ESA was planning the most ambitious debris removal demonstration: capturing its 8,000-kilogram Envisat environmental-monitoring satellite in 2023 and performing a controlled atmospheric reentry. Now, ESA is exploring synergies between on-orbit servicing and debris removal spacecraft. Credit: ESA
SpaceX founder Elon Musk  made a splash in January when he announced plans to circle the globe with a consolation of Internet-delivery satellites. Since then, additional details have been relatively few and far between. Credit: SpaceNews illustration by Lance Marburger
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son (left) and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (right) are both worth roughly $20 billion on paper, but Masa’s telecom ventures generate massive amounts of cash while Musk’s biggest company, Tesla, is still losing money. Credit: Flickr.com
Alex Clavel, SoftBank’s managing director, said Intelsat’s relationship with OneWeb doesn’t preclude other geostationary satellite operators from becoming resellers of OneWeb capacity. Credit: Kate Patterson for SpaceNews
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Even OneWeb’s mega-constellation, whose first satellites are just now being built by the OneWeb-Airbus joint venture OneWeb Satellites in Toulouse, France, doesn’t provide the scale needed to justify the upfront expense of automating assembly. Credit: Airbus
LeoSat chief executive Mark Rigolle, left, and Samer Halawi, OneWeb's COO, participate in a panel discussion at World Satellite Business Week in Paris. Credit: SpaceNews/Brian Berger

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