Airbus: 2023 will be big for GEO-orbit satellites; French military’s move to buying services shows industry maturity

by Peter B. de Selding

LE BOURGET, France — Airbus Defence and Space said 2023 is shaping up to be a big year for sales of its OneSat software-defined satellite for geostationary orbit after a lull in 2022 and that the overall GEO-orbit market is showing new dynamism.

Airbus is one of two companies — Thales Alenia Space is the other — that has booked commercial orders for GEO-orbit software-defined satellites. Boeing Satellite Systems International is using its own software-defined design to provide SES’s 11-satellite O3b . . .

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