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Forecast: Quantum satellites worth $2.6bn by 2030

There are new satellites now emerging from major sat-builders and operators and described as “quantum” craft. They are best-identified as being ultra-flexible in their operation, and embracing high levels of security. Northern Sky Research (NSR) in its latest report says that the potential to deliver “unlimited” security will itself help drive revenues to $2.6 billion […]

September 15, 2021By Chris Forrester

Scotland Land Court’s go-ahead for Space Port

Following on from the decision by billionaire Anders Povlsen that he would not further contest the construction of a proposed Space Port on the A’Mhoine peninsula in Sutherland, the Scottish Land Court has now given formal approval to the scheme. The court ruled that it was in the public interest for the development to go […]

September 15, 2021By Chris Forrester

Starlink to boost antenna output

It seems SpaceX’s Starlink service is gearing up to meet its outstanding demand and widen distribution of its broadband by satellite service. At last week’s Satellite 2021 show in Washington, SpaceX’s CFO Bret Johnsen told delegates that the company is currently losing money on each and every Starlink system it supplies and in particular on […]

September 13, 2021By Chris Forrester

Thailand awards satellites to National Telecom

The auction of new satellite licences was designed to generate millions for Thailand’s finance ministry, but the planned auction was scrapped after the only bidder was incumbent Thaicom via a subsidiary. The country’s Digital Economy & Society Ministry (DES) has awarded the licences from the abandoned auction of Thaicom 4 and Thaicom 6 satellites to […]

September 13, 2021By Chris Forrester

Facebook: “Satellite important for our connectivity”

Brian Barritt, Organisation leader for Connectivity at facebook, speaking on a panel at the Washington Satellite 2021 show admitted that there was no ‘one size fits all’ solution for connectivity; but satellite was important to Facebook. Barritt said Facebook’s problem was related to population density and how those populations and communities were spread out. While […]

September 10, 2021By Chris Forrester

SpaceX seeking more acquisitions?

Bret Johnsen, SpaceX’s CFO & President of Strategic Acquisitions, told delegates to Satellite 2021 in Washington DC that they could still be looking at acquisition possibilities. SpaceX is in the process of buying Swarm Technologies, which makes small ‘cube’ and other similar-sized satellites specialising in Internet of Things services. SpaceX started the process back in […]

September 9, 2021By Chris Forrester

AT&T, OneWeb satellite access for remote US businesses

AT&T has signed a strategic agreement with OneWeb, the low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications company, to harness the capabilities of satellite technology to improve access for AT&T business customers into remote and challenging  geographic locations throughout the US. The new connectivity will complement existing AT&T access technologies. AT&T’s business fibre network enables high-speed connections […]

September 9, 2021

OneWeb appoints MOD’s Moore in VP role

OneWeb, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications company, has announced the appointment of Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Chris Moore CBE as Vice President, International Government and Trade Engagement, to its Government and Regulatory Affairs Team. From 2017-2021, Moore was the MOD’s Director Operations for Defence’s core IT services, leading a 1000-strong organisation responsible for integrating […]

September 8, 2021

ESA approves Ariane-6 expansion roadmap

The European Space Agency (ESA) has given its approval on Europe’s exploitation of the new Ariane 6 rocket as well as the smaller Vega-C launcher. A meeting on September 6th saw approval given for a roadmap for new and innovative space transportation solutions for the next decade and a framework for associated short cycle demonstrations. […]

September 8, 2021By Chris Forrester

Germany greenlights North Sea rocket site

Germany has approved the siting of a rocket-launching vessel in the North Sea. The platform could launch small to medium-sized satellites into orbit. The news emerged at a ceremony in Berlin and where the German Offshore Spaceport Alliance (GOSA) welcomed the commitment. The vessel will have a land-based home on the Weser Estuary near Bremerhaven. […]

September 8, 2021By Chris Forrester