UK pursues OneWeb stake ahead of expected ‘Five Eyes’ Galileo rival

The UK is pursuing a stake in satellite firm OneWeb as it begins establishing partners for an expected "Five Eyes" rival to the EU’s Galileo system.

OneWeb is a startup that's been building low-orbit satellites for internet connectivity. While much of the attention has been on SpaceX’s impressive Starlink system, OneWeb has flown largely under-the-radar.

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Despite the vast potential of OneWeb, it has found out first-hand...

Elon Musk: SpaceX’s internet service will go live in around six months

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says he expects the company's satellites to be delivering internet connectivity in around six months.

A private beta of the service is expected in around three months. The public beta, in around six months, will start with high latitude satellites.

SpaceX first launched its operational high latitude satellites in May 2019. The high latitude means connectivity may be intermittent and speeds will be relatively slow.

Last year, the company...

Satellite internet firm OneWeb files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

OneWeb has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as it seeks a new buyer to continue its satellite internet ambitions.

The promising startup was forced into filing for bankruptcy after its attempts to get financing was unsuccessful.

OneWeb says it was “close” to receiving the crucial financing but the unexpected coronavirus pandemic resulted in the prospective deal being cut short amid market turbulence.

Chapter 11 bankruptcy allows OneWeb to keep its existing work...

SpaceX launches 60 new Starlink broadband satellites aboard Falcon 9

SpaceX has launched 60 new Starlink broadband satellites aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.

The Falcon 9 launch took place at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida and transported the latest batch of satellites into low-orbit.

 

The booster used for the Falcon 9 has taken flight on four occasions in the past, twice in 2018 and twice last year. The most recent instance was in November 2019 for another Starlink mission.

SpaceX intends to successfully land, recover,...

SpaceX successfully launches 60 improved Starlink satellites

SpaceX has successfully launched 60 improved Starlink satellites which pack a number of upgrades.

The main addition is increased spectrum capacity for end-users by making full use of the Ka- and Ku-bands. SpaceX's initial 60 satellites only supported Ku-band antennas.

Another change, aimed at quelling fears about space junk, is that more components of each satellite will burn up entirely in Earth's atmosphere at the end of their life.

With the original batch of...

SpaceX asks ITU for permission to launch 30,000 more Starlink satellites

SpaceX is doubling-down on its orbital broadband project and has filed paperwork with the ITU to launch 30,000 more Starlink satellites.

The ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is a global body which governs the allocation of international bandwidth. Any launch requires the ITU's permission to ensure fair, safe, and responsible satellite deployments.

SpaceX already has permission for 12,000 satellites to be launched. If the request for further launches is granted,...

Inmarsat launches GX Aviation in-flight WiFi on AirAsia planes

Satellite broadband provider Inmarsat is launching its new “gold standard” GX Aviation in-flight WiFi on AirAsia planes.

AirAsia will benefit from the world’s first and only global broadband network. Passengers will be offered a free trial on equipped aircraft until the end of this month.

GX Aviation integrates with AirAsia’s entertainment and e-commerce platform to provide passengers with access to a variety of free entertainment, music, games, news and...

Satellites will deliver fiber-like connectivity across the Arctic in 2020

Fiber-like connectivity will be available across the entire Arctic from 2020 thanks to a network of low-orbit satellites.

While a number of satellite providers have announced expansions into the Arctic, OneWeb claims to be "the only one capable of providing true high-speed, low-latency internet, at far lower costs than existing suppliers and before any other planned systems."

OneWeb's satellites deliver 375 Gbps of capacity to every country above the 60th...

Amazon plans to launch a 3,236-strong constellation of satellites

Amazon has confirmed plans to launch a constellation of 3,236 satellites for global internet connectivity.

GeekWire first discovered the plans known as ‘Project Kuiper’ which refers to the name of an icy asteroid belt situated between Neptune and Pluto. 3,236 satellites would be deployed across three altitudes of earth's orbit under Amazon's plans.

In an emailed statement, Amazon wrote:

“Project Kuiper is a new...

Satellite: Bridging the digital divide between urban and rural communities

Opinion Despite significant investment over the years, there are still ‘black spots’ in connectivity – not only in rural areas, but even in the heart of London. With data-intensive applications an expected part of mobile life, these black spots can have significant implications.

For instance, a business looking to relocate within the UK will most likely make the level of connectivity...