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FCC partially approves Gen2 Starlink deployment

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved SpaceX’s application to deploy up to 7,500 satellites but put other decisions on hold. SpaceX had sought approval to operate a network of 29,988 non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) satellites. “Specifically, we grant SpaceX authority to construct, deploy, and operate up to 7,500 satellites operating at altitudes of 525, […]

December 2, 2022By Colin Mann

OneWeb preps 15th launch

OneWeb, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications company, will launch 40 satellites with SpaceX no earlier than December 6th from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 10:37pm GMT. This launch will be OneWeb’s 15th to-date and its second since resuming its campaign with a successful launch from India in October, putting the company on […]

December 2, 2022

SpaceX to offer satellite phone service?

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is to build “the largest deployable antenna array” designed by SpaceX to date. SpaceX is advertising for mechanical engineers to help achieve the concept. A LinkedIn comment from Sara Spangelo, SpaceX’s co-lead on the sat-phone scheme, read: “SpaceX is developing a breakthrough new direct to cell satellite network to bring ubiquitous cellular […]

December 2, 2022

Arianespace gets 5 EC launch contracts

Rocket company Arianespace has received orders for five launches from the European Commission (EC). The orders come from the EC’s Director General for Defence, Industry & Space. The French group said it will launch five Sentinel satellites between 2024 and 2026 for the Copernicus programme to provide Europe with reliable access to earth observation data. […]

November 30, 2022By Chris Forrester

SpaceX launches Eutelsat 10B

SpaceX managed to avoid a major threat from Floridian weather in order to launch Eutelsat’s 10B satellite from Cape Canaveral late at night on November 22nd. A Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket carrying the satellite lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 9:57 PM EST. […]

November 23, 2022By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat 10B delayed

The launch of Eutelsat’s 10B satellite by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral on November 21st was called off. Reports suggest it was for technical reasons. A SpaceX statement said: “Standing down from tonight’s launch of the Eutelsat 10B mission to allow for additional pre-flight checkouts; now targeting tomorrow, November 22 at 9:57 […]

November 22, 2022By Chris Forrester

Updated SpaceX schedule

A planned November 17th SpaceX launch of 52 Starlink satellites (Mission 2-4) from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California was scrubbed because of a glitch in a static test firing of the rocket’s booster. The launch of a Eutelsat (10B) will happen on November 21st (9.57pm Florida time). The cancelled Starlink launch would have […]

November 20, 2022By Chris Forrester

Forecast: Satcoms service market to reach $141bn by 2030

The deployment of satellite constellations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) for low-latency and high throughput network applications and extending terrestrial network (TN) coverage have become significant drivers in the adoption of satellite services in the global telecommunications sector, notes technology intelligence firm ABI Research who forecasts that this adoption will culminate in $141 billion (€135.7bn) […]

November 17, 2022

SpaceX seeking fresh funding?

SpaceX is reported to be seeking to raise around $1 billion (€0.96bn) in fresh funding in a formal offering. If successful it would value Elon Musk’s business at around $150 billion, a 20 per cent increase in SpaceX’s value. The offering would be aimed at helping employees and shareholders cash out, two of the sources […]

November 16, 2022By Chris Forrester

SpaceX readies two launches

SpaceX is planning to launch its next batch of its Starlink satellites on November 17th; and November 20th should see SpaceX launch Eutelsat’s latest craft, its Eutelsat 10B satellite. The November 17th launch, subject to the usual technical and weather-related restraints, will see Starlink’s latest mission launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The […]

November 16, 2022By Chris Forrester