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Ariane 6 delayed to mid-2024

The already much-delayed debut launch of Ariane 6 rocket is to be further delayed. A briefing by the European Space Agency (ESA) announced that maiden flight is not now likely until the middle of 2024. The delays are likely to push the rocket’s first commercial launch towards the end of 2024. The original schedule called […]

September 5, 2023By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat partners with Karista’s Spacetech fund

Karista and Eutelsat Communications have announced a new strategic partnership which will see Eutelsat become a new subscriber to the venture capital (VC) firm’s Spacetech fund. For Eutelsat, the new partnership consolidates its existing close ties with the industry’s start-ups and plays a key role in the development of a vibrant space ecosystem featuring the […]

September 5, 2023

SES Space & Defense awarded US AFRL contract

SES Space & Defense, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES focused on delivering satellite network solutions for the US Government, has been awarded a multi-year contract by the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to conduct a series of tests to integrate space broadband services across a multi-orbit satellite network in support of the Defense Experimentation […]

September 5, 2023

QinetiQ wins US space contract

UK-based technology company QinetiQ has won a 5-year contract from the US Space Development Agency. The contract goes to QinetiQ’s US arm based in Virginia. The contract, worth $224 million (€207.3m), is for systems engineering and technical assistance for the Agency’s upcoming mesh network and in particular its Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture which is itself […]

September 4, 2023By Chris Forrester

Hong Kong Aerospace profits drop

Cayman Islands-registered Hong Kong Aerospace Technology Group (HKATG), which majority owns its Aspace subsidiary and in July inaugurated a large satellite production facility, has reported a 44.4 per cent drop in gross profit and a 27.1 percent decline in revenue for the six months ending June 30th. The satellite production facility is planning to produce […]

September 4, 2023By Chris Forrester

Amazon hit by lawsuit over Kuiper broadband

A pension fund which is a shareholder in Amazon has filed a lawsuit against the directors of Amazon alleging that they failed to consider SpaceX as a launch supplier for the Project Kuiper broadband by satellite scheme. The writ, filed in Delaware’s Chancery Court, argues that the directors “acted in bad faith” in approving the […]

September 1, 2023By Chris Forrester

Telemor, SES expand partnership

Telemor, the mobile operator in Timor-Leste, and SES have announced the renewal of their eight-year partnership which involves enabling Telemor to deliver upgraded mobile connectivity to residents and businesses in Timor-Leste. Under the new agreement, Telemor will increase its service uptake on SES’s O3b constellation operating in medium earth orbit (MEO). Partners since 2015, Telemor […]

September 1, 2023

Forecast: Satellite IoT subs at 23.9m by 2027

According to a report from specialist IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the global satellite IoT communications market is growing at a steady pace. The global satellite IoT subscriber base grew to surpass 4.5 million in 2022. The number of satellite IoT subscribers is forecast increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 39.6 per […]

August 30, 2023

Viasat reports another satellite failure

Viasat is suffering from another satellite loss which is malfunctioning in orbit. Viasat already has problems with its ViaSat-3 Americas satellite launched on May 1st. But this fresh problem occurs with Inmarsat’s I6-F2 satellite which was launched in February. The Inmarsat craft suffered a failure with its power system while climbing in orbit to where […]

August 25, 2023By Chris Forrester

SpaceX nears 5,000 satellite launches

An August 22nd launch by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket marked the 100th launch of Starlink satellites. The launch also broke many other records. The Vandenberg Space Force Station launch completed SpaceX’s 218th landing of one of the Falcon 9 boosters and the 114th consecutive landing. However, perhaps the most impressive achievement is that the […]

August 23, 2023