Direct-to-device startup AST SpaceMobile delays next launch by ~ 6 months, solicits export-credit agency financing

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — Startup satellite broadband direct-to-device service provider AST SpaceMobile has delayed the launch of its first five commercial satellites by at least six months following component delays by outside suppliers and hurdles in AST’s development of the satellites’ core antenna element.

The five satellites are scheduled for launch together on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, previously scheduled to occur by the end of March.

AST now says that following delays in delivery of unspecific components of the satellites’ control subsystem . . .

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