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Low Earth Orbit

Starlink signs up Mitsui OSK Lines

Japan-based Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), a major shipping line, has signed up for broadband connectivity with Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite service. MOL joins other maritime operators, such as Norwegian Cruise Lines, to use Starlink. MOL says it will work with satellite service provider Marlink for this trial of Musk’s technology. While only a trial at […]

December 13, 2022By Chris Forrester

Forecast: Satcoms service market to reach $141bn by 2030

The deployment of satellite constellations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) for low-latency and high throughput network applications and extending terrestrial network (TN) coverage have become significant drivers in the adoption of satellite services in the global telecommunications sector, notes technology intelligence firm ABI Research who forecasts that this adoption will culminate in $141 billion (€135.7bn) […]

November 17, 2022

Wyler: “Comms future must be heterogeneous”

Greg Wyler, a serial entrepreneur who founded O3b, OneWeb and now the Rwanda-backed e-Space concept of 300,000 low Earth orbiting satellites, explained to delegates his vision for satellite industry at the Riyadh Connecting the World from the Skies event. He said 10 years from now there should be no difference between satellite and terrestrial. “Everything […]

November 17, 2022

Apple invests in satellite-to-phone scheme

BApple is investing $450 million (€435.6m) as part of its strategy to supply emergency Text/SOS messaging from satellites to suitable iPhones (initially iPhone 14 models). Much of the cash goes to Louisiana-based satellite operator Globalstar which Apple has already announced as a key partner in the scheme. The investment cash comes from Apple’s Advanced Manufacturing […]

November 14, 2022By Chris Forrester

EU on verge of deciding LEO broadband system

A ministerial meeting in Brussels scheduled for November 17th with EU official and lawmakers could reach a decision on Europe’s plans for an independent satellite broadband and GPS system. The intention is for Europe to have its own low Earth orbiting satellite broadband and sat-nav system which would provide back-up in emergency situations as well […]

November 11, 2022By Chris Forrester

SES contracts with Arianespace for Eagle-1

Europe’s upcoming Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) super-secure satellite, the ESA’s Eagle-1, will be launched for SES by Arianespace on a Vega C rocket from French Guiana as early as Q4/2024. The satellite will be placed into Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The EAGLE-1 project comprising satellite and ground infrastructure, is developed by SES and its consortium […]

November 9, 2022By Chris Forrester

ESA wants initial €750m for EU constellation

The European Space Agency (ESA) will be asking its member governments, including the UK, to fund an extra €750 million for its planned work schedule between 2023-2025. The cash will help pay initial costs for the European Union’s low Earth orbiting (LEO) broadband scheme. Europe wants its own independent LEO communications system. But that sum […]

October 2, 2022

ESA wants initial €100m for LEO test system

The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking for its member states to fund an initial €100 million for a mini-constellation of between 6-12 low Earth orbiting (LEO) test satellites to launch during 2026. The cash will be used to build and launch the new constellation. If the tests work out then the bill will be […]

September 28, 2022

OneWeb to buy Astra Space engines

Airbus OneWeb Satellites (AOS), the joint-venture between constellation operator OneWeb and Airbus Defence & Space, have contracted with Astra Space to use and integrate Astra’s spacecraft engines into its Arrow small satellite portfolio. Financial details, nor delivery obligations were revealed. The AOS joint-venture is based near Merritt Island, Florida, very close to the Cape Canaveral […]

August 31, 2022By Chris Forrester

Telespazio to build OneWeb satellite gateway

Telespazio, a joint venture of Leonardo (67 per cent) and Thales (33 per cent), through its subsidiary Telespazio Brasil, is to supply low Earth orbit satellite communications company OneWeb with infrastructure and services, for a new satellite gateway at the teleport in Maricà, in the State of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). The Maricà gateway is […]

February 15, 2022