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OneWeb’s first big deployment launch slips to January

WASHINGTON — OneWeb has delayed the beginning of its regular launch campaign by a month to allow more testing of its small broadband satellites.  “We...

Air Force enthusiastic about commercial LEO broadband after successful tests

The Air Force wants to work with multiple satellite broadband providers that are currently building LEO constellations WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force has been...

Eutelsat taps Loft Orbital, AAC Clyde to lay cornerstone for ELO...

WASHINGTON — Eutelsat on Sept. 24 said it ordered two cubesats from AAC Clyde Space and hired Loft Orbital to build and fly data-transfer...

GEO satellite orders are up, but full rebound remains to be...

Commercial orders of geostationary communications satellites have reached double-digits for the first time since 2016, but a return to former buying rates remains unlikely,...

Sky Perfect JSAT, challenged by TV business, hedges bets on HAPS,...

WASHINGTON — Japanese satellite operator Sky Perfect JSAT said it is focusing on a wide range of growth initiatives as fiber optic cable expansion...

Optus partners with smallsat startup Myriota on Australian IoT service

WASHINGTON — Australia’s largest satellite operator Optus said Aug. 19 it will jointly pursue business connecting sensors and smart devices with Myriota, a startup...

Telesat outlines spending plan for Canadian government’s LEO constellation investment 

WASHINGTON — Telesat plans to use an 85 million Canadian dollar ($64.7 million) investment by the government of Canada on the first dozen satellites of...

Kennedy sees growing congressional support for Space Development Agency

Kennedy says committees are recognizing the need for an organization like SDA and they’re trying to figure out what to make it go do. BEDFORD,...

OneWeb, Intellian partner on terminals • Telesat demos LEO backhaul •...

To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. OneWeb has partnered with antenna maker Intellian to provide communications...

SpaceX Starlink satellite veterans join Amazon’s competing Project Kuiper team

The leadership team for Amazon’s newly revealed broadband satellite constellation, code-named Project Kuiper, includes engineers who left SpaceX’s Starlink constellation program last year as...

Canada pledges additional support for LEO broadband satellites

VICTORIA, British Columbia – The Canadian government has vowed to increase the level of funding for the development of low Earth orbit satellites that...

Air Force laying groundwork for future military use of commercial megaconstellations

The Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation office in December awarded SpaceX a $28 million contract to test over the next three years...

OneWeb’s first satellites are launched into orbit for global internet constellation

A Russian-built, European-launched Soyuz rocket sent the first six satellites of OneWeb’s broadband data constellation into orbit today, kicking off a years-long campaign aimed...

FIRST UP Satcom | SmartSky raises $104M • SES picks Halliwell successor...

TOP STORIES Ground-based inflight connectivity provider SmartSky Networks raised $104 million to continue deployment of its air-to-ground network. Most of the funding, $75 million, is...

Maxar creating new smallsat division as it shrinks SSL

WASHINGTON — Maxar Technologies is setting up a new organization focused solely on small satellites while continuing to downsize its geostationary satellite manufacturing business...

China Satcom’s LEO, HTS projects driven by desire not to fall...

JAKARTA, Indonesia — China’s state-owned fleet operator is making forward-leaning investments in high-throughput satellites and a low-Earth-orbit constellation without worrying, at least initially, about...

LeoSat gains Hispasat as second investor, drops demo satellite plans

WASHINGTON — LeoSat says Spanish satellite operator Hispasat has matched Sky Perfect Jsat’s investment in its low Earth orbit broadband constellation, bringing the company...

What would it take for SoftBank to invest in SpaceX?

This op-ed originally appeared in the March 12, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son (left) and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (right) are...

Divining what the stars hold in store for broadband megaconstellations

This article originally appeared in the March 12, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. The world’s biggest, best established satellite operators talk of broadband as an...

Satellite startup promises communications network that can’t be hacked

LeoSat plans to build an enterprise private network where data travels “end to end,” bypassing gateways and terrestrial infrastructure. WASHINGTON — LeoSat has not even...

Key technologies the commercial satellite constellations need are on the horizon

WASHINGTON — If satellite constellations are to fulfill their promise of offering global communications services, they will need key technologies including low-cost antennas and...

Canada budgets a boost for LEO broadband constellations

VICTORIA, British Columbia — The Canadian government will support the development of low-Earth-orbit satellites that can bring internet services to rural parts of the country. Finance...

New Chinese coronavirus cases show slight fall; Chinese tourist dies in...

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The number of new cases of a coronavirus in China fell slightly on Sunday, more than three weeks after the outbreak’s...
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