Gilat Satellite Networks + SES Expand Partnership, Reveal SpaceX Structure Details – SatNews
Satellite network specialist based in Israel Gilat satellite networks expanded its strategic partnership with HSE.
SES has selected Gilat’s SkyEdge IV platform to operate with sound SES-17 satellite, a very high speed satellite (VHT) to provide fixed services and mobility services.
Gilat’s SkyEdge IV is a multi-orbit platform that was designed to interface and integrate smoothly with non-geostationary constellations and geostationary VHTS, such as the recently launched SES-17. SES will use SkyEdge IV simultaneously for SES-17 and its next generation, NSO constellation, O3b mPOWER. The SkyEdge IV multi-service platform will be used by SES to provide cellular and enterprise backhaul services, in addition to previously announced maritime services.
SES-17 is a geostationary satellite designed for high-speed connectivity and flexibility for end users in the Americas, the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean.
SkyEdge IV provides unified operation with seamless failover between SES-17 and the O3b mPOWER constellation. SkyEdge IV empowerment belongs to Gilat Elastix-Total NMS network management system, which has been optimized to work in harmony with the Adaptive Resource Control (BOW).
“We are excited and proud to work with our partner, SES, to support their multi-orbit network, including the O3b mPOWER constellation, SES-17 and other satellites as they are launched. The integration of SkyEdge IV with SES’s ARC system ensures spatial and terrestrial coordination and unified operation, forming a resilient and secure network,” noted Amir Yafe, VP/Mobility & Global Accounts at Gilat. “Gilat’s SkyEdge IV is a multi-orbit, multi-service platform designed to lead the satellite communications industry, supporting cloud infrastructure, an Elastix access system, and working in harmony with software-defined satellites from new generation.”
Alaska Reveals SpaceX Structure Details February 8, 2022
Alaska Department of Commerce published its basic data on SpaceXthe financial structure of for 2022 (as of December 31, 2021).
The documents show some surprises. Elon MuskThe percentage of shares held by , at 43.08% is not a big surprise, although its stake has decreased from 47.11% in 2021. Google LLC owns 6.99% of the rocket-satellite business, and that also fell from a previous 7.64 percent. The third-largest investor named in the document is San Francisco-based investment and venture capital firm FoundersFund, with 5.76% (up from 7.77%).
These year-over-year percentage reductions can be seen as somewhat dramatic (Musk’s 8.6%, Google’s 8.5%, and FoundersFund’s 25.9%) and show that these top three investors – including Musk – are apparently happy to see their stakes shrink.
Also interesting in the Alaska report is the number of subsidiaries SpaceX has created over the past year. It’s an impressive list and includes 25 new local businesses.
Missing from Alaska’s list is Scottish investment fund Fidelity Investments, which has reportedly been widely in talks to place $1 billion in SpaceX. Another Scottish fund, Baillie Gifford, told clients in February 2021 that they held around $450 million in SpaceX (via Baillie’s US Growth Trust).