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Yahsat wins €220m UAE contract

Abu Dhabi-based satellite operator Yahsat has been awarded an AED 909.5 million (€217.7m) mandate to provide enhanced managed services to the UAE Government for its satellite communications capabilities. The agreement augments the previous operations and maintenance services provided, to include technology management support, from January 2022 until the end of 2026. This new agreement strengthens […]

February 17, 2022By Chris Forrester

Report: LEO satellites fuel next space race

The new space race focuses on satellite Internet with a promise of higher speed and lower latency for industrial and business-oriented communication applications. As the connectivity revolution gathers momentum, low earth orbit satellites (LEOs) penetrate innovative application areas due to superior performance and positioning compared to geostationary and middle earth orbit satellites in remote tracking, […]

February 17, 2022

EU backs €6bn satellite system

The European Union (EU) has published an 80-page document which proposes a Public-Private partnership satellite communications system. The scheme is budgeted at €6 billion (€5.2bn) and would give Europe a secure and independent satellite constellation. The proposals have two prime objectives: 1/ to ensure governmental users access to a secure communication system for the protection […]

February 16, 2022By Chris Forrester

FCC to revise satellite rules

The FCC is to make major changes to how it registers the licensing of satellites. The plans come from bipartisan proposals, currently in draft form, from the US House Energy and Commerce Committee and the release of a pair of Bills which should improve how the FCC handles the registration of new satellite proposals. The […]

February 15, 2022By Chris Forrester

Forecast: $14.3bn in IoSM revenue to 2031

In its 5th year, NSR’s first to market In-Orbit Services: Satellite Servicing, ADR, and SSA, 5th Edition (IoSM5) forecasts $14.3 billion (€12.6bn) in IoSM revenue, driven by Life Extension, generating $4.7 billion through 2031. As the race to launch Non-GEO Satellite Constellation grows, thousands of satellites are set to launch through the coming decade growing demand […]

February 15, 2022

Viasat/Inmarsat deal at risk

Back in November 2021, California-based Viasat, a major broadband satellite operator, announced it had reached an agreement to acquire London-based Inmarsat. The deal was worth some $7.3 billion (£6.3bn) in a mix of cash, shares and assumption of Inmarsat’s debt. Now the acquisition is under threat according to reports. The problem is that small print […]

February 14, 2022By Chris Forrester

Alaska reveals SpaceX structure details

The US State of Alaska’s Department of Commerce has released its background data on SpaceX’s financial structure for 2022 (as at December 31st 2021). The documents show some surprises. Elon Musk’s percentage of shares owned, at 43.08 per cent is no great surprise although his stake has shrunk from 47.11 per cent during 2021. Google […]

February 8, 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

Arianespace readies for OneWeb launch

Arianespace says it is ready for a planned February 10th launch of 34 OneWeb low Earth orbiting (LEO) satellites. The launch, subject to the usual weather considerations, will happen on a Soyuz rocket from the Kourou launch complex in French Guiana. Current plan is for launch at 15.09pm, French Guiana time (18.09 pm UTC). Arianespace’s […]

February 7, 2022By Chris Forrester

Cobham SATCOM joins the DIFI

Cobham SATCOM, a global provider of satellite communications solutions to the land and maritime sectors, and the Digital IF Interoperability Consortium (DIFI), the independent space industry group formed to advance interoperability in satellite and ground system networks, have announced Cobham’s membership in the DIFI Consortium. Cobham is a long-standing proponent of standard interfaces, reflected in […]

February 7, 2022