Russia in the middle: Satellite operator RSCC likes GEO, wants HEO and talks to both Viasat & Eutelsat

by Peter B. de Selding

AMSTERDAM — Russian Satellite Communications Co. (RSCC) is Russia’s principal satellite operator, but it has been a quiet bystander as the satcom world argues over LEO and MEO constellations, the size of the in-flight-connectivity business and whether GEO networks are on a glide path to irrelevance.

At least, that’s the view from a distance. On closer look, RSCC is looking for Russian government and foreign support for a government/commercial HEO system to serve both Russia and the Arctic region, and talking with Eutelsat and Viasat about Ka-band potential . . .

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