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Intelsat Galaxy launches delayed

Bad weather from Storm Nicole in Florida caused a delay to the launch by SpaceX of two Intelsat Galaxy satellites. The launch is rescheduled for November 12th, but again wholly dependent on the weather. Intelsat’s Galaxy 31 and 32 are the passengers aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX has the rocket protected in a […]

November 11, 2022By Chris Forrester

SpaceX readies 2 Intelsat launches

SpaceX is scheduling November 8th for the launch of two Intelsat satellites: the operator’s Galaxy-31 and Galaxy-32 craft. The satellites are the next in Intelsat’s comprehensive Galaxy fleet refresh plan, a new generation of technology that will provide Intelsat Media customers in North America with high-performance media distribution capabilities and to cable operators cable head-ends. […]

November 7, 2022By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat Hotbird 13G successfully launched

SpaceX performed a flawless launch for Eutelsat’s 13G Hotbird satellite from Florida in the early hours of November 3rd at 1.22am local time. The SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage booster supporting this mission previously launched CRS-22, Crew-3, Turksat 5B, Crew-4, CRS-25, and one Starlink mission. After stage separation, the first stage landed on the Just […]

November 3, 2022By Chris Forrester

ViaSat-3 launch slips, with consequences

ViaSat-3, the first of a trio of massive broadband satellites for the California-based operator, has slipped its expected launch date. SpaceX, which is launching the craft on one of its Falcon Heavy rockets, now says that the launch cannot happen before December 27th. The Kennedy Space Centre has published its anticipated launch schedule for December […]

November 3, 2022By Chris Forrester

Analyst: Dangers ahead for small launcher market

Quilty Analytics, in its latest in-depth study, says that the success of SpaceX has prompted more than 100 new launch start-ups entering the fray with most focussing primarily on smaller launch vehicles. But the report cautions that many will not be successful. Quilty says that historically, the business of designing, building, and operating launch vehicles […]

November 2, 2022

Starlink launch success, but data-rates warnings

SpaceX launched 53 Starlink satellites into orbit on Thursday night (October 27th, 9.14pm California time/1.14 am GMT, October 28th) from Vandenberg Space Force Base.  It was SpaceX’s 49th launch this year. The Falcon 9’s first stage successfully landed on the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ floating barge about 9 minutes after launch. It was […]

October 28, 2022

Starlink RV antenna; preps latest launch

Starlink will start shipping its ‘Starlink for RVs’ flat high performance kit in December offering high-speed, low-latency internet on an as-needed basis in any destination where Starlink provides active coverage. Its active ‘high capacity’ coverage promise includes most of the US and Canada although about a quarter of the US from the Great Lakes down […]

October 27, 2022By Chris Forrester

Report: “Satellite phone connectivity nearly mainstream”

A report from Northern Sky Research (NSR) suggests that satellite-based phone connectivity is “on the brink of mainstream adoption”. NSR says that the latest collaboration agreements between likes of SpaceX, T-Mobile, Apple and Globalstar have reinforced the notion of early deployments. “Satellite operators AST SpaceMobile, Lynk and Omnispace are also advancing in partnership with mobile […]

October 24, 2022By Chris Forrester

SpaceX: Over 3,500 satellites in orbit

The October 20th launch of 54 Starlink broadband satellites takes the total number in orbit to more than 3,500 craft. It was mission 4-36 for SpaceX’s Starlink deployments. SpaceX successfully landed the Falcon 9 booster rocket on the waiting floating barge, A Shortfall of Gravitas, some 650 km downrange for reuse in the future. The […]

October 21, 2022By Chris Forrester

54 more Starlinks ready for launch

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 54 Starlink satellites today, October 20th, from Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The instantaneous launch window is at 10:50 am ET (14:50 pm UTC), and a backup opportunity is available on Friday, October 21st at 10:29 a.m. ET (14:29 UTC). The […]

October 20, 2022By Chris Forrester