Maxar sees advantage in Telesat LEO satellite competition vs Airbus; says Palo Alto sale to reduce debt

by Peter B. de Selding

LUXEMBOURG— Maxar Technologies said its joint bid with Thales Alenia Space for a $3 billion contract to build Telesat Canada’s global LEO satellite broadband constellation has an advantage over competitor Airbus Defence and Space that has nothing to do with price or technology.

For Maxar Chief Executive Howard L. Lance, competitor Airbus suffers from its role as the industrial prime contractor for the OneWeb LEO broadband constellation. Telesat, Lance said, likely will want to avoid the risks associated with giving Airbus a second large constellation to build.

“We . . .

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