SES Government Solutions (SES GS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, has announced the award of a new portable maritime solution task order against the single-award blanket purchase agreement (BPA) with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for medium earth orbit (MEO) low-latency high throughput satellite (HTS) services. The solution leverages the O3b MEO satellite constellation operating 8,000km away from Earth.
SES has successfully launched four new O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites into space, with the new Ka-band satellites to join SES’s existing constellation of 12 MEO satellites, orbiting at approximately 8,000 km from Earth.
SES has announced its intention to launch a new satellite service called O3b mPOWER, which it says will be capable of delivering multiple terabits of throughput globally to maritime and other satellite markets, starting in 2021.
Satellite operator SES has exercised its call option on the stock of O3b Networks, and has now offered to acquire all the remaining shares of O3b, having reached agreement with all other shareholders and gained the necessary regulatory approvals. The completion of the transaction is expected on 1 August 2016.
O3b Networks has announced that it has closed $460 million in financing to support the company’s growth and to assist in expanding the total number of satellites in O3b’s constellation from twelve to twenty.
O3b has announced that it has successfully launched the final four satellites of its initial Ka-band constellation, bringing the total number of satellites to 12.
Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas has gone live with the O3bMaritime high throughput Ka-band broadband system, with the service claimed to offer the ship more bandwidth “than all other cruise ships in the world put together.”
O3b Networks has announced that it will be adding four more satellites to its Ka-band constellation with a December 18 launch from Le Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG) at Kourou in French Guiana.
O3b Networks today confirmed that in-orbit testing of its latest satellites has been successfully completed and the satellites have been commissioned into its eight-strong Ka-band constellation.
Royal Caribbean International is taking some of the industry's first steps towards introducing robot crew members with its newest ship, the Quantum of the Seas.
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