Telesat, still weighing contractor options, insists it can start LEO constellation service in 2022

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator Telesat remained vague on when it will decide on a prime contractor for its multibillion-dollar Telesat LEO constellation of broadband satellites, reiterating only that a decision could come around the middle of the year.

Perhaps surprisingly, Chief Executive Daniel S. Goldberg said the company still expects that the spacecraft would start launching in late 2021 or early 2022.

Initial service in selected regions could start in 2022, with the full constellation of 300 spacecraft in service in 2023, Goldberg said in a . . .

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