Satellite builders to SES, Intelsat, Eutelsat, Hispasat, Nilesat, and Nepal: Please decide something

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite fleet operators including Eutelsat, Intelsat, SES, Telesat, Nilesat, Hispasat and the government of Nepal are conducting “final” reviews of satellite bids submitted by industry, and the wait is torturing the satellite manufacturing sector.

Right behind the satellite builders are the commercial launch service providers, waiting for the same thing.

“I have never seen the market like this,” said one industry veteran. “Normally when people talk about an order pipeline, they mean things are moving through the pipe. But now, everything seems stuck there . . .

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