Airbus takes next major step for Telesat’s LEO satellite constellation - Investment in Canada
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May 6, 2019 - by Airbus
Airbus has successfully completed the System Definition and Risk Management Project of Telesat's LEO constellation and submitted to Telesat both space and ground segments solutions that not only meet Telesat's ambitious requirements, but also provide cost effective and stable approaches for its longer term business objectives.
Airbus has performed system optimisation, requirements engineering, and initial design of key hardware and software components for space, ground and user terminal segments.
It was also the opportunity for Telesat and Airbus to take stock of industrialisation plans, a part of which will be located in Canada, Airbus' fifth home country.
This is an excellent opportunity for Airbus which would allow it to further develop its design and industrial capability in end to end systems with a large number of identical satellites.
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018 it generated revenues of € 64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world's leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.
What is Telesat LEO - Why LEO?
"The future is already here — it is just not very evenly distributed" - William Ford Gibson
In today's world, fiber quality broadband is not evenly distributed globally which limits the places we can experience at-home or city-like broadband.
A family is going on a vacation but is halfway through a season of the latest hit on Netflix. Imagine offering them the continuity of their home experience by providing streaming service in-flight or in the middle of the ocean on a cruise.
Employees at a remote office need to access documents for a project. Envision providing the capability for them to instantly download a large file from the server at headquarters.
Telesat LEO provides the solution of seamless broadband, available worldwide, with unmatched speed and performance.
Advanced Low-Earth-Orbit Satellite Constellation
Telesat is launching a state-of-the-art satellite constellation of highly advanced satellites in low-earth-orbit (~1,000 km from earth; ~35 times closer than traditional satellites) that will seamlessly integrate with terrestrial networks.
The global network will deliver fiber quality throughput (Gbps links; low latency) anywhere on earth. This is a highly flexible system that dynamically allocates capacity where there's demand, thus maximizing system efficiency.This is a future-proof solution to backhaul cellular traffic, and to provide high-speed broadband access to planes, ships and remote enterprise and government users. Capacity will be available as layer-2 connectivity for service providers to connect their end users.
As a highly advanced and efficient system with unparalleled economies of scale (multiple Tbps of usable capacity with global coverage), Telesat LEO will deliver to target markets a lower cost solution compared to any other satellite system, thus delivering economical fiber quality connectivity anywhere....