Telesat’s $5 billion Lightspeed network: Questions remain after Thales Alenia Space agreement

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Telesat’s selection of Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor for the $5-billion Lightspeed network leaves many key issues still unanswered on financing, industrial supply chain, key components and regulatory licensing.

The chief executives of Telesat and Thales Alenia Space acknowledged as much in an interview — — and in a press briefing, saying the details will not be finalized for several weeks.

Here is a summary of some of the most important elements . . .

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