Europe’s Ariane 5 heavy-lift rocket on April 26 successfully placed two telecommunications satellites – one military, one commercial – into geostationary transfer orbit, the Arianespace launch consortium said.
The Arianespace launch consortium has canceled today’s planned launch of a heavy-lift Ariane 5 rocket due to an unexplained issue on the rocket that appears to be unrelated to the previous issue that scrubbed the planned April 15 launch.
The Russian Satellite Communications Co. (RSCC) said its large Express-AM6 satellite is fully operational six months after a launch during which the upper stage of its Proton rocket was suspected of underperforming.
Satellite fleet operator APT Satellite Holdings reported higher revenue but lower pretax profit in 2014 as it made profitable use of a borrowed Chinese satellite but was obliged to reduce prices given the oversupply in the Asia-Pacific.
Satellite fleet operator Turksat on April 19 said construction of its first domestically produced satellite, Turksat 6A, has formally begun four months after the project was approved and that the satellite would not be in orbit before 2020.
Startup satellite operator NewSat Ltd. of Australia on April 16 filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors, with its executive team stripped of control and bankruptcy managers immediately asking for a restraining order against NewSat’s creditors.
Technology advances since the space-telecom bust of the 1990s make it unfair to compare low-orbit communications constellations proposed by OneWeb and SpaceX to those that either evaporated from the drawing board or got bullied into bankruptcy by terrestrial competitors before the turn of the century, the chief technology officer of an aspiring launch services company said.
The scheduled April 15 launch of an Ariane 5 heavy-lift rocket carrying telecommunications satellites for the French and Italian militaries and commercial operator Telenor has been postponed for about 10 days following a defective cryogenic cable connecting the rocket and the launch pad, launch provider Arianespace said.
Struggling startup satellite fleet operator NewSat said negotiations with its lenders were at a standstill because one of them — the French export-credit agency, Coface — refused to approve loan waivers that would permit funding to resume.
After booking its third all-electric spacecraft earlier this year, the head of Airbus Defense & Space’s satellite division says the firm’s all-electric portfolio is well-positioned to capture a big share of demand for the new propulsion technology.
The U.S. Congress is gearing up for yet another debate over whether to renew the authorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank at a time when other nations appear to be retooling their export-credit agencies to help their industry.
Measuring the future value of radio spectrum is difficult. When the spectrum is not auctioned, but allocated by regulatory ruling, value assessment is even tougher. One measure is corporate attendance at ITU meetings.
International radio-frequency regulators agreed to address satellite-based global commercial aircraft tracking when they meet at WRC-15 to allocate spectrum that will also decide whether frequencies currently reserved for satellite services will be opened to terrestrial broadband wireless networks.
A much-needed ground segment modernization for NASA’s space communications network is up to two years behind schedule and could exceed its budget by more than 30 percent, well above the 15 percent trigger for congressional notification, a new government report said.
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.