Globalstar said its upgraded ground segment, which allows customers to take full advantage of its second-generation satellite constellation, should be in service late this year in North Amercia, with Brazil and Europe to follow.
Inmarsat said it expects its third Global Xpress high-throughput Ka-band satellite to be launched by June, with global commercial service to begin later this year, a timeline the company said gives it first-to-market advantage over its competitors.
French space minister Genevieve Fioraso on March 5 resigned from her position, citing health reasons that had been known for several months.
A patent board offered SpaceX a split decision on its protest of a reusable launch vehicle patent held by Blue Origin, approving a review of some, but not all, claims of that patent.
The French and European space agencies have received no word from the U.S. Air Force in the month since the Feb. 3 debris-producing explosion aboard a military weather satellite in a heavily trafficked orbit but said they hadn’t expected any.
Space debris experts at the European Space Agency said March 4 that they have concluded the explosive breakup of a U.S. Air Force weather satellite last month does not present a threat to nearby ESA spacecraft.