Satellite broadband hardware and service provider ViaSat Inc. on May 24 said it would accelerate investment in its terabit-per-second-throughput ViaSat 3 satellite program and continue to invest in licenses for its airline-connectivity business.
In-flight connectivity provider Gogo Inc. on May 23 denied that it won a recent competition against Inmarsat and Panasonic Avionics by offering what industry officials said was rock-bottom pricing, saying the competition with Inmarsat, at least, presented customer International Airlines Groupe (IAG) with an obvious choice.
Satellite fleet operator Intelsat on May 24 said pricing pressure on its new high-throughput Epic satellite was stronger than forecast but was being compensated by larger-than-expected volume demand.
Satellite broadband hardware and service provider ViaSat Inc. on May 18 laid out what it sees as multibillion-dollar markets in aeronautical and maritime connectivity and sought anew to persuade investors that its satellites deliver substantially more bandwidth for the buck than competitors’ spacecraft.
SES Chief Executive Karim Michel Sabbagh, in a May 18 op-ed column, addresses concerns about the health of the commercial satellite industry.
DigitalGlobe leaders say they are still waiting on approval from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to sell higher-resolution infrared imagery data from their Worldview-3 satellite nearly three years after they first submitted a license request.
The United States has begun manufacturing nuclear spacecraft fuel for the first time in a generation, but full production of the stuff is still seven years or so away.
Moody’s Investors Service on May 17 left unchanged its investment rating for satellite fleet operator Intelsat in the wake of Intelsat’s offer to purchase $625 million in debt at below par value, saying a March downgrade of the company had already anticipated the move.
Negotiations will start by June between the now fully operational Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL) and the European Space Agency on the ASL’s bid to complete construction of the future Ariane 6 rocket, ESA Launcher Director Gaele Winters said.
The Defense Department and intelligence community will have to weigh increased capabilities versus the ability for future satellites to withstand attacks from China and Russia, a senior Pentagon leader said May 16.
Here’s a phrase that’s not repeated everyday in the space community: “You’ve heard Elon’s comments … we want to go beyond that,” Brad Tousley, the head of the tactical technology office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, said May 15.
Satellite fleet operator Avanti Communications Group on May 16 promised investors an exceptional feat of revenue growth in the next few months as it seeks to meet its target for the fiscal year ending June 30.
The GEOINT 2016 Symposium May 15-18 in Orlando, Florida, featured the usual heavy hitters, including the directors of the National Reconnaissance Office and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
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Eutelsat on May 12 delivered a multiple-warhead bomb to its investors — and by extension to the entire fixed satellite services industry — slashing revenue forecasts on weakness in its data transmissions, U.S. military, consumer broadband and Latin American operations and even in its gilded Hot Bird direct-to-home television business in Europe.