SES announced progress in establishing its new and highly advanced O3b mPOWER satellite ground stations. Accordingly, the first three O3b mPOWER satellites are scheduled for launch in Q3 2021, with the next three in the first quarter of 2022.

Read more: SES prepares to launch eight initial O3b mPOWER satellite ground stations

Northrop Grumman Corporation and the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, SpaceLogistics LLC, have successfully completed the docking of the Mission Extension Vehicle-2 (MEV-2) to the Intelsat 10-02 (IS-10-02) commercial communications satellite to deliver life-extension services.

Read more: Northrop Grumman and Intelsat make history with delivering life-extension services

Arabsat, the leading satellite services provider in the Arab world, announced a strategic partnership and cooperation agreement with Fixed Solutions and EgyptSat. This initiative will enhance the commercial relationship between the three parties, leveraging the different services of Arabsat satellites.

Read more: Arabsat signs strategic partnership to optimize satellite communications

Omnispace, LLC and Lockheed Martin have signed a strategic interest agreement to explore jointly developing 5G mobile broadband capability from space. The planned global 5G standards-based non-terrestrial network (NTN) will offer commercial, enterprise and government devices universal communications worldwide. Such network has the potential to redefine efficient mobile communications regardless of environment or location.

Read more: Lockheed Martin, Omnispace JV to explore 5G capability from space

Global tech market advisory firm ABI Research forecasts that the satellite broadband market will reach 3.5 million subscribers in 2021. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8%, it is anticipated to reach 5.2 million users in 2026. In addition, the market will generate $4.1 billion in service revenue.

Read more: Satellite broadband market: 5.2 million users by 2026, $4.1 billion in revenue

A Soyuz rocket took off from a cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East and deployed 36 Florida-built OneWeb internet satellites into orbit. Another batch of OneWeb satellites will launch next month, continuing the build-out of a planned fleet of 648 spacecraft to provide global broadband services.

Read more: 36 broadband internet satellites are now added to OneWeb’s portfolio

In a bid to harness the potential of new satellite technologies to increase broadband speed in remote areas up to 100 Mbps, the international satellite industry came together in a webinar on "Fostering New Generation of Satellite Technologies in Saudi Arabia", organized by the Saudi telecom regulator the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC).

Read more: CITC, global SAT companies discuss new satellite technologies in KSA

Two satellites designed and made in Saudi Arabia are set to be launched on 0607 GMT on March 21, 2021, said Russian space agency Roscosmos. One of the satellites (Shaheen Sat) will be used for maritime tracking while the other (CubeSat) will serve academic purposes.

Read more: Two locally-made Saudi satellites set to be launched

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