Get ready, rocket fans: Another SpaceX launch is coming to Vandenberg

SpaceX has some good news for West Coast space junkies: The commercial space company is expected to launch its Falcon 9 rocket once again …

SpaceX has some good news for West Coast space junkies: The commercial space company is expected to launch its Falcon 9 rocket once again from Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc in May.

According to Space Archive, a website that tracks West Coast rocket launches, the launch window for the rocket is May 16-22, though that is subject to change based on anticipated weather conditions.

A Vandenberg Air Force Base public relations representative said he could not confirm any information on a potential rocket launch from the base at this time. But the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) lists the new launch window on its website.

According to the CSA, the rocket is expected to carry three radar-based, earth-imaging satellites into orbit for the country’s RadarSat Constellation program. The satellites will be used for maritime surveillance, disaster management and ecosystem monitoring, according to the website.

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The mission was originally slated for sometime in February, and then again in March, but has since been delayed, according to the Space Archive.

Our coastline is the longest in the world, which is why we need to help monitor and protect it. Canada’s RADARSAT Constellation, scheduled to launch in May, will help monitor coastal erosion and assess impacts of climate change on our coastline. https://t.co/V4YvM2R1Ic

— CanadianSpaceAgency (@csa_asc) March 8, 2019

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was the first orbital class rocket capable of reflight, which means it can be reused for multiple missions, according to the SpaceX website. The rocket took the Crew Dragon spacecraft into orbit on March 2 as part of the commercial company’s bid to eventually send manned missions into space.

If it proceeds as planned, the May launch would be the third launch from the Central Coast base in 2019.

On Jan. 11, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 from Vandenberg. The rocket carried 10 Iridium commercial satellites into orbit — the eighth and final set in a series of 75 SpaceX launched as part of its Iridium-8 mission.

Days later, on Jan. 19, the United Launch Alliance sent its Delta IV rocket rocket into space, carrying a top-secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. That dramatic launch was watched by hundreds of people lining the streets in nearby Lompoc.

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SpaceX’s first finished Starlink satellites could launch in just a few months

NASASpaceflight.com reports that SpaceX is tentatively on target for the dedicated launch debut of its first (relatively) operational Starlink satellites as …

NASASpaceflight.com reports that SpaceX is tentatively on target for the dedicated launch debut of its first (relatively) operational Starlink satellites as early as mid-May, indicating that the company might actually meet an extremely ambitious deadline set last year by CEO Elon Musk.

Although the CEO had briefly hinted that SpaceX would launch at least one additional round of prototype satellites – complementing the two launched in February 2018 – before moving to dedicated Starlink missions, all signs point to this mystery case being a dedicated Falcon 9 launch. Whether or not the aggressive mid-May schedule holds, the first launch of operational Starlink satellites would be a huge milestone for SpaceX’s low Earth orbit (LEO) internet constellation, meant to eventually provide high-quality, affordable broadband access to almost anyone on Earth.

Falcon Heavy and Starlink headline #SpaceX’s upcoming manifest – as does #CRS17 cargo resupply mission to Station. #Starlink#FalconHeavy#Falcon9.

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Linking the stars in phases

In November 2018, SpaceX filed a modification to the license it been previously granted by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in March, requesting that it be allowed to dramatically change the first phase of its Starlink satellite constellation. In short, SpaceX wanted to find a faster and cheaper way to deploy its first Starlink satellites as quickly as possible.


“[SpaceX] will utilize key elements from its experimental satellites, such as its sophisticated phased-array antennas and its advanced Hall-effect thrusters, as the foundation of a more efficient and cost-effective architecture that can rapidly accelerate deployment for the overall constellation while optimizing space safety.” – Starlink FCC license modification request, SpaceX, 11/8/2018


This modification almost certainly arose as a direct result of CEO Elon Musk’s June 2018 ultimatum, in which he reportedly fired Starlink executives deemed uncooperative in order to rapidly speed up the constellation’s time-to-market. In fact, according to Reuters, Musk challenged the Starlink team to begin launching the constellation’s first operational satellites just one year later (June 2019), an extraordinary aspiration standing a handful of months after the group had launched its first two early satellite prototypes. According to a source the spoke with Reuters, Musk reportedly clashed with several managers, preferring an approach that launched simpler, cheaper satellites as quickly as possible instead of methodically iterating through multiple prototypes to arrive at an optimal solution the first time.

While both sides presumably have good reasons for their stubborn preferences, Musk may well be in the right at the end of the day, particularly given the sheer level of competition to complete LEO internet constellations and begin serving customers. An overly cautious approach could risk being so late to market that multiple competitors, ranging from relatively established entrants OneWeb and Telesat to more obscure companies like WorldVu and Space Norway. Barely a week ago, OneWeb completed the first successful launch of its constellation, placing six demonstration satellites in orbit to prove their technology and reduce risk prior to commencing operational launches with 30+ satellites apiece. Furthermore, both Tesla and SpaceX have more or less flourished while using the same approach, evidenced by a culture of continuous improvement where both electric cars and rocket engines are constantly upgraded and improved upon. Falcon 9 famously features a bevy of versions or “blocks”, culminating recently in Falcon 9 Block 5’s major reusability and reliability optimizations.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 family, 2010 to 2019. (Wikipedia)

A little crazy, but it works

Whether or not Musk can be more than a little crazy, it’s nearly impossible to coherently deny the fact that his strategy of delivering a minimum viable product as quickly as possible and gradually improving it over time has a polished record of success. Once again, Falcon 9 is the best and most relevant example in the context of Starlink. SpaceX’s now-workhorse rocket began in a form (Falcon 9 V1.0) nearly unrecognizable compared to its most recent edition, featuring far less performance, no reusability, and an older and less capable version of Merlin. Falcon 9 V1.1 was a radical – almost clean-sheet – departure from the first vehicle and was significantly more powerful while also offering structures that could support grid fins and landing legs. V1.1 also moved to Merlin 1D (M1D, MVacD), optimized for more power, efficiency, and reusability, as well as greater ease of manufacture. Several additional iterations later, and – while Block 5 does share a great deal of heritage with its predecessors – Falcon 9 is also a near-total redesign, replacing or dramatically changing nearly all critical systems aside from the basic structure of its aluminum alloy propellant tanks.

First two Starlink demo satellites, called Tintin A & B, deployed and communicating to Earth stations pic.twitter.com/TfI53wHEtz

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 22, 2018

In short, when Elon Musk and other SpaceX engineers originally conceived of Falcon 9 in the early 2000s, 2018’s Falcon 9 Block 5 was effectively the rocket they were imagining. Rather than spending countless hundreds of millions of dollars to privately design, test, and redesign multiple prototype iterations, Musk et al built a minimum viable product, began launching payloads for paying customers (both government and commercial), and used the company’s reputation, commercial success, and flight experience to shape Falcon 9 into the industry leader it is today.

Put simply, there is no reason to think that the same approach will not prove equally fruitful when applied to satellites instead of rockets. While SpaceX has yet to receive an FCC grant for its Starlink modification request, the company summarized its updated strategy in the November 2018 filing. The request effectively “relocates” the first phase of its 4,425 (now 4209) satellite LEO constellation, moving 1584 satellites from an 1100 km to 550 km orbit and simplifying the design of the first operational spacecraft by using just one spectrum segment (Ku-band) instead of two (Ku- and Ka-band). Hardware to exploit that additional spectrum will be developed and added to Starlink satellites and ground hardware down the road. As such, regardless of how unrefined SpaceX’s first operational Starlink satellites could be, the launch will be just as much of a milestone.

SpaceX’s first two Starlink prototype satellites are pictured here before their inaugural launch, showing off a thoroughly utilitarian bus and several advanced components. (SpaceX)

SpaceX will also be able to demonstrate a truly unique aspect of Starlink that helps bolsters its competitive advantage: vertically integrated production and launch of its satellites. Based on FCC permit requests filed last month, SpaceX plans to conduct the first dedicated launch from its Florida-based LC-40 pad, with the Falcon 9 booster landing more than 600 km (370 mi) offshore on drone ship Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY). Assuming SpaceX is targeting the 550 km orbit described in its Starlink license modification, this allows the payload mass to be roughly baselined alongside the company’s Iridium NEXT missions, which sent a bit less than 10,000 kg (22,000 lb) of satellite and dispenser to an orbit of ~650 km, a relatively similar orbit and mission concept. However, Falcon 9’s Iridium NEXT drone ship recoveries typically happened more like 250 km (155 mi) off of the West Coast, indicating that SpaceX’s inaugural dedicated Starlink launch will require significantly more performance out of the rocket.

Arianespace’s Ariane 6 is shown here with a massive proposed dispenser for OneWeb’s internet satellites. SpaceX’s own solution will likely look quite a bit similar.

In other words, Starlink’s operational debut could very well be the heaviest payload SpaceX has yet to launch on a single mission. Weighing less than 500 kg apiece with a dispenser (per Iridium NEXT) around 10% of the total payload mass, SpaceX will likely launch anywhere from 20-40 Starlink satellites at once, depending on the final mass of these first spacecraft and their custom-built dispenser. While delays from the late-April to mid-May launch target are arguably quite likely, the fact that the first operational Starlink launch is tentatively scheduled even less than half a year away bodes very well for tangible constellation progress in 2019.


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Aqr Capital Management Holding in Iridium Communications (IRDM) Has Lifted as Valuation Rose …

Aqr Capital Management Llc increased its stake in Iridium Communications Inc (IRDM) by 281.7% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the …

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Aqr Capital Management Llc increased its stake in Iridium Communications Inc (IRDM) by 281.7% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Aqr Capital Management Llc bought 52,402 shares as the company’s stock rose 5.02% while stock markets declined. The hedge fund held 71,004 shares of the telecommunications equipment company at the end of 2018Q3, valued at $1.60M, up from 18,602 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Aqr Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Iridium Communications Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $2.54B market cap company. The stock decreased 1.34% or $0.31 during the last trading session, reaching $22.84. About 775,848 shares traded. Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) has risen 73.03% since March 4, 2018 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 73.03% the S&P500. Some Historical IRDM News: 02/05/2018 – Detailed Research: Economic Perspectives on NewMarket, MSG Networks, Iridium Communications, ACI Worldwide, Central Garden & Pe; 09/04/2018 – Iridium Announces Target Launch Date for the Iridium-6/GRACE-FO Mission; 29/05/2018 – Gogo and lridium Partner to Deliver Best-in-Class Aircraft Connectivity; 09/04/2018 – lridium Announces Target Launch Date for the lridium-6/GRACE-FO Mission; 26/04/2018 – Iridium Communications Sees 2018 Oebitda $280M-$290M; 21/05/2018 – Iridium Makes Maritime Industry History; 16/03/2018 – IRIDIUM COMMUNICATIONS INC – PRICED $360 MLN IN AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF ITS SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES DUE 2023; 16/03/2018 – Iridium Communications Inc. Prices Offering of Senior Unsecured Notes; 12/03/2018 – All 10 Satellites for the Fifth Iridium® NEXT Launch Have Arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base; 26/04/2018 – IRIDIUM COMMUNICATIONS INC IRDM.O FY2018 SHR VIEW $-0.11, REV VIEW $481.1 MLN — THOMSON REUTERS l/B/E/S

Stellar Capital Management Llc decreased its stake in Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) by 8.63% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Stellar Capital Management Llc sold 4,021 shares as the company’s stock declined 1.64% with the market. The institutional investor held 42,554 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2018Q3, valued at $4.87M, down from 46,575 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Stellar Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Microsoft Corporation for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $858.29 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.59% or $0.66 during the last trading session, reaching $111.87. About 17.83M shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 30.43% since March 4, 2018 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 30.43% the S&P500. Some Historical MSFT News: 14/05/2018 – Capstone to Power Mid-Atlantic Area University with a 1 MW 80% Efficient Solution; 29/03/2018 – Products getting higher priority include Microsoft 365 and Azure; 26/04/2018 – The Joint Corp. to Host Conference Call on Thursday, May 10, to Discuss First Quarter 2018 Results; 29/05/2018 – Stratasys Announces Resignation of Ilan Levin as CEO and Director; 07/03/2018 – TOKYO — As Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos snatched the title of richest person in the world this year by overtaking Microsoft founder Bill Gates for the first time, Asia’s rich list has also witnessed a major shift to be dominated by billionaires springing from successful web businesses; 16/05/2018 – Microsoft is reportedly taking on Apple’s iPad with a line of low-cost tablets; 17/04/2018 – Columbus to Lead Key Sessions at Summit EMEA Microsoft Dynamics Conference; 25/04/2018 – Forbes Magazine Names FTI Consulting to America’s Best Management Consulting Firms List for Third Consecutive Year; 22/03/2018 – Tech giant Microsoft announces massive purchase of solar power in Virginia; 28/03/2018 – Vitality Biopharma Files Intellectual Property in All Major Pharmaceutical Markets Worldwide

Since September 7, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 9 insider sales for $64.89 million activity. The insider Capossela Christopher C sold $1.12M. $214,363 worth of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) shares were sold by BROD FRANK H. $4.06M worth of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was sold by Hogan Kathleen T on Thursday, November 8.

More notable recent Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) news were published by: Nasdaq.com which released: “With Fading Headwinds and Cloud Growth, Microsoft Stock Looks Solid – Nasdaq” on February 05, 2019, also Nasdaq.com with their article: “Technology Sector Update for 02/05/2019: GLUU, ALLT, STX, MSFT, AAPL, IBM, CSCO, GOOG – Nasdaq” published on February 05, 2019, Nasdaq.com published: “Technology Sector Update for 02/27/2019: WATT, SE, PANW, MSFT, AAPL, CSCO, IBM, GOOG – Nasdaq” on February 27, 2019. More interesting news about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) were released by: Nasdaq.com and their article: “Technology Sector Update for 02/06/2019: ARLO, SNAP, TTWO, MSFT, AAPL, CSCO, IBM, GOOG – Nasdaq” published on February 06, 2019 as well as Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Microsoft: Relax, The Sky Isn’t Falling – Seeking Alpha” with publication date: February 14, 2019.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.81 in 2018 Q3. Its down 0.03, from 0.84 in 2018Q2. It worsened, as 33 investors sold MSFT shares while 981 reduced holdings. 145 funds opened positions while 681 raised stakes. 5.28 billion shares or 0.60% less from 5.31 billion shares in 2018Q2 were reported. Arkansas-based Longer Inc has invested 2.27% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Butensky Cohen Financial Security Inc holds 1.88% or 20,527 shares in its portfolio. Ohio-based Budros Ruhlin Roe has invested 0.89% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Bartlett & Limited Company stated it has 795,698 shares or 3.42% of all its holdings. Janney Mngmt Lc reported 1.51M shares. 10,461 were accumulated by Alesco Advsrs Limited Liability. Greenwood Associates Lc invested 2.48% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Independent Franchise Limited Liability Partnership accumulated 8.11M shares. Livforsakringsbolaget Skandia Omsesidigt accumulated 243,542 shares. Profund Advisors Ltd Liability Corporation has 3.12% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 719,807 shares. Mairs Pwr owns 1.73% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 1.30M shares. Hm Cap Mgmt Ltd Liability reported 1.55% stake. Forbes J M And Com Limited Liability Partnership reported 1.85% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Tiemann Invest Advsr Ltd Liability Company invested 4.26% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Nadler Fincl Gp has 0.85% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 27,438 shares.

Since September 10, 2018, it had 0 insider purchases, and 24 sales for $8.98 million activity. DESCH MATTHEW J sold $5.90 million worth of Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) on Monday, November 19.

Aqr Capital Management Llc, which manages about $104.52 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Pinnacle West Cap Corp (NYSE:PNW) by 23,657 shares to 1.40 million shares, valued at $110.63M in 2018Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Cutera Inc (NASDAQ:CUTR) by 26,764 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 147,620 shares, and cut its stake in Consol Energy Inc New.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.23 in 2018 Q3. Its up 0.07, from 1.16 in 2018Q2. It increased, as 18 investors sold IRDM shares while 52 reduced holdings. 27 funds opened positions while 59 raised stakes. 90.99 million shares or 0.07% more from 90.93 million shares in 2018Q2 were reported. Ftb Advisors holds 1,275 shares. South Dakota Invest Council holds 71,048 shares. Rhumbline Advisers owns 231,147 shares. Blair William Il owns 488,015 shares for 0.07% of their portfolio. Credit Suisse Ag owns 59,571 shares. Bamco Inc Ny holds 0.86% or 9.23 million shares. Bank & Trust Of Ny Mellon holds 0.01% or 2.07 million shares. Voya Invest Management Limited Liability Corporation holds 38,204 shares. Van Berkom reported 4.98M shares stake. Pinnacle Associate Limited holds 2.01 million shares. Dudley & Shanley holds 90,900 shares. Mngmt Assoc New York holds 1.1% or 39,500 shares. Parametric Portfolio Associate Ltd Llc reported 0.01% stake. Swiss National Bank owns 163,600 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Herald Inv Mngmt holds 1.03% or 180,000 shares.

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With A Successful Launch, OneWeb Just Joined SpaceX And Others In The Satellite Internet Race

For example, SpaceX has its own project, called Starlink, which also aims to have several thousand satellites in orbit providing high-speed internet …

Ariane Soyuz rocket launch with six OneWeb satellites on board.Photo: Service Optique CSG / Copyright: ESA/SNES/ARIANESPACE

In the early Wednesday evening on the coast of French Guiana, an Arianespace Soyuz rocket successfully launched. It carried with it the first six satellites for internet startup OneWeb, which is building a 650-satellite constellation in low Earth orbit, providing telecommunications and internet services around the world.

“I think this is going to be a historic day for the way we use space and technology to provide connectivity and use that spectrum to benefit the world,” OneWeb CEO Adrian Steckel told Forbes.

This marks a turning point in a new generation of communications satellites, which backers say will provide high-speed internet connectivity to the billions of people who still lack access to it. OneWeb joins SpaceX as the second company in this new generation of internet satellite to actually put spacecraft into orbit.

OneWeb was founded in 2012 by Greg Wyler. His prior internet satellite company, O3, had placed 12 satellites around 5,000 miles above the surface, a lower-than-normal distance designed to speed up internet signals. Wyler’s vision for OneWeb, which he serves as executive chairman, is even more ambitious: a constellation of hundreds and eventually thousands of satellites even closer to Earth, as low as seven hundred miles above the surface, in what’s known as low Earth orbit. That proximity should lead to a more broadband-like experience for satellite internet customers, especially in areas where it’s currently difficult and expensive to connect to the internet. According to Pitchbook, the company has raised over $3 billion to achieve that vision, backed by the likes of Softbank, Airbus, Virgin and satellite telecom provider Hughes.

“We want people to have a premium, best-in-class internet experience,” said Steckler.

The market potential is big. Thanks to growing demand for data and declining costs for rocket launches, satellite internet providers could be generating over $500 billion in revenue by 2040, according to a report Morgan Stanley.

“We believe the largest opportunity comes from providing Internet access to under- and unserved parts of the world, but there also is going to be increased demand for bandwidth from autonomous cars, the Internet of things, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and video,” Morgan Stanley equity analyst Adam Jonas said in the report.

OneWeb isn’t alone in wanting to serve internet customers from low Earth orbit. For example, SpaceX has its own project, called Starlink, which also aims to have several thousand satellites in orbit providing high-speed internet starting in 2021. UK-based startup Sky and Space Global announced last week that it’s raised $12 million for its goal of putting 200 nanosatellites in low Earth orbit to provide internet services along the equator. Several other companies such as Boeing are also looking to build communications satellites in this orbit.

This isn’t the first time there’s been a race for communications in low Earth orbit. There were efforts in the early 1990s as well, with Motorola’s project Iridium successfully getting satellite constellations. But the technology at the time couldn’t keep up with advances in cell phone technology, leading to bankruptcy for some providers while others went out of business before launching a single satellite. The technology has greatly advanced since then, but the history may make some investors skittish – something that Wednesday’s launch might help with.

“OneWeb’s launch of test satellites is important from the perspective that (if successful) it helps to de-risk the story and prime the pump of needed investment flow,” Chris Quilty, founder of space industry strategy firm Quilty Analytics, told Forbes in an email.

Wednesday’s launch is just the start of a long process for OneWeb to achieve Wyler’s vision. In order to achieve global coverage, OneWeb will need 650 satellites in low Earth orbit by mid-2021. It eventually plans to have over 2,000 in orbit. All of them will be launched by Arianespace; OneWeb signed a contract with the European launch provider for 21 launches in 2015.

OneWeb already has customers ready and waiting for its data. In addition to the launch, the company also announced Wednesday at the Mobile World Congress that it has signed its first two client agreements.

One is with UK-based Talia Limited to provide its customers in regions including Africa and the Middle East with consumer broadband internet. The second is to provide telecommunications services to Italian telecom company Intermatica to support its European customers.

“We’re very excited about it. We’re moving from an idea to a project to a company,” said Steckel.

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Kempner Capital Management Has Boosted By $1.02 Million Its Hpt Hsptlty Prpreit (HPT) Stake …

… New Companies to Provide Iridium Mission-Critical Service; 30/03/2018 – SpaceX is set to launch Friday morning from the central coast of California …

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Iridium Communications Inc (NASDAQ:IRDM) had a decrease of 1.58% in short interest. IRDM’s SI was 15.65M shares in February as released by FINRA. Its down 1.58% from 15.90M shares previously. With 706,700 avg volume, 22 days are for Iridium Communications Inc (NASDAQ:IRDM)’s short sellers to cover IRDM’s short positions. The SI to Iridium Communications Inc’s float is 16.29%. The stock increased 2.82% or $0.58 during the last trading session, reaching $21.16. About 550,743 shares traded. Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) has risen 73.03% since February 18, 2018 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 73.03% the S&P500. Some Historical IRDM News: 09/03/2018 – S&PGR Rates Iridium Comms ‘B-‘; Otlk Neg; Unscd Nts Rated; 13/03/2018 – lridium Certus(SM) Distribution Expands; Enables Globally ‘Connected Vehicles’, Assets and Teams; 26/04/2018 – IRIDIUM COMMUNICATIONS INC – FULL-YEAR GUIDANCE AFFIRMED; 13/03/2018 – RadioResource: 6 New Companies to Provide Iridium Mission-Critical Service; 30/03/2018 – SpaceX is set to launch Friday morning from the central coast of California, in an attempt to send Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit on a previously-flown Falcon 9 rocket; 16/03/2018 – lridium Communications Inc. Prices Offering of Senior Unsecured Notes; 09/04/2018 – IRIDIUM COMMUNICATIONS – IRIDIUM-6/GRACE-FO RIDESHARE MISSION TARGETED FOR LAUNCH BY SPACEX FROM VAFB IN CALIFORNIA FOR MAY 19; 09/03/2018 – Moody’s assigns B2 corporate family rating to lridium; 22/05/2018 – SPACEX ROCKET LIFTS OFF WITH IRIDIUM, NASA SATELLITES; 30/03/2018 – SPACEX LAUNCHES FALCON 9 ROCKET WITH 10 IRIDIUM SATELLITES

Kempner Capital Management Inc increased Hpt Hsptlty Prpreit (HPT) stake by 328.2% reported in 2018Q3 SEC filing. Kempner Capital Management Inc acquired 36,430 shares as Hpt Hsptlty Prpreit (HPT)’s stock declined 10.20%. The Kempner Capital Management Inc holds 47,530 shares with $1.37M value, up from 11,100 last quarter. Hpt Hsptlty Prpreit now has $4.51B valuation. The stock increased 0.96% or $0.26 during the last trading session, reaching $27.43. About 736,999 shares traded or 5.20% up from the average. Hospitality Properties Trust (NYSE:HPT) has declined 14.26% since February 18, 2018 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 14.26% the S&P500. Some Historical HPT News: 19/03/2018 – Investor Expectations to Drive Momentum within Hospitality Properties Trust, Pioneer Energy Services, El Paso Electric, Avid Bi; 10/05/2018 – HPT EXTENDS MATURITIES, CHANGES PRICING ON $1.4B CREDIT LINES; 19/04/2018 – DJ Hospitality Properties Trust, Inst Holders, 1Q 2018 (HPT); 09/05/2018 – Hospitality Properties 1Q Normalized FFO 94c/Shr; 03/05/2018 – New Research: Key Drivers of Growth for Hospitality Properties Trust, Shell Midstream Partners, Archrock, Phillips 66 Partners; 10/05/2018 – Hospitality Properties Trust Extends Maturities and Improves Pricing on $1.4B of Credit Facilities; 09/05/2018 – HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES 1Q REV. $528.6M, EST. $522.7M; 10/05/2018 – HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES TRUST – WAS EXTENDED TO JULY 15, 2022; 09/05/2018 – HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES TRUST – QTRLY TOTAL REVENUES $528.6 MLN VS $488.6 MLN; 10/05/2018 – HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES TRUST – MATURITY DATE OF AMENDED $400 MLN TERM LOAN WAS EXTENDED TO JULY 15, 2023

More notable recent Hospitality Properties Trust (NASDAQ:HPT) news were published by: Investorplace.com which released: “3 Hotel Stocks That Allow Investors to Rest Comfortably – Investorplace.com” on February 05, 2019, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: “Hospitality Properties declares $0.53 dividend – Seeking Alpha” published on January 18, 2019, Nasdaq.com published: “Analysis: Positioning to Benefit within Rollins, Hospitality Properties Trust, Exact Sciences, Tenet Healthcare, Entergy, and Calithera Biosciences — Research Highlights Growth, Revenue, and Consolidated Results – Nasdaq” on January 28, 2019. More interesting news about Hospitality Properties Trust (NASDAQ:HPT) were released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: “When You’re A Landlord And Tenant, Investors Lose – Seeking Alpha” published on March 27, 2018 as well as Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Hospitality Properties Trust: Income And Upside In An Uncertain Market – Seeking Alpha” with publication date: March 07, 2018.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.23 in Q3 2018. Its up 0.08, from 1.15 in 2018Q2. It is positive, as 24 investors sold HPT shares while 93 reduced holdings. 49 funds opened positions while 95 raised stakes. 116.83 million shares or 1.03% more from 115.64 million shares in 2018Q2 were reported. Moreover, Navellier Assocs Inc has 0.06% invested in Hospitality Properties Trust (NASDAQ:HPT). Shufro Rose And Limited Com holds 0.03% or 10,600 shares in its portfolio. Columbia Asset Management reported 25,495 shares. Aperio Group Inc Ltd Liability Corp accumulated 270,860 shares. Moreover, Knott David M has 0.23% invested in Hospitality Properties Trust (NASDAQ:HPT). Robeco Institutional Asset Management Bv owns 5,838 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Zacks Investment Mgmt reported 0.14% of its portfolio in Hospitality Properties Trust (NASDAQ:HPT). State Of Tennessee Treasury Department holds 0.02% or 129,297 shares in its portfolio. 31,515 are held by Teachers Retirement Sys Of The State Of Kentucky. Bancorporation Of Hawaii holds 0.02% or 8,485 shares in its portfolio. Wealthtrust reported 15 shares. Profund Advsr Ltd Limited Liability Company holds 0.03% or 23,455 shares. Citigroup owns 160,015 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Synovus reported 698 shares. Moreover, Oppenheimer has 0.01% invested in Hospitality Properties Trust (NASDAQ:HPT) for 9,840 shares.

More notable recent Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) news were published by: Nasdaq.com which released: “IRDM Crosses Below Key Moving Average Level – Nasdaq” on January 24, 2019, also Prnewswire.com with their article: “Iridium Declares Victory; $3 Billion Satellite Constellation Upgrade Complete – PRNewswire” published on February 06, 2019, Fool.com published: “3 Top Mid-Cap Stocks to Buy Right Now – Motley Fool” on January 23, 2019. More interesting news about Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) were released by: Benzinga.com and their article: “Raymond James Bullish On Iridium (NASDAQ:IRDM) As Satellite Maker Shifts From SpaceX To Sales – Benzinga” published on January 14, 2019 as well as Nasdaq.com‘s news article titled: “Technology Sector Update for 01/16/2019: INPX,GOGO,IRDM,EFII – Nasdaq” with publication date: January 16, 2019.

Among 4 analysts covering Iridium Communications (NASDAQ:IRDM), 2 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Iridium Communications had 4 analyst reports since August 27, 2018 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was downgraded by Sidoti on Monday, August 27 to “Neutral”. On Monday, September 10 the stock rating was downgraded by Northland Capital to “Underperform”. Raymond James maintained it with “Strong Buy” rating and $23 target in Wednesday, October 10 report.

Iridium Communications Inc. provides mobile voice and data communications services through satellite to businesses, the U.S. and foreign governments, non-governmental organizations, and clients worldwide. The company has market cap of $2.36 billion. It offers postpaid mobile voice and data satellite communications services; prepaid mobile voice satellite communications services; broadband data services; push-to-talk services; and machine-to-machine services for sending and receiving data from fixed and mobile assets in remote locations to a central monitoring station. It has a 18.86 P/E ratio. The firm also provides other services, such as inbound connections from the public switched telephone network, short message services, subscriber identity module, activation, customer reactivation, and other peripheral services.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.23 in Q3 2018. Its up 0.07, from 1.16 in 2018Q2. It is positive, as 18 investors sold Iridium Communications Inc. shares while 52 reduced holdings. 27 funds opened positions while 59 raised stakes. 90.99 million shares or 0.07% more from 90.93 million shares in 2018Q2 were reported. Ny State Common Retirement Fund holds 106,800 shares or 0% of its portfolio. State Of Tennessee Treasury Department invested 0.01% in Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM). Great West Life Assurance Can reported 122,681 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. Gabelli Funds Limited Liability Company, New York-based fund reported 191,000 shares. Arizona-based Tci Wealth Advsr Inc has invested 0% in Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM). Comml Bank Of New York Mellon Corporation holds 0.01% or 2.07M shares in its portfolio. California State Teachers Retirement System holds 146,933 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Brown Brothers Harriman & Co holds 0% or 2,500 shares. Arizona State Retirement has 0.03% invested in Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM). United Services Automobile Association has invested 0% in Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM). Moreover, Barclays Public Limited Company has 0% invested in Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) for 102,773 shares. Employees Retirement System Of Ohio has invested 0% in Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM). Teachers Retirement Sys Of The State Of Kentucky stated it has 32,283 shares. Bancorp Of Montreal Can holds 0.01% in Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) or 284,350 shares. Lazard Asset accumulated 12,060 shares or 0% of the stock.

Since August 20, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 24 selling transactions for $8.98 million activity. Smith S. Scott had sold 74,701 shares worth $1.53M on Tuesday, November 6. $5.90M worth of Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) was sold by DESCH MATTHEW J.

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