A flurry of contract activity involving Telesat, broadband and LEO, but not Telesat LEO

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Recent announcements by Telesat on low-orbiting broadband satellites with the U.S. Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA), Airbus U.S. Space and Defense, Lockheed Martin and German startup satellite laser com manufacturer Mynaric all concern low-orbiting broadband satellites for the U.S. military.

Whether they will help jump-start Telesat’s long-planned LEO broadband constellation is unknown.

Telesat originally offered its LEO design — with phased-array antennas and four 10-Gbps laser optical terminals each for inter . . .

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