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Eutelsat Orders New Flexsat from Thales Alenia Space

By | December 1, 2022

Rendering of the Eutelsat Flexsat. Photo: Eutelsat

Eutelsat has tasked Thales Alenia Space to build its next-generation highly flexible, software-defined satellite (SDS) called Flexsat. The two companies announced the deal Dec. 1. The new Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellite will expand Eutelsat’s in-orbit assets providing more than 100 Gbps of incremental capacity over the Americas to support what Eutelsat sees as a surging connectivity market.

The satellite, based on Thales’ pace Inspire product line, will offer a high level of flexibility in terms of coverage, bandwidth allocation, and power levels, aims to serve Eutelsat’s B2B customers for its Advance backhauling, enterprise, government, aero, and maritime solutions. It will also be able to accommodate joint GEO-LEO (Low-Earth Orbit) services.

The Flexsat is expected to be delivered in 2026. The capital expenditure associated with the program is included in Eutelsat’s standalone capital expenditure and adjusted discretionary free cash flow estimates for fiscal year 2022-23 and fiscal year 2023-24. It is also included in the financial trajectory of the proposed combination of Eutelsat and OneWeb.

“The uniqueness of a Flexsat makes it particularly convenient to optimise capacity and reconfigure services during the satellite’s lifetime, depending on applications and coverage areas. This new satellite will further underpin Eutelsat’s growth strategy aimed at addressing the booming connectivity segment and it is also able to support joint GEO-LEO services. We are delighted to partner once again with Thales Alenia Space, and proud to be among the first customers of the innovative Space Inspire product line,” Eva Berneke, Eutelsat’s CEO, said in a statement.

This is the fifth Space Inspire GEO order for Thales this year, other customers are Intelsat with two satellites, SES, and Arabsat.