OneWeb’s Satellites Deliver Real-Time HD Streaming from Space

  • OneWeb proves satellite constellation can deliver high-speed, low-latency services from Space.
  • Comprehensive tests delivered live Full HD (1080p) streaming video at latency of less than 40 milliseconds and with speeds of over 400 Mbps.
  • All satellites in orbit, launched in February 2019 are performing well.
  • Test conducted in partnership with Intellian, developer of OneWeb user terminals.

LONDON, July 16, 2019 (OneWeb PR) – OneWeb, whose mission is to enable internet access everywhere for everyone, is delighted to announce the successful test of its six satellites in Low Earth Orbit. All satellites delivered high-speed, low-latency services, with speed of more than 400 Mbps which enabled the fastest real-time video streaming in Full HD from Space. The tests, which took place in Seoul, South Korea, represent the most significant demonstration of the OneWeb constellation to date, proving its ability to provide superior broadband connectivity anywhere on the planet.


Dynetics Sets its Sights on the Moon and Beyond

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Dynetics PR) — For forty-five years, Dynetics has distinguished itself as a premier aerospace and defense contractor in Rocket City, USA. In 2009, we first expanded our capabilities to the space sector, shocking the industry with the success of our Fast, Affordable, Scientific, SATellite (FASTSAT) small satellite. In just ten short years, Dynetics has built a reputation as a company that provides reliable, rapid, and efficient space solutions. 


Proton-M Launches Spektr-RG Astrophyics Observatory

Proton-M rocket launches the Spektr-RG observatory. (Credit: Roscosmos)

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan (July 13, 2019) — Proton-M carrier rocket with DM-03 booster and Spektr-RG unique space astrophysical observatory was successfully launched from launch pad N81 at Baikonur cosmodrome at 15:30 Moscow time. The launch and the flight of the rocket went flawlessly making it the second launch of the type in 2019.

According to the launch sequence, at 17:30 Moscow time the spacecraft separated from DM-03 booster designed by Energia company and the orbital observatory commenced its 100-day flight towards the L2 libration point of the Sun – Earth system, where it will be exploring the Universe in X-ray spectrum of electromagnetic emission.

The following operations are scheduled during the flight: support systems check, telescope adjustment, calibration and testing, test astrophysical observations. The observations are scheduled to be performed for 6.5 years with 4 years in scanning the sky of stars mode and 2.5 years in pinpoint observations of the objects in the Universe.

Ferguson: Starliner Flight Test in September “Looking Good”

Boeing’s Starliner prepares for acoustic testing at Boeing’s spacecraft test facilities in El Segundo, California. This vehicle, known as Spacecraft 2, will fly Starliner’s Crew Flight Test after it returns to Florida from environmental testing. (Credits: Boeing)

News 6 interviewed Boeing’s Chris Ferguson on Saturday about the status of the company’s effort to launch its Starliner commercial crew vehicle to the International Space Station (ISS) this year:

“We have an uncrewed test flight here in September. It’s looking very good. We were working late into the night last night doing test work, 24/7 operations,” Ferguson said. “We are in the final push and I’m optimistic that you’re going to see humans return to space from the Space Coast within the next several months. It’s been a long time.”


After the uncrewed test flight, Boeing will also need to complete a launch abort test with the spacecraft before it can launch astronauts. During the abort test, ULA will launch the capsule and trigger an abort, which will send the capsule away from the rocket testing the system designed to carry the astronauts to safety.

Ferguson will pilot Starliner, with NASA astronauts Nicole Aunapu Mann and Mike Fincke, to the space station on its first crewed test flight.

“I’ve learned to not count my chickens early but I’m optimistic this year is going to be a very good year for the Boeing team,” Ferguson said.

SpaceX Says Nitrogen Tetroxide Leak Resulted in Destruction of Crew Dragon Vehicle

An instrumented mannequin sit in the Crew Dragon spacecraft for the Demo-1 mission. (Credit: SpaceX)

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (SpaceX PR) — On Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 18:13 UTC, SpaceX conducted a series of static fire engine tests of the Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort test vehicle on a test stand at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.


Astroscale Advances Environmentally Sustainable Use of Space through ESA / OneWeb Sunrise Project

End-of-Life Service by Astroscale demonstrator (ELSA-d) satellite. (Credit: Astroscale UK Ltd)

HARWELL, UK (Astroscale PR) – Astroscale Ltd. (“Astroscale”), the market-leader in developing a space debris removal service to secure long-term orbital sustainability, has been awarded a contract under the Sunrise Project, a Public-Private Partnership led by the European Space Agency (ESA) and OneWeb, a global communications company on a mission to connect the unconnected through a global satellite constellation.


My Appearance on The Space Show on Tuesday

I will be appearing on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston on Tuesday evening from 7 -8 p.m. PDT (9-10:00 pm CDT; 10-11:00 EDT). Possible topics of discussion include Virgin Galactic’s plan to go public, Virgin Orbit’s progress toward launch, SpaceX updates, the Apollo anniversary and more.

Please tune in or listen to the archived show later.

The Space Show schedule for the rest of the week is below.

Wednesday, Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019: Hotel Mars. See Upcoming Show Menu and the website newsletter for details. Hotel Mars is pre-recorded by John Batchelor. It is archived on The Space Show site after John posts it on his website.

Friday, July 19 , 2019: 9:30-11 AM PDT; 11:30 AM-1 PM CDT; 12:30-2 PM EDT. No show today due to Griffith Talk on the 18th.

Sunday, July 21, 2019: 12-1:30 PM PDT, (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT): We welcome back RAND SIMBERG and BILL SIMON for Evoloterra in honor of the anniversary of Apollo 11.

Airbus to Develop CO3D Earth Observation Program for CNES

CO3D satellite (Credit: Airbus)
  • The next generation in optical satellite constellations
  • Production of 3D high-resolution data for global digital elevation model
  • Strategic move to support export contracts for French industry

PARIS (Airbus PR) – The French Space Agency (CNES) has awarded the CO3D (Constellation Optique 3D) contract to Airbus. Under this agreement, Airbus will deliver a global high-resolution Digital Surface Model (DSM).


ISRO Scrubs Chandrayaan 2 Launch

Chandrayaan2 Vikram lander (Credit: ISRO)

ISRO scrubbed the launch of its Chandrayaan 2 lunar mission on Monday. The Indian space agency was not forthcoming about the cause of the problem with the GLSV Mk. III booster:

A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at one hour before the launch. As a measure of abundant precaution Chandrayaan-2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later.

NDTV reported: “Sources said the snag was in the cryogenic stage or last stage of the rocket before it separates.” NDTV did not provide additional details.

India’s second lunar flight is the nation’s most ambitious space exploration mission ever. Chandrayaan 2 consists of an orbiter, a lander and a rover. The orbit is scheduled to function for at least one year. The lander and rover will last one lunar day (about Earth 14 days).

Planetary Society-funded PlanetVac Picked by NASA for Possible Moon Flight

PlanetVac Sample Collection: Attached to a lander leg, PlanetVac collects a surface sample by using an inert gas to move regolith into the sample container. (Credit: The Planetary Society)

PASADENA, Calif. (Planetary Society PR) — PlanetVac, a Planetary Society-funded technology that simplifies the process of collecting samples from other worlds, may fly to the Moon.


AGI Spins off Cesium to Fuel Growth of its 3D Geospatial Platform

PHILADELPHIA, July 9, 2019 (Cesium/AGI PR) — Cesium and Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI) are thrilled to announce the launch of Cesium, a newly independent company and the first spinout company from AGI. The new venture kicks off with a $5 million Series A investment from Falcon Global Capital to fuel the growth of Cesium’s platform enabling software developers and data providers to build dynamic, interactive 3D geospatial applications.


FCC Fact Sheet: Streamlining Licensing Procedures for Small Satellites


Streamlining Licensing Procedures for Small Satellites
Report and Order, IB Docket No. 18-86

[Full Draft Order]


The Commission’s part 25 satellite licensing rules, primarily used by commercial systems, group satellites into two general categories—geostationary-satellite orbit systems and non-geostationary-satellite orbit (NGSO) systems—for purposes of application processing.The Commission’s satellite licensing rules, in particular those applicable to commercial operations, were generally not developed with small satellite systems in mind, and uniformly impose fees and regulatory requirements appropriate to expensive, long-lived missions.


SIA Applauds FCC Chairman Pai’s Call to Streamline Smallsat Regulations


Washington, D.C. (SAI PR) – The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) today commended Federal Telecommunications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai for his commitment to streamline the regulatory processes to make it easier and cheaper to license small satellites and to empower satellite companies who are working to bridge the digital divide in America with broadband services. This follows remarks made by Chairman Pai at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Policy Roundtable on Small Satellite Integration held on July 9 in Washington, D.C.

[Read the draft order]


FCC Chairman Pai Calls for Streamlined Smallsat Regulations

Ajit Pai

Remarks of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Policy Roundtable on Small Satellite Integration

Washington, DC
July 9, 2019

Thank you for that warm welcome and thank you to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for inviting me to join you this morning. I’m excited to have the opportunity to speak with you today about the U.S. satellite industry—and specifically how the FCC is promoting American innovation and investment in orbit.

The commercial space sector is growing rapidly. Today, we see reusable rockets, satellites and launch vehicles being miniaturized, and startups popping up all over the country. I would argue that for the first time in a generation, America is witnessing a revolution in spaceflight. Yes, this may just be a feeling, but as an astronomical pioneer once said, “Sometimes a feeling is all we humans have to go on.” (That was Captain James T. Kirk in Season 1, Episode 23 of Star Trek: “A Taste of Armageddon.”)


SpaceX’s Cargo Dragon to Deliver New Space Station Docking Adapter for Commercial Crew Spacecraft

The International Docking Adapter 3, a critical component for future crewed missions to the International Space Station, is carefully packed away in the unpressurized “trunk” section of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft at the SpaceX facility on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on June 19. (Credit: NASA/Isaac Watson)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NASA PR) — A new International Docking Adapter, called IDA-3, is scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station this July aboard SpaceX’s 18th cargo resupply mission to the microgravity laboratory. When installed on the space station, the one-of-a-kind outpost will have two common ports enabling expanded opportunities for visiting vehicles, including new spacecraft designed to carry humans for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.