Airbus space division revenue flat in 2016; orders include 5 telecom satellites

by Peter B. de Selding

Airbus officials have said they booked five telecommunications satellite orders in 2016. Industry officials say the orders include military telecommunications spacecraft for the governments of Indonesia, Egypt (with Thales Alenia Space) and South Korea -- with the last being made through Lockheed Martin. The two other orders, for commercial customers, are the DirecTV-16 for DirecTV of the United States, and the Eutelsat 5 West B for Paris-based Eutelsat, an order won in partnership with Orbital ATK -- not a regular Airbus partner in satellite orders.  Eutelsat says strict adherence to design-to-cost guidelines enabled it to save 30 . . .

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