The Quebec authorities introduced plans to invest $400 million in Telesat’s ‘Lightspeed’ low-Earth orbit (LEO) communications community. Further, Canadian house expertise developer MDA will produce phased array antennas for the Lightspeed satellite constellation underneath a memorandum of understanding introduced February 18th.
In a press release shared by Telesat, the Canadian satellite firm stated Lightspeed would create 600 high-paying STEM jobs. Additionally, this system will “leverage Quebec’s substantial aerospace expertise and infrastructure, and allow the province to harness the significant economic growth from the burgeoning New Space Economy.”
The Quebec funding consists of $200 million in most well-liked fairness and a $200 million mortgage. Telesat expects to full the ultimate settlement in the approaching months. It’s value noting that this funding follows a ten-year federal government investment of $600 million in Telesat.
On February ninth, Telesat introduced it chosen Thales Alenia Space, a French-Italian aerospace manufacturing firm, to construct 298 satellites for the Lightspeed constellation. Telesat’s goal markets are community operators, web service suppliers, governments and extra, Telesat CEO Dan Goldberg instructed SpaceNews on the time.
Goldberg additionally stated Telesat doesn’t view Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Starlink as a direct competitor. He defined that Telesat is a business-to-business supplier and isn’t centered on shopper broadband.
Along with the Quebec authorities funding, Telesat will set up a campus in the province to home Lightspeed’s technical operations. That consists of community operations, satellite management, cybersecurity, an engineering laboratory and extra. The campus will host about 320 new jobs.
As for MDA, a February 18th news release stated the corporate was “in advanced discussions with Thales Alenia Space for the Lightspeed satellites’ final assembly and manufacturing in Quebec.”
MDA will develop the Direct Radiating Array (DRA), a revolutionary phased array, electronically-steered multi-beam antenna that may present limitless protection flexibility and agility by way of superior beam-forming expertise. This configuration will obtain any-beam, anytime, wherever protection over your complete seen Earth,” MDA stated in the discharge. The firm plans to ship over 1,000 items.
In 2019, Telesat signed an settlement with Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin to launch satellites.
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