Optus Satellite’s Foxtel Partnership Extended to 2031

July 27, 2020 – Optus has extended its longstanding partnership with media company Foxtel, with an extension for the provision of satellite services until 2031. Optus Satellite owns and operates Australia and New Zealands largest fleet of spacecraft with five satellites currently in geostationary orbit that service our broadcast, corporate, and government customers. The contract…

Comtech EF Data Receives $1.3m in Orders to Support Cellular LTE Backhaul in the Middle East

July 23, 2020 – Comtech Telecommunications Corp. announced that during its fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, its Tempe, Arizona-based subsidiary, Comtech EF Data Corp., which is part of Comtech’s Commercial Solutions segment, received $1.3 million in orders for advanced satellite modems, WAN optimization and redundancy switches. The equipment will be utilized to support cellular LTE…

Tuvalu Government Signs Agreement with Kacific for Internet Connectivity Services

July 22, 2020 – Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) has signed a five-year agreement with the Government of Tuvalu to provide the Pacific Island nation with high-speed broadband internet connectivity via satellite. The bandwidth, supplied by Kacific’s high-throughput satellite Kacific1, will connect agencies, businesses, and communities across Tuvalu’s nine islands with high-quality internet. Under the…

Successful Launch of APSTAR-6D Satellite

July 9, 2020 – At 20:11 on the evening of July 9, APSTAR-6D satellite took off on the CZ-3B/E rocket at Xichang Satellite Launch Center. After half hour flight, APSTAR-6D separated from the rocket’s 3rd stage, completed the first deployment of the solar array, and entered into transfer orbit. In the following days, the satellite…

COMSAT Bolsters Inmarsat Network with Increased C-band and L-band Capabilities

July 13, 2020 – COMSAT, the global satellite connectivity solutions provider, is extending the life of Inmarsat’s existing satellites through the leasing of an additional antenna at COMSAT’s Santa Paula, CA. Teleport. The newly leased 12.8m antenna is transmitting and receiving in both C-band and L-band frequencies, bolstering capacity for the Tracking, Telemetry and Command…

Airbus Expands its SpaceDataHighway with Second Satellite

July 16, 2020 – The EDRS-C satellite, the second node of Airbus’ SpaceDataHighway constellation, completed its commissioning tests on 15th July 2020 and is now ready to start operational services. Following its successful launch in August 2019 and manoeuvring to its geostationary orbital slot at 31 degrees east, in-orbit testing has been executed and laser…

MHI Launches the Emirates Mars Mission, HOPE spacecraft

July 20, 2020 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) successfully delivered the Emirates Mars Mission’s (EMM) HOPE spacecraft developed by the UAE Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) into orbit via the H-IIA launch vehicle F42. The launch vehicle trajectory was executed as planned, and at about 57 minutes after liftoff, separation of the HOPE spacecraft…