Despite Record Investment In Space, American Enthusiasm, Interest Waning

While newer entrants – and future rivals – in the space race lead on excitement, US respondents most optimistic due to booming space tourism, private sector spending

LONDON (Inmarsat PR) — Investment in space in America shows no signs of slowing down, reaching almost $55 billion in government spending in 2021, with the private sector committing a further $23 billion in the US alone in the same year. Yet despite America’s long-time space supremacy, and ever-growing financial commitment, US citizens are not as enamoured by space as could be expected.

Research from Inmarsat found that just 1 in 10 US respondents are interested in working in the space sector, compared to 24% in India and 27% in Japan. Meanwhile, 39% are excited about what could happen in space, again fewer than in India (46%), which came out on top, and the UAE (43%).

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IQ Spacecom and Addvalue to Cooperation on Developing InCommand, the New On-demand TM/TC Service

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding by IQ spacecom and Addvalue. (Credit: IQ spacecom/Addvalue)

IQ Technologies for Earth and Space GmbH (IQ spacecom) and Addvalue Solutions Pte Ltd (Addvalue) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development and marketing of the recently announced Inmarsat ELERA based InCommand service.

BERLIN, Germany, Aug. 10, 2022 (Addvalue/IQ Technologies PR) — Addvalue is a Singapore-based company with extensive experience in providing communications solutions for terrestrial and aerospace applications, including the state-of-the-art Inter-satellite Data Relay (IDRS™) service for LEO satellites based on Inmarsat’s ELERA network. With its “always-on” and “schedule-free” connectivity, IDRS™ has demonstrated multi-year in-space reliability providing LEO satellite operators the ability to securely manage and task their LEO satellites in real time.

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Loft Orbital LEO Satellite Condominiums to be Enhanced with IDRS Always-on Technology

LOGAN, Utah, Aug. 9, 2022 (Loft Orbital PR) — Ground-breaking ‘Space Infrastructure As a Service’ provider Loft Orbital is partnering with LEO communication specialist Addvalue to offer rapid, secure and simplified access to space, enhanced by always available end-user access. As part of this partnership, Loft Orbital has procured multiple Inter-satellite Data Relay Systems (IDRS™).

The first Loft Orbital program to feature IDRS is YAM-6, which will launch in Q4 2023. IDRS provides Loft Orbital’s customers with constant connectivity to their missions, allowing them to benefit from real-time tasking, increased responsiveness, and highly secure data collection via Inmarsat’s exceptionally reliable ELERA L-band geostationary (GEO) satellite network, free from the limitations of earth station scheduling.

Loft Orbital makes space simple by flying customer missions as a service onboard its own standardized satellite platforms. By combining mass-manufactured commodity satellite buses from active production lines with its Hub, a universal interface for payload accommodation and operations, Loft Orbital provides customers with rapid and turnkey mission deployments.

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People Unaware and Concerned When it Comes to Space, Finds Landmark Report by Inmarsat

Lack of awareness drives fear with Gen-Z more out of touch with the realities of space compared to ‘Space Age’ generation

Across all ages, 1 in 3 globally ‘excited’ about space, with 1 in 9 ‘terrified’, and 1 in 5 ‘nervous’; 97 per cent see space as a threat, with space junk and climate change main concerns

BRASÍLIA, Brazil (Inmarsat PR) — The world is largely unaware of key activities in space, with Gen-Z twice as likely to associate space with aliens, Star Wars and billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos than older generations, according to the largest representative survey of global consumer attitudes towards space1, unveiled by Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications.

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Inmarsat Issues Far-reaching Report to Enhance Sustainability, Reduce Satellite Debris and Strengthen Regulation in Space

Programme of action includes measures to minimise orbital collisions, reduce anti-satellite missile tests, adopt new technical standards, introduce kitemarks and to assess mega-constellations for economic benefits and sustainability commitments

LONDON (Inmarsat PR) — Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has today issued a far-reaching report on sustainability in space calling on industry operators, national governments and regulators to take coordinated action to reduce space debris, enhance safety and better manage the expansion of mega constellations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

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Viasat Receives Stockholder Approval for Proposed Acquisition of Inmarsat

CARLSBAD, Calif., June 21, 2022 (Viasat PR) — Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, announced today that, at its Special Meeting of Stockholders, it received the necessary stockholder approvals for the proposed acquisition of Inmarsat. Viasat continues to expect the transaction to close in the second half of calendar year 2022, subject to the receipt of certain regulatory approvals and clearances and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

The combined company will create a leading global communications innovator with enhanced scale and scope to affordably, securely, and reliably connect the world. Viasat believes the strategic combination will increase the pace of innovation to help drive new and better services for customers, broaden opportunities for employees, and provide a foundation for significant positive free cash flow.

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UK Satnav Signal Generated in New Test to Provide Future Resilient, Precise, Safety-Critical Capabilities

  • Team comprising Inmarsat, Goonhilly, GMVNSL demonstrates platform for future sovereign UK Position, Navigation and Timing capability
  • UK not part of Galileo satnav system, cannot use European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) safety of life (SOL) services since leaving European Union

LONDON (Inmarsat PR) — An Inmarsat-led team of companies in the UK, building on national expertise and prior experience within the group, has begun broadcasting a satellite navigation signal as part of a programme to explore the creation of a sovereign national capability in resilient positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) for the aviation and maritime sectors. The signal, being broadcast in coordination with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Union Space Programme Agency (EUSPA), is now stable and operational, enabling on-going testing and validation by industry, regulators, and users.

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Inmarsat CEO Issues Warning Over Risks to Sustainability and Innovation Posed by ‘Unmanaged Expansion’ in Space Industry

Inmarsat CEO Rajeev Suri

“For space to support sustainability on Earth, there needs to be sustainability in space.  And, to be blunt, we are moving in the wrong direction here.” — Rajeev Suri, CEO Inmarsat

LONDON (Inmarsat PR) — Rajeev Suri, Chief Executive Officer of Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, issued a stark warning today that unmanaged space sector expansion could exacerbate environmental damage, stifle innovation and undermine the long-term capability of satellites to help combat climate change.

Addressing the Royal Aeronautical Society’s conference ‘Towards a Space Enabled Net Zero Earth’, Mr Suri focused attention on major factors threatening long-term environmental and economic sustainability.

The Inmarsat CEO told the conference: “Space is increasingly important for the creation of a sustainable world. While the role of new players – with new investment and innovations – is to be welcomed, space is too important an asset to be driven by short-term thinking. To protect our shared future, there must be a common approach and common rules that protect the space environment too.

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NASA, Industry to Collaborate on Space Communications by 2025

An artist rendering of a NASA Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) in orbit. TDRS provides a vital communications link between ground facilities and the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope and a host of Earth science satellites. The agency would decommission TDRS to enable commercial providers to support future near-Earth communication mission requirements. (Credits: NASA)

CLEVELAND (NASA PR) — NASA selected six American satellite communications (SATCOM) providers on April 20 to begin developing and demonstrating near-Earth space communication services that may support future agency missions.

For more than a year, the agency has been evaluating the feasibility of employing commercial SATCOM networks for near-Earth operations as it works to decommission its near-Earth satellite fleet. This approach would allow NASA to focus more time and resources on its deep space exploration and science missions.

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Viasat, Inmarsat Reach Agreement with UK Government on Plan to Increase Highly-skilled Jobs and R&D Investment in the UK Space Sector

Agreement ensures combination of Viasat and Inmarsat will be a strong contributor to the UK National Space Strategy

CARLSBAD, Calif. and LONDON, March 21, 2022 (Viasat/Inmarsat PR) — Viasat and Inmarsat, the US and UK satellite communications groups, have agreed on a package of legally-binding economic undertakings with the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as part of the proposed combination of the two companies. BEIS welcomed the constructive discussions that have taken place with both companies on their future plans. The transaction remains subject to the regulatory processes of the UK.

“We are fully committed to ensuring that our combination with Inmarsat supports the UK’s National Space Strategy with additional investment and job creation,” said Rick Baldridge, president and CEO of Viasat. “I am confident that together we can build upon the UK’s space agenda and help propel the country to the forefront of the global space race. I want to thank the UK Government for their engagement and look forward to a productive relationship for decades to come.”

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GMV Joins Net Zero Space Initiative to Eliminate Space Debris

  • The use of outer space and the more than $1 trillion in benefits estimated for 2030 is threatened by rising orbital pollution
  • There is an urgent need for all stakeholders in the space market to reach a consensus on its safe and sustainable use
  • GMV is a world reference in the study, monitoring and prevention of space debris proliferation, with more than 20 years of experience in this market

MADRID, Spain (GMV PR) — The space environment is becoming increasingly polluted due to the proliferation of objects orbiting in an uncontrolled manner around the earth, particularly in low and geostationary orbits (the most interesting for use and exploitation). Estimates suggest that there are more than one million objects larger than 1 cm capable of causing potential damage of various kinds, and the number is increasing at a dangerous rate. To ensure a sustainable use of space, various key players in the space industry (*), including GMV, have launched the international initiative called Net Zero Space.

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RBC Signals and Inmarsat Announce Strategic Agreement on Global IoT Connectivity

RBC Signals will use the Inmarsat global mobile satellite network to drive IoT and other data and communications services and solutions for customers.

LONDON (Inmarsat PR) — RBC Signals, global provider of satellite data communication products and solutions, today announced a strategic agreement with Inmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications. The agreement will see RBC Signals use Inmarsat’s global network to connect its range of applications and solutions for enterprise customers.

The global multi-year leasing agreement pairs Inmarsat’s worldwide ELERA and Global Xpress satellite networks with RBC Signals’ range of new and existing data and Internet of Things (IoT) applications for use across multiple verticals, including oil and gas, maritime, agriculture and utilities. RBC Signals will incorporate these latest evolutions of Inmarsat’s L-band and Ka-band networks into its applications and solutions, enabling new levels of flexibility and service customisation.

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Planned Comsat Constellations Now Exceed 94,000 Satellites

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

A wave of new applications submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week for approval for communications satellites operating in the V band has sent the number of spacecraft in large constellations soaring to nearly 100,000.

A list compiled by Parabolic Arc shows that 94,255 satellites are included in the constellations. That number includes 29,439 satellites approved by the FCC or in development in China. The FCC has applicants pending before it for another 64,816 satellites.

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Viasat and Inmarsat to Combine, Creating a New Leading Global Communications Innovator

– Accelerates Availability and Customer Choice for Broadband and IoT Services in Highly Competitive, Fragmented Global Markets

– Complementary Resources and Assets Create New Opportunities for Enhanced Growth and Innovation in Multi-band, Multi-orbit, Hybrid Space and Terrestrial Networks

– Increased Financial Strength and Resiliency Expected to Provide a Solid Foundation for Innovation and Capital Investment with Enhanced Free Cash Flow

CARLSBAD, Calif., and LONDON, Nov. 8, 2021 (ViaSat/Inmarsat PR) — Viasat Inc., (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, and Inmarsat, a leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Viasat will acquire Inmarsat in a transaction valued at $7.3 billion, comprised of $850.0 million in cash, approximately 46.36 million shares of Viasat common stock valued at $3.1 billion based on the closing price on Friday November 5, 2021, and the assumption of $3.4 billion of net debt.

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Hiber and Inmarsat Announce Strategic Relationship to Develop Connectivity Backbone for Global IoT-as-a-Service Ecosystem

Inmarsat’s global ELERA network will enable Hiber to bring IoT solutions and services to more customers in the most remote locations across the globe.

October 12, 2021— Hiber, an IoT-as-a-service scaleup, announced that Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, will provide the satellite connectivity backbone on which Hiber will continue to build Hiberband, its revolutionary low-cost, low-power network for Internet of Things (IoT) products. 

The agreement pairs Inmarsat’s recently unveiled ELERA network, the global satellite network for IoT, with Hiber’s IoT-as-a-service ecosystem to provide easy-to-use, low power, and cost-effective IoT solutions and services to transport, logistics, agriculture, mining, and other industries worldwide. 

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