Small-GEO satellite startups Astranis, Saturn Satellite Networks: We can beat Viasat, Hughes, Eutelsat et al on per-Mbps cost

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Startup builders of small satellites operating in geostationary orbit said they could offer customers per-megabit prices that match or beat those from large broadband satellite providers such as Eutelsat, Viasat Inc. and Hughes Network Systems.

Both Astranis, whose first satellite is scheduled for launch in early 2022, and Saturn Satellite Networks, whose first launch is planned for 2024, said the total cost of ownership of their spacecraft would be lower, on a per-megabit basis, than what’s available from the big-GEO . . .

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