Telesat receives “global rights” for LEO satellite system

Canadian satellite operator Telesat says it has received approvals from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to use about 4 GHz of Ka-band spectrum for its proposed Low Earth Orbiting satellite system.

Telesat, in a statement, said its new satellites will enable and accelerate the world’s digital transformation by providing high-performing, cost-effective, fibre-like broadband anywhere in the world for business, government and individual users.

Space Systems/Loral has delivered the first of a pair of ‘Phase 1’ test satellites to the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Eastern Russia where it will launch aboard a Soyuz-2 vehicle provided by Glavkosmos.

Telesat says that its initial 120 satellites will be in place by 2021. The operator says it is considering expanding its constellation beyond the initial deployment.

A rival proposal from OneWeb was approved in June.

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