Telesat LEO: It was 117 satellites, then 298. Now it’s 1,671. Will it be easier to finance?

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Telesat Canada, which has ongoing U.S. Defense Department contracts related to its proposed Telesat LEO project but has still not selected a LEO prime contractor or secured funding, is asking U.S. regulators to approve a five-fold increase in LEO’s constellation, to 1,671 satellites in two orbits.

Telesat has proposed that LEO’s initial design of  117 satellites be expanded to 298 satellites before expanding again to the full 1,671-satellite configuration.

Telesat is among a half-dozen companies . . .

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