For European satellite operator, using SpaceX means always having to say you’re sorry

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS— Satellite fleet operator Eutelsat has purchased more flights from Europe’s Arianespace than any other commercial company, and more telecommunications satellites from Europe’s two prime contractors.

But as a publicly traded commercial company, Eutelsat has fiduciary obligations — value for money — that sometimes take it beyond Europe’s borders in search of launches — for satellites, less so.

This used to be a nonissue when Europe’s Arianespace, with its Ariane 4 and Ariane 5 rockets, was regularly winning U.S. commercial business to the detriment of . . .

To view the entire article, become a subscriber!

You may also like