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Report: Sat services delivering $555bn economic benefits

Investments in satellite services operating in the 7 GHz to 24 GHz frequency range have generated economic benefits of more than $555 billion (€506bn), according to a new report by consulting firm Plum for trade body the GSOA. The report, Assessing the use by satellite of spectrum in the 7 to 24 GHz bands, found […]

August 2, 2023By Colin Mann

China registers with ITU for new mega-constellation

China has registered a new satellite constellation of 1,296 craft. The formal filing with the ITU was made on July 4th and updated on July 28th. The Chinese filing named its new constellation as Salespace-1 and it will have 36 planes of orbiting satellites, with each plane containing 36, hence a total of 1,296. The […]

July 31, 2023By Chris Forrester

Lynk success for 2-way sat calls

Lynk Global has released its claimed ‘first-ever’ video of a series of two-way voice calls between standard-mobile-phones connected via satellite. The video shows multiple voice calls using standard mobile phones connected via Lynk’s existing satellite-cell-towers in orbit. Charles Miller, CEO and co-founder of Lynk, stated, “Carl Sagan once remarked ‘Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.’ The […]

July 27, 2023By Chris Forrester

SpaceX aborts launch, but adds Philippines, Kenya

SpaceX aborted a launch of 15 of its Starlink satellites, scheduled to lift-off from its Vandenberg Space Force facility in California in the early hours of July 19th. The launch was scrubbed with just 5 seconds remaining on the countdown clock. This unusual decision was the second ‘abort’ in a week for SpaceX. Conditions on […]

July 20, 2023By Chris Forrester

Rocket Lab recovers Electron booster

A Rocket Lab ‘Electron’ rocket has successfully launched seven satellites from its New Zealand operational site. After launch the rocket’s powerful first stage was detached from the mission and returned to Earth with a suite of parachutes for recovery. The mission was dubbed ‘Baby come back’ and reflected a change in plan. Initially Rocket Lab […]

July 20, 2023By Chris Forrester

Ateme feeds latest Nilesat satellite

Ateme, a player in video compression, delivery, and streaming solutions, has announced that its video headed is feeding the latest satellite launched by Nilesat, the satellite service provider delivering digital television, radio, and data services across the Middle East and Africa. For the third time, Nilesat has chosen Ateme for its video headend; this time […]

July 18, 2023

Telesat launches LEO 3 demo satellite

Telesat has used RocketLab to launch its LEO 3 prototype satellite. The craft is a demonstrator for a proposed 200 satellite mega-constellation, called Lightspeed. The LEO 3 demonstration satellite will provide continuity for customer and ecosystem vendor testing campaigns following the decommissioning of Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite. Once deployed to orbit, LEO 3 will […]

July 17, 2023By Chris Forrester

Viasat shares crash

Viasat, which only a few weeks ago was celebrating the acquisition of London-based Inmarsat, is suffering a massive crisis of shareholder confidence following news of its problems with its new ViaSat-3 Americas (VS-3A) satellite. Its shares opened on July 13th at $42.98 and closed on the day at $30.74, a net fall of 28.48 per […]

July 14, 2023

Report: Comms dominate satellite launches

A report from analysts at Bryce Technology says that launching communications satellites dominate the Q1 rocket activity. A total of 869 satellites were launched during Q1. Most of that 869 overall launched were communications craft (81 per cent) and were handled by SpaceX which during Q1, managed 21 launches and 763 actual craft placed into […]

July 11, 2023By Chris Forrester

Iran gets ITU permission for a new satellite

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has approved Iran’s request to place a satellite at 43.5 degrees East. The history behind this Iranian craft goes back to 2016 and deadline after deadline missed. The concept was moving forward in 2017 when Iran signed an agreement with SES and where SES would place a temporary satellite at […]

July 7, 2023By Chris Forrester