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Telesat applies for UK earth station licence

UK comms regulator Ofcom has received an application from Canadian satellite operator Telesat for an Earth Station Network Licence for its Lightspeed satellite constellation. This application is to allow the deployment of user terminals, which is the equipment used by customers for a variety of different purposes. This can be on the ground, in the […]

June 24, 2022By Colin Mann

Telesat demos LEO over India

Canadian satellite operator Telesat has showcased its potential low Earth orbiting Lightspeed system with a connectivity demonstration over India. Telesat, working with Indian satellite service provider Nelco, used its first LEO test satellite, to provide the demo. The signals went to a routine 85 cm parabolic dish antenna at Nelco’s Teleport outside Mumbai. Round-trip signals […]

May 19, 2022By Chris Forrester

Telesat cuts Lightspeed fleet size

Ottawa-based Telesat has significantly reduced the planned size of its Lightspeed low Earth orbiting constellation. Telesat says of its originally planned 298 craft, it will now orbit just 188 plus 10 in-flight orbiting spares. CEO Dan Goldberg gave an update on current plans and decisions for the constellation as part of the operator’s Q1/2022 financials […]

May 9, 2022By Chris Forrester

Telesat wins NASA space-to-space contract

Telesat Government Solutions, a US-incorporated, wholly owned subsidiary of Canada-based Telesat, has announced a $30.65 million NASA contract to develop and demonstrate RF and Optically linked space-to-space high data rate connectivity. Since NASA plans to decommission its owned and operated Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) system in the coming years, the agency’s Consumer Services […]

May 5, 2022By Chris Forrester

Bezos risks all on unproven rockets

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos has contracted with three rocket launch companies to a 5- year launch timetable to place his 3236 ‘Project Kuiper’ satellites into orbit. Kuiper has until July 30th 2026 to launch at least half of its constellation (1618 satellites) to retain its FCC orbital and frequency permissions. The cargo being carried works […]

April 8, 2022

Telesat approved for US government contracts

Canada-based Telesat has gained formal clearance to deal with US government customers – essentially the US military. Telesat Government Solutions (TGS) is the actual business which has been seeking US work under the businesses new boss Tom Eaton. But the move is a major step in winning contracts for Telesat’s upcoming Lightspeed low Earth orbiting […]

April 5, 2022By Chris Forrester

Cobham SATCOM selects CPI as RF supplier

Cobham SATCOM, a global provider of land and maritime satellite communications solutions to the Government and Enterprise sectors, has announced the selection of Communications & Power Industries (CPI) to provide state-of-the-art Ka-band amplifiers for the gateway tracking antenna systems that Cobham will be supplying for the Telesat Lightspeed Landing Station Terminals. CPI is a global […]

March 22, 2022

Telesat reports “modest” revenues

Telesat, the Canadian satellite operators, has published its financial results for the three-month and one-year periods ended December 31st 2021. “I am pleased to report our 2021 fourth quarter and full year results as a dual-listed, public company,” commented Dan Goldberg, Telesat’s President and CEO. “Despite modestly lower year-over-year revenues and Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted for […]

March 21, 2022

Telesat selects Intellian for Lightspeed terminals

Ottawa-based Telesat is building a constellation of low Earth orbiting (LEO) satellites and has selected Intellian Technologies to design and supply fixed site user terminals for the Telesat Lightspeed satellite network. Telesat says these high-performance user terminals feature dual-parabolic antennas that are dome-shaped providing protection from external weather conditions stemming from Intellian’s expertise in maritime […]

March 10, 2022

Telesat focuses on Africa

Ottawa-based satellite operator Telesat, which is planning a low Earth orbiting constellation called Lightspeed, and says it has signed with Liquid Intelligent Technologies for a strategic cooperation agreement for Telesat’s Lightspeed services in Africa. Liquid Intelligent Technologies is part of Cassava Technologies, a pan-African fibre network group. As part of the agreement, the companies will […]

March 2, 2022By Chris Forrester