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Archive: September 2011 (X)

  • When EADS Astrium announced on August 1 they had purchased Vizada Networks for $960 million, the satellite world was puzzled: why would a satellite manufacturer and mostly government-focused fixed satellite service (FSS) provider buy a mobility centric-business like Vizada?  With the Global Xpress contract for three Inmarsat-5 satellites going to rival Boeing, is this deal a way for EADS to get back ‘lost’ revenues?  As economic conditions continue to be mediocre at best, is EADS just…

  • Clouds above Two Launch Pads

    Sep 6th, 2011 by NSR

    In NSR’s recently released Global Satellite Manufacturing and Launch Markets (GSMLM) report, a possible GEO Launcher over-supply, and thus the return to strong competition, was mentioned as a possibility in the launch market. However, recent developments from ILS/Krunichev and SpaceX may end up limiting the supply and the corresponding competition.

    Krunichev, the Proton manufacturer, recently invested heavily into its Proton manufacturing chain. It acquired several companies in the…