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Relativity joins Blue Origin to provide launches for Telesat’s broadband satellites

5 Apr 2019, 14:00 UTC
Relativity joins Blue Origin to provide launches for Telesat’s broadband satellites
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An artist’s conception shows Relativity Space’s Terran 1 rocket lifting off from Launch Complex 16 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (Relativity Space Illustration)
Relativity Space CEO Tim Ellis is a veteran of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture — and in a sense, you could say that Ellis and Blue Origin are on the same team once again.
Today, the startup that Ellis co-founded in Seattle and moved to Los Angeles is making its first announcement of a launch contract, and it’s a big one: Relativity Space will provide multiple launches for Telesat, the Canadian telecom giant that’s planning to put scores of satellites in low Earth orbit to deliver global broadband connectivity.
“This is the first time Telesat or any major global satellite operator has selected a completely venture-backed aerospace startup for launch services,” Ellis told GeekWire.
The deal calls for satellites to be launched on Relativity’s yet-to-be-flown Terran 1 rocket, starting no earlier than 2021. For proprietary reasons, Ellis could provide few other details, such as the exact number of launches covered by the deal, the contract’s dollar value or even where the launches would be conducted.
He did say the deal has been in ...

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