Inmarsat buys 3 GEO-orbit L-band satellites from startup builder Swissto12, says ESA’s technical reassurance was key

by Peter B. de Selding

UPDATE May 25: This story has been updated to include Inmarsat's contract with Australia and New Zealand to provide positioning and navigation services using one of the Swissto12-built I-8 satellites.

PARIS — Mobile satellite services provider Inmarsat has purchased three satellites from startup prime contractor Swissto12 to provide resilience for Inmarsat’s L-band safety-of-life services in geostationary orbit.

In an extraordinary leap of faith in a company that has never built a satellite, Inmarsat has contracted three identical . . .

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