Two satellite manufacturers vie for Telesat LEO contract

Satellite operator Telesat has contracted two satellite manufacturing teams to develop competing system designs for Telesat’s proposed LEO constellation. Telesat struck an agreement with Thales Alenia Space and Maxar’s SSL late July to develop one system design and signed a similar deal just a week later with Airbus Defence and Space to develop another system. Both teams will submit proposals for final designs and manufacturing of the LEO satellite constellation

LEO satellite broadband will be disruptive, if successful

A new crop of non-geostationary satellites could see the emergence of a new broadband market in low Earth orbit. SpaceX, Boeing, OneWeb, LeoSat and Telesat are five would-be satellite broadband service providers that have received FCC authorization for deploying satellite broadband in the US. If successful, these providers are poised to disrupt the current satellite broadband market, and perhaps even terrestrial fixed services in some areas. Satellite broadband is by