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Thales Alenia to build Telesat LEO constellation
Posted: Sun, Feb 14, 2021, 9:40 AM ET (1440 GMT)
Telesat has selected Thales Alenia Space to build its low Earth orbit constellation. Telesat said that the 298-satellite system, which it now calls Lightspeed, will begin providing broadband connectivity services in 2023. Telesat chose Thales Alenia based on that company's work on the Iridium Next constellation and the original O3b satellite for SES. The Lightspeed satellites will include laser intersatellite links to minimize the number of ground stations required. Telesat plans to focus on business-to-business services, rather that customer broadband.
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