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FCC C-band auction raised nearly $81 billion so far

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SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Federal Communication Commission’s C-band auction of 280 megahertz of C-band has raised nearly $81 billion and it’s not quite over.

Still to come is the assignment phase, where companies awarded spectrum blocks bid for frequency-specific licenses.

Prior to the auction, companies struggled to put a price tag on the bandwidth. ACA Connects, a collection of cable and internet providers, for example, suggested in 2019 that 500 megahertz of the prized mid-band spectrum could be worth as much as $60 billion. Instead the auction of 280 megahertz produced an $81 million windfall for the U.S. Treasury.

“The amount of money surprised people,” said Armand Musey, president and founder of Summit Ridge Group, a firm that advises telecom, media and satellite companies.”

Musey attributes the high bids to the example T Mobile set in reusing spectrum to achieve high-speed internet access through a process called massive multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO), “a fancy term for reusing the same radio resources for many users in the same cell at the same time — and beamforming — focusing a wireless connection in a specific direction,” T Mobile said in a 2020 news release.

The FCC has not yet released the names of the winning telecommunications bidders.

“T Mobile has been very successful in getting massive performance out of the 2.5 gigahertz spectrum that they acquired with Sprint,” Musey told SpaceNews. “The rest of the industry realized that they needed mid-band spectrum as well.”

In addition to paying for C-band spectrum, winners of the C-band auction are scheduled to pay about $13 billion to compensate satellite operators for clearing spectrum on an accelerated timeline.

The race to clear C-band spectrum prompted communications fleet operators Intelsat and SES to order a combined 13 satellites in 2020. Eutelsat and Telesat are clearing C-band spectrum over the United States by moving capacity in their current fleets.

Source: https://spacenews.com/c-band-raises-81-billio/

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ÉireComposites to create satellite optical instrument for ESA

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ÉireComposites has announced an agreement with the Belgian company, OIP Sensor Systems to design and produce stray light baffles, which will form part of the European Space Agency’s ALTIUS satellite.

The baffles will be the first external part and largest functioning piece of equipment ever to be manufactured in Ireland and launched into space.

The stray light baffles will prevent out-of-field stray light from reaching the lenses of the satellite’s optical instruments; instead, a system with periscope mirrors will be used to align the light. Stray light baffles rely upon highly controlled and precise manufacturing and finishing. ÉireComposites will manufacture the three baffles that will be attached to the side of the satellite to assist with the mission objective.

OIP forms part of a consortium that signed the contract with the European Space Agency to build this satellite which is expected to be launched by end of 2023 from French Guiana. The mission will deliver profiles of the stratospheric ozone, as well as profiles of other atmospheric trace gases. This will provide scientific understanding on how the rise in greenhouse gases affects the atmosphere.

Tomás Flanagan, ÉireComposites CEO said: “The ALTIUS satellite will signal a major milestone for Irish participation in space exploration as the three stray light baffles will become the first optical instruments manufactured in Ireland and the largest satellite parts manufactured in this country. This is a massive achievement for the company and I hope this will be the first of many parts we manufacture for space exploration missions.”

“The ALTIUS mission will play a substantial role in how we look at climate change and the impact it has on Earth. The mission will allow for long-term monitoring and scientific study of the protective ozone layer which covers Earth and inform decisions around climate change. I am excited that we will be part of this research and I would like to take the opportunity to commend the team here in Inverin that have contributed to our success in obtaining this contract.”

www.eircomposites.com

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ÉireComposites has announced an agreement with the Belgian company, OIP Sensor Systems to design and produce stray light baffles, which will form part of the European Space Agency’s ALTIUS satellite.

The baffles will be the first external part and largest functioning piece of equipment ever to be manufactured in Ireland and launched into space.

The stray light baffles will prevent out-of-field stray light from reaching the lenses of the satellite’s optical instruments; instead, a system with periscope mirrors will be used to align the light. Stray light baffles rely upon highly controlled and precise manufacturing and finishing. ÉireComposites will manufacture the three baffles that will be attached to the side of the satellite to assist with the mission objective.

OIP forms part of a consortium that signed the contract with the European Space Agency to build this satellite which is expected to be launched by end of 2023 from French Guiana. The mission will deliver profiles of the stratospheric ozone, as well as profiles of other atmospheric trace gases. This will provide scientific understanding on how the rise in greenhouse gases affects the atmosphere.

Tomás Flanagan, ÉireComposites CEO said: “The ALTIUS satellite will signal a major milestone for Irish participation in space exploration as the three stray light baffles will become the first optical instruments manufactured in Ireland and the largest satellite parts manufactured in this country. This is a massive achievement for the company and I hope this will be the first of many parts we manufacture for space exploration missions.”

“The ALTIUS mission will play a substantial role in how we look at climate change and the impact it has on Earth. The mission will allow for long-term monitoring and scientific study of the protective ozone layer which covers Earth and inform decisions around climate change. I am excited that we will be part of this research and I would like to take the opportunity to commend the team here in Inverin that have contributed to our success in obtaining this contract.”

www.eircomposites.com

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ÉireComposites has announced an agreement with the Belgian company, OIP Sensor Systems to design and produce stray light baffles, which will form part of the European Space Agency’s ALTIUS satellite.

The baffles will be the first external part and largest functioning piece of equipment ever to be manufactured in Ireland and launched into space.

The stray light baffles will prevent out-of-field stray light from reaching the lenses of the satellite’s optical instruments; instead, a system with periscope mirrors will be used to align the light. Stray light baffles rely upon highly controlled and precise manufacturing and finishing. ÉireComposites will manufacture the three baffles that will be attached to the side of the satellite to assist with the mission objective.

OIP forms part of a consortium that signed the contract with the European Space Agency to build this satellite which is expected to be launched by end of 2023 from French Guiana. The mission will deliver profiles of the stratospheric ozone, as well as profiles of other atmospheric trace gases. This will provide scientific understanding on how the rise in greenhouse gases affects the atmosphere.

Tomás Flanagan, ÉireComposites CEO said: “The ALTIUS satellite will signal a major milestone for Irish participation in space exploration as the three stray light baffles will become the first optical instruments manufactured in Ireland and the largest satellite parts manufactured in this country. This is a massive achievement for the company and I hope this will be the first of many parts we manufacture for space exploration missions.”

“The ALTIUS mission will play a substantial role in how we look at climate change and the impact it has on Earth. The mission will allow for long-term monitoring and scientific study of the protective ozone layer which covers Earth and inform decisions around climate change. I am excited that we will be part of this research and I would like to take the opportunity to commend the team here in Inverin that have contributed to our success in obtaining this contract.”

www.eircomposites.com

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ÉireComposites to create satellite optical instrument for ESA

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ÉireComposites has announced an agreement with the Belgian company, OIP Sensor Systems to design and produce stray light baffles, which will form part of the European Space Agency’s ALTIUS satellite.

The baffles will be the first external part and largest functioning piece of equipment ever to be manufactured in Ireland and launched into space.

The stray light baffles will prevent out-of-field stray light from reaching the lenses of the satellite’s optical instruments; instead, a system with periscope mirrors will be used to align the light. Stray light baffles rely upon highly controlled and precise manufacturing and finishing. ÉireComposites will manufacture the three baffles that will be attached to the side of the satellite to assist with the mission objective.

OIP forms part of a consortium that signed the contract with the European Space Agency to build this satellite which is expected to be launched by end of 2023 from French Guiana. The mission will deliver profiles of the stratospheric ozone, as well as profiles of other atmospheric trace gases. This will provide scientific understanding on how the rise in greenhouse gases affects the atmosphere.

Tomás Flanagan, ÉireComposites CEO said: “The ALTIUS satellite will signal a major milestone for Irish participation in space exploration as the three stray light baffles will become the first optical instruments manufactured in Ireland and the largest satellite parts manufactured in this country. This is a massive achievement for the company and I hope this will be the first of many parts we manufacture for space exploration missions.”

“The ALTIUS mission will play a substantial role in how we look at climate change and the impact it has on Earth. The mission will allow for long-term monitoring and scientific study of the protective ozone layer which covers Earth and inform decisions around climate change. I am excited that we will be part of this research and I would like to take the opportunity to commend the team here in Inverin that have contributed to our success in obtaining this contract.”

www.eircomposites.com

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