ESA governments spent over $300 million on the NeoSat telecommunications satellite platform. Was it worth it?

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The Eutelsat Konnect Ka-band broadband satellite, launched Jan. 16 aboard an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket, is the first of 11 NeoSat-model spacecraft booked by prime contractors Thales Alenia Space and Airbus Defence and Space following well over $300 million in investment by European governments.

Was it worth it? It’s probably too soon to say, especially since the market for commercial telecommunications satellites has evolved in ways no one predicted when the NeoSat project was first financed by the French government’s . . .

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