Russia/Intersputnik, citing SpaceX co-passenger delay, seek ITU deadline extension for Saturn Satellite Networks NationSat

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Russia asked the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for more time to place the first NationSat satellite from startup manufacturer Saturn Satellite Networks Inc. into geostationary position because of a delay with a co-passenger on the SpaceX launch.

Acting on behalf of the Moscow-based Intersputnik international satellite organization, the Russian Federation said the satellite, intended for 98 degrees East, will miss its regulatory deadline of June 29, 2020, by about 10 months because of the delayed launch.

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