SES-12 Craft Was Successfully Launched


Satellite operator SES has confirmed that its SES-12 craft was successfully launched onboard a ‘flight-proven’ SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida, US. SES-12, which is uniquely designed with state-of-the-art wide beams and high throughput beams, will join SES-8 at 95 degrees East to meet the diverse needs of video, fixed data, mobility and government customers across Asia-Pacific…

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The Union Cabinet Approved Funding For Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV Mk-III


Phase 1 is the first phase of operational flights that will enable the launch of 4 tonne class of communication satellites to meet the country’s satellite communication requirements. The Union Cabinet approved funding for the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III (GSLV Mk-III) continuation programme (Phase-I). The programme consists of ten GSLV (Mk-III) flights, at a total estimated cost of Rs.…

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Satcom Companies Willing to Partner with China to Gain Market Access

Satcom Companies

Multiple satellite communications companies say they are willing to team up with Chinese companies in order to sell into its sizeable but regulatorily challenging market.China’s growing prowess in satellite communications, evidenced by a growing number of exported Chinese satellites and investments in foreign satellite companies, doesn’t have satellite operators and service providers spooked the way it does satellite manufacturers and…

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Facebook’s Aquila Internet-beaming Drone Project Abandoned

Drone Project

In a significant development, Facebook has abandoned its plan to develop high-flying solar-powered drones called Aquila that was aimed to deliver Internet to nearly four billion people in remote parts of the world. A high altitude platform station (HAPS) system, Aquila’s mission, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, was to connect the world and help people who do not have…

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