Optus Wins A$15 Million Distance Learning Deal with Australian Government
Optus has signed a A$15 million ($14.66 Million), five-year contract with Australia’s NSW Department of Education and Communities to provide remote distance learning satellite services for students.
The Australian telco will upgrade the NSW Department of Education and Communities’ existing satellite technology platform to double the amount of satellite bandwidth available to schools. Optus said the upgrade would occur during the course of the next few months and be completed by October, increasing the department’s current upload and download speeds by up to 10-fold.
SpaceX Signs Falcon Heavy Launch Deal with Intelsat
SpaceX has signed a contract with FSS operator Intelsat to launch a satellite once the launch company’s new Falcon Heavy rocket is complete. The Falcon Heavy will be responsible for taking Intelsat’s satellite up to a into geosynchronous transfer orbit.
SpaceX, which recently launched a Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule demonstration for NASA, did not disclose the timing of the launch with Intelsat, though SpaceX Spokeswoman Kirstin Brost Grantham said the Falcon Heavy rocket would not be ready for some time.
SupremeSAT Signs Investment Deals in Sri Lanka, China
SupremeSAT has signed an agreement with Sri Lanka’s Board of Investment to bring the nation’s space plans to fruition. The company is making an initial investment of $20 million, which will be further increased up to $320 million to have this space capability. The company’s long-term plan is to utilize the planned orbital slot of Sri Lanka, which is located at 50 degrees East and launch SupremeSAT, the country’s first ever telecommunications satellite.
The company has also entered into an exclusive partnership agreement with China’s state owned China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) for the design, manufacturing and launching of the satellite and also to secure the marketing facilities of many other satellites owned and operated by CGWIC and also China Satellites Communications Corporation.