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SSTL appoints new boss • InfoStellar adds Aussie ground stations to...

To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES Surrey Satellite Technology Limited has appointed a new managing...

SpaceX launch: Elon Musk and co set for liftoff TONIGHT

SpaceX will launch one of its Falcon 9 rockets on December 16, with the launch window opening from 19.10 EST (00.10 GMT December 17)....

Falcon 9 launches condosat mission for Kacific and Sky Perfect JSAT

WASHINGTON — SpaceX launched a communications satellite shared by two companies Dec. 16 using a Falcon 9 rocket.  The rocket lifted off at 7:10 p.m....

Kacific, with SpaceX launch imminent, borrows $160 million for satellite refinancing

WASHINGTON — Kacific Broadband Satellites, a startup that ordered a geostationary satellite from Boeing despite reservations about the absence of U.S. export-credit financing, on...

LeoSat, absent investors, shuts down

WASHINGTON — LeoSat, a company that was seeking to operate a constellation of 78 to 108 satellites for high-speed internet, has suspended operations due to...

GEOshare says ‘Mondo Condo’ satellite drawing interest from prospective tenants 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — Commercial operators have been known to share satellites, splitting the costs of building and launching a big geostationary comsat, like...

LeoSat, facing ITU deadline, restarts manufacturing competition, changes funding strategy

PARIS — As it struggles to close a $50 million funding round, LeoSat is looking beyond design partner Thales Alenia Space for competing bids...

AT&T exec retiring • Kacific to use ABS teleport • Gogo secures $30...

To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES John Donovan, the CEO of AT&T Communications, is stepping...

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...

Discarded Atlas 5 upper stage breaks up in orbit • Viasat, China...

To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES Ground-based telescopes in Spain identified 40 to 60 pieces...

Arabsat CEO: Falcon Heavy gives our satellite extra life

COLORADO SPRINGS — Arabsat chose SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket to launch its newest satellite in order to give the satellite a longer lifespan, Khalid...

Nepal, Thales Alenia Space near satellite contract

WASHINGTON — Thales Alenia Space expects to sign a contract in upcoming months to build a communications satellite for Nepal, a Himalayan nation of...

The cosmic vision of Jeff Bezos

Blue Origin's founder explains how New Shepard and New Glenn enable humanity's future in the solar system This article originally appeared in the Feb. 25,...

FIRST UP Satcom | Six Protons and an Angara launching this...

To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES Russia plans to conduct six Proton launches this year,...

Telesat signs New Glenn multi-launch agreement with Blue Origin for LEO...

WASHINGTON — Canadian fleet operator Telesat has agreed to launch satellites for its future low-Earth-orbit broadband constellation on multiple New Glenn missions, Blue Origin...

Kacific to double in size as first satellite launch nears, mulls...

WASHINGTON — With less than a year to go before the launch of its first telecom satellite, Kacific is planning a hiring spree to...

FIRST UP Satcom | Arianespace schedules last 2018 launch • Over...

To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES Arianespace’s final launch of the year is scheduled for...

Arianespace launches two Asian satellites on Ariane 5 rocket

WASHINGTON — Arianespace completed its final Ariane 5 launch of 2018 and penultimate overall mission for the year on Dec. 4, carrying a satellite...

FCC approves SpaceX, Telesat, LeoSat and Kepler internet constellations

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted Nov. 15 to approve four proposed satellite constellations, authorizing nearly 8,000 small telecom satellites to serve...

FIRST UP Satcom | Senators join C-band discussion • GSLV launches...

To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES Two U.S. Senators are urging the Federal Communications Commission...

Inmarsat preps new maritime product to fend off KVH competition

WASHINGTON — Satellite operator Inmarsat said it will release a new maritime connectivity product around year’s end to stem the flow of customers to...

SSL additively expands additive manufacturing from brackets to antenna towers

This article originally appeared in the Oct. 22, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. With four more of its satellites launched between July 22 and Sept....

China virus puts cruise ships in quarantine, hits carmakers, airlines and...

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Thousands of passengers and crew on two cruise ships in Asian waters were placed in quarantine for China’s coronavirus on Wednesday...
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