OneWeb’s losing its believer-in-chief at Airbus; successor’s view TBD; Viasat says GEO looks ever better

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Outgoing Airbus CEO Tom Enders defended his decision to make a major commitment to the New Space business by investing in the OneWeb broadband satellite constellation, and sought to persuade his successor that the investment remains valid.

“Let me mention our participation in what is widely called New Space,” Enders said in a Feb. 14 conference call with investors. “One of the remarkable examples here is OneWeb. We’re all anxiously waiting for the first launch of OneWeb satellites later this month, and we are gearing up to produce very rapidly at . . .

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