SES joins NewSpace group bidding on EU constellation but also remains on established-company team

by Peter B. de Selding

KOUROU, French Guiana — Satellite fleet operator SES has joined a consortium of startups vying for work on the European Commission’s proposed secure connectivity satellite constellation, but is remaining in the nine-company grouping of established space companies that is also bidding for the contract.

SES’s decision to take a 25% stake in Munich-based UN:IO Enterprise is a surprising development given that the European Commission, which has spent the better part of two years studying industrial proposals, is expected to come to a decision . . .

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