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Arianespace Prepares To Launch Japanese And Korean Satellites

Arianespace will orbit two telecommunications satellites for its third mission of 2020, using an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center, lofting JCSAT-17 for the Japanese operator SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, and GEO-KOMPSAT-2B for Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI). This  mission is dedicated to space applications for telecommunications …

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Thaicom Migrates Customers To THAICOM-6 After THAICOM-5 Technical Problem

Thaicom Public Company Limited has reported progress in its ongoing efforts to migrate customers from Thaicom 5 after the satellite suffered a technical anomaly. The company has informed its satellite television broadcast customers to migrate their television platforms from Thaicom 5 to Thaicom 6, which will begin operating on 15 …

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Bulgaria Sat Aims For 65 Percent Capacity On Satellite Within Two Years After Struggles

Bulgaria Sat, the operator of BulgariaSat-1 broadcasting and communications satellite, is aiming to lease 65 percent of the satellite’s capacity within two years, according to the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Maxim Zayakov. Currently BulgariaSat-1 is operating at 15 percent leasing capacity, but Zayakov hopes that the Bulgaria Sat …

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AzerCosmos Reports 70 Percent Increase In Satellite Services Export Revenues For 2019

AzerCosmos, the state space company of Azerbaijan, reports that it generated revenues of U.S.$43.4 million from the export of its satellite communications and Earth observation services in the calendar year of 2019, a 70 percent increase over its exports in 2018. In 2018 AzerCosmos generated only U.S.$25.6 million in export …

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EUTELSAT-7C Enters Commercial Service For Middle East And European Coverage

Eutelsat Communications’ EUTELSAT 7C satellite has entered full commercial service and is ready to support broadcast customers across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Turkey. Manufactured by Maxar Technologies, EUTELSAT 7C is a 3.4 tonne high-power all-electric satellite carrying 49 36-Mhz equivalent Ku-band transponders. Successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana, …

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Seraphim Capital’s Space Index Shows 21 Percent Increase In Venture Fund Investments In 2019

Last year was a record year for the space industry with the Seraphim Space Index showing continued momentum from global venture investors who increased their investment in the sector by 21%. Total VC investment soared to $4.1bn during the year up from $3.25bn (2018) and $2.5bn (2017). The appetite for …

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Egypt’s NileSat Taps SpaceX To Launch NileSat-301 In 2022

Egypt’s commercial satellite communications operator NileSat has selected U.S. commercial space launch company SpaceX to launch its NileSat-301 communications satellite in 2022. The two companies signed a contract for the launch on 21 January 2020 in Cairo, the capital city of Egypt. European satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space won the …

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Deutsche Bank Talks Up Possible SES And Eutelsat Merger In 2020

A Deutsche Bank research note written ahead of SES’s 2019 earnings report due on 26 February 2020 is raising the possibility that SES and its smaller rival Eutelsat could merge sometime in 2020, according to a 14 January 2020 report in online television industry publication Advanced Television. In the research …

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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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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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