SES proposes open, non-exclusive design for future software-defined satellites

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator SES has selected Airbus, Boeing and Thales Alenia Space as finalists for a multi-satellite order envisioned as a step-change in the way satellites are contracted, built and launched, industry officials said.

SES declined to name the finalists, but in a wide-ranging discussion with journalists here during the recent World Satellite Business Week, organized by Euroconsult, SES Chief Executive Steve Collar and Chief Technical Officer Martin Halliwell gave the SES view on the unusual contracting process, the overall satcom landscape and how it needs to evolve.

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