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Rivada, Artel link for US military contract

Virginia-based Artel, a provider of secure network communication services to US government agencies, has been awarded a contract from the US Space Force and is partnering with Rivada Space Networks to provide the next generation network critical to support US Government communications. Artel is a carrier-agnostic network integrator – which it says allows it to […]

September 29, 2023By Chris Forrester

Problems with Starlink laser-links?

Tim Farrar of TMA Associates, a commentator on the satellite industry, has raised concerns about the “optical crosslinks” or laser beams that operate between satellites. Optical crosslinks between satellites can drastically increase the constellation’s capability to transmit data to ground stations with reduced latency and increased total throughput. Satellites no longer have to wait to […]

August 31, 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

Rivada confirms launch timetable

Rivada Space Networks has confirmed its plans to launch two satellite mega-constellations. The news emerged after the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) approved a request to permit a delay in the launch obligations for the two low Earth orbiting constellations. The ITU’s Radio Regulations Board has waived the requirement that Rivada put 10 per cent of […]

July 6, 2023By Chris Forrester

Rivada facing tough challenges

Rivada Space Networks is planning an initial 300 craft fleet of low Earth orbiting satellites. It is facing a demanding series of key dates get the constellation into space. Now, however, it is facing a tough demand from a US court ruling. A New York judge has ordered Irish entrepreneur and the firm’s major backer […]

June 13, 2023

Rivada signs MoU with Network Innovations

Rivada Space Networks (RSN), which plans on launching a 300-craft mega-constellation of satellites, has signed an MoU with Canada-based Network Innovations “to work together to bring innovative connectivity solutions to the government and enterprise markets”. Network Innovations is a global technology integrator that keeps people, places and things connected anywhere in the world with always-available […]

May 11, 2023By Chris Forrester

Rivada orders satellites from Terran Orbital

Munich-based Rivada Space Networks (RSN) has ordered 300 satellites from Terran Orbital. But there’s a problem: Rivada’s investment for this initial batch of satellites is $2.4 billion, but the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) rules require all the satellites to be in orbit within 43 months. This, by any measure, is a tight timetable. The operator […]

February 23, 2023By Chris Forrester

Rivada Space signs MoU for Quantum satellites

Rivada Space Networks (RSN) is planning to launch a mega-constellation of 600 satellites. It has announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with SpeQtral, which Rivada says is an emerging leader in quantum-secure communications systems. Quantum-secure communications systems and specifically Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) technology are seen as crucial elements in the development of […]

October 19, 2022By Chris Forrester

Rivada wants ITU to relax BIU milestone

Rivada Space Networks, with offices in the US, Germany and Ireland and licensed by Lichtenstein, is asking the ITU regulator to give it more time to launch its laser-linked satellites into orbit. Currently, Rivada is obliged to launch 10 per cent of its planned 600 low Earth orbiting satellites by September 2023. Shareholder disputes at […]

September 16, 2022

Rivada joins EU Secure Connectivity Programme

Shortly after revealing changes to its management team, LEO satellite constellation operator Rivada Space Networks has joined the EU Secure Connectivity Programme. According to Rivada, the need for secure and resilient global connectivity increases with the digitisation of the economy and society and increasing geopolitical and cybersecurity threats. The European Commission is proposing an ambitious […]

September 13, 2022