By involving NATO, Luxembourg facilitates other nations’ purchase of SES O3b mPower satcom capacity, starting with US

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The Luxembourg government’s decision to purchase 195 million euros ($201.5 million) of Ka-band capacity from SES’s O3b mPower fleet of medium-Earth orbit satellites was structured to make it easy for other NATO nations to join the project by purchasing additional mPower capacity or contributing their own assets.

Luxembourg hopes the program, called the Global Commercially Contracted Communication Support Partnership, or GCC Satcom SP, will have the same success as its earlier space-based surveillance program.

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