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Europe’s Ariane 6 Prepares For Initial Testing At Guiana Space Centre

The first test models of Ariane 6 are being manufactured while Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, is preparing to test the launch vehicle and all systems involved with launch. Under ESA’s responsibility, upcoming tests will show that the launch complex is ready for Ariane 6, and prove the launch …

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Airbus’ Golden Jubilee for Skynet Secure Satellite Communications

Airbus is celebrating 50 years of providing global secure military satellite communications to the UK Ministry of Defence with the 50th anniversary of the first Skynet satellite. And it’s a double celebration as this year Airbus is also celebrating its 50th birthday. Skynet 1A was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida …

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UK Conservative Party Election Pledge: We’ll Set Up a UK Space Command

The British Conservative Party has released its manifesto, as part of its campaign for the 12 December 2019 British General Election, and has pledged that if re-elected it will create a UK Space Command. In its manifesto, the Conservative Party, led by current Prime Minister Boris Johnson, pledged: “We will …

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UK’s Lacuna Space And Switzerland’s Miromico Unveil IoT Collaboration

Lacuna Space, a provider for connectivity everywhere, and Miromico, a global leader for the design and production of wireless products for the Internet of Things (IoT), have signed a collaboration agreement for the development and easy provision of ‘space ready’ and off-the-shelf communications devices using ultra low-power and low-cost satellite …

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Egypt’s TIBA-1 Successfully Launched By Ariane 5 From Guiana Space Centre

An Ariane 5, operated by Arianespace, has delivered the TIBA-1 and Inmarsat-GX5 telecom satellites into their planned orbits. Liftoff was announced at 21:23 GMT (22:23 CET, 18:23 local time) on 26 November 2019 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The mission lasted about 34 minutes. TIBA-1 with a launch …

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Israel’s Gilat Achieves 1.2GBPS On Modem Over Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO Satellite

Gilat has confirmed that it has achieved the fastest ever modem speeds of 1.2 Gbps total throughput over Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite. This industry milestone demonstrates the potential of high throughput Non-Geostationary Orbit (NGSO) satellite constellations. Gilat’s technology opens up opportunities for new telecommunications products and a wider range …

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Austrian Space Forum awards Claudia Kessler with the Polarsternpreis – Polar Star Award 2019

The award honours the co-founder of “Women in Aerospace Europe” and founder of the initiative “The first female German Astronaut, Claudia Kessler. On November 21st the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) for the eleventh time payed tribute to a person for their outstanding accomplishments to inspire others in the space community. …

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Turkish Space Agency Opens For Business After Presidential Decree

Turkish President Erdogan issued a decree on 21 November 2019 that formally establishes the Turkish Space Agency. The presidential decree was published in an official gazette of the Turkish government. The Turkish Space Agency will prepare and carry out the Turkish national space programme in line with the policies determined …

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UKspace 2020 Manifesto

On 21 November 2019 the UKspace trade association published its 2020 manifesto for a future British government to consider. With the 12 December 2019 British General Election, and at some point soon thereafter, the UK exiting the European Union, the UKspace 2020 Manifesto comes at an important juncture for Britain’s …

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Israel’s Gilat Reports Strong Growth In Third Quarter Of 2019

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, on 19 November 2019 reported its results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019. Key Financial Highlights: Revenues for Q3 2019 increased to $63.4 million compared with $59.7 million for Q2 2019 and $62.8 million …

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