Intelsat purchases inaugural Swissto12 smallsat design for geostationary-orbit mission; to launch in 2025

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Startup small-satellite manufacturer Swissto12 has booked the inaugural order for its HummingSat GEO-orbit design with fleet operator Intelsat to launch in 2025.

The satellite, to be named IS-45, will weigh less than 1,000 kilograms at launch and deliver 2 kW of power to its Ku-band payload and is designed to operate for 15 years — about the same service life as what’s offered by much larger geostationary-orbit spacecraft.

The contract is well-timed for the 22-nation

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