Boeing wins SES contract to build second-generation O3b satellite constellation

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator SES has awarded Boeing a contract to build seven satellites as part of SES’s second-generation medium-Earth-orbit constellation, formerly known as O3b, according to industry officials.

The selection of Boeing Satellite Systems International is a blow for O3b’s incumbent prime contractor, Thales Alenia Space of France and Italy, which built all 12 O3b satellites currently in orbit and has eight more under construction.

It is also something of a revenge for Boeing after Thales Alenia Space’s win of a contract . . .

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