PARIS — Airbus and Telespazio announced Sept. 9 that the two companies will establish a partnership to sell excess capacity on France’s upcoming Syracuse 4 series of military communications satellites.
Under the partnership, which includes the French defense procurement agency DGA, the two companies will sell any capacity on the Syracuse 4 satellites not being used by the French military, with the funds being used to partially offset the overall cost of the satellite system.
“We will be able to resell capacity, and added-value services as well,” said Jean-Marc Gardin, deputy chief executive of Telespazio, during a panel discussion at Euroconsult’s World Satellite Business Week conference here Sept. 10. Those additional services could include capacity and throughout guarantees and engineering and maintenance services.
The Syracuse 4 satellites are under development by a joint Airbus/Thales Alenia Space team. The first two satellites, Syracuse 4A and 4B, are scheduled for launch in 2022. A third satellite is projected for 2030. The satellites will offer X-band and military Ka-band services.
Evert Dudok, Airbus Defence and Space executive vice president for communications, intelligence, and security, right, speaks Sept. 10 at World Satellite Business Week in Paris. Magali Vaissière, ESA’s director of telecommunications and integrated ...