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Thursday, 02 February 2017 12:21

Iridium adds eighth SpaceX launch for NEXT

Iridium has contracted to add an eighth SpaceX Falcon 9 launch to its Iridium NEXT programme, as part of a ‘rideshare’ agreement the will see the launch shared with the twin-satellites of the NASA/GFZ Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission.

Castor Networks, a provider of satellite communications services to the maritime, oil and gas and energy sectors, reports that it has acquired Watum Solutions, an IT and satcoms provider to the shipping and offshore industry, effective immediately.

Iridium has completed the successful launch of its first ten Iridium NEXT satellites, with the satellites delivered into low-Earth orbit by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on January 14.

Thuraya has launched its new SeaStar product, a circuit switched voice terminal for maritime communications on smaller and regionally operating vessels looking for basic onboard satellite communications.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 11:41

Iridium NEXT launch postponed again

The launch of the first satellites in the Iridium NEXT constellation has been delayed once more, following an announcement from launch services provider SpaceX.

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 10:33

New Iridium NEXT launch date confirmed

The first launch of Iridium’s NEXT generation of satellites, previously delayed following a launch anomaly during testing of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in 2016, has been given a revised target date of January 8, 2017.

Thursday, 08 December 2016 10:41

Iridium NEXT launch moved to new year

The launch date for Iridium’s first group of satellites in its NEXT constellation has been pushed back a month from its announced December 16 slot, and is now scheduled to take place in January, the company reports.

Friday, 02 December 2016 10:34

First Iridium NEXT launch date confirmed

Iridium has announced the date for the first launch of its next-generation global satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT, with the latest satellites to be sent into orbit on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket on December 16, 2016.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 17:30

Satcom Global launches Ku-band VSAT service

Satcom Global has launched its new Aura Ku-band VSAT service, to be offered on a global basis via a range of customisable packages.

A new report from analysts Euroconsult has claimed that the value of the maritime satellite communications market has reached almost $1 billion in annual revenue at the satellite operator level, and is closing in on $2 billion in annual revenue at the service provider level.

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