UrtheCast OptiSAR imagery example. Photo: UrtheCast

21AT Signs Contract for UrtheCast Constellation Data

Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology (21AT), an independent Chinese commercial satellite operator and non-governmental investor in remote sensing satellite systems, announced a long-term strategic partnership to acquire geospatial data from the UrtheDaily constellation, UrtheCast’s planned constellation of Earth observation satellites which will deliver daily, medium-resolution imagery of the entire planet’s landmass, excluding Antarctica. By entering into this […]

By | December 5, 2017

Photo: ISRO.

Spaceflight Prepares to Launch 11 Spacecraft on India’s PSLV

Spaceflight announced it will be launching 11 spacecraft in early January 2018 from the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). Spacecraft include Finland’s Iceye-X1 Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) microsatellite, Planetary Resources’ Arkyd-6 6U asteroid prospecting demonstration cubesat, four Spire Global Lemur 2 cubesats, Astro Digital’s Landmapper-BC3, AmSat’s Fox-1D cubesat, and others. […]

By | December 4, 2017

Heavy traffic fills downtown Beijing under a clear blue sky July 4, 2013. Photo:

China Pursues 5G, Secure Quantum Communications Network

As part of its efforts to provide broadband for 70 percent of the country’s households, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced it is pursing three significant infrastructure projects. Most notably, the Chinese government is deploying 5G networks in at least five cities and is also establishing a quantum communications network near the Yangtze […]

By | December 4, 2017

Launch of the Soyuz-2.1a from Vostochny 2016-04-28. A speech by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation. There is also Yuri Gagarin's face and slogan "Raise your head!" to commemorate the 55th anniversary of Gagarin's flight visible on the photo.

Russia’s First Steps into the Commercial Satellite Industry – From our Archive

Russian President Vladimir Putin has long been a vocal advocate for the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome, a new spaceport in the Russian Far East that he hoped would reduce the country’s dependency on the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Unfortunately, the first two launches from Vostochny have been abject failures, including this week’s failed mission […]

By | November 30, 2017

A portion of the waterfront in Suva, the capital and largest city of Fiji. Photo: Flickr/Nathan Hughes Hamilton.

Eutelsat 172B to Support Universal TV Access in Fiji

Walesi, the Fijian government’s digital television infrastructure management company, has signed a multi-year agreement with Eutelsat Communications that will expand Free-to-Air (FTA) television throughout Fiji. The agreement covers C-band capacity on the Eutelsat 172B satellite to complement terrestrial coverage of the Walesi digital television platform. Eutelsat’s new all-electric satellite, now in full commercial service, will […]

By | November 28, 2017

View of Dili and Atauro Island, Timor-Leste

Timor Telecom Offers Free Wi-Fi in Public Spaces via SES Networks

Using SES Networks’ connectivity, Timor Telecom (TT) is trialing a service providing residents of Timor-Leste’s capital, Dili, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity in various public spaces. The trial will run at the President Nicolau Lobato International Airport, Timor Plaza mall and Largo de Lecidere square. Timor Telecom has been using SES Networks Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) […]

By | November 24, 2017

Auckland waterfront as seen from the North Shore, New Zealand. Photo: Wikimedia.

TV Plus Extends Commitment to Broadcast Over Intelsat 19

Intelsat confirmed a multi-year satellite services agreement on Intelsat 19 with TV Plus, a Direct-to-Home (DTH) television provider servicing communities in Australia. Under the renewal agreement, TV Plus will use Ku-band satellite services on Intelsat 19 to deliver global content to local viewers in Australia and New Zealand. Located at 166 degrees east, Intelsat 19 […]

By | November 21, 2017

SatComRus 2017 RSCC

SatComRus 2017: Celebrating the Past with a Look to the Future

At SatComRus 2017 in Moscow, the underlying theme was how Russian space companies could build for a more prosperous future. However, SpaceX was mentioned a number of times as both an inspiration, and an example of a space company setting a new agenda…

By | November 16, 2017

Cathay Pacific Group In-Flight Connectivity IFC

Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon to Get Satellite IFC Next Year

The Cathay Pacific Group has announced it will introduce high-speed Wi-Fi to its Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 fleets from mid-2018, in response to its customers’ growing demand for In-Flight Connectivity (IFC). This follows the successful introduction of broadband services to its Airbus A350-900 aircraft, according to the company. Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon will […]

By | November 16, 2017

The second launch of China's heavy-lift carrier rocket, the Long March-5, on July 2 was unsuccessful. Photo: CGTV.

Competition Heats Up in China’s Private Satellite Sector

Since 2014, China has allowed private companies to build and launch their own satellites. Compared to the United States though, the trickle of venture capitalist funds has been slow to flow — but that could soon change as the Chinese government works to coordinate technological capabilities across civil and military space. Read more at the […]

By | November 13, 2017

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