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Telesat Makes Significant Technology Move for LEO Constellation

By | July 10, 2018
Telesat's LEO constellation orbit. Photo: Telesat

Telesat’s LEO constellation orbit. Photo: Telesat

Telesat has made a key technology move as it looks to build out its Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation. The Canadian operator has signed a memorandum of understanding with General Dynamics Mission Systems, a secure communication and information systems provider, to collaborate on developing user terminals for its LEO satellite constellation. The user terminals will service both government and commercial customers.

Telesat’s LEO constellation is designed to deliver global broadband to state governments and the private sector. The initial constellation will consist of approximately 120 satellites, with the potential for expansion.

“Our customers increasingly require global communications networks that deliver high levels of resiliency, scalability, security and speed,” said General Dynamics Mission Systems Vice President and General Manager Manny Mora in the announcement.