SES: Power-module glitch on mPower satellites delays next launch and initial service availability

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS— Satellite fleet operator SES is hedging its bets on whether its O3b mPower constellation will be ready to enter service by the end of the year as a result of the delays following a power-module anomaly on the first four mPower satellites now in orbit, SES Chief Executive Ruy Pinto said.

The fifth and sixth mPower spacecraft are now scheduled to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in October, with what Pinto called “early entry services” to start “by the end of this year or early next year . . .

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