Optus with Telesat, Eutelsat with Tyvak/Terran: All aboard the LEO train

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — FSS operators Eutelsat of Paris and Optus Satellite of Australia on March 8 added their names to the list of established fleet owners unable to resist the pull of low-orbiting satcom systems.

Eutelsat said it’s buying a single LEO satellite from Terran Orbital’s Tyvak International to test, with Sigfox, a global constellation of satellites for the IoT market. The satellite will be launched in 2019.

Separately, Optus announced it had entered into an agreement with Telesat Canada to test Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite . . .

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