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UK wants increased participation in IRIS2

IRIS2 is the proposed European mega-constellation of multi-orbiting satellites. IRIS2 (Infrastructure for Resilience, Interconnectivity and Security by Satellite) is planned to be deployed beginning in 2027. It will be a public-private financed scheme. The ‘private’ element comprises a wide-ranging consortium which includes the likes of SES, Airbus Defense & Space, Eutelsat, Hispasat and Thales Alenia […]

November 6, 2023By Chris Forrester

Synamedia, Index Exchange partnership

Synamedia has unveiled updates to its Synamedia Iris advertising platform that expand campaign formats and increase monetisation options. With the addition of programmatic support to its direct sold capability, customers will now benefit from a single, unified ad platform that reaches consumers on any screen. Furthermore, a partnership with the supply side platform (SSP), Index […]

September 7, 2023

EC confirms 30% of IRIS2 project to smaller players

While the IRIS2 broadband consortium headlines, and its €6 billion costs, will still be dominated by the heavyweight participants such as SES, Eutelsat, Thales and Airbus, there will definitely be an opportunity for smaller space businesses to be involved. The EC’s director for space and innovation, Catherine Kavvada, speaking at the Paris Air Forum ahead […]

June 19, 2023

Future Today teams with IRIS.TV

IRIS.TV has announced a partnership with Future Today, a specilaist in ad-supported streaming, to support their proprietary technology platform which helps advertisers to find their desired audiences at scale. As an IRIS-enabled supply partner, Future Today can now provide advertisers with transparency at the video level. Future Today’s AVoD platform contains a portfolio of hundreds […]

June 6, 2023

SES: IRIS² “still many unknowns”

SES CEO Steve Collar, speaking to analysts following on from the satellite operator’s Q1 results on May 4th, said the European Union’s third global satellite constellation, IRIS², was a “strategic project” for SES. Nevertheless, he admitted that while enthusiastic there were still many known unknowns and it was too early to be more specific. “We’re […]

May 5, 2023

What IRIS² means for EU’s space industry

The fact that the IRIS² satellite consortium includes just about every major name in the European space business provides a strong clue as to the project’s overall importance. IRIS², with a nod to the Greek goddess of mythology and messenger of the gods and also in its own EU-speak, Infrastructure for Resilience, Interconnectivity and Security […]

May 3, 2023

SES confirms IRIS² constellation bid

SES has confirmed that it has joined a group of European space and telecommunications players, including rival Eutelsat, which have come together to form a partnership to respond to the European Commission’s call for tender related to the future European satellite constellation IRIS² (Infrastructure for Resilience, Interconnectivity and Security by Satellite). The IRIS² satellite constellation […]

May 2, 2023By Chris Forrester

EU sets out IRIS2 tender rules

The EU has fleshed out its core demands as regards the tender process for its proposed IRIS2 super-constellation of satellites. The European Commission (EC) issued its preliminary Request for Proposals on March 23rd and set a date for responses of April 26th. That date will slip (to July 31st) given the number of queries raised […]

April 19, 2023

SES involved with UNIO consortium for IRIS2

Unio Enterprise, made up of mostly German start-ups plus satellite giant SES, is officially preparing a bid for the proposed – and EU backed – B2B low Earth orbiting super-constellation. However, two proposed demo satellites which were expected to be launched in the 2023-2024 time frame have slipped to 2025. The Unio consortium has previously […]

March 6, 2023By Chris Forrester

EU funding for LEO broadband scheme building

French, German and Italian officials have agreed that their governments will help support the EU’s proposed IRIS² broadband low Earth orbiting satellite mega-constellation. The agreements came on November 22nd at the start of a Ministerial meeting to examine EU and European Space Agency (ESA) projects and future financing. France, Germany and Italy said public funding […]

November 23, 2022By Chris Forrester