United States: Space Business Review - Special Edition – Top Ten Space Business Stories Of 2015


OneWeb announces plans for 648-smallsat global Internet constellation, raises $500MM in equity investments from Airbus, Bharti, Hughes, Intelsat, QUALCOMM, Coca-Cola, Virgin Group and Totalplay, establishes JV with Airbus; SpaceX announces plans for a 4,000-microsat constellation, scores $1b investment from Google and Fidelity; UrtheCast reveals plans for 16- satellite imaging constellation; LeoSat plans global system to serve high-end enterprise customers; ORBCOMM completes OG2 launches; O3b Networks and Planet Labs plan to expand constellations; Iridium NEXT launches set to begin in 2016.


SES/Government of Luxembourg for a military communications satellite; Intelsat/Azercosmos for Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38; Intelsat/Kymeta for mTenna" satellite antennas optimized for EpicNG satellites; Eutelsat/Airbus/ESA for Quantum software-based satellite payload; Facebook/Eutelsat/Spacecom for a dedicated system to provide broadband services in Africa; Intelsat/JSAT for Horizons 3e; Telesat/APT Satellite for Telstar 18 VANTAGE/APSTAR-5C; DigitalGlobe/Saab for the establishment of Vricon JV; Harris/exactEarth for advanced global maritime tracking services.


Capacity magnifying (HTS/Ultra-HTS); frequency and service types blurring (Ku-, Ka-, L- ? – FSS/MSS/BSS?); handling the GEO/LEO divide; demand/usage paradigms changing and pricing pressure increasing; broadband mobility growing; emerging markets expanding.


Blue Origin completes New Shepard test flight, announces establishment of Cape Canaveral, Florida manufacturing facility; SpaceX Falcon 9 receives certification from U.S. Air Force to launch U.S. military satellites, successfully completes first stage landing; Long March 6 debuts; ULA unveils Vulcan, sets inaugural mission for 2019; ESA approves contracts for development of Vega-C, Ariane 6 and associated launch infrastructure; MHI plans development of H-III; ILS begins marketing Angara 1.2; Proton resumes flights; Virgin Galactic kicks off LauncherOne, opens new Long Beach, California facility; Rocket Lab announces launch site.


Harris/Exelis; Orbital/ATK; UrtheCast/Deimos; ORBCOMM acquisitions of InSync, WAM Technologies; Panasonic/ITC Global; Planet Labs/Blackbridge; EMC/MTN; Honeywell/COM DEV; SpeedCast acquisitions of Newsat Teleport, ST Teleport, SAIT Communications, NewCom International, Geolink, Hermes Datacom.


After three years, LightSquared exits bankruptcy in December following approval of its restructuring plan and FCC approval of spectrum transfer to newly-formed company, achieves "framework" settlement with Deere & Co on GPS signal interference.


This year's beneficiaries: ViaSat Technologies for ViaSat-2, HISPASAT for Amazonas 5, Azercosmos/Azersky, O3b Networks; Ex-Im Bank and Coface are buffeted by NewSat bankruptcy; EDC rises after Ex-Im Bank reauthorization hiatus from June to December.


Satellite industry defends C-band against IMT; proposed studies on Ka-band re-allocation; new spectrum allocation for civil aircraft tracking and possible future additional FSS spectrum.


Arianespace Ariane 5: ARABSAT-6B (BADR-7), ARSAT-2, DirecTV-15, GSAT-15, SKY México-1, Sky Muster, Star One C4, THOR 7; Chinese Long March 3B/E: APSTAR-9; ILS Proton: Inmarsat-5 F2, TURKSAT 4B; ISRO PSLV: three satellites comprising the DMC3 constellation, four Spire cubesats; MHI H-IIA: Telstar 12 VANTAGE; Russian Proton: Express AM-7, Express AM-8; SpaceX Falcon 9: ABS-3A, Eutelsat 115 West B, TurkmenÄlem 52E/MonacoSAT.


Airbus: SES-14, first two Inmarsat-6 satellites, first Quantum satellite; Boeing: ABS-8, NYBBSat-1, SES-15, Silkwave-1; China Great Wall: APSTAR-6C; Lockheed Martin: Arabsat 6A, Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1; Orbital ATK: geostationary satellite for an undisclosed customer; SSL: Azerspace 2/Intelsat 38, BSat-4a, Telkom 4, Telstar 18 VANTAGE/APSTAR-5C, Telstar 19 VANTAGE; Thales Alenia Space: Bangabandhu, eight O3b constellation satellites, all-electric HTS satellite for Eutelsat.

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