French smallsat champion Nexeya adds Airbus to partnership ranks that include Thales Alenia Space, CNES

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Nexeya, which has been chosen by the French government to be a poster child for French NewSpace startups, has signed a partnership agreement with Airbus Defense and Space under which Airbus will be prime contractor and systems integrator for commercial smallsat constellations that would use Nexeya’s platform.

The agreement, signed by Airbus Space chief Nicolas Chamussy and Nexeya President Philippe Gautier follows Nexeya’s selection in 2018 by Thales Alenia Space for a 25-satellite constellation called Kineis:

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