European Commission outlines Iris2 constellation details; final industry bid due Feb. 14; ‘no roses expected’

by Peter B. de Selding

BRUSSELS — The industrial consortium designing the multibillion-dollar Iris2 multi-orbit secure connectivity constellation is scheduled to submit its best-and-final offer to the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA) on Feb. 14, with the signature of a 12-year concession contract scheduled for the end of March, European government officials said.

If it makes these dates, the public-private partnership will have kept to a deadline the Commission set over a year ago, no mean feat given the complex relationship between the Commission as customer . . .

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