AST SpaceMobile: Demo satellite on track for September launch; 1st commercial models delayed by 6 months

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — AST SpaceMobile, a startup building a constellation of large low-orbit satellites to provide worldwide 4G/5G connectivity to unmodified smartphones, has delayed by about six months the launch of its first production-model BlueBird satellites and said the satellites’ cost has risen 14%.

AST now expects its first five BlueBird satellites to launch at the end of 2023 aboard a single SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The company had previously said the launch would be in Q2 2023 and that “substantial global . . .

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