Satellite fleet operator Intelsat says its investment in start-up OneWeb’s low-orbiting constellation of 700 Internet-delivery and cellular-backhaul satellites came in return for exclusive rights to a wide swath of OneWeb’s future markets.IntelsatMega-constellationsOneWeb
As is the case with its main European competitor, Eutelsat’s near-term forecast has been upset by delayed launches following launch failures of two of the three main commercial providers.EutelsatSatellite Telecom
A U.S. bankruptcy court has given the administrators of Australian satellite operator NewSat Ltd. until Aug. 1 to conclude an agreement with satellite fleet operator Measat of Malaysia to purchase NewSat’s contract with launch-service provider Arianespace of Europe.ArianespaceMeasatNewSat
Mobile satellite communications services provider SpeedCast International on July 28 said it is purchasing SAIT Communications of Greece and Cyprus, a maritime communications provider with a 2,500-ship customer base.maritimeSatellite Telecom
Contractors in the hunt to build the GPS satellites the U.S. Air Force will launch next decade are already touting their work on a fully digital navigation payload, an upgrade lawmakers want the Air Force to include when it finally places a follow-on order for the GPS 3 satellites now being built.GPSU.S. Air Force
The British government has agreed to limit the liability of U.K.-licensed satellite operators in an attempt to encourage growth in Britain’s commercial space sector.EuropeSatellite TelecomUK
A new report concludes that public-private partnerships, like those NASA has used in its commercial cargo and crew programs, could return humans to the moon for as little as $10 billion and within seven years.human spaceflightMoonNASA
A U.S. District Court is expected to rule early this fall whether Boeing’s attempt to collect $356 million from its Russian and Ukrainian former partners in the Sea Launch commercial-launch company is an open-and-shut case of contract breach or something more complicated, as the defendants claim.BoeingSea Launch
Airbus Defense and Space on July 24 said it has begun moving the Skynet 5A military telecommunications satellite from its 6 degrees east slot to 94.8 degrees east over the Asia Pacific, where it is expected to begin operations late this year.AirbusMilitary SpaceSatellite Telecom
The Aerospace Corp. has been designing and building miniature satellites for nearly two decades. Customer interest began to surge in 2012, however, as people recognized that microelectronics could enable extremely small satellites to take over many of the tasks performed by larger spacecraft.
XCOR Aerospace, a company developing a two-seat suborbital spaceplane for tourism and research applications, plans to raise its ticket prices by 50 percent next year, the company announced July 16.suborbitalXCOR
The European Space Agency, continuing in its relatively new role as pollinator of near-term satellite telecommunications technology, on July 16 contracted with Inmarsat to conduct research on a next-generation Inmarsat mobile communications system.ESAInmarsat
Intelsat asked U.S. regulators to block a SpaceX launch of two small satellites to test technologies for a future low-orbiting Internet-delivery constellation, claiming SpaceX has refused to disclose sufficient information relating to potential frequency interference and collision risk.IntelsatMega-constellationsSpaceX
A Russian billionaire announced July 20 he is pledging $100 million to a private effort to search for signals from extraterrestrial civilizations, a project that will be chaired by a former director of NASA’s Ames Research Center.
A July 14 hearing revealed House Democrats and Republicans are split on the long-term viability of using commercially collected satellite data in U.S. weather forecasting models, despite the recent passage of a bipartisan bill that would mandate a commercial weather data pilot program.Commercial WeatherNOAA