Telesat: Supply-chain issues hit Lightspeed constellation, delay Bpifrance, Canada’s EDC funding & Thales Alenia Space contract

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Telesat’s Lightspeed constellation of broadband satellites will be delayed following component shortages reported by proposed prime contractor  Thales Alenia Space, which cited the global supply-chain bottlenecks.

Canada-based Telesat said it was in talks with France and Italy-based Thales Alenia Space on how to minimize the delays and whether the extra time should be used to optimize Lightspeed’s performance.

In a Nov. 5 investor call, Telesat Chief Executive Daniel S. Goldberg said the supply shortage in turn will delay the . . .

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