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October 25, 2017
The Commercial Satellite Industry: What’s Up and What’s on the Horizon
253 Russell Senate Office Building

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled, “The Commercial Satellite Industry: What’s Up and What’s on the Horizon,” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. The hearing will examine commercial satellite services and next-generation satellite services affecting consumers.

Witnesses:

  -  Ms. Patricia Cooper, Vice President of Satellite Government Affairs, SpaceX
  -  Mr. Mark Dankberg, Chief Executive Officer, ViaSat
  -  Mr. Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer, Intelsat
  -  Mr. Greg Wyler, Founder and Executive Chairman, OneWeb

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Full committee

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings?ID=C77B42B7-8EB3-4BD1-B309-0AC311639DAB
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Cross-posting some notes from SpaceX testimony:

https://twitter.com/CHenry_SN/status/923205405643329536

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SpaceX's Patricia Cooper: 2 demo sats launching in next few months, then constellation deployment in 2019. Can start service w/ ~800 sats.

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/923210044036059137

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Cooper @SpaceX to Senate zings #OneWeb @greg_wyler: Our constellation mainly US parts & US - not Russian- launched. (OneWeb uses Soyuz.)

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/923206069131841537

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Cooper @SpaceX to Senate: 2 test sats launch in coming mnths; then full constellation launches 2019-24; service starts at 800 sats ~ 2020-21

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/923201764589006848

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Cooper tells Senate the @spaceX constellation will have 20 sats visible at any time everywhere over US territory.

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/923213452822360071

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Cooper @SpaceX: We are not seeking outside investment for the satellite constellation.

https://twitter.com/CHenry_SN/status/923208692132188160

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SpaceX's Cooper: SpaceX is designing our satellites to be able to maneuver thousands of times in lifetime.

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Some remarks on funding:

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Wyler to Senate: O3b is only non-geo satellite network not to have gone bankrupt, illustrating challenges.
https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/923197424201601024

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After @SpaceX's Cooper tells Senate Connect America Fund shld open to sats, @greg_wyler says OneWeb not interested in CAF 'or other subsidy'
https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/923198251372830720

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Dankberg of @ViaSat joins @SpaceX's Cooper in criticizing @FCC's Connect America Fund as being biased against satellite broadband.
https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/923199025712652293

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OneWeb's @greg_wyler returning to charge against @ViaSat & @spaceX talk of Connect America Fund: 'Im lost in all this subsidy talk.'
https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/923201349768089605

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OneWeb's @greg_wyler: Rwanda is an investor in OneWeb.
https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/923206798210949120

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Cooper @SpaceX: We are not seeking outside investment for the satellite constellation.
https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/923213452822360071

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Dankberg @ViaSatInc: We don't count on subsidies. But US govt should consider market-distorting effect of subsidies.
https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/923213999344377856

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An interesting follow-up on the whole 'subsidy' debate yesterday:

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Founder @greg_wyler #OneWeb to Senate: We dont care about Connect America Fund & subsidies. And yet.. Here's OneWeb job posting on LinkedIn.

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/923462015544422400

5th bullet from the bottom:

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Leverage subsidy programs such as CAF II and USA USF- (within the us).

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