The six Metop Second Generation satellites will be manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space under a 1.3 billion-euro contract signed in October.
The lease of capacity on the Amos-6 satellite — about 18 gigabits per second of throughput — can be extended for up to two years at a reduced rate.
Harris’ contract is being folded into the broader Consolidated AFSCN Modifications, Maintenance and Operations (CAMMO) contract expected to be awarded in the coming weeks
The two companies lease the entire Ka-band payload on Spacecom’s Amos-6 satellite in one of the first concrete projects on behalf of Facebook’s Internet.org plan to connect unconnected populations worldwide.
The decision appears to end a two-year scrap over NASA’s Bioastronautics contract.
The fixed-cost nature of buying satellite capacity argues so heavily for fewer and larger service providers that some see consolidation as inevitable.
Moon Express announced Oct. 1 that it is buying three launches for its lunar lander spacecraft from Rocket Lab, a deal that should unlock a two-year extension of the Google Lunar X Prize competition.
The contract appears to be the first with a U.S. military customer for the company’s Commercial Space Operations Center service.
The challenger is expected to square off with incumbent United Launch Alliance for the right to launch the next-generation navigation satellite in 2018.
A European entrepreneur and engineer are betting they can raise $1 million in a month-long crowdfunding campaign that began Oct. 1 to start work on a spacecraft to land on the moon.
NASA has added five years to Boeing’s International Space Station support contract and asked the ISS prime contractor to evaluate whether the orbital outpost can remain in service through 2028, Boeing announced Sept. 29.
Satellite fleet operator Intelsat on Sept. 29 sought to dismiss rumors it was trying to sell a portion of its existing fleet to reduce debt, saying its 50-plus satellites and associated ground infrastructure constitute a tightly bound network that cannot easily be broken up.
The International Criminal Court directed Antrix Corp. — the commercial arm of ISRO — to pay damages to Devas Multimedia for terminating a satellite-leasing contract four years ago.
Blue Origin said Sept. 30 that it has completed more than 100 developmental tests of its BE-4 engine, which the company is building both for United Launch Alliance and its own vehicle.
A U.S. District Court has ruled in favor of Boeing and against its Russian and Ukrainian partners in the Sea Launch commercial-launch company, saying the partners breached their contract obligations by not reimbursing Boeing their share of Sea Launch expenses.