Seeing civil and military demand growth, SES nears decision on Arctic broadband with expanded O3b coverage

by Peter B. de Selding

LONDON — Satellite fleet operator SES gave every indication it is ready to expand its O3b constellation of medium-Earth-orbit (MEO) satellites, now in equatorial orbit, to include Arctic coverage.

SES in mid-2018 received U.S. regulatory approval to add new inclined-orbit satellites to its O3b network, saying the expanded capacity could total 42 satellites. SES now operates 20 O3b satellites in equatorial orbit and has seven second-generation O3b mPower satellites under construction by Boeing and scheduled for launch in 2021.

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