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Indonesia: PSN orders giant satellite

Boeing announced at the Washington Satellite 2022 show that it had received an order from Indonesia’s PSN (Pasifik Satelit Nurantara) for a 160 Gb/s craft. The Boeing 702HP version satellite, called Nusantara Lima, will be launched by SpaceX in 2023. PSN is the country’s first private satellite operator. The new craft will have a secure […]

March 24, 2022By Chris Forrester

Telespazio to build OneWeb satellite gateway

Telespazio, a joint venture of Leonardo (67 per cent) and Thales (33 per cent), through its subsidiary Telespazio Brasil, is to supply low Earth orbit satellite communications company OneWeb with infrastructure and services, for a new satellite gateway at the teleport in Maricà, in the State of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). The Maricà gateway is […]

February 15, 2022

SES orders two ASTRA satellites

SES has ordered two replacement satellites for its prime orbital slot at 19.2 degrees East and will serve 118 million homes across Europe and beyond. Luxembourg-based SES says the two geostationary (GEO) Ku-band satellites will be for its prime orbital slot at 19.2 degrees East to maintain the premium services it provides to its European […]

November 18, 2021By Chris Forrester

Thales Alenia to build Indonesian space satellite

Thales Alenia Space has signed a prime contractor agreement with PT Telkom Satelit Indonesia (Telkomsat) to build a powerful 32 Gb/s high-throughput satellite. It will be delivered in early 2024 and placed at 113 degrees east. The craft will operate in C and Ku-bands. Thales Alenia Space is the prime contractor and responsible for the […]

October 29, 2021By Chris Forrester

SES-17 successfully launched

An Arianespace rocket has successfully launched SES’s latest satellite – its most comprehensive with almost 200 spot beams covering the Americas, the Caribbean and Atlantic. Launch was at 02.10am UTC on October 24th SES-17 is an all Ka-band craft and will eventually operate from the 67.1 degrees West slot and is primarily designed to serve […]

October 25, 2021By Chris Forrester

Thales Alenia sees 35% growth

Satellite and avionics company Thales Alena Space (TAS, 67 per cent owned by Thales Group, 33 per cent by Leonardo of Italy) reports it is enjoying something of a sales boom. TAS says it is likely to hit a 35 per cent revenue growth rate during the 2020-2025 period and based on orders for commercial, […]

July 28, 2021By Chris Forrester

Thales offers 4K entertainment on aircraft

Thales has struck an agreement with Samsung to supply 4K in-seat aircraft entertainment using Samsung’s QLED technology and HARMAN (Samsung-owned) audio benefits. Thales is using its Optiq-branded display technology as part of its offering. Also included are a pair of Bluetooth connections and WiFi functionality. Thales’ head of marketing for inflight, Jerry Thomas, says that […]

June 30, 2021By Chris Forrester

Indonesia wins ITU launch extension

Indonesia’s Satria communications satellite was officially licensed – and obliged – to be in orbit and on station by March 2023. That has now been extended. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is tough on its requirements for launch dates to be met, and satellites ‘brought into use’. The rules were designed to eliminate what the […]

April 8, 2021

Who is behind Project Kraken?

Space Florida, a State-backed unit designed to build on Florida’s already hugely successful space-related activity, is in contact with Project Kraken – a mystery space business that could be looking to locate in or near Florida’s famous Space Coast. Amazon has confirmed that its Project Kuiper mega-constellation of 3,200 satellites have anything to do with […]

March 22, 2021

Bank reviews Eutelsat vs SES

Analysts at Berenberg Bank have compared and contrasted Europe’s two satellite giants SES and Eutelsat in a detailed report. SES has a balance sheet that is in good shape says Berenberg but, despite its larger size, will generate much less cash flow than Eutelsat in 2021 and 2022, and, given uncertainty about the long-term future […]

March 18, 2021