Italian Defense Ministry registers at ITU a constellation of 19,708 satellites in LEO and MEO orbits

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The Italian Ministry of Defense has submitted a notice to international regulators of a low- and medium-Earth-orbit constellation of 19,708 satellites in 899 orbital planes carrying S-, X-, and military-Ka brand frequencies.

The network, ITA-LEO, appears to be part of Italy’s effort to position itself for future investments in the European Commission’s GovSatCom program for secure communications and space surveillance.

The Commission is now evaluating a consortium’s bid for a public-private partnership between the Commission and commercial . . .

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