Musk’s SpaceX denied US$2 billion in FCC funding for broadband network

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has rejected applications from Elon Musk-owned SpaceX for more than US$2 billion in internet service subsidies. The company sought funding to provide 100/20 Mbps service to 642,925 locations in 35 states via its Starlink subsidiary. The business has launched 2,700 satellites since 2019 and has hundreds of thousands of […]

40 SpaceX satellites lost to geomagnetic storm

Satellite operator SpaceX is set to lose 40 out of the 49 satellites it launched last week.  The Elon Musk-founded company launched the satellites into low-Earth orbit on February 3 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. However, as the result of a geomagnetic storm, 80% of them are now expected to burn up and […]

Starlink sets out stall for India

SpaceX-owned Starlink has said that it will apply for a commercial licence in India in 2022. Expansion into India would see the company provide broadband and other services in the country. The news comes via Sanjay Bhargava, Starlink Country Director, India at SpaceX, who posted an update on LinkedIn stating: “We hope to have applied […]

Amos-17 gets set for lift-off

Israeli satellite operatorSpacecom’s latest satellite, Amos-17, is completing the final stages of its pre-launch preparation ahead of take-off later this summer for the 17°East orbital position. Amos-17 has beendesigned to targetthe African market. The craft’s C-band,Ka-band and Ku-bandcapacity will enable ti to provide broad regional beams and high throughput spot beams across Africa. Equipped with a digital payload from Boeing Satellite […]

SES-12 satellite successfully launched

SES has reported that its SES-12 satellite was successfully launched onboard a flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida. SES-12, is equipped with wide beams and high throughput beams and will provide video, fixed data, mobility and government services across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. The satellite will join SES-8 at 95 […]

Intelsat 35e launch scrapped for second time in two days

The launch of Intelsat’s new satellite, Intelsat 35e, has been aborted at the last moment for the second time in two days. Yesterday’s launch from Cape Canaveral on a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle was halted 10 seconds before the planned take-off time, prior to rocket ignition. SpaceX attributed the stand-down to “a violation of […]

SES satellite lofted by re-usable launcher for first time

Satellite operator SES’s SES-10 satellite has been successfully launched into space onboard a ‘flight-proven’ SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre. SES-10 is the first geostationary commercial satellite to launch on a re-used first-stage rocket booster. The satellite has a Ku-band payload of 55 36MHz transponder equivalents. The spacecraft is the first SES […]

SpaceX explains cause of Amos-6 explosion

SpaceX has identified the fault that caused Spacecom’s Amos-6 satellite to be destroyed in a launchpad explosion last September. SpaceX said that the fault was caused after three composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs) inside the second stage liquid oxygen (LOX) tank failed. “Specifically, the investigation team concluded the failure was likely due to the accumulation […]

Amos-6 satellite destroyed after launch-pad explosion

Spacecom’s Amos-6 satellite has been destroyed following the launch-pad explosion of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that was due to carry it into space. The explosion happened at Cape Canaveral yesterday at approximately 9.07am during a standard pre-launch static fire test. In a statement, SpaceX blamed an “anomaly” for the explosion that originated “around the […]

New launch date for SES-9

Satellite operator SES is now targeting a launch date of February 24 for its new SES-9 satellite. The new date was mutually set by SES and the launch operator for SES-9, SpaceX. The latter is currently completing an extended series of testing and pre-flight validation in advance of the SES-9 launch, which will take place […]