SES wants to add inclined-orbit satellites in LEO and MEO to its current O3b Ka-band network

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator SES asked U.S. regulators to approve a significant expansion of its O3b Ka-band non-geostationary-orbit constellation to give it full-global coverage and inter-satellite links between satellites in very low LEO and MEO orbit and SES’s GEO-orbit fleet.

The expanded O3b network would include 24 satellites in high-inclination MEO orbit and 36 satellites in very low sun-synchronous orbit, plus 10 third-generation O3b spacecraft in the current circular equatorial orbit. 

The company set no date . . .

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