Rocket Lab to OHB to Thales Alenia Space to the ITU to… a Ka-/Ku- band LEO satellite constellation

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — A 50-kilogram satellite built by OHB SE of Germany and launched into low Earth orbit Jan. 20 aboard a Rocket Lab Electron vehicle has salvaged — in extremis — a radio frequency reservation by Thales Alenia Space that was filed seven years ago and was set to expire on Jan. 29, according to industry officials and regulatory documents.

These are the same Thales Alenia Space-registered frequencies that the now-scrapped LeoSat constellation project had been slated to use. LeoSat closed when it could not . . .

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