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SES TAKES FULL CONTROL OF O3B
Friday, April 29, 2016

Source: Thales Alenia Space

LUXEMBOURG - SES SA has agreed to take a controlling share in O3b Networks by increasing its interest in the medium Earth orbit (MEO) satellite operator to 50.5 percent. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals which are expected to be completed during H2 2016.

SES will pay $20 million to increase its fully diluted ownership of O3b from 49.1 percent to 50.5 percent. By $20 million for 1.4 percent of O3b, SES is valuing the company at $1.43 billion. In total, SES has invested $323 million in O3b. Along with O3b's assets, SES will consolidate O3b's $1.2 billion in net debt.

O3b currently operates 12 high throughput satellites (HTS) in MEO. Each satellite can deliver up to 1.6 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of throughput. Since satellites in MEO orbit at 8,000 km, they are much closer to Earth, reducing latency compared to satellites orbiting in geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO). O3b also has eight new satellites under contract, which are expected to be delivered in 2018 and 2019. Some of those satellites may also operate in elliptical orbits, which will increase O3b's capacity over polar regions.

The $1.43 billion is a high valuation, especially for a company that is expected to generate only $100 million in 2016. However, O3b is experiencing rapid growth. That $100 million figure will be double the revenue generated in 2015. In addition, the company expects to generate between $32 million and $36 million per satellite per year by 2020 (or between $640 million and $720 million for a fleet of 20 satellites).

The outcome of the remaining 49.5 percent of O3b remains in flux. Starting on April 29, the day of the announcement, SES has an option to purchase the remaining shares of O3b for $710 million. And starting on October 1, 2017, O3b has the option to sell the remaining shares for the same amount. If O3b exercises its option, SES would be obligated to purchase the shares. However, O3b's board is also free to evaluate conducting an initial public offering (IPO) for the shares. If they decide to conduct an IPO, that would override both options.

At one point, GEO operators and LEO operators were distinct companies. However, more recently, GEO operators have begun to invest in satellites in different orbits. SES has invested in O3b, while Intelsat has made investments into OneWeb. Telesat, on the other hand, is purchasing its own LEO satellites to test networks in that orbit.

Source:  SES
Associated URL: http://www.ses.com/4233325/news/2016/22223665
Source Date: April 29, 2016
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 04/29/2016

 
 
ELEVENTH AND TWELFTH GALILEO SATELLITES JOINT FLEET
Friday, April 29, 2016

Source: ESA

PARIS - Europe's latest navigation satellites, launched last December, have been officially commissioned into the Galileo constellation, and are now broadcasting working navigation signals. Galileos 11 and 12 were launched together on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on December 17.

The satellites’ navigation payloads were submitted to a gamut of tests, centered on ESA’s Redu center in Belgium, which possesses a 20 m-diameter antenna to analyze the satellites' signals.

The tests were essential to ensure these latest additions to the fleet met their performance targets for precise time measurement while also meshing with the global Galileo system.

Coordinated from the Galileo Control Centres in Oberbfaffenhofen in Germany (which controls the satellite platforms) and Fucino in Italy (which oversees the provision of navigation services to users), the success of these tests mean these satellites have now been integrated into the Galileo constellation.

Four satellites have now completed commissioning since the beginning of this year - satellites 9 and 10 joined the constellation in February.

The first 26 Galileo satellites will be built under two contract awards to OHB Systems AG. The first was awarded in January 2010. The EUR566 million ($737.7 million) will cover the production of 14 satellites. The second contract was awarded in February 2012. It is worth EUR255 million ($322.4 million) and covers the production of eight satellites. Along with four in-orbit validation (IOV) satellites, these contracts bring the total number of satellites under contract to 26. These satellites are expected to be delivered by 2017.

Source:  ESA
Associated URL: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Navigation/Satellites_11_and_12_join_working_G
Source Date: April 29, 2016
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 04/29/2016

 
 
NASA SELECTS AMERICAN SMALL BUSINESS, RESEARCH INSTITUTION PROJECTS FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Source: NASA

WASHINGTON - The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected 399 research and technology proposals from 259 American small businesses and 42 research institutions that will enable NASA's future missions into deep space, while also benefiting the U.S. economy. The awards have a total value of approximately $49.7 million.

Selected proposals will support the development of technologies in the areas of aeronautics, science, human exploration and operations, and space technology. A sampling of solicitations demonstrates the breadth of research and development these awards will fund, including:

--Innovative and feasible aeronautics concepts and technologies to enable efficiency of the Next Generation Air Transportation System while maintaining or improving safety and environmental acceptability.

--Life support and habitation technologies and equipment necessary to provide and maintain a livable environment within the pressurized cabin of crewed spacecraft. This includes environmental monitoring, solid waste management, crew accommodations and water recovery systems.

--Technologies to enable robotic exploration of the planets, their moons and other small bodies in our solar system, such as technologies for atmospheric entry, descent and landing; mobility systems; extreme environments technology; sample acquisition and preparation for in-situ experiments; and in-situ planetary science instruments.

--Advanced systems that generate power and store energy in space.

The agency received 1,278 proposals in response to its 2016 solicitation for its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. From those, NASA selected 341 SBIR and 58 STTR Phase I proposals for contract negotiations.

Proposals were selected according to their technical merit and feasibility, in addition to the experience, qualifications and facilities of the submitting organization. Additional criteria included effectiveness of the work plan and commercial potential.

Small businesses create two out of every three jobs in the U.S. each year, and about half the American workforce either own or work for a small business. SBIR and STTR programs are competitive and awards-based programs that encourage these small businesses, as well as research institutions, to engage in federal research and development, and industrial commercialization by enabling them to explore technological potential and providing the incentive to profit from new commercial products and services. The awards span 39 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

SBIR Phase I projects provide the opportunity to establish the scientific, technical and commercial merit and feasibility of a proposed innovation in fulfillment of NASA needs. Phase I projects receive six-month contracts valued at up to $125,000. SBIR Phase II projects are focused on the development, demonstration and delivery of the proposed Phase I innovation, last no more than two years and are valued at up to $750,000 per award. Phase III, or the commercialization of an innovation, may occur after successful completion of Phase II.

NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, manages the SBIR and STTR Programs for NASA under STMD. STMD is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA's future missions.

Source:  NASA
Associated URL: http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-selects-american-small-business-research-
Source Date: April 27, 2016
Author: NASA 
Posted: 04/29/2016

 

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