DTH provider IPM Company Limited in Thailand, which was founded more than 20 years ago, has selected THAICOM 8, slotted at 78.5 degrees East, to provide satellite transponder services... IPM is the first customer on Thaicom Public Company Limited (Thaicom) new spatial platform.

According to Euroconsult’s latest report, Prospects for the Small Satellite Market, we are on the cusp of a major revolution for the space sector and overall space ecosystem, as more than 3,600 smallsats are expected to be launched over the next ten years, a significant increase from the previous decade.

The total market value of these satellites is anticipated to be $22 billion (manufacture and launch), a 76% increase over that of 2006-2015. This rate of growth is unprecedented for the space sector and will bring about fundamental changes as both new and established industry players attempt to increase their capabilities in order to gain market share.

The construction and associated sub-system tests of the satellite for Inmarsat’s market-changing European Aviation Network (EAN) in-flight connectivity solution has been completed on schedule by Thales Alenia Space.


The key milestone was achieved on schedule following an extensive two-year build process in Toulouse and Cannes, France.

The completed S-band payload module was shipped in early July to Thales Alenia Space’s testing centre in Cannes, where satellite integration (‘mating’) was also successfully completed.