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SWISSto12 gets €26m in expansion funding

UBS Switzerland is injecting €26.15 million into fellow-Swiss business SWISSto12 for further development of its HummingSat satellite division. The extra financing will provide SWISSto12 with flexible growth capital to meet strong customer demand for its geostationary SmallSat HummingSat. SWISSto12 has won a major order for one of its geostationary HummingSat craft from Intelsat (for IS-45) […]

September 18, 2023By Chris Forrester

ThinKom secures type approval for Avanti Communications’ HYLAS Ka-band satellites

ThinKom Solutions has secured type approval for communications across Avanti Communications’ fleet of HYLAS Ka-band satellites. The agreement covers both the ThinAir Ka2517 antenna for commercial aviation and the GT 2517 full-spectrum terminal for government and military services. ThinKom’s ThinAir terminals deliver outstanding throughput on forward and return links across Avanti’s high-throughput beams. This capability […]

September 12, 2023

MyRadar investing in satellites

The MyRadar weather app sees more than 50 million downloads and a very high rating from its users. It is working on establishing its own constellation of satellites. MyRadar CTO Sarvesh Garimella, in an interview, says the company is on its way to becoming a space company. He says the company is purpose-building its own […]

September 1, 2023By Chris Forrester

Report: 2,325 commercial satellites deployed in 2022

The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) has announced the release of its 26th annual State of the Satellite Industry Report (SSIR), a global summary of the commercial satellite industry. For a fifth consecutive year, the commercial satellite industry launched a record number of commercial satellites into orbit. A total of 2,325 commercial satellites were deployed during […]

June 21, 2023

Boeing readies mPOWER pair for launch

SES needs six of its O3b/mPOWER satellites in orbit to kick-start its global service. Four are already in orbit out of the eleven that will eventually complete the constellation. Boeing is wrapping up the next two (mPOWER 5 and 6) in readiness for launch in June on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. SES CEO Steve […]

May 9, 2023By Chris Forrester

Extra 55 Starlinks launched

SpaceX conducted another textbook launch during the early hours of February 12th from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The launch (officially Mission 5-4) broke a number of records, not least the shortest-time ever (5 days) between launches from the same pad. The mission was SpaceX’s 10th launch of the year, a pace of one launch […]

February 13, 2023By Chris Forrester

Prosperous year for space insurers

The space and satellite insurance sector enjoyed their third successive year of profits following losses in 2018 and 2019. The profits were impressive, with $579 million (€534m) in premiums paid and helping offset losses and claims of $294 million. However, the industry is not tapping into the fast-growing Low Earth orbiting market as the likes […]

January 24, 2023By Chris Forrester

China uses floating platform to launch 14 satellites

China has used a mobile sea platform based in the Yellow Sea to launch 14 satellites into orbit. The rocket (named Jielong-3, or ‘Smart Dragon-3’) lifted off on December 9th from the Tai Rui modified barge in the Yellow Sea. The mission carried eight satellites built by Changguang Satellite Technology, which concentrates on remote sensing, […]

December 13, 2022By Chris Forrester

FCC plans revamped Space Bureau

Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has unveiled a plan to reorganise the agency better to support the needs of the growing satellite industry, promote long-term technical capacity at the FCC, and navigate 21st global communications policy. Under this plan, Chairwoman Rosenworcel will work to reorganise the FCC’s International Bureau into a new Space Bureau […]

November 3, 2022By Colin Mann