Rumors about Arianespace v. SpaceX launch of small GEO satellite indicates how desperate market could become

by Peter B. de Selding

WASHINGTON — The August announcement by startup Swedish satellite operator Ovzon AB that it had moved its first satellite from a SpaceX Falcon Heavy in 2020 to an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket in 2021 created a big splash for such a small spacecraft.

The Maxar Technologies-built Ovzon-3, an all-electric satellite, is expected to weigh 1,500 kilograms at launch.

Ovzon has said that a direct-to-GEO launch on a Falcon Heavy would have meant starting service sooner than . . .

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