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Telesat applies for UK earth station licence

UK comms regulator Ofcom has received an application from Canadian satellite operator Telesat for an Earth Station Network Licence for its Lightspeed satellite constellation. This application is to allow the deployment of user terminals, which is the equipment used by customers for a variety of different purposes. This can be on the ground, in the […]

June 24, 2022By Colin Mann

Telesat demos LEO over India

Canadian satellite operator Telesat has showcased its potential low Earth orbiting Lightspeed system with a connectivity demonstration over India. Telesat, working with Indian satellite service provider Nelco, used its first LEO test satellite, to provide the demo. The signals went to a routine 85 cm parabolic dish antenna at Nelco’s Teleport outside Mumbai. Round-trip signals […]

May 19, 2022By Chris Forrester

Quebec to connect homes with Starlink

Quebec’s government is already financially supporting its Canada-based satellite operator Telesat and its planned Lightspeed low Earth orbiting constellation. It is also helping to connect homes in difficult to reach regions using Elon Musk’s Starlink. Just over 10,000 remote homes will be connected by the American company’s service. Starlink’s low-earth orbit satellites, operated by SpaceX, […]

May 11, 2022By Chris Forrester

Telesat cuts Lightspeed fleet size

Ottawa-based Telesat has significantly reduced the planned size of its Lightspeed low Earth orbiting constellation. Telesat says of its originally planned 298 craft, it will now orbit just 188 plus 10 in-flight orbiting spares. CEO Dan Goldberg gave an update on current plans and decisions for the constellation as part of the operator’s Q1/2022 financials […]

May 9, 2022By Chris Forrester

Telesat wins NASA space-to-space contract

Telesat Government Solutions, a US-incorporated, wholly owned subsidiary of Canada-based Telesat, has announced a $30.65 million NASA contract to develop and demonstrate RF and Optically linked space-to-space high data rate connectivity. Since NASA plans to decommission its owned and operated Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) system in the coming years, the agency’s Consumer Services […]

May 5, 2022By Chris Forrester

Telesat approved for US government contracts

Canada-based Telesat has gained formal clearance to deal with US government customers – essentially the US military. Telesat Government Solutions (TGS) is the actual business which has been seeking US work under the businesses new boss Tom Eaton. But the move is a major step in winning contracts for Telesat’s upcoming Lightspeed low Earth orbiting […]

April 5, 2022By Chris Forrester

Telesat could reduce size of LEO constellation

Ottawa-based Telesat says it is considering ordering fewer Low Earth orbiting (LEO) satellites. The operator’s prime contractor is suffering from Covid-based manufacturing delays. CEO Dan Goldberg, speaking to analysts following the company’s financial statement, said that it was facing a set of problems. “There’s supply chain issues which are causing delays, and there are inflationary […]

March 23, 2022By Chris Forrester

Cobham SATCOM selects CPI as RF supplier

Cobham SATCOM, a global provider of land and maritime satellite communications solutions to the Government and Enterprise sectors, has announced the selection of Communications & Power Industries (CPI) to provide state-of-the-art Ka-band amplifiers for the gateway tracking antenna systems that Cobham will be supplying for the Telesat Lightspeed Landing Station Terminals. CPI is a global […]

March 22, 2022

Telesat reports “modest” revenues

Telesat, the Canadian satellite operators, has published its financial results for the three-month and one-year periods ended December 31st 2021. “I am pleased to report our 2021 fourth quarter and full year results as a dual-listed, public company,” commented Dan Goldberg, Telesat’s President and CEO. “Despite modestly lower year-over-year revenues and Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted for […]

March 21, 2022

Report: Satellite constellations worth $235bn

The growing number of either existing or future projects in the satellite communications (and Earth observation) segments are projected to have an overall value of $235.2 billion (€212.7bn) according to a study from Northern Sky Research (NSR). The likes of Elon Musk’s Starlink, the UK/India-backed OneWeb plus other major projects from the likes of Telesat […]

March 18, 2022By Chris Forrester