Thales joins Boeing, Airbus in facing substantial delays with its new software-defined satellite product

by Peter B. de Selding

UPDATE Feb. 29: This story has been updated to include a statement from Boeing.

LA PLATA, Maryland — The three satellite builders that were first to introduce commercial software-defined, flexible-payload satellites — Airbus Defence and Space, Boeing Satellite Systems and Thales Alenia Space — have all encountered production issues resulting in multi-year delays.

Their customers, including SES, Viasat and Intelsat, among others, are grappling with the consequences.

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