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UK awards £100m for space R&D

The UK’s government is awarding £100 million (€117m) in grants to British-based space organisations in particular focusing on the development of low Earth orbiting (LEO) satellites. In addition, it is also granting £10 million to Scotland’s SaxaVord rocket launch site. The intention is to highlight development of on-board data processing, laser optical links for satellite-to-satellite […]

March 7, 2024By Chris Forrester

Thaicom strengthens fleet with THAICOM-9

Thaicom Public Company Limited (Thaicom), an Asian satellite and space tech company, has announced the selection of Astranis, a satellite manufacturer and operator, to provide THAICOM-9, the newest addition to Thaicom’s fleet of high-throughput satellites at 119.5 degrees East. Thaicom’s subsidiary, Space Tech Innovation Limited (STI) and Astranis have signed an agreement for an Astranis […]

March 6, 2024

Avanti secures authorisation for Senegal gateway

Avanti Communications has been granted the authorisation required for its HYLAS 4 satellite gateway station in Diamniadio, Senegal. The Infrastructure Operator Authorisation, which was granted on February 29th by the Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Digital, Moussa Bocar Thiam, means the gateway’s infrastructure will now become operational. Avanti will now move on to the final […]

March 4, 2024

MDA: “In talks over $7bn of LEO business”

Canadian satellite and space tech company MDA says it is busy working on three satellite constellations for clients, and has active discussions with potential new customers for satellite-based broadband and IoT applications worth several billions of dollars. The company, famous for its Canadarm robotic device, reported a Q4 profit of C$13.5 million (€9.1m), up from […]

February 29, 2024By Chris Forrester

SpaceX increases Starlink payloads

On February 27th 2023, SpaceX it launched its first batch of its Starlink Version-2 satellites – 21 of them were launched into their transfer orbits. However, SpaceX has steadily increased the number of these V2 craft on each rocket. A few months after that debut launch it managed to carry an extra satellites, and placing […]

February 28, 2024By Chris Forrester

Terran Orbital in “strong” position

Boca Raton satellite manufacturer Terran Orbital, in a company update, says that the company is a very strong position. Terran’s CEO, Marc Bell, commented: “The demand signals from our market remain strong. The company is engaged in over 80 near-term opportunities relating to more than 2,800 satellite buses for 40 different customers. Stepping back to […]

February 26, 2024By Chris Forrester

Gilat report “very strong 2023”

Gilat Satellite Networks, a specialist in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, has reported its unaudited results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31st 2023. The compnay saw revenue of $75.6 million (€69.6m), up 4 per cent from Q4 2022. Further Q4 2023 Financial Highlights GAAP operating income of $2.9 million, compared […]

February 26, 2024

Bezos eyes ULA

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is said to be the frontrunner to buy United Launch Alliance (ULA), the joint-venture giant rocket business backed by Boeing and Lockheed Martin. ULA wanted up to $4 billion (€3.7bn) for its assets, but reports suggest that the final price might be much nearer $2-2.5 billion. CNBC says that signed agreements […]

February 23, 2024By Chris Forrester

Ariane 6 unloaded in French Guiana

The central core of European Space Agency’s (ESA) giant Ariane 6 rocket has arrived in French Guiana, shipped from France on ESA’s own specialised vessel, Canopée. In time for its summer test-launch this year, Ariane 6 has arrived at the port of Pariacabo in Kourou, French Guiana – home of Europe’s Spaceport – and is […]

February 23, 2024

Ovzon looks to improved market response

Satellite operator Ovzon AB turned in a disappointing set of numbers during its Q4 and full year trading results for the period to December 31st 2023. Sweden-based Ovzon reported 2023 full-year revenue of 290 million Swedish krona (€26.5m), down 18.8 per cent from 2022, with an increased operating loss of 95 million krona compared to […]

February 23, 2024By Chris Forrester