Blue Origin Chief Executive Bob Smith, founder Jeff Bezos (aka Blue Origin’s business plan) and Mu Space founder James James Yenbamroong at the March 11, 2018, contract signing ceremony. Credit: Blue Origin

WASHINGTON — Thai satellite telecommunications startup Mu Space, less than a year old, continues to move fast.

A year after it entered into what looked like a premature MoU with launch-service startup Blue Origin for the launch of a telecommunications satellite with no manufacturer, no orbital slot and no business plan, it struck deals with SES and Hughes Network Systems fo broadband deployment in Thailand.

For the moment, Mu is a provider of rural broadband through a VSAT network. It’s a long way from there to operating a large geostationary-orbit satellite, but Mu believes it will be able coordinate frequency rights with orbital neighbors and launch a satellite — even if Mu may not be its sole owner — in less than three years.

On March 11, Mu Space and Blue Origin concluded a contract for a late 2020 launch of a geostationary-orbit telecommunications satellite aboard Blue Origin’s New Glenn rocket.

While Mu is not Blue Origin’s first geostationary-orbit satellite contract — established fleet operator signed a contract in March 2017 for a New Glenn launch — it will be the launch-service providers first launch to geostationary orbit.

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