Rivada contracts for 12 SpaceX Falcon 9 launches for its first 300 satellites; ITU to decide issue this month

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Startup B2B satellite broadband constellation operator Rivada Space Networks of Germany has signed a firm contract with SpaceX to launch 300 500-kilogram satellites into low Earth orbit aboard 12 Falcon 9 rockets between April 2025 and June 2026.

Rivada officials had said for months that they had few launch options given that the other developers of heavy-lift rockets — Arianespace, United Launch Alliance and Blue Origin — were all behind schedule with their new-generation vehicles, and that Amazon’s Project . . .

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