Is it sour grapes or a balanced take on the future of LEO/MEO/GEO in the world of satellite connectivity. Perhaps a bit of both, or at least it sounds that way as Inmarsat’s CEO tries to temper the hype around LEO. That it comes as OneWeb secures its final funding tranche to bring the constellation into service and is being backed by the UK government probably helps fan some of those flames, too.
How can an airline justify a massive, expensive project coming off the absolute worst year the aviation industry ever experienced? For Azul CEO John Rodgerson, the answer was easy. "The way I look at it is when we invite somebody on board the aircraft we want them to feel as if they're at home." And today that at-home experience means access to fast, free, internet connectivity.
Upstart Electronically Steerable Antenna (ESA) supplier NXTCOMM scored a contract for its Ku-band panel solution. The company's Defense division was selected by L3Harris Technologies to deliver hardware in support of a US Department of Defense contract.
Bharti Global will up its stake in OneWeb, adding another $500 million to bring the satellite company to a fully funded state with $2.4 billion infused since the emergence from bankruptcy.