EU Commission issues RFP to New Space companies to design multi-payload, multi-orbit satellite constellation

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The European Commission issued its request for proposals to EU New Space companies to provide ideas on the construction and operation of a constellation of satellites in multiple orbits for broadband connectivity, quantum key distribution and a host of other possible missions.

Bidders have until Sept. 10 to submit their proposals. The two that rank highest in the Commission’s assessment will receive 1.4 million euros ($1.65 million) each. The contracts are expected to last six months.

European Commissioner Thierry Breton, who heads the . . .

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