Airbus completes Telesat LEO Constellation System review

Louis Dillon

Airbus Defence and Space said it was “keen” to continue to deepen its partnership with Telesat after completing the LEO Constellation System Requirements Review.

Airbus completes Telesat LEO Constellation System review
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Airbus confirmed that it is now working on a “detailed design” of the system, as it continues to work to offer solutions to meet Telesat’s “ambitious requirements”.

Telesat plans to launch a satellite constellation in low Earth orbit (less than 1,000km from Earth) that will “seamlessly integrate with terrestrial networks”.

This technology will be able to deliver fiber quality throughput anywhere on Earth and provide low-latency networks across the globe.


Airbus said the LEO constellation will “transform global communications by offering an unsurpassed combination of capacity, speed, security, resilience, low cost and low latency, comparable to, or better than, today’s terrestrial networks”.

Airbus also said the Telesat LEO will accelerate 5G expansion.

A consortium of Thales Alenia Space and Maxar Technologies also completed their System Requirements Review as they too look to advance detailed designs for the complete LEO system, both for space and ground segments.

“Telesat has ambitious objectives for the performance of its LEO system, and the innovative solutions both contractor teams recently presented give us high confidence that the cost and performance goals set for Telesat LEO can be achieved,” said Erwin Hudson, vice president of Telesat LEO.


“Working with these two outstanding teams – Airbus and Thales Alenia Space-Maxar – not only reduces project risk but gives Telesat access to the latest space-based technologies from true industry leaders. Telesat continues to collaborate with both teams as they further the development of their designs, and we look forward to selecting a prime contractor for the Telesat LEO program later this year.”

“Our consortium is applying the latest technologies to optimize system network performance and assure that the constellation design is the best one for achieving Telesat’s goals,” said Martin Van Schaik, senior VP sales and marketing of Thales Alenia Space.

“The project team, consisting of engineering specialists at both Thales Alenia Space and Maxar’s SSL, is developing game-changing solutions as we successfully complete one milestone after another.”


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