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Rwanda still wants 300,000+ satellites

Last year, the tiny African state of Rwanda registered several constellations of small satellites with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), totalling more than 300,000 units. It insists it wants to go ahead with the project but wants to ensure strict safety and debris removal for its satellite users. Anuarite Umwari, Rwanda’s Space Agency legal and […]

June 23, 2022By Chris Forrester

First batch of Rwandan satellites readied

The small African state of Rwanda has filings for more than 300,000 small satellites in its E-Space business. Satellite entrepreneur Greg Wyler is behind the scheme. He helped found O3b and OneWeb. Their first demonstration satellites are readying for launch. Three prototype satellites are to be launched as part of a 34-payload mission carried into […]

April 12, 2022By Chris Forrester

Rwanda will launch 3 test LEO satellites

Rwanda has, the landlocked republic lying south of the Equator in east-central Africa plans – and has official filings lodged – to launch more than 100,000 small satellites for broadband connectivity. The country’s project, named E-Space, used the Washington Satellite 2022 event to say that it had contracted with Rocket Lab and its Electron rocket […]

March 23, 2022

Wyler sticks to 100,000 satellite plan

Greg Wyler was instrumental in founding OneWeb. Prior to that he was instrumental in the establishment of O3b (standing for the ‘other 3 billion’ of global unconnected homes). Both outfits let him go, but according to recent reports plus an interview given to the FT, he is determined to see 100,000 satellites launched in conjunction […]

February 7, 2022By Chris Forrester

Sat-operators slam would-be constellations

The likes of Steve Collar, CEO at SES, have heavily criticised the 2021 trend to propose massive satellite constellations. Specifically, Collar had in mind the recent Rwanda proposal, with advice supplied by OneWeb founder Greg Wyler, for 327,230 orbiting satellites in low Earth orbit. Collar, speaking at the Euroconsult World Satellite Business Week in Paris, […]

December 16, 2021By Chris Forrester

Wyler behind Rwanda’s 300,000 satellite plan

Rwanda’s ITU filing to build and launch 327,000 satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) was considered by many observers to be at the very least “audacious”. Now, according to a report in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, it has emerged that the scheme is being masterminded by Greg Wyler, a serial entrepreneur and who has also […]

November 8, 2021By Chris Forrester

Rwanda files with ITU for 327,000 satellites

In a filing that could be right out of science-fiction, the small East African state of Rwanda has formally filed an application with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in Geneva to license a huge number of low Earth orbiting satellites. The ITU has confirmed the application which will now proceed through the its conventional application […]

October 18, 2021