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Russia wants 1,000 satellites by 2030

Yury Borisov, Director General of Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos, has said the company wants to deploy more than 1,000 satellites by 2030. This is a rate 5-times higher than currently being launched. Borisov, speaking at the Korolev Academic Space Conference in Moscow, said that in order to achieve such growth, it is necessary to […]

January 25, 2023By Chris Forrester

Russia seeks OneWeb swap for Soyuz parts

Back in March 2022, Russia’s Roscosmos Space Agency, in effect, confiscated 36 OneWeb broadband satellites. The satellites had been due to be launched on a Russian-built – but Arianespace managed – Soyuz rocket on March 4th from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The hijacked satellites have remained at Baikonur ever since. At the time, Roscosmos […]

January 16, 2023By Chris Forrester

Russia slams Eutelsat over channel bans

Russia says the banning by regulators of broadcasting Russian channels by the likes of Eutelsat is a restriction on the freedom of speech. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, speaking on December 29th, said that the West’s crackdown on Russian media was not only “a flagrant violation” of freedom of speech, but was also “discriminatory […]

January 3, 2023By Chris Forrester

Jensen appointed Antenna CEO

Antenna Group, the international entertainment and media organisation, has appointed Linda Jensen to the position of Group Chief Executive Officer, with immediate effect. Jensen has more than twenty years’ experience at senior leadership level in the global television and digital media industry. Jensen will take responsibility for the Group’s portfolio of media assets across multiple […]

December 28, 2022

Eutelsat confirms Russian, Iranian channel suspension

Eutelsat has issued a statement confirming that, on December 21st,  it had “ended all involvement in the broadcasting of three [Russian] channels Rossiya One, Pervyi Kanal and NTV, within the prescribed 7-day compliance period.” “Pursuant to the Council of the European Union (EU) Regulation 2022/2474 of 16 December 2022, these three channels as well as […]

December 22, 2022By Chris Forrester

Schreiber boards Against All Odds doc

Liev Schreiber will ne the narrator of the documentary film, Against All Odds: The Failure Of Russia’s Blitzkrieg. “Any film becomes alive once it acquires a voice,” said Artem Lytvynenko, the director. “Liev Schreiber was extremely engaged in the process, he cares about what’s going on in Ukraine. He has recently visited Kyiv and saw […]

December 15, 2022

Russia gets approval for satellite broadband

Despite the ongoing war in Ukraine, Russia has succeeded in gaining regulatory approval for a global broadband-by-satellite constellation. The project – called Sphere – already has one satellite in orbit, a ”demonstration” SkyF-D craft, launched on October 22nd. Russian Space Agency Roscosmos is backing the scheme, and the Russian government has plans to invest some […]

December 5, 2022By Chris Forrester

Satellite operators try and solve EU dilemma

The EU has demanded that Eutelsat and SES curtail their carriage of Russian channels. But the demands, which affect Eutelsat more than SES, are extremely tough to resolve. Almost all broadcasters have taken down RT, the former Russia Today, following on from decisions by the likes of the UK’s media regulator Ofcom. Eutelsat has also […]

November 25, 2022

EU complains again over sat-links to Russia

Thirty-nine members of the European parliament have written to the EU’s top legal officials demanding that Europe’s two giant satellite operators immediately take down Russian-backed channels from their portfolios of broadcasts. Various EU officials have already complained about Eutelsat’s carriage of Russian channels. Eutelsat has said it wants to be politically neutral and in addition […]

November 23, 2022

Russia working on satellite constellation

Russia is working on Skif, the name of a proposed satellite constellation to rival the likes of Elon Musk’s Starlink and Jeff Bezos’ Project Kuiper. Russia’s TASS news agency reports that Skif is planned to commence deployment around the planet in 2025. Russia’s Skif satellite constellation is being developed to provide cheap and high-speed internet […]

November 17, 2022By Chris Forrester