Inmarsat confirmed that the satellite was healthy and had been placed in the correct super-synchronous transfer orbit 15 hours and 31 minutes after the launch from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Satellite fleet operator Avanti Communications Group of London closed a combined debt and equity financing deal that netted $136.3 million.
The Canadian space hardware and services provider said the shutdown of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the strengthened U.S. dollar and rocket failures have all contributed to a reduced number of telecommunications satellite orders in 2015.
In a July 30 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Iridium said it was having trouble assembling the insurance package that its creditors require as a condition of their loan.
Stephanie McClellan, reporting for Imperative Space, interviews some of the key players announcing significant partnerships at this year's UK Space Conference, including Ismael Lopez, Managing Director of Deimos Space on their recent agreement with Urthecast, and Magali Vaissiere from the ESA on the new Quantum platform.
As is the case with its main European competitor, Eutelsat’s near-term forecast has been upset by delayed launches following launch failures of two of the three main commercial providers.
Mobile satellite communications services provider SpeedCast International on July 28 said it is purchasing SAIT Communications of Greece and Cyprus, a maritime communications provider with a 2,500-ship customer base.
The British government has agreed to limit the liability of U.K.-licensed satellite operators in an attempt to encourage growth in Britain’s commercial space sector.
Airbus Defense and Space on July 24 said it has begun moving the Skynet 5A military telecommunications satellite from its 6 degrees east slot to 94.8 degrees east over the Asia Pacific, where it is expected to begin operations late this year.
Steven Adams, a Tier 2 engineer at the Intelsat General Secure Operations Center, explains the types of satellite interference how IGC mitigates it for customers.
Eutelsat and ESA signed a contract to build a new-generation satellite payload, called Eutelsat Quantum, that takes what they said is a further step toward a fully software-defined spacecraft, which has long been a Holy Grail for commercial fleet operators.
The June 28 failure of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is almost certain to deal a blow to the revenue projections of numerous SpaceX commercial customers that had been basing their results on being in orbit this year or early in 2016.
Start-up satellite Internet provider OneWeb LLC, in a move that will quiet, if not silence its doubters, on June 25 announced that it had raised $500 million in equity from sources as varied as Indian telecommunications network provider Bharti Enterprises, Coca-Cola and cellular network operator Totalplay Telecommunications Inc. of Mexico.
A new category of space-based protected tactical communications passed an important test in April. Intelsat General participated in tests led by the U.S. Air Force that validated the protected tactical waveform (PTW) modem performance over the upcoming high-throughput satellite (HTS) Intelsat EpicNG platform.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), frustrated that the satellite industry appears incapable of defending its own interests, is calling on ITU governments to submit letters attesting to the importance of satellite C-band radio spectrum before terrestrial broadband networks take it away from them.
Space Systems Loral (SSL) and its customer, PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) of Indonesia, have found a companion payload to share the launch of the PSN-6 satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in 2017.
LeoSat LLC, which is planning a global low-orbiting satellite constellation of Ka-band satellites to provide high-speed data transfers using intersatellite links, expects an initial verdict on its system architecture and cost by July following the completion of a feasibility study.
A company that has secured customer commitments from South Pacific island nations for a Ka-band satellite broadband delivery project expects to use those preorders to complete a third round of financing and start production of two Ka-band payloads this year.
Asian satellite fleet operators spent much of the first half of the CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum worrying about a growing overcapacity in their region.
Satellite fleet operator ABS is ordering a third Boeing 702SP all-electric satellite for launch in late 2017 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket even before the first one reaches final operating position and proves itself.
Satellite owners and insurance underwriters who have booked or insured launches aboard Russia’s Proton rocket in the coming months have little choice but to stick with the rocket despite the fact that the vehicle’s May 16 failure was its fourth since mid-2012.
Mobile services, including data to aircraft, constitute the fastest-growing segment of the global satellite services industry, posting a 25 percent increase in sales for 2014, according to a new report from the Satellite Industry Association (SIA), a trade group here.
Spaceport America, the commercial launch site in New Mexico most closely linked to Virgin Galactic, is seeking to diversify its user base beyond launch companies, an effort that has already resulted in one new customer.