The European Space Agency has signed a contract with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) to be the anchor customer on a commercial lunar communications satellite that company is developing.
The European Commission announced Jan. 20 it will award contracts to Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space to build an initial set of next-generation Galileo navigation satellites, shutting out incumbent manufacturer OHB.
Phil Brownnett, currently the managing director of Airbus Defence and Space’s U.K. Geo Intelligence business, will take over as head of smallsat manufacturer SSTL Feb. 1.
Global fleet operator Intelsat has joined GSMA, a mobile network operators' association that has sparred with the satellite industry over spectrum.
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LeoSat CEO Mark Rigolle said the FCC's approval “will help us getting landing rights in other countries."
The launch, India’ first in five months, highlighted the United Kingdom’s desire to bolster trade with India as well as India’s desire to further commercialize production of the PLSV, a rocket often used for smallsat missions.
Telesat awarded a second constellation design contract Aug. 1, choosing Airbus Defence and Space to begin studies on the company’s proposed system of 117 low Earth orbit communications satellites.
A British billionaire has invested in a company operating a ground station that has aspirations to support commercial missions beyond Earth orbit.
Earth-i, a British startup planning to provide high-resolution images and video of the Earth, has awarded a contract to Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) for its initial set of satellites.
Astroscale, a company developing technologies for removing orbital debris, announced Nov. 21 it has awarded a contract to Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) to develop one part of an upcoming demonstration mission.
A British small satellite manufacturer and a startup company are partnering on a mission to fly a series of smallsats carrying hosted payloads of varying sizes.