EU selects 2nd New Space consortium for constellation study as established-space group divides in two after conflicts

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The European Commission added spice to its planned constellation of satellites for secure government communications and quantum key distribution by contracting with a second New Space consortium for a six-month architecture study.

The new group, called UN:IO, is led by startup satellite manufacturer Reflex Aerospace GmbH and includes satellite laser communications builder Mynaric AG and startup launch service provider Isar Aerospace. All three companies have associations with Bulent Altan, chief executive of Mynaric, and his venture capital fund.

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