AST SpaceMobile: Commercial constellation to deploy starting 2023 no matter what happens to this summer’s demo flight

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — AST SpaceMobile, which is building a constellation of low-orbiting satellites to provide broadband links directly to unmodified smart phones, said testing of its demonstration satellite, BlueWalker-3, remains on track for a summer launch with SpaceX.

AST Chief Executive Abel Avellan said the company’s testing regime for BlueWalker-3 has been exhaustive enough  that even a launch failure would not affect the scheduled deployment of the commercial BlueBird constellation of larger satellites.

In a May 16 investor call, Avellan said the U . . .

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