PARIS — Buoyed by the its anchor-customer contract with Inmarsat, Airbus Defence and Space sees its OneSat software-defined satellite product line as potentially creating a new industry in satellite leasing along the lines of the commercial airline industry.

“Since these satellites are not tailor-made for a given operator or application, there could be a second-hand market,” said Nicolas Chamussy, Airbus’s outing head of space systems. “It might not be large, since there are nowhere near as many satellites as commercial aircraft. But flexibility is crucial . . .

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