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Mark Boggett Seraphim

European Space Industry to get Venture Capital Boost

[Via Satellite 08-27-2015] The European space industry is soon to gain a boost in venture capital once the London-based Seraphim Capital launches the Seraphim Space and Special Situations Fund during the fourth quarter of this year. The venture fund, which recently partnered with the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) applications [...]

By | August 27, 2015


ISRO’s Ninth GSLV Rocket Launches GSAT 6 Communications Satellite

[Via Satellite 08-27-2015] The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) completed the ninth flight of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle on Aug. 27, carrying the GSAT 6 communications satellite. The mission, conducted from Satish Dhawan Space Center Shar (SDSC SHAR), Sriharikota, was the fifth developmental flight of GSLV and the third to carry the indigenous Cryogenic [...]

By | August 27, 2015

AsiaSat 6 SSL

AsiaSat 6 and 8 Growth Cut Short by Licensing Hang-ups

[Via Satellite 08-27-2015] Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, or AsiaSat, reported that licensing approvals are inhibiting growth from its new satellites AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8 during its 2015 interim results for the six months ended June 30. Combined with the challenge of excess capacity in Asian markets and flattening demand in some places, the [...]

By | August 27, 2015

SpeedCast VSAT

SpeedCast to Deliver Satcom to InterOil Sites in Papua New Guinea

[Via Satellite 08-27-2015] SpeedCast has been awarded a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract for the delivery of satellite communications and network services by InterOil Corporation, a leading independent oil and gas business with operations dedicated to Papua New Guinea. InterOil will use a field connectivity solution, including containerized satellite data and voice communications units, network services, [...]

By | August 27, 2015

Arabsat Broadcasts Ivory Coast Channel from BADR 4

[Via Satellite 08-27-2015] Arabsat is now offering Radiodiffusion-Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI) across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe from its BADR 4 satellite, the company announced Aug. 27. The operator began broadcasting RTI through an agreement with the public broadcaster. “Africa is a large continent and Cote d’Ivoire is one of the most fast growing [...]

By | August 27, 2015

VS Sept 2015 DGTL

Via Satellite September: The Top 10 Quotes

[Via Satellite 08-26-2015] If Moore’s law continues to be an indicator of the pace of technology, then the flurry of activity seen throughout the satellite industry might be the new norm. In the September issue of Via Satellite Magazine, we talked with experts across the industry on how the evolution of satellite technology is influencing [...]

By | August 26, 2015

ESA Swarm Airbus Astrium

1,400 Satellites Projected to Launch Over Next Decade

[Via Satellite 08-26-2015] An average of 140 satellites with launch masses greater than 50 kg will enter orbit by 2024, according to Euroconsult’s new “Satellites to be Built & Launched by 2024,” report. Of the 1,400 satellites over the next decade, the research firm expects governments from 60 countries will be responsible for 75 percent [...]

By | August 26, 2015

SSL galaxy 19 Intelsat

SSL Wins DARPA Contract to Study In-Orbit Robotic Satellite Assembly

[Via Satellite 08-26-2015] The United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded a contract to Space Systems/Loral (SSL) to study on-orbit robotic assembly of geostationary communications satellites. The program, dubbed Dragonfly, will evaluate ways to build satellites in space that would otherwise not fit within a standard launch vehicle fairing. The first phase [...]

By | August 26, 2015

Welzheim Observatory Germany

Signalhorn to Upgrade Satellite Equipment at Welzheim Observatory

[Via Satellite 08-26-2015] Signalhorn has agreed to modernize the satellite communications equipment for the Welzheim Observatory in Germany. The site, intentionally distanced from major population centers, collects light from celestial bodies that would otherwise be washed out by light pollution. Due to its location, the remote site is reliant on satellite communications for certain tasks. [...]

By | August 26, 2015

Pierre-Jean Beylier SpeedCast

SpeedCast Swings to Profit in First Half of 2015

[Via Satellite 08-26-2015] SpeedCast delivered a statutory profit of $2.2 million for the first half of 2015, improving from a loss of $5.5 million during the comparative period in 2014. The company demonstrated double digit year-on-year growth across all major Profit and Loss (P&L) metrics, with statutory revenues growing 32 percent to $71.7 million, and, [...]

By | August 26, 2015

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