World Satellite Business Week 2018
Euroconsult’s World Satellite Business Week, Sept. 10-14 in Paris, is four conferences in one and brings together heavy-hitters from across the global satellite industry.
In addition to the satellite financing and communications focus that dominates the first three days, there’s a one-day breakout session on the connected airplane and two days dedicated to the Earth-observation market.
The SpaceNews editorial team will be reporting from Paris throughout the week.
Coverage sponsored by China Great Wall Industry Corporation
Satellite operators Yahsat of the United Arab Emirates, Brazil's Star One and Bermuda-based ABS are moving into new markets in Latin America and around the world, according to speakers at the World Satellite Business Week conference here Sept. 10.
As it completes a lunar lander scheduled for launch late this year, an Israeli company says it’s looking for opportunities to do similar future spacecraft to tap into the growing demand for lunar missions.
One of the two commercial GEO satellite contracts Space Systems Loral announced this year now appears in doubt following Israel's announcement that Amos-8 will be built domestically.
As satellite manufacturers grapple with what increasingly looks like a permanent decline in the number of commercial geostationary communications satellites purchased worldwide, one offered hope that a partial rebound will ensue in the coming years.
Emirati satellite fleet operator Yahsat and Echostar’s Hughes Network Systems are seeking regulatory approval for a joint venture to offer ka-band broadband service in Africa, the Middle East and southwest Asia.
Satellite communications providers are forming partnerships, making acquisitions and developing new business models in anticipation of new satellite constellations and surging demand for data links.
The French space agency CNES plans to raise 100 million Euros ($1.16 million) by the first quarter of 2019 for CosmiCapital, a venture fund to support 50 European space-related startups.
PlanetWatchers, a geospatial analytics startup focused to date on forestry, is preparing to expand its focus from forestry to sugar cane and energy, said Ariel Smoliar, PlanetWatchers chief executive and co-founder.
A former vice president of Stratolaunch who previously worked in Congress and the intelligence community has been named to run a smallsat industry group.
GapSat, a company that resells underused satellite capacity, is entering the market with a satellite of its own through the Lockheed Martin-backed Terran Orbital.
Airbus Defense and Space's Intelligence business announced a strategic partnership Sept. 12 with Orbital Insight, a geospatial analytics firm founded in 2013 in Palo Alto, California, to build a suite of geospatial analytics services and tools.
OneWeb in 2015 set the goal of building 900 satellites for no more $500,000 a piece. Now the startup's president will only say "below $1 million."
Venture capitalists see no sign of a slowdown in funding of space-related startups even though only a handful of those companies have provided significant returns to their investors.