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GEOshare says ‘Mondo Condo’ satellite drawing interest from prospective tenants

8 Oct 2019, 21:40 UTC
GEOshare says ‘Mondo Condo’ satellite drawing interest from prospective tenants
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — Commercial operators have been known to share satellites, splitting the costs of building and launching a big geostationary comsat, like Kacifc and Sky Perfect JSAT did when they ordered a Boeing 702 due to launch this year.
GEOshare is trying to build on that willingness to double up by building satellites that would house communications payloads for up to five operators.
As a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, GEOShare is working to aggregate customers on a single Lockheed Martin LM2100 bus that would supply between 250 and 500 gigabits of total capacity.
“People would share a very-high-throughput satellite with separate beams serving different areas, but as a result of the economics, they will be able to get a very low gigabit-per-second [price],” GEOshare CEO Lon Levin said an interview ahead of the Satellite Innovation conference here.
Levin said GEOshare is seeing the strongest interest in an all Ka-band satellite it calls the “Mondo Condo.” Africa and the Asia-Pacific are top markets, he said, since those regions have a number of national and regional operators who may not have the financial wherewithal to operate their own very-high-throughput satellites.
Levin said GEOshare issued “indicative ...

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