Still something for everyone: EU constellation awash in potential missions; now NewSpace will take a look

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The industrial consortium designing a future secure-connectivity and broadband satellite constellation for the European Commission has tentatively concluded that it would include at least 80 LEO satellites with inter-satellite links, plus several existing GEO-orbit satellites that would be used for military and other government communications.

Halfway into its planned year-long study of what the constellation would look like, the Commission is apparently wedded to the idea of a global LEO constellation to counter mega-constellations being deployed in the United States, Britain, Canada and China.

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