PARIS — International regulators declined to approve startup satellite-to-cellphone provider AST SpaceMobile’s request for an 18-month extension of the deadline to bring into service the BlueWalker-3 (BW3) satellite’s Q/V-band spectrum pending further information.
BW3, which AST said fully deployed its 693-square-foot (64.4 square meter) phased array antenna on Nov. 14, was launched in September aboard a SpaceX ride-share mission.
Using its electric-power thruster, the satellite will take up to 18 months to raise . . .
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