The U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s bare-knuckled attack on satellite operators’ refusal to share Ka-band spectrum with future 5G terrestrial mobile providers ripped through the Satellite 2016 conference here like a cold mountain wind.
SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell on March 9 said the company expected to conduct 16 more launches this year, including an inaugural Falcon Heavy rocket in November, and would accelerate its launch rhythm in 2017.
Top executives from United Launch Alliance’s parent companies reaffirmed their support for a next-generation Vulcan rocket, but said uncertainty about the best way to end reliance on a Russian rocket engine has caused them to invest cautiously.
The first satellite in the Air Force’s GPS 3 constellation could be available for launch as early as August, a top Lockheed Martin executive said March 8.
The Defense Department may abandon its practice of distinguishing between wideband, narrowband and protected communications on its next generation of tactical communications satellites, a top Pentagon official said March 7.
Inmarsat, worried that delays in the introduction of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will compromise a major new growth initiative, has booked an option to launch the Europasat/Hellas-sat 3 satellite aboard an International Launch Services Proton rocket in 2017, industry officials said.
The U.S. Air Force is asking Congress for $20 million to begin transitioning to a common ground system for satellites launching in the coming years.
Will export-credit financing dry up for the satellite sector? Will stress on commercial launch manifests slow development of new satellite programs? Boeing and Airbus Defence and Space weigh in.
Hughes Network Systems bested most competing ISPs, including ViaSat, in in an annual U.S. government measure of whether service providers meet their own advertised download and upload speeds.