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Why America Needs Diverse Spectrum Options
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:36:36 +0000

With the new U.S. administration and Congress focused on spurring economic growth and job creation, our leaders should consider an arcane but critical issue affecting many economic sectors: the allocation and licensing of radiofrequency spectrum. With more than 400 bands of spectrum supporting more than 40 terrestrial and space services, this finite resource is used […]

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FCC Grants Approval for OneWeb Megaconstellation
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:35:36 +0000

Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, released a statement this week confirming that the FCC has approved OneWeb’s petition to enter the U.S. market with its planned constellation of 720 satellites. According to OneWeb, its Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation will make broadband access available to individuals across the world who have limited […]

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Second Launch Doubles Size of Iridium Next Fleet
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:35:13 +0000

Iridium Communications announced the successful second launch of its next-generation network, Iridium Next. This payload of 10 satellites deployed into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) approximately one hour after a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sunday, June 25. With this launch complete, there are now 20 Iridium […]

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Satellogic Closes $27 Million Series B Funding Round
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:34:52 +0000

Satellogic, which operates a constellation offering high-resolution and hyperspectral data, announced it has closed a $27 million Series B funding round. The Series B round closed the same week as the launch of the company’s sixth micro-satellite (the third in its high-resolution imaging constellation) on June 15 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China. Investors […]

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NanoAvionics Launches CubeSat with New Propulsion System
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:34:27 +0000

On June 23, the first liquid chemical propulsion propelled nano-spacecraft — a 3U LituanicaSat 2 developed by NanoAvionics — soared into polar sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 508 km. The satellite launched onboard the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle flight C38 (PSLV-C38) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India. LituanicaSat 2 […]

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Reederei Hamburger Lloyd Connects Vessel Fleet with Sealink Plus VSAT
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:34:00 +0000

Reederei Hamburger Lloyd, a Hamburg-based shipping group, will move its fleet of nine container ships and six bulkers to Marlink’s Sealink Plus VSAT package including unlimited L-band backup. According to Marlink, Hamburger Lloyd was looking for a communications solution that provides a link for downloading Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) updates, which is critical […]

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Intelsat, OneWeb Will Collaborate Despite Merger Collapse
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:43:39 +0000

Although its bondholders’ failed to approve the highly anticipated merger with OneWeb, Intelsat will push forward with its plans to offer hybrid services from both Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) and Low Earth Orbit (LEO), said Kurt Riegelman, senior vice president of sales and marketing. In an interview with Via Satellite, Riegelman said Intelsat will still […]

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LeoSat Joins Forces with ESA on Satellite for 5G
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:42:13 +0000

LeoSat, which is launching a constellation of up to 108 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) data communications satellites, has signed a joint statement with the European Space Agency (ESA) and 15 satellite industry leaders to develop and demonstrate the added value that satellite brings in the context of 5G. With data traffic predicted to increase almost […]

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Arianegroup to Develop ESA’s Future Prometheus Engine
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:41:51 +0000

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus Safran Launchers, the 50/50 joint-venture set up by the Airbus and Safran groups, which will become ArianeGroup on July 1, signed the first tranche of the development contract for the future Prometheus LOx-methane engine at the Paris Air Show. Prometheus is a demonstrator running on Liquid Oxygen (LOx) […]

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Eutelsat Signs First Customers for Konnect Africa Broadband Service
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:41:22 +0000

The Konnect Africa broadband venture set up by Eutelsat Communications has officially launched new-generation services this month, starting in Benin, Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda. Konnect Africa’s service offerings and products include packaged offers inspired by “pay-as-you-go” models and Wi-Fi hotspot schemes. First partners include local operators, telecom companies and […]

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