BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Thales Alenia Space’s satellite electric-propulsion facility was inaugurated two years ago and is now ready to deliver its first flight model, which will be integrated into Eutelsat’s Konnect satellite to provide broadband to sub-Saharan Africa, with capacity also over Europe.

Konnect, scheduled for launch in late 2019, is also the first of the Neo-class satellites that 16 European Space Agency (ESA) governments agreed to help develop to improve the competitiveness of Europe’s two main prime contractors, Thales Alenia Space and Airbus Defence and Space . . .

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