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Report: Continued growth for smallsat market

Around 26,104 smallsats (satellites <500 kg) will be launched between 2023-2032, representing a daily launch mass of 1.5 tons over the 10-year period, according to strategy consulting and market intelligence firm Euroconsult. Two constellations alone – Starlink (SpaceX) and GuoWang (China SatNet) – will collectively account for nearly two-thirds of smallsats to be launched throughout […]

July 25, 2023

SpaceX adds 22 extra Starlinks

SpaceX lofted 22 second-generation ‘V2-Mini’ Starlink broadband satellites into orbit in the evening of July 23rd (at 23.09pm UTC). After lift-off from Space Launch Complex 40, the Falcon 9 headed south-east, targeting an orbit inclined at 43 degrees to the equator. The cargo element separated from the second stage about two and a half minutes […]

July 24, 2023By Chris Forrester

SpaceX aborts launch, but adds Philippines, Kenya

SpaceX aborted a launch of 15 of its Starlink satellites, scheduled to lift-off from its Vandenberg Space Force facility in California in the early hours of July 19th. The launch was scrubbed with just 5 seconds remaining on the countdown clock. This unusual decision was the second ‘abort’ in a week for SpaceX. Conditions on […]

July 20, 2023By Chris Forrester

SpaceX forecasts $8bn FY revenues

SpaceX has reportedly told some of its investors that it expected overall revenues this financial year to be in the region of $8 billion (€7.1bn) – double the revenues of 2022. However, this sum is less than some have forecast (around $11.6 billion). A report from The Information says: “The expectation for rapid growth helps […]

July 19, 2023

Study: Private satellite launches exceed government

Paris-based Eurospace, which represents Europe’s space hardware manufacturers, has released its annual industry study, and says that private launches into orbit now exceed government-backed launches which includes military and scientific missions. The one fact which jumps out of the report is that 2022 saw almost 1,000 metric tons of space hardware launched into orbit. And […]

July 18, 2023By Chris Forrester

Malaysia wants Starlink for colleges?

Malaysia’s prime minister Anwar Ibrahim recently had a video conference with Elon Musk about his SpaceX broadband service. The end result is a likely order to equip some of the country’s colleges and schools with a Starlink service. But first the system must be formally licensed. Communications and digital minister Fahmi Fadzil said there are […]

July 18, 2023

SpaceX nears $150bn valuation

July 13th saw a secondary sale of shares from existing investors with stock priced at $81 per share, and a modest rise over the most recent cash-raising which saw shares sold at $77. A total of $750 million in new cash was raised in the offering exercise according to a CNBC report, meaning that the […]

July 17, 2023By Chris Forrester

Optus, SpaceX satellite-to-mobile deal

Australian telco Optus, in collaboration with SpaceX have agreed to deliver mobile connectivity using SpaceX’s Starlink satellite constellation. Together, Optus and SpaceX plan to cover 100 per cent of Australia. “Optus has always thought differently about what it means to deliver connectivity to our customers, and today we proudly provide mobile coverage to 98.5 per […]

July 13, 2023

SpaceX adds double batch of Starlinks

July 7th saw SpaceX launch 48 Starlink broadband satellites into their transfer orbits. The launch was from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. On July 9th at 11.58 pm (Florida time) another batch of 22 satellites was launched from Cape Canaveral. That launch saw the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage booster successfully land onto a […]

July 10, 2023By Chris Forrester

France: FNAC discounts Starlink kit

French electronics retail chain FNAC is selling SpaceX’s Starlink dish and modem equipment at a 56 per cent discount. The retail offer price is €199.99 and customers can pre-order with delivery from today [July 10th]. The monthly subscriber fee in France is €50. Starlink has more than 1.5 million subscribers around the globe, and the […]

July 10, 2023By Chris Forrester