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NASA has issued an RfI to build a commercial satellite telecoms network for Mars in its latest move to tap private companies to alleviate stretched government budgets.
The US space agency is calling for a commercially owned and operated system, which it can buy services from to keep in touch with land rovers and other missions on the Martian surface.
Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) has ordered a new satellite for 118E after the last bird it sent to that orbital slot failed to reach it on a Proton rocket two years ago.
Thales Alenia Space will build the Telkom-3S spacecraft, to be based on its new generation Spacebus 4000B2 platform, and it is aiming for an Arianespace launch at the end of 2016.
Hong Kong-based satellite operator AsiaSat is counting down to the separate launches of two spacecraft this year on SpaceX’s crowded manifest. SatelliteFinance’s Jason Rainbow caught up with CEO Bill Wade as the group scans the market this year for M&A opportunities to gain scale.
Jason Rainbow: During AsiaSat’s full year financial results in March, the company said it is on the hunt for acquisition opportunities this year to help grow the business. Have you found any potential targets and what kind of deals would you consider?
Russian export credit agency EXIAR looks set to back its first space project as it considers supporting Dauria Aerospace’s around US$200m deal to build two satellites.
Dauria, which has facilities in Russia, Germany and the US, recently announced plans to construct two all-electric Ku-band telecoms birds for Indian satellite service provider Aniara SpaceCom.
Indian IT and geospatial solutions specialist Rolta has raised US$300m to refinance debt in its second bond in less than 15 months.
The 8.875% five-year senior notes were issued through its Rolta Americas unit, and the group said they were oversubscribed by more than eight times with an order book of at least US$2.4bn.
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