OneWeb files for U.S. license, will debut as B2B broadband wholeseller before expanding to world’s poorest
Internet satellite constellation startup OneWeb LLC on April 28 said it had submitted its license application with U.S. regulators as part of what likely will be a multi-year slog through the world’s capitals as the company seeks global operating rights.
Geospatial imagery provider DigitalGlobe Inc. on April 27 reported a sharp increase in business from its 10 Direct Access Partner (DAP) governments in the three months ending March 31 and signed an initial agreement for an 11th DAP customer.
Satellite fleet operator SES on April 27 said Internet social-media giant Facebook had leased capacity on three in-orbit SES satellites to provide Wi-Fi connectivity in sub-Saharan Africa.
A draft version of a House policy bill would authorize $3 million for the Air Force to determine if commercial weather data could help meet a wide-range of Defense Department weather requirements.
Thales Alenia Space on April 26 contracted with the French state investment bank, Bpifrance, to build a prototype high-altitude platform for future telecommunications, Earth observation and surveillance missions
Rocket engine builder Safran on April 26 said its Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL) joint venture to be “fully operational on the 1st of July” following a resolution of “technical and administrative formalities.”
WASHINGTON — A company led by a number of space industry veterans is the latest to enter the crowded small launch vehicle field, hoping to stand out by focusing on the very small end of the market.
Vector Space Systems announced April 26 …
As executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Rick Ambrose has worked to position the company to win its share of government and commercial business, taking a particularly keen interest as the Defense Department plans its future satellite architectures.
Now that SpaceX appears on the verge of being the first to reuse rocket hardware since NASA with the U.S. space shuttle, investors and competitors are sharpening their pencils to assess the business case.
MDA Corp. Chief Executive Daniel E. Friedmann’s decision to leave his job after 20 years at first blush looks like an injustice: He carries the wrong passport (Canadian) for a company whose growth is in part tied to U.S. government contracts, and he lives in the wrong place – British Columbia, not Palo Alto, California, where MDA’s growth engine, satellite builder SSL, is located.
An April 19 House hearing about potential policy changes that could affect development of small launch vehicles did not result in any consensus on what action, if any, to take on issues that could affect the competitiveness of the industry.
Mobile satellite services provider Inmarsat has entered into a multi-year contract with Telenor Satellite of Norway to lease a large piece of the mobile Ka-band broadband capacity on Telenor’s Thor 7 satellite, industry officials said.
Russia’s Roscosmos, acting in its new role as a state corporation tasked with reforming Russia’s space industry, on April 19 said debt-ridden space-hardware builder Khrunichev Space Center had been provided with subsidies and loans to stabilize its accounts.
Start-up Internet satellite constellation operator OneWeb LLC will build most of its 900-satellite constellation in a new factory in Exploration Park, Florida, following a co-funding agreement with the state of Florida, industry officials said.
Decisions by separate French courts have removed an immediate threat to the business relationship between French and European launch-service providers and satellite fleet operators caught up in the dispute between the Russian government and the former shareholders of Russia’s Yukos energy company.