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GoGo Buys Capacity On Hispasat’s Amazonas Nexus HTS Satellite

Gogo, the leading global provider of broadband connectivity products and services for aviation, and Spanish satellite operator, HISPASAT, announced on 16 January 2020 a capacity agreement on Amazonas Nexus satellite to meet the growing global demand for high-speed inflight connectivity services. Gogo has leased multi-gigahertz of Ku-band capacity onboard HISPASAT’s …

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India’s GSAT-30 Successfully Launched For South Asian Connectivity Mission

India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-30 was successfully launched from the Spaceport in French Guiana during the early hours of 17 January 2020. The launch vehicle Ariane 5 VA-251 lifted off from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana at 2:35 am IST carrying India’s GSAT-30 and EUTELSAT KONNECT for Eutelsat, as scheduled. …

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EUTELSAT 5 West B Recovered After October 2019 Malfunction; Commercial Service Starts January 2020

On 24 October 2019 Eutelsat announced an investigation into a malfunction on one of the two solar arrays on its EUTELSAT 5 West B satellite. Pursuant to this investigation, the loss of the satellite’s South solar array has been confirmed. With the exception of the South solar array, the satellite …

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UK’s Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. Appoints Phil Brownnett As New Managing Director

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) announces the appointment of Phil Brownnett as Managing Director, succeeding Sarah Parker who is stepping down from the role to pursue new challenges.  Phil Brownnett, who is currently Managing Director of Geo Intelligence (UK), Airbus Defence and Space, will take up his new position on …

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Eutelsat KONNECT Successfully Launched For African Connectivity Operations

The EUTELSAT KONNECT satellite was successfully launched into Geostationary Transfer Orbit by Arianespace using an Ariane 5 rocket that lifted off from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, at 9.05 pm Universal Time (10.05 pm CET) on 16 January 2020. The separation of the all-electric satellite occurred after …

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New Management Takes Over Germany’s PTS GmbH After Restructuring

After a successful restructuring phase the management team of Planetary Transportation Systems (PTS) now takes full responsibility for the company. The PTS executives take over the Berlin New Space company with immediate effect as part of a management buyout from the Zeitfracht Group. Zeitfracht Group saved PTS from bankruptcy in …

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Luxembourg Buys Stake In Orbital Ventures Investment Capital Fund

During a meeting of a parliamentary committee, Étienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy confirmed that the Government of Luxembourg, together with public and private sector partners, have invested a stake in Orbital Ventures, an investment fund focused on early stage companies engaged in space activities. Luxembourg’s …

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Arianespace Kicks Off 2020 With Successful Launch Of India’s GSAT-30 And Eutelsat KONNECT

Arianespace opened its 2020 launch activity with a dual-satellite Ariane 5 mission from French Guiana that successfully placed EUTELSAT KONNECT and GSAT-30 into geostationary transfer orbit on 16 January 2020. Conducted from the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch site, today’s mission delivered an estimated payload lift performance of 7,888 kg. EUTELSAT KONNECT …

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Airbus Ventures Invests In Innovative U.S. Launch Startup SpinLaunch

Jonathan Yaney, Founder and CEO of SpinLaunch, Inc., has announced that the company has received an additional investment of U.S.$35 million for continued development of the world’s first kinetic launch system, designed to provide the lowest-cost, environmentally responsible orbital launch system to serve the rapidly growing small satellite industry. The …

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