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Future Skynet options revealed

3rd November 2015 - 15:48 GMT | by Beth Maundrill in London


The UK is working on its future beyond line of sight (FBLOS) satellite capability to follow on the Skynet 5 constellation.

A contract with Airbus DS to operate Skynet is due to end in August 2022, four years later than the original 2018 date. The Skynet constellation can be operated out to 2025.

There are three options on the table under the FBLOS. The first is to launch a new satellite in 2024 to extend the operating life of the constellation out to 2027 with the possibility of a second satellite to follow. A contract for this option is expected …

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