PARIS — The British government has agreed to invest $23.2 million over about three years into a European Space Agency (ESA) program to prepare technologies for a second-generation OneWeb satellite broadband constellation.

At least six other nations have agreed to join the program, whose first phase will start in March last for 18 months. This first phase is budgeted at only a few million dollars and will be followed by a Phase 2 that ESA governments will be asked to back at a November conference of ESA’s governments.

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