More than three months after being directed by Congress to explore new ways of procuring commercial satellite capacity using an unusual and specially authorized funding account, the U.S. Defense Department is struggling to make headway on the initiative.
AsiaSat reported a 9 percent drop in revenue and a 27 percent drop in new and renewal contracts in 2014, saying declining military sales and a regional oversupply are putting downward pressure on transponder-lease prices.
The maritime satellite broadband market continued its sharp upward march in 2014, surpassing 20,000 ships with installed terminals despite the headwind of lower crude-oil prices and generating about $1.3 billion in revenue.
The satellite will be used to provide television, telephony, broadband and other services to RSCC customers in Russia, Europe and India.
Gilat’s second senior management change this year comes as the satellite terminal manufacturer shifts its focus from military markets to faster-growing commercial businesses
The Satellite 2015 conference featured repeated exhortations for the satellite sector to defend itself against any encroachment onto its reserved C-band spectrum from terrestrial broadband. But there were exception
Panasonic Corp., whose Panasonic Avionics subsidiary has cobbled together a global network of satellite bandwidth for an in-flight Internet service, has reached agreement to acquire ITC Global, which provides satellite connectivity to the energy, mining and maritime markets.
Mobile satellite services operator Thuraya is looking to sell itself to rival Inmarsat in a transaction that has long been expected but has been stalled by the two sides’ inability to agree on a price.
Satellite fleet operator Yahsat of the United Arab Emirates has been able to offset to lower demand from the U.S. Defense Department for Yahsat’s military Ka-band capacity over the Middle East by increased use by regional governments, starting with the UAE.
Airbus, Lockheed Martin, OHB AG, Space Systems/Loral and Thales Alenia have submitted bids to build some 900 small Internet-delivery satellites for OneWeb.
Current and would-be providers of Ku- and Ka-band satellite broadband on March 18 said they have no concern that the high-throughput spacecraft on the way will cause a glut of in-orbit capacity.
Mobile satellite services operator Thuraya Telecommunications Co. of Dubai posted revenue of $140 million, up 14 percent over 2013 on the strength of continued strong sales of its Satphone handset, Thuraya Chief Executive Samer Halawi said March 18.
On the verge of contracting for more than 600 low-orbiting satellites, OneWeb says it’s looking likely they can be built for around $400,000 apiece or less.
Satellite ground systems historically are stove-piped systems but today’s space ground activities need solutions that are designed to provide common, affordable, modular and extensible frameworks that allow for future sustainment and decreased life-cycle costs.
There is a raging debate in the international and regional spectrum regulatory community on the issue of sharing fixed satellite service C-band downlink spectrum rights with the International Mobile Telecommunication (IMT)-Advanced service.
Stephen Spengler, who takes over as Intelsat's CEO come April, doesn't minimize the difficulties the erstwhile top FSS operator faces. But he also stressed the renewed dynamism of the satellite telecom sector as SpaceX, Facebook, Google and others investigate ways to provide Internet connectivity worldwide.