Russia’s Proton rocket returned to service June 7, almost one year to the date from vehicle’s last flight, delivering a U.S. telecommunications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit.
The Proton last launched almost exactly one year ago, having been grounded by technical issues since then.
Satellite fleet operator EchoStar Corp. on Nov. 23 said its EchoStar 23 tri-band telecommunications satellite for Brazil is expected to launch Jan. 8 or Jan. 9 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
Hughes’ latest high-throughput satellite, Echostar 19, reached Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station last week in preparation for a Dec. 16 launch atop an Atlas 5 rocket.
Shares in some satellite operators who were customers of SpaceX fell sharply Sept. 1 after a Falcon 9 rocket was destroyed in a launch pad incident.
EchoStar Corp. on Aug. 9 said its recent $1.5 billion in bond offerings, which brought its cash reserve to $3 billion, were intended to provide sufficient liquidity to invest in one or more global satellite projects that it declined to identify.
Mobile satellite services provider Inmarsat is all but certain to miss a European regulatory deadline for its satellite-terrestrial aeronautical broadband service, raising the possibility that one or more governments could revoke Inmarsat’s rights to the radio spectrum, industry officials said.
A European Ariane 5 ECA rocket on June 18 successfully placed commercial telecommunications satellites for Dish Network of the United States and BRI bank of Indonesia into geostationary transfer orbit.
EchoStar Corp.’s Hughes division on May 10 said a recent consumer satellite broadband contract with the Turkish government and a combined Eutelsat/Facebook deal in Africa are just the start of the company’s ambition of replicating its U.S. success elsewhere.
Mobile satellite services provider Inmarsat on March 3 sought to reassure investors that it had not become a capex junkie despite adding some $800 million in new spending over six years for two L- and Ka-band satellites and the likely need to spend more to secure its new commercial aviation-connectivity business in Europe.
Company officials say they are positioning EchoStar to capture the growing demand for broadband regardless of what form it takes.
EchoStar will launch a broadband communications satellite on an Atlas, not an Ariane, next year.
EchoStar Corp. on May 7 said its EchoStar 19/Jupiter 2 Ka-band broadband satellite, designed to relieve demand pressure on EchoStar’s Hughes consumer satellite broadband service, would not be launched until late 2016.
EchoStar Corp. said its Hughes consumer satellite broadband service provider reported a slowdown in net subscriber additions in the three months ending Dec. 31 as it reaches the saturation point on several of its satellite beams.