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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

SES, HughesNet US government project

Hughes Network Systems, an EchoStar subsidiary, has won a contract from SES Space & Defense, a wholly owned subsidiary of SES, to provide a flexible, software-defined, multi-orbit solution and associated modems in support of SES Space & Defense’s and the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Defense Experimentation Using Commercial Space Internet (DEUCSI) programme. Hughes says […]

February 23, 2024By Chris Forrester

M7 satellite distribution deal with TV ÓČKO

Luxembourg-based M7 Group, the pay-TV provider owned by Canal+, has concluded a satellite distribution agreement with Prague-based Stanice O. for its music channels ÓČKO TV and ÓČKO STAR. ÓČKO TV has been broadcasting since 2002, making it the first Czech thematic television focusing on music and modern lifestyle. ÓČKO Star features hits from the eighties […]

February 22, 2024

Levira acquires AA-SAT

Levira has acquired satellite communication provider AA-SAT, which it says marks a significant step to strengthen its expertise and offerings in satellite communications. “Amid the fast-paced advancements in satellite communications, this technology has become crucial for ensuring reliable critical communications and backup connectivity for IT infrastructures. Levira’s strategic move into the satellite communications domain, complementing […]

February 21, 2024

Iridium extends satellites to 2035

Iridium Communications, which provides satellite telephony and data services to the planet’s hard-to-reach areas as well as emergency services, says it is adding 5 years to its current orbital constellation, and has direct-to-smartphone firmly in its sights. Iridium’s existing mega-constellation of 66 satellites were initially given life-spans of 12.5 years when launched in 2017 or […]

February 16, 2024By Chris Forrester

YahSat revenues up 6%

Abu Dhabi-based satellite operator YahSat enjoyed a 6 per cent uplift in revenues for its 2023 trading year according to preliminary accounts. The extra cash came in particular from its Thuraya Telecom subsidiary. However, overall operating profit fell 15 per cent because of write downs on the accelerated depreciation of its Al Yah 3 satellite […]

February 16, 2024By Chris Forrester

Falcon 9 vs Starship: Launch cadences

Each very well established and highly reliable Falcon 9 rocket can carry 23 Starlink satellites into their transfer orbits. The much larger – but as yet unproved – Starship rocket can carry about 50 satellites. Satellite watcher Ken Kirtland, an industrial designer at Formation Design Group, has compared and contrasted the cost vs effectiveness equation […]

February 15, 2024