Airbus: Airbus OneWeb Satellites JV has bright future even if OneWeb’s Gen 2 moves to Britain

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite builder Airbus Defence and Space is worried that a reorganization of the satellite fleet operator landscape following the Viasat acquisition of Inmarsat could mean further vertical integration of the sector.

Jean-Marc Nasr, head of Airbus Space Systems, said that while no one else may imitate SpaceX in taking verticalization to the extreme — building, launching and operating its own Starlink fleet — the Viasat-Inmarsat deal could lead to further mergers and acquisitions.

“We are starting to see mixed models . . .

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