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Boeing restructuring for Geostationary business

The high-flying geostationary satellite business is in the doldrums. Worse, Boeing Satellite Systems, which with its then popular 701 and 702 models (developed from its acquisition of Hughes Electronics back in 2000), once played a vital part of many major satellite operator’s fleets. However, in 2023 – according to Marc-Henri Serre SVP at Thales Alenia […]

June 4, 2024

SpaceX adds 51 more Starlinks

SpaceX successfully added another 51 of its Starlink broadband-by-satellite craft in a flawless launch on May 10th from the Vandenberg Space Force Base. Following the launch, the Falcon 9 booster successfully landed on a floating barge, ‘Of Course I Still Love You’, ready for refurbishment and reuse. It was the third launch and landing for […]

May 11, 2023By Chris Forrester

US Space Force, DISA award CTC contract to SES

SES Space & Defense, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, will provide satellite communications capabilities in support of the US Army Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WINT-T) training activities. The five-year Commercial Satellite Communications (COMSATCOM) Transponded Capacity (CTC) contract worth $27.54 million has been awarded by the US Space Force’s Commercial SATCOM Communication Office (CSCO) through Defense Information […]

April 24, 2023

Sherpa space tug failing

Spaceflight’s Sherpa-LTC2 orbital transfer vehicle, launched just a month ago on September 4th, is struggling in orbit. It seems the rescue tug’s on-board thrusters may be the problem. A SpaceX rocket successfully launched the tug to an initial orbit of 310 kms altitude but the plan was to use its on-board chemical thrusters to get […]

October 7, 2022By Chris Forrester

Macron’s €30bn includes Space Force

Two years ago, French president Emmanuel Macron said he would create a Space Force. On October 12th, he backed up his promise with a €30 billion commitment for investment in France’s high-tech sectors. “We want to have Elon Musks in France,” he told an audience at the Elysée Palace. Macron said that Musk and his […]

October 13, 2021By Chris Forrester

US Space Force seeks LEO broadband guidance

The US Space Force has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to the world’s emerging Low Earth orbiting (LEO) satellite operators (and would-be operators) for guidance on how the Space Force might buy broadband LEO services in the future. The Space Force’s Commercial Satellite Communications Office, acts as a centralised operation which acquires satellite-based communications […]

March 31, 2021

Amazon creates Satellite Solutions division

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is reaching even further into the sky with a new division called Aerospace & Satellite Solutions. A report in the WSJ says that it will focus on space projects for a variety of customers including NASA, the US military and Space Force and important aerospace companies such as Lockheed Martin and […]

July 1, 2020By Chris Forrester

US Space Force happy with Musk’s rockets

SpaceX is due to carry out the launch of a military satellites for the US Space Force on June 30th. The launch is pretty routine for SpaceX and its Falcon 9 rocket, but despite having carried out 86 similar launches (and which included returning 47 to either solid ground or one of Elon Musk’s floating […]

June 30, 2020