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Low Earth Orbit

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

Lynk satellite D2D for Solomon Islands

Washington, DC-based satellite operator, Lynk Global, has started what it describes as an “initial” direct-to-device service in the Solomon Islands. The service is in partnership with bmobile, which serves the Islands with a population of about 70,000. The first service will be for SMS and Text messages. bmobile subscribers can use their existing mobile phones […]

November 9, 2023By Chris Forrester

EnSilica to supply SatCom ICs to VITES

EnSilica, a turnkey supplier of mixed signal ASICs and SoCs, has announced it is to supply VITES with a new beamformer chip for satellite user terminals. VITES will use the chip at the heart of its new ViSAT-Ka-band terminal. EnSilica’s beam-forming chip is optimised to enable VITES’s creation of ground-based flat panel user terminals for […]

October 30, 2023

FAA concerned over SpaceX space debris

The FAA last week issued a report to the US Congress expressing concern over how the growing number of satellite constellations will dispose of their failed craft and what the FAA says are the risks to human life and property. The report says: “The dramatic rise of non-geostationary satellites, particularly those in low Earth orbit […]

October 11, 2023By Chris Forrester

Blue Origin to exit Orbital Reef space station

Orbital Reef is – or was designed to be – a privately-funded space station. Blue Origin, the Jeff Bezos-backed rocket business and Sierra Nevada Space are likely to end the corporate partnership they formed to help fund the space station. The concept was for an orbiting ‘business park in space’ and operating in low Earth […]

October 6, 2023

Globalstar picks SpaceX for launches

Globalstar, in an SEC regulatory filing, says it has placed a launch order with SpaceX to start replacing its low Earth orbiting satellites beginning in 2025. But placing the contract with SpaceX means that it is using SpaceX to try and gain a speedy commercial advantage for satellite-to-device connectivity. SpaceX is already working with operators […]

September 6, 2023By Chris Forrester

MyRadar investing in satellites

The MyRadar weather app sees more than 50 million downloads and a very high rating from its users. It is working on establishing its own constellation of satellites. MyRadar CTO Sarvesh Garimella, in an interview, says the company is on its way to becoming a space company. He says the company is purpose-building its own […]

September 1, 2023By Chris Forrester

OneWeb, IP Access International distribution deal

Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications company OneWeb and IP Access International, a provider of terrestrial and space based mobile connectivity, have signed a Distribution Partnership Agreement to deliver high-speed, low-latency broadband connectivity across the US. Under this partnership, IP Access International will seamlessly blend OneWeb’s satellite services with all major terrestrial cellular providers in […]

August 9, 2023

Viasat changing Inmarsat’s plan for LEOs?

Inmarsat, prior to its take-over by US-based Viasat, had planned to launch a fleet of low Earth orbiting satellites (Orchestra). It now seems that Viasat is re-thinking the scheme which would save millions in terms of investment. Viasat has written to the FCC withdrawing its applications for V-band satellite spectrum. The letter from Viasat to […]

July 26, 2023By Chris Forrester

Rocket Lab recovers Electron booster

A Rocket Lab ‘Electron’ rocket has successfully launched seven satellites from its New Zealand operational site. After launch the rocket’s powerful first stage was detached from the mission and returned to Earth with a suite of parachutes for recovery. The mission was dubbed ‘Baby come back’ and reflected a change in plan. Initially Rocket Lab […]

July 20, 2023By Chris Forrester