to surpass 4.5 million in 2022. The number of satellite IoT subscribers is forecast increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 39.6 per […]

August 30, 2023

Viasat faces key business challenge

It is not yet confirmed but the potential loss of a new satellite for Viasat of California could pose a major problem for the company. But some experts suggest the loss might prove to be a blessing in disguise. The satellite in question is Inmarsat I6-F2 craft, but the probable loss comes hard on the […]

August 29, 2023

Inmarsat: “Free is the future for IFC”

Airline passengers can – on some aircraft – already enjoy free in-flight WiFi. Other airlines allow their premium passengers either totally ‘free’ broadband or a service that’s good for a set number of minutes. Of course, none of these are truly ‘free’ in that the savvy airline operator has already built the cost of supplying […]

August 9, 2023By Chris Forrester